It’s only a few weeks until the Shining Force SOS project goes to Camelot, so there’s still time to send your letters and videos. Here’s my contribution, a little run down of Shining Online Demo 4.
You can download the demo from the Shining Online project page.
Make sure you swing over to the SOS site and show your support, and keep working on those great fan games. We’ll get one finished yet 😉
From this topic on YOB.
“I suppose I’d best make an announcement about this.
Firstly, I’d like to say a massive thank-you to the people who’ve voiced their support for the project. I realise some (most) of you were just posting ‘cos people here made you, but I’ll let that count 😛
Anyways, I’m sure some of you are eager to know if work on SO will resume. The old code is more than a little dated, so most of it is being scrapped. Fear not though, the new features should make up for this short delay in restarting things. There’s still some kinks in the design to work out, but it’ll all get sorted in time. As always, anyone who wants to suggest a feature is welcome to. No idea when the next demo will be out. I wouldn’t count on it being in the next few months, as I have a degree and a girlfriend to take care of. I’ll be using the worklog feature on the site to keep you all updated, so once I fix the site up you can check there to see what me and Newts are doing =)
So in other words, yes, it’s back.”
Perhaps it’s easiest to quote Ty himself on this one:
With such an in depth title, could this topic get any more intellectual? This is going to be a difficult post for me to write. Not only because it’s a subject that is important to me, but for some strange reason it’s important to other people. Plus I’m in a terrible mood at the moment… I’ll try and keep this short and free of over sentimentality.
First things first, Djobi is 100% correct. I’m sure he’ll be pleased to hear that. It’s not easy for a developer to admit that a project failure is entirely their fault, but in the case of SO it was my fault. I started coding it well before I was ready, and it was more of an experiment than anything else. Maybe in that respect it should have died long ago.
Negative feedback does get me down. I worked hard on that game, and to have someone dismiss it as crap without even giving it a chance gets me. I don’t expect everyone to like it. Hell, I didn’t expect anyone to like it, but some of the comments I got just made me wonder “Why should I bother?” That kind of thing kills all motivation.
So where does this leave SO?
It isn’t an easy decision. There’s a lot of work involved, and it would have to be started from the beginning. As you can imagine, that increases the burden a lot. I’m in no doubt over the amount of work that would be required. I’ve learnt that the hard way.
Enough boring shit. Here’s the answer. Will SO return? Yes.
And there was most definately much rejoicing! 😀
Feel free to party away on YOB 😛
Nah, only joking. The forum’s back, though, at the insistence of Seanikins, mostly. If you want to discuss SOnline, what it meant to you, how much you’ll be willing to pay to see it return etc., I suggest you head over here, and let your voice be heard.
No guarantees we’ll be listening, though 😛
From Ye Olde Chat tonight.
[20:22] [Ty] Who here wants to know a secret?
[20:22] [Devlyn] I'm really curious about what you've got on your mind :).
[20:22] [Newts] Not me
[20:23] [Ty] You know SO demo 3B?
[20:23] [Ty] That's as far as it'll ever get :P
[20:23] [Devlyn] Really?
[20:23] * WeirdGuy covers
[20:23] [Devlyn] Are you gonna can it??
[20:23] [WeirdGuy] aaah, its the evil Tymaster
[20:24] [acebloke] so you gave up on it and started demo 4
[20:24] [Ty] Get in that can!
[20:24] [Ty] demo 3B was a baby form of demo 4
[20:25] [acebloke] so thats it ? no more SO ?
[20:25] [Ty] All good things come to an end
I’m off on holiday on Friday, so the hate mail will have to wait until I get back.