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Re: Colin Simpson Leaves Employment
« Reply #20 on: 19 Apr 2009, 19:07 »
yeah it was definitely the res issue. Thanks for the help. :)
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Re: Colin Simpson Leaves Employment
« Reply #21 on: 19 Apr 2009, 20:04 »
Updated version now available which should fix all reported continuity/spelling bugs found so far! (Links in first post).

Re: Colin Simpson Leaves Employment
« Reply #22 on: 23 Apr 2009, 21:11 »
Ehh. I didn't like the puzzles at all, they consisted mainly of pixel hunts (that is, find the noticeboard that looks just like the other uninteresting noticeboards but has actual plot-advancing stuff on it), faffing about with your telephone or distracting people with idiotic tricks while you steal/plant evidence from/on them. Not exactly my thing.

The character was a hateful little bitch too, blaming his misfortunes on everyone but himself. He wonders why the boss is pissed off at him after running in late for the umpteenth time. He throws a righteous-indignation rant when the boss tells him he hasn't done any work all day. Well, excuuuuse me, but I've got little sympathy for the guy. Getting shat on by your superiors is what you get paid for at a company like this, it doesn't entitle you to poison their coffee, ditch work and generally be a cheeky bastard.

Also, actual jokes and a somewhat more epic ending would've been nice. I felt that it was a bit anti-climactic. Even a little slapstick humour would've spiced that part up; merely saying "FUCK YOU" and walking out doesn't really make you a winner.


I hope you didn't take offence and acknowledge what I've written as constructive criticism and perhaps the sequel will be a bit different in these regards.

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Re: Colin Simpson Leaves Employment
« Reply #23 on: 24 Apr 2009, 00:17 »
Owww... office nightmare  ::)

Haven't finished game yet, but I already have couple of notices.

First of all, it is a bit annoying you cannot skip title cutscene and go straight to main menu and restore the game. I suggest you add an ability to skip it by pressing Esc or something.

Second thing I'd like to mention is that I could not locate the passage to last corridor section, the one with WC and Kitchen doors, until I saw how "Pierre" walked there during the cutscene. I mean, it was not quite obvious for me that there is any passage at all. Good thing is that it isn't needed for solving any puzzle before the cutscene with Pierre. Maybe it is because cupboard is standing so that it makes an impression that the way futher is unavailable.
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Re: Colin Simpson Leaves Employment
« Reply #24 on: 24 Apr 2009, 01:04 »
Okay an update :)
I found it rather non-obvious that you have to click on Sue's email to make Colin read it and understand what to do next.

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The character was a hateful little bitch too, blaming his misfortunes on everyone but himself. <...> Well, excuuuuse me, but I've got little sympathy for the guy.
I'd like to comment that I personally do not mind playing a bitch or an idiot :)... although sometimes I thought it would be nice if Colin had a shotgun. and enough guts to use it ;D

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Re: Colin Simpson Leaves Employment
« Reply #25 on: 24 Apr 2009, 10:16 »
@Dave

Ehh. I didn't like the puzzles at all

Fair enough, it's nice to have honest opinions!

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they consisted mainly of pixel hunts (that is, find the noticeboard that looks just like the other uninteresting noticeboards but has actual plot-advancing stuff on it)

To be honest I don't see how that is a pixel hunt. The noticeboard is clearly visible and labelled and in a "public" space (the kitchen) rather than by a "personal" desk.

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The character was a hateful little bitch too, blaming his misfortunes on everyone but himself. He wonders why the boss is pissed off at him after running in late for the umpteenth time. He throws a righteous-indignation rant when the boss tells him he hasn't done any work all day. Well, excuuuuse me, but I've got little sympathy for the guy. Getting shat on by your superiors is what you get paid for at a company like this, it doesn't entitle you to poison their coffee, ditch work and generally be a cheeky bastard.


Firstly, this is meant to be about someone who has had it up to here with the job generally and after a terrible weekend at home this represents the day he has finally had enough (the last straw of the cumulative effect). If that wasn't apparent from the intro and general attitudes of the characters then I apologise for the bad storytelling and characterisation on my part.

Secondly this is a short game and is supposed to be part comedy and part living out of the fantasy of packing your job in which I'm sure we have all had in rubbish jobs before! In fact Colin comes in with the intention of working that day (and has clearly been working hard for little thanks the previous week) but is prevented by doing so by circumstance (bad weekend resulting in broken alarm clock) and the ridiculous officiousness found in many work places today (i.e. password on computer that they will not give him).

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Also, actual jokes and a somewhat more epic ending would've been nice. I felt that it was a bit anti-climactic. Even a little slapstick humour would've spiced that part up; merely saying "FUCK YOU" and walking out doesn't really make you a winner.

This is intended to be a game taking a wry look at frustration in a bad job and the attitude you can get because of it. Personally I don't see how or why I could or should have put actual jokes or slapstick humour in there to be honest.

Point on the ending is taken and I concede it does end a bit suddenly. However, Colin is not necessarily supposed to be a "winner". Leaving your job as an over-reaction when you have no other job lined up is not really a winning idea and that is why most people don't do it no matter how much you may feel like it sometimes! ;) Still nice to play out the fantasy though ;D

Anyway, thanks for you opinions!

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Thanks for the comments I will bear these sor tof things in mind for any future games.

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Re: Colin Simpson Leaves Employment
« Reply #26 on: 24 Apr 2009, 15:40 »


Point on the ending is taken and I concede it does end a bit suddenly. However, Colin is not necessarily supposed to be a "winner". Leaving your job as an over-reaction when you have no other job lined up is not really a winning idea and that is why most people don't do it no matter how much you may feel like it sometimes!
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Re: Colin Simpson Leaves Employment
« Reply #27 on: 24 Apr 2009, 16:27 »
At the end I thought Larry would give Colin a raise because of good work or something, just as Colin is about to leave. But Colin won't know that, will he?
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Re: Colin Simpson Leaves Employment
« Reply #28 on: 25 Apr 2009, 07:33 »
Haha this game made me laugh and did indeed remind me a bit of my days as an office worker :D

I would have liked the ending sequence to have shown something like Colin sitting in his underwear playing the new Ben Jordan (after fixing his busted computer) at home and realising how good life is... but I guess it is your decision.

Also, the whole stationery thieving thing is accurate, which adds to the humour.

Nice work, especially for a very first game :)

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Re: Colin Simpson Leaves Employment
« Reply #29 on: 25 Apr 2009, 08:25 »
I would have liked the ending sequence to have shown something like Colin sitting in his underwear playing the new Ben Jordan (after fixing his busted computer) at home and realising how good life is... but I guess it is your decision.

 ;D I can't tell you how much I wish I had thought of this earlier! It wouldn't have fitted in with my ideas for a sequal although I don't know if that will ever be made anyway.


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Re: Colin Simpson Leaves Employment
« Reply #30 on: 25 Apr 2009, 08:29 »
Heh, well it is basically what I did after quitting my office job, so I thought it was a fitting ending  :D

Re: Colin Simpson Leaves Employment
« Reply #31 on: 25 Apr 2009, 14:53 »
No way! That's what *I* did after quitting *my* office job =D

Re: Colin Simpson Leaves Employment
« Reply #32 on: 26 Apr 2009, 09:39 »
To be honest I don't see how that is a pixel hunt. The noticeboard is clearly visible and labelled and in a "public" space (the kitchen) rather than by a "personal" desk.
Ok, not pixel hunt then, but there were other noticeboards that looked exactly the same with no relevant info on them, thereby rendering them all unimportant in the player's eyes. Maybe if you had a note with a red cross or something on it, it would've been more logical, but having the player run around aimlessly until they accidentally come upon THE noticeboard is a little bit dodgy gameplay decision.
Firstly, this is meant to be about someone who has had it up to here with the job generally and after a terrible weekend at home this represents the day he has finally had enough (the last straw of the cumulative effect). If that wasn't apparent from the intro and general attitudes of the characters then I apologise for the bad storytelling and characterisation on my part.
Yes, that's perfectly fine, but what was apparent to me from the intro was that the guy basically screwed up his own weekend with his negligence, and has no one to blame but himself, but I don't want to reiterate myself too much here.
Secondly this is a short game and is supposed to be part comedy
That statement I take issue with, because overdone sarcasm doesn't really qualify as comedy.
Anyway, thanks for you opinions!

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Re: Colin Simpson Leaves Employment
« Reply #33 on: 06 May 2009, 13:06 »
oh forget to post a comment here.

First I would like to say that Dave's comments make me lol. They also got me curious about the game.

I did notice the issues mentioned but they were not much of a problem. I thought it was enjoyable to wander around the office and do the puzzles. The things you had to accomplish were usually clear exept for a few times. I thought the way the 2 women in office looked so pretty hilarious. I also liked how characters moved around the office if they needed to. I do hope this game get's a sequel. Perhaps Colin will find employment in part 2 lol. But perhaps that would be too much like Sydney find employment. Anyway it was fun while it lasted. The end was indeed a bit disappointing but it does leave room for a sequel or something.

Re: Colin Simpson Leaves Employment
« Reply #34 on: 06 May 2009, 19:20 »
I just played through and enjoyed the mischievous nature of the puzzles, as well as the satirical nature of the people and objects (like the computer) in the office.

I was always clear in what I needed to do but I feel a sequel could do with more variety in the puzzles rather than 'distract X to get Y', but the situations and dialogue were engaging enough that I barely noticed.

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Re: Colin Simpson Leaves Employment
« Reply #35 on: 08 Jun 2009, 01:50 »
Just played it and it was a really cool game. I totally second what pxmm said about the puzzles. Any chance we'll be seeing another part to this in the future?
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Re: Colin Simpson Leaves Employment
« Reply #36 on: 08 Jun 2009, 14:39 »
@ Cosmo.

Many thanks for the kind words. I do have an idea for a sequal (although it would be different to the first) which I am thinking about but judging by my usual work rate it will take ages to make, if it ever gets off the ground that is!

I have been playing around with a couple of ideas, but that it all they are at the moment. I also need to get a lot better at animation etc! Having said that watch this space (or the GIP space really) cos you never know!

Re: Colin Simpson Leaves Employment
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