It’s pretty dramatic:
Since I’ve had the whole week off from work, and since I have a family that doesn’t care too much if I’m anti-social, I’ve been able to spend some time working on Neil Rajah. As I mentioned in the previous post, I’m working with an artist who’s doing the main character animations for me. I’ve added the new animations to the game, and made some changes to the level generation code to work with the animations. But before I dive into the details, here’s a video of the current state of affairs.
I’ll be the first to admit it, I’m a programmer with very little artistic sense. I made some Flash animations at work once, and a colleague asked me, “Did you actually pick those colors, or did Flash force you to use them?” Most of my attempts at ‘design’ end up putting blue and pink next to each other. Consequently, I have a lot of respect for digital artists (my wife being one of them) who can use the same tools available to me, but actually make art. “Pixel art” is a subset of digital art that deserves even more respect, in my opinion, because the artist must work within pretty tight constraints and still be able to convey the same ideas.
I’m happy to see that Mobclix has been paying me on schedule, around the end of the month. That was my biggest worry when I decided to drop AdMob and sign up with Mobclix – at the time, there were lots of complaints of late or missed payments, emails going unanswered, stuff like that. Couple that with their 90 day payout window, and I wondered if I would end up regretting my choice 3 months later. I think they’ve put in some work into streamlining their processes, because the complaints have gone down a lot. And so far, it’s been working out pretty well for me.
The payment was for $123.35, which was for income earned in July. As I showed in an earlier post, July was an unusually high-earning month for me. My data says I earned $123.50, which is close enough. My income in August and September are both below $50, and Mobclix has a $100 threshold before they pay you. So I don’t expect to get any payments on December 1st or January 1st. On February 1st, I should get paid for August through October.
I haven’t posted any download stats for a while, mostly because I haven’t done anything with the game listings on the non-Google markets. I’ve updated them to new versions every time I’ve released an update, but I haven’t really been tracking downloads. Recently, I came across this post on DrMop’s blog, and I decided to give Appia a try. I had started registering there a while back, but balked at giving them my Social Security Number, so I never finished the sign-up process. But after seeing Mat’s download results, I signed up with Appia and Mobango and listed Bus Jumper.