GameJolt’s Gameboy Jam 4 Now Open For Voting

Screen Shot 2015-08-19 at 3.12.10 PMGameJolt holds a cool tournament every year where you get 7 days to design a game from scratch using no pre-created assets. The Gameboy ones are favorites of mine. Most of the games can be played directly in a browser and really take me back. I posted a few screenshots from ones I particularly liked. I won’t post the names since I don’t want to influence the voting however.

This year’s entries are really good. Some of them go far beyond what could really be done on the gameboy, but they still retain some of the feel of the classic low-color classic. Some entries have a nice gameboy color feel and a more varied palette. For me, the ones with good 8bit tunes really stood out. There’s a lot of entries but take some time to check them out, you’ll find some favorites and be sure to take a quick moment to vote!Screen Shot 2015-08-19 at 3.10.25 PM

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Spiddekauga Games Trailer for Voider – Upcoming Game With Beatscribe Music

This game is looking pretty sweet. The soundtrack is totally inspired by Metroid Prime and I think its some of my finest ambient-ish work. I will post more details soon.

Starship Rubicon Round Table Interview with Wick and Beatscribe

Wick and I sat down with Jon from Cheerful Ghost to talk about our involvements with Rubicon and Starship Rubicon. It was a lot of fun! Check out all their latest stuff here.

Plogue Chipsounds Gameboy DMG Wave Channel Tutorial

gbA while ago I had some requests for how to use the DMG wave table in Plogue Chipsounds. I just finally got around to putting it together. Although its hard to get the exact same sounds you can get in LsDj when it comes to using the wave channel, you can get a pretty good approximation.

Many of the cool sounds you get out of LsDj come from the start and end point and speed settings for filtering. These help you get those “blarg” (that’s what I call them) sounds and some of the really noisy, buzzy Gameboy sounds that have come to define its sound.

Chipsounds doesn’t have the start/end/speed setup like LsDj but you can get the same effect using the wave sequencer. Here’s a few settings to get you started. If you haven’t learned the wave table in Chipsounds, read this first.

Select the DMG-CPU preset and the Wave channel of course. Pick a Wave Channel preset to start with. We will customize it later.

Set PMode to one fo the following options:

  • PWM – A more subtle pulse modulation effect.
  • PWM+Copy – This causes the distorted “blarg” sound and is the most in-your-face modulation.
  • Modulo – More subtle, almost gives you an Atari SID sound.
  • Seek – Turns the modulation into an arpeggio-like effect.
  • Trunc – Another subtle effect.

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The next step is to build a Wave sequencer table that turns the PWM ratio up or down. This is CC2, as you can see in the photo, you can increase it in small steps with a very fast speed to get some smooth sounds.

Youc an also use CC29 to change the Pmode mid-table as well as VPOS (CC28) to further change the effect.

The wave channel setup greatly effects the sound. The more you squish down your wave, the more you will hear the effects. Here are some examples:

 

 

The “Blarg” Mouth Sound

A very flat wave shape. Wave table increases the PWM Ration by 5 in 1/96th increments.

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Jagged Lead – Often hear in Chipocrite and Bit Shifter’s stuff.

Wave Shape is rather jagged and odd. PWM Ratio moves up and down mostly in 1/48th increments. You can turn on looping for a real fun sound with this one.

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Trashy Bass – this is a very distorted and fun one.

CC28 VPos starts at 1 and PWM Ratio climbs, VPOS jumps to 127 after a few increments increasing the distorted sound and giving it a slower attack feeling.

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Squirt – A real subtle one I like.

Same as Trashy but using modulo instead of PWM+Copy for the PMode. A bouncy fun Atari-like sound.

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Hope that helps. Just experiment from here and you can get some really epic sounds out of this module.

Studio Dustmop Releases NES Cartridge Star Versus

Screen Shot 2015-06-04 at 1.44.29 PMA while back we did an article about the first video games of all time. Studio Dustmop just released a authentic NES cartridge that mimics one of these early games “SpaceWar!”. While the price is a bit steep, the gameplay video shows a promising and exciting 1 and 2-player game modes, complete with modifications and various arenas with different features. One arena even seems to have some slick faux multiparalax scrolling! The in-game tunes don’t disappoint either. Its definitely a nostalgic rush just seeing the demo so far.  I’ll definitely be getting my hands on a copy as soon as possible. You can purchase your own copy here.

8-bit Mac Terminal Email Client

Just another little retro-fitting experiment here. By using some terminal settings plus Alpine, I am now checking my email in style.

Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 8.15.36 AMLike most linux/unix things, there’s about 10 ways to do anything. Here’s a the simple way:

1. Install Mac Ports

2. Follow these instructions to install alpine and connect it to your account (example shows gmail). Thanks to Kenneth Anguish.

3. Modify the terminal settings to use the font of you choice, colors and transparency. I used Ocean settings with some transparency added and the emulogic font that looks like the NES letters.

New Studio

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Darshin Studios Drive-By Fruiting Trailer

Property of Darshin Studios.

Music, Sound and Voice talent direction by Beatscribe.

Lucky Kat Studios releases Nom Cat with Beatscribe Sound and Music

I am back from hiatus to announce a new game just released with my productions. We are approaching a cat singularity on the Internets. And with good reason. Cats are awesome. Nom Cat is a new game from Lucky Kat studios where you have to feed our furry friends and help them avoid bombs. The game has a variety of backgrounds and lots of cool items you can buy to dress up your cat (I love the fro particularly). The gameplay is simple but harder than it looks initially.

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For the music we mostly used the DMG-01 chip from the gameboy but added a few more layers than you’d get out of the real gameboy. One of the challenges was creating an accordion sound for the France level in 8-bit chip limitations. Since the accordion is a very imprecise instrument, it helped to use multiple pulses with different attack rates at different octaves. It gave it that slightly ‘sloppy’ feeling that defined such a organic instrument like the accordion.

The game also includes avatars of famous instagram cats, check #instanomcat to see all the celebrity cats available. Some of the proceeds also go to help cat charities, so you can’t go wrong with this! Get this game right meow!

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Taking a Small Hiatus

I will be moving to a new place. So I won’t be taking orders until about May 25th. Any open jobs are being finished today. Thanks for your understanding.

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