Western Conference Champs

Again! Time to finish the job.

In the meantime, enjoy the new puppet commercial:


Not the Last Cannon


amazing photo by [Capital M](http://www.flickr.com/photos/capital_m/)

[Nine Inch Nails](http://www.nin.com) live = amazing. This is their last tour, and I could have done without Jane’s Addiction, but it was worth it since NIN opened. Trent’s energy is admirable – it seems as if he’s giving NIN one last ultimo hurrah, though I’m sure we can expect some new and different music from him when this is all over.

Team ICO’s new game has a trailer and it looks full of heart, imagination, and unbelievableness. Enjoy the clip above… we’re all in for a treat, I’m sure.

I love writing code, but these guys take the cake. If you’re interested in what it takes to write almost 100% fail-proof, mission-critical software, read [this article](http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/06/writestuff.html) about the development team at NASA.

Speaking of code, [Last Cannon](http://www.shadiradio.com/lastcannon) has a very positive reception in the iPhone community so far, and I’m super grateful and excited. The number of downloads so far impresses and flatters me! There’s a bunch of great reviews, suggestions and feedback (all of which I’m noting for future updates). My favorite bit so far is a (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nsk2o5j3HA). I have no idea what he’s saying, but it makes me happy anyway. Check out all the links below to some discussions across the net.

– [German video review](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nsk2o5j3HA)
– [TouchArcade review](http://toucharcade.com/2009/05/18/last-cannon-a-refreshingly-original-iphone-puzzle-shooter/)
– [TouchArcade forum discussion](http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=13039)
– [Appversity review](http://www.appversity.com/games/last-cannon-review/)
– [Josh Spear review](http://joshspear.com/item/last-cannon/)
– [Greek forum review](http://www.iphonehellas.gr/forum/index.php/topic,4429.0.html)
– [Last Cannon tweets](http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%22last+cannon%22)

The best part is receiving all the positive emails from the international community. Making a game is a fun way to connect with the world, and just makes me want to develop more. That said, Last Cannon 1.2 is on it’s way to the App Store (just awaiting approval) and it’ll bring with these changes of goodness:

– global leaderboards
– touch control
– smoother control
– invert tilt option
– change settings in-game
– graphics/sounds/interface enhancements

Not only that, but I’ve been hard at work on a new game! It’s as different from Last Cannon as you can get, and more of a party game. All I can reveal right now is that it WILL make you laugh out loud.

Memorial Day weekend seemed to land at just the right time. We played plenty of basketball, had plenty of barbeque, waded in the pool, and watched the Lakers lose. Which sucked. But they came back with a vengeance last night, which didn’t suck. Can’t say the same for the Cavs – their backs are against the wall, but they aren’t done yet. At least this series has spawned some of my favorite commercials ever. I can’t say enough how much I love anything puppet-related, so these bring me joy. The more I watch them, the more I pick up little subtleties in their mannerisms and dialogue that is so funny:

– [Kobe & Lebron (Chalk)](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtzQ0eXVoJo)
– [Kobe & Lebron (Three Rings)](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6znkbMJJTyQ)
– [Kobe & Lebron (Unstoppable)](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SH16SWQNh8o)
– [Kobe & Lebron (Mrs. Lewis)](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azMR-ZYaOnQ)


Last Cannon

My work has paid off and Apple approved “Last Cannon” for the App Store. Thanks to all my friends who tested the game and gave me feedback, suggestions, and motivation! If you have an iPhone/iPod Touch (or know people with one), help me out and spread the word! Also, if you know any blogs/review sites that might be interested in checking it out, I’m happy to give them a promocode to use, just let me know. I’m indebted to you all…

Thanks to Ricardo Quesada and other contributors for their wonderful work on the Cocos2d library, abstracting OpenGL madness for more simple creation of 2D games.

Feedback on some online forums seems positive so far, people are diggin’ it. Also go Lakers!


Street Hoper

If the team responsible for the matchmaking programming in Street Fighter 4 opened a restaurant, here’s how they would run it: make each meal as people order them, and then serve all the meals at once, after the restaurant is full. Hey… at least one person gets a hot meal, right?

They would probably also serve El Fuerte for dessert, being such a crappy restaurant and all.


Tarbee

Last weekend we went camping at Lake Casitas for Chris’ birthday. The end results: good food, good friends, lots of laughs, lots of sunburns, lots of frisbee, baseball and invented sports such as Tarbee (have your team catch the frisbee in the target). There was a giant model airplane runway just below our campsite that just begged for us to make up games to play on it (hence, Tarbee). Good times.

This week: waiting for Apple’s approval of my iPhone game, and enjoying the chippy Lakers vs. Rockets series. They better win tonight in Houston!