Hello! This is my first blog on what I hope will turn into a fulfilling hobby. This is Paddle, my first game.
Some background on me: My experience in computer languages and coding is extremely limited. I played around with a Raspberry Pi when I was in high school - making it into an emulator that played old GBA games. I completely failed my computing A-Level, but I have built a PC. But I’ve always thought being a game developer would be something that would be really cool to be. My interest has just fluctuated a lot.
The first time I thought that I wanted to work with games was watching the documentary, Indie Game: The Movie. But I’ve always been too lazy or been playing too many games to actually sit down and make one. I hope this is one of many that are to come to you, whoever you are.
I made this following a tutorial by a guy called Alex Mole. He contributed it to Picozine back in 2014, there will be a link below this article if you want to try it out for yourself! My biggest struggle was adding the Game Over screen to appear on the last life. It kept appearing when the player had 0 lives left but was still living out that last life!
To fix it I had to change the IF THEN ELSE function to just to two IF THEN’s. It felt like sticking it together with tape but it works and I’m happy enough with that for my first game.
See you soon!
Link to Pico-zines: https://sectordub.itch.io/pico-8-fanzine-1