Jadegames

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  1. OK, to revive this post, it seems that Chrome are not accepting any excuses if you aren't using SSL. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/02/07/beware_the_coming_chrome_certificate_apocalypse/ This website (and everyone else's for that manner) should really should start putting plans in place to use SSL certs, before April 17th. In light of this news, are there any plans in the pipeline for this to be done?
  2. Hi all! I thought I'd revive this forum post and see how everyone got on in 2017. I have moved to the North of England a week ago and am in a new job. Christmas was a pretty busy time and with the move my computer has mostly been off buried under boxes of boxes of boxes...in 2017 I made Higher or Lower which I am very proud of and not much else unfortunately I have been working on making an .io game in GameMaker 1.4 and am hitting brick walls with the limitations of the now-old version of Gamemaker 1.4. It's much harder than it should be to use GameMaker 1.4 to make an .io game (yes, I know I could use the .js extensions, but, how is that any easier/better than just learning and using a JS framework to begin with??) I know GameMaker 2.0 has some real improvements, but reading the YoYo forums, particularly on HTML5 development make it seem like 2 steps forward 1 step back... My 2018 plans: Exercise - I live pretty close to a big park and my commute is a 15 mins walk More community engagement - I have a Twitter account and mostly like other people's tweets and even on this forum, I read what people have written but don't add anything. I want to change that and try and post more than never at all. .io game - I have to get this game finished! Since working on this, I've come up with a few other game ideas I really like that I've not really seen anywhere that I think could work really well, but I've spending all my development time working on this .io game that doesn't work. I think I'll give it 1 more month, then take the (in)sane decision to bin the project I've been working on for 6+ months and start a new one. I've never binned a project before, especially after putting so much time/effort into it, put I have to admit, it is more like a black hole of my time than anything else. How did everyone else's 2017 go?
  3. Hi @retlawxx, My plan was to release 4 HTML5 games by the end of the year and get a feel of the HTML5 climate. Unfortunately I've only managed to release 2 games this year, Greedy Panda and Higher or Lower on my website (with SSL!) https://jadegames.co.uk. To be fair, I did propose to my girlfriend and am currently relocating from London to Manchester just before Christmas in order to start a job early January (phew!) So I've had to ease up on HTML5 development. Since I have a wedding to pay for next year I'm afraid I'll have to place my primary focus on gaining VMWare and Exchange certifications for work. I am still developing, just not as much as I'd like to be. I try to do a couple hours a week. I'll get more into it after the wedding + honeymoon. I have been really interested in .io games. I program in Gamemaker, recently purchased GM2 and have realised that an .io game not a trivial process with GM 1.4. LOTS of bugs and workarounds to get basic tests working. Seems like bugs found, particularly in the HTML5 module are only being fixed in GM2, so I need to really start getting used to GM2. I've also not seen any .io game in any version of Gamemaker, so thought it would be nice to get their first. Do you have a portal to host your games @retlawxx? I would suggest starting small and building up from there.
  4. I think i have my new favourite browser game I play when I should be working! The controls are easy to get used to The animation has a lot of...juice (I know that term is stupid but it applies here). I think 8-bit graphics have been overused by game developers, but I think it works in this environment. The game is actually fun I've just got a few questions How are you monitising this? Are you in a position to share your stats on average play length, DAU etc? What engines are you using, (particularly server side) Any plans to get this on iOS/Android? Really great work
  5. I've created a few HTML5 games and want to push myself further and try to make a multiplayer game. It got me thinking about monitising .io games and how other people monitise their multiplayer games, if at all. It would be nice if the multiplayer game I made covered it's own expenses. I've not seen any adverts for something like slither.io and video ads would just ruin the flow of the game. So I wanted to ask the community: how do you monitise your multiplayer games?
  6. Hi, Once again, brilliant game. I am interested to know how you are monetizing the game though. You definitely deserve money for making this game. It's fantastic, challenging and just fun.
  7. I recently saw this YouTube video about addictive mobile games which talks about the problem of clones in the App and Play Store. I think a lot of what is mentioned is true. Clones are the sign of an immature market and even though it's annoying every time Nintendo sends a cease and desist to any young developer making a semi-cool Zelda or Mario game, it is entire due to stopping devaluation of inferior products. Addictive games...seems to be a smaller problem for solo developers than large developing studios, but I suspect we are all aware what comes with great power...
  8. I think the problem with threads like this is that everyone tends to refer to their own personal experience which (usually) cannot be extrapolated to the "general" HTML5 game developer. I think there would be fewer disagreements on this thread if everyone prefixed their sentences with "In my personal experience...". @True Valhalla has been making games for years and I've seen him active on the Gamemaker forum in threads that would affect his games (presumably) because it would affect his bottom line (primarily when an iOS upgrade breaks how Gamemaker works) and has a reputation that proceeds him and I believe doesn't have any reason to mislead anyone. @b10b games are some of the most polished games available. To be honest, with the quality of games he's making I'm surprised he's concerned about the state of the market. Although neither of you have said "it's harder to sell games". I suspect both developers experience doesn't tally with other HTML5 developers, it certainly doesn't with mine - I've been making HTML5 games for just under a year, made 2 games, positive feedback but no sales, I'll keep trying though! But that doesn't invalidate what he's saying. I think without someone creating an anonymous survey to all members in this forum to ask users things like years of experience, games published, average income earned, full time/ amateur, etc. Questions like this will forever be dominated by personal experience which isn't the most impartial judge. Just a thought!
  9. Brilliant idea! This game works so well, you can really tell you've spend time and effort on this! If possible, could you get this to work on mobile, when I first clicked on the link for this game it was on my mobile phone and I couldn't connect. Not even sure if it would as fun on a mobile phone screen though... Once again, well done for showing me how multiplayer games should be done!
  10. Yeah...I can't get this work. I've got the same issues as samid737, nothing happens when I enter a game.
  11. Hi all, I've just released a new game to the world and wanted to post it here for feedback and criticism. It's called Higher or Lower, a card game where you guess if the next card in the deck will be higher or lower than the card currently on screen. I've incorporated quite a few cardbacks that the player can select to help increase time spent in the game and the artwork was created by my girlfriend. I think the art style makes the game stand out from other higher or lower card games, certainly from the ones on Google Play. Additionally, I've added sort of a status smiley face to show how well you are doing in the game, the more you get wrong the more the face requires medical attention, it's a similar idea to the Ouch Face in Doom. The game will work on both desktop and mobile devices. It's been tested in various Android devices (Nexus 6, Galaxy S2, Nexus 7) and iOS devices (iPhones 6s, iPhones 5s) and I've not noticed any errors or anything. So please enable audio (which is OFF by default), play the game and let me know how you get on! P.S. if you win or lose, click/tap on the big face for an audible...surprise
  12. Umm...They do work? There should usually a bit of a delay in receiving the email notification, (I guess it's run at a scheduled time rather than on demand?) but I always get notified when a thread I'm interested in gets updates.
  13. I think @espace3d has a valid concern. I thought at least the login page would be encrypted, (perhaps there isn't much point in using encryption for anything else on this site?), but you log into this site over HTTP not HTTPS. If you have a login for this forum, odds are you know at least a little bit about security and probably/hopefully use either a password manager and/or your passwords follow best practices (i.e. not password123) But over HTTP, password length doesn't matter when it's sent over plain text. (I've read a few articles that state that password length is much more important than password complexity) IRL I found out that Tumblr for iOS sent passwords over plain text and after Tumblr changed this to use HTTPS, Tumblr asked its users to change their passwords, perhaps we should do something similar for this situation? http://www.theregister.co.uk/Print/2013/07/17/tumblr_ios_uncryption/
  14. Happy 2017! My plans are to release 4 HTML5 games this year. 2 casual games and 2 games inspired by this article http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2016-11-07-video-games-are-boring which encouraged me to create replayable mobile games that are story driven over graphicially pretty casual games. I may not be able to do all of this, I've moving to the North of England before the end of the year and will need to find a new full time job whilst I create HTML5 games, but as a priority expanding my HTML5 portfolio is essential. It would be interesting for everyone to reply to this thread in December 2017 to see how their respective plans took shape: Did you accomplish everything you wanted to in 2017? What obstacles stood in your way? Any lessons learned you will carry forward? How you overcame the obstacles? Was the market receptive to your plans/products?
  15. I really liked the game! Where did you get the assets? It looks really good with no weird bugs or glitches I could find anyway. Full disclosure, I did play with the sound off. In my mind, it's a cleanly executed game idea. Well done!
  16. Hi, I completed making my first game, Greedy Panda and wanted to post it here for all to see. http://jadegames.co.uk/Games/Greedy_Panda/GPanda I tried to go for a casual mobile feel, it's an endless runner, not too hard. Would appreciate any feedback people are willing to provide. Kind regards,
  17. Thanks everyone! I've gone with Hostinger as it suits my needs the most and the upkeep is not crazy expensive for someone just starting up. Hostinger seemed to have upgrade options if I wanted more out of it which is encouraging. Website creation is no small task! Still not happy with my current website. Trying to keep it minimal and simple so it's easy to navigate, but to have all your content on...it's like writing a HTML5 game! Thanks to everyone for there suggestions, nice to get the community best minds on the case to come up with a solution!
  18. Thanks for the advice! My first game is taking a little longer than I thought, beta testing made me change a LOT of code for better usability, so I'm probably about a week or so behind schedule. Have you got any specific examples of cheap hosting services? @Jabadoo what do you use to host your games? Did you host your first game on your own website? I am leaning towards getting a github site and using that. Github appears to be trusted by everything (other than 000webhosting!) and the URLs aren't horrible strings to look at. Maybe when I get a few more games released I can justify a hosted solution, (I've got a bug ridden version of Pong I initially made to teach me how to code but Pong is so 1972 )
  19. Hi, I would have finished my first game, Greedy Panda, by the end of next month by the latest, and like many other HTML5 devs, I wanted to get a personal website and host them. I've currently got beta versions of my game hosted on a 000.webhost.com page, for testing mostly, but if I am serious about HTML5 development, I should have a single page where I can blog, display my games etc. Problem is I've never done this kind of thing before. The most obvious ones to use seem to be buying a domain and hosting space all in one go like with Wordpress or SquareSpace but I wanted to know if there is anything I should know or any better alternatives. Or even if having a website at this stage isn't required, I suppose I could just send a tinyurl link to my game, or is that less professional? Any ideas?
  20. Jadegames

    Bee Honey

    Cute little game, I kinda do agree with the above comment about the control of the bee on a touchpad. Other than that amazing work!
  21. A GameMaker developer, Heartbeat (@uheartbeast) has created an amazing tutorial video on how to make a 3D dungeon using GameMaker. I thought I'd post it here so people are made aware of this. It really doesn't use a lot of code to make a rudimentary 3D world in GameMaker. On the subject of 3D games made with Gamemaker, there is a game made using GameMaker, Intrude, currently on Steam that is basically Doom using a more advanced version of the tutorial below. http://store.steampowered.com/app/495720/ I'm no relation to any of these two developers, I don't know them nor am I getting money for posting their work or anything like that. Just saw something and thought it was cool enough to post here.
  22. Thanks That is brilliant. I think earning the equivalent of $2-3k a month would equate to roughly what the average salary is for a 2/3rd line IT support engineer in the UK. 150 hours a month is basically a full working month in the UK as well, plus, as you say, once you factor in games taking less time once you factor in greater experience I think it is a promising ideal for me. One other thing I've just thought about: In terms of sustainable income for HTML5 games, there are of course ad-share revenue plans, is this something you should request from each company you contact? I imagine there are advantages to mix both the one-off payment with smaller but consistent payments. Do HTML5 developers have a 40/60 split between these income streams for example? I really appreciate everyone's input for this, I think it's generated some lively discussion!
  23. I don't know if this is primarily opinion based. If your game is meant for a games portal, you will presumably have certain constraints to work under - file size, game genre, compatibility etc. If audio is an expectation for the game, then sound loops will have to be used and the length of sound will be a product of these restrictions, perhaps regardless of style/type of game (in this situation at least). I guess I'd be interested to know, for say games that go on game portals if there is a similar value used by different developers for example, or if there is a larger game if the approach changes or not.
  24. Hi, just wondering what the typical length audio people use for HTML5 mobile games? I seem to be leaning towards the 90 second mark for background music, then looping the sound but obviously adding sound effects on top. I'm also experimenting with something my brother made be realise: in games like Street Fighter 2 when you got towards the end of your time limit, the music sped up to subconsciously to add tension. That's definitely something I'll have to incorporate in my games.
  25. I do wish more developers would talk more about their average earnings, but on the other hand, in most industries it's normal to not talk about the financial side of things. If HTML5 developers were more open about the average amounts they were receiving per game, we, as a collective, could determine the market value for the games we have written. @True Valhalla have you ever been asked to not reveal how much you were paid when you sell your games to a games portal? Looking at the numbers, the HTML5 market looks more accessible to a newbie like myself than, say the Apple App/Google Play store. I recently saw this Vimeo video from 4 years ago https://vimeo.com/53698801, @photonstorm are these numbers still accurate today? I'm building a HTML5 game at the moment, I'm going to release it, hopefully before the end of November and attempt to send it to a slew of games portals and see what happens. I think if I can made about £500 for a single game I will seriously consider doing this as a full time career and dedicate more time to making it. If I get considerably less I'll know that either the quality of my games or the market can't support my financial situation full time and will...I guess look at other options.