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Mr.Onion 03-08-2016 04:54 PM

Is anyone still there? (I feel so old)
 
So in case anyone was wondering, I'm still alive. I kinda stopped visitng here shortly after I started a degree a few years ago, but I thought I'd come back to see how things are going, since I realized it was my cakeday today. Not that the term "cakeday" existed when I signed up.

After all, a lot changes in eleven years. :P

When I first signed up, I got kinda hooked on the concept of following Jamul's idea and becoming an indie game developer, working for myself and making what I wanted! That... half worked out, in that I went to university to study software engineering and passed with a first. (Highest possible ranking in UK universities) But on the way there, I became an adult and slammed head-first into just how difficult creating anything significantly complex was. Jamul made it look so easy! (And now I appreciate far more how impressive it is that he's kept one company going for 16 years.)

There is something vaguely nostalgic about the days of the Supreme With Cheese and Loonyland, where an internet connection was unnecessary and a powerful level editor was all you needed for a game to be "moddable." These days, if you don't have a script interpreter, you might as well not bother, and that means there's almost no need for any of Hammered's tricks to squeeze as much as she could out of only having 256 bytes of global memory to play with.

But everything's changed so much since then, and now I'm an engineer writing military radar software instead of the games developer I wanted to be. Oops?

See you later.

REACTOR 03-08-2016 06:19 PM

Re: Is anyone still there? (I feel so old)
 
I am still clinging around here, hoping that one day Hamumu Software will finally have a golden age again. But recently I have quit Dr L SWC world building as I am focusing on my academic life.

I once thought of doing game development as a degree, but seeing at how the art field is filled with many hardships and saturation I decided against that. I think game development is just a profitable hobby now, just as writing is. I will be sitting for my O-levels soon and if I pass I will enter into my first foundation year of university. I would then go onto agronomy. It looks like an interesting, varied and employable degree.

By the way, how is writing software for military radars?

HappyStikBeaver 03-08-2016 07:11 PM

Hey! Good to see some more familiar people stopping by. Every once in a while someone shows up after a long hiatus.

Anyways I completely agree about the games here. SWC was not only far ahead of its time but also completely capable of customization via a simple editor. Even I want to build a game after playing one of the classics and I know nothing about programming. I think Jamul's games still have merit today (beyond nostalgic value) simply due to their technical capabilities (and some fantastic graphics, gameplay, and level design). That's why I still play them!

Also, military software engineering sounds cool (and very impressive).

sonicchaos1993 03-08-2016 08:54 PM

Re: Is anyone still there? (I feel so old)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Mr.Onion (Post 349432)
So in case anyone was wondering, I'm still alive. I kinda stopped visitng here shortly after I started a degree a few years ago, but I thought I'd come back to see how things are going, since I realized it was my cakeday today. Not that the term "cakeday" existed when I signed up.

After all, a lot changes in eleven years. :P

When I first signed up, I got kinda hooked on the concept of following Jamul's idea and becoming an indie game developer, working for myself and making what I wanted! That... half worked out, in that I went to university to study software engineering and passed with a first. (Highest possible ranking in UK universities) But on the way there, I became an adult and slammed head-first into just how difficult creating anything significantly complex was. Jamul made it look so easy! (And now I appreciate far more how impressive it is that he's kept one company going for 16 years.)

There is something vaguely nostalgic about the days of the Supreme With Cheese and Loonyland, where an internet connection was unnecessary and a powerful level editor was all you needed for a game to be "moddable." These days, if you don't have a script interpreter, you might as well not bother, and that means there's almost no need for any of Hammered's tricks to squeeze as much as she could out of only having 256 bytes of global memory to play with.

But everything's changed so much since then, and now I'm an engineer writing military radar software instead of the games developer I wanted to be. Oops?

See you later.

Could be worse. I studied CompSci wanting to do game development, ended up getting kicked out three semesters in, and ended up doing IT instead.

In a pretty good spot now though. Don't have my degree yet but have much more experience in the industry and more certifications than most people my age which has gotten me some pretty good offers. Interviewing for an IT manager position now and have also been offered to take over one of my old professor's consulting businesses when he retires.

Hammer Up! 03-08-2016 10:39 PM

Re: Is anyone still there? (I feel so old)
 
I'm around. Every day, in fact. Out of habit, pretty much. I've been here every day for so long that it's hard not to at this point. I just never really have a reason to post. I've just started college, doing CompSci as well, heh. But other than that, I've done absolutely nothing with my life. Just playing games by myself. I've tried learning some hobbies and such, but I never went past the basics of whatever I was trying that day due to procastinating, or whatever. Kinda disappointing.

seamonkey 03-08-2016 11:07 PM

Re: Is anyone still there? (I feel so old)
 
As the non comp-sci person, I'm around. I'll check in every few days - also out of habit. Still an undergrad. In other news I recently acquired furniture for myself, so things are looking up.

TyTBone 03-09-2016 10:25 PM

Re: Is anyone still there? (I feel so old)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Mr.Onion (Post 349432)
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'Sup. ;) I cringe-worthingly remember arguing with you about animal abuse and the Bible. I'm still not an atheist but my views have certainly broadened over the years, and I've learned it's generally not worth arguing on the internet.

Anyway, I got a degree in graphic design and (currently) spend my free time trying to improve my drawing and animation skills (besides browsing the internet and GOG forums). I tinkered with trying to make games but programming never "clicked" with me, and of course the market is so saturated with games anyway. I think I'll stick with drawing and animation; I might try to team up with a programmer to make a freeware game eventually, though.

I still hope Jamul makes another game in his "traditional" style. Shame HPG never got made; those Journal entries gave me dopamine rushes or something, very exciting and fun to be involved and see progress made.

Also, Just Compare the Clocks

EDIT: HPG nostalgia - http://hamumu.com/journal.php?archive=200804

Mr.Onion 03-10-2016 06:40 PM

Re: Is anyone still there? (I feel so old)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by REACTOR (Post 349433)
By the way, how is writing software for military radars?

The best part of the job is being able to genuinely say, "That's classified." ;)
(But other than the sheer coolness factor, it's much like any other high-integrity enterprise programming job.)

Quote:

Originally Posted by sonicchaos1993 (Post 349437)
Could be worse. I studied CompSci wanting to do game development, ended up getting kicked out three semesters in, and ended up doing IT instead.

Don't worry, it'd have gotten worse. :D (Although my CS program was in opposition to "applied computing," which meant my course had all the maths and theory modules that weren't strictly necessary.)

Quote:

Originally Posted by TyTBone (Post 349445)
'Sup. ;) I cringe-worthingly remember arguing with you about animal abuse and the Bible. I'm still not an atheist but my views have certainly broadened over the years, and I've learned it's generally not worth arguing on the internet.

But how else are you supposed to expand your mind in the first place? :D

Quote:

I still hope Jamul makes another game in his "traditional" style. Shame HPG never got made; those Journal entries gave me dopamine rushes or something, very exciting and fun to be involved and see progress made.

Also, Just Compare the Clocks

EDIT: HPG nostalgia - http://hamumu.com/journal.php?archive=200804
Where you around for Loonyland 2? When he was building it, Jamul put up a new blog post every days with what he was working on.

(I remember that when it finally came out, I had to borrow my parents credit card to buy it immediately.

TyTBone 03-11-2016 08:09 PM

Re: Is anyone still there? (I feel so old)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Mr.Onion (Post 349446)
But how else are you supposed to expand your mind in the first place? :D

Through the power of euphoric memes. ;)

I'm still pretty pro-gun-rights though, so that hasn't changed and probably won't. :p

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mr.Onion (Post 349446)
Where you around for Loonyland 2? When he was building it, Jamul put up a new blog post every days with what he was working on.

(I remember that when it finally came out, I had to borrow my parents credit card to buy it immediately.

I think it was shortly after LL2 had come out. I know it was late-2007/early 2008, because I had just started college and had good access to the internet there. I was pretty excited for HPG's possibility as a "family-friendly" take on GTA, so I eagerly awaited whatever Journal entries came out about that (especially spring and summer 2008, iirc).

Megadog 03-14-2016 06:18 PM

Re: Is anyone still there? (I feel so old)
 
I'm rarely still here. It would appear my prophesy that this site would stagnate was right, but no one really doubted me on it. I feel old coming here now...

Androgeos Exeunt 03-25-2016 09:05 PM

Re: Is anyone still there? (I feel so old)
 
I drop by once in a while, but there isn't much for me to post on. My weekdays are spent working 9 hours a day in a highly-respected "organisation" where there's always a lot of work to do. Because of that, I usually shut myself off during weekends to rest and idle around doing nothing really productive.

If you were to ask me whether I thought I'd be in this rather nice position 9 years ago when I joined this forum and was still in the US equivalent of high school, I won't be able to give a straight answer.

Maybe I'll take up a degree once I get bored of this routine, which will most certainly make my life more hectic.

Pewskeepski 03-26-2016 04:03 AM

Re: Is anyone still there? (I feel so old)
 
I pop in and out every now and then. Over the past year I've been working (on and off) on compiling my unfinished SWC worlds into a playable whole. (more info here!)
Other than that, I've just been plain busy with creative endeavors and a full-time job. I don't even do much gaming anymore. Although, every so often, I do love to take a walk down nostalgia street and play some of the good games from the good ol' days, and a lot of them are from here :)

tsuma 03-30-2016 06:26 AM

Re: Is anyone still there? (I feel so old)
 
I'm still visiting and It's nice to see that others also do.
Hamumu games were a very important part of my personal development.

Boneheads 03-31-2016 09:31 PM

Re: Is anyone still there? (I feel so old)
 
I pop in now and then, but most of the traffic here now is for Growtopia, it seems, and I still haven't found the time to play it to see if I might be into it. I spend a lot of my time on schoolwork and math, and the rest is divided among Netflix, hanging out/talking with friends, and working on my mess of a text adventure game (coming soon™).

Granoose 05-23-2016 04:23 PM

Re: Is anyone still there? (I feel so old)
 
Hi guys. Im brand new here, but not to these games. I need to get my hands on kid mystic asap! Its the ultimate game from my childhood and id love to play it again. Could any of you help? The ordering is down :(

Jamul 05-23-2016 05:11 PM

Re: Is anyone still there? (I feel so old)
 
Oh, I've re-enabled ordering now. I've got plans for a whole new thing so was leaving it down to give me incentive to get it all set up, but I'm just too busy. So same old ordering is back!

Granoose 05-24-2016 07:01 AM

Re: Is anyone still there? (I feel so old)
 
Nice one Jamul. My next question, Can I buy kid mystic from here and play it on windows 7 and up?

HappyStikBeaver 05-24-2016 03:57 PM

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The updated version sold on the site works great all the way to Windows 10.

Kerma 05-24-2016 09:50 PM

Re: Is anyone still there? (I feel so old)
 
I'm no longer a bratty pre-teen who spends his days trolling random people on the internet because I have nothing better to do, and actually have started a degree in game development at an art university. As for other projects i've done recently, I've recently started a huge website project (which isn't family friendly, so I can't link it), going back and 100%ing games I wanted to (one being SWC, on a new file and at 45% right now), and building doom maps and possibly a SWC world. Other than that nothing really new that isn't mundane, planning to move soon and still hanging out from people I met years ago on this site.

HappyStikBeaver 05-25-2016 10:11 PM

Ugh, I'm glad I didn't use facebook between 2009 and 2014. Thankfully all of my stupid/edgy/tryhard/embarrassing posts are confined to Hamumu. That doesn't mean anyone should look at them. I'm just glad no one I look in the eye knows how seriously I used to take a joke or a costume party level.
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SpaceManiac 05-26-2016 03:01 AM

Re: Is anyone still there? (I feel so old)
 
I still read the forums near-daily, but there's not much to post about, especially since Growtopia turned out to not quite be my game. I tenuously completed two years of a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and am working on taking things from there. I still enjoy reverse engineering and studying programming languages, and sometimes do gamedev for fun even though I'm not very good at it. (Maybe if I finish a project for once, I'll post it here.)

Hamumu was a big part of my life, helping foster my (admittedly pre-existing) interest in gamedev and CS, and some really strong friendships - I still hang out online with Davedude, Blackduck, Redbone, Kerma, and moltanem2000 on a regular basis to this day.

I finally just recently completed Supreme with Cheese 100% (after maybe 3 or 4 bursts of activity, with many months in-between), and intend to get around to pushing my Halloween Horror worlds through review and finish compiling my Lost Levels, and if I can solve some more bugs get one more bugfix release in to Jamul, but I'll probably be putting SWC down for some time after that. It's been a very long-lasting game.

It's been great to read everyone else's posts in the thread. Best of luck to you all!

Redbone 05-26-2016 01:08 PM

Re: Is anyone still there? (I feel so old)
 
I, too, am embarrassed and ashamed of a lot of things I've said and done on here, but I don't regret my time here one bit. This community fostered a lot of my interests and personality, and I would not have become who I am today without it. With that said, twelve years, huh?

Unfortunately, I don't have much to share in terms of extravagant success stories. The past few years have been a slow grind of dealing with mental health issues and figuring out what I want to do with my life. That's not to say I haven't made progress—I'm currently trying to get a foothold in post-secondary education—but it pales in comparison to what everyone around me has accomplished. Sure not giving up anytime soon, though!

TyTBone 05-27-2016 02:24 PM

Re: Is anyone still there? (I feel so old)
 
I just remembered the zombie RPGs PlasmaCannonsRule, I, and a few others participated in. Some of the stories were actually pretty lengthy and cool (as far as action goes), but that may just be nostalgia. I got in trouble for originally making it too gory, description-wise. :P

PurpleKoopa 05-27-2016 04:48 PM

Re: Is anyone still there? (I feel so old)
 
Hey-o, is this the Hamumu Oldies: Where Are They Now thread? Sure seems like it!

I've been up and down the internet for the last couple years, and it's only this month that I brushed the dust off the old Dumb Account. Surprised to see Jamul has a Big Phone Game, wowza! Who would've thought of that back in Double-O-Six?

Nowadays, I'm working with elementary kids both in class and at recess, and I hope to have a teaching degree down the line. It took me a while to find my niche, but I'm happy with what I'm doing now.

Oh yeah, and I might have a world coming out? Keep your fingers crossed, compadres.

chaucer 06-01-2016 05:43 PM

Re: Is anyone still there? (I feel so old)
 
I haven't checked on Hamumu in a long, long time and just happened to think of it in a nostalgic moment, so it's nice to see that a few of the other way-old-timers are checking in these days too.

I've just finished my first year at a conservatory pursuing a performance degree in classical piano, and spend most of my time these days practicing and trying to get some publicity with concerts and competitions. I more or less quit playing Hamumu games after switching to a Mac, and these days the only games I ever really play are the Dark Souls series. But I still have an old Windows 7 laptop with SWC, Kid Mystic, and both LoonyLand's installed and waiting... I may have to boot it up again for a trip down memory lane. It's hard to believe it's been 13 years since I first played the original Loonyland and got my account on the forums. I owe a lot of thanks to Jamul for creating such remarkable games that fostered a community as rich as the Hamumu forums of my childhood.

I hope you're all doing well! :yerf:

AtkinsSJ 06-10-2016 01:06 PM

Re: Is anyone still there? (I feel so old)
 
Yo.

I saw this thread a couple of months ago and wasn't sure whether to post, but why not! Especially as there are so many names I'd half-forgotten! Seems like forever ago. Apparently I was still posting in 2011 though? Crazy. And the Pointless Story world still isn't finished. XD

I've bounced around a few different computery jobs with varying degrees of success, by which I mean everything went wrong over and over until I broke. (A temp data entry job that was fine, then a couple of failed attempts at freelancing, and a web dev job that gave me a nervous breakdown which I am just beginning to recover from several years later.) Then I made a game and app that sold very little, along with a bunch of little free games. Finally, I have an online job which is basically the best thing that's ever happened to me, but is top secret. I'm also working on a few game/app projects in whatever spare time I have over, and I'm also a mod in Growtopia which is pretty hectic!

Glad to hear good things from people! And yeah, I think my early posts here are probably so bad that I don't even want to consider rooting through them. Feel free to do that and laugh at me if you're particularly bored though. :P

Bearly 07-06-2016 01:27 PM

Re: Is anyone still there? (I feel so old)
 
Hi, this is the first time I've been here in years! I was already an adult when I joined so now I feel pretty old seeing all you guys at Uni etc! I left because I got married, and had a baby and stopped working (which was where I used to play - on my lunch break). My family is my life and takes up all my time, which is both satisfying and really hard at the same time. Currently pregnant with my third, I'm avoiding watching the Wales v Portugal match (as the only other match I was able to watch in this tournament, they lost, and I really want them to win! - silly I know, but hey, I'm pregnant and almost middle aged, I'm allowed to be silly! :) ). I had a happy birthday email recently from here so I thought I'd have a look around. Just found my discs with my back-ups so going to attempt to load Loneyland 2 and supreme onto my pc. Eek! I hope they work!!!! :)

Megadog 07-12-2016 07:12 PM

Re: Is anyone still there? (I feel so old)
 
While I posted already, I didn't really say much about myself and where I am. I have half a year left in my honors degree in Electrical Engineering, with little to no plan after that. I still game, though making games is rare for me now, and I occasionally replay old Hamumu titles for nostalgia purposes.

I really do miss this place, and feel like I'd still be active if there were others around too, but too often now it feels like a graveyard of memories past, so I don't come here as much. It's really cool to see all the people I remember posting here about their new lives though.

Apparently, I'm still 5th in Costume Party, and only have 31 levels left to complete, so who knows, I might do that at some point...

REACTOR 09-17-2017 12:20 AM

Re: Is anyone still there? (I feel so old)
 
Well, it has certainly been a while since I had last been here, but I have changed along the way. Looking back at my previous posts and what I've said and done, I am very embarsassed and shocked with a great deal of my words. I apologise to everyone, including Jamul - of whom while I do not agree with all of his decisions I can understand his need to live - for my brash and childish comments.

I have also realised that I was wrong about some ideological suggestions. I had once said that it would be stimulating if Dr. Lunatic Supreme With Cheese worlds were more controversial, but in recent times I have rethinked my position. I have seen that in order to be controversial, conventions and quality must come first otherwise many works will end up being like the Social Justice Warrior rampages of today, where shock-value trumps actual art.

In my life, I have been progressing with my academic path well having passed my Foundation Year with distinctions in all of my subjects and having been able to enter my first year at the undergraduate level in the sciences. My foray into game development didn't turn out to come to be, but I feel I am happier with the sciences. There appears to be more interesting opportunities to take.

But I am glad that the forum is back up. I feel that this place is unique in that community members have to expend some effort and thought before posting content. I once roamed about the Ao Oni gaming community, but I found their distribution methods to be anarchic and dangerous, as they would often only post one-liners when advertising their fan-games and expect their audience to download content from shady websites.

Craftspider 09-20-2017 10:41 AM

Re: Is anyone still there? (I feel so old)
 
I'm new to the forums, but not to these games. They are a strong feature in my memories from childhood, and the first game I bought online with my own money was Supreme With Cheese. And now I'm doing Software Engineering. So I mean, even if the forums are pretty dead, I'll definitely be hopping on once and a while to see how things are going.

poopsie 09-20-2017 01:22 PM

Re: Is anyone still there? (I feel so old)
 
Woah. Forums are back up. Well, I may not be a well recognized face in this community, seeing as I've always been on the quiet side (lurking and what not), but this site holds a lot of memories. College is massively time consuming, and I still have a world left unfinished, but maybe that'll be fixed sometime? Sorta glad to see everyone collecting here though - reuniting and nostalgia-ing.

Crabwarrior 10-17-2017 09:33 AM

Re: Is anyone still there? (I feel so old)
 
Well this is a pleasant surprise.

I'd kinda disappeared from Hamumu for several years, until a few months ago when I checked the forums and it said they were disabled "for a few days". Checked back again after about a month and it still said that, so I assumed that it was permanently down and would never be back.

Last night I was feeling nostalgic, so I looked back at the forum through the wayback machine and discovered that apparently the forums were back up. It's nice to see so many familiar face... er... avatars again.


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