Archive for June, 2011

Linux Notes from setting up Laptop 2011

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

I recently purchased a new laptop (Lenovo X220) and made some upgrades (160 GB SSD, 8 GB RAM) making it a great little development machine. I like it so much, that I want to use it even for my Linux needs.

I like to do a post or series of posts whenever I do a notable Linux install, often because there are so many nuances you need to deal with that are easy to forget.


The last Smiles Trailer

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

I did miss my June 23rd target date, but with good reason: I started on computer upgrades and setting up my new Laptop early. 😀

But yes, as you approach the end of something, there are always things you forget about that still need to be done.

Like this, a Computer and TV-System appropriate trailer for Smiles HD (i.e. without entire screen rotating):

As you can see, that is now done.

Beyond this, I have 2 more versions to submit; Both are ready to go, 1 just needs uploading, the other I need to verify the packages. Both should be out of my hands in the next couple days.

That’s all for now. I’m taking the rest of the weekend off. Ha ha!

Ending Smiles

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Yes, you read that right. It is ending. For real.

June 23rd is the 3 year anniversary of Smiles (as in, starting the game). I have finished every single port of the game that I had planned on doing (except console ports, both I decided to abort); Some are still in submission or need of final packaging. Days away now.

Today is June 15th, a whole week away from the anniversary. I have one key version of the game left, MeeGo, which is done but I’ve been running in to issues automating Linux packaging (stupid permissions). I have a short list of other things I’m going to try and quickly do, with Thursday June 23rd as the “real work” cutoff. Then “Smiles Time” should finally be reduced to only a day every few weeks… maybe months. Sounds too good to be true. 😀

I’m not ready to do a proper postmortem or retrospective. I’ll do one of those when I’m slacking new-project work, specifically, in the mood to write instead of do. 🙂

I-MA go get some lunch now.

Smiles for Kindle

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Speaking of better, here’s the final gameplay trailer for Kindle Smiles:

That is submitted and in the queue now. Should be available in the Amazon Kindle store soon.


I recorded a brief “making-of” video, showing how recording the footage for the above video would look.

Now that Smiles is finally winding down, I’m hoping to do more little things like this.

So much for that

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Hey, well that didn’t work. Smiles for WP7 after a couple weeks.

Note, that's cumulative... which means total overall

Or according to my data: 9 trial downloads, and 1 sale since. There was some twitter talking, some retweets by fellow devs, but there’s practically no noticeable spike.

Ah well, so much for that. On to bigger better things.