For most, weekends means two days off work with some much-needed R&R. But for game developers, it’s also a time during which they get to show off what they’ve been working on. I am of course referring to Screenshot Saturday, which involves tweeting screenshots with the #ScreenshotSaturday hashtag. Screenshots which I will be critiquing some of every single Tuesday, in Speculating Screenshots.
Different screenshots from different developers, all working on different games. Some are very much a WIP, while other are from titles rapidly approaching release. These tweets do all have one thing they in common though, which is that they feature actual screenshots (or at the very least, mockups), animated or stills.
The pinnacle of game architecture #indiedev #screenshotsaturday pic.twitter.com/0XVlzgoJX7
— Ivan ??️?? (@Nothke) August 29, 2015
Ain’t often there’s genuine ‘architecture’ on Speculating Screenshots, so enjoy!
The Bleeding Head Oracle. #deathtrash #gamedev #screenshotsaturday #pixelart #indiegame pic.twitter.com/2L3nSfOfAn
— Stephan Hövelbrinks (@talecrafter) August 29, 2015
I… don’t even know where to begin.
Currently working on updates, check out the game! http://t.co/irtWu14dqC #screenshotsaturday pic.twitter.com/4VfHESooBM
— Lamont Miller (@virgate_designs) August 29, 2015
Some things are better left obscured by darkness. That catsuit is not one of them.
This is a thing. #gamedev #screenshotsaturday #fucksaturday pic.twitter.com/6XoWJaPm0v
— Super (@SuperFromND) August 30, 2015
Can’t argue with that. It’s definitely a thing. A thing of crazy, obscure… beauty?
Working on a post #ldjam version of What Have I Become? Might change the UI to be blue #screenshotsaturday pic.twitter.com/9JMpezwHVe
— Alexander Birke (@AlexanderBirke) August 29, 2015
Crap. Don’t like those odds at all. Not one bit. Synthetics? Yeah. Nope.
Super Battlelands, the turn based strategy game of moving toy soldiers. #toys #screenshotsaturday #gamedev #indiedev pic.twitter.com/bWfLlzVtKV
— Daniel Dressler (@0x143) August 30, 2015
…but, do they all fall down? You know, Toy Soldi– what? I can be obscure if I want to!
Intense match on Stasis in Crashnauts. Help by joining our #Thunderclap! http://t.co/TjMPh3HMGJ #screenshotsaturday pic.twitter.com/BmpcIRd5bI
— Crashnauts (@Crashnauts) August 29, 2015
Put $10 on the guy in the middle of the screen. Trust me.
Vamp Tramp: be a sexist vampire & convince your way inside…sorta.. #screenshotsaturday http://t.co/FXNyifrjE0 pic.twitter.com/E7zvk5ybIE
— Brian C. (@FuturistTeletex) August 29, 2015
‘A sexist vampire’? I’ve been many things in video games, but that’s definitely a first. Must try.
The Universe of Comet Tail #screenshotsaturday #gamedev #indiedev pic.twitter.com/lgOhCwNokE
— Tobias Zarges (@tobiaszarges) August 29, 2015
The end of the universe as we know it?
He/she/it ain’t gonna make that jump, and you know it.
"I Saw that coming…" #screenshotsaturday #indiedev #madewithunity #gamedev #games #iosgame pic.twitter.com/N7RQoXnvyD
— Muro Studios (@MuroStudios) August 29, 2015
Could the saw be mightier than the pun?
Out on Steam September 1: Mad Max, MGSV and to top it all, Trigonarium! #screenshotsaturday #indiedev pic.twitter.com/OughzBrXz3
— Kimmo Lahtinen (@gimblll) August 29, 2015
That’s the second-most triangles I’ve ever seen in a screenshot.
Now YOU can be a flying rainbow hamster… IN SPACE! http://t.co/1hWdcw2Hlt #screenshotsaturday #GameDev #IndieDev pic.twitter.com/r3uzm4WSFZ
— Old Shin (@shinpksk) August 30, 2015
Genius. Just… pure genius. I’ve always wanted to be a rainbow hamster. You?
Some cuteness for #screenshotsaturday . This cat is not an ordinary NPC 😉 #reCreationGame #gamedev pic.twitter.com/rcnPIpl5Ey
— Elias Daler (@EliasDaler) August 29, 2015
Catsuits, rainbow hamsters, and now an actual cat? Meow, man. Meow.
Painters Guild, September 1st on Steam! (http://t.co/XgJYr1blms) #screenshotsaturday #indiedev #gamedev pic.twitter.com/vf64846YJd
— Painters Guild (@GuildOfPainters) August 29, 2015
Wrapping this one up with a trip to ye ole canvas, it seems. Also… September 1st is TODAY!