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  2. Anyone here managed to never burn out on programming? My current limit is 3 months(6-8 hours per day, 7 days per week, 50 hour programming week on average), and then I just have to take a break, sometimes lasting few days(with at most 2 hours on programming per day). I've been always like this so far, so I admire those who can always be so passionate on programming :)

    1. PhoenixSoul

      PhoenixSoul

      Spoiler

      Yes! Happens a lot! lolz

      (Erm...I misread that)

      No, I burn out quite easily...

    2. Rikifive

      Rikifive

      My job leaves me tired, thus lazy, so I barely do something productive nowadays, heh.

      I used to program a lot before I got a job and had all that time for it; Every single day I've been working on something if I'm not mistaking, though it's been a while. 😛

  3. Last week
  4. When I first did the free update to Windows 10 back in 2015, it crashed more times in one week than it ever did within the first month of getting this crap-tastic refurbished hardware.

    I don't think that this hardware will last much longer, so yeah. If ya wanna help, I accept donations via cash by mail. Otherwise, Ramsey is going to be gone, as well as all my other ambitions/projects.

  5. I got a brand new laptop the other day! :O

     

    It was mostly paid for with a stimulus check, and it's also partly a early birthday present.

     

    Still kinda transferring things over and setting it up,  and I need to get used to the different keyboard layout, but it already kinda feels like home! ❤️

     

    1. PhoenixSoul

      PhoenixSoul

      Neat. I thought you had gotten a new computer already, but, hey!

      Stimulus check...ugh.
      (yeah that never happened on my end-not that I wanted it because..............)

      Eh. I think that after another year, this one will crap out and then, that'll be that. I won't get another because I don't have money for it and I don't even have control over my own funds (not that anyone believes that there's any reason for such but they have no say and even I have no say), so I can't even make decisions for saving any money unless somehow I get some and don't immediately feel forced to spend it.

      Yeah. I'm glad you got a new computer. Sorry that I'm feeling envious.
      I'll just go back to occasional gamedev and old games like Bejeweled.

  6. I've released the game I've been working on for the past 7 years, and wrote a postmortem detailing the struggles of developing a game alone. Check it out!  https://meiri.itch.io/apple-pie/devlog/160774/apple-pie-a-postmortem

    1. Kayzee

      Kayzee

      Sounds kinda like my experience working on my game too... Especially sometimes starting up RPG Maker wanting to be productive and just... not being productive. XD

       

      I have a very different attitude to the whole thing though. I have given up on a lot of projects over the years, and by the time I came to this site I had pretty much given up on ever finishing anything. I basically stopped trying to make a game. Instead I would just focus on making some scripts for others and fiddling around for my own amusement. And that's what I did for years. I had a test project that I would fiddle around with, but it was more a way to test my scripts and play around then to make an actual game.

       

      But at some point things kinda changed. Like storm clouds gathering on the horizon ideas started to come together. There was a point where I just threw my hands up and thought screw it, let's see where this goes. I might never finish it, but... so what? Why should I worry about that?

       

      You see, I realized something. I have no deadlines, no expectations to meet, no reason to really push myself. So I am not going to. I will work on it when I feel like it and not work on it when I don't. Maybe I will find a new project I rather do, maybe not. Maybe I will 'work' on my game for a hundred years and then forget about it, maybe not. Maybe if I just lay back and poke at it every once and a while eventually it will be done, or maybe not.

       

      You asked your self if it was worth it. But is anything really worth anything in the first place? Who cares? I don't. It's not like I can get my time and effort back, and even if I could what else would I do with it? I think I might as well keep the project around and maybe fiddle with it sometimes rather then just lock it up in my mind and never touch it again.

    2. PhoenixSoul

      PhoenixSoul

      Nice. Hopefully we all have a great accomplishment like this down the road.

  7. I used to have a really cool sprite of a tall MV skeleton rising from the ground. If only I could remember where I got it for the new PC...

    1. PhoenixSoul

      PhoenixSoul

      Mayhaps it's a Steam Workshop item? 🤷‍♀️

  8. Earlier
  9. you ever just catch yourself speaking dialogue aloud but never actually write it

    1. PhoenixSoul

      PhoenixSoul

      Almost daily, and sometimes more than once in a day.

    2. Kayzee

      Kayzee

      Sometimes I think. Most of the time I speak monologue aloud instead though. :P

  10. Pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pow...

    'Yay.' (sarc)

    I can't see the majority of them going off, but I can smell them...
    (sulphur)

    Happy Capitalist Holiday.

    1. Kayzee

      Kayzee

      I didn't actually hear any go off today. :O

    2. PhoenixSoul

      PhoenixSoul

      Been going off for the past six plus damn hours...and the past three weeks or more off and on. 🙄

  11. What are your experience on trying to boost a MV project on an Android 7+ phone to a constant 60 fps? It's very hard for me(mine is 720x1440 px with Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 and Adreno 506), especially with an ATB system plugin. The best minimum I can get is 30+ fps :)

    1. PhoenixSoul

      PhoenixSoul

      I can only wish you luck in figuring that out.
      I wouldn't even know who might have any experience with this.
      Maybe @Rikifive would know a bit more or could at least be of some guidance...

    2. Rikifive

      Rikifive

      @PhoenixSoul My knowledge says: I don't even have MV. 😂

    3. PhoenixSoul

      PhoenixSoul

      I tried. I honestly wouldn't know who to tag, maybe you would of. 🤷‍♀️

  12. Good news and bad news about the new PC.

     

    Good news: this thing runs beautifully, I'm not gonna lie.

    Bad news: the keyboard that came with it is not programmer-friendly. RPG Maker hotkeys? Gone. Impossible.

     

    I've switched back to my old keyboard for convenience's sake.

    1. PhoenixSoul

      PhoenixSoul

      Well, it's not that surprising, is it? Everything these days is about 'make smaller, make more convenient', so losing function keys and the like are not uncommon finds.

      I personally would rather slap an IBM Model M in front of a modern PC setup, but that's me and my preference for mechanical, clicky keyboards (and the same kind of keys in general). To each, their own.

    2. Rikifive

      Rikifive

      The keyboards / mouses that come with PC's are meant to be pretty much starter devices - cheapest & simplest, just to let you operate with the new PC. Some PC's don't include these at all.

      So unless you're purchasing an actual bundle (for example some gaming bundle, where you get a fancy keyboard and mouse, that actually contribute to the price), don't expect anything awesome to be included.

       

      So yeah, there's nothing to worry or be sad about, as this is pretty much expected. 🙂

  13. New PC! This puppy should be able to run all my games and stuff without tanking my memory, no prob.

  14. Watching them hold Oscar as they gave him the injection...

    This has hit me hard. I love my little puggie...and the fact that he was acting like he usually does when being held or picked up made it that much harder on me.....

    I honestly thought I'd have a few if not several replies.....

    Just goes to show how dead these forums are, but I know I'd get mocked on RMW.

    "Hello, bridge. How high above the highway below are you? Oh, thirty feet? I think that'll be sufficient..."

    1. Kayzee

      Kayzee

      Awww.... *snuggles*

  15. Well...I'll go into full details in my blog post, but right now I am feeling quite sad...

  16. right ok I don't care I'm making that pride drawing I'll jUST SOMEHOW INCLUDE THE CHARACTERS' NAMES

    1. PhoenixSoul

      PhoenixSoul

      Hop to it, Frogger. lolz

  17. > haven't drawn or posted any official concepts for my game characters

    > wanted to post a pride month drawing for said characters after I introduced them

    > pride month ends next week

    image.png.4e6e4bb9802d3d33a1283e83d176ca12.png

    1. PhoenixSoul

      PhoenixSoul

      Mm-hmm. I hear that.

  18. Dabbled in making 3D models after being addicted to Skyrim again, and I wanted to make some mods. So I learned Blender (somewhat) and then thought "man, my life dream has always been to make my own AAA quality 3D action adventure RPG game. I should totally learn Unreal Engine." I thought, hey, it has blueprints, so that's already sort of like RPG Maker, but for 3D, right?

    Well after two weeks of hell, with every solution I find for a problem coming up with 3 more issues, I have decided not to go down the 3D game development route.

    1. Rikifive

      Rikifive

      Yeah, 3D environment is way more difficult than 2D. Making decent looking 3D models is a challenge itself. Making great 3D games would be really nice indeed, but one does not simply make one. 😛

    2. PhoenixSoul

      PhoenixSoul

      The number of solo devs that have done fully 3D games is less than a hundred I think.

      Nadeo is one example, but only for the first Trackmania game. A lot went into that game, and it's definitely not bug-free or even the best polished, but it was done by one person, in less than a year I believe it was.

    3. Kayzee

      Kayzee

      Having every solution you find for a problem coming up with 3 more issues sounds like game development in general really. Even in RPG Maker that seems to be the case more often then not if you try doing anything beyond a bog standard RPG. It can be frustrating, but I think most of the time if you really look at what is going on you might realize something important:

       

      Though you will keep finding more and more issues, they aren't actually endless. Some new issues you will find are really the same as or closely related to issues you have seen before. Most of them follow a predictable pattern, and if you figure out that pattern eventually you will start solving issues before they even become issues. If you really examine the problems involved, you can become good at anything if you stick with it long enough.

       

      It's never that easy or simple, but I think the really tricky part is finding the determination to stick with it long enough to get better.

  19. ♫Please tell me, please tell me why....♫
    ♫My car is in the front yard...And I'm...♫
    ♫Sleeping with my clothes on...♫
    ♫I came in through the window...♫
    ♫And you're...gone...♫

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    2. PhoenixSoul

      PhoenixSoul

      Mainly that I miss talking to you, miss you popping in on the random in Steam or Discord, but ultimately, I was using an old 'popular' rock song from the 90's to annoy ya, lolz

    3. Kayzee

      Kayzee

      *rolls her eyes* PS you don't have to worry about meeting your annoying quota with me. You do that well enough whenever you talk about current events and/or try programing. But I love ya anyway. <3

    4. PhoenixSoul

      PhoenixSoul

      lolz
      Love ya too.

  20. I've listened to 'lifelight' so many times while writing my game that I don't even associate it with smash bros anymore. it's my game's theme now lol

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    2. PhoenixSoul

      PhoenixSoul

      In essence, a MIDI file is one large piano roll keyboard with note annotations.

      Try loading any of the MIDI files from any song for FoF/Phase Shift/Clone Hero, and feast your eyes on all the piano roll notes for every single instrument part charted, including vocals, drums and dance. It doesn't seem to load in vocal harmonies or two-handed/pro keys though...

      Yeah, I know. No one plays rhythm games anymore. It's just an old, dead fad, right? lolz

    3. Kayzee

      Kayzee

      I'm not sure... Sure rhythm games are an old dead fad, but fads are a bit like the great old ones. They rarely truly die, just wait for the time when the stars are right to raise from their slumber and spread madness over the world once more. It's the way fads tend to be. Even those fads that seem to linger on as undead abominations after all the life and soul has been sucked out of them until they are pale shadows of what they once were seem to be able to spring back to life if the conditions are right.

    4. PhoenixSoul

      PhoenixSoul

      Hence, Clone Hero's current popularity.
      Actually, Indie Gaming in general is upticking in popularity, what with 'games as a service' being forced on the sycophants...by the sycophants...

  21. Always, Sometimes Monsters is one of those games that is more of an interactive story where every decision invokes some form of a domino effect.

    It is somewhat unpolished but a good game all the same, and one I'd recommend.

  22. Tried making a chase scene, ended up breaking the entire chapter. How did THAT happen?!

    1. PhoenixSoul

      PhoenixSoul

      Stranger things have happened.

      I've been there though...

    2. Kayzee

      Kayzee

      How did you break the chapter? Did you mess around with the wrong switches/variables?

    3. TobiObito4ever

      TobiObito4ever

      After some trial and error, I've (hopefully) managed to unbork it and get it working properly. Yaay!

  23. Would it surprise any of you to learn that I love games like Armored Core?

    No? Oh.
    Okay then.

    As far as gamedev goes, I'm working on poses. it's something I should of already done, but I wouldn't of had a demo release if I did, because I probably would of had forty-plus pose sets for each character, when I only intend to have about eight of them, with only some characters using all eight pose sets.

    "What are the pose sets for?"
    Mostly the NSFW/Kink-related stuffs, but I intend to have a sleeping/napping pose set.

    Pose sets require that I do a lot of pixel editing. Lots, and lots. I'm one person; this is hard as is, plus I have so much else going on at any given time.....

    I could of made this a blog, but only one person reads those...#LMAO

    1. BluMiu

      BluMiu

      I don't run into many that play Armored Core unless across a group on social media, so yes. A tad surprising in one respect.

       

      Just how many characters are you doing this for or are you doing bases to make it easier? 40 is...a hefty load of time to set aside and get done. Making good sprites isn't fast in the first place, so a project indeed. These personal use, resources or for what you're working on?

    2. PhoenixSoul

      PhoenixSoul

      No, most characters, which would be a total of over twenty.

      Of course, I'm nowhere near finished with the first set. I'm still trying to figure out how to make the poses.

      It's really hard without any sort of references other than what I'm imagining.

      For my game project. If I could actually setup a way to make money on itch.io, I'd also be selling some of these as resource packs. I don't currently have that option, and I may never have that option.

  24. Might take a break from social media for a while. Stress has taken a serious toll on my body, physically and mentally. I'm actually trying my damnedest not to puke on my keyboard as I'm typing this.

    1. PhoenixSoul

      PhoenixSoul

      Take care of yourself.

    2. Kayzee

      Kayzee

      Honestly, why even use social media in the first place? Nothing good comes from it. But whatever, use it if you want. Just don't be afraid to withdraw a little if you need to! Remember, it's not the boss of you.

  25. I wanna make this clear to all.
    Anarchy is not, I repeat, NOT RIOTING AND LOOTING.

    Anyone who believes that chaos and Anarchism go hand in hand, either educate yourself on the matter, or get wrecked.

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    2. PhoenixSoul

      PhoenixSoul

      Except, am I? Or is it that I care too damn much and want to also see the suffering of everyone else end?

      Yeah, I know. Easier said than done to just turn off all physical senses.

    3. Kayzee

      Kayzee

      Except you don't actually have a plan for that do you? You say you care too much. That you want to see the suffering of everyone else end. Yet you always always without fail frame it as if there is some source of evil that you can defeat that will solve everyone's problems. To be fair, I do talk about Yaldabaoth a lot, but that's more of a personal battle. And an excuse to make fun of the whole idea. Everyone has to defeat Yaldabaoth themselves. They have to find their own truth. There is no knight in shining armor that can save everyone. Everyone has to save themselves.


      If you want to help ease people's suffering, you can go out and do that. But you can't save everyone. But I wonder... Is that even really what you are trying to do? It seems to me like what you end up doing is making an enemy to attack inside your head. Doesn't matter what they actually did or even if they actually are real outside your head or not at all. Any enemy will do. Because you aren't fighting them. You just need them to 'stand up to'. You just need a banner. And while you go off chasing that enemy, no one actually gets any help. Least of all yourself.

    4. PhoenixSoul

      PhoenixSoul

      I'm more wondering if the source of misconduct/evil is a number of different things.

      I want to see it end, I do. However that comes about, is how it comes about. I'm no damn hero; I don't pretend to be and don't want to be. You once said that 'everyone is the hero of their story', and I say, pleh to that!

      There's no correct way to phrase that, but the best way is 'each person is the main character of their story'.

      I'm no 'knight in shining armor'/Spider-Man/Wonder Woman; I feel just as badly for them because they throw their own lives under the bus for the purpose of aiding others. I said I want to see the suffering end, and I'd be more than okay with such being from any form of mass-extinction event, as much as I would be with society finally pulling their heads out of their arses and getting rid of government.

      I'm not chasing any foe, I'm seeking answers.
      ♫They call me 'The Seeker'; I've been searchin' low and hiiiiiiigh!♫

  26. Out of curiosity, is there anyone around the forums that currently accepts (fairly complex) MV Plugin commissions?

    1. PhoenixSoul

      PhoenixSoul

      Hmmm...
      I can't think of anyone from the top of my head, but hopefully someone does.

  27. Stay safe, everyone in the US

  28. You know, in the RTP icons for VX Ace, there's these set of eight color/hue buttons/badges/whatever (not sure what these actually are to be honest), each of them encircled by a gold ring. When looked at in a certain way, they look a bit like paint/makeup palettes (i.e. eyeshadow or lipcolor).
    Nothing really important, just a thought train.

    1. kurin

      kurin

      well no one ever said makeup CAN'T give you stat boosts 👀👀👀

    2. PhoenixSoul

      PhoenixSoul

      True, very true, lolz

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