I’m on the front page of Newgrounds with my new game!

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I can’t believe my life at the moment. As I’m sure you know, (I’ve been banging on about it for a few weeks now) we’ve released a game – finally.

Newgrounds has exploded for us over the past few days. We posted The Tale of Doris & the Dragon – Episode 1, 3 days ago and it’s already had nearly 3000 views, been featured and we got 3rd place on the daily picks! I’m not lying – check out the link!

It had been going slow and steady for about 2 weeks on this indie game website called Gamejolt, where we had posted our #indiesvspewdiepie entry. It had a lukewarm reception to be honest. So far, it has had over 200 plays after being online for a fortnight.

I think that the game has actually polarised our audience. Some people really like it and some people just don’t get point and click adventures! We were kind of expecting it since it was a more arty / surrealist / experimental title. I guess it’s like marmite.

I am just happy that it’s done so well on Newgrounds. Since it was (and still is), more of an art community than it is a hardcore-gamer haunt – people are just appreciating the game more on this site than all of the others.

I guess when you are competing with hundreds of Flappy Bird and Five nights at Freddie’s rip-offs, you can’t expect to come in with a story-based game and assume it’s going to be at the top of every listing. Even though we got some trolls that rated the game low, we have a fantastic score – I have nothing more to wish for.

3000 more people now know about The Tale of Doris & the Dragon than last week.

Thanks to all my lovely followers who have been supporting me and my company from the start – it has been a hell of a ride so far. Something tells me it’s just the beginning.

Well done, Doris – not bad for an old lady 🙂


CHECK OUT LINKS TO THE GAME BELOW

NEWGROUNDS : http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/656118
OFFICIAL PRODUCT : http://www.arrogantpixel.com/index.php/doris-and-the-dragon-episode-1.html

FACEBOOK: ArrogantPixel
TWITTER: @ArrogantPixel


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The way of the Pixel – We’ve launched our new website! / Arrogant Pixel Blog – Arrogant Pixel

The way of the Pixel – We’ve launched our new website! / Arrogant Pixel Blog – Arrogant Pixel.

Me and my fiance have been hard at work putting together the website for our new venture – Arrogant Pixel limited. We became officially incorporated a few weeks ago – I am very excited about this project! I hope you guys like what we’re doing 🙂

I also happen to be writing the blog content for the company so I’ll be sharing my time between this one and the Arrogant Pixel blog from now on.

In the meantime, the company is currently working on a game title (to be announced very shortly!) and the link above is a quick introduction to what we hope to achieve. The website itself is now live and can be accessed here: http://www.arrogantpixel.com/

If you haven’t already, like us on Facebook for all future updates!

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It always happens at this time of year…#studentlife

I haven’t posted in ages. This always happened in January. Since I have little to no university work over December, generally I go on a Christmas posting frenzy! Then as soon as “real” work begins – *radio silence*. I do apologise for anyone who cares enough to have missed my ramblings. I will be trying to post more regularly over the next year. Can’t believe I’ve had the same blog for over 2 years – this is the longest commitment to any extra-curricular activity that I’ve ever started!

So, what’s been happening in the life of Jay? A crazy amount. Arrogant Pixel LTD is now officially incorporated as of the 27th January 2015 so Ben, Assad and I are now business owners! Movements are being made – I am so excited for this year.

We have been really busy this month getting the new website put together while working furiously to get this game we’ve been working on released. Pulling all nighters and not getting enough food or sleep over the past few weeks has been tolling but now that everything is starting to come together, I can kind of see the light at the end of the tunnel. It is very satisfying.

I hope everyone’s year has started off with a bang like mine has! 2014 was rubbish – the real journey and adventure begins in 2015, I can feel it.

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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!

Please do make sure you vote for us! We’d be so grateful if you could!

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

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Check out the links below to keep up to date with us!

VOTE FOR US: http://gamejolt.com/profile/arrogant-pixel/425732/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/arrogantpixel
TWITTER: https://www.facebook.com/arrogantpixel

#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.

So, if you want to see rocket grannies or floating spectral unicorn heads that shoot lasers, please do play the game. It’s free and will be available from GameJolt. Check out the links below.

VOTE FOR US: http://gamejolt.com/profile/arrogant-pixel/425732/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/arrogantpixel
TWITTER: https://www.facebook.com/arrogantpixel

If you want to see our first blog entry, please click here!

#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!

Please follow our progress on Facebook and Twitter over the weekend and don’t forget to vote for us!

https://twitter.com/arrogantpixel

https://www.facebook.com/arrogantpixel

http://www.arrogantpixel.com