So we've survived apocalypse and find ourselves in 2013... yet Another year. 2011 has admittedly been a dormant year for sun-studios in terms of produce. In terms of quality of life, seismic in the volcanic sense. I personally liken 2012 as... well it's rather hard to describe. Perhaps it was a test of sanity? No, it was more than that. 2012 was littered with hard decisions under incredible stress heights, a constant race against time... a battle for survival. These ingredients forged a wild & emotional rollercoaster ride... and I normally hate rollercoasters...
We've all got issues. I won't detail my issues but I will say I suppress certain ones. They finally blew up in my face in 2012. Though I was aware of it - I succumbed to my unstable emotions. I often felt warped, like a different person. Depression and anxiety killed my work ethic, distorting priorities and goals. This would only worsen as I couldn't keep up with expenses. Desperation eventually would kick in and before long I would find myself crunching extremely hard on project of no relevance... or starting new projects... or going back to work for my old boss... or head butting with colleague over disagreements... screaming too. Sometimes I would just scream (when nobody was around). Can I be blamed? Maybe.
I'm well adapted to the fact that everything takes longer than expected. But I experienced this on a completely different level, constantly. I found this incredibly spirit breaking, like walking through a desert in the scorching heat. That stung. I still wonder why this was true for nearly every project!? So many games that will never see the light of day. So much hidden complexity to every task.
Honestly it wasn't a complete shipwreck. I'll highlight a few points of interest. I participated in the Global Game Jam 2012 and created Seasonal SciFlies which won Most Surprising game in Melbourne GameJam. An experience I'll never forget and certainly one I look forward to in 2013!
I hit the slopes during Winter enjoying two snowboard trips to Falls Creek. I spent a total of 4 days and 3 nights carving up powder, speeding between trees, jumping with ambition! In a perfect world I would live in the snow: boarding in the day - making games in the night.
Just recently over the christmas break I took 2 weeks off work. A therapeutic choice. Leading up to Christmas I spent much time with my cousins, my favourite company. We are always enjoying ourselves in the form of new activities. Christmas itself was indeed merry, BBQ after BBQ after... Finally New Year (being my birthday) was good That's all it took. The last 3 new years have been rather terribly upsetting. I'm just happy that I started 2013 with a genuine smile. Do away with the plagues & demons of 2012. Write them off completely -
I bid a bitter good day - So long 2012... you won't be missed! - and yet not forgotten, as there have been many lessons learned. I'll detail these lessons later as this blog post is getting rather large.
So let's get started 2013 - You better be ready to box causing I'm already swinging strong! I've never been more conditioned to the harsh realities life can dish out - so let do this!
*BAMB* Mega Boulder Rampage is OUT! Another great little flash game produced by Steve & myself.
Developed this in around 3 week during September 2012. This game was built was a way to earn some income as Steve & I decided that Zombie Mayhem would take too long to complete... more on that in a sec.
What's next? Well I'm in process of redesigning Sun-Studios.net - There will be a Junkyard section. All the unfinished trash of 2012 accompanied with it's story will certainly be of interest to some right? This is one way to actually improve 2012! The wastes efforts will no longer be wasted. This website is a priority as I like the idea of starting new years fresh. Want to have it done before Feb.
Zombie Mayhem - you have NOT been forgotten. Steve & I killed ourselves working on this project. Although it remains unfinished - you may be playing it sooner than expected :0
This year's focus however will be Armed with Wings! Let me be clear - I intend to make a new Armed with Wings game. A full pc release... a complete experience that will tell the tale of the entire AwW universe. Let me be clear again - this is barely in pre production & will take A LONG TIME TO MAKE.
But don't fear - before this, I will make yet another small AwW spinoff. This hopefully will be a quick project - more of an experiment to test out some new ideas I have for the BIG one.
If you want to stay up to date on Armed with Wings please follow the facebook page - armedwithwings.com is on my list too
This is the longest blog post I've ever done. A testimony itself to my dedication. I'm confident that 2013 will be a strong year of achievement and enjoyment. Thank you to all my readers and fans who have stuck around - your support continues to inspire me. If there is one this that will never change about me, it's that inspiration will always be my fuel.