I had totally forgotten about this Zelda reference in Pico Blast.
So many times, it happens too fast...you trade your passion for glory. Don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past, you must fight just to keep them alive.
Somewhere in Nevada...
Somewhere in California..
Joined on 11/29/05
Posted by BoMToons - May 5th, 2009
I'm obviously a big fan of video game bosses. I find that the excitement that comes from fighting ridiculously large, intimidating, cocky bosses with crazy powers, intricate patterns, and surprise forms so far outweighs almost anything you can do in a preceding level that you might as well minimize the boring level and get straight to the best part.
My inspiration for making "Boss Rush" games came from a neat little place in my town called "The Nickelcade." It's an arcade where you pay a $3 cover charge to get in, but all the games inside run on nickels instead of quarters. For me, that place is like heaven because, in the past, I've dumped at least $20 in quarters in a laundrymat beating the Ninja Turtles arcade game. (If I had known about the Nickelcade I'd have saved $16!)
Anyway, there's a game at the Nickelcade called Megaman: The Power Battle (1995). It removes all the frustration of slogging through a Megaman level only to end up at a boss with a sliver of life left and jumps you straight to the awesomeness that is Megaman bosses.
That game stood out to me as a perfect vehicle for translation into flash. I've seen lots of flash games where the build-up prevents 90% of casual players from seeing the boss which is the best part of the game and has the most love put into it. So, let's take the veggies out of the meal!
Here's a timeline of "Boss Rush" genre games, ie: games that have minimal level buildup before unleashing an epic boss-battle on you. Leave me comments on any I've missed and I'll add them in (if they're any good :-P )
12.16.2002 - Domo Kun's Angry Smashfest (Suggested by Luis)
03.31.2004 - Recoil (Suggested by Mindchamber)
01.07.2005 - Powerfox (Suggested by Kenney)
05.01.2006 - Pico vs. Bear (Suggested by Luis [ date from current portal system ])
08.23.2007 - Boss Bash
01.29.2008 - Mario Remix: Boss Edition
03.12.2008 - Castle Crashing the Beard
03.31.2008 - You have to burn the rope
04.13.2008 - Beat the Boss
04.30.2008 - Pico Blast
08.13.2008 - The C-word (Suggested by lordxavierbritish)
10.31.2008 - Buccaneer Battle
02.18.2009 - Ultimate Crab Battle (Suggested by Luis)
04.04.2009 - Robot Dinosaurs That Shoot Beams When they Roar
04.30.2009 - Da Pink Knight
05.02.2009 - In Utero
Posted by BoMToons - April 27th, 2009
I have no idea what Bento means, but it has something to do with sushi and the same guy that made the original Castle Crashers "Bento" made one based on Castle Crashing the Beard! (Click the link to see the ingredients detailed)
Maybe Kyaraben is a better name for it?
Posted by BoMToons - April 16th, 2009
This is not 100% confirmed yet, but I'm so excited I had to tell someone!
I've been looking to purchase my first home for about a year now, but have gotten really serious in '09 because of the tax incentives offered by Obama.
The prices in Utah, where I live, are a bit high for the kind of house I'd feel good settling down in for 3-5 years, so I started looking elsewhere including the town where I grew up Fernley, Nevada.
Home prices in Fernley are at an all-time low, plus it's near some of my family, and near my wife's family on the border of Nevada and California (but not TOO close :-P ).
So, I got a tip about an auction being held in Reno where some foreclosed properties in Fernley would be up for bid. I hurried and got a loan pre-qualification document and made the 8 hour drive out to Reno on Tuesday to bid. (this is sounding really boring right now)
Anyway, I found a house that is really nice (~2100 sq. ft) in a nice neighborhood, 3 beds, 2 baths. At the auction, my lot came up for bid and I ended up WINNING! I got it for 115K (a pretty screaming deal).
The seller still has to accept my bid, so the deal is not completely done yet and I still have to get officially financed, but things are looking really great. I made the 8 hour drive back to Utah yesterday and the whole thing seems like a dream at the moment.
If everything goes well I should close on the house at the end of May. Then I'll be 8 hours closer to comic con in July!
Here's a pic:
Posted by BoMToons - April 11th, 2009
I'm reading Chris Turner's "Planet Simpson" which examines why The Simpsons is the greatest cultural and pop influence since sliced bread (which was the style at the time). One particular passage reminded me of Newgrounds' beginnings. While discussing how the 1970s-80s punk movement set the stage for the Simpsons he says:
"Some of the bands that made innovative music and some of the directors who re-invigorated movie-making and damn near all the pioneers of online content may not have looked or sounded particularly punk. But the overwhelming majority of them were inspired by and (to varying degrees) dedicated to its core values: strident, even nihilistic opposition to all authority; a preference for authenticity over virtuosity; a bias towards extreme subject matter; and, most importantly, a deep faith in the liberating power of the DIY (do-it-yourself) approach -- that is, the belief that anyone with a camera or guitar or computer, a strong will and a bright idea could create culture (and the bright idea was optional, actually)."
Even though NG has come a long way since the days of club a seal, I think the same core values and driving inspiration remain as underpinnings that guide the site and draw similar-thinking people to it, there's just a much larger community with a lot more talent throwing stuff in the pool these days.
Case in point:
Posted by BoMToons - March 31st, 2009
Well, I'm proud of myself. I rode my 1st 100 mile bike race on Saturday.
It was the Tour De St. George and it was a lot of fun (and grueling, mind numbing hard work). My first century in my training for the LOTOJA in September.
You'll remember I weighed 238 lbs 6 months ago and am now down to 186 :)
13.9 mph average speed
38.7 mph top speed
7 hrs 7 mins 49 seconds
Posted by BoMToons - March 19th, 2009
These are my 2 favorite Portal Defenders videos, they had me really rooting for the guy playing.
The 2nd one (available in HD on youtube) actually shows the player earning the "King of the Portal" medal which means it was his 1st time winning, epic moment caught on film!
Posted by BoMToons - March 11th, 2009
Picked up my racing bike so I can begin properly training for the LOTOJA. It's a '09 Specialized Roubaix.
It's a huge difference compared with my mountain bike. It's super light and stiff, all carbon fiber, and the gearing on it allows me to hit some pretty nice speeds. Still gotta get a speedometer/odometer attachment and clip in pedals.
P.S. I'm down to 186 lbs making my total weight loss 49 lbs!
Posted by BoMToons - March 7th, 2009
It's still kind of surreal to imagine there are people out there playing my games (over and over in PD's case thanks to the difficulty :P )
I found these videos on youtube. WARNING: SPOILERS!
This one is kinda laggy, but I thought the Dutch(?) rap music was funny:
Check out the "Paint the town red" contest here. I update the featured picture that loads into the game every so often and send traffic to the winning artist's userpage!