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i just wrote a very in-depth post about UI design & how to approach designing it for games.
👉 nathalielawhead.com/candybox/o
it talks about ways to incorporate it, how to view it, philosophies & history, nostalgia...how to approach it as a common interaction language to build emotion and character.

I wrote a post sharing ALL my itch.io stats
It breaks down about $7,276.70 earnings
It shares EVERYTHING since starting
With advice
nathalielawhead.com/candybox/m
"The fact that I can make that much, and the majority is through tips, speaks volumes of how supportive of a base itch has."

🔥new hot website alert!🔥
(requires Mackerelmedia Fish)
👉 click here to enter 👉 unicornycopia.com/ezm/
~you can...
* throw rocks at this site using javascript! 💥
* errors fall from the sky 🚫
* talk to crabs 🦀💬
* play with Fish 🐟💕
(mobile enabled: Fish works on mobile)

I had a dream that my mom had a sunstroke and we had to put her in the fridge to cool her off. Then she turned into a sandwich (while in the fridge), and I was holding the sandwich, shaking it, yelling at it like "Mom are you ok?? Mom talk to me? Are you OK??? Please talk to me! Mom!?!?"
now when I look at a sandwich all I think about is what I might be eating if I eat one.

the Electric Zine Maker update is out, and I posted about it on my blog. in case you want to read about it there (link to download is also there too):
nathalielawhead.com/candybox/e
there's a lot to this new version! ASCII converter, a Power Goo type tool for squishing, fuzzy, perlin noise, plenty of color and blend mode options....
if you haven't tried it yet, now it's definitely worth it. :)

this is useful!! zines.dev/
zine related reference for zine making and cool tech zines. i especially like zine machine and that site itself lists a helpful resource. this is worth checking out and getting lost in.
so happy this exists! :D

I wrote a new post about showcasing at Playdate, the LA Zine Fest, weird games, and what it means for an event like "Playdate" to lose it's name...
nathalielawhead.com/candybox/p
This is a lot of cultural criticism, and what the Playdate (game toy) means to someone like me.

I just pushed the first update to the Electric Zine Maker. It features a new Authenticity Tool, windowing modes, printing enhancements, and a bunch of important bug fixes.
Here's a feature list:
alienmelon.itch.io/electric-zi
If u haven't NOW is a good time to try it. It's less buggy.

It's out!
The Electric Zine Maker (public beta)
alienmelon.itch.io/electric-zi
⚡️ Easily create, draw, write, and print zines!
📝 Folding instructions included!!
✂️ You can save them, and re-import them.
☺️ Made with collaboration in mind.
✨ Try it! It's free!! ✨

Personal Experiences as Games, our GDC talk about making personal games based on life stories, empathy, sharing, emotions, and many other interesting things, is on the Vault for free!
gdcvault.com/play/1025675/Pers
if u missed it u can catch it now.

small update!
i just finished my portfolio site of abandoned and unfinished (and also finished) work.
it's very unusual, and interesting.
you play as a little ghost exploring my homepage, and talking to skeletons:
alienmelon.com/
check it out! yay!
i'm really happy about this one. :)

RUNONCE (remember_me)
A existential desktop friend that knows you have doomed it by running it, is now available on itch:
alienmelon.itch.io/runonce
Be a friend while they are here.
Whatever you save will be all that remains.
(sharing this is appreciated!!!!)

Ok, and last one... I just posted the workshop that I gave at the UCLA Game Lab:
"The Building Weird Games With Alternative Technologies Workshop"
nathalielawhead.com/candybox/b
This is a concise overview of what I use for building my things.
It also covers politics & history surrounding web tech.

I gave a lecture at the UCLA Game Lab. 💖 I just posted the written transcript in case anyone is interested in reading it.
"Heartfelt Messages: making personal games, design notes, and awareness of the cultural repercussions that this work is in…"
nathalielawhead.com/candybox/h
Now you can read it!
The youtube recording of me talking is also in the post.

A_DESKTOP_LOVE_STORY
💝 a short love story told between two folders
💖 available now on itch:
alienmelon.itch.io/lovestory
💔 due to system restrictions this is a forbidden love.
(it's a very unique experience. available free!)

that “if you got stranded on a desert island” question vegans keep getting asked is kinda unrealistic. we’re not that bad at travel. it’s not like every time I step foot outside I get lost and whoops now I’m on an abandoned island, I guess I have to compromise my moral integrity and eat this meaty teddy bear.
nope. it doesn’t happen.

I just published some thoughts...
Altgames Workshop: a discussion of surrealism and personal stories in games
nathalielawhead.com/candybox/a
it's from this weekend's workshop. it features a lot of work from other devs, and commentary on why it maters & is beautiful. lots of design philosophy, technique, and observations included.

please enjoy my latest github commit,
❄️Seasonally_Appropriate.js❄️
Classic JavaScript snow for websites
github.com/alienmelon/Seasonal
supports...
* wind speed
* falling speed
* and superstorms
snow adjusts to window size (HTML5 fluid snow)
works on mobile
live demo:
tetrageddon.com/seasonal/

~ hello internet,
please enjoy my latest github commit...
github.com/alienmelon/stinky_j
Now you can easily attract flies to your website using javascript!
* supports flies for all types of websites
* flies play an important role in the web ecosystem!
live demo: tetrageddon.com/stinkyjs/

Cyberpet Graveyard has a website! unicornycopia.com/graveyard/
just put this together today. it was fun. :)

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