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At Dawn

by Darius Kazemi on November 23, 2011

in game maker,gamejam,html5,project,projects

I made a little game-like thing called “At Dawn” for the Boston Game Jams HTML5 game jam that ran this past weekend.

The theme for the jam was “Dawn.” I didn’t have time to attend for the whole weekend, so instead of making a game I just messed around with building a pixelated sunrise. I built most of the thing in GameMaker HTML5 (which incidentally now has the non-obfuscated debug mode I was asking for!). I say “most of” because I put the music in by hand.

The music, by the way, is from the amazing DoKashiteru, and from the amazing website CCMixter, which is where I find a lot of the Creative Commons licensed music I use in my stuff.

Building the sunrise was fun. I searched for images of sunrise and dawn until I found one that I liked. I poked around and extracted 15 different colors that I wanted to use and put them in a palette:

15 sunrise colors.It’s an ordered palette — my sunrise generator basically says “if you’re X distance from the sun, fill in this area with a random choice of colors 0-2″ and has some special case rules for what happens when the sun starts to peek up over the horizon. This creates a banding and dithering effect.

The last bit of the experience, where the screen starts to fill up with light, just came from me messing around with the algorithm and deciding that I liked what that particular effect evoked.


Aditya Ravi Shankar December 8, 2011 at 12:14 am

The music is pretty amazing.
I didn’t even know CCMixter existed. Will use it for my games from now…


Darius Kazemi December 8, 2011 at 8:48 am

Yup, the music is definitely the best part of this! :)

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