Open Ocean

For the past six months, I’ve been working on an indie game in GameMaker Studio 2. In two weeks, on Tuesday, June 11, Open Ocean will release on Steam! This is my first indie game, so I decided to make a small game with a big message, and while it’s not the most fun game in the world, I’m extremely proud of it! Here’s a link to the Steam page:

 

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1071640/Open_Ocean/

 

 

EDIT: The game is now available on itch.io as well!

https://allyproductions.itch.io/open-ocean

37% Unplayed Podcast

Some fellow game developer friends and I created a podcast called 37% Unplayed!  We’re a bunch of nerds that talk about video games and game design – If you’re interested in either of those topics, you should give us a listen!

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Quest Complete: Work my way up the Game Designer talent tree.

Today, I completed my quest to work my way up the Game Designer talent tree!  I was promoted to Designer!  Goodbye, associate!

 

I’ve accepted a new quest: Ship a title with a 90 plus Metacritic review score.

 

The First Ever Article Written About Content I Created

I’ve always been a firm believer that games, or even small parts of games, are made by teams, not individuals, but it sure feels nice when someone writes a stunning article about content that you were in charge of.  The first of many 🙂  When I started working on this mission, I remember thinking, “I’m getting paid to make a haunted house.  I love my job!”  Being a game designer is pretty great.

 

http://www.gamesradar.com/middle-earth-shadow-of-war-isnt-just-a-stunning-siege-simulator-its-also-a-damn-creepy-quietly-terrifying-horror-game/

Middle-earth: Shadow of War Story Trailer

Middle-earth: Shadow of War Open World Trailer

Middle-earth: Shadow of War Gameplay Trailer

War has come!

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

That AWESOME moment when the game you’ve poured your heart into for the past few years finally gets announced! I’m responsible for designing several of the main and side missions, among other things.

 

John Cleese on Creativity

I know it’s long, but this is a very good talk about fostering creativity. It’s definitely worth a watch for anyone that does creative work. Plus it’s funny, because John Cleese.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EMj_CFPHYc

Shadow of Mordor Post Launch

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor appears to have been quite a success.  Tons of people have been posting how amazing the game is.  I’ll use this post to link all sorts of Shadow of Mordor post launch stuff – Players sharing their experiences, things that people have made using/for the game, etc.

 

Awards:

GDC Game of the Year (And other awards): http://www.gamechoiceawards.com/winners/

GameSpot Overall, PS4, and Xbox One Game of the Year: http://www.gamespot.com/game-of-the-year/#top

Rock, Paper, Shotgun best action game: http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2014/12/16/best-action-games-middle-earth-shadow-of-mordor/

PlayStation LifeStyle Game of the Year: http://www.playstationlifestyle.net/2014/12/25/best-2014-game-awards-game-year-2014/#/slide/6

Joystiq Best Action Game: http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/03/joystiq-top-10-of-2014-middle-earth-shadow-of-mordor-yo/?ncid=rss_truncated

411mania Game of the Year: http://411mania.com/games/411-games-2014-year-end-awards-the-top-10-games-of-2014/

Giant Bomb Game of the Year: http://www.giantbomb.com/articles/giant-bomb-s-2014-game-of-the-year-awards-day-five/1100-5126/

Escapist Best Action Game: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/video-games/12789-The-Escapist-Game-of-the-Year-2014-Best-Movie-and-More.5

IGN Best PS4 Game: http://www.ign.com/lists/best-of-games-platform/ps4/middle-earth-shadow-of-mordor

Dice Awards – 8 total awards: http://www.polygon.com/2015/2/6/7991149/middle-earth-shadow-of-mordor-snags-8-dice-awards-dragon-age-named

Many, many more.

 

Photo Mode:

Steam community: http://steamcommunity.com/app/241930/images/ (Especially this one: http://cloud-4.steampowered.com/ugc/534001598413538279/5BFC893F6C8AADDE2B7A50E3583AF4239E5A359C/)

Imgur: http://imgur.com/a/FDyLU#0 (Especially this one: http://i.imgur.com/3bzf2kS.jpg)

http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/plzwbytfxm2l8r5bnle6.jpg

Bad Day in Mordor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BtMTk9NZ6Y

More Photo Mode videos: http://kotaku.com/violent-shadow-of-mordor-montages-are-tragic-pretty-1656155207

 

Reviews:

Yahtzee: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/9802-Shadow-of-Mordor-Review

Joystiq: http://www.joystiq.com/2014/09/26/middle-earth-shadow-of-mordor-review-my-precioussss/

IGN: http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/09/26/middle-earth-shadow-of-mordor-review

Destructoid video review (Max): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTGPwLQzF-M

 

Player Stories:

Gorfel the Wrestler: https://www.reddit.com/r/shadowofmordor/comments/2i2plh/rip_gorfel_the_wrestler_or_why_the_nemesis_system/

http://www.reddit.com/r/Games/comments/2ie0rd/shadow_of_mordor_reignited_my_lifelong_passion/

 

Other:

Metal song: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/miracle-of-sound/9799-Shadow-of-Mordor-Music-Video?utm_source=latest&utm_medium=index_carousel&utm_campaign=all

Tips: http://kotaku.com/tips-for-playing-middle-earth-shadow-of-mordor-1640847458

Glitches: http://kotaku.com/glitches-make-shadow-of-mordors-orc-hunting-way-funnier-1641703801

Increase difficulty: http://kotaku.com/think-shadow-of-mordor-is-too-easy-try-these-out-1653394248

Me:SoM as a book cover: http://imgur.com/a/umNbm

October, 2014 PS4 best seller!: http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/11/07/playstation-stores-top-sellers-october-2014/