Archive for January, 2010

Green Tree Re-released

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

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I got a chance to test out my game some more on two phones and a few Android virtual machines.  Because of the nature of this game (The tree “grows” even when you are not playing) it takes a few days to test it out fully.  This was the reason for the number of bugs in the game before.

All that aside, I think it is a pretty fun game, and based on the emails I received after it was removed from the market, there seems to be a sort of a following for it.

To download, scan the above bar code above or search the market for ‘Green Tree’.

Thanks, everyone, for the support, and let me know if you have any issues or feature requests for me.

‘Green Tree’ Released… Then Unreleased

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

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I released my new game for Android a couple days ago and got a great response! Thank you to everyone who showed interest! However, some of you may have noticed that there are some problems.  Because this app was very difficult to test fully (it would take days to do one test run), it was released prematurely.

I will do some work on it and test it over the next couple days before re-releasing it with the same title. The new version will be the full, uninhibited version and hopefully bug-free.

New Developments

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

I feel I’ve utilized my time off well.  The job hunt will soon begin, so I had better do as much as possible while I can.  One of the things I hope to finish is my Android game I’m making.  I’ll probably be posting a beta of it on here very soon!

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It isn’t named yet but the basic idea is a virtual tree. The player must care for it by watering (but not over watering) it periodically.  There will also be obstacles that arise randomly such as storms that run the risk of drowning your plant, and bug swarms that eat away at your tree.  While the program does not actually run in the background, it is updated every time you open it as if it never stopped.  This way a user can play off and on for a prolonged period of time.  I hope to have it last from two weeks to a month or so (maybe even indefinitely).

The payoff: fruit that will give the player resources to buy tools and supplies to further the tree’s growth.

How to Use your Plain Old G1 as an Android Dev Phone 1

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

The Android emulator included in the SDK is helpful in running and debugging your applications.  It provides the ability to spoof locations, calls, and texts and set the data speed to simulate slower networks. In fact it works almost as well as the real thing.  There comes a point, however, when you just need the real thing.

Things you will need

  1. A rooted G1. Haven’t really tried it with non-root, but really what you need is the USB Debugger feature. (I am using a CyanogenMod ROM)
  2. Windows.  I am covering the windows method, but other methods may be found here.
  3. Eclipse
  4. The Android SDK

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Android Adventures

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

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Over the past week I’ve been trying to utilize my time wisely.  I don’t think I can support myself for too long off of saved money and credit, so I really want to make this time off worth it.

I’ve been interested in the Android mobile operating system since it was first announced, and while I have dabbled in Android development, I haven’t really had the time to really dive in and create something cool.  After my voluntary separation from employment, however, I’ve been able to really learn about it and experiment.  Soon I will be posting some previews for an Android game I’ve been able to work on for the past week or so.  If you are interested in Android and/or gaming I would urge you to try it out and give me some feedback.

Bigger and Better Things

Friday, January 1st, 2010

I think I’m probably one of the two people to quit their job during the recession.  The  other guy already had a better job lined up.  I guess I should be freaking out right now, but I’m really not.  The decision was made in my head a few weeks ago, but the advise my family unknowingly gave me over the holiday break really was the tipping point.  I don’t want to stay in web development all my life and if I stayed, I likely would not be able to move to other areas of technology.

Next Steps?

Look out for some new Android apps in the next few weeks.  Mobile devices has always had my interest, so right now I’m taking the time to learn as much as I can and possibly find a new career in it.