Sports Dog: World Pup 2 - Awful Summer Jam 2018.
This 3 week jam finished on August 1st 2018, at 1:00 AM.
This was my second completed project with Love, and our most successful to date. The jam theme was "Unnecessary Sequels", so the team decided to make a game based on a nightmarish future in which Air Bud, having won the world cup in the movie "Air Bud: World Pup", has ushered in a new era wherein football ("soccer", henceforth referred to as "football") is only played at a professional level by ethnically homogeneous teams of dogs. The result is a fun, low level football manager game.
This game was super successful, and we won both best Unreal game, and best Audio. It generally received a positive response from streamers and people who played it. One of the tracks from this game, a hip hop track with melodies made from sampled dog barks (made by our voice actor Mihai Zetta), is actually one of my most played videos on YouTube;
This jam also represented my most successful foray into sound design and programming. I did a lot of work in Unreal Engine, making not only cues to randomly select through different sounds (eg, barks) but also making complex music cues.
You'll notice that the main orchestral theme in the Star Wars style intro starts with a small fade in that is absent when it loops around. I ended up doing this myself partly because it's hard on programmers to have to learn musical concepts in the middle of a jam, and to take the workload off a little. It wasn't too hard to do but getting at the point where Unreal's blueprints wasn't totally daunting was an accomplishment itself!
I also recorded a number of sounds myself, such as all the ball impacts, crowd, and UI sounds, as well as edited all of Mihai's announcements and barks to keep everything stable and consistent.
The above piece of music is my biggest regret from the jam. It seemed like people didn't believe that I had made the piece, with one streamer muting it from his channel, and where people DID believe I had made it, didn't think it was very good or memorable. It took a lot of time to make though, so I was a little sad. We learn though, eh? TEAM: Mihai Zetta (Voice) michaelazekas.com Love (Programming, various) https://jfaw-love.itch.io/