Implementation of the new cutscenes has taken up much of my time, and I imagine it’ll take much more work still. I’ve been continuously working on getting the cutscenes to play properly at various points in Monochrome. However, it’s difficult to program them in a universal sort of way because they appear in various circumstances.
The main issue so far has been trying to trigger cutscenes through specific segments of dialogue. Dialogue is stored outside of the actual scenes of the game, so new scripts need to be made for the dialogue database to interact with the cutscenes properly, and objects in the scene can’t be referenced in these scripts. Collectively, the programming team has been learning more about Scriptable Objects in Unity and C#, and this has helped.
More Vacation Time
I took some extra time off last week in addition to my cutscene work. I went out of town for a wedding, but I intended to work while I was there. However, after setting up my laptop properly and making sure I had everything I needed, I found that my laptop wasn’t quite up to the task. Unity would crash and I couldn’t run the game or test anything I was changing. I would also frequently lose progress. Because of this, I had to take some days away from work.
More cutscene work is on the horizon. We want the cutscenes to be fully implemented by July 15, so I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure that happens. I’m not working nearly as quickly as I’d like to be, and I aim to fix that. Hopefully, I can get to some new tasks by the end of next week, but I’m skeptical.
Season 5 of Rick and Morty just kicked off, and I hate to say it, but I haven’t gotten around to seeing it yet. I’m trying to catch my girlfriend up on the whole series before I watch season 5, but I’m sure it’ll be great! With that said, I can’t recommend the show enough. While there’s a lot of meta-commentary in later seasons that can get a bit tiresome, its brilliance comes with its ability to weave complex internal conflict within the basic episode narratives. I definitely recommend watching at least a few episodes of the show to just about anyone.