Ever since I first set eyes on an arcade cabinet I’ve wanted to make games.
To this day the games I want to make are exactly the kind of games I was playing as a 10 year old boy wandering around the arcades of the late 1970s and early 1980s – Aliens, spaceships, lasers, explosions… lots of explosions.
These were the games that thrilled me then and they are the games that continue to thrill me today.
I started out like most game enthusiasts my age by typing out page after page of BASIC code from a magazine. The badly printed, poorly punctuated mess that I was typing in to my ZX81 / Dragon 32 / Atari 800XL helped to define a discipline in debugging code. It also helped enormously in learning the basics of writing code.
In the years that followed college I found employment as a web developer, designer and ultimately a sprite artist for a large game company. This combination of skills has helped me to bring arcade quality games to the web browser.
As crazy as it might sound I never considered Flash to be a solution. For me the real challenge was in bringing games to the web browser through the open web.
Initially I had some success with a Space Invaders style game and a Star Wars inspired Defender clone using traditional web technologies. The games were great fun to make but limited in their distribution. The world was going mobile at a rapid rate thanks in no small part to Apple’s iPhone. I needed to rethink how games could be made.
After some initial success crafting small HTML5 arcade games I decided to start Space Monster Games. With it I am dedicated to making games for the mobile web.
I enjoy researching (not always in a scientific manner) the finer details of game design and have a particular interest in the emotional attachment that we make as gamers.
Whether coding is your thing or not I do hope that you enjoy reading this game designer’s journal. Please feel free to comment on anything that grabs your attention.
Alternatively contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Space Monster Games
Note: Space Monsters is the name originally given to the classic arcade game Space Invaders. Given my fondness for retro arcade games and classic B-movie monster mayhem it seemed to be rather a fitting title for a game studio :-)