Happy new year, everyone. It’s time to come back from vacation mode and get serious again. That means getting back to the day job, working more regularly on game development, and, of course, blogging. Yeah, maybe I’ll get in shape, too.
One thing is certain, though: I now have more money invested in my little venture. My lovely wife bought me an iPod touch for Christmas, and signed up for the Apple iPhone developer program. Plus, I bought a Unity iPhone Basic license, so I can use the coolest development environment to make games for the coolest gadget.
Yes, that’s right, I took the plunge — just like everybody else.
This is one of those times that I wish I were more of an early adopter. The iPhone development market is pretty well flooded now, and the bulk of new apps coming along are games. Every day that goes by will make it harder to score a big hit; there’s so much noise out there. Thankfully, thousands of people buy iPhones every day, and all of them no doubt will buy a few apps as they go. As the market matures, there will be less money around for silly or pointless games, and quality will become more important.
What am I working on? Well, a few things. The first goal is likely to be a simple, cheap (or free) game that lets me test the waters a bit. I’m working on something with my brother as well, which has been in the works for several months. We’ve started adapting our progress for the iPhone, and it’s going to be a challenge to get things running smoothly. I’ve also got another, grander idea in mind that could be really cool, if I can get something out there before someone beats me to it. So many possibilities…
Then, of course, there’s SPUDZOOKA. I fully intend to adapt it for the iPhone, but I have quite a bit of work to do there. I did a quick run today to see how well it could just be ported over. Alas, not very well. Running it promptly crashed my iPod.
There are a lot of sacrifices that have to be made for a mobile device, and I’m just beginning to get my head around them. More on that later. Stay tuned — this is going to be an interesting year. For now, back to dabbling.