TwitStorm’s Story

An old #screenshotsaturday screenshot of the game, from the first time it was "done".

#screenshotsaturday.

I’m about to release a game that’s been “done” for over 2 years. It was initially delayed due to the difficulty in finding a sponsor willing to back a game that requires a connection to a PHP proxy of a user’s recent twitter feeds, then, before I could make up my mind to just self-sponsor, I got hired as a designer/developer on Three Rings’ Free-to-Play Doctor Who MMO. After that stint, I started working on a new game, doing contract work, and living life so much that I totally forgot about TwitStorm.

Then a few weeks ago I decided it was time to cut my contracting stuff back to part-time, and start putting some actual daylight hours into indie game development. While Craig and I are in the process of developing Chronotron for iPhone – and with Craig doing the actual iOS programming – it was high time to slap a CPMStar ad onto TwitStorm and let it sink or swim. It’s done. It’s a cute little toy. I don’t expect it to take the world by storm, but I like it and I think some people will as well!

Then I learned Twitter was changing their API, and had already disabled some features integral to the game. So I’ve spent the last few weeks gutting and rewriting the twitter-to-flash library I’d been using (Tweetr) so that it would work again. (This involved converting all of the XML parsing to JSON, among other things.)

So NOW it’s done.

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