[NAL] 25 Months

Posted by Notalot on Feb. 7, 2014, 10:04 a.m.

Someone punch me in the face some time between now and March 2016 so I don't leave it 25 fucking months again. Ahem.

Hello! It's been a while. In the last 25 months I've moved house, moved offices, released 10 games and somewhere in the region of 120 free fonts, I've consumed cigarettes and alcohol, curries and chicken, I've changed the contents of http://nalgames.com/ probably 50 times, and I've gone from being a fresh-out-of-teenhood 20 year old to a still-sort-of-fresh-out-of-teenhood 22 year old.

I still work at YoYo Games. In 25 months it's grown pretty fucking astonishingly. We've been in a much newer and nicer office since May 2013, and the headcount has increased a heckuva lot. It's still absolutely ace.

In January 2012 I had barely started making fonts. Five or six by my estimation. That has turned into my primary out-of-work hobby given I'm often very burnt out on GameMaker from using it full time. So as of right now I'm on 125 on DaFont.com: http://www.dafont.com/andrew-mccluskey.d3258. I've managed over 3.1 million total downloads and just recently entered their all-time top 100 most downloaded chart. Still at #99. I see a lot of them in the wild too, which is gratifying as fuck.

I haven't totally stopped making games, although I'm down to 5-6 a year where I'd be closer to 20 a year in my prime. Really ought to get round to uploading some of the not-shite ones here.

It's awesome to be dropping into 64digits, anyway! I passed my tenth anniversary of GameMaker last year (and am about to pass my eleventh), and it's great seeing a site that's been there for nearly all of it still full of people old and new. Shine on, you crazy motherfuckers.

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NeutralReiddHotel 6 years, 6 months ago

Cool beans, I always wondered what happend to YYG besides it's fancy new site and the new Game Maker (which I still use GM8). Nice to know it's grown

Nice to see you drop by man.

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Someone punch me in the face some time between now and March 2016 so I don't leave it 25 fucking months again. Ahem.

This doesn't make sense, can you explain?

NeutralReiddHotel 6 years, 6 months ago

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haha, i had long forgotten about blog title names. way to bring it back man!

Acid 6 years, 6 months ago

What's up, man! You probably don't remember me, but I definitely remember you! :D

My avatar has been the same for almost 8 years haha.

Castypher 6 years, 6 months ago

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although I'm down to 5-6 a year where I'd be closer to 20 a year in my prime
Oh good. Most of us are down to -2 a year.

Welcome back man, great to see an old face.

Mega 6 years, 6 months ago

Nice to see you again. I'll round up a mob to punch you in the face, will that work? :P

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although I'm down to 5-6 a year where I'd be closer to 20 a year in my prime
Heh, my 'prime' was around 8 a year. Really trying to work hard at releasing a few games this year.

EDIT: Also, excellent banner.

Ferret 6 years, 6 months ago

Haha, we aren't much, but we'd love to see you more often.

You've probably answered this before, but what sort of work do you do for Yoyo? Do they pay you to just make games with game maker? Cause that sounds like a really sweet gig.

firestormx 6 years, 6 months ago

Welcome back, and congrats on those fonts! It's pretty awesome that you've seen them in the wild, too!

It's good to see you're being super productive. 64D may still be around, but far fewer people are productive than before. :(

eagly 6 years, 6 months ago

Good to see old faces still remembering this place and dropping by to say hi!

Glad things are going so well for you! What exactly is your role at YYG? I'd love to know more about what you do.

Notalot 6 years, 6 months ago

Thanks y'all! :)

@Reiddsan it's been 25 months since I last posted something here, and I'd rather not leave it that long again!

@Acid I remember the avatar!

@Kilin Great to see you're still about too, you've been here longer than me!

@Mega That'll work! ;) and the banner's been like that for… ooh, five years maybe? Haha

@firestormx Cheers! Oddly enough, I think I have my terrible attention span to thank for productiveness - it means I won't spend more than about ten hours on one single thing, but once it's done, I can think about something else instead! I love making fonts so they're perfect for this - very low creation time and very fast to punt out! :P

@Ferret @eagly I do a number of things at YoYo Games but they're pretty much all within GameMaker (rather than creating GameMaker itself). I've had a hand in programming almost every mobile game they've published to date, I've done a lot on "Your World", many of the demos for GDC etc are my doing to some or full extent, and I've also in the past made many examples for the Core Tech team to help them in testing elements of GameMaker.

KaBob799 6 years, 6 months ago

Ooh awesome fonts =]