Over the last week, a couple of different things have come up, which have temporarily slowed down MMORPG Tycoon 2 development.
First, I’ve been hit pretty hard by seasonal allergies. I’ve had allergies all my life, up until a few years back when they seemed to have gone away. But now they’re hitting me again, hard. Not fun!
Second, a couple friends are getting ready to put their game up on Early Access, and I’ve been helping them out in their final push. (Those of you who have friended me on Steam may have seen me playing it, when I forgot to set myself as ‘offline’ before starting it up). I’d post a link to something about their game, but all their public marketing materials are years old. Better to wait another week or two and point you at updated stuff that’ll come along with the Early Access!
And… um… Shenzen I/O just went up on Early Access; it’s the latest thing from Zachtronics. Zachtronics games are pretty much my kryptonite, in terms of getting any productive work done. If you’re an old-school programmer, you likely know what I mean. Shenzen I/O is a little like TIS-100, in that it’s a game entirely about programming machines using a fictitious assembly language. Which should, all by itself, pretty much already tell you whether it’s something you’ll love or hate.
Speaking of which, I played through Event  earlier in the week, which is a short narrative-focused game about being trapped on a spaceship with a slightly malfunctioning AI computer, implemented as a chatbot that you can type to. I still haven’t unpicked my feelings about the game; whether it’s merely a well-produced bit of fluff with a chatbot as a gimmick, or whether there’s some deeper thoughtfulness going on, here. But either way, these guys have the best keyboard sounds I’ve ever heard, when you’re typing on these chunky old terminals to talk with the chatbot. If Zachtronics ever picked up those chunky keyboard sounds and integrated them into one of their games, I’d likely be lost forever.