Ship Down

Traitor, the casual shmup I made a while ago, was supposed to come out today. Financially speaking, I needed it to come out today. But, as you can tell, it’s not here.

So what happened? Well, for reasons I cannot explain, it seems to be bugging out when played in Firefox. It’s pretty random, and the two main symptoms are slowdown and (much more annoyingly) some sort of control freeze-up, where it either doesn’t respond to your input or does things like moving the ship all across the screen because of a single button press. I haven’t changed anything major in the code, and actually even going back to older builds gives me the same results. Maybe it’s because of a Firefox update, but this game has been playtested to death, even recently, without any updates having been applied. This feels like Phenomenon 32 all over again; maybe the bug has been there all the time, and through sheer random luck it never showed up when we were testing.

It doesn’t feel like luck, though. It feels like I’m being punished by an angry deity.

I don’t know what I’m going to do now. I don’t know if there’s a meaningful solution to this problem or not; frankly at this point I can no longer think of one. I think I need to get some sleep.


  1. I just wish you luck in pinning down the problem. If you want easy software development, go into database applications or something; game development is definitely the harder end of the wedge, as bugs can emerge from every nook and cranny. Very difficult to formally test a game vs. something like Quicken.

    I really want to see this thing. So, please, no quitting today.

  2. I think it’s a curse. The graphics are from the first version of Phenomenon 32, right? Well, I think anything you do even remotely related to Phenomenon 32 is doomed to this sort of thing.

  3. James Patton

    Oh no! I hope you can fix the problem. If it persists I certainly wouldn’t mind having to swap browsers to play, although I suspect some would. Really hope you can fix this.

  4. Rob

    The solution is to spend the hour and a half it takes to play Journey on the PSN. It instantly became my favorite game after one play through and it does a lot to put you in a positive mood.

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