I'm Maximo. I'm a co-founder of the small independent studio Videogamo
. I'm 33 years old, from Argentina and I'm mainly a programmer. I've worked in desktop systems, databases, flash websites, interactive applications, and some games.
I've been playing with the idea of making games for living in the past, but now I'm trying to achieve it.
My first gaming console was the C64
. I spent a lot time in my childhood playing with it. My father also had a Macintosh 512
(which I still have), and I spent many hours with it also… playing DarkCastle
and Lode Runner.
I've always enjoyed playing adventure games. The sensation of playing Maniac Mansion
or Monkey Island
the first time was amazing… MM because I think it was my first adventure and was amazed by the idea of interacting with the environment and that I could do "anything" I wanted (I could put some batteries in a flash light and it'll work!
). With Monkey Island I think I really got in the character and loved the idea of a regular guy that could became a Pirate! Oh… I was forgetting the first Larry… with which I learned english while trying to get him laid.
During the XT/AT time, beside adventures, I stayed awake all night playing games like Civilization o Settlers also.
Lately I've been enjoying more making games than playing them. Maybe I'm getting old…Game Development
While I was a kid I made one try at "game development" : bought a book that had an amazing skeleton in the cover, and all the code lines of a game that I thought had something to do with that. But after several hours of copying I've never managed to make the game work… probably some mistake in one or two lines that I had no idea how to find. I didn't have any way to save the code, so I that was it.
I searched in google and found the book:http://www.btinternet.com/~pweighill/music/books/
I've spent my first years as a programmer doing bank systems, until I got bored and started working for more interesting companies, mainly interactive ones, as I've always had an attraction for animation and design. There I learnt Flash and Director and made some games. The biggest one for Duracell (big because there were 600.000 copies made, to give them free with the batteries, but I think not many people really played it).
Another game I've made that was interesting was an online Karaoke made in Flash and the Flash Media Server, where people recorded their version of some song and other people could listen and vote for the best one.
In 2010 I started meeting with a friend regularly to make games as a hobby… and as we were spending more and more time on that, we decided to take this project more seriously, so maybe someday we could make a living out of it.
We've founded Videogamo
, and started working on a couple of ideas…
In 2011 we released our first game: Bicicletas-Hoy
It's a music-video game… our idea was simply trying out how it would be to play a music video that’s actually a game (my partner worked as a music-video director for many clips).
Maybe it's more an interactive experience than a game, but we really like the results.
We are currently finishing our second music-video game (for the american band Radical Something), and trying to get to a beta state on NAVE
, a space shooter/survival game, so we can show it to some of you on the GDC
Some screenshot from Nave:
Our website it's kind of static right now. If you want news on the progress of the games our facebook page is the place to get them: https://www.facebook.com/VIDEOGAMOBonus
I've also made some approaches to electronics and art installations: while working at Gazz (an animation production company), I've founded the Lab section with a guy. I think it was really an excuse to play while working.
The most interesting thing we did was a precursor of the PS3 Move that we made for the OneDotZero festival (2007). Here you can see a video of it. Sorry it's in spanish, but I think you can understand the idea and see how it works: http://youtu.be/z69i83sXeJw
Here's another video of the early stages of research of a stop motion control system, where you can see me controlling two servos with a wii controller: http://youtu.be/xV3xWblju0c
Okay… I think that's it for now… sorry if it was too long...