Starmage's Game-dev Counseling <3

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  1. Kokoro Hane

    Kokoro Hane Overly Ambitious Veteran

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    @Starmage You're welcome, expect lots of long winded feedback from me! Haha. Yes, revisiting my old projects have been a blessing, and more will come along with the new. I took your finish and move on advice to heart, and I've never been happier. It makes my roster look more complete, and makes me realize "well darn it, 7 years yielded A LOT!".
    Yes, I am sure my friend is. I remember his nurse e-mailed me his final goodbye letter to me and at the end of it, he told me "if there are computers in the afterlife, I'll play all your visual novels" that little message keeps me going, as it's a good imagery for me to think of. So when I am making a game or have finished, I like to imagine his reaction to playing them (I am sure he'd play my RPGs too hehe). I have some ideas how'd he react and it just encourages me and makes me laugh, etc. I will not fail him!
    All the free assets are wonderful. And using stock images doesn't mean you can't take a step forward into original territory, such as mixing assets with original. Like often times I team up with other artists for unique art to be drawn for the game, based off the stock images, like game covers, event CGs, etc. Recently I even had a VN (you know the one) with 100% original character sprites and CGs, but of course BGs, music, sound affects were all creative commons. So you can also slowly climb up when you meet people and collab with people, it's a good experience ^^
     
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    It's truly amazing that you took that advice to heart, Kokoro! And I'm very happy! ^_^ Cause yeah, you'll really feel more at ease that your roster feels more complete! ;) ^_^ So finishing them regardless of anything then move on from them is truly a wonderful experience! ;) ^_^ I mean, can't you believe it? After all those years, you're now finishing lots of great projects with a little change of mindset! ^__^ :D :)

    Btw, yes, Kokoro! :) Your friend will truly be enjoying your games if he is playing your VNs and RPGs right now! ^__^ And because you're doing game deving out of pure love and passion for it, he will really feel the wondrous things that your games have to offer! ;) ^_^

    And oh my!! That is so true xD :D Collabing with wonderful people is a very beautiful thing indeed! ^_^ :D As you can learn a lot from them and they too can share their wonderful talents with you on your games! :D So it is a very fun thing to do when out on a game deving escapade! XD :D Haha!!

    Thanks so much once again, Kokoro! :D It really gladdens me that I've helped, as it inspired me to keep on doing these things for the community! ^__^
     
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    Hello everyone! Here's a little inspirational vid I made for you guys to make you all realize how amazing game devs you truly are! XD :D ^__^ Hope you enjoy! :D

     
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  4. Finnuval

    Finnuval World (his)story builder and barrel of ideas Veteran

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    hehe a little too new-age for me personally (mostly due to the echo on the voice which reminds me too much of the Zen-channel over here lol) but again good points overall regardless :)
    Though we don't have such glorious sunshine over here when I wake up haha more like overcast and rain -.- (still beautiful though) xD

    And thank you for being you too xD
     
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    Hahah hello @Finnuval !! I am so happy that you enjoyed the video! And yes, I did have some sort of like out of the broom closet moments in there xD :D And there are some new-age elements here and there! :) And ohhh, Zen-channel huh?! XD :D Woow! But yes, I'm really happy you that resonate with the message, Finnuval! Thank you so much for that kinds words as well! ^_^ :D :)

    Keep your artistic self shining! <3
     
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    Finnuval World (his)story builder and barrel of ideas Veteran

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    yeah the Zen-Channel isn't as good as it sounds though (sadly) as inner-peace and commercial tv don't go together well, imo xD

    And they are not kind words they are deserved words ;)
     
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    Ohhh! Inner-peace and commercial-tv? XD :D That sounds like two separate worlds indeed hahah xD :D

    And aww, that is so gracious of you to say indeed, Finnuval! ^_^ :) I wish to thank you once again, for also being one of the amazing devs here that have inspired and motivated me along with my game dev journey! ;) ^_^
     
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    Yeah it doesn't :D

    No need for thanks... just calling it as I see it is all xD
     
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  10. Kokoro Hane

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    I watched the video! It was very good. Like @Finnuval I do agree some aspects were a bit too new age-y for me as well, but there were still many greats points to take away from it that are very helpful! I do like the game dev journal thing. Maybe that would help me be more organized. It also helped me get creative with other ways to start the game dev day as well. Like I came up with this exercise you could do once in awhile where you look at all your released games/demos, and list everything you like about that game. Most of the time, we always look at the glaring mistakes, or how cringey and/or embarrassing it is/was, but I think it'd be fun to dissect what you love about it. What charm does it have? Is there something in it you'd like to bring over to your current dev experience? Has there been elements of these older projects that you still use today, which may help identify your unique stamp? etc.

    Your videos are good to get the mind thinking! Good job ^^
     
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    Hello @Kokoro Hane ! Thank you so much and I'm very happy that you find the video helpful indeed! ^_^ :D And yep, I do have to apologize for some of the over emphasis on the new agey stuff lol xD :D I guess it got the better of me :) But yes! The game dev journal thing is indeed a great way for you to start your game dev day! ;) ^_^

    And ohhh! It's awesome that you're applying some of the exercises on many of your games/demos and realize their limitless potential! ^_^ :D I know that everyone may find cringey parts of their games once in a while, but it is truly progressive to start focusing on what you love about it, and how fun it can truly be! XD :D :)

    Anyway, thanks so much once again, Kokoro! ^_^ :)
     
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