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Interview : Jared Bailey – Cubed Rally Racer

Jared Bailey
Jared Bailey

A game I am really enjoying at the moment is Cubed Rally Racer, it’s fun to pick-up and play but also engrossing and a rewarding ‘playful racer’. It’s creator Jared Bailey (the man behind NoCanWin) agreed to answer a few of my questions about game development and his game design process. I feel interviews with game developers will be a perfect way for me to learn the craft further and help add to the online community supporting new game developers as they make their baby-steps like me.

Indie Hood Games (IHG): How long have you been making games?

Jared Bailey: I’ve been making games for 12 years now. I’ve been at a couple studios, Presto Studios, Konami and Tetris Online, but I’ve been a full time indie for the past year.

IHG: What was your first real project (maybe unfinished, but the first one that you really got stuck into)?

The first game I ever made was a simple choose your own adventure game. I wrote it in basic on an Atari 400 when I was probably 10. My first professional project was Myst 3. I’ve done tons of small personal games, but the first one I got really into was Cubed Rally Racer.

Cubed Rally Racer

IHG: What software do you use to create you games?

Unity3d, Max, Visual Studio and I code in C#

IHG: Your games Cubed Rally Racing and Cubed Rally Redline have been released for a while, are you happy with their sales and reception?

I’m really happy with the reception both the games have gotten. People seem to really enjoy them. Sales are ok, enough to pay the bills.

IHG: Can you describe what you were thinking when you first came up with the idea of Cubed Rally? 

I was playing Dirt at the time and for some reason I thought combining rally racing with Marble Madness would be fun.

IHG: Which software/language did you use to create Cubed Rally? 

Unity3d, Max, C#

IHG: Do you have any early scribblings, artwork, screenshots that you could share with us?

Here’s a video of my Alpha Prototype of Cubed Rally Racer

** IHG ** Very similar to the feel of the real game, a remarkable early prototype! **

IHG: What do you think worked well in the games?

I think they have that “Just one more game” quality to them.

IHG: Your latest game Fist Face Fight is a very different game – which did you prefer making?

FFF was a struggle to make. The original idea was a little half baked, but I just kept prototyping until I had something I liked. The Cubed Rally games basically popped into my head fully formed and I loved my first prototype.

Fist Face Fight

IHG: What is the project you a working on now?

I’ve been making lots of failed prototypes, but I think I’ve found one that’ll work. Wish me luck!

IHG: Do you own an Ouya? Will you be releasing games on the Ouya?

I don’t. Not right now, but I’ve thought about it. It’s tempting.

IHG: How much do commercial pressures impact on your design process and creativity?

I’m making commercial products so the business side is something I do think about, but not in the beginning when I’m prototyping and trying to find an idea that excites me.

IHG: What game were you playing on your 12th Birthday?

It was probably Spy Hunter.

Spy Hunter

IHG: What is your favourite game of all time?

It’s a tie between Counter Strike: Source and Battle Field 1942 Wake Island Demo.

IHG: Is there any game designers that you particularly admire?

I really like what Vlambeer (@Vlambeer) is producing.

IHG: What would be your advice to people starting out their journey into game development?

Prototype, prototype, prototype. It’s easy to dream up and idea you’re excited about that day. It’s hard to find an idea that will keep you excited through a long development. Prototyping can help filter out those ideas that don’t have what it takes.

IHG: Thanks for your time and looking forward to seeing your next project soon, maybe even in prototype phase!

The Start of a Journey

I lead a busy life, work long hours, commute long distances and have a family to love and care for. However, something itches at me… the itch ebbs but is omnipresent… it’s the itch of creativity. My soul wants to express itself, replenish itself and put itself out there in the world to be praised (hopefully) or crushed (hopefully not!)

Due to my busy lifestyle many of my creative ideas remain scribblings in a notebook, barely distinguishable to the onlooker but clear, concise and fantastic to me. In a way this appeases the creative itch in the short term and offers momentary relief, nourishing morsels of creative substance squeezed into daily life.

Yet the itch returns like an excitable puppy demanding attention and I cyclically momentarily appease it… I have decided that this cycle should be broken and I have to commit to a project and move those scribblings from the notebook into reality.

Choosing a Project

A few months ago I stumbled across Indie Game : The Movie, I love documentaries and this one didn’t disappoint my initial curiosity. The film follows the game development process of Super Meat Boy and Fez and it’s a remarkable journey through the pains and jubilations of the creative process. A new updated version of the film is out this month and it’s on pre-order… get involved!

Fez Pixel Art in Creation
Fez Pixel Art in Creation
Level Design Sketches of Super Meat Boy
Level Design Sketches of Super Meat Boy

The film sparked my creative instincts, I love creating things digitally (more than non-digitally) and I enjoy learning code and creating output. I am currently a novice coder but I understand the basic concepts and the process and have created a few flash games using actionscript 2.0. It hit me that learning to code and create some basic games would be the creative project that will appease my creative itch.

It will be a long and tough process and I have no illusions as to the quality of the games I will produce in the first year or so but I am confident that in year 2 or 3 I should be able to produce a game that is fun to play, looks ok and one I can publish on a gaming platform.

Setting the Challenge

I very much like the mindset of Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf when she stated:

 If Your Dreams Don’t Scare You, They Are Not Big Enough ”

With this at the back of my mind I was inspired when I receive my Ouya which I initially backed during its Kickstarter Campaign and I realised that I could make my games for the Ouya with the big dream of releasing a game on the Ouya once my coding, design and artwork skills were up to the challenge.

Therefore my Ultimate Challenge is:

  • Release a game on the Ouya system
  • Charge a small fee ($2-3) for the game
  •  Reach a download target of 1,000

It will obviously take me some time to reach my goal and I will learn a hell of a lot during the process and I want to use this blog as a way of sharing my journey and things that I learn along the way. There are lots of people learning to make games, with so much helpful information on the internet that will help me I also feel obliged to share my learnings in order to add to the online learning community.

So follow along!