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THE FUNKIN' SIDE of 2023


So work wise, it's been a damn time, that's for sure. All memes aside, progress has been really steady. Directing a game is a pretty new experience for me, alongside running a company. Directing a game means sharing your ideas and plans in a way that they can be translated into actual work, and then finished. And on top of actually directing the game, making art n assets with it I think is a fun combo, since I'm able to go from concept to functional assets pretty swiftly.


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(Pico animation asset for the game from this year done on stream)


I've always liked to think of it like how manga authors have to get their weekly chapters done, Funkin feels like the video game version of that. The challenge of making a game though is to be in-sync with a team of people who can help execute those ideas. I can think up story, I can think up gameplay, and I can make the assets to make those things real. But how do I go about syncing up with a team to execute code and everything else necessary to make that happen? If I'm planning a specific animation to appear at a set time, with a fade or flash of light that needs to be programmed, how do you make sure the programmers get that info and make sure it's put in properly?


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(Another on-stream goody!)


Well my tarted ass has spent the better part of nearly 3 fucking years trying to figure that out, and while things are going well, I really won't ever be happy til that manga-like clockwork schedule is realized. BUT.


Long ass rant aside, I think I'm closer to my goal. So in my book, 2023 was chill.


BRO SHUT THE FUCK UP, NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR IT WHERES THE FUCKING UPDATE??


True as fuck! In the wise words of Chris Chan....


THE LIFE-SIDE of 2023


This year was dope, simply put. I feel like I got to have a lot of unique experiences that I'll never forget. For as buried under work as I am, I wouldn't have it any other way.


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Early on I went to Canada to work with Ninjamuffin IRL for 2 months. Until, oops, fell off a bike in a foreign country and busted my ankle! Time to head home.

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But before I know it, the NG office is full of visitors from the TMG meet up! A lil shot of IvanAlmighty signin some sketchbooks at his desk, right across from where I work.

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Extra special was having Cam and for the first time Isaac out with us too here in PA. The IRL work visits kept on chuggin

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And then.... back to Canada for more IRL work. Honestly, I did a lot of traveling this year. At one point I was even working on Funkin at 30,000 feet in the air!

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Getting to see Wandaboy was probably my favorite part of the August canada trip... getting to meet Lukas and Emrox in the flesh was a close second tho.

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Then it was off to LA with Cory to visit Chris for a bit. Chris was always the designated driver while me and Cory were designated hand-job givers. It was a fair system


Side note: I also met jnoel out there, which felt so crazy. Taterman too! Meeting any Newgrounders IRL is always such a treat.

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Immediately after that, I had to rush back in time for the end of the year Newgrounds meet up. Snapped this pic of Tom, lol. We're all just characters in Tom Fulp's little world....

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And Cam had come back for that as well, so it was a crazy ping-pong of us going back n forth across countries. I'm always wishing more can get done, but all things considered it was a cool year.


Serious posts ain't normally my style, but writing these up during the long development dark-ages I think will be fun for me to look back on once I finally get the see the light at the end of the tunnel.


Happy 2024!

-PhantomArcade


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