[February 11, 2018] 4:57 PM
Boy howdy, it’s been too long.
I only really intended to update my Top 10 Favorite Games list on the About page, which is now a sprawling Top 25 list instead, but then I noticed the FAQ needed updating, as well, and that my last post here was about eleven months ago.
So, for starters, here is a list of introspective YouTube videos I’ve posted to my main channel in the past year:
If it isn’t apparent from watching those videos, I’ve been struggling with my creative identity for a long time, and I’ve been making a fierce effort to set my art brain straight lately, or at least straighter. And, of course, much of my second-guessing is directly related to my age-old work-in-progress game, Project Comet.
Game developers will often tell you not to jump right into developing your magnum opus, and some will tell you to abandon the idea of trying to develop a magnum opus altogether. I don’t agree with this mentality, because I believe the greatest results come from following your inspiration, and aiming high is an excellent way to learn new techniques and become more discerning about your work.
But it’s true that if you go into a project with a goal like mine, “Make what could be your new favorite game,” it can become a quest in which you spend years doubting yourself and getting little to nothing done. One question I’ve constantly asked myself is, “What aspect of game design do I value most?” because I want to prioritize whatever that is and design the rest of the game around it. The problem is, it seems like my answer to this question changes from day to day or from week to week.
I’ve lived in fear of designing a bad game, because in a weird way, some of the games that bore, annoy, or offend me are not all that different from games I love and defend. It’s also hard for me to grasp that I shouldn’t feel ashamed to have some unpopular design philosophy–harder still when the shame clouds my vision.
There’s not much of a “But the good news is…” ending to this story, because I continue to wrestle with my motivations.
But the good news is, I know there’s hope, and I’ve seen it in the form of a game called Iconoclasts, made by Joakim Sandberg over the course of seven years and conceptualized by him even longer. It’s the most similar a game has ever come to the project bouncing in my head (while still being pretty different), it was made entirely by just one guy, and through countless hours of hard work and dedication, it’s finished.
My resolution this year was to stop worrying so much about making my game look and feel finished until it’s actually close to being finished. Still haven’t fully adjusted to this mentality, but I believe it’s helped me so far. Here’s to another year.- Jonochrome
[March 14, 2017] 9:48 PM
Normal excuses. College. Busy on game. I’m always active on Twitter.
Today’s update is, the first Crap Game Compilation was removed from Newgrounds pretty recently, because Newgrounds has been cracking down on content containing copyrighted music. Crap Game Compilation used an excerpt of “Yellow Submarine” by The Beatles. I’d been meaning to upload the game to my site so that it would still be playable online, but I didn’t want to do so without replacing the audio, so I made a bad cover this afternoon, and now you can play the game again here.
It’s been sort of a “catch-up” day, and I have several things I need to do. But once I’m done, I’m considering making a video about a topic that’s been on my mind lately, which would go up on my YouTube channel.
To be honest, I generally haven’t had as much fun making games or animations as I did when I first started. I’ve still been motivated to work, just not inspired enough to really do much with my motivation. There has been a lot of talk from YouTubers lately about forcing positivity, or otherwise forcing content that they feel will be most satisfying for others, and I think over the past few years, I’ve been suffering symptoms of that, just in a way I haven’t noticed. Now I’ve developed a new mentality that is already serving to be very helpful to me. Hopefully I’ll be able to discuss it in more detail soon.
So yeah that’s it.- Jonochrome
[August 19, 2016] 2:09 PM
If you’ve seen any of my tweets for the past week or two, you’d know that my parents and I have been moving into a new house, which meant a lot of heavy-lifting of furniture and countless boxes packed with paraphernalia, along with many long hours of driving. Now the most frustrating part of the process is over, and the bulk of what remains is unpacking and organizing all the stuff in the boxes scattered throughout our new home. I think it’s a grand improvement over where we’ve been living for the past decade.
Part of the reason for moving is that it gives me the a chance to go to a university where I’ll be able to finish getting my degree, which used to be in fine arts, but now I can major in animation, more in line with my style of work.
I’m hoping to get back on track with my large-scale platformer soon, which still has no official name and is just being called Project Comet for now. Here’s a screenshot that will probably be a fair bit more detailed by the time the game is done in the year 2216.- Jonochrome
#1 Game of May 2016, Developer Commentaries
[June 8, 2016] 6:12 PM
It looks like Riddle Transfer 2 was the top-rated game of May 2016 on Newgrounds! On top of that, my friend’s fan remake of the first game got the #2 spot. It’s been a very good month for Riddle School.
I’ve gone and added a walkthrough for Riddle Transfer 2 to its place in the Games section, and also linked to my recent developer commentaries for each game in the series. (If you only watch one of those, I personally recommend watching the one for the final game, even though it’s 48 minutes long.)- Jonochrome
All Recent Content Posted
[June 1, 2016] 4:07 PM
The Games section has been slightly altered, and Riddle Transfer 2, One Night at Flumpty’s 1 and 2, and Undercook have all been added to the page.
My “Leisure Replay” journals of Paper Mario and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess have also been re-added to the site, and they can be found in the Miscellaneous section.
The Links section has also been updated to more accurately reflect the accounts I currently use, and the Music section is up-to-date with soundtracks zipped.
Let me know if anything is broken and needs fixing!- Jonochrome
Site Now Uses WordPress
[May 29, 2016] 5:05 PM
One of the issues I’ve always had in updating this website is that if I ever have something to say that would be suitable for a news post on the home page, I have to edit the html with all its messy brackets and replace the index php file, and it was just generally inconvenient. Now, I’ve managed to incorporate WordPress into the news posts, so this should mean all the news I post from here on out will be forever available (instead of older posts getting deleted to make room for new ones), and it will be easier for me to make updates like this more often. I’m still sorta figuring out how it works.
Since my previous post no longer exists, I’ll re-post it here:
The 10th Anniversary of Riddle School (posted on May 25, 2016)
As of today, Riddle School has been on the Internet for ten years, and I felt inspired to patch up the wide-open cliffhanger at the end of Riddle Transfer.
Riddle Transfer 2 has finally been released.
I plan to make an update to this site in the near future to arrange the Games page a little differently, since by creating this game under my current alias, Jonochrome, as well as my past alias, JonBro, the line between those two separate eras of my Internet life have been blurred, and I’m thinking maybe I don’t need to separate them as much as I once thought. The One Night at Flumpty’s games will also be put back with this update, along with my latest little Undertale fan game called Undercook. And I should stop procrastinating on putting the Leisure Replays back, too. Goodness, I gotta make up for my general lack of updates.- Jonochrome