|A childhood dream I forgot about|
Well. I guess it's been a while.
When I played Bard's Tale II and Ultima IV one magical summer, I remember wanting to be a part of that. No, not practical, just learn general programming/keep your grades up instead. Computer courses even revolved around sorting algorithms, anything but just getting out there and finding how to do stuff.
Bard's Tale II fell. Ultima IV--well, solving it became a secondary dream. I got through it soon after leaving college, thanks to GameFAQs, without which I wouldn't be here.
But last month I was invited to help test a game for the Apple II. And I realized, I always wanted to do something like that, but life can get in the way.
You can play it on an emulator, say, AppleWin.
I came in too late to help pin down some bugs--there'll be a maintenance release out there--but retro RPG fans, hope you enjoy. I was also invited to help testing the main project, Lawless Legends, which should have a beta in 6 months. I may not be able to help with coding (that's another dream) but--I got a lot done and helped make sure things were presentable and did work so that programmers didn't have to. I even helped with the story in places.
Anyway, I don't think I'd have done that without a platform to discuss games, whether via reviews, games, or maps. Here or GameFAQs.
Hope everyone else has had fun things they forgot they wanted to do.
Maybe I'll have another post about the stuff I've written in the past few years. I'll see. I was fortunate enough to have the chance to write my own games, and they're games I'd have liked when I was younger. But for now, I'll share someone else's.
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|honestgamer - August 08, 2016 (09:19 PM)
As I believe you know, making games has been a dream of mine, as well. I still like to imagine myself finding time to learn how to use an engine such as Unity, and with that creating an amazing game that allows me to launch such a career. But there are also other careers I have in mind, and life keeps moving forward whether we're ready or not. So I hope that people with those things they've forgotten about doing will start doing some of them, while there's still time. Congratulations on your own successes, and keep 'em coming!
|aschultz - August 09, 2016 (01:24 AM)
Yeah. It's tough to balance that line between bragging and saying "Hey, it was worth it, let's find the time to do what we want." I've been able to. It's meant that I maybe haven't had the time to play games that I'd like, but--I think I enjoy them a bit more when I do, and I appreciate how easy it is for bugs to slip through.
|pickhut - August 11, 2016 (04:13 AM)
Yeah, balance is always the hardest thing to pull off in cases like these. There are certain things I've wanted to get done within the last two, three years, but life and other pursuits have gotten in the way. In the meantime, I just keep convincing myself not to give up, especially since it's much easier succumbing to defeat. I consider the latter to be a bigger waste of time, since it means all that effort beforehand was for nothing. But that's just me personally; everyone has different demons to battle.
Welcome back, aschultz.