1... 2... 3... KICK IT! (Drop That Beat Like an Ugly Baby) -- Battle your favorite drum 'n' bass track, or relax as you fly through that trance album. "Kick It" takes your MP3 music and creates floating worlds for you to fight through.

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1 comment by JohnDejobaan on May 30th, 2012

Skyboxes paint a 3D scene's background elements -- the backgroundiest background layer. For Aaaaa!, it's static images of cities or planets or what is essentially "infinitely far away" from the player's standpoint:

Most of the skyboxes we've used in Ugly Baby so far have been really simple gradients. In the below image, for example, we just do a fade from blue to white:

That's because we initially wanted the player to focus on the foreground content. But screw that. Now we want the skybox to throb with the music, resulting in something that might look like this:

Visual Inspiration?

That's not Ugly Baby, but we are researching visualizers as a source of inspiration. We're aiming for this to be more than an aesthetic change, as we'd want to tie the music in with the visuals. John piqued Ichiro's interest with idealizing having throbbers that signify events or (intensity) gameplay shifts.

This exciting idea, while tied to skyboxes, is actually part of a bigger problem: having events sync up at run-time to random music. To solve this problem, our research to find patterns and algorithms to detect those patterns continues.

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Garyn Dakari Jun 28 2011, 9:20pm says:

I got this in the Potato sack deal. It's pretty cool, but it gets boring fairly quickly the way it is now, especially when compared to AudioSurf(Another music game included in the potato deal). Still, it shows a lot of potential for the future, and I look forward to future updates. Go Dejobaan!

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ImABot Mar 17 2011, 1:38pm says:

Love you work, Ahhhh is by far one of my top fave indie games

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Henley Dec 28 2010, 9:42pm says:

Already own it, yeah you wish you were me.

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BcForCe Dec 28 2010, 6:44pm says:

oh wow very interesting !

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Paroxysm-Interactive Dec 28 2010, 1:06pm says:

Ok..... lol its looking intresting good work

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