Creative Mood Swings
Sorry I have not written in a while or posted anything. The truth is I am having one of my creative mood swings, which is something I have been having for a couple of decades now.
For most of June and July, I was in creative mode working on the graphics update (see last post) and a thread for “Rachel and Ariane”. As per usual, I started losing interest in creating and now I have swung into gaming mode, where all I want to do is enjoy other people’s games. At some point in the future, I will get tired of playing and want more creative control, and will suddenly want to create again. It WILL happen eventually.
So to answer everyone’s question, I have no idea when the next game will be out, or when the android versions with the new graphics will be out.
The Android Copyright Problem
The biggest complaint is that people can’t download the android version directly to their android devices. The reason is that Google has a strict copyright on APK files. My file server that I rent from GoDaddy protects Google’s copyright. If it detects an apk file being downloaded by an Android device, it kills the download, hence the reason you can’t download the game directly. I tried using a Google file server, but they stopped it in other ways.
So the only way to get the APK file for Android is to download it to a non-android device like a Windows computer or a mac, or a Chromebook, and then move it to the android device via USB cable or microSD card. Sorry this is difficult.
The INTP Personality
I have an INTP personality. This is our greatest strength: We are good at stuff and know stuff. We find something that interests us, and we study the hell out of it until we become experts. We find a skill that we enjoy doing, and we master that skill.
This is our greatest weakness: When outside forces develop expectations for these interests and skills, our desire to improve to meet expectations goes right out the window.
I mention this, because I am having an INTP style dilemma.
To make a really successful indie gaming enterprise, I need to set up a Patreon, and find ways to release these games on Google Play Store and/or Steam, and I need to get them properly translated, because for some reason I have huge followings in Germany and Brazil. To do it properly turns it into a part time job.
The more I think about doing all this work, the less interest I have in finishing the actual games. It becomes a distraction that hinders my interest in even making the games.
So content creation comes first. No Patreon, no Play Store, it’s too much work I am not interested in doing.
My number one motivation is to make these games for myself. It’s my hobby, my way to relax, my way to express myself. I enjoy playing them as much as I enjoy making them.
I could either share them the way I have been: posting them on a file server and letting people download them with no support and no promise that they will work on your devices, or I could not share and just enjoy them myself.
So I choose the easiest route that benefits the most people and keep doing what I have been doing.
Anyways, to prove I’m still working on stuff, here’s some art you haven’t seen yet.: