Hello super cutie-pie readers!
I hope you are experiencing a wonderful day! I know I am! it has been fun and exciting. I feel empowered. I gained level 10/10, I can feel it! (>u<)
Today I got to answer to some interview questions for a book about the point and click genre. And as I hope you know, I'm a game developer, creator of the amazing Fran Bow! No, really. I am the person that created the story, the characters of a game that have sold over 200,000 copies all around planet Earth! Everyday a new fan-art of the characters of the game will be uploaded. We get daily reviews on Steam. And now I get to answer questions for a book about the genre I didn't knew much about. I got to learn about how to make a game by making one, because I couldn't afford guided education. And that journey was incredible. I loved every bit of it.
Anyway, while I was answering those questions, I felt I really wanted to answer more questions. I was missing to write. I was missing to get this flow with the letters and the ideas... a beautiful feeling. Until you hate what you write and then self-sabotage forever.
Well, now I'm here with the kittens laying on my favorite spot to relax and I felt for answering the questions I got from Facebook. Thank you everyone who wrote, I found the questions fun, intelligent and interesting, so thank you for making my life fun, intelligent and interesting :D
1. What music do you like? By Maria Noga on Facebook
I love many classical composers, like Chopin, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, thanks grandmom! :-)
I also love jazzy music and love to dance to it too. Great artist like Glen Miller, Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus were my Sunday afternoons since childhood.
I love punk, The Clash, Sex Pistols, Fiskales Ab-Dok, Ramones and so many more! Some Blondie and of course David Bowie. Pop, let's talk Michael Jackson, Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears before-2000. Madonna. Electronic sounds like Moby, Portishead and AIR. GRUNGE! Oh my Nirvana, Sonic Youth - I love you forever!- Blonde Redhead, Pearl Jam and some harder sounds like Korn, Deftones and NIN. I left many other great artist and genres I enjoy greatly for sure...
2. If you would be trapped on an island, would you only eat bananas for the rest of your life or mangoes? By Fartinssen Johäny Izak on Facebook
Both fruits are absolutely delicious and are packed with tons of minerals and vitamins.
Bananas are high in potassium, good for balanced secretion and action of hormones and also balances the fluids in muscles for example. They also are rich in B-vitamins, C vitamins and fibers. It contains manganese (not magnesium) that helps the body heal better, specially bones.
Mangoes have selenium, magnesium, for good bone structure, fibers, potassium, zinc that makes your immune system stronger, is a natural beauty maker because your skin and hair will feel better and look better. All fruits contain proteins, so we don't need to worry about proteins, neither to worry about carbs, since fruits and veggies are carbs.
I think I would choose, sorry Banana... I love you but, Mango shows more positive outcome for my survival. Congrats Mango, I choose you!
But I love bananas, so I still will eat them.
Before I continue, please read this short story I wrote for you, is about friendship.
I have thought of that today actually, because of the interview. It depends of the situation. Would I have more money than back then in 2009-2015? Would I have people to work with, not only my husband? If yes, then I would fix many things I see important for a better experience of the game. I would like to do a lot more animations, refine the story at certain points, maybe edit some dialogues and even add voice actors. I would probably re-make some puzzles and perhaps do it a lot longer, with lots of new content. But yes, if I got to make a change, it would be totally noticeable.
4. Do you like VR and would you make a game in that format? Will you and Izak make more movies or act in anything? By Anthony Carpendale on Facebook
I like VR, I like R too and I like V by itself too. But put them together, oh wow. It is actually one thing we have talked about with Isak many times. Many, many many times. I have done notes about ideas for VR games. Hopefully in the future we can explore there. I have thought a lot about the thing in it self, the VR propeties and it fascinates me the wish of people to get close and closer to what they can only otherwise see and enjoy from a flat surface, arts! I think VR could be the reason to make a game in first person.
About making movies with Isak, well if money allows it, we are dreaming big with that... Let's say make movies of our own games! That's my next big dream, along with releasing the "secret game"and Different Galaxy.
5. Who washes the pig mask? You or Isak? By Troels Pleimert
I do it. I have to admit. I was very nervous the first time Pigman-man invited me to clean his mask.
I was about to know who was the man behind that mask. Behind the bloody pig-mask of Pigman-man.
As I was nervous, the Pigman-man finally did it and took off the mask.
I could see into his eyes now.
And then I cleaned the mask.
He looked mixed Scandinavian.
6. The current state of the world and what are you doing to shape it for better By Moises Lozano on Facebook
I always feel small, when I see all the crap happening every where around the world.
What can I do? Not much directly.
I try to be nice to everyone around me. When I go to the store, I thank the person attending me for its work. I joke about little things, with everybody I find my way. I'm open to listen to others and give a shoulder to cry on. I'm earning my money by making things with love and passion. I don't eat things that harm more than serve my body. I don't over consume things that I don't need. I try to learn about the reality of humans, their feelings, their stories, instead of their cultural background.
I don't support things I consider unnecessary as promoting choices that are bad for the environment and us living beings, as candy industry, meat industry, tobacco industry, sex industry, slave industry and fast food industry. I support activities and systems that work for the equality of human beings, animals and Earth.
I always study myself to learn what things to improve in me, as knowledge, fighting inner fears, understanding feelings, correcting negative behaviors and improving my communication skills.
I don't think we are going to find a miracle solution for the problems we have around us. But we can choose to change the shape of our systems, teaching children values of life, respect, love and peace, learning new ways of behaving with each other and understanding that we all are connected at even the most ordinary every-day things. We have feelings we usually don't listen to and that's one thing we can all be doing to make a better world. Start listening to your feelings, not only your thoughts.
Now, before we jump to last question, I would love to show you a joke I wrote.
All I'm about to recommend is based on lots of try outs and failures with my husband.
Firstly, I would recommend to decide from the beginning, who will play what roll in a particular project. Is no good stepping on each other's work. We can always ask for help or an opinion, but is a good thing to have separate tasks. We are lucky that Isak and I enjoy making quite different thing, but we always have a understanding on what the other person do, so we can always help each other in any case.
I would recommend to set dates to talk about feelings you may want to dig deeper into. Try to communicate the best way you can so nobody gets annoyed by misunderstandings.
If you come to the point of fighting because of the game, take a few days off from the game and even plan some time for yourself, separately. To be apart can help greatly.
And that's all I could say, Game development is more about the play itself of making it. See both of you, as two kids dreaming on what games to play together and then spend time working on that idea. Also, making games takes time, planing, focus and constant press of getting better at something and not really knowing where enough is for this certain project.
Always listen to each other and respect. And it's OK to not understand all or know all at once. Isak and I start by knowing nothing, but that's different now. We have learned a lot!
Now I have to go,
It was nice talking to you. Let me know if you have any thoughts.
Now I shall return to Winter time.