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I'm Ali Razzouk (@MachOSX). This blog is about programming & shit.

Making a game.

I quit making social apps.

Okay, now that I got that out of the way, here’s my idea. I’m making a Pokémon-style business RPG. The name I’ve chosen for it is “Noob, Inc.” since you start out as a n00b businessperson in the game. There’s no signup or any social bullshit. You just pick your name & whether to play as a male or female character. That’s it. There won’t be any in-game purchases (“Wait for 24 hours or pay $XXX to continue now”) or annoying ads. The game won’t need an Internet connection either. It’ll be just like the old days. :)

I’m still working on the storyline, including character names, cities, & the names of other non-playable competing businesses, but it’s going to be pretty much an open world & you can roam around. I don’t want a typical game where everyone only speaks English. The characters will be of various nationalities. In fact, you’ll come across some who only speak their native language, so you’ll need to somehow translate what they’re saying!

To spice things up, I’d like to include the ability to trade stuff between players. Not everyone has the same stuff. Your copy of the game might have resources that someone else doesn’t.

While in alpha, the game will cost $1.99. It’ll then be $2.99 once it’s in beta, & $5.99 when it’s out of beta. I don’t know if this game will ever even be released. I’ve never made games before, & they’re really not as easy to make as they look. So, here goes nothing.

Here’s a very, very basic demo.

A reversed timekeeping system.

Last Thursday, I was wondering why it is that our timekeeping system always starts from 00:00 (12 am) & counts all the way up till 24:00. What if it was the other way around? Us humans always tend to make the most out of something when we see it disappearing right before our eyes. For example, you feel more compelled to complete a task when you have a timer counting down, not up. There’s just something special about the number 0. It’s absolute. Closed. No second chance. The end.

Anyway, I made a little app to try out this concept.

I decided to release the code of MetroMate (both iOS & Android). It’s been just sitting on my computer for months gathering dust. I already mentioned before that I won’t be maintaining it anymore.

If you’re interested in checking out the code, here it is. Certainly not some of the most beautiful code I’ve written though…

My latest project, Scapes Messenger, is out. Do check it out. To get the most out of it, get your friends to try it! :) appsto.re/ae/mbE8R.i

Overslept & woke up 2 minutes before my programming final was to begin. Finished with 30 minutes to spare. Today was a good day.

cyph0n:

machosx:

I published MetroMate for Android on January 1. For some reason, I didn’t tell people till today. So go get it on Google Play!

Congratulations man! I tweeted it out a few days back but I guess another one wouldn’t hurt. Too bad I don’t have many followers.

How the hell do you reply on Tumblr? I can’t figure it out. :D
Thanks, mate! Really appreciate the love. :)

I published MetroMate for Android on January 1. For some reason, I didn’t tell people till today. So go get it on Google Play!

I’ve spent enough time working on MetroMate for Android. It’s delayed Saffron’s release date even more. So I decided I need to have it done by tomorrow morning (submitted to Google by tomorrow as well).

Besides, today’s Thursday. I’ll enjoy my date night better in that case.

I’ve spent enough time working on MetroMate for Android. It’s delayed Saffron’s release date even more. So I decided I need to have it done by tomorrow morning (submitted to Google by tomorrow as well).

Besides, today’s Thursday. I’ll enjoy my date night better in that case.