Restoration

Ahh, I remember the good old days in college when I procrastinated, got to class late, and did just enough to get by…

Wait – all that stuff is still true! THREE MORE CLASSES! Truth be told, I don’t care about the actual degree for many reasons. I’m finishing because I’m trying to train myself to have more self discipline, that way when things come along that I do want, I can work at it without hesitation.

The epitome of my procrastination surfaced last year when I took CMSC498M: Game Programming. You’d think if it was something that I loved doing, that I would put a little more effort into it. But, my laziness never ceases to amaze me. Good thing I can back up my incredible procrastination with some good bursts of intense concentration.

This is Restoration:

It’s the game that I wrote as part of our semester long project for the class. Along the way, we had to present details about our progress. Of course, I was so lazy that I made up details about a game that I wasn’t even working on. This was also supposed to be a team effort. Everyone else was in teams of 2 – 4. I went solo, because its easier to procrastinate if you don’t have others pushing you forward.

Long story short, it was 6 pm the day before the entire project and its write up was due, and I hadn’t even thought about the actual game that I was going to make. At that point, the little voice in my head said: “Start now you lazy dog”. I had learned to trust that little voice, so I sat down and started typing. It took 12 hours, lots of Dr. Pepper and I worked up until the very last minute, but I finished the game.

If college has given me anything, it’s the strategies for learning and getting work done rather than any specific class content. With the internet you can now learn just about anything you want whenever you want. Procrastination can be a very powerful tool if you use it the right way. See how I spun that pathetic story into a positive final message?

The features and such can all be found on the write-up page that went along with the game. You can tell by the awful grammar and general messiness of the writing that I was delirious after lack of sleep, and that I only had 15 minutes to write the page before class started. That said, much of it is total BS (some of it is actually true (not sure which)).

Here is the original write up for the game: Restoration

On that page, you can read about the controls and find the download link at the bottom. There is no readme with legal information, so the legal statements from my previous demos apply.

I have big plans for this one:

  • Remake the game for multiple platforms
  • Improve the graphics
  • Fix bugs
  • Add new gameplay elements
  • Add music and sound effects

As always let me know what you think. It may be hard with this one, but have fun!

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