I’ve added a new subpage of my Games page called “Games Made by Kids,” featuring little games Deena and I made at the behest of our creative children. It features quizzes and online adventures. Video game industry forecasters would do well to pay attention. Enjoy!
Here’s something to keep you entertained while you’re waiting for my next publication.
Programming little online games is one of my hobbies. They’re not awesome games, but if this were the 1970s, I’d be rich! Lately, I’ve been programming games to amuse my son Owen. Some dads make toys for their kids; I code games. I’ll spare you our “What Dragonball Z Character Are You?” quiz, but you might enjoy this one:
I’ve resurrected my Mad Libs-style game from the Horror World days. Click below to play, and enjoy!
From the I Am Secretly A Geek Department, today I launched an online player-versus-computer Battleship game I programmed myself. Click here to play.
It began a couple years ago. I had a great time making the Haunted House Adventure, a puzzle game set in my home, and wanted to try something else. Deena one night suggested we play a pencil-and-paper version of Battleship to amuse ourselves, and that’s when I wondered if the experience could be duplicated online.
I gave up on a player-versus-player version after a couple months. While I had a member-management system in place and dreams of turning it into a Facebook app, there were two fundamental problems. First, it wasn’t completely hack-proof. How could I safeguard private user data and prevent people from cheating? Second, people would get bored playing online Battleship as a turned-based game unless they were both online at the same time.
So, I put it down until this year, when the idea came up of programming an artificial intelligence to play against. From there, I learned things like the value of using flowcharts to work out boolean logic before ever laying down a single line of code.
I don’t have a good answer to the question posed above. Why spend time on something like this? Sure, it has collateral benefit to Deena Warner Design in that I’ve sharpened my object-oriented-programming skills. But this wasn’t “writing” unless you consider programming to be writing.
Well, I don’t like leaving things undone, for one. But it was also fun. Why spend time on any creative project in which creation is the only point?
The pleasure of making something for the making’s sake is an attitude I hope to cultivate in anything I build, whether it’s writing-related or not.
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Meanwhile, nobody conquered the Haunted House Adventure game. My evil genius remains virtually undefeated — and lonely. There must be a superhero out there worthy of the challenge. But who could it be? . . . (breaks into song) . . .
The first person to solve the game from now through Halloween will win an autographed copy of THE SEVENTH EQUINOX hardcover, out Nov. 6 from Raw Dog Screaming Press.
This is not an easy game. Only three people have solved it in the four years its been online. So I won’t be responsible if it breaks your brain. I will only laugh.
The first review is in of the online movie I co-wrote with John Johnson of Darkstone Entertainment. Search my Trash writes, “Dr. Ella Mental’s Mad Lab Picture Show is most certainly something the world has not seen very often (if ever): A multi-path choose-your-own-story show that’s also a hosted horror double feature … it’s good macabre fun, and that’s what these shows are all about, and Mariah Johnson as too-klutzy-to-be-really-mad scientist is a welcome breakaway from the usual horror host mold.”
This disturbing bit of fan mail landed in my inbox this morning. Who is this woman, and why does she want to kill me?
Just kidding. I know who she is. It’s Hydie. She’s a psychopath.
There, don’t you feel better?
Actually, Hydie sent me this photo as a thank you for my support of Dr. Ella Mental’s Mad Lab Picture Show, which you can still watch online at Flicksphere.
You’ll never guess who co-wrote this crazy thing.
A companion movie to Dr. Ella Mental’s Mad Lab Picture show is FearFighter. I act in this one as a disease victim in the “Contagion” chapter. Lots of good screaming and face-melting.
At long last, Dr. Ella Mental’s Mad Lab Picture Show is now online. This is an interactive movie game I wrote with John Johnson. Come run some experiments with her!