Version 0.9.0 ready for download

I am pleased to announce that, after several months of intensive work, You can now download version 0.9.0 Movie Business 2. However, before you do this please do read a couple more important information.

Information about changes and news in this release can be found in version history, a more detailed description of the new functionality you can find in the post on my personal blog.

With the new version, the game requires an updated .NET Framework library (to version 4.5). No stress, most likely you do not have anything special to do, probably because you have it already installed on your systems (this library is very popular and is used by many applications such as. the drivers for your graphics card). If during the installation, it will not be detected, the installer informs You of this and indicates where it can be download. However, if for some reason something went wrong, just let me know by email. I will try to help you solve the problem.

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A summary of what's new in version 0.9.0

The new version of Movie Business 2 marked as 0.9.0 fast approaching. So it's time to gather all the news, changes and modifications, that will appear in this version of the game and summarize it in one post. Welcome to the text on the my private blog, where in addition to a summary of all recent posts about the new version, There will be some slightly broader comments to each new feature, as well as a few ones which have not yet described. Link to this entry has also been placed in the section Director's Cuts.

I invite you to read and commenting.

Dynamic parameters

As you probably know, some of the parameters of the creators of the Movie Business are dynamic. This means, that they change in time. So far this was related to sexappeal and action parameters of the creator. This mechanism was used to simulate the aging of creators. In the new version there are two more parameters which will change over time: popularity and talent.

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Profiles in the cloud

Version 0.9.0 of Movie Business will make it possible to store the profile in the so-called. cloud that is on the game server.

In which situations this feature can be handy:

  • when we play with more than one computer so start the game on the first one but we leave for example. on holidays to parents home, and we would like to proceed with the acquisition of such subsequent challenges. Then we can export a profile before you leave and then import it on the new computer (where you installed the game).
  • the second often case is when you re-install computer. Here again before reinstalling we export profile and after new instalation can recover it from the cloud.

Due to the fact, that store the profile in the cloud takes up valuable space on the server this feature is available for donors from golden level.

Translation and review updates

The new version of the Movie Business introduces some significant changes and improvements in reviews. The emergence of sequels forced a significant amount of development conditions, that affect their creation. It was necessary to add many dependencies between the new film, and the original one, starting from its assessment of the, by the values of the individual parameters of the scenario, the presence or absence of specific creators and the assessment of their performance in both parts. Dependencies are quite complex and… We'll see how they will work in practice. Sugeruję jednak uważne przyglądanie się nowym recenzjom 🙂

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Short films

Until now, short films were one of the genre. It was not the best solution because the shorts are rather form than genre. I decided to change it and impulse were the comments I received from the author Level Design books about game design, I mentioned to you on the occasion of the crowfounding collection on the Polak Potrafi service.

As a person who supporting this project as a reward I chose the opportunity to receive analysis of any game. Of course, the choice fell on Movie Business 2. As a result, I received several page document with some suggestions related to game design. One of them was to give players opportunities to experiment more easily without incurring high risk, in the form of loss and rapidly bankruptcy. Jacek, author analyzes, as the solution proposed creation of short films, which would be less expensive to manufacture, and therefore, in case of no success, the effects of this have not been so severe for a player.

I liked that suggestion, and that i just had to get rid of the short films, it was a good opportunity to modify the game.

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Game+

Today the new functionality available for Donors. Several times appeared suggestion of players to allow infinite playing time or be able to continue the game after the completion of regular, for a given type of game, time. I not really liked the idea because of the fact, the game includes many algorithms depend on the passage of time. These include aging artists and other dynamic parameters. Another problem is the data structure, which can be overloaded with too long a period of game. Longer explanation for the lack of this functionality can be found in FAQ section.

GraPlus

Starting However, the expectations of the players, but I decided to do a little experiment and share new option called Game+.

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Changes in the levels of donors

The Movie Business is constantly being developed, appear the newer and more advanced mechanisms and therefore I have found, that the current amount of donations do not reflect a substantial amount of time and effort in creating the game. Since their were establihsed it has been quite a bit of time during which the game heavily developed and offers a lot more features and powerful options. As, that in the next version there will be additional features only available to donors I decided to slightly modify the thresholds for the various levels of donations.

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Temporary production costs depend on the film's budget

Temporary production costs are the additional costs incurred by the manufacturer during the production of the film. Their amount depends on the amount and types of artists involved in the project. To date, however, their high, was independent of the budget of the film which caused, that player producing a multi-million budget movie even did not notice them.

In the new version of the game it is about to change. Monthly production costs will depend on the budget (the cost of the whole movie). What will be the consequences? Well, such, that much more care need to be take about the length of film production. Since every month these costs can (though not necessarily – due to the random factor) grow.

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Sequels

In the current (0.8.7) version of the game, production screen of the new film you can see an option “sequel”, However, it has no influence on such production. When I started to think over how this future would look like in the final implementation I have come to the conclusions, that should behave quite differently than I thought in the past.

Here is how the sequels will look since version 0.9.0 Movie Business 2.

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Freedom in the actions of the director

Additional features, that was visible in the production dialog of a new film almost from the beginning, but so far has not been implemented, It is possibile to give free hand for director. The new version of the game, finally, This option will run.

What it will consist? Well, in a big cinema on the final shape of the film very much affects the producer often limiting the activities of director (hence the rash of directing films in versions designed to present a true vision of director). In the Movie Business player (or producer) will have the opportunity to give a certain freedom in the doings of the director affecting the ultimate shape of the movie.

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Reactions

The second part of the Movie Business offers the possibility to export films produced by players to the site with statistics online MovieStats. Thanks Your best productions can hit the global boxoffice where you can view and compare performance with other fans of game. Unfortunately due to the non-commercial nature of Movie Business, and limited the amount of space available for hosting, It is not possible to send all produced by You movies. Sometimes there are situations when you would like to share with other players (or the author of the game) movie, which was not the best but something stood out among all the other production.

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Script adjustements

Scripts, which are the basis for the production of films in the Movie Business, You can get in two main ways: buy ready-made script on the open market, or create it from scratch, in its sole discretion.

When we entered into possession of a scenario it could not be modified. At most, during the film production itself, We can change its ending or ultimate to censorshiop the movie, which could lead to a reduction in the amount of violence and / or sex in final production.

In the earliest version of the game will appear, however, the option of introducing adjustements to the existing script.

How it will look like?

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair is the title of the novel by Williama Makepeaca Thackeraya published in 1847 which is a satire on English society of nineteenth century. This place is suspicious, full of deceit, hypocrisy, lies and respect for appearances. Vanity Fair It is also the name of a popular magazine devoted to the culture, politics, the life of celebrities and fashion. And in this context, it must be interpreted in the game.

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I want to appear in your film

In the upcoming version of MB2 there is a new functionality, which a few times was raised in the proposals of players. It concerns the opportunity to report to us some well-known creator, who for a much lower salary wants to play in our production.

Of course, there are some conditions, that must be met that such situation could occur.

First, you need to have assistant. The assumption is such, that it is our assistant in an informal way (for example,. at some party) whispered words for some actor / actress (or his/her assistant) about our new production, which potentially may be interest for him/her..

Secondly, the screenplay must be our authorship. Because it is the originality of our film is what can convince of the creator to play in our production.

Thirdly, is not always an actor, who will want to play with us will be of the highest quality or it is not said, that it will be a good actor ... it will be simply more popular person than originally cast. So ultimately you, as a producer, have to decide whether this "opportunity" is worth it ... it may be, that in your ambitious drama. ... Paris Hilton will want to play

And the last issue ... it will not be too frequent event ... so do not expect, For the second that your production will be pushed crowds of actors willing to play for next to nothing ... just a game perhaps, sometimes surprise you.

Poll: Do the cheat codes should appear in MB2

I am not fan of cheating in games. I expressed my opinion on this topic in this text placed in Director's Cut when I discovered, that some players trying to cheat in Movie Business game.. Recently, however, I looked at the problem from a different perspective. Thus because reading the first chapters of a book on Level Designowi which I mentioned You on the occasion of the crawfounding action on Polak Potrafi service. (The action was a success and I have already gotten a brief but professional analysis, and the conclusions probably will contribute to the emergence of several new, small but interesting elements in the game).

The author writes in it about, that cheat codes often are use by most engaged players just to experiment and discover as much as possible elements in the game.

Do not get angry with the players, who use fraud, while not spoil the fun to other players. Codes excluding certain challenges allow them to adjust the level of commitment to their own needs.

Hence the idea for this poll ... what do you think? Do the cheat codes should appear in MB2?

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Stay Tuned or soon in Movie Business

Autumn is coming and it is a good time for fans of the Movie Business. That time I usually have a little more free time and I can sit more intensively to develop the game. Therefore, in the next few weeks you can expect a lot of activity in the topic.

In addition to informing you about the planned new features in the game and progress in development, I'm going a little bit kick-start much forgotten Forum, providing you some, I hope interesting, topics for discussion.

Perhaps it will be a few more surprises ... but lets see how things will develope.

For a while watch with greater attention to the project profiles on social networks, the official game site and forum ...

Creators set update 31

I am pleased to present you another update of creators set version 31. This time, Kacper, who works hard over the balance of the parameters of current set of creators, He took a little break and decided to add more actors, which in his opinion he was lacking in the game. They are mostly reliable performers, who had the opportunity to play in many famous movies ... although rather in less significant roles.

From my side, I decided to complete the set of artists, fashionable lately, Scandinavian cinema (especially crime). I also added a few interesting artists, whose films could be seen during the last edition of the festival New Horizons.

In total update adds or modifies 76 creators and 234 photos. Making, that the whole default set has more than 2000 creators !!!

I hope, that this update will please your waiting till around October, when it starts to become more intense period for fans of the Movie Business and real flood of information related to the next version of the game…

For those who have forgotten how to update a set reminder link.

Level Design and Film Business or collection on PolakPotrafi

A few days ago, on crowdfunding service PolakPotrafi.pl has been started project for ebook "Game Engineering. Level Design for Beginners." For its implementation responsible is the the team who creates a blog Wonderland Engineering, Its main initiator and leader is Jacek Wesolowski. I am following Jack's blog (formerly Inżynieria Wszechświetności) for a long time and I do appreciate his writings and knowledge of the game design (He has worked on several very well known AAA titles so he has a lot of experience). Therefore, I decided to support this project and his team.

All right, but why does this matter to you. Well, this action may have an impact on the Movie Business. How? Among the prizes offered for support is such, in which the authors of this publication will make analysis of any game in terms of its design: what already works, what not and how it can be improved. Of course the game, I intend to be analyzed is… Movie Business (Biznes Filmowy) 2.

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Set upgrade to version 29

Today I have for you update of creators' set with number 29. It contains next hundred of artists for whom statistics were refreshed and over 20 new characters (this time a lot of operators). And also something special to celebrate Women's Day ... women politicians, których do tej pory brakowało w grze 🙂

If you want to remind yourself how the process upgrade of the set looks like check here.

And by the way happy Women's Day approaching for all fans of the Film Business!

 

Making of Movie Business Trailer

Today, another blog post in the series of Director’s cut or text published on my personal blog, this time it describes how the first official trailer of the game was made. It is not limited only to the technical section but it describes the whole process from the assumptions, inspiration and initial ideas to technical implementation and related to this problems.

I do not boasting, it's pretty interesting text. The entry can be found on my personal blog

Premiere of the first trailer of Movie Business

Today I am pleased to present the first official trailer of Movie Business. Fans who follows the game on Facebook or having it in it's circles on Google could already see a pre-release version but they also find something new in this note.

I want to present you two versions of the trailer. Because I can not decide, which one should officially promote the game it is you will make this decision . Vote in mini poll, which of the following versions you like more. Additional justification you can put in the comments.

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