Getting anything noticed has always been an art form, like eating beans on toast and avoiding all the beans sliding off the toast and leaving you with a gloopy bean juice soaked slice of bread.
Let's say you make videos and upload them to a site like Youtube, you are putting your one video in a pool of already existing videos. Some of which are featured by the platform and will already rank higher than your contribution will.
Not deterred by this, you start working on another video and a week later you upload another piece of work. Now you have two videos to compete against the already existing titles - yah! But here's the kicker, you aren't just competing against several billion existing videos, but also the 70,000 videos that have been added since you last uploaded. Oh dear.
The same can be said for Steam. In 2019 it was reported that Steam had 30,000 games listed and you can probably safely say another 10,000 were added this year.
Now I have one game on Steam, so I have a 1 in 40,000 chance to be found by sheer luck. But things don't happen by luck, GTA V isn't popular by chance. It's popular because it's a good game AND they spent millions of pounds getting it discovered.
I'll tell you straight, I haven't got the skill to make a game like GTA, nor do I have the budget to get any game I do make noticed by anyone.
So I make the games I can manage and a drop a video on Youtube, in the sea of billions of other distractions, in the hope I'll get noticed.
Don't get me wrong I'd love to be loaded, but the thought that someone comes across my random eclectic channel. Then discovers a game I've made on Steam and buys it, is kind of special.
It's like a meteor falling to Earth and you get the tiny piece of rock that lands. Yeah there are lots of other rocks around your feet. But this one was a special find.
It sure is a crazy time at the moment and I wanted to try digest some of the problems we face as a people. Let's start with how things unfolded.
I first heard about a virus sweeping China around December of 2019 and at the time was thinking something was up but along the lines of, some kind of product from that region will be band from entering the UK because of this, will be the outcome.
But then as time rolled on more bad data came back in, that this problem in China was worse than our controlled media would let us know. This Chinese flu was quickly becoming a problem for the Chinese regime and it wasn't too long before China was effectively keeping 50 million people as prisoner.
The scenes were shocking, buildings being sealed up with the occupants still inside, people being dragged out against their will by the 'authorities'.
Roll time on again and we hear of that same Chinese flu affecting people in other countries. Now at this time I and anybody with a sound mind was thinking let's stop travel into the country. That is one of the benefits of being an island, our ability to close the borders rapidly to save our people.
But that isn't what happened at all. In fact there was the case that in north Italy the mayor of Florence organised a "hug a Chinese" event. You see apparently the north of Italy imports in China's cheap slave labour to under cut the locals there and it just so happens this cheap labour came from Wuhan, the recognised epicentre of the epidemic.
Now the locals who are currently fighting to take their country back from globalist conspirators, made the logical step to distance themselves, but the far-leftist who listened to this toss pot mayor went out, hugged the disease carriers and spread Chinese flu to their fellow Italians. Causing 16 million people to be imprisoned and around 28k people to die of the easily avoidable disease.
At this time the usual far-left rags like the Guardian were concerned with xenophobia in their
global development section of their online propaganda network - which funnily enough is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.
Well it must be with the fear of being called a racist that our elected leaders decided to risk the lives of the people of the UK and keep the borders open.
And then it happened. The news started to filter in that the Chinese flu had made it to our shores.
At the time I was having to go to the hospital with my partner when these Chinese flu posters started to get plastered on all the walls.
In fact I remember it was early in the morning (because they don't let you stay overnight) I was visiting my partner and our newly born son and as I was waiting to be buzzed through the security door that I was looking at this poster and an elderly Chinese couple were sat in the waiting area by the doors when the old bitch started coughing.
Now this scene wasn't wasted on me, it was like a comedy sketch, except my families life was on the line and I wanted to stomp this bitch into the ground. Instead I learned a lesson.
As the news ramped up we were told not to stock up on supplies, I mean it's not like a global pandemic may disrupt supplies and you wouldn't need to stock pile goods, I mean it's not like we are ever going to find ourselves in a siege.
Fast forward in time and those in charge decide that they will place the entire nation on house arrest. The bizarrely conflicting message that the public should not get face masks as they are no good, was put out next to our health professional workers need those face masks - because they work for them.
The establishment then comfort us all by telling us the NHS will save us, which by the size of it and it's £140 billion a year budget I imagine it would.
Don't buy masks because it affect the NHS, don't stock up on supplies because it affects the NHS, don't use the NHS it might affect the NHS - it got annoying really fast.
Then the media and politicians in an orchestrated effort started to heap the praise on NHS workers. These people weren't just doing their job, no, they were putting themselves at risk - by being around ill people and doing their job.
It's like if a policeman said we shouldn't have to arrest criminals, some of them might be criminals. It's absolutely absurd.
Speaking of the police it should be mentioned they have started to go into full on authoritarian mode at this point. A number of videos started to surface of police abusing their public given powers and just generally turning everyone against them.
Then came the American monopoly tech giants to censor voices that may be concerned that China had a biotechnology lab working on that type of disease in the area announced as the epicentre of the outbreak. Or how the World Health Organisation, who deemed playing video games was a mental health disorder but thought that men and women who mutilate their bodies to pretend they are the opposite sex from what they really are is ok.
The same W.H.O who's leader, an Ethiopian, seemed clueless and bizarrely backed China. Then news emerged this first non doctor director general was in fact a career politician and was part a communist terrorist group called TPLF. It appears China had lobbied for him to be appointed and was using their puppet within the W.H.O to dictate to the world.
Despite this our beloved NHS use the World Health Organisation guidelines in virtually everything they do and equally as terrifying, American tech monopolies like Youtube, started to censor anyone who contradicted what the World Health Organisation spouted out.
Politicians started to spin the message "Save the NHS" because in Britain nothing scares the public more than a threat to the bloated NHS. The public was whipped into a frenzy with claims that 1% of the UK may die (around 600, 000 people).
Common sense that stated thousands of people die every year due to the flu were trampled over by the panic over this new Chinese flu.
China showed the world it's power by building a hospital in six days and before anyone asked if a Chinese constructed building could survive more than a stiff breeze, the British government wanted to flex their powers. So in true British government style they built a hospital in 9 days and by built I mean put a few cubicles with beds into an empty entertainment arena - it makes be cry with pride just thinking about it.
Politicians admitted that the regulations they impose are just to slow down business when they removed them to speed up production of personal protective equipment. In fact we saw a host of private businesses step up to help the public by adapting their facilities to help meet demand for PPE.
Now with regards to the economy that went very strange very quickly. You first the government announced that seeing as it was forcing everyone to stop their lives for a period they would make up the short fall in earnings. Now this makes sense as we use fiat currency, so they can issue an unlimited amount at the drop of a hat. But they didn't, they only said they would cover 80% - very peculiar.
Then you look to the stock market that should be circling the drain and oh golly gosh, those prices are still over priced. Turns out that the American Federal Reserve is willing to print and infinite amount of cash to cripple the free market and keep prices artificially high.
This whole event has been used to create draconian powers for the government and hide some very shady business practises.
But the general public didn't get to hear any of that as the news started to run the story that non whites were disproportionately dying. Was it that non whites were still meeting in large groups to party or to go to the Mosque (who weren't closed like everywhere else)? We don't know, what we do know is it affects everyone - but non whites most affected.
This was an important narrative for the media but it quickly found it's propaganda at odds with itself. You see the invasion of non whites was marketed as they are health care workers, don't look at the fact for every foreign imported worker we lose a job or the infrastructure to retain those skills for white people. Don't look that we drain the talent pool in country that they came from, don't look at the fact people who you import from a third world shit hole tend to be of the sickly kind and are therefore a colossal drain on the health care service. And whatever you do, don't look into the fact non white doctors sexually assault their white female patients.
The news showed that farmers wanted workers to come pick the produce on their farms and the British public responded in their hundreds of thousands. This dispelled the myth white people don't like the jobs the invaders take, something the news discovered too late as it reported the numbers of applicants. A short time after those same news sites reported that a work programme was ferrying in foreign workers that were needed to pick the produce on British farms - less it would all spoil.
As you can guess this blunder of propaganda got even the thickest of normies questioning how one week you can be overwhelmed by British people applying for jobs and the next week have farmers saying they are having to take the invading worker force.
But the message of panic persisted, we have to stay home and save the NHS. This isn't like a regular disease, if you go about your life like regular person you are being a mass murder. Better to be stunning and brave by staying at home and making emotionally charged messages for others to avoid being a criminal murdering scumbag by walking to the shops or generally having a life.
Now the NHS staff couldn't be stunning and brave by staying how, after all someone had to take care of all they dying non whites. However our NHS staff managed to join in with the videos, whether that was crying in the car or dancing in the hospitals that are supposed to be rammed with dying sick people.
The general public who had been told by the media to clap for the carers channelled their life force by slapping their flippers and banging pots and pans together and beamed it in the form of a rainbow straight to the paid workers. The rainbow a symbol traditionally used for children that was high-jacked by degenerate homosexuals and has since, in an act of politics, been adopted by the NHS as a symbol of their allegiance to homosexuals and other forms of sexual degeneracy, like the ones that prey on young children that may be in their care. But the general public didn't hear any of that as they were busy painting rainbows on their windows and making lots of noise as ordered. It's strange when people do the making noise things it's like they are trying to scare the disease away like a tribesman.
Then would you Adam and Eve it, news came in that one of those knock up hospitals was going to be closed, the reason was a simple one - it wasn't needed.
Now the bulk of this information is easily accessible by virtually everyone, but the hard pill to swallow is most will never care until it hits them personally in some way, at which point they will scream for someone to do something.
By now everyone who matters knows something is wrong and everyone else, no mater how outwardly nice they may seem are part of the problem.
To sum up, a shit load of bad laws have been created both in writing and in principle through public perception of what is acceptable. A huge mountain of debt has been issued, most likely killing the economy or at best making slaves out of most. The disguise of free market is gone. Everyone but you is a moron.
I have to go as this ramble has gone on way too long - try keep each other in the loop yeah. See you later.
It's shocking how long it's been since I added to this section of the site, but oh well we're here now.
So I've been in a state of testing what works and doesn't work with regards to the things I put on the site. Some things are dead on arrival, while others generate quite a bit of traffic. As for traffic "quality" well that varies widely by source, but the information I have received back will shape what content I do in future.
I have a tiny number of commercial fonts I've created that have started to appear in the products I create, one of them being the shirts I create. On the topic of that, I have done quite a few designs which I've added to one of my online product on demand partners.
Whilst I'm on about print partners it has to be said that on the whole the print on demand industry is becoming increasingly, well the technical word is shit.
I've recently had trouble with one company in particular, you can read about the trouble here. But it only confirms something I've know for a long time, that is I'm going to have to produce my own shirts at some point.
This way I can remove the restraints and failures placed on me by these large irresponsible corporations.
In other news I created a little game called UMA, it can be seen here.
It's a unique concept, a bunch of islands generate randomly in configuration. You then have Tetris style buildings to place down. Now to make the game even more niche I avoided many gamerfications, to create a more relaxing experience.
It's an experiment in selling DRM free and getting some of my production systems streamlined. You wouldn't understand how much work goes into even a tiny game like UMA.
I'll try to list an overview in simplified form:
Come up with a concept
Code early version
Add programmer art
Code evolved idea (what will be the final product - in some form)
Add final game art
Record sound effects
Add sound effects
Test, polish, fix any errors
Create and push out marketing materials for any where you sell or advertise the game
Now this is a very general view of the work required, but needless to say all that work and more is involved in the tiny price you pay for a game. All those professions (coder, music etc) are well paid positions in companies, all with benefits and pensions. However when you are an independent developer you do all that and more for pennies.
Then throw into the mix the sheer volume of competition and rising Communist ideology disguised as consumer rights activists and you see how a dream job turns into a nightmare faster than a curry turns into toilet pebble effect.
With that in mind, I think the price of games will have to be more expensive and delivered via a different platform. Steam is becoming more of a hindrance to the gaming market as a whole and there is a worrying push for games to be an online only subscription model, which I'll have to fight against at some point but we'll see.
While Steam is in our sights, I wrote a little piece about them and Epic for you to look at. It deals with the facts between the two stores and offers a little insight into some of the problems thrown up by this whole fake Steam vs Epic saga that customers have spoken about.
I am currently working on a little project that I hope to put on Steam in the near future. My worry is that as it's a short experience the refunds will be high, but we'll see, maybe people aren't as bad as they are made out to be.
The cold weather is breaking up nicely so I've managed to venture out into the mud bowl that is my garden and do a bit. At the end of 2019 I managed to harvest a bumper crop of Parsnips and I'm starting a fresh batch of them, as Parsnip soup is mental great.
I hope this year I can grow a fucking huge Pumpkin in time for Halloween. I've tried for two years on the bounce now, but the size of the pumpkin has been tiny and couldn't ripen before the bad weather sets in.
Anyway I have sown some seeds indoors, so fingers crossed I might get something of a decent size and in time.
Fuck beans it's been a while since I wrote one of these, so let's have a little chitty chatty hey sweet pea?
fonts for the memories
Been working on commercial fonts that I have started to work into designs as well as tutor a friend into the process.
Making my own custom fonts is super useful for shirt designs and it is obvious a useful skill for other works I make like games.
It takes a stupid amount of time, but at the same time is a rapid process compared to days of old when letters were individually carved into dry turds.
Shirt off me back
I've been design shirts again recently because I actually enjoy it a fair bit. Being doing stuff close to video gaming while still staying legal, although that doesn't stop the wank developers throwing their big dick about and getting stuff taken down. I'm veering towards doing my own stuff as well as keeping an eye on printing my own stuff so as to fuck would be arseholes out of the equation.
Going to take a bit of work but needs mustard and all that what what. Run your fat fucking eyes over some of my gear here.
Games, Games, Games
Been working on a little game and I think I've broke its back now so I can free up some time to squeeze in other stuff as well.
Originally I thought I could work on two projects at once, but it turns out the "tiny game" I was going to make needed a fuck load of work to make something worth while - who'd have thunk?
Won't say too much other than it's a niche kind of thing that's not really weird but still niche.
My plan is to make something that is simple to play with a lot of replay value - which turns out is a fucking huge undertaking.
I'll chat and promote it more nearer its completion.
Write thing to say
I've been writing as of late, as I've been getting a bit extra free time. This means I'll spew more shit out of my arse in word form for you dirt bag flies to congregate around and feed on like the shit attracted shit eaters you are (said with love of course).
At the moment I thought I'd pass comments on topics that catch my beady little eyes, but we'll see what it develops into.
I have been working on a short book this year so need to blow the dust off that and finish the fucker, but more on that when it's done.
The great thing about writing is it takes a fraction of the time to create something interesting, the downside is the world is now largely populated with fucknuts who want everything in video format - so swings and roundabouts.
Video killed the radio star
I've been meaning to make some videos, but in all honesty they take too long and I have other things to do. When I get time I think I'll do more stuff that is exclusive to this site with the occasional thing on YouTube.
Site, Site, baby
The site is growing in size and traffic, with the opposite being true on YouTube. I also tend to get better engagement on my own website, with better conversions through to things I'm selling.
It would appear a tiny targeted audience is better than a large YouTube audience. In fact viewers on YouTube have become as useful as a flaccid penis in the Playboy mansion.
Going forward I think it makes sense to produce more entertainment through this site to build my portfolio and attract visitors, with the occasional YouTube video.
So the gardening bug bit me this year, a long with the pirate bug the little bastard (actual pirate bug, not me promoting e-theft) and I've been doing that a fair bit.
Gardening is super fucking awesome but a bit detailed to go into here in a little catch me up
Going to wrap up and tell you I'll try to avoid there being such a big gap in the updates but in reality who the fuck knows - not me.
Been pretty fooking busy, so completely forgot to put out a noisey in a while, but I'll condense events.
2017 was pretty shit, the whole year I was ill, which ran with the pretty shit feeling I was left with after I scrapped the game I'd been developing for some time. I just thought to myself 'this is super niche, why make things harder for yourself by making a game only you and two other hipsters in the world will want to play'?
So I binned it and started again, which honestly made me want to cry. It's like climbing a mountain, getting half way up just to go back down and start all over again - real soul crushing shit.
On the massive upside, this new game should have more appeal, as it's focused on more fun. I'm doing the art first as opposed to my previous method of programming and using place holder art. This is to spur me on, but holy fuck Batman is there so much fucking drawing to do.
I really want to talk about the game, but it's best left until I have something substantial to show the world - so check back in a couple of years you creep.
My current little game on Steam, Kalzor: 2000, is doing pretty well, but more importantly the information I've gained about selling games is invaluable. I'll be able to use what I've learned going forward with future titles.
The digital painting is still a favourite hobby of mine, I just wished it clicked more. Sometimes I can do really well and get things to look awesome, other times it's like diarrhoea. Still I'm gaining loads from trying new techniques, so hopefully I get to the point I can offer some of my work for sale.
My Wall art is another story, it just clicks. I can get something that doesn't have that digital painted look finished in a reasonable time and with good results. I will have to sit down at some point and do some commercial wall art, to bolster my portfolio. I am however, limited by my computer as to the size of the designs I do, as if they are too large my computer shits a brick.
font of knowledge
For quite some time now I've wanted to create my own fonts. I was just really interested how the process works and always wanted to add my own. I currently have two that are workable for my needs and while they are not currently for sale, I may license them at some point. (More on that in a sec).
shirt off my back
Currently my shirt designs are doing well and are something I hope to build on in 2018. I really enjoy doing them and they merge together different aspects of the work I do, which is pretty cool for me.
wideos you are vanting
I am trying to promote indie games with my show, Love Indie Games, which I'll try aim to make one a month if I get the time. I know how useless YouTube has become to get eyes on things, as it has imploded under it's own bullshit, so I'm trying to help out other indies where I can - but like I say, time and resources are scarce.
I can't see myself making videos for YouTube for a long time (if ever), as it's too distracting and as I say useless for me personally.
But I will no doubt make videos I think will help me out in some way, just most likely hosted here on my own site.
I'm currently teaching myself to write, by setting myself a few projects to do. Once they are up to scratch I'll let the world buy them. They should also give me some new skills and another outlet where I can converge my growing skill set.
license to kill
Licensing my work is going to become a big factor going into the future. Anyone wanting to display my work will have to pay the fee.
I've tried the free advertising thing and it doesn't work, so in future all of my work will be bolstered under licensing terms.
I have done a few things on the site since the last noisey, so check them out you noisey fucker. I'll try do more stuff for you to run your slinty eyes across in between work, so have a look around you dildo.