Finally, the Day is here, we woke up early to head down to the festival to avoid any disappointment. A few of the highlights were a live mochi pounding/making, cosplay competition, performances and THE BINGO which is the most hype event I believe.
There were also many food stand and game stands. All price within 100-300 yen not too expensive in my opinion. We went up to the 5th level where our games are being showcased at. Other then our games, there were many another year 3 student projects being a showcase as well. Glad to see that members of the public enjoyed playing our games when we were there.
The last activity for the school festival was the bingo game. The prize varies across items like KIT KAT till the grand price A SWITCH. I was pretty unlucky and won nothing but the experience was fun and I am looking forward to bring this activity back to Singapore in a week time.
Technically we are done with majorly of the main machines at this point in time. Most of the time I am doing VFX/SFX/Environment stuff to make the game more refine and polish up. Our artist is still pretty busy with UI and Textures. I didn’t want to bother them to make a texture for my some of my VFX. Therefore, I have to learn a few new method and tricks, using programs that I was not comfortable with. Such as Photoshopping my textures for the effect, along with a drawing tablet, using Adobe After Effects to create a lighting animation texture and using a free software to merge them into a sprite sheet. It was getting interesting as we reaching close to our final due date for the presentation.
Will be today weekly report for weekdays for now! Not much interesting thing to report for this week.
Project wise we have entered the alpha stage and proceeding with implementing more core mechanics and features with the feedbacks in mind. The game is coming together as time flys but we still doing trial and error on the game balancing and making sure the game is fun.
This week the Japanese student brought us to a Japanese KTV. Totally different from Singapore KTV. The equipment and the interface on the karaoke is god tier. Highly recommend people to try KTV when you visit Japan. Also, it is super cheap compared to Singapore.
Decide to write 3 days at one shot for this post due to the fact that it really a constant cycle of development, not really anything interesting to report on.
Today we have people from ZeniMax, Japan Branch Tango Gameworks that came to give a talk. As usual, it’s in Japanese, but one of the members can speak English! After the talk, one of the teachers told us they will be bringing them to our work area to see our game. We don’t really have much to show as the game was still in the development and it’s only a 20 days work but we do appreciate the advice and comment that these veterans in the game industry have given us. Sadly I didn’t ask for their names but they are pretty cool.
Tomorrow finally I will be going to Gifu to attend a dance workshop! I haven’t been dancing for 3 weeks now. A long break i have taken and it really great to be back at it.
So today we visited A-team the company who made valkyrie connect and many other games. It was pretty interesting to see that more and more company are adapting to the free workstyle. With many open spaces rather than the tight spaces.
They gave us a tour around their main headquarters which is in Nagoya on the 30-32 floor! The office really reminds me off Google Office in Singapore as well but they do have tons of meeting rooms and spaces. Majorly of their walls around the office are whiteboard or glass that can be written on with markers.
Sadly, I couldn’t post any picture regarding the office online so I only can post this guy! Their official mascot I guess?
Development day once again, today we finally merge and have our first prototype ready. We have not set up for testing yet but that is what we going to do the next day. Today lunch we decide to have something different from our usuals. We decide to have INDIA FOOD! We brought the lunch menu and it didn’t wow us HAHAHA, it almost taste the same as Singapore if not Singapore curry is a lot better. We did let our Finland friends try out some Indian food which is uncommon in their county. I guess we should stick back to Japanese food for tomorrow! AHAHHAA
Today went to NUFS (Nagoya Universty Of Foreign Studies) for the annual school festival! There were many food stalls, performances, and game stalls. All of them are run by students! They also don’t cost that much, around 100 – 500 yen is the price is seen.
I personally know about this due to meeting a friend from the BBQ last time! She was performing today and glad that I went down to watch. The dance performs lasted 1hr and they actually showcase many dance genre. It was crazy and lit! Sadly we miss out on the games part, we couldn’t find them until we read the information booklet that was given to us till we reach back at our dorm DX
Tomorrow back to work! We have to finish up the prototype for the playtest this Wednesday! TIME TO RUSH!