My New Game: Week 1

Let’s start with a screen grab, it’s easier to talk around that. It’s a little cut off as it’s a big ol’ screen, it’s not that wonky in real life. So as you can see it’s a sequel to DN8. In saying that, it’s going to be more of a 1.5 than a full blown sequel, a directors cut where we give it a visual overhaul and fix all the things which needed fixing The major thing with this bad boy is that we’re going the stage3D route. And just to complicate matters, its using 2 engines. The background (…

Retroid Wars Reloaded And Other News

Well, well, well. Well, “The Adventures of Zomboy” has proven popular with a couple sponsors and will hopefully be finding a home this week. Also, Topsy Turvy 2 has proven popular with a couple sponsors and will hopefully be finding a home this week too! We’re working on getting the art for one of our new projects super pretty, and have dropped a project to make sure we can give it our full attention! So yeah, if it’s ugly that’ll be a fail on our part 😛 Still, things are busy as ever here at Arctic Arcade. This week we’re…

My ad is ranked ‘new’ and has 0 views, why is it not running

My ad is ranked ‘new’ and has 0 views, why is it not running? If your ad doesn’t seem to be displaying on a specific web site – 0 views and ranked as ‘new’ – this means that the ad zone is not currently running. There maybe be few reasons for this: publisher hasn’t placed the GAO ad code on their web site yet, the zone may be temporarily on hold, or the publisher may have removed the GAO ad code without notifying us. You are always welcome to contact us about it and we’ll tell you when/whether the ad…

Tea Party Gets Hosed

The GOP is no longer insisting that the payroll tax extension be offset with spending cuts is just the latest in what now has to be considered to be a series of failures by the tea party to exert any significant influence on a final spending or tax decision. First, the continuing resolution approved last April for all of 2012 reduced spending by only millions of dollars when the tea party had been insisting on $100 billion. Second, the debt ceiling deal increased the government’s borrowing limit when the tea party initially demanded that it not be increased at all….

Apple is demanding and inflexible

Apple is demanding and inflexible! From Andy Moore Blog by Andy Moore on March 01, 2017 10:33 PM Apple decided that now would be a good time to make me prove I really have a company. All I have to do is fax them my articles of incorporation. Who uses fax machines?!? My lawyer’s office holds all that paperwork for safe-keeping, so I have to pay a huge fee to get that information liberated and into Apple’s hands. My lawyer’s office address doesn’t match my business address so Apple has grounds to reject the fax even when they do receive…

ATC Blitz Post Mortem

Inception After a long day of coding UI stuff for SteamBirds, I settled into bed and had a quick game of Flight Control HD with my girlfriend. With Air Traffic Control on my mind as I tried to fall asleep, my thoughts wandered back to some old ATC games I used to play. One of my favorites was ATC Simulator by Russel B. Davis/AeroStudios. This is a very high quality product and one of the first indie games I bought – it is as close as you can get to the real thing, even including full-on voice support and using…

IceBurgers, Kill the Bad Things And More

IceBurgers Officially Announced Yep, the “word game” I’ve been developing for the last month is now officially titled “IceBurgers.” Check out the official teaser trailer at the IceBurgers website.  I warn you: the teaser is completely over-the-top awesome and requires fullscreen and your volume cranked up! I kinda liked the name because it’s silly; it’s themed around the idea of hamburgers (fillet o fish maybe?) trapped in ice and your penguin hero is liberating them (for his stomach). Plus, once it’s on my iPad (and my TShirt) I can point to it and say “I have iceburgers.” Stuff! Well, The…

Winner’s Circle

You begin with a really in-depth backstory describing a bit of the history of Tempor and the state of things. Essentially, the kingdom has grown weak and susceptible to enemy attack. That is where you come in. You are the last hero of Tempor, and it is your duty to fend off the enemy swarm. You use tower defense strategy to defeat your enemies and advance through the kingdom, re-uniting as you go. The more levels you complete, the more experience you gain. This helps you to unlock new towers as well as gain points that you can use to…

What is the GAO Action tracking System

GAO Action Tracking System allows you to track how many of the clicks from your GAO ad campaign reach a specific page within your web site, such the game download page, the registration success page, or the e-mail validation success page. All you need to do is add the GAO ATS hidden image code to the page of your site, loading of which will be considered an action. You can find the code in the Profile page of your advertiser account after making the initial deposit. Each time this code is triggered, GAO ATS will check the IP of the…

CPC, CPM, CPA, CTR, Conv… what does it all mean?

CPC, CPM, CPA, CTR, Conv… what does it all mean? Back to Top CPC – Cost Per Click – online advertising pricing method whereby the advertiser pays for each click on their advertisement. For example: $0.05 CPC or 5 cents per click. Note: GAO operates on CPC basis but does not charge advertisers for multiple clicks on the same advertisement by the same visitor in a 24 hour period. CPM – Cost Per Thousand Impressions (1000 impressions is represented by roman numeral M) – online advertising pricing method whereby the advertiser pays for each thousand ad views / impressions of…

Arduino Instrument And More

Arduino instrument For Dat206 we have been set the assignment of making a musical instrument out of scrap materials that plays sounds through a computer using arduino. I like this idea as it gives us the opportunity to be creative in the real world and also learn some digital skills by working with arduino and processing. My first thoughts were all-new instruments such as using a surfboard that plays sounds depending on how you lean, however after Lee showed us a video I think he wants an instrument more like ones that exist already. This has made me think of…

Flash Game Friday Winner: Hot Tub

The problem is, there is an alien invasion going on. You goal in each level is to evade the aliens coming down in their ships above by climbing down the building and running into the subway where they cannot follow. Seems simple enough, right? Well, naturally, as you progress through each level the level of difficulty goes up. In their panic, as you get close to people they end up clinging on to you for dear life- so you have to kick them off. You can also collect coins as you descend to buy stuff. Hot Tub Heist is fun…

San Francisco Bound

Traveling With Company After having such a good time last year, I ended up telling a lot of my friends about my trip. After enough talking about it, one of my friends became interested, and decided to join me. He did 3D modeling with 3D Studio Max back in high school, and with Unity and Stage 3D on the rise, it seemed like a very possible career path for him to pursue. Along with him, our friend Tamra will also be joining. She’s mostly looking for a sweet vacation, but has dabbled in art, so if she likes what she…

GOP Payroll Tax Cut Announcement Was Amateur Hour

The actual policy change and the fact that the tea party wing got hosed yet again, but making the announcement the same day as the Obama budget was released meant that (1) it rather than what the White House proposed became the biggest tax and spending story of the day and (2) the GOP criticisms of the budget had to compete with the explanations for the cave for attention. As I look at the news websites this morning, the GOP reversal is being played way above the budget story and its criticisms and complaints of the president’s plan are harder…

Measuring the Value of Music

A lot of folks, especially in the Flash gaming market, will say that everyone just ignores and mutes the music in the games they play. A simple question: How do you know this? I (very) briefly touched on this subject in my previous SteamBirds: By The Numbers article (and the Survival follow-up), but after some tweeting with IndieLoopGarden, I decided this could use its own post. Opinions are cool and all Look, I get that you personally might like muting the music. I understand that perhaps you have ideas about people playing in the workplace, without headphones. Maybe the distracting…

Weekly Game Update – “Kill the Bad Things”

This week, things went very smoothly, though due to other things getting in the way (college), it seems that weekdays are incredibly unproductive for me.  The majority of the work that got done this week was done yesterday (Saturday) and I’m confident that another burst of updates will be done today (most of which you probably won’t hear about until next week’s “Weekly Game Update” post). Alright enough nonsense, here’s a screenshot of how the game looks so far. I’m extremely happy with how the game looks when it’s being played on an actual device (the enlarged screenshot doesn’t do…

Word Game: Development Round-up

It’s really not a whole lot to talk about. I think I announced on Twitter that my game was “bug free!” about 9 times; I struggled with iOS provisioning profiles; I installed my first ever Mac OS so that I could upload my app to the store… I mean, really, not much… That’s all I did. And it only took around 25 hours to do. *shakes fists* That almost doubled my current time-on-project! So! Let’s recap what has happened so far: Development Timeline January 22nd: Started working on the game Devlog: First four days of development Devlog: Day Five Devlog:…

What kind of banners can GAO run?

What kind of banners can GAO run? Dimensions: 728×90, 468×60, 120×600, 160×600, 300×250, 125×125. File Types: GIF, JPG, PNG, SWF. Size limit is 60,000 bytes, except for 125×125 limited to 40,000 bytes. Content: Game/entertainment related. No pimping games. No MMO gold/item/leveling services. No gambling. Restrictions: No extreme animation / strong flashing / visual irritation. No vulgarity / nudity / graphic violence. Rich Media: Streaming video banners and rich media banners are accepted, subject to approval. SWF banners must have the below action script assigned to the button object/overlay clicking which must send the visitor to advertiser’s site. No changes must…