I'm in the process of doing a lot of work for the various jobs that I have as well as my own projects and scattered Westside Players duties. But I've been enjoying what I have been doing for the most part, but it has been getting more and more stressful as we push forward with all of the responsibilities and time commitments.
Amazon Web Services, PHP, and automated Flash builds
One of the side projects that I have been working on is an automated build system for Flash applications integrated into a web interface. I have a number of ideas on where I want to take this system, but right now I'm still working on refining the backend. Currently I have a simple form built to select from three basic Flash project templates and a build button. From there, it does the work of passing the project data through the Flex compiler and returns a downloadable SWF as well as an embedded one to test. The use cases are somewhat limited for this, though it could be an easy way to create ad banners, etc that have standard projects. It also wouldn't be a bad packaging process for a site like Kongregate or NewGrounds if they had a "game editor" as part of their development system. The next step will be to package up a basic PushButton Engine template for the system.
The work I have been doing for Union has calmed down significantly now that the conference circuit is gearing up or riding constant and the rest of the team is working with developers and manufacturers on the catalogs we have been putting together. We have announced that we will be working with Sony Erickson on their PSP Phone platform. We will also be releasing a build option for the platform down the line, but Union will vet and help port to the device for launch if any Unity developers are interested.
GarageGames is Back!
That's right! If you haven't seen the announcement, GarageGames has returned to its roots with the support of the Graham Investment Group. We are currently up-and-running and offering iTorque 2D, Torque 2D, and Torque 3D at $99! Get 'em while they're hot!