Just dropping by with a quick note that Artemoids is now available on Softpedia!
I was entirely unaware of this until I received an email this morning telling me as much, and honestly I don’t understand why, but hey! If someone enjoyed it enough to bother submitting it, then I’m not complaining! Then again, it’s listed as a game for Mac, so maybe Macs really are that desperate for entertainment once the thrill goes out of making photo albums and home movies.
Anyway, in celebration of being branded Piemaster Studios without my knowledge, I’ve set up a Piemaster Studios Facebook page so you to can show your support for the fastest-growing independent software developer in the last two hours!
Also good to know is that the extensive codebase of Artemoids was “tested in the Softpedia labs using several industry-leading security solutions and found to be completely clean of adware/spyware components”. So there you go – finally a crappy Java game that you can play in your browser without infecting your computer! Badge displayed proudly below:
With semester one of university now completed (after my final exam yesterday), I am once again free to kick on with development of the good ship Piemaster and all that sail in her. There’s so very much work to do and I’ve been looking forward to it for quite some time now, having played around with a few new technologies during semester.
One of the primary objectives I hope to complete is to start posting more regularly about interesting new things as I come across them, and retrospectives of my experiences as I have them. I will try even harder now to make time for these, despite having said that repeatedly before.
I’ve also started working on a new game (a simple Asteroids clone at first, then something more sophisticated) taking advantage of a beautiful new framework I discovered, which I will write more about later. I’m putting development of my productivity-type applications on hold for the holidays and diving headlong into game development, for a few reasons: it was (indirectly) the topic of a subject at uni last semester; it’s much easier to get feedback from myself and others; it can more easily be defined as “finished”; and I just really enjoy creating games, whether in my head, on paper or with a computer. There should be plenty to write about along the way.
So that’s enough for now, and I’ll expand on a few of these points in the near future. Welcome back, and I hope to be able to provide a few things of real value within the next 3 weeks.
I just finished moving my Taboo content over from the old piemaster.net, while simultaneously filling in the blank pages. To find out what on earth Taboo is, you could do worse than to check out the Overview page. In short however, Taboo is a drum tablature editor designed by a drummer for drummers who are sick of hacking around with Word and Notepad to put their tabs together. It’s intended to put the relevant tabbing commands at the user’s fingertips to allow fast and easy transcription. It is however still very early in development, and there are plenty of fancy features planned for the future. Just as soon as I get some time…
It’s also free (and super lightweight), so feel free to download it and give it a spin. Bear in mind it will probably throw a few errors at you since I haven’t fixed it up for a while, but it’s safe to ignore them all. Restarting after opening it for the first time helps.
Anyway, it’s just another step towards filling this site up with content which is a little exciting. I’m also transferring the piemaster.net domain over here as we speak, so it should hopefully be much easier to get here in the near future. Hooray!
EDIT: Scratch that, the domain is still registered at GoDaddy for another year, so I’ll just try and get the DNS info to redirect. Same result, $9 cheaper.