Saturday, June 28, 2014

Fun with Pixel Lighting!

So, I've already jumped right into development of my new game!  Now I am REALLY excited about it.  I have a lot in mind for the look and feel of the environment, as well as the aesthetic.  Today I finally got around to playing with SHADERS IN UNITY!  I don't know why I didn't look into them before.  I love shaders.  I'm so excited.  The possibilities are endless.

Without giving too much away as to the theme, here is a sample of what I've been working on today with an item you may be familiar with:


So it's not perfect - there's some weird lighting stuff going on, and I definitely have some work to do on the shaping of the object.  Using this tutorial as a starting point, I first did a bit of finagling to update the code and get it to run. I also had to do some research to find out why their sample was rendering sprite alpha 0 to black instead of transparency. Once I configured a bare-bones version of their script through the tutorial, I added back in some features they didn't talk about, such as making black in the diffuse image always render to black - keeping your 'outlines'!  (I will post my completed shader for this once I'm done!)

Here's a look at the Diffuse Color, Normal, and Bump image layers used to compute the lighting:
(I'd hapily welcome advice from my 3D friends on this... as I'm a little removed from 3D!)

I hope you are as excited as I am.  My next game may run terribly and play horribly, but at least it's gonna look great! :D

 - chahn

Friday, June 27, 2014


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Well, its been a long wait now - but this game should be worth it!

In the past couple months, I took a road-trip from Philadelphia to San Diego, where I live now, and have been getting myself situated there! It's been hard to pace myself on these games while everything else is happening, but I've been learning a ton of new things about time management! (and the ways I work best).

I pulled out all the stops on this one! I've been taking my games a bit too seriously I think (you know, besides Hovering Chahn) so it was time to let loose a little and just make another ridiculous entry that goes off the rails. I had a ton of fun making it! If anybody enjoys it, I will be happy.

This is also the first entry to ever feature characters from my 90-Minute Comics universe! - the Broeo Bros! Since I liked this one so much there may even be another game featuring them! (but not next month)

So I have some catch-up to do now - this release is actually #6, and I have some back-filling to do. But I have a bunch of new games in mind, and scattered material already generated for some of them. (I've been all over the place). Looking forward to the next one!

Anyway! - Check out the game - tell me what you think!