Flash Games are arguably the most popular form of interactive media created today. This includes the interactive games used in the game market, such as the popular online games such as Candy Crush and Candy Crush Soda Saga. In general, an interactive game is a video game that simulates a visual (e.g., video, sound or text) and/or interactive simulation. The Flash game market is a rapidly expanding market, with an estimated growth rate of almost 35% from 2013 to 2015.
Flash games are one of the best things of our time. They allow us to have amazing moments and express ourselves in exciting ways that we couldn’t otherwise have done. They can also become a distraction; an interruption to an otherwise satisfying game. In fact, this is what I call “free-time.” We tend to get bored in free-time. This is not to say that free-time should never be taken, but should be utilized as a necessary evil; used to escape from other distractions and to get a step ahead of the game.
In my own life, my free-time has often been found in running. Running is my favorite form of exercise. I run on the treadmill, sprint on a pedalbike, and even ride my own bike. I enjoy it because it allows me to get some mental and emotional release, and that is crucial to the game development process. When you’re forced to make a game in a day, you get some precious free time!
There is a misconception that you can only make a game if you’re a incredible individual.
In 2016, a team of researchers used motion capture technology to make a 3D avatars resembling the characters in the game Pokémon in which players battle to capture ‘piloswatches’ which are powerful artefacts which can be used during gameplay. “We don’t think that the virtual avatars are real life,” says team leader Professor Peter G. Rizzo, from the University of Oxford. Rizzo’s team was able to create the avatars in record time – only two full days – by creating a program to build an avatar and using it to play video games. The resulting virtual avatar, dubbed a Pokémon Go avatar, was fully made in about three and a half hours. Researchers used a computer that generated a virtual 3D mesh of the player’s anatomy within a series of images and then edited them with a software program to render a moving picture image into a 3D mesh; similar to a 3D print – only by using computer graphics.
Pony & Spike is a series of free online-only games that lets you play cute, lovable characters, who need your help, in a non-violent way. The developer has also released a version of the game that lets you play as other characters, such as the dog who is too nice to have any of his friends killed, or the penguin chick for who I’m sure you don’t like to play as, but if you know your way around iOS, it’s a fairly straightforward, free game to get started with.