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The Fig Take: PSP Minis

I thought I’d start a little segment of the Blazebyte blog called the Fig Take. I’ll post one every couple of days on my opinions on the gaming world, on missed opportunities and gained potential, on success and on failure. No, it won’t be fact based, mostly opinionated, but that’s where you can come in and debate matter into your own hands. All in all, this is a post every couple of days about a topic that you guys can agree or not on.

For my first topic, I am going to pick on PSP Minis.

Has Sony struck gold?
Sony has struck a caved-in gold mine.

Sony made a good move latching onto Apple’s success of the App Store. They promoted bite-size  games for the PSP and it has been a partial success so far.

I say partial, because while the sales are good, the quality control and pricing is way off the chart. It’s one step forward and two steps back, further alienating the PSP fanbase. Only one company has made Minis which have received over an average score for games, and that is Halfbrick. This company has it all right. The pricing is great for what you get, and the games are of quality and are tested.

Everything else is utter crap. Seriously though, most of the things run under the bar of Moovlin PC, a game which I have pretty much developed solely. These developers do not pay for bug testers or get feedback often and release alot of half-assed games onto the Playstation Minis section. On top of that, these games which are utter crap end up being priced for more than some of Halfbrick’s games, which are actually good.

There is only one thing to blame. Developers are running out of funds and not profiting enough because of this. It’s because they  need to put their games through ESRB. While developing costs can be as low as 20$ for a game, getting ESRB to rate your game (as it is required) can cost developers 2000$. Since the PSP Platform has been steadily declining in popularity in recent months, they cannot afford to use the “sell cheap, make cheap profit” technique. In case you don’t know what that is, it’s where a developer sells a game for under the value it is really worth in hope that people give it rave reviews for the amount of content you get for such a low price.

This is nearly impossible for the developers to do because the market for Minis is not established. The best thing to do would be for Sony to take off the requirement for ESRB ratings and let the developers rate them themselves. Sony can make them sign a form which ensures Sony to sue them if the game rating is not correct. Apple has done something similar to that and the ESRB free games on the iPhone are a success.

The Highest Rated Minis game up to date, receiving a 9.0 from IGN.

Second of all, these games need quality control. I’ve seen developers who just start with the PSP. No offense to any aspiring creator, but it’s much easier to start with the Flash platform and gain support. Flash is amazing for these kinds of tiny games, and sites like Newgrounds.com can offer you feedback. The more feedback you get from people, the more of a true developer you become. Without feedback, you never become a better developer.

Moovlin PC is an example of this. I’ll show you what feedback has done for me.

yay? wait....

And after a year of hard work and feedback from people…

WOAH HO HO!

It’s not that hard.

And that’s the Fig take for March 29th, 2010. Don’t hate the player, hate the game.

Moovlin PC Release Date Announced

On Jun 18th, 2010…

The world will witness the one of the biggest flash projects in the history of the web – Moovlin PC.

With a crew of over 10, including 2 artists, 5 voice actors, 1 background designer and 3 testers…

Click here to view the countdown!

A game which not only will change the way you play flash games, but set new standards in production values for all flash games to follow. With over 15 minutes of fully animated cutscenes, over 1,000 artistic resources, 30 levels, 4 multiplayer modes, 20 achievments and more…

The only boundary of this game is how much you will let it take over yor life.

WE HEARD YOU LIKE CUSTOM MUSIC, SO WE…

PUT NEWGROUNDS API SUPPORT IN MOOVLIN PC SO YOU CAN LISTEN TO CUSTOM SOUNDTRACKS WHILE YOU LISTEN TO CUSTOM SOUNDTRACKS.

On a more serious note, Moovlin PC will be supporting the Newgrounds Audio Portal. (http://newgrounds.com/audio)

In case you’re wondering what that is, it’s a huge portal where people who join Newgrounds have access to download literally hundreds of thousands of songs, upload their own, remix songs, rate them, write reviews, and more. Moovlin PC will let you listen to any song on the Newgrounds Audio Portal. All you have to do is get the song ID, which is usually the last 5-6 digits of the song, type them into the Moovlin PC pause menu, click load, wait a second or two, and you’ll have your song at perfect quality.

It requires internet, so you’ll have to be playing Moovlin PC through your web browser to access this feature. The offline version of Moovlin PC (.exe) will also support it, but if you do have Internet, I recommend you play the Newgrounds hosted version so that you can rate it, change screen size, and access all the other features the site has to offer. For those still not certain on how this feature works, I have kindly made a video showing off this feature. I have typed in random links, one happens to be a little bit offensive in the beginning, you can skip over that if you want. Depending on the size of the song, it may not start immediately. Usually if it is only under 2 minutes, you’ll have (at most) 3 second wait before the song plays.

Moovlin PC

Moovlin PC Update – Customizable Hats, Achievments and More!

There are hats, and this picture.
There are hats, and this picture.

Introducing: Moovlin PC Hats!

Yep, I finally got around to finishing the system and I’m ready to announce that the full Moovlin PC (available Spring 2010) will support – Hats! Call it a rip off of Sackboy, it’s there and dissing the originality won’t help. Wait, there is originality! Wanna hear?

Through a special section in the main menu, you’ll be able to select from 2 default hats and 18 hats that are unlockable along the way in Moovlin PC! These hats can be earned from achievments, finishing side missions or from you, finding them in the campaign. Here is the complete list of game hats:

Original Moovlin Hat

Glow-in-the-dark Hat

Cowboy Hat (as seen in picture above)

Afro Hair

Astronaut Helmet

New York Yankees Baseball Cap

Top Hat

Helicopter Hat

Dunce Hat

Fire Hair

Grass Hair

Golden Hat of Game Completion

Ninja Mask

Mario Hat

Safuma Poll Halloween Mask

Mohawk

Construction Helmet

Super Moovlin Super-Speed Helmet

Mooviball Face Mask

Chuck Norris Mask

Moovlin PC Achievment System – Explained

Here is the list of achievments, their description and corresponding reward.

1. Novice Robot Hunter

Kill 10 Barrel Robots

Reward:  PSP Downloadable Wallpaper of Barrel Robot

2. A challenger approaches!

Submit a High Score to Sun Station Act 1-1

Reward: Sun Station PSP Wallpaper

3. Assistant Robot Killer

Kill 50 Barrel Robots

Reward: Secret Level – Under Safuma’s Command.

4. Robot Exterminator

Kill 100 Barrel Robots

Reward: Mooviball 2 Player Versus Map – Metallic Grave

5. Gear Mistro

Collect 1,000 Gears Throughout the Game

Reward: Gear Catcher Mini-Game

6. There’s Still One Level

Finish All Optional Levels

Reward: (Mooviball Level) Hells Gate – Universal Destruction Act 1-???

7. Bloodshot

Complete Hells Gate – Universal Destruction Act 1-??? without dying

Reward: Moovlin PC 2 Teaser

Well, you’ve been hearing for quite sometime that Moovlin PC will be support the Newgrounds Medals system. Seems like that is a bit iffy at the moment considering STUPID TOM FULP hasn’t read one of the many e-mails I wrote him asking for the medal kit. He did approve the game for trophies, and… no word after that.

That’s all folks, don’t want to spoil the whole thing. I’ll be back on the forum in 5 days, after my ban is done with. Peace out Blazebyte, and get ready to game with Moovlin PC in 2010!

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-jfig111