Pixel Art Explosions and Collider Collisions

There have been many explosions going off at Binary Cocoa this week! Mostly animated pixel art explosions in Tiled. Stephen has been pixel arting his brains out and is loving every minute of it. Too bad his code skills are still not up to snuff otherwise he would have made six games by now (not that they would have been super great). Here’s a screenshot of a top down dungeon searcher game he was fixing up in Tiled:

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It needs some work still but it’s getting somewhere!

In other Binary Cocoa news there has been an update to Collider that people can get through Steam! Joseph and Braxton did a major overhaul to the collisions system in the game and it runs much smoother now.  We’ve found ourselves on a couple torrent sites, and we’re flattered, but we want everyone to have the latest version which can be found on Steam. We’re getting close to releasing a new game mode called Serpentine and it is awesome. It might even be our first multiplayer over the network mode if we’re lucky enough! We know that many of you have been asking for this and we are listening. We just don’t know all the hows and whens yet.

Wet Blanket is also on its way! Stephen sat down today and did a good art chunk today and that’s looking spiffy as well. Should arrive in December! Keep your ears to the ground! Watch out for trains though.

Binary Cocoa Does a Barrel Roll

We’re making some space jets! We’ve been secretly working on a game that’s in the vein of Strike Gunner and other star blasters alike. Here’s a screenshot of the game so far!

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Those of you that are following our Twitter account might have already been seeing this, but we’ll divulge more information on this game here in the blog. We have two players made so far and they both do barrel rolls when you lean left or right hard enough. They’re both animated with 15 frames so their movements are pretty smooth and give you a sense of flying though space in a space jet. We’ve been creating enemies and space station environments that the player will be able to fly through and we think it’s going to be pretty fun! We’ll see anyways.

Stephen has been working on Wet Blanket mostly with his time, so that is Binary Cocoa’s top priority right now. We’ve been working on a multiplayer over the network system that we’ll implement in Egypt and Collider aaaaaand….we have way too many projects on our hands right now. But we love them all! We’ll keep spreading the news as it comes! Thanks for keeping up with us!

Binary Cocoa Puts On Their Teacher Pants

I used to teach middle school so I know what teacher pants feel like. Lots of chalk stains, marker stains, puke stains, and a whole lot of sagging from walking around a classroom all day. Not a bad life!

Joseph has been approved to teach a class about game development this year at the OpenWest conference! He will be teaching young and old the basics of Lua and game development, so come on down and see us! We’ll also have the booth there will all sorts of cool stuff. The arcade cabinet will be set up as always which has always been a joy for us to see people try our game and give us feedback. The conference is July 13-16 and we absolutely cannot wait! There will also be a presentation by us about online multiplayer game development on Friday during the conference.

 

Check out the conference details here.

Binary Cocoa Ups the Ante

Lots of new things have happened this week! Joseph said we couldn’t install firemen’s poles but that we could continue to work on Collider. His reasoning against the poles included something about what other people would think when they saw our office.

Whatevs. He’s probably right.

Braxton has been muscling the development work on Collider and has made some really colorful advancements! Since it would take a lot of paragraphs to explain what they are let me sum them up in a screen shot:

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Basically you defend the core from invaders and you set up a lot of nodes that connect to protect it. The yingyang looking power up is a replicator node that replicates another node type. It replicates for a couple seconds, pauses, and then replicates a different type. It can prove to be a strong ally in the game, but also a setback as it does pause and let enemies in every now and then. One must be wise with these things. Or just get a thousand of them. That seems to work too.

Stephen has also been creating much artwork for a still untitled game that’s in the works! Here’s a little taste of what’s to come:

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Our good friend Jesse Horne will be coming out for a couple days to help begin the code with this game. This is going extremely helpful since our two main developers both have day jobs and Stephen has no coding skills…yet.

Yet!

Anyway, we’ll be rolling out the coding sessions soon and doing all sorts of fun things in the months to come. We got a new trash can for the office and that’s pretty cool. I guess we can buy more string cheese now that we can throw the wrappers away.

Well! See you all soon!

Binary Cocoa Tries To Be Social

We have an office! Yes, all those scathing rumors are true. After some contemplation we decided that it would be nice to have a dedicated space for work and to proudly display our arcade cabinet. It was also apparent we needed some human interaction apart from spookily eyeing people from afar. The savages have treated us very well so far.

Joseph and Braxton have been busily cranking out much work on Collider. The latest game mode consists of a core that the player must protect from invading outsiders. It reminds me of the popcorn we have on our mini fridge that we must protect vigorously from mooching heathens.

I really do like our neighbors here in our office complex. It’s not you, it’s me and my deranged writing style.

Stephen has been churning out more artwork and music. Lately he has been working on a mystery project that we’ll reveal a bit down the road, but here’s a screenshot:

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Woo-hoo!

Vikings has been developing as well, but more in speculation than actual work since Collider has been on the forefront. We hope Collider will be done soon! We have all the game modes we want in place with Core Defense being touched up at the moment. Then we will try to give the whole thing some visual flare.

Keep in touch for some more news! We have also been streaming some of our coding sessions which you can follow here:

We should have a widget on our site soon that will let people know when we’re online.

See you then!

Binary Cocoa Goes Live On YouTube

Hey there, fellow gamers!

You might not have noticed, but we haven’t posted in a couple of weeks now. That’s not to say we haven’t been busy on the development side of things…we just haven’t been updating the blog. Shame on us. Most of that shame falls on Stephen because he writes these things.

Anyway!

We’ve decided that a good way to reach out to more people beyond the blog is to do a live steam on YouTube twice a week! One steaming session will take place during a random day of the week and the other stream will always be on Saturdays because that is the day we can guarantee we have off (most of the time). You can even participate by typing in questions as the session goes along! Feel free to hang with us at this link here. We plan on eventually adding an “on-the-air” indicator on the blog so you can easily check if we are streaming or not.

We’ve been using Open Broadcaster Software to link our stream to YouTube and it’s been really great to us so far. Have any suggestions as to how we can implement this or another tool? We’d love to hear from you!

We’re finishing up the last game mode in Collider, after which we’ll be focusing on some visual elements for a bit. Then we shall release! It will be glorious for sure. Lots of explosions everywhere. Hope you all tag along with us as we head that way.