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9 years, 1 month ago 0
Posted in: Blog, Uncategorized, XNA

It’s worth remembering that while graphics can look pretty, it’s important not to let them dominate at the expense of other crucial elements. In this post I’m going to talk about the process of level design in the context of Ikaroids, including topics such as pacing, spacing of elements, and general look, feel and theme.

9 years, 1 month ago 0

Well, Ikaroids is very, very close to a final release, we’re just in that last no-man’s land known as playtesting. Which basically amounts to us, and anyone else willing to do so, playing the hell out of this game. It also means that the above screens are a little out of date, as so much […]

9 years, 1 month ago 0
Posted in: 2D Graphics, Blog

In this post I’m going to show you the stages I use to apply a ‘panelling’ effect on my machine sprites, to give the impression that a sprite has been constructed. These little details, such as raised and indented areas, can really bring an otherwise simple surface to life very fast. Tools needed: Photoshop

9 years, 1 month ago 0
Posted in: 2D Graphics, Blog

Today I’m going to take you through the basic process of making a planet sprite. This will come in useful for background images, scenery, or icons. Tools used: Adobe Photoshop (or similar graphics program)

9 years, 2 months ago 0

This is the first proper entry in the Development Diary for our latest XNA Independent Game entitled Sentinel. Iron Star Media consists of two developers; John Wordsworth (@johnwordsworth) – a programmer and lightweight artist, and Jackson Matthews (@oliacym) – a heavyweight artist and designer. This series of blog posts will show you how we made […]

9 years, 2 months ago 0
Posted in: Blog, XNA

In this article we discuss the trials of working to the title-safe area in your own Independent XNA titles. We look at the problems that this can raise and possible solutions that you should consider right from the start of the project. On face value, working to ensure that the contents of your console / […]

9 years, 2 months ago 0
Posted in: 2D Graphics, Blog

In this post I hope to take you through the basic stages of putting together the pieces for a boss sprite. Obviously everyone is going to have their own preferred technique, but here’s what I found worked best for me once I’d made a few already and had the process refined to a point I was happy with.

9 years, 2 months ago 0

Iron Star Media have started work on their second XNA title while Ikaroids goes through it’s second bout of playtesting. We’ll be posting a development diary as we work through every decision and step in our game ‘Sentinel’. This will hopefully help budding developers see the steps that we go through and learn from our […]

9 years, 2 months ago 0

We are launching this blog as a place to post information that we learn during our trials and tribulations as learning independent game developers. Hopefully, over time, the information on these pages will flourish into a useful resource, or at least prove as an interesting reference and a good read.