Just one week to go in the Chiptune Game Development competition! To recap: We're joining with Safari Books Online
, the massive online library of technical know-how, to honor the mighty chiptune. All you have to do is pick out a great game-style chiptune
that has no game to go with it, then make the game
Of course, if you love Python or Unity or Locomotive BASIC, don't let us stop you.
You have until July 5 to complete your game. If that feels like a tight deadline, remember that games don't have to be epics! Vignettes are welcome. Check out the prizes in the original announcement
• Doctor Popular writes about the progress his team's made
on their entry, and posts a screenshot. "I spent 10 hours at Noisebridge yesterday working with some very talented friends on an entry for BoingBoing's chiptune inspired video game challenge. Our game, "KnifeTanks", mashes pixel art and chiptune sounds with hand drawn assets and kazoos." You can keep up with Docpop here
• Some more musicians added suggestions from their chip and chip-style ouvres: check out the tunes
from Dektonic, Daniel Merrill, Golab and Beta to the Max.
• Don't forget about the 30 days free access to five game-dev titles from Safari Books Online
. You don't have to set up a subscription, but there's also a coupon code at the freebie page if you've been looking for one.
• Looking for inspiration? Check out these games inspired by the 1980s
at Abdizeedo, and this fantastic post at TIGsource
featuring hundreds of indie games.
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
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