This is where it ends

BreakoutThis will be my last post on this blog. The last time I posted here was 10 months ago. Then I thought I would be away for 10 weeks. Unknown to me then, my life would take a serious nose dive. The following weeks would be hell.

Then one day, it changed for the better. Like a dream, I was on my way to Kenya. I spent 90 days in Kenya and returned back to Ghana. I write this post from Nigeria. This is my 40th and last post on this blog.

I hate unfinished business and so it is time to officially end this blog.

Thank you for reading.

I won’t be coming back!

Farewell!

1 Year Together and 10 Weeks Away

evolution

Its been 1 year already! The above image represents my progression as a blogger. When I started blogging, it was the first time in my life that I would be on the front-end of the web. My training in Systems Engineering made me think in terms of engines and not chassis. Here I was with the task of learning how to interact with the front-end of the web with no training to guide me.

Such choices are life changing. Simply put when we are faced with such choices we can step back to safety or move forward into growth. All growth is painful. It requires a shedding of the familiar and an acceptance of the unknown. Our 1  year together has been phenomenal growth experience for me! This week I will be looking at what it takes to get an online presence.

Get a Compelling Reason

You need a reason to start and stick with anything! It is always difficult to be consistent and without a good reason, excuses will be given and in the end failure will result.

Decide on a Tool

Decide on a tool to use. This depends on what kind of site you want to build, your technical and personal resources and available alternatives. When I first started blogging, I accepted my limitations. As a result, I use a cloud based WordPress installation to get a hang of the entire process.

Using Content Management Systems

Selecting a Content Management System should be based on 4 factors:

  1. Abilities
  2. Support
  3. Usage
  4. Maturity

In the world today, the top 3 are WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. They all have their strengths and weaknesses. When it comes to usage, WordPress is best for beginners, Joomla is preferred by designers and Drupal is preferred by developers.

Start

When the idea for a gaming blog first came up, I wasn’t ready. I was still a programmer then more concerned with writing code than prose. In the last one year, I have changed in a lot of ways. I am no longer just a programmer! My understanding of the entire software development process has gotten better.

Gratitude

I want to thank everyone who has supported me on this journey in the last one year. Their names are too many to mention but you all know yourselves. My family deserves the most credit all that I am I owe to you. The guest writers who make me have content each week deserve a word of thanks. My readers if you don’t come then what’s the point?

I will be shutting down for the next 10 weeks. With 1 year done, I want to take the next 10 weeks to seek a new direction for the blog. When I come back in July 6th, I expect to be back guns blazing.

Thanks everyone for everything!

The Team Behind Global Game Jam Lagos

Critics

Hello Everyone! One more post and we would be 1 year on this blog! In this post I talked about the first Global Game Jam Lagos which held from January 23rd to 27th this year. Now I will take a look at the team behind the project.

Benedict Olumhense (Founder, IGDA Nigeria)
A graduate of Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Lagos with added skills in programming. He also founded the local chapter of the International Games Developers Association Nigeria (IGDA Nigeria) and the local coordinator of the Global Game Jam Lagos. He fell in love with video games at 8 years old after playing Star Wars on the Atari 2600 back in the 1980’s. Since then he has followed the industry by playing games on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Sega Mega Drive, Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) to recent home entertainment systems.

Leonard M. Duro Emanuel (Business Strategy & Development)
A graduate from the University of Jos with Business and Strategy Development skills. He has been involved with the Video games industry through pro gaming and going head to head with Dennis “Tresh” Fong while he was living in the United Kingdom. Since then, he has grown to understand the gaming industry from pro gaming to the footprint it leaves
on an economy. He was one of the Speakers at the 1st Global Game Jam Lagos 2013 and works closely with structuring IGDA Nigeria’s activities.

Oluwaseyi Fakoya (Technical Lead)
Seyi is a graduate of Computing and Software Engineering from the Open University, United Kingdom. He is also a technical assistant for IGDA Nigeria and is responsible for designing the Global Game Jam Lagos website and resolving other technical needs that may arise during any event organized locally. He is a local developer with a portfolio of various products, one of such is the iOpen Heavens mobile application.

Oluwaseun Osinowo (Project Coordinator)
Project Coordinator, Global Game Jam Lagos. Seun is a graduate of Urban & Regional Planning, University of Lagos. He
is a sound CAD expert with interest in developing game environments for 2D and 3D games. He coordinates all event activity for IGDA Nigeria and the Global Game Jam Lagos.

So these are the members of Global Game Jam Lagos Team. Love them or hate them, they have started the move that would put the West African gaming industry on the World Map.

Final Salvo

Gaming West Africa Logo

Whao! 25 posts! Our time together this year is done! Based on the Mayan calendar, the apocalypse was supposed to happen yesterday. It didn’t! I promise to be back on the 12th of January next year with more posts covering the gaming scene. Next year will be when we will have to play it to the bone. The first West African Global Game Jam will be holding next year in Lagos. You can find all the details here. I will continue to blog in the years to come. No matter what!

For my last post this year I will leave some interesting findings that I made this week. First off Mozilla Gameon has been launched. My zeal for HTML5 is once again justified! If you have a game in HTML5, do try and submit to the competition the deadline is February 24 2013. Also, please check out the top 10 developers by Gamasutra as expected, no one from Africa made the list. Lastly, I found this great post on the top five practices for building HTML5 games by Microsoft.

How do you close the curtain on a life changing experience? How do you say goodbye even if it is just for a while? Me I will start by saying thank you to Oluseye Soyode-Johnson who gave me the idea to start a blog. Really without that push none of this would have happened.

Milestones

Hello World was the first post ever on this blog! I jumped head first into the pool and had to learn how to swim by not drowning! A novel experience for a programmer but one I don’t intend to repeat any time soon. Business Framework was the first time I used images on this blog. I remember using “trial and error” or as we programmers will eloquently say, I figured it out!

Concerning interviews, I had the priviledge of being one of the first bloggers to interview Hugo Obi of Maliyo Games. It was also my first interview on the blog. The second interview was with Bayo Puddicombe of Pledge51. All these interviews where done before I left Nigeria.

Beginning Game Development was where it really came together for me. I still don’t understand the intersection of forces that makes this the best post so far on this blog. A programmer I have absolute respect for Femi Taiwo even complimented me on that post. For programmers, the regard of mere mortals pale in comparision to regard of your peers sorry Oga Femi, I meant your seniors :-).

Wetin Dey Shele was the first time I had a guest writer on the blog. My friend Oge Nnadi did all the work for me. All I did was really copy and paste his content onto the blog. We also featured the launch of Windows 8! since that one posts, I have to continue maintaining that I do not work for Microsoft :-(.

The State of the West African Gaming Space was an honest look at the West African gaming space which at best is emerging (and that is me being polite!). On this blog, we also feature the upcoming famo.us which would be launched next year.

Conclusion

Overall, the year was a good year for the blog. I will be going underground until January 12 next year. In that time, I hope to finish the conversion of my first game Ise to HTML5.

The story of the gaming industry in West Africa is unfolding. I am not a writer! Perhaps I cannot write the story adeptly. But I can write it completely and I can write it truthfully. See you next year!

Tribute to Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong

Happy weekend everyone! By the time you read this, it would be a new month! Its been a rush perhaps August would be called August Rush. On the 25th of August, Neil Armstrong the first man to walk on the moon died. I was really sad when I heard the news. For me it meant that one of those people who pushed the frontiers of dreams and possibilities had exited the world. This post is meant as a tribute to the man. For his full biography, you can check here.

Before the tribute is paid, I think it is only fair not to keep some news to myself. The Create UNAOC Challenge is counting down and 90 days are left! I am not privileged in anyway. This information is freely available on Wetin Dey Shele developed by one of the few developers I personally admire Oge Nnadi. In the course of the new month, I will (threaten) ask him to discuss his use of Open Source tools in the development of the application.

In other developments, after the loss of Samsung to Apple, Samsung bounced back by making sure they are the first vendor to announce the launch of Windows 8 devices. I my opinion, this is the best way to make their stock prices withstand the shock of the lawsuit. The future of game development might be settled on the Windows 8 platform, so it is worth keeping an eye on.

So now the announcements are over, its time to pay tribute. When he landed on the Moon, he inadvertently created a world of dreams. Some of the ideas behind landing on the moon inspired games like Lunar Lander and cartoons like Voltron which for most of us growing up was kind of something to look forward to at 4pm….

While he was the first man on the moon, he did not do it alone. Behind Neil Armstrong is a long history of teachers, trainers and teammates. That’s the reality. No worthwhile dream can be achieved by one individual working alone!

Mission Crew

Apollo 11 Crew
The Apollo 11 lunar landing mission crew, pictured from left to right, Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, command module pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot.

Above is a picture of the “Front Men” behind them are engineers, scientists, government contractors and even cleaners! I think too many people are brainwashed into thinking like the “Man on the Hill” that epitome of the self made man that they never realize that it does not exist.

Even on the moon, one person had to be first. Could it have been any of them? I think so. At the end, it had to be about the team. And that is what this post is really about Synergy! That by working together, a team of ordinary people can get to do extraordinary stuff. In the words of Neil Armstrong “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”.

First landing on the moon