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Development Interlude, Minutiae Edition

Posted by Alex Jordan on

The last post that had this title disappeared (mysteriously!), so I'm not going to invest much effort into this one, less it fall into the same wormhole.

85% of Around The World is diggity done. Content-wise, the game is all there, with the only major remaining systems being the Screen Saver/Wallpaper viewer, Leaderboard, and Tutorial system. The Screen Saver and Tutorial are procedural time sinks (i.e. I already know how to do them), and the Leaderboard is the last real unknown for me... yet another aspect of Xbox Live and XNA that I have to learn from scratch. That said, it doesn't really concern me.

Everything other remaining thing to implement is minutiae: making certain graphics a little prettier, streamlining certain systems, polishing certain features, etc. It's time-consuming but it's represented by a discreet checklist, so can go bang-bang-bang down the list (when I'm not busy obsessing over Bad Company 2 of any George R. R. Martin books).

And speaking of checklists, below the fold is a list of the things you need to achieve to unlock Wallpapers for the Screen Saver:

  • Reach Round 3
  • Reach Round 5
  • Reach Round 10
  • Get 3 Easy locations at Best Accuracy
  • Get 3 Intermediate locations at Best Accuracy
  • Get 3 Hard locations at Best Accuracy
  • Get 10 Easy locations at Best Accuracy
  • Get 10 Intermediate locations at Best Accuracy
  • Get 10 Hard locations at Best Accuracy
  • Win a Round with 1 Hard location
  • Get 50,000 High Score
  • Get 100,000 High Score
  • Get 200,000 High Score