Saturday, May 8, 2010

Insomnia Level

I've successfully reached the insomnia level. After working for so long until the morning and sleeping in the afternoon... and today, finally, after being so deep into the racing game that I'm developing.. I went to try to sleep by 7 AM and I couldn't.
The worst part is that I kept thinking of the game.. stuff to add next and to keep myself motivated on the graphics authoring department.

This is so very much like 20+ years ago, when I used to spend my summer vacations in front of my Amiga 1000, working some game demos code.
Half of the time would be on optimizing code (often where it wasn't needed 8P), the other half was on doing pixel graphics with Deluxe Paint, copying from video shots of After Burner and Power Drift on some game magazines.
I still have some floppies with possibly some of that stuff.. but they are superold and I don't have an Amiga anymore. I could buy some Amiga in Akihabara, but then I'm afraid that the floppies would just pulverize inside 8)

ahhhh.. yeah, I should go to Akihabara and finally get me an Amiga !

Anyhow, the game is progressing well. I've even found a name for it (Final Freeway anyone ?!), and made the credits screen.
I also added a demo-mode, but it looks pretty dumb without any sort of AI.. and I'm too lazy to implement something that is based on actual gameplay recording.
I'm not so sure about the "art"... cutting images with Photoshop ( only works so well.. the game is obviously retro, and doesn't benefit for any photo-realistic graphics slapped in.. which is gross much like Mortal Kombat was gross (at least to me !).

Anyhow.. I hope that my lack of sleep won't make me do anything stupid such as buying an Amiga ;P

P.S. Thanks to for the TGM Italia scan about the article on Power Drift.. however their Java viewer stinks.. it's very slow and it doesn't resize. I may be wrong but.. I suspect that it was made that way so that other couldn't "steal" their scans... typical Italian mentality ;)


  1. Ahhh the art... joy and curse of coders all around the world!

    Maybe you could try your hand at some pixel-art with ProMotion?

    In case you didn't know, it's really DPaint for PC, even the same keyboard shortcuts.

    Anyway, I like the name of the game, sounds a lot like "Anal Freeway" which is great!

  2. Hhhmmm "Final Freeway"?

    Why is it final? =)

    Sounds too dramatic.

    Also freeways have overpasses, ramps, bridges, etc... This is more of a Highway than a Freeway

    How about "Highway Racer" or "Highway Cruiser"?

  3. Maybe you could just buy an amiga drive and hook it to the PC.

  4. Final Freeway sounds nice ... I think I get the "final" reference too ... LOL. I wouldn't bother buying an Amiga ... unless you have tons of space at your apartment! :) I just recently got my oldskool console collection (too many consoles to list here) back from a friend after 7 years of not having it with me ... I had to go through and get rid of a lot of stuff ... I actually had 3 copies of Dynamite Headdy ... Don't ask why! 8P Freddy's idea sounds like the better way to go. Keep up the great work man!

  5. Rasty,

    Thanks for the hint.. I installed it immediately 8)
    And I also immediately changed the name to Anal Freeway ;)
    I'm thinking about some (half-automated) way I can turn pictures into cool pixel art (other than just reducing the number of colors 8P)
    We'll see once I have some fresh new pics.. first I should buy some stuff to make models pics (tent that diffuses light and with green/blue bottom, etc).

    Anyhow, you are always free to actively help with development if you insist ;)


    As Ragin guessed, the is a reference to the story of the name of the game that turned my ex employer from a broken dev studio to the level it is right now (I'm not sure if it's better off now though ;)
    Stuff like "Highway Cruiser" is too generic and doesn't have a special meaning.
    Also, the fact that there are no ramps etc, it's a "technical limitation" which doesn't need to last forever.

    In Out Run, there are boat shops, surfers, palms flowers by the side of the road.. which wouldn't make that a freeway either 8)


    Thank you for that touch of sanity.. ok I need an Amiga drive !


    Glad to know you like the name. I think it's a bit lame, but that's why I like it.. if it's got a meaning and it's a bit wacky, then it's always better 8)
    Yeah.. I don't need anymore bulk !! I have so much junk at home.. well.. it's more that I live in a tiny Japanese apartment.. but I don't like the idea to move somewhere else just to find room for my stuff.. fack that 8)

  6. I think "Final Freeway" is memorable because ... well ... it just is. 8P I understand what you mean about accumulating junk. Though my apartment here in the States is much larger than the one I was in when I was in Japan, I've barely filled it up with stuff. A friend of mine here was recently suggested that I move to a bigger place to accommodate the extra stuff I have ... I thought to myself, "What?! Get a bigger place to keep more junk?! No waaay!!" I won ... the junk lost (got rid of it). 8P

  7. Call the game "Late for work - The race" :)

  8. Ragin,

    ehe.. my mother keeps sending me clothes and all sort of stuff... for me, it's become a nightmare in managing volume !
    I hate throwing things away and I secretly hope that they are efficiently recycled by some recycling megamachine... though I'd feel much better if I could directly hand my stuff to someone that could use it as it is.
    I mean, many of the things that I throw away ought to be more valuable than their own raw-material.

    All this is very time consuming though.. consumerism is a complex thing !


    No way.. not now that I got rid of that lifestyle ! (at least for the time being 8P)

  9. Hmmm what about "LadyBoy Escape - Run! Run!" ? :)

    Inspired by this:

  10. Ok, offically the difference between a freeway and a highway is that freeway can not have any intersections, while a highway can.. So you do have a freeway there

    Maybe 'Fantasy Freeway' then if you want to stick with the theme!

  11. I have a radical idea: call it...

    "This is not OutRun" :)

  12. I like Freddy's name suggestion!

  13. ...also as an alternative, what about "Facial Freeway"?


  14. Ohhh the picture.. I saw it once and it seemed like a white splat.. while in fact it's a light emboss effect.. ..I guess I didn't see it then !!

    Anyhow, nice to see that there are plenty of suggestions for the games to come ;)

  15. "Fecal Freeway"...

    (tell me when to stop ;)

  16. TurdRun

    And the sequel:

    TurdRunners (riding on cars from romania) :)

  17. OK, now someone needs to do the box art 8)

  18. It will include the following for sure. :)

  19. Those amigas look expensive

    $1300 for a new one back then.

  20. Was cheaper and more powerful than a Mac ;)