Archive for November, 2011

Beware: Moustaches Inside

Friday, November 25th, 2011

We’re nearing the end of the month of Movember and DrinkBox has some fine facial hair that we want to share with the world.

First off we have Matthew back on the team helping us with QA, and he came equipped with a pretty thick mo’. Burt Reynolds eat your heart out.

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Alex had a shaving mishap half way through the month (accidentally lost the mo’) but joined in again right away and is back in the race!

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Chris M, looks exactly the same as in our last update for some reason. Not that that’s a bad thing. “Hey who let Legolas into the office?”

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David and I came to similar conclusions, i.e., that a moustache really needs a beard as an accessory.

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Anyway, it’s been a blast. Can’t wait to do it all again next year!

Attitude problems

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

 

As I’m *sure* you’ve all noticed, our new protagonist in Mutant Blobs Attack has a rougher look, maybe even edgier – or spikier in the least. When designing levels I try to keep our new Blob in mind, and the theme that keeps on popping up is sarcastic, maybe a little mean, and certainly out for justice (did I just describe myself?).

Therefor, if I had to make a list of the characters who to me form new Blob’s attitude, it would be the following:

Casey Ryback: Under Siege

He can only tolerate injustice for so long before wooping ass

 

 

Statler and Waldorf: The Muppet Show

One of the best reasons to get old is being mean with impunity

 

Raphael: TMNT (TV Series)

What hurts more, his twin sai or biting commentary?

Chris Harvey speaking at GamerCamp this Sunday

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Hey all, just wanted to let everyone know that one of the co-founders of DrinkBox Studios, the one and only Chris Harvey, will be speaking at GamerCamp in Toronto this Sunday.

The talk, entitled “DrinkBox Days – Bringing Blobs and Guacamelee To Life” will be held at 4:30pm at George Brown College (230 Richmond St East).

Chris plans to give an overview of the development process for Mutant Blobs Attack and Guacamelee, talk about lessons learned and how we have changed things since the development of Tales from Space: About a Blob.

There are a lot of other great speakers planned. Check out the full list here.

We also plan to show Mutant Blobs Attack and Guacamelee to the public at the “MakerU Play-Test Zone” on Friday afternoon. This event starts at 1:15pm and is being held at the CSI Annex (720 Bathurst Street). Hope to see you there!

Moustache Update

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Hey all, Graham here.

We’re halfway through the month of Movember and I wanted to give you all a progress update on the upper lips of a few DrinkBox folks.

First off, Chris McQuinn has sprouted a fairly healthy looking ‘stache which slightly resembles a pair of caterpillars:

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David’s moustache is clearly the most elegant in the office. Suave and sophisticated, he could almost be mistaken for a musketeer:

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Last but least is the moustache of yours truly. Tom Selleck called, he asked if I could “please shave that sad thing immediately as it is an embarrassment to moustaches everywhere”:

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We’ll bring you a final moustache status in the weeks to come. Stay tuned!

Designer Behind the Scenes–Growth Charts

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Hey guys. As a little sneak peek into the creation of Mutant Blobs Attack, we thought we’d give you a brief look at our GROWTH CHART.

Mutant Blobs Attack is a game all about growth. You eat things to get bigger, but we don’t want you eating stuff larger than yourself. So to keep us in check, we have a chart that tracks what you can eat and when.

MBA - Growth Chart

Annnnnnnnd I’m done.

DrinkBox on The Electric Playground at First Person Show

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Hey guys. DrinkBox recently attended the Digifest First Person Show with playable versions of Mutant Blobs Attack and Guacamelee. Megashaun and Darcy from The Electric Playground were there filming, and the footage can now be viewed online here:

http://www.elecplay.com/all/digifest-2011-first-person-show/

They were kind enough to edit out most of my awkward pauses.

In addition to clips of Guacamelee and Mutant Blobs Attack,  you can see clips from other great Toronto games such as They Bleed Pixels  (with music by Megashaun) and Sissy’s Magical Ponycorn Adventure!

The video of the whole episode can be viewed below. Our part starts about 18:30 in.

 

Guacamelee showing at Pictoplasma in NYC Friday and Saturday

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

If you live in the New York City area and are interested in trying out Guacamelee! you are in luck. The game will be showing at Pictoplasma NYC this Friday and Saturday (Nov 4 & 5).

Pictoplasma is a festival that highlights contemporary character design in all forms. For more information on the exhibition, check out the event website here.

DrinkBox presenting at PlayStation® Perspectives Event this Friday

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Hi all,

DrinkBox will be speaking at the sold out PlayStation® Perspectives event this Friday, about our experiences working with and designing for the PlayStation® Vita. We also expect to be showing a playable version of our new game Mutant Blobs Attack running on the platform!

The event is a collaboration between the Toronto chapter of the IGDA, and Sony Computer Entertainment of America, and is being held at the Ubisoft Toronto offices. SCEA and other local Toronto developers (including Shawn McGrath) are scheduled to be speaking.

More information about the event can be found here:

http://igdatorontomixer.eventbrite.com/

Hope to see you there!