Leon's Microblog – January 2012

"After six long hours of music: silence, save for the thudding of stirred hearts and the rumbles of bellies - the so-called Final Movement."
"On your next family drive, attach mirrors to your kids' faces so you can yell at them for minutes at a time while still watching the road."
"I don't like to be called 'the Leader of the Opposition'," replied Satan. "I think it's more constructive to call me the Alternative God."
When you hear the words "Gunstar Heroes", THIS is the boss that springs to mind.
Chrono Trigger on occasion has these delightful little touches of farce.
Gunstar Heroes.
I just cleared the hardest mission in my upcoming game.
"The boss you are attempting to beat is currently unassailable. Please stand by for the plot-mandated defeat cutscene."
http://l.j-factor.com/gifs/KirbysDreamLand-CastleLololo.gif - I like this tiny little scene, and the puzzle-like element of having to throw one kind of enemy at the other.
There's something oddly soothing about hand-dithering a bunch of sprites with just the pencil tool.
Further developments in my puzzle-roguelike January project.
Footage from Super Metroid's extremely rare Mac Plus port.
"Viewer warning: this program contains adult characters, violence against inanimate objects, and gratuitous use of the word 't**d'."
Darius Gaiden.
Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer.
R-Type III: The Third Lightning
"I regret to announce that the Dalai Lama will not be attending tonight. In his place, I shall recite from 'The Philosophy of The Matrix'."
This might be my favourite quote in all of EarthBound.
http://www.auntiepixelante.com/tombed/html5game/TombedMod_texture_0.png - Here's the sprite sheet file for the HTML5 port of Tombed, for instance.
Something interesting about HTML5 export is that it arranges all of the game's sprites into these sprite sheet files.
"A giant skull... but all of the teeth are fists." #MonsterIdeas
"A giant skull... but with boobs in the eye sockets." #MonsterIdeas
http://animatedscreenshots.tumblr.com/post/16249448941/captain-forever - There is a slight incongruity in this @FarbsMcFarbs game screenshot. Hopefully you won't notice.
Trivia: @auntiepixelante totally stone cold stole the idea for YEA from the Usbourne Guide to Computer Games:
http://is.gd/TAJcI8 - When I said I'd ported ALL of @auntiepixelante's things yesterday, that was technically inaccurate.
http://l.j-factor.com/gamemaker/MacKillYourTelevision.zip - There, NOW I've ported all of @auntiepixelante's non-KotM Game Maker games.
Looks like I've made my Cave Noire ripoff just in time for @auntiepixelante's Cave Noire walkthrough to unexpectedly vanish..! #ExpertTiming
I'm a little bit amazed at how vastly different my game's dungeons feel, now that I've added the standard Cave Noire secret doors.
EarthBound. Here's that new Twitter background you ordered, sir.
#FactsWithoutWikipedia Bullfrogs have an odd means of defense in which they store live turtles in their mouths and spit them at aggressors.
#FactsWithoutWikipedia Rolled-up armadillos can escape approaching foes by dropping bombs to launch themselves to higher platforms.
"When I climbed the beanstalk, I realised the only gold I needed... was THIS!" *tosses giant ring onto screaming fiancee, drops to one knee*
"Welcome to the Ghost House! The wall sockets are on the ceiling! The rooms have no doors! That's because the ghost... WAS THE ARCHITECT!"
A zombie's hand bursts forth from the grave! But it is grabbed by a zombie lady's hand!! Then another hand rises, clutching flowers!!!!
#FactsWithoutWikipedia Perseus was, um, a guy in Greek myths who fought something in a maze? I dunno, can't remember. Oh well, back to work.
#FactsWithoutWikipedia There is only one part of your body that you cannot touch with your right index finger: your right index fingernail.
#FactsWithoutWikipedia It is a curious law of statistics that 100% of all numbers begin with the numeral 1.
http://animatedscreenshots.tumblr.com/ - It occurs to me that these past four days have all involved white-eyed black silhouette protagonists. #indiegames
http://animatedscreenshots.tumblr.com/post/15583711852/earthbound - I feel a bit proud of this. I feel like that attract mode has become something substantially different, in this form.
http://animatedscreenshots.tumblr.com/post/15791855243/nevermore-3 - This one is kind of an experiment. It feels odd. It feels... tense. Rigid.
http://l.j-factor.com/gifs/Game&Watch-FireAttack.gif - Game & Watch Gallery 4, "Fire Attack". I don't know if fighting Indians with mallets was still appropriate in 2002.
Dungeon Escape by @luvcraft
http://l.j-factor.com/gifs/Gunlock.gif - It's funny how the "stars" are revealed by the camera's motion to actually be tiny specks surrounding the ships.
http://l.j-factor.com/gmhtml5/Return_Alive/ - This is a development build of my current project, a "puzzle-roguelike" in the tradition of games starting with Cave.
http://l.j-factor.com/gifs/FloodTheChamber.gif - Flood The Chamber. I love this game and have beaten it a few times.
http://l.j-factor.com/gifs/KaettekitaMarioBros-3.gif - I just realised that the first part of this GIF is a reference to the curtain opening of SMB3.
"Action Nerd! We're ambushed by giant monitor lizards!" "LOOKS LIKE IT'S TIME TO... DEGAUSS." *sound of 1000 kids turning off TVs in unison*
In NetHack, eating a potion instead of drinking it should make you win the game instantly.
"Your civilisation does not have sufficient privileges to access the future. Please remain in the present until further notice."
RunMan: Race Around the World.
http://l.j-factor.com/macports/ - If you find any remaining bugs in these ports (or slowdown/performance issues), do tell me about them.
http://l.j-factor.com/gamemaker/MacEvac.zip - This is a Mac port of @cactusquid's EVAC.
Ghouls 'n' Ghosts.
http://l.j-factor.com/macports/ - I'm making a list of all the Mac ports I've made over these two years. Stand by as I add more...
The Omni-Beings play Strip Civilisation with real civilisations. If their chosen people are exterminated, they remove an article of clothing
"Jenna... will you marry me?" he slowly intoned while leaning forward and pressing his fingers to his temples.
Oh man, what a title screen.
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