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Comments on today’s announcement (Flash)

After today’s news, and because I will probably be getting junk directed at me, I’m writing this to explain what this means for my work, and what I will be doing… First of all, if you want to read more about what this means for AIR (the runtime teams have given their commitment to keep supporting it) then visit these links: https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2362234 https://forum.starling-framework.org/topic/air-roadmap-update I have been moving all my stuff to AIR for quite a while now. Tetrageddon has fully transitioned to a desktop app. The games will be playable in the browser for as long as browsers support the...

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“Everything is going to be OK” early access

My new not-a-game game experimental art experience “Everything is going to be OK” was showcasing at IndieCade E3 this week! This was an amazing privilege, and the other indies in the showcase also had amazing games. The overall feedback was encouraging. So many people commented that they had never seen anything like it. This was probably the most common comment. I would love to talk about this more, but I have a pressing announcement & favor to ask… The game is out on early access here: http://gamejolt.com/games/ok/263066 If you would like to support me, my work, or the development of...

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Game design notes: “Everything is going to be OK” (talking about personal things/experiences is easy, making a game about them is not)

As I develop I take lots of notes. I figure I’m due another blog post, so I’m sharing some thoughts I’ve had while making “Everything is going to be OK”… also that’s the official title now. It was a placeholder, and now it’s stuck, and everyone knows it by that so… I’m ok with that. The game is called “Everything is going to be OK”, ok?? (p.s. excuse the grammar, i’m very tired and there’s lots to do) Notes… Talking about personal things is easy, making a game about them is not. It feels almost invasive, but at the same...

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Everything Is Going To Be OK (Progress Update #6 & Artist’s Statement)

I’m creeping up to 15 mini-games done. There is good variety! I’m so happy. Some interesting developments on direction… Once I reach 20 I’m going to hide the 20 (or so) other mini-games inside these games. So you are presented with these “pages” and then discover that the “pages” have lots of depth to them. Kind of like matryoshka dolls (you know, those Russian dolls). You can get lost in these vignettes, and they’ll layer over eachother. I feel like this will give it a lot of depth. It will also be less predictable. You click on something, and more...

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thoughts today

I feel like I need to say something. If not to share opinion, then just to get this off my chest… This post is for my own sake. Maybe just for the sake of someday having something to look back at, and be happy that it’s over. I don’t know. Maybe one day I will be able to laugh at this too. I don’t know what to say. The outcome has been shocking and devastating. As a woman I feel like someone just took every sexual assault, every office harassment, every obstacle I’ve ever faced because of my gender… every...

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A summary of my Fantastic Arcade week

This week I had the amazing opportunity to attend Fantastic Arcade. Two of my games where there this time. It continues to stay my favorite game event. For one, there is more booze there than your liver knows what to do with, and the people are so beautiful. I loved being able to meet the people behind some of my favorite games… like dog opera (oik os), Proteus, or Off-Peak… even the Kingdom of Loathing folks! As you can expect, I had plenty of “omg play it cool” moments. :) It’s pretty overwhelming, but I guess I feel like that...

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Launching Soon! (and a rant about stuff)

Update: Because GameJolt is going to launch their marketplace soon (I’m told about 2-3 weeks) I’m going to wait for them so I can launch there too. GameJolt has been tremendous for my games (encouraging, supportive, and all the warm-n-fuzzy stuff like that) so being able to launch with them gives me happy feels. …So yeah, I’m waiting for them + that gives me time to add some more stuff. Also, cool comment on this post. Thank u for sharing that. Not too long ago (pre-GDC to be exact), I put out a call on Twitter for beta testers. One...

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GameJolt Interview & Stuff…

Ok, so… some really cool news! Some time ago indiegamehunt approached me and asked if I was cool with doing an email interview. Today it went up on GameJolt. Animated .gifs and all. Here: An Interview with Nathalie Lawhead This is so cool! (also because I’m a fan of gamejolt, so you can imagine I am tittering with youthful enthusiasm.) Also, CloneJam: Nathalie Lawhead (#clonejamnathalie) is starting in 7 hours (as of writing this). I am going to participate in this because I think this will take vanity to a whole new level and I like that. Also, just imagine...

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The (New) Tetrageddon Games “Art Direction” Commentary: Everything Looks Better Low-Fi!

I rarely ever do “art posts” where I explain the thought process behind the look of the game, so I thought it’s about time that I do something. A lot of planning goes into it, and I’m certain others will find the general philosophy interesting. This is about the new “desktop” version of Tetrageddon Games I’m making. It’s coming to Steam. Small video about the project: So… The new experience has a lot of new art, and animated transitions. Think of it as a very large, “interactive animation” with games here and there. The art is largely vector art. This...

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Holding Out & Thoughts About That Internet Niche ;)

It’s no secret if you know me. I have made the web my life. When I first started “web development/design” there was no name for it, UX was a non existent concept, and this wasn’t being taught at colleges. I remember my teachers ALL (no exception) telling me to stay away from the internet because it’s a niche, I’m wasting my future, or because it’s going to destroy my creativity (there where many variations of this). My interest was interactive art online. Judging by the amount of people that told me I was throwing my future away with “this internet...

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My Commentary on the Current Web Debacle (why Flash is more relevant today than ever before)

I will start by quoting a couple of articles, and then share my views. Java and Flash both vulnerable—again—to new 0-day attacks “There’s no indication that either of the newly discovered Flash vulnerabilities are being actively exploited…” I point out that Java has also been exploited, and this is active: Cyberespionage group Pawn Storm uses exploit for unpatched Java flaw “A sophisticated group of hackers known for targeting military, government and media organisations is currently using an exploit for a vulnerability in Java that hasn’t been patched by Oracle.” This has NOT been patched, Flash (on the other hand) has...

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Monkey Fortunetell on Google Play (Free for Android) – Or How The Humans Won Their First Victory Over Skynet

Last night in the AM’s Monkey Fortunetell was finally published to Google Play. The game is FREE. LINK: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.alienmelon.fortunetell As a side note, I only tested this on my Nexus, and now received some feedback that it’s laggy on some devices so updates will be on their way soon. The Story If you follow me on Twitter then you’re probably aware that the game had a fairly puzzling setback. I published it the night before (also in the AM’s) and it immediately received a suspension notice for violation of the Impersonation or Deceptive Behavior provision of the Content Policy. “Impersonation...

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Art From Way Back #2

Returning from a trip some of my old artwork (from way back) was brought back from Europe. Which is a pleasant blessing since I thought I’d lost it. I finally took the time to photograph it all. These range from quick sketches, to more elaborate studies of scenes, still lifes, portraits, etc… using various mediums. To see my previous Art From Way Back post click here. Still Lifes Perspective, shading, and composition studies (arranging a scene so the eyes “read” the picture as intended) With pencil, or charcoal Eyeball martini Glass reflection and texture study Who Stole The Cookies From...

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General Announcement (Official Email Address)

Starting at the beginning of this year my email accounts have been going bonkers ranging from email loss to suspicious things sent that well… uh… (I would only send if the government got in my head, removed all inhibitions, and brainwashed me to send them.) I was hacked. It was bad. You don’t think about how bad these things can get once they happen. It’s unbelievably devastating. Hackers suck! … (And so do government brainwashers.) Nevertheless, like I said, email loss: If you’ve emailed me, and I have not responded (or you received something along the government has orchestrated a...

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Killing Mockingbirds

Killing mockingbirds They ran out of firepower And laid her to rest Something I have to say To get off my chest You shouldn’t kill anything like this Heavy artillery, sophisticated bigotry A showman’s frenzy, all cleverly interject Reasons to kill and to cage They’re certainly strange Nevertheless, a piece for each Take what you can preach Taken from a throbbing chest Before they lay her to rest It’s a lesson to teach Killing mockingbirds is a sin It’s not how you say it Nor how you mean it But how you show it All mockingbirds know this It’s a...

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A Poem…

A Poem… This is a poem inspired by those hopeless moments Transcending all impossibilities When the very world collapses all about and underneath It begs to ask How deep does the heart go? And how infinite is the soul? Stripped apart and laid open Like nothing is sacred anymore I guess this is how Earth feels And we’re all made in her image When something remains and grows again When things heal despite how they used to feel When flowers crawl out from underneath Rubble, cracks, and wasted leftovers Somehow it refuses not to be It insists on the very...

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Hairy Chicken Fajita

Customer: Can I get it without hair? Employee: No sir. It’s called Hairy Chicken Fajita cuz it’s got hair init. Customer: Do you have any food without hair in it? Employee: No. Customer: What!? Employee: No. Customer: Can I make a special order for just the chicken? Employee: No sir, but you can remove the chicken and have just the hair. Customer: Um… Can you put the hair on the side? Employee: No sir, chicken is a topping. We don’t serve toppings as primary dishes. Customer: What!? Employee: Chicken is a topping. We don’t serve — Customer: Yeah, yeah! I...

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And A Leaf

(Read in order: Ivy, A Butterfly, A Flower, And A Leaf) Find her In the shade of a tree She let go of home to wander All the greater anxieties. Her face is old, color of gold, She dances silently To the turning of a breeze… Mind her Nomad of earth and sky You can dream for her To the melody she breathes. Quietly, she is free Needlessly at ease with ambition and cause She has traveled long To remind us of the sound of songs! Hear her Keeper of another peace Her power is in movements As numbers that...

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