Ow My Balls the Game now on the Apple APP store!

More good progress today. Spent most of my time making the leveling system works. Here’s the basic idea. You earn more points, you get more farts, and you unlock more videos to watch. Pretty simple, maybe too simple, but that’s how it’s working for now.

Tomorrow Tim and I will be co-working all day on this game. Can you believe we’ve been remote almost this entire time? This will be the first time we’ve been in the same room at the same time working on it. I’m hoping it doesn’t explode cause you put together two minds like that and shazam it can be like crossing the streams in ghost busters. We’ll see what happens. In the meantime enjoy the latest vid, ya dig?

Dinner and a Playtest

Posted by joshm On March - 5 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

The pressure is on. We’ve invited a bunch of friends over on Sunday to playtest the game, which means we’ve only got a few days left to actually make it into a game. Pressure is good. Deadlines are good. Embarrassing yourself in front of your friends is bad. Unless it’s funny, which this might be. Anyway we’re cranking hard all around. I’m cramming on code. Tim is cramming on art. We’ll get there by Sunday.

The Making of Ow My Balls #5: Backdrop

Posted by joshm On March - 4 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

Making good progress all around on the game. Dropped in the latest backdrop from Tim. Looking awesome. Can’t wait to get this thing done. This particular update is presented by Kid Killionaire. If you don’t know him yet, you will.

Digging through YouTube

Posted by joshm On March - 3 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

Today I spent a bunch of time digging through YouTube trying to find the best ball hit videos for the video section. Boy is this tough! You’d think that YouTube has like thousands of ball hit videos. And they do. But most of them are on purpose, like “Hey we’re gonna kick Jimmy in the balls now watch!” It’s not funny if it’s on purpose, it’s got to be an accident. So out of like thousands of videos I’ve watched I uncovered five good ones so far that can be used. Can’t use any one that has cussing in it cause we don’t want any trouble with app review. I’m gonna post just one more of these videos here then I gotta keep the rest for the game. These guys over at kicked in the nuts are even crazier than we are.

The Making of Ow My Balls #4: Gameplay

Posted by joshm On March - 1 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

Today’s progress was all around gameplay. Gameplay is so important to a game. DUH. Heard from a Halo developer once that they spent a year getting aiming right. After playing with gameplay here a little bit I’m realizing it’s going to take quite a bit of time. So with that here’s the latest installment in the making of my balls.

Coding is Hard

Posted by joshm On February - 28 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

My day job is as a product manager. That doesn’t mean I can’t code. Even if my friends tell you that they are really just joking. Doing product management during the day and iPhone development at night is heroing (that’s a word right Wordpress wants to change it to Heroin?) I’m constantly switching between two parts of my mind – the part that codes, and the part that products. I’m starting to get used to it but I don’t think my brain is happy with it. Maybe it’s time for a YouTube video to cheer things up. We’ll call this one Tae Kwon Balls.

The Making of Ow My Balls #3

Posted by joshm On February - 26 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

Awesome day in the land of My Balls. Recorded a bunch of hillarious audio clips in the studio with JG. Tim got out the first backdrop. The game is starting to look like a game. Or at least one that was crapped out by a 5th grader. No offense to that fun draw kid.

Studio Time!

Posted by joshm On February - 25 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

Tomorrow I’m going to be heading into the recording studio with my good friend John Greene to record sound effects for the game. Surprisingly enough there just aren’t any sound recordings of people saying “Ow My Balls” available on the internets. SoundSnap, which is the dopest place to get audio clips, has tons of clips of men in pain. But none of them mentioning their balls. So John and I will rise to the challenge. Looking forward to getting into the studio.

The Making of Ow My Balls #2

Posted by joshm On February - 25 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

Another good day of code progress. Slowly learning how to work with UIImageViews in the context of a game. I can’t tell if what I’m doing is a complete hack or the way this is meant to be done. We’ll find out the first time I show this code to someone who knows what they are doing. Ow! My Balls!

Awesome Fast-cut Animation Design Vid

Posted by joshm On February - 24 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

Tim sent me this inspirational fast-cut video of an illustration being created for Vimeo. Absolutely amazing. I’d love to do something like this with My Balls.

Science Machine from Chad Pugh on Vimeo.

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