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Any developers here? Let's make a 'classic' game!

I know that these fora may not be the appropriate place to ask, but after pumping a few gigs of content from here to my iBook over the years I feel welcome.

I would like to know if anybody is actively developing classic-like games for OS X!? I can't tell you how much I ache for these simple and eternal games to play on my Intel macs. There are so many games that I've been playing for YEARS without falter, because no matter how simple, they remain THAT cool. I'm talking about MechWarrior, B17 Bomber, Star Wars Episode I Racer, X-Wing, Battlezone, Super Metroid, and F-Zero.

These games just never lose their appeal! However, I'm tired of emulating and putting up with the performance hits.

I am calling out to hobbyist developers to help me realize some of the games constantly pinging in 8-bit audio in my head. I want to create games that are as simple as those mentioned, but with slightly cleaner graphics and interfaces. My games are originals, not adaptations or clones, and I dream every day about some day playing them on my MacBook Pro without the emulators and roms.

Let's make it take advantage of our graphics card technology and our massive modern displays! Not to mention our hard drives! Whoowee, imagine the near unlimited numbers of textures and sound files!

If you have the time and motivation to pump something out of Xcode, please let me know and I'll share everything with you! I want the games to be free for all, but NOT free-quality. I want them to feel complete and thought-out.

Thanks for your time.

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That's a very cool idea. I agree that emulators are very annoying. Unfortunately both my time and my knowledge of C are too limited now, so I fear I cannot help you with your plans. However, good luck! Smile

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I only understand Realbasic.

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You know, as I plug away at adding screenshots, author information and that sort of thing to games on Macintosh Garden I often google their authours. It has been very interesting to see that many of the old 80s authors have found recent success designing games for the iPhone, et al. It seems that the ability to design a fun but simple game is a rare skill... a skill that can be quite profitable in this age of casual gaming!

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Right! iPhone games are taking us back to basics! But I want these games on my mac, with full-res graphics and keyboard/joystick controls.
It's harder and harder to be a gamer and use macs.

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Meanwhile, though, I think a lot of the modern "indie" games are what you describe. Have you played something like World of Goo? Or Aquaria? Both of those have Mac ports available. World of Goo is sort of legendary...

Check out the Humble Bundle of Indie games:

http://www.wolfire.com/humble

It's a "pay what you want" special that gives you a bunch of recent independent games, including those two I just mentioned. Good for three and a half more days!

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WORLD OF GOO ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I would love to help, but all i know is as2 and a tiny(again i repeat tiny) C++ and SDL.
Good luck!
ps thanks for tealing us about that deal! it rocks!