Dev Diary – Blink! (31/08/2016)

As you can see above, I have implemented Blink, the last player “ability” that lives outside of combat. The visuals are not finalized yet, but the concept is there. The interesting thing with blink and the new “point-and-click” mechanics are is it actually going to be fun. Although we can pause the game, we can only Blink once. A further iteration on the design may include chaining, but the idea is to get the rest in for now, have a play and see if blink actually adds anything (I think it will once stealth kills of enemies are in).


MGS V Chapter 3?!?!!?

Yup, this old thing seems to be showing it’s ugly face again.

Konami have recently announced they are doing a “Definitive Edition” for MGSV. Why is it a definitive edition. Because it contains Ground Zeroes, The Phantom Pain and the DLC all in one package. Why has it caused such an uproar? Because of the infamous Chapter 3.

If you read in my blog post when I finished V, I went on about the ending and that I understand why it got cut as a developer, but as a fan I was obviously disappointed. Instead of doing it though, a weird spin off called “Survive” is coming (the less said about that, the better), but that is a different story.

Of course the internet is the internet and people are annoyed, but I don’t think Konami handled it particularly well recently. Someone legitimately asked, OK, can you “finish” the game. It is widely known the game was “unfinished” with some major plat points left out and that Psycho Mantis’ and Eli’s storylines don’t get finished off. However, Konami have done the stupid thing and have denied that this happened.

OK, not denied, but it is political phrasing for “stop asking about it”.

Instead of talking about a weird money-grab spin off. why not just say “More will be known in the future”. Someone at Konami must be smart enough to realise that this is a blessing in disguise. They can make a WHOLE NEW Metal Gear Game that finishes off that arc that isn’t open world and feels more like 3.

Now, I’m hoping this is already happening, but by not letting people know at this point, they are just pushing their fans further and further away. And if they aren’t and they are just going to leave those plot holes open, well they are not going to get the fans back anyway, so really instead of slapping Metal Gear onto random zombie games they should just use the tech to make new games. And before you say “yeah but the fans are not a large number”, that game sold 6 million odd units and got 9/10 from a number of publications.

Food for thought


UX305F – A year later


I have had this laptop for just over a year now, and I am still pretty pleased with it. It is super light and has plenty of power for me to work on my game.

There are a few things I am not so happy with  though. It can’t really take normal day to day use very well. I opened it up one day on the train and saw a few faint marks on the screen. I tried to wipe them away, but no, they are there to stay. They just look like dirty marks that just don’t come off. They only really appear on white backgrounds, but at some point when it has been in my bag or I have put some books on top of it or something, the keyboard has made a mark in the anti-glare layer of the screen. I guess this could happen regardless on any laptop, but the ones I have used in the past have never had this problem. The keyboard is also a bit funky when you hold down some of the arrow keys.

Overall, I am mostly pleased with this purchase but it probably wasn’t worth the £650 I paid for it. Lenovo ThinkPad or Macbook next time!