Jay’s Ramblings – We are 99.999% Empty Space

The picture below absolutely blew my mind. It’s a concept that most of us learn at school in physics but when it is presented in a visual style like this, it seems even more impossible. This is where I start wondering why we can’t walk through walls or…why there’s something when there should be nothing? Or why solid objects appear solid but aren’t really…etc.

Anyway, all these philosophical questions still exist because they are completely unanswerable. I like to think that the matrix probably exists. There’s no way of proving it doesn’t. It would make sense really if everything that we are is in our heads and doesn’t actually manifest itself physically. It would explain why everything is 99.999999% nothing. But how could the world possibly be a simulation? Maybe everything that we are is an illusion created in our minds. Does that even make any sense?

I don’t actually believe that the matrix exists but wouldn’t everything be so convenient if it was? Everything would make much more sense.

I’m glad I’m not a physicist. It would drive me insane, personally, but I have the utmost respect for those that choose that long and arduous path. The road to seeking new knowledge while sitting right on the brink of the unknowable is a challenging life to lead indeed.

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The Unfortunate Tale of Mr. Explosion Head – Original pencil sketches!

These are the original pencil sketches that I did for Mr. Explosion Head! Check them out! More stuff coming soon including a video that we are attempting to put together!

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Original pencil sketches – The Unfortunate Tale of Mr. Explosion Head

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#indiesvspewdiepie Game Jam with Arrogant Pixel – As it draws to a close

The Unfortunate Tale of Mr. Explosion Head is the title of the new game from Arrogant Pixel. I think we have physically done as much work as three people could do in 72 hours. I mean, we have barely slept but it is now finally, FINALLY coming together. I finished the artwork a few hours ago and my last contributions to the game have been pretty relaxed and finished in a comfortable time. Assad also has completed his work ahead of schedule and was able to leave a little early.

However, Ben is still furiously beating the keyboard next to me trying to pull the game together as we near the 5am deadline. It’s been a formative experience definitely. I have never been involved in a game jam before so it tested my digital art and time management skills to the limit.

Yesterday was absolutely crazy.  I’ve never done so much in such a short amount of time. Assad was doing some field recording with the zoom mic and composing all the tracks on his Nintendo DS and GameBoy. We now have a really awesome soundtrack to the game!

I’m so glad that I decided to do vector art for the game instead of attempting to digitally paint everything. It meant that I had a super fast work flow. I would sketch quickly with pencil and paper, take a picture of it on my phone and e-mail it to myself. Then I’d transfer the sketch to Illustrator and trace it. I love the flexibility of vector art. Just makes editing stuff and trying out colour combinations really quick to do on the fly. Sometimes that stuff is such a pain in the ass in photoshop.

As guilty as I feel for not doing ANY uni work like I planned this weekend, I’m so so happy.

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#indiesvspewdiepie Game Jam with Arrogant Pixel – 1st entry of many

So, I’ve decided to take part in this game jam hosted by GameJolt and Pewdiepie sponsored by YoYo Games (creators of Game Maker studio). I’m proud to be helping Arrogant Pixel bring together a game from scratch in 72 hours. The top 10 voted games will be reviewed by Pewdiepie on Youtube! The jam started at 5am this morning (GMT) and we need to submit the game on Monday at 5am. #nosleep

It’s basically a popularity contest I suppose but I KNOW that we’re going to produce something fantastic that is going to be really fun to play.

Since I’m the only one here at the moment, I’m just sketching out some quick scribbles for the main character. We kind of have an idea of what we are doing but will need to wait until Ben (programmer & fiance) and Assad (game boy musician) get to the base of operations to really begin work. I’ll be helping with art and PR stuff…let’s see how that goes!

We really don’t have that much time but it’ll be interesting to see how much work we can produce. Bit stressed because I really should be doing Uni work….but what the hey! Even if we don’t win, we’ll have one more product under our belt and one step closer to releasing our main title in the new year!

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#GamerGate, Feminism and the culture war

It’s a really odd thought to think that there is a culture war going on right now. Video game culture is under scrutiny this time because of a hashtag: #GamerGate. In a nutshell, many people have accused Gamergate of being a hate group because people using this hashtag have been targeting female journalists and game industry employees to send abusive messages and death threats.

What started off as some vicious rumour spreading about the validity of a game review, the entire thing seems to have grown way out of hand. After reading some awful tweets targeting @FemFreq on twitter, it is clear that people are lashing out at women “getting involved” in a traditionally, male dominated industry.

I understand that games are about fantasy and suspending reality and that sometimes that there might be a historical context for sexism that is relevant to the content. However, I cannot agree with this glorification that seems to be all too common in entertainment products these days. It is not sending the right message to young people – of both genders.

Girls can make games too you know! This teen duo from the US show the boys how it’s done…

Two Teenage Girls Have Invented the Most Powerful Video Game of the Year

Two Teenage Girls Have Invented the Most Powerful Video Game of the Year

I’m involved with making games myself. I’m not afraid to say that I love games and that I’m also a feminist. What these people don’t seem to realise is that there is absolutely nothing that we can do about the past, we can only change the future. Games like Grand Theft Auto are notoriously sexist but it is clear that these games were targeted at a male target market WITHOUT consideration of the female audience and it still sold millions.

What the game industry needs to take away from this controversy is to put the same money, energy and time into games that are all inclusive rather than exclusive. At the very least, consider that, in reality, the mainstream target audience is no longer “predominantly male”.

I mean c’mon! It’s 2014! Video games don’t just belong to boys – we’ve been playing just as long as you have!