Horrible Pain is the online home of Ryan Hill. He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he creates goofy video games and other stuff he finds interesting.
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I played Virginia lately, which is unusual among games, I think, because of its use of montage. What I’m talking about isn’t exclusively what people call “a montage” in film, (eg: training montage) though there are some scenes like that … Continue reading
So lately I’ve been reading Rules of Play and I have a small discussion about something they get into in the chapter Games as Systems of Information. In it, they summarize a typology of information in games as described by … Continue reading
So a game dev from Winnipeg put together a text tool for Unity called Super Text Mesh which lets you do wiggly text and a few other things. Since I’ve been playing with Fungus lately, I decided to see if … Continue reading
Someone made a side-comment about platformers, how it was based entirely around timing and therefor the lowest common denominator in games, and that’s the only reason they are so popular. (Of course, this was in the context of explaining why … Continue reading
So I did the latest Ludum Dare and made You’re A Mimic! I guess because I’ve been playing with Fungus a lot lately, it’s something where you try to find the holes in a treasure chest’s story, to prove it’s … Continue reading
A tweet got me thinking about hex and square tiles in board games. It is several months old at this point, but that means I’ve given the subject a thorough going-over. Board-game fans: Hex tile vs Square tile? — James … Continue reading
So a difference I noticed recently between Mutant Alien Assault and Super Crate Box. Reload sounds. The two games are kind of similar genre, so I think it makes sense to compare them. Both require the player switch weapons fairly … Continue reading
Okay, now I made something that modifies the Fungus Say Dialog to work more like it’s a text messaging system, where it shows a series of bubbles of what characters have said, instead of just the most recent Say. You … Continue reading
I’ve made another little thing in Fungus. This time, it allows you to use any UI Button in place of the Menu Dialogs. So you can set up UI buttons in your scene, and then in the Fungus Block, you … Continue reading
Okay, so the basic Animator in Unity can be intimidating to someone just learning. A lot of the tutorials for animation in Unity start right into creating transitions between states and using variables to trigger transitions, and sometimes that’s overkill … Continue reading