I’ll write about the game I’m working on this month, but let me tell you the problem I’ve been trying to solve this weekend (intermittently):
- I want a food item (in a sprite) to appear at random intervals.
- I want my main character to be able to pick up the food
- Then he can bring it to a baby
This is a pretty simple problem, something that could be done in a few hours if I had things setup right. Unfortunately I do not. Specifically my game system is way over-complicated and over-engineered. I should know, I wrote it. The way I specify levels is a json structure, and when I load that structure I identify any visible images in it and put them on the screen. Then the game layer loads a level, and sees if it needs to create any custom objects from the structure a second time, and if any of them were already images or sounds it needs to recreate the images…….
Ugh you see where I’m going. I spent the time I had this weekend simplifying the above. When I have more time and motivation I’ll document how the new system works, but the point is I wrote that system six months ago, maybe longer, and filled it with stuff I might need. I know better, and when you’ve got a one month deadline you need to spend a lot more time on a game and a lot less time on programmer fiddling.