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  Lunch break! 08:31 PM -- Wed January 14, 2004  

Well, that's it! There are now enemies, and you can shoot them, and they explode when shot enough. I like the feel and the look, to some extent. There's something lacking visually, but it's getting there. Now that I have something playable, I may have to sit back and spend a little time in the design frame of mind again, as there are a couple directions I'm thinking of taking this (of course, I already decided on one and wrote up the whole design for it... but now others sound interesting, as I see this in action). But either way, it's lunch time. I like to have lunch at around 1pm, so I can watch X-Play while I eat. X-Play is a really stupid show that reviews video games. I think I'm just fascinated by the fact that actual videogames are being discussed on the television. It's like a dream come true. See you after lunch!
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  Success! 07:55 PM -- Wed January 14, 2004  

Okay, we have a rabid cuboid munching across the screen. You can't hurt him and he can't hurt you. I think that shall be next. However, odd as this may seem, I don't plan to allow enemies to hurt you in this game, so I'll only have to make you able to hurt him. So I shall implement that now, followed by a brilliant particle explosion, and then it'll definitely be lunch, except I'll probably not get it done before lunch.
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  Slacking 07:26 PM -- Wed January 14, 2004  

Of course it had to happen. I got fed up with monster code and zoomed around the web a bunch more. I probably spent about 45 minutes doing that and answering some emails. I'm a slacker. Guess I'll get back to work on those monsters, then it'll be lunch time! Hoorah!
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  Snack 06:31 PM -- Wed January 14, 2004  

Stopped for chips n' dip. Man I plowed into those. I think I'm hungry. Also added a Toffifay, which is a strange candy you've never heard of, and I recommend. It's a cup made of caramel, with a hazelnut inside, surrounded by choco creme stuff, with chocolate on top. Not easy to explain, but tasty nonetheless. Also, Pirouline is good. Another hazelnut-related treat, that one. Back to making badguys.
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  Cuboid! 06:16 PM -- Wed January 14, 2004  

Just finished a brief stint in 3DS Max, creating a really basic enemy. It's called a Cuboid, and for good reason. I expect to use it in the finished product, but it will be a very goofy little enemy. Luckily, for the type of games I make, something as stupid and simple as a Cuboid is actually a pretty appropriate creature. So now I am off to work on implementing the concept of enemies in the game. That could end up more than an all-day project, depending on how fancy I get with it. I think I'll try to keep it simple at the expense of nifty scriptability.
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  Blah blah 05:48 PM -- Wed January 14, 2004  

Bullets flying all over the place now. Originally they were nifty particle ones with glow fx, but that caused slowdown. And I have a fast computer! So they aren't, but I tried it with ridiculous rate of fire, and it's a-ok, so that's good. Wasted lots of time chatting as well. Ah, why won't lunch arrive? It's cold. Okay, back to bullet mania... not sure what I should work on now that bullets are working. Maybe something for the bullets to hit.
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  Workin' 05:18 PM -- Wed January 14, 2004  

I've been taking my game, which consisted of a spaceship you could move around on a screen of stars, doing nothing, and implementing bullets. I really like getting a game to the state of being able to move around and shoot. There's a lot of freedom then to tweak things and see what they do. You can try crazy fast fire rates, really big bullets, super fast movement, slippery movement, dashing abilities, all kinds of things. This is where the true feel of the game is made, I think. How it feels to control the player - that's one of the most important elements of the game. Don't you just hate games where the control doesn't feel right? It's also nice because every little bit of code is a major change and has real visible effects.

Bullets aren't in yet, but mostly. Then I will play around with it for a ridiculous amount of time without making any real progress. I play a lot with special effects too - this spaceship already spews particle fire from its engines, and it can't even shoot yet (not to mention there are no enemies). So what is this game? Never you mind.

I also cleaned the litter box, because a certain cat has issues. It's all glamour and glitz here at Hamumu HQ!
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  Web done 04:42 PM -- Wed January 14, 2004  

Well, the web is never truly done... when I'm supposed to be working, I constantly pop back in and read the latest updates on the different sites. It's an addiction. But now that it's basically done, I need to come up with what I'm going to work on! Just yesterday I got the very basics working on my latest project, so I think I'll hit that some more, maybe end up with something a little bit playable. Until yesterday, I hadn't done any real programming in forever, it's weird and fun. But first, I gotta do that reboot the update told me to do. I'll let you know how my work is coming in a little while!
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  E-mail done 03:44 PM -- Wed January 14, 2004  

There's a grey kitty standing in front of my monitor, so I can't see what I'm typing. Ah, she moved. Turns out my email was all spam except one from Netflix asking me to rate the last movie we returned to them (American History X, 5 stars). Sadly, no orders. Extra sad because I don't get to tell you about packing up orders and biking them down to the UPS Store to mail. Plus it means I'll have to find some other way to get exercise today. Now to the websites! Oh, fat kitty jumped off my lap, I better go put away my breakfast dishes.

Okay, did that and got a water bottle. We keep a collection in the fridge (refilled with fridge water of course, we're not yuppies) and go through several a day - good health to drink water, you do it too! NOW! I always have a water bottle with me. I also turned on WinAmp. I've converted every one of my CDs into MP3s on my computer, so I can actually shuffle through ALL of my CDs at once, which is pretty cool to me because I like them all, and I like to be surprised. Plus, no waiting for them to cycle!

Okay, really to the websites now. I read a lot of blogs, a couple videogame news/review sites, and a couple game developer discussion places. I always end up burning far too much time in the morning reading them. Let's see how much!
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  Waking Up 03:30 PM -- Wed January 14, 2004  

Here we go! It's 7:22am, and I'm awake, showered, and eating Honey Puffs, which are generic Honeycomb, with OJ, because it isn't breakfast if there's no OJ. My lovely wife is going to work right now. First steps of the day: connect to IRC to loiter silently in the #ludumdare channel, open my email and go through all the spams, deleting one by one (in case one of them for some odd reason is a real email). Yay, now I have a big fat kitty in my lap! This morning there are 115 items in my inbox, thanks to SpamAssassin, which killed hundreds more. Oh no, a windows update has arrived! I'll have to reboot after it's installed. Okay, I'll get to my email and spend an outrageous amount of time browsing my favorite websites (but not as long as usual, thanks to that eerie feeling of being watched!), then get back to you and tell you ALL about it. Lucky you.
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