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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Sketch Blog Hiatus/George Bush Adventures

I'm not doing a sketch today, and possibly tomorrow either, because I'm resurrecting a little pet project I started almost a year ago, after I had a really entertaining dream about an old school 8-bit RPG (a la "Final Fantasy," "Dragon Quest," etc) where you played as George Bush and tried to save the world from terrorists and homosexuals. Determined to make it a reality, I found some really cool Japanese software that lets you create your own old-school RPGs, and I began tinkering around with it in my spare time. But like most of my pet projects, it fell to the back burner and remained neglected for many months... until now. I'm going to put a little time in on this here and there and see if I can get at least a demo together. I have the first two areas done: Inside and outside Bush's Texas ranch. I'm currently working on the protest scene outside the ranch, which is pretty complicated. In the meantime, here are some in-development screenshots of the soon-to-be-legendary GEORGE BUSH SUPER ULTIMATE ADVENTURE!!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

That looks awesome! Good luck with it, I really hope we can try it someday.

November 8, 2007 1:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that looks like the best game EVER. hurry up and finish it!

November 8, 2007 1:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that looks awesome! I wanna try it.

November 8, 2007 6:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha ha! You're crazy! Which is why we love you! Have fun making your game, looks good so far!

Ashley :)

November 8, 2007 8:30 AM  
Anonymous steven said...

hahaha is cocaine bush's energy? that rules.

November 8, 2007 8:45 AM  
Anonymous serendipity said...

you've got some crazy ideas man ;D but i like them.I would love to play that game.

November 8, 2007 9:29 AM  
Blogger RealLowVibe said...

This is fantastic, and can't wait to see the finished version.

*Please* tell me there's a weapon that W can pick up called the Cheney, that allows him to indiscriminately attack innocent bystanders with birdshot?

November 8, 2007 11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh man please hurry up and make this a reality!

November 8, 2007 12:15 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

Oh don't worry, Cheney will be a playable character. His weapon, of course, is his hunting rifle, and his special ability is that he can torture enemies for information before he kills them (of course, it never gets him any results).

November 8, 2007 12:18 PM  
Anonymous Tal said...

Rob, what method are you using the make the old school graphics? Do you already have a library of images? Or do you have some 8-bit debabilizer converter or something? Or are you just taking larger images and resampling them down to small sizes with a limited color palette?

November 8, 2007 12:38 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

The program - RPG Maker XP - comes with a library of pre-made graphics. However, they're all of medieval villages and wizards and goblins and shit like that, so I've been using and customizing as many of their bits and pieces as possible (common things like bushes and fences and tables), but also creating a great deal of custom graphics. RPG Maker's graphics are actually half the size of what you see here - I've been doubling everything in size to make the game more vibrant, and also to give it that old-school pixelated look. So, I create all the graphics at half size, with careful, pixel art style (it's harder than it looks) - and then double them to add to the blockiness. Making the graphics is the tedious part, I'd be done by now if there weren't so many elements to build.

November 8, 2007 12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this looks fun. Could you work in a part where he's wearing his fighter jet uniform?

November 8, 2007 2:16 PM  
Blogger Caitlin xoxo said...

Yes! I approve this hiatus!! Amaaazing idea, Rob. Just promise to update regularly with screenshots of the game =] Good luck!

November 8, 2007 3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haha thats so cool dude. You have a link to the program to make custom RPG's? This has the potential to top FFVII :D

if ya do email it to me:

Oh put a part in the game where you have to make a speech and everytime you mess up he slurs his words! The game mechanic could be like a simple rhythm game. Just an idea.


November 8, 2007 3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is the program:

November 8, 2007 3:38 PM  
Blogger k. disaster said...

umm. holy shit. i hope condoleeeeza makes an appearance.

November 8, 2007 5:00 PM  
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November 8, 2007 5:02 PM  
Blogger Ken said...

Digg it:

November 8, 2007 9:08 PM  
Blogger Linda W. said...

:D :D :D

November 9, 2007 3:05 AM  
Blogger Maya said...


November 9, 2007 3:45 AM  
Anonymous Erin K said...

my tummy hurts from laughing for like, 15 minutes straight.


November 9, 2007 1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not from the US and something bothers me. If everyone hates Bush (which is the impression I get form everything), why is he still the president (actually, why is he the president for the 2d time)?

This might not be for here.

November 10, 2007 2:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's still president because shit's rigged, son. Our votes don't mean shit.

November 10, 2007 7:58 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

He's still President because the system is rigged, because half of our country is easily manipulated with fear and religion, and because his crimes are too abstract or too far away to impact most people in a tangible way, so all they're really incited to do is shake their head disapprovingly.

November 10, 2007 10:23 AM  
Blogger durasoul said...

Oh. My. Yes, so very worth the wait. Screw finals.

November 10, 2007 10:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As you mention religion, there's one more thing I'd like to ask. I have some observations on people from my country, so I'm curious about Americans too.

Are people in the US religious because they are believers, or are they superstitious?

Hope you get the difference. If I have to, I'll explain in detail what I mean.

November 11, 2007 7:27 AM  
Anonymous mjceeyore said...

You had me at the pic of Jesus over the bed. Kick ass. Very marketable.
I can't wait to fight the terrorists and queers. All I can say is: "Dude!"

November 12, 2007 9:53 AM  
Blogger R said...

I don't envy you on the pixel-poking. I got my start in games over 10 years ago and had to reduce all graphics in each room down to the same 64 color palette. I had a great work stress-related dream once where I was running from a giant robot and kept reducing the colors in myself so I could run faster. Eventually I took too many out and my image quality began to suffer. I got caught by the robot who promptly started ripping my limbs off.
Your game is fan-fucking-tastic. Are you going to let us play a beta version?

November 12, 2007 3:15 PM  
Blogger R said...

You need a bonus round where you meet members of congress in bathroom stalls.

November 12, 2007 3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Killing journalists? That should be Vladimir Putin RPG

November 13, 2007 8:32 AM  
Anonymous Pooper Scooper said...

Oh, man, this reminds me of the original Leisure Suit Larry!

This is gonna be SO cool!

November 13, 2007 9:45 AM  
Blogger Trask said...

that is epic I cant wait to play it! great style and follow through with the graphics! please finish this sucker.

November 13, 2007 2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, come on, everyone is beating about the Bush.

November 21, 2007 11:30 PM  
Blogger DarkPizza said...

I would buy this game in a heartbeat. Super-cool.

November 24, 2007 10:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Реальная штука! Удачи в работе =)

December 25, 2007 2:02 AM  
Blogger JAmez said...

Wow, this is fucking fantastic rob! I've been tinkering with RPG Maker for years and this is probably one of the most impressive games yet! Do tell how far you are in making the game, or maybe even provide a demo?


December 25, 2007 11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

seriously impressive screenshots, i've used rpgmaker too and you've done a really good job.

the good and the bad are the same. the bad is you better hurry up and get this done before dumbass leaves office for it to reach its peak awesome-ness potential. the good is that, well, dumbass leaves office soon.

December 27, 2007 2:38 PM  
Blogger Kharybdis said...

man, i know trent is pretty cool, but u gotta take some time off from nin to finish this game. ITS GOLD I TELL YA

March 29, 2008 8:17 PM  
Blogger Dunny One said...

This is Comedy Gold I tells you. RPG maker is a fantastic tool. I hope it comes out soon.

April 17, 2008 11:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you dont finish this, you are an idiot

May 12, 2008 9:29 AM  
Anonymous Hip-Hop said...

WOW, Great share!!!!!

May 24, 2008 7:44 PM  
Blogger The Lost Poet said...

I hope one day play this game, and understand all the jokes.

regards from Uruguay South amercia

January 8, 2009 10:02 AM  
Blogger Freedom Fields said...

Looks like alot of fun!

March 27, 2009 1:22 PM  
Anonymous Jose said...

I suppose this will never get finished.....what a pity

May 31, 2009 12:40 AM  

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