even though I'm gonna be quiet for a while, I'm writing this status to let you know that I've never been happier in life than right now. I highly recommend moving out of your parents' house when you can, it's been a real adventure out here. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 10 out of 10 experience
Wrote a new post about my leave from Instagram, along with expanding on everything else I said in my previous status messages. I promise I'll stop talking about social media now lol
I'm now gonna go disappear for a bit to start working on something bigger with this vector art stuff, see you later!
my final Inkscape practice piece has debuted on Newgrounds and Instagram. I won't preface it with anything, just go check it out... and with that, it's time to say goodbye to Instagram tomorrow and post on my newsletter next week
twitter's userbase and their new idiot boss are a match made in heaven. not only do you get to watch their site slowly crumble but also witness the only profitable thing they have left get crossed out with an 𝕏. lmao
in light of recent drama that went down in the Godot community, I can no longer recommend the game engine.
it’s not a “scam” per se, but there are detailed accounts of seasoned Godot developers not being able to finish their games because all of the engine’s features are perpetually unfinished once you dig deep enough into them. beginners like me would have never noticed this until I'd become advanced enough to file a bug report to the team, only to have it ignored for over a year and counting.
it seems like commercial game engines are currently the most viable options for long-term learning. oh well, maybe O3DE will be better
got a lovely new piece done and uploaded to Newgrounds and Instagram! it makes great use of gradients and blending modes while continuing on the theme of going outside. (don't tell the Instagram people that I'm leaving them after my next piece though...)
following up on my last status, I also wanted to mention something about my presence on Odysee. their business model of using LBC to stay afloat isn't viable, and I've been expecting them to go bankrupt like Vidme for over a year now. however, I'm going to stay on Odysee until it actually shuts down, because I'm not interested in making the jump to any more YouTube competitors like Rumble or something. it's not worth the trouble.
YouTube isn't perfect, but it's gotten really damn good over the last few years. I don't think there's really a point in joining another free-to-use competitor unless it's actually challenging YouTube's dominance, or if YouTube bans me for some reason. so if Odysee dies, I'll probably just self-host my videos with a PeerTube instance as my new backup
seeing all these Twitter competitors launch made me ponder on why I still post to any major social media platforms other than YouTube. I think that Threads, Mastodon, and Bluesky have all the same fundamental problems as Twitter.
I've been holding onto my Instagram page these past few years to stand in for my Twitter absence, but I'll be leaving that too next month. my Instagram was a fun little community to interact with, but I'd rather cut another tech giant out of my life while I still can
do you like ducks in the rain? made this piece on Newgrounds and Instagram intending to capture the outdoor experience I've been having since my move to Texas- it's a really cool switch-up following two decades in New York. (there's so much more I wanted to add, but this is just for practice and I gotta move on)
bit way more than I could chew on my latest project, so I dropped it unfinished on Newgrounds and Instagram so I can move on to simpler pieces (instead of spending more weeks tracing a billion lines lol)
speaking of cavefolder, I was watching an old YouTube video today and this frame from around late 2013 caught me completely off-guard. history truly loves to rhyme
someone wrote a wonderful email to me today asking what future plans I had for cavefolder before I cancelled it. I was about to reply saying I didn't really plan much, but then the same person wrote again after finding this PDF containing everything I planned for cavefolder. I completely forgot I wrote this until today. it's quite terrifying how often I'll completely forget I made something once I finish it, since I tend to overwork myself so much and move on to new projects so fast. now I'm wondering what else I forgot
So lately I've had to get into the habit of logging into my dead Twitter every now and then so it can stay online as an archive instead of winding up auto-deleted. Today was the day I finally decided to unfollow all the accounts I was still "following" on it, but not before taking this screencap! Hope you enjoy this time capsule of people I followed on Twitter from when I still used it (excluding the four shmucks at the top of the list who wanted a post-account death follow lmao)
Hello again, I just finished going through what's felt like the longest three months of my life in a good while. There's a newsletter post I did that explains everything that happened, why my game dev ambitions died, and whatever the hell's next for wavetro. I'm even back on Newgrounds too, you should give it a read:
yeah I don't want to do this game dev stuff anymore. going outside to touch grass more often
Job-related events in my life have finally been going better lately, but I'm still not closer to posting anything new yet. Had a moment of clarity recently where I've become unhappy with the future prospect of sitting in front of code for hours as a "hobby." Some can do it, I've decided I can't. I still want to give a shoutout to the game engine Godot for having such a wonderful developer experience: even though the games don't really run in a browser, it was so much easier getting things up and running compared to Babylon.js. (I was able to recreate both House Shake and Camera Snap in the same week I picked the engine up!) However, despite the allure of making amazing worlds through games or getting loads of money with a programming job, I don't think coding is something I want to dive any deeper into. It's just kind of a lame life to live. Will explain more in a future newsletter
Gonna be honest, I'm not doing too hot in life right now. Hopefully I can get out of the situation I'm in and show you what I've been up to soon, but for now, I'm still gonna be quiet for a while...
I've been thinking about what I want to make next, but I can't think of ways to share it on my Newgrounds page other than the bare minimum of tossing video thumbnails into the art portal. It was an incredible run during my Stickmen 2020 days, but I think I'm gonna stop posting to Newgrounds now, especially since I had to scrap my 3D browser game projects. I might come back to the site if I ever have actual art to post, but I'll keep my paid Supporter status active even if I don't return.
Otherwise, you can follow one of my other pages below to be notified once I'm no longer dead and have something new to share. Thank you Newgrounds! You've been swell
Hello! It turns out other some life stuff came up, and I'm gonna have to stop posting for a good while to address it. It all mainly has to do with my day job (and also wanting to switch to Godot for my games) but I'll give you the full rundown once I come back. See you later!
P.S. Blockstorm is free now LMAOOOOO
I really want to take a big leap forward with the next mini-project/game I'm working on, so I might be quiet for another while as I disappear into my lab. And by "another while" I mean at least another month or two...
It's been a while... but I finally bring you a new major step forward: the House Shake demo!
Are you a code nerd that likes tinkering with everything? Starting today, my game dev projects are now open-sourced under AGPLv3! Check out the main repo if you want to see how my brain works. (Other things that are actually exciting are still on the way)
Happy new year!! I just uploaded, moved out of my parents' house, said goodbye to my Discord server, and committed myself to return to game development. 2023 is going to be BIG.
I'm currently sick, but the Downloads page is almost done! You can check it out early if you want, it looks pretty cool...
FINISHED THE GALLERY!! Now to finish the Downloads page and then we can get back to business this June...
I'm actually going to need more time to finish my Downloads/Gallery pages- there's a lot more extras I want to add, and I'll be done with everything by June. hope you don't mind the wait! it'll be worth it :)
actually I want to finish my site's Downloads page before I show you the new stuff I'm doing. give me a week or two to get that squared away first, thanks
think I figured out what I want to do now. will show you something new real soon!
THANK YOU ALL FOR AN INCREDIBLE RUN!!! I'm going to take the next month off before I find something new to try. see you soon!!
managed to get a tiny amount of audio work done on the next video, but still currently burned out from my day job.