Tag: armor games
For the past 2-3 months, John and I have been going back and forth about whether or not to make a TITOL3. 3 weeks ago, the project was greenlighted and we dove right in. It was a very different experience than TITOL2 for 2 big, related reasons: I had 0 lead time to start coming up with stage ideas and John and I didn’t meet up to spend a day doing nothing but setting the 30 stages, their names, their orders, how they’d work, etc. On TITOL2, I had spent about 6 weeks coming up with ideas and then John and I spent day 1 of development solidifying the core of the game. For TITOL3, it was mostly off the cuff… yes, I had 5 or so ideas that had been floating around in my mind, but most of it was done on the spot, with John giving a, “Hey. We’re working on this. We have 2 weeks. GO!”
Anyway, 3 weeks later, the game is now live on Armor. SO PLAY IT!
This version of the game has ditched the button and gone with a switch. Elephant now poops pastries (ala AU2). And there are 4 teleporting doors located throughout the level. Not to mention a return of the velociraptor, FML mode, and Hyper mode… plus a new Invisible mode.
Can you beat my speedrun time of 2:57.97?
Been way too long since I posted… so here’s at least a quickie.
I had submitted a panel proposal to speak at last year’s FGS, but was turned down. The same proposal was submitted for this year, and was accepted. FGS was this past Sunday. I spoke, along with my friends Jared Riley of Hero Interactive, Dan Stradwick of Monster’s Den fame, and Alex Shen from Mochi Media. Moderated by John Cooney of Armor Games.
You can watch the hour-long panel here, thanks to Adobe. I make some interesting commentary.
Jared Riley, the main man behind Hero Interactive, was kind enough to give me a sneak preview of a 99% completed Bubble Tanks 3. The game features all of the exploration and tank destroying goodness of the 2 previous games while incorporating in the sexy editors from Arenas to allow for insane customization.
As Jared keeps telling me, and I agree, the best feature of BT3 is that every time you load the game up… you’ll be getting a new experience. BT3 won’t be a distribute-and-done game, oh no. The HI team will continue to create new content via Parts Packs that will add new bubbles, weapons, parts, enemies, etc. However, because this level of post-production development is time consuming, these parts packs will not be free. Expect about 1 a month, loaded with new content, for only $4.99 each.
To help promote tomorrow’s launch of the game on ArmorGames, Jared has given me 5 free parts packs to give away. You’ll need to do 2 things to win: 1) post a comment to this story today and 2) register an account at BubbleTanks. Do both of these, and you could be the proud owner of Bubble Tanks 3 Parts Pack 1 for FREE!
edit: winners are: domizcool, kranix, tardis, chimto, saiba. Congrats!
I last updated this list 5 months ago (and 1st did it 5 months before that). Once again, there is plenty of changes to the list; 21 new games, to be exact. The 100th video viewcount has increased from 93k to 155k. Total top100 views are up to 45 mil. Armor is still well in first, BubbleBox is still 2nd (although will probably lose ground, now that they aren’t owned by Martijn anymore)… the big newcomers are Spil Games and Slix Media, with NotDoppler also having a nice increase. Things are now neck and neck between Joey and John for top dev. And the top100′s % of total views is now down to 71.4%.
Views are in thousands. Count is the number of videos that sponsor/dev has on the top100 list.
-Higher eCPM (60-100% higher, roughly)
-Fast approval time (not instantly… but if I ask, it gets moved up in the queue and approved within an hour; no idea how long the non-move-up takes)
-Great customer support (I get emails back quickly, answer my silly questions, etc etc)
-Ads only monetized in the US (roughly 1/3 of my views) [this 1/3 is still earning me 60-100% more than YT though]
-Lot of sites I work with don’t like the pre-roll and won’t let me switch, and there’s no way to just display overlay ads.
-The entire 5min back-end is pretty crappy
—The uploader is a 1-at-a-time thing, that auto-fills part of the title and description (have to delete it each time), and has restrictions on # of tags and length of title.
—The analytics are basically non-existant
—The revenue reports are broken down into 2 different sections and they both keep defaulting to dates in October.
—No easy way (that I know of) to search through uploaded content… videos are just plopped all on 1 page (500+ of them)
Overall though, the money is enough to overlook the other stuff… if sponsors would allow me to switch the embeds. Which they aren’t doing. So far, only Armor has let me… the other large sponsors I work with all have said no. Which means about 35-50% of my views will start coming from 5min and the rest still on YT; I’ve done roughly 400,000 views on 5min since the start of the month vs 1.5 million on YT. However, I only have about 15 videos (covering about 8 or 9 games) switched to 5min.
It also seems that PlayedOnline is building a new section on their site specifically for my 5min vids (they’re the ones that asked 5min to reach out to me in the first place). So that’s pretty cool too. Will definitely have a post about it when it’s live.
So today I have hit 50 million total video views. This is as per tubemogel.com, not what it says on YouTube, as YT’s view stats are lagged by 3-4 days. This is very cool stuff, especially given the time it took to go from 10 to 25 mil vs 25 to 50 mil (178 vs 209 days OR 11.86 vs 8.36 days/mil). This is almost a 42% increase in views/day, with an average of almost 120,000 per day over the past 209 days.
More stat milestones… This is the only level too broke 2 million, just edging Use Boxmen as my 2nd game to 2 mil; this also makes the 2 TITOL games #1 and #2 on my most viewed list all time. But to keep John’s ego in check, he still has less total views than his AG co-worker Joey (5.36 mil vs 5.39 mil)… barely.
Random other stuff: going to try and start posting daily again, if I can. This means not everything will be work related. Not sure if this is a good or bad thing.
So crazy to think… amazing really. For a walkthrough to have so many views. This is the only level’s walkthrough hit 3 million views today. Yay!
Use Boxmen will hit 2 million very shortly as well.
Don’t think I’ll have any new 7 digit milestone posts for a while. Oh well.
The original list is from February. A lot has changed since then. There are 17 new videos in the Top 100. The 100th video viewcount increased from 58k to 93k. Total views from the Top 100 has increased from 22 mil to 33 mil. But other things remain the same… Armor is well in first, with BubbleBox still solidly second. Joey Betz is still my top dev, but John Cooney and Eugene Karataev are gaining. And the % of views from the Top 100 has decreased from 81% to 76%.
Monday started with 7am polka. Not too bad of a way to start a day, all things considered. However, we apparently forgot to turn on the heat in the room… and I was a frozen Tassicle. I finally got out to bed around 7:40, showered, and we were off for some breakfast sandwiches at 8am.
Yummies consumed, we hailed a cab and reached FGS by about 8:45. Check in, free t-shirt and other goodies, and we quickly entered the main room to catch the end of Jameson’s (CEO of Mochi) opening remarks.
I’ll save my commentary about FGS for a 3rd post, and stick to narration for this post. For the 9:00 session, I went downstairs to the “dev room” and listened to stories about the making of Canabalt and how Nitrome went from barely being able to eat Ramen to having an office of 10 people. At 10, I went back upstairs for a panel on about microtransactions by owners of MTX platforms. The 11:00 hour was a “state of Adobe” presentation, and since that was highly technical and of no use to me, I used that time to network in the hallway. I talked to tons of people, including Zeebarf, Crazy Jay from MaxGames, John from CrazyMonkeyGames, Lars from King, and many, many others.
After that was lunch, which was some uber-fancy box lunch nonsense that made Simple Tass cry. I sat with ConArtist and his Aussie possie, and we chatted about a bunch of interesting stuff. Towards the end of lunch, I moved to the “Kongregate” table, and met AlisonClaire, Ducklette, and a few other newer staffers who I hadn’t met before; Greg Weir was also at the table and 2 gentlement from EA Games. My position as someone who never will be made a mod on Kong was affirmed many times over. My dreams are officially ruined. Lol.
The 2nd annual Mochis followed lunch, and some cool games won awards… including Sacred Seasons. Had Jamie told me that they won (winners knew ahead of time), I could have accepted the award for them. Given I’m a mod in the game and whatnot. Oh well. Also, Mechanarium has some crazy sexy art.
2:00 and 3:00 were 2 more panels about making money… one by devs who made craptons of money by not going the sponsorship route, and one by sponsors pleading for devs to get their games sponsored. Greg was one of the speakers on the sponsorhip panel (moderated by another one of my Polish panel members, Jared Riley… ) and totally kicked ass. 4:00 brought a short break, which was filled with more networking, mostly with Andrew Sega (who made Mytheria, amongst other things).
The final session I attended was by Sean Cooper, and made no sense to me… but many devs said it was brilliant. So I’ll assume it was. With the end of the summit was the start of the after party. Buses were provided to transport us from one location to the other, and I spent my time talking with a man named Lee from Adobe who either made Flash Player or updates it. Basically, he’s really cool and seemed to be interested in my little niche market.
1 paragraph summary of the after party: Zynga failed horriby at planning it. Full rant in FGS post. However, I did manage 2+ hours of hardcore networking, although I’m not sure how many of the people I talked with will actually have any benefit from working with me. Except Martine from Spil and the 2 fine Fins from Frosmo. Also, I “may” have changed Greg Weir’s opinion in regards to in-game walkthroughs. I am a master wordsmith!
Most of the cool people left the after party around 7 or 7:30, while I stayed til about 8:30. At which time, I joined the cool people 1 block over at what i’ll refer to as the after after party. This group included the guys from Armor, ConArtist, the Hero Interactive folks, Greg and Alison, John from CMG, Zeebarf and EntropicOrder, a random dev who made a bunch of games I’d never heard of… and then cameos by Sean Cooper, the Nitrome guys, the Thing-Thing guy, and a few others that I can’t recall. This party wound up breaking up around 12:30. At which point we walked home, slightly in the wrong direction because Greg and Alison suck at direction giving, set my alarm for 4:30, and fell asleep.
The trip started off wonderfully, with a 90+ minute delay before I even left. Got into SFO around 12:45 and waited for about 20 minutes until John and Joey’s plane landed. Got bag and left to get a BART into the city. Now, John grew up in this general area, so we trusted him with the simple task of airport navigation to the BART station… and instead we wound up doing a giant loop through a parking garage that put us right back where we started. At that point, I took charge, and we quickly made it to the train and eventually to out swanky hotel.
I guess I should note that I stayed in a suite with Dan, John, and Joey from Armor Games. Dan flew in on Friday to see some friends, so we were expecting him to be at the hotel and get us access to our room. But apparently he was 20+ minutes away, driving an ’82 pick up truck for some reason. We wait and eventually Dan arrives. Our room appears to be too small for 4 people, so Dan decides to get us a swankier suite with plenty of extra space. And a freakish lack of outlets.
Not too much interesting stuff took place in the room… we were pretty tired from the trip in, and took an hour or two to relax before the party that night. Then I get a phonecall from a developer I know, benologist… except I don’t remember giving him my number. He wants to bring another guy I know, who makes music, to the party. Dan, being the nice guy he is, allows this. Except beno called me from a hotel, didn’t tell me his room number, and I couldn’t remember his last name to get connected to him room from the hotel staff.
We head to the party, which is next door to where last year’s Armor Party was. I volunteered to go with Dan in the ghetto cruiser. Thankfully, I did not die. The party was solid. About 30 people, many of which I knew already… few I didn’t. Had a few beers, some food, good conversation. All in all some good fun. With dinner over, it was off to a nearby bowling alley for some heated competition with big prizes.
Me, being the giant douche that I am, brought one of my bowling balls with me from LA… along with my shoes. This did not wind up helping me, as I bowled like complete crap. But, developers tend to not be the most atheltic people… so I still handily won. Everyone seemed to be having a good time, which was the most important thing anyway. The top 5 scorers were put into a drawing for 5 prizes… basically as a method of preventing me from getting the top prize automatically. I really wanted that NetBook too. Instead, that musician that beno brought along wound up getting it… grrr. On the other hand, I now own a DSi… but apparently it does not come with games? Not sure what to do about this, but I’ll figure it out.
After we finished bowling, we still hung around and talked for a bit at the lanes. Then walked back to our hotel with a drunk Weasel (not the Thing-Thing one, the Frantastic Contraption / Streambirds one). We were going to have a nightcap with him at the hotel bar… sadly it was already closed. He left, and we went up to bed.
Not too bad of a first day, in spite of the 5am wake up. Will have storytime on Day 2 later, along with commentary on FGS.