The work continues. I’m importing all the wonderful audio dialogue into the game. Fixing bugs, doing some UI stuff. It’s slow but steady. I’ve been distracted by… well, VR!
I’ve gotten some over sized peripherals and attached them to my pint-sized macbook in an attempt to make it workable. It’s kind of comical, but I’m using it more, so that’s a plus.
I’ve been getting out of the office more and more and checking out meetups and VR experiences in my area. I’ve checked out Arcane Reality, a pretty cool spot not far from home. I watched some of the other devs there try out Google Earth for VR. Holy Canoli is that an awesome experience! I haven’t tried it yet at home, because if I do, I will lose an entire day to it, maybe a few days. I opened up google maps online earlier today and it opened to my old hometown in China. And I thought “Wow, I could just fly around the old neighborhood and see it all again from a new perspective.” Why am I not doing this right now? IDK.
Also been to a few game developer meetups. I see now that if I’m serious about succeeding in this industry that going it alone is simply not wise or prudent. I’ll need help from other developers, artists and animators if I’m serious about moving this whole thing forward.
I also visited Jump Into The Light in lower Manhattan. It was a pretty good experience. I don’t develop for the GearVR, don’t even own one, so trying it out was great and long overdue. This was my second GearVR experience and certainly the best. I watched a VR experience, Notes on Blindness, which is based on a feature film. I recommend it to anyone interested in VR or Cinema. It demonstrates a lot of things that are done right, and what the new medium can be. As a developer it really helped me think more about audio and how to use it in my own experiences.
Work on Zellman has also been stymied by two other projects I’ve started. One is a much better game than the one I’m trying to get out the door. I’ll announce it very soon, I hope. The other project, well, it’s less a project and more a business plan I’m developing. Again, it’s in the hopper, and I hope to have a more formal announcement for you soon.