Here we go again with another interview from ThatOtherPerson who won the PSX-Scene January contest for the homebrew category. This month he shares his thoughts about some of his homebrew games and gives some perspective on what would be helpful to developers.
You are on a real winning streak with your homebrew games. We certainly haven't seen anyone submitting on such a consistent basis. Why do you think that is? Do you think it is due to a lack of creativity or do you feel like based on some of the recent comments that some developers are holding back because many people just bash them for a release?
I really don't know why the scene seems so dead. Especially in terms of original games. As I've said before I think the homebrew developer tools play a significant part in it (they are a lot better for other platforms such as Wii). But even with them being the way they are I would have expected more people to be making PS3 homebrew. I was really expecting at least one other person to make a game this month with there being a contest (or category of the contest) specifically for games.
I just don't know. Maybe it is all the negativity.
Still I'd personally prefer people try something I've made and say it sucks then ignore it. Any feedback is better then no feedback. By comparison the utter silence that you tend to encounter when developing for PC can really suck.
Following up on that question what if anything would you say to these people who just bash anything new that they don't find useful.
I'd say don't be a jerk but that isn't advice that I would expect anybody to really follow. The internet is overflowing with jerks. The upside of that though is that it makes it more difficult to take it seriously and be offended by it when people say mean shit.
Really what I'd like though is for people to be intelligent about their criticism.
If you don't find something useful then recommend something that you would like to see made instead. But be reasonable in your requests. Personally I've never made or ported an emulator or video player so I'm not the person to bother about something like that. Don't waste peoples time by suggesting to a developer that they should be working on CFW instead of what they are making because everyone already knows there is a need for newer CFW.
If you simply don't like something then elaborate on what you don't like about it.
If something doesn't work then don't just complain about it not working. Explain exactly how it failed and provide as much information about what you are running it on and what you did leading up to the failure.
Try to make useful recommendations. 90% of the suggestions that I see people posting not just about my games or just about PS3 homebrew but really about software in general are incredibly obvious things that the developer has undoubtedly already considered and is likely already planning to implement or never will because it can't or shouldn't be done.
Your 2 entries this month, The Jarred Mind 3 and ThatOTherPong tied in the voting. If I put you on the spot right now which game is your favorite and are you going to continue updating them or are you on to other games?
Definitely The Jarred Mind 3. It's far from perfect, it isn't really a game and isn't even mechanically all that interesting. But it's random and pointless and it amuses me. ThatOtherPong is just a pong clone and not even a particularly good one. I don't plan to update either of them or at least not in the near future and not in any significant way. But I might make the other entries in The Jarred Mind trilogy (in reverse order) some time soon.
And as always do you have plans to release more games for future contests?
Yep. I've been feeling lazy for a while but I've been more productive for the last few days. I've started the final player model for Gambol which will likely be getting a significant update this month. I've also started making media for a remake of a really old abandoned project of mine and another new one.
As always we would like to thank ThatOtherPerson for his well thought out responses and are looking forward to more great games in the future. Check out the Jarred Mind 3