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I Real Time Machine

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by ibulut, Aug 29, 2014.

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How do you like this game?

Poll closed Sep 13, 2014.
  1. 1-Don't like it at all

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  2. 2-Aaaah Nothing special

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  3. 3-I like it

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  4. 4-I love it

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  1. ibulut

    ibulut Newbie

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    Race to Your Dreams ? The Birth of Retro Racer X

    Do you ever get nostalgic about the games you used to play as a kid? Well, three years ago I decided to make an IOS game based on an old car racing game I played as a kid in 80?s. Like all of those early games ? this one was very sophisticated at the time, but in reality was nothing more than a little console with a few buttons and a LCD screen. There was a race car that you controlled while trying to avoid other cars while you raced. It just fit into your hands and used little button batteries.

    This was before Gameboy and when Atari ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 were just introduced. Hand held video games where pure exotica! It was worn out so there was no more branding on it. My friends and I played this relentlessly for couple of years, until it broke down. I remember playing it for hours without stopping; I remember the smell of spring afternoon and my mam?s kitchen deep in my nose. This was actually my first computer obsession, out of many to follow. Before that I didn?t even know I could concentrate on something for that long.

    For last 3 years I have this vision in my head of how this game should look like. In the meantime my personal life and my professional life got complicated. I was so frustrated at work that I could not do anything about my dream of me becoming a developer. I started the game couple of times but I was not getting anywhere, even though I?m fairly good with all kinds of different programming languages (yeah modesty is my virtue) but somehow I did not find the time to finish it. My work became unbearably stressful for me and that really helped me make the choice that I needed to make. I decided that I would resign my work and follow my dream.

    I made a plan to dedicate all my time to my family and to my little boy and to follow my dream. I had couple of trips, went to visit my brother to the US, got my thoughts back in order and finally started with completing the coding for my game.

    I was reading a lot on the net about all kinds of stories and advises about game development. The conclusion being that no matter how good your game is, the marketing is what sells it. A good thing since retro games were hot ? and mine was a VERY retro game!
    I started learning about social media marketing and have started on growing my networks. I have connected with all my friends, my colleagues the people I have met. My game will be free and I will try to make some money with posting ads in my game. No InApp purchases - no nothing. I did some very extensive research online about the algorithms of App Store Search and their optimization. I was carefully choosing my keywords, name and game description. I went so far that I even taken into consideration the current competition, the #10 apps and their keywords calculating the traffic they generate on App Store.

    Finally on 8 of August my game was approved on the App Store. It is called
    Retro Racer X: The Time Machine Supercell SG1.

    I have started my dream with a very limited budget and I have no room for paid advertising. I will try doing by myself what I can and I will use all my friends and contact to support me in my effort.

    I expect this to be the beginning of my success story. (I?ll let you know how things go!) , I hope you will see a Self-employed developer can make a solid game business out of $3000 and a lot of work and mind invested.

    I will kindly ask you my fellow Networkers to install my game, and to try and play it. Show it to your family and children maybe they will love it as we did, as I did when I was a kid. Don?t forget to rate it and review it.This project is to show that no insane amount of money invested, no black holes use on App Store no bots used just decent idea a lot of work from a man following his dream and social media networks can make it happen in the Free Game world.

    Thank you all for your support

     

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  2. molibwe

    molibwe Regular Member

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    This section is for journeys bruh.
     
  3. BassTrackerBoats

    BassTrackerBoats Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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  4. ibulut

    ibulut Newbie

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    I'm sorry you feel this way. This is a journey for me.
    It's not about developing and coding, there is already a lot of it here. But merely a journey of a guy stuck in his everyday routine fighting to start doing what he loves.
    thank you for reading this
     
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  5. Duffers5000

    Duffers5000 Elite Member

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    You dreamt of building a shit version of Pole Position ?

    Aim for the stars you might hit the rooftop.

    Edit: In the interests of fairness I downloaded your game its not Pole Position its one of those handheld scroller simulators that I played the nuts out of in the 70s. We didnt have much to do in the 70s so Im not sure its so appealing now but you never know.

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  6. wizox

    wizox Junior Member

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    Please next time when you decide to write a long description create paragraphs and add proper spacing.
    When I see something written like this, I want to run immediately :)

    I know that this is not related to something what you ask, but I just needed to remind you to pay attention.
     
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  7. ibulut

    ibulut Newbie

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    Duffers I'm proud I made you remember that shity game from the 80's! That is what wanted to do, make people remember they played it!
    I agree it's so rudimental, but I know I played it for hours until my fingers went numb.
     
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  8. ibulut

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    Thanks wizox. Actualy the forum only let's me do it this way because I'm new memeber.
     
  9. sturose

    sturose Power Member

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    I used to love these handheld/tabletop games from the 70s/80s.

    Like these:

    grandstand-invader-from-space-06.jpg Grandstand-AstroWars.jpg
     
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