We are proud to announce our participation in the global Game Jam: Speccy Jam!
The game jam is a week long which commences on the 16/11/13 (finishing on the 23rd). So far over 40 developers have jumped on board to create a title of any genre, to which the theme is to create their game in the style of a ZX Spectrums graphics.
The challenge of this jam is to be as creative as possible in the constraints of the graphical limitations.
Developers must keep their titles at 256×192 resolution, use the 15 colours from the light and dim colour pallet the ZX Spectrum offered and if you are that hardcore….you can even follow the attribute blocks guidelines of having a maximum of 2 colours from the same set in ever 8×8 segment of the screen!
I have to admit, even our artists who were avid players of their ZX Spectrums found it quite the challenge to abide by the attribute block rule.
However the studio is prevailing and going hardcore and abiding every rule Speccy Jam have set us!
Our candidate for this Game Jam is a simple continuous runner…featuring…wait for it… DERPMAN!!!!!
That’s right, Derpman has his first game and he will have many more titles in the future. We’ve had a good laugh developing it, so we hope you enjoy playing this multi-coloured monstrosity!
We are going to be releasing the game on the PC for free. Mobile and Console versions are being discussed, however these will cost the lowest price tier on the marketplaces so fear not!
For more information on SpeccyJam go to www.speccyjam.com
This October a few members of Derp Studios attended London MCM Expo!
Despite our feet aching an awful lot, the studio definitely benefited from meeting voice actors and producers at the signing areas. Although the chats were brief (queues were long, trust me on that!), business cards were successfully handed out and the inner fan boy was satisfied simultaneously!
CEO Chris Ledger meeting Yuri Lowenthal
CEO and Lead Designer, Chris Ledger, had the privilege of meeting:
- Yuri Lowenthal – Ben Tennyson (Ben 10); Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto)
- Tara Platt – Temari (Naruto); Katarina (League of Legends)
- Elias Toufexis – Adam Jensen (Deus Ex: Human Revolution)
- WIT Studio producer, director and lead animator – Attack on Titan/Shingeki no Kyojin and HAL
Fingers crossed that in the future we may get to work with such amazing talent as those listed above. At the very least we hope it has got our studios name out there a bit more! Derp Studios wants to thank those that we met for the amazing opportunity and we hope to one day work with you!
Derp Studios are very happy to announce that we have branched out and now work on Radio Apps as well as fun, quality games.
We have recently created an app for RTI radio station based in Poprad slovakia that is live on Windows 8 now on PC and Smart device which you can pick up here: http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-gb/app/1c12fd2d-ebac-4417-950e-475d4c5aec3f
We have other clients lined up with some big names from radios past that we will announce as we complete them.
The work we have been doing was also picked up by The Radio Magazine which is the last radio specific magazine left in print and is shipped out to all major and minor radio stations. You can read the radio article at www.theradiomagazine.co.uk
We have also been heavily supported by Microsoft through our new endeavor as they liked the idea of a radio application so much. We hope Microsoft will continue to help us in our games industry journey.
Derp Studios is very happy to be working with these great names and look forward to seeing where this will take us next!
To find out more about our Radio App service you can visit this page.
Derp Studios has spent all of this past week together at Cheltenham University working together on our latest project.
On Monday, Derps from all around the country descended on to Cheltenham. We had team members from Essex and Northamptonshire arrive and the work began.
As I arrived on Monday I noticed a distinct lack of morale as it was a rather warm day, I decided I would change this!
The next day I arrive to the university with cakes, muffins, and all manner of sugary treats. I also brought in some party hats and masquerade masks so the fun really could begin! For the rest of the day, many of the Derps enjoyed their sugary treats and wore party attire. The morale has been high ever since!
On Wednesday, we decided to terrify our coder, Nigel. One of our artists, Michael, was a wrestler in his younger days and so it was decided that for a group picture with our new team mates we would let Michael loose on Nigel, the picture turned out fantastic.
Thursday was a day of hard work. A lot of the time was spent in silence with heads down deep in work. The game progressed nicely.
On our last day working together things got a bit more light hearted. Whilst the work was done we had many an interesting conversation! Subjects included Martial Arts – with demonstrations, new Derpman stories and many amusing YouTube videos were watched.
It was a week filled with fun and hard work. This is what Derp lives for and loves!
Derp studios are very proud to announce that one of our Artists, Jacob Gamm, has gained a university degree in Illustration from Falmouth University.
Derp Studios has been aiding Jacob in his University work since he joined Derp Studios in January of this year. Jacob used the work he created with the studio as his final piece for university.
The art work Jacob created was on display at an end of year show for the university with many people viewing his artistic skills and once Jacob announced his end of year show, we uploaded his beautiful concept art to our website which you can view, here.
You can view more of Jacobs art work at his site www.artofjacobgamm.co.uk
Jacob said, “Working for Derp has been an incredible experience for me. I’ve learnt that my passion is in concept art and not simply illustration but, more importantly, it’s working as part of a team.
“Illustration is a solitary career, but I have never had more fun than when locked in a room with a bunch of talented nerds all working together. After our first face to face meeting I rang up my girlfriend and told her; I know what I want to do for the rest of my life.”
Congratulations Jacob on gaining your 2:1 in Illustration.
We here at Derp Studios our very proud of Jacob and we look forward to continuing to work with you!
You have been very patient with us so you have been rewarded with some brand new concept art from our W.I.P!
Coming soon on iOS
The adventures of Derpman continue!
You may have noticed the lack of updates the site has had recently. Wellll that’s because the Derps have been hard at work! We have slowly started to give you glimpses of the artwork for our current Work In Progress and other media relevant to it will be released gradually throughout the year! For those who are interested in us, you can find our Mission Statement and Value Statement on the about page, hopefully it will give you a true insight to who we really are and what we’re going to be doing.
We will also have some announcements to make in the near future!
Until the next update!
All the best,
CEO and Lead Designer
Enjoy the first issue of Derpman!
Our first title, which some of you know was our Gadget Show Live candidate, has been taken offline by ourselves recently. However, do not fear it will be back online later this year. We do not have the man power at the moment to update and fix all her issues whilst we are mid project. As soon as we release our current project (which we still can’t disclose) we will get back onto DC and we may even have a treat for you all when it is re-released!