in search of Space Monsters

exploring arcade game design with HTML5 and JavaScript

Another take on Channel 4’s “How video games changed the world”

On Saturday evening Channel 4 aired a programme about how video games changed the world. In it Charlie Brooker skips through the last 30 odd years detailing the games that defined the era.
Predictably there’s initial reference to Space War and a brief look at Atari and the arcades before we delve in to the home […]

A quick look at Google search trends and HTML5 games

I threw some money (£100 courtesy of a Google voucher) at trying to promote my mobile HTML5 games portal (m.spacemonsters.co.uk) earlier today.
After initially falling foul of Google’s stance on over-capitalisation of words I finally found a good looking advert with all the right words.
I punched in a load of keywords that I figured mobile users […]

Tell me a story but not too much…

I love my RPG games. I particularly love those games that focus on combat in a very visually satisfying way. A game that ticked all the boxes for me was Dungeon Siege. I’ve blogged about this briefly before.
What I love about such games is that they don’t ram the story down your throat.
I very much […]

Spring and photography

The first true signs of spring are upon us. Blossom on the trees and spectacular yellow / orange / sunburst hues across the sky. Time to grab the camera and start snapping.
I always wanted a kind of photo blog. I’m no photographer but I have a feel for what looks nice.
It’s strange but it’s always […]

A creative life

I think the first time I ever realised that real life wasn’t really all that good was around the late 1970s. As a 7 year old boy in 1977 Star Wars came at just the right time. By then I was already spending much more than 50% of my time in my own carefully crafted […]

Today I landed a Space Shuttle – as you do !

So I downloaded a Space Shuttle simulator for iPad – F-SIM Space Shuttle.
How hard can it be to land a glider ? Well the short answer to that is pretty damned hard actually.
I’ve really not invested much time in the app but from I’ve seen you get to land the shuttle at either Edwards’ Air […]

An evening at Frogg Manor, Cheshire.

Well I can honestly say that I’ve never been to anywhere quite like Frogg Manor. What a gloriously ridiculous yet thoroughly entertaining place to spend a Saturday evening.
We all knew the moment we arrived that we were in for something quite different. As you make your way up the handful of steps in to the […]

A quintessentially English affair

Now that I have some place to write I figure I should probably get in to the habit of writing on a regular basis. Of course the danger is that what comes out is pure nonsense but with a bit of careful thought and editing I’m sure I can at least offer something worth reading […]

Hello, world.

I always wanted some place to write about daily thoughts and events (and stuff) that wasn’t in any way linked to my game development. Writing about game design and the intricacies of making games work is a huge amount of fun but it’s very niche. I wanted to be able to express thoughts on all […]

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