On making simple games quickly with crtrdg.js
Check out this simple implementation of pong I made in a few hours last night: sethvincent.github.io/digital-table-tennis-for-two
Here's the source on GitHub: github.com/sethvincent/digital-table-tennis-for-two.
It turns out I’ve been experimenting with making silly games for about a year!
At this time last year making even a dumb little game was a struggle. Yesterday I made a pong rip-off in a few hours. I’m happy about that.
I made this pong game as a quick warm-up for a "gaming for good" game jam I'm attending this weekend. A chance to test my tools to make sure everything is working properly. crtrdg.js is working well for me as a rapid prototyping tool. I learned to program with Processing, and that's informed some of my decisions in creating crtrdg.js.
I find that crtrdg.js works pretty great for game jams – quick projects where the stakes are low and the goal is to get an idea out fast.
Here's a post about what I learned from participating in Ludum Dare, an awesome game jam that inspired me to first start participating in that kind of event: What I learned from Ludum Dare 27.