Hey. Iím Shade. Shade Jackrabbit. At this point youíre all allowed to draw your swords, kunai, flaming potatoes and hadoukens. Iím prepared to counter-attack with my rapier.
Who am I? Iím a heavily opinionated upper-middleclass Canadian. Iím an artist, a writer, a singer (who has yet to sing), a director, an animator, a video editor, and a programmer. I have no clue what a c-clamp is though.
Thatís really just a summary though. In reality, I look something like this:
So here comes the short autobiography. Back in the 90's, my grandfather bought me a game called Myst. I was rather young then, and it was the first game I can actually remember playing. And it was awesome.
Immediatly I was hooked. My senses tingled as I explored the island, discovering secrets and defeating dastardly puzzles. After that I began to play other games as well. Some more of my early favorites were Worms 2, Star Wars Pit Droids, and the godsend itself, Jazz Jackrabbit 2.
The inspiration of the latter of these is evident to this day, mostly seen in my internet persona, Shade Jackrabbit.
A few years passed, I don't really know what happened. Those memories are more of a blur and I do not really think of them often. At some point I started playing indie games, starting with Linux games and moving onto ones in windows as well. At some point I started drawing as well. Not well, sometimes horribly even, but I could draw.
At some point I also discovered the internet. And I discovered the JCF, where we talked about and shared levels for our favorite game involving rabbits and guns. Of course, I heavily reccomend nobody go there. It's not newbie-friendly at all. I learned that the hard way, and a cheerful persona I used back then left in a much more serious fashion.
At some point I learned about animation. A friend of mine runs a website where he valiantly tries to steal from the success of Homestar Runner. Together we worked on a few flash animations, but then I decided I had had enough and worked on more traditional work. I made a few sprite movies, none of which are online any more.
So enough with the past. Where am I now?
Well let's talk about each of those things I mentioned before. Briefly mind you, I don't want to take too much time. First off, traditional animation. I got a Nintendo DS a few years back and was unsatisfied by high prices for games. So I looked into homebrew. One of the programs in animanitee, where I put together movies such as this one:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAnLn7vQqmk
Then I also do some writing, though my most impressive work isn't online. It may be in bookstores if I ever finish it though.
The only game I did wasn't that good and I don't really want to mention it.
None of the works I've directed are up on YouTube yet.
Video editing? Well I did an AMV...
And as for drawing? Well... my stuff's just awesome.
You can find out about all my rantings, new releases, and other crazy stuff on my blog at shadenexus.blogspot.com.
BONUS QUESTION: Can anybody pinpoint the exact point where I ran into a problem with the simultaneous development of my game as I was writing this?