4-5-2013: Why I'm Making Ping

Good evening Pingsters!

This is Joe filling in for Eric today, who is out painting the town as it's a Friday night.

I, however, have a lot to do in preparation for the 2nd playtest tomorrow, so by means of procrastination I've decided to do a blogpost.

Sometimes I worry about Ping seeming shallow at first glance -- after all, it's only a Pong clone with missiles. And that's true in a way, but to me, Ping isn't just about adding arbitrary new features to an old game.

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I grew up playing games like Mario Kart 64 and NBA Jam with my siblings, and while not necessarily the most complex games, I loved these games because of the interactions they created between me and my friends and family.

My goal is for Ping to be another forum for these kinds of interactions. It's simple and accessible, so you can play with your mom or dad or nephew, but there are also advanced moves to master so that you can get the edge over your gamer friends. Every decision I've made about Ping has had that goal in mind: Ping should be a way to have a good time with your family and friends.

This week Eric conducted a little interview with me and recorded it, and Osric edited it into this video that touches on why I love making Ping, and what I hope people will get out of it.

In just a few weeks, Ping will be released and we'll find out if I've succeeded in giving you and your friends some good times. In the meantime, I better get back to work. Enjoy the video!

--Joe

Posted on April 6, 2013 .