The day of the zombie apocalypse has come. You're all alone and and no one is there to help you. Viral is a game that uses a randomly generated engine that lets you play in a way different world each time you play. Collect resources, craft new and more efficient weapons and items, and most important of all, kill zombies! Multiplayer: Coming soon.
Lots and lots of happenings around us: April's Fools, Viral's new look, an interview, and lots more!
Posted by TheGreenTie on Apr 6th, 2012
Hello again people, and of course, users of this marvelous community to another Viral dev blog post. Sorry for taking too much to make this one, I'll explain why below, but first I would like to talk about...
The thing I love about april 1st is that I don't have to celebrate it! Here in mexico we celebrate it in a different way and in a different date as well. In our tradition, we never give back what we borrow. Simple.
-Can ya' lend me fifty bucks?
-Sure fella! Here *gives money*
-Thanks mate! You´re awesome! *Walks away*
-Wait a minute............... Oh snap......
But I really like the 'Merican version of it! Corporations come up with the greatest pranks to tease their followers and then leave them in deception. How cute :3
It feels like an Easter Egg hunt! But instead of looking for putrid chocolate hid under muddy bushes, I browse around the internet looking for sweet pranks.
So I decided to join the fun and told everyone that I was going to leave Viral and make Justin Bieber dubstep! Unbelievably, some people actually tought I was talking seriously. I'm going to show just a few because Twitter deleted the other ones -__-
I browsed IndieDB yesterday and saw a new game (which was announced on march 22 according to their blog) that looks a lot like Viral.
I am not going to post a link or the name of their game because I don't want to be a jerk. But if you would like to see it for yourself, I will give you a hint: Check for yesterday's posts (april 5) or look for zombie shooters on IndieDB.
There are some parts of it that look simply identical, such as:
Viral: "New Stuff", "Bug Fixes", "Known Bugs" and "Things You Can Expect".
They: "Blank", "Known bugs" and "In the next update...".
INTERVIEW WITH THE INDIE GAME MAGAZINE
I just had an interview with one of the authors from Indie Game Magazine Mobile, Thomas Wang, director-in-chief of the mobile section of the Indie Game Mag, and he made me some questions about Viral and my upcoming portable game project:
IGM Mobile – Hi Rodrigo, can you tell us about yourself?
Rodrigo – I am Rodrigo G. Maitret, I live in Mexico. Since my state doesn’t have any good place to learn programming I’ve become a programmer thanks to the internet and all it has to show.
IGM Mobile – How did Team ZuperZ form? What games did you make?
Rodrigo – Team ZuperZ, is just a name I gave to a friend and myself when we work together around 4 years ago. Nothing special, when we two make games together we’re called Team ZuperZ. My main job in Team ZuperZ is the programming, and sometimes I do art for the projects. But the main artist in our current project, Viral, is Agustin Sánchez Ocampo (aka Dennot). Together, we’ve just managed to make a very small game called The Million Character Game during a game jam. Also, I forgot to mention someone really important: Jorge Figueroa Peart (aka G-or-G) contributed on The Million Character Game by making character art, and Easyname gave us one song so we could add it to the game. I did the programming , and Agustin did scenario. We all did the character art together. I’ve made many other small projects by myself, but most of them never were finished. And the ones that were finished were never uploaded to the internet.
IGM Mobile – You’ve already told me you were working on a game called ‘Viral’, can you tell me a little more about it?
Rodrigo – Oh yes, Viral. Viral is my first ambitious project. One of the reasons I chose this one is because it involves 3D graphics and multiplayer scripts. I already feel good with my knowledge with 2D games, so I want to go to the next level. Now, the game style is a pretty common around iOS, eg: Minigore and those who look like it. It is a Third Person Zombie Shooter. The point of the game is not just kill them, but to survive in cooperation, explore (which is the main point of the game), gather resources, improve and have fun.
IGM Mobile - How long have you been working on ‘Viral’?
Rodrigo - We’ve been on Viral for a while. The main mechanics, such as: movement, inventory and item systems, multiplayer were close to be finished. That was going to be the Pre-Alpha 4 surprise. But I was doing the project in 2D with an helicopter-view angle. People at the IndieDB seemed to dislike this. So I decided to change this by making the whole thing again, but now in 3D before the project went further. This was done to make them happy. After all, I want the people to play the game, so it needs to look good, and in 3D, it does. Now, in Viral, I’m doing the character art, and Dennot is doing everything else that involves art, which is a lot.
IGM Mobile - You’ve also introduced me to a game called ‘Bounce’, can you explain more about the concept? Can you give me any more information on estimated release dates?
Rodrigo - Now, Bounce. It is going to be a game that I will do by myself (programming and art) and will be released to iOS and Android. Hopefully Desura and Mac App store too. I want to make it good, but not too big, because this is a project for learning how the world of Apps work, after all, this is going to be my first “purchasable” game. I will release “Bounce” around a week and a month after Game Maker Studio’s release.
IGM Mobile - Any final comments?
Rodrigo - To all developers out there, check IndieDB, it is a great community to show off your projects. I have a blog that I update very often, which is TheGreenTie.blogspot.com, and a big shout to my friends at Twitter and DeviantArt. Also, I would like to give a big shout to Jordan Chewning (@jordizzle) for giving me some support in the 3D scripts I don’t know too well. I’ve included some images about my games.
He also showed this sketch I drew for the upcoming game, Bounce:
This was a good experience, being interviewed by one of the most important Indie Game websites. I wonder how this will be reflected.
Original interview source: Mobile.indiegamemag.com
Now... at last... the actual purpose of this blog post...
THE ACTUAL PURPOSE OF THIS BLOG POST
The main mechanics, such as: movement, inventory and item systems, multiplayer were close to be finished. That was going to be the Pre-Alpha 4 surprise. But on Pre-Alpha 3's post I made a small poll in order to know what people think about Viral before the development goes further and it gets too late to be changed. People liked the pixels, pixels were fine, but it looked that they didn't like the helicopter-view (eagle-view) of it.
We were on time to modify this. But how do we make a game where you can point in 360° WITHOUT an helicoper-view? There was only one way to do this...
After a couple attempts on 3D modeling the Viral game, I simply failed. I couldn't just get right the perspective of 3D coding, I didn't get it. And I didn't think it was healthy for the game to experiment on it, perhaps, I made some experiments on blank projects, learning from the internet (my first and favorite teacher) and practicing from scratch.
That was the reason I didn't updated viral in a while.
Sorry, I am far from home, I couldn't scan it, had to take a picture instead.
I'm ready about this old, new project of mine, specially after this one guy who is trying to copy our idea. I'm super happy for this interview with the Indie Game Magazine, the fact that an editor actually came up to me and asked me for an interview feels so... Wooh... I don't know :)
I've also been noticing that some people is starting to make comics to explain their dev blog posts, which is pretty cool actually! I really like how they draw them. The reason I don't color my TL;DR's is because it takes me too much time, time I could use to keep up the work on the game.
If you're a developer out there, I would like to tell you: Never give up, never. The road to finish a game may be hard, long, stressful and frustrating, but let me tell you, when you finish it, it will be totally worth it.
The same way we're a family in this community, I would like to make one out of my game. Specially by hearning your opinnions and use them to polish our game. So if you have something to say, tell us, it would be awesome. Remember, we're building a game based on your opinion :)
Oh, I just made a personal blog, I post everything I do, such as cartoons, opinions, and Viral posts as well, will end up there. Give it a look: TheGreenTie.blogspot.com
Well, I think this is it for now. Thanks for reading such long post I made again. I stayed up all night until 4:30 AM to make it perfect. This one is really important to me. Woah! This one is enormous! I can barely see the scrollbar! I think I messed up a bit this time, but there was a lot to tell.
Take care! See you soon!
If you excuse me, I have to hit the bed ;)