Well my blog here is feeling more and more neglected lately, but that’s how these blog things tend to go with me. Never fear though, I am still determined not to give up on the blog. With the holidays coming up things are staying fairly busy at home, not to mention the fact that my job doesn’t allow for the normal days off for Thanksgiving this week. I’ll have a regular full week at work and still try to fit in visits to family.
As a quick aside since I completely neglected to mention it over the weekend, Minecraft version 1.0 (not beta!) has been released! I haven’t had the chance to play for more than a couple hours, but the changelog looks very interesting and I look forward to experiencing all the new content one day.
The main thing that has been taking up my free time is still coding. I don’t recall how much I mentioned about the game I’m working on with a few friends, but it’s been going well and I’m able to keep getting more excited. The concept is an adventure/rpg game, with a bit of a retro style. The design is just starting to get more fleshed out, but the lead and I have already been hard at work building up the basic engine in Java. It’s a lot of good experience, this being my first time working on a game with a team, and development is going great.
Lastly, something I wanted to post about from a little while back is YouTube. I’ve loved YouTube since I first visited the site shortly after they launched. I’ve had my same account there since 2006 and have posted the occasional video for nearly as long. Lately I haven’t posted many videos, but out of the blue I got an email from YouTube suggesting that I apply for monetization of my videos. I figured what the heck and applied. Scarcely a few hours later I’m approved and left wondering what I could even monetize. So I’ve been tossing ideas around in my head ever since. I’ve often liked the idea of doing a “Let’s Play” of Minecraft and perhaps a few other games, though same as always, a lack of extra time is usually what holds me back. The monetization isn’t a big factor in whether I will be making videos, it’s just a small extra incentive to make them good if I do. I’ll continue to ponder this.
Hopefully everyone has a good holiday and enjoys visiting with family, and I will post again soon. Happy Gaming!
- Minecraft 1.0 Is LIVE! Finally XD!!! (encrazedcrafts.wordpress.com)
- Conversation Starters for Your Thanksgiving! (forbes.com)