Monday, May 01, 2017

Crunchyroll sucks! Here, have a status update.

I was hoping to get a bit more done this week, but I got sidetracked. I thought to myself "I haven't watched any anime in a while", deluded myself into thinking I wouldn't spend too much time doing that, tried the free option on Crunchyroll (tried the PS3 player, and I don't know if that's the problem, or if the free experience in general is absolute garbage, but it was pretty terrible, turned me off of it), ended up wasting a couple of days looking up something to watch, watching it, trying various services etc.
Surprisingly, I did get a few ideas for the game while watching (definitely wasn't expecting THAT from my selection), but it was a black hole I wasn't planning for.
Anyway, I did eventually get off my lazy ass, and finished writing the first ending (I worked on the "breeder path" first). That's about 3 scenes worth of writing, plus some random rolls to add some minor variance here and there in the events. I also added interactions for both paths with the other cows, you can get some differences too, depending on whether you are a breeder or not. I also did some testing, to make sure the choices work as intended.
I still need to decide on a few things: I think I'll leave the scenes with a black screen, for now, since this is something I should probably get art for, I need to add options to go adventuring and then decide to retire (or fail to make enough money, which forces you to go to the barns as well), and there are probably many minor things I'll have to adjust for the release, but the main content is thankfully all there.
This is pretty much it for this week. I'll have to prepare polls and show off some other art for the game as well on Patreon, so stay tuned in the coming week! ^_^


  1. I'm a premium member on PC for Crunchyroll and it works great. Sorry to hear it wasn't working out great for you. :/ I hope you found what you were looking for one way or the other!

    The new content sounds very promising. :)

    1. Personally, I found the free experience particularly bad: Not only the videos would stop playing whenever I tried to skip a bit ahead or back (forcing me to restart and rewatch the ads in a loop of despair), the amount of ads is a disgrace (especially considering they don't do crunchyroll any money, and are there only to annoy free users, there wasn't a single ad which wasn't related to crunchyroll and the shows on it), and the quality was meh.

      To top it off, I read a few horror stories about people who got charged for months after trying to stop paying the premium, and the company just refused to do anything about it. And I was turned off by the fact that they want all my credit card data just to let me try the 14 days free premium.

      Honestly, I doubt a service provider could offer a worse first impact, it was amusing, in that sense. I am also very reluctant to sign up for monthly payments, so the above issues made it difficult for me to consider paying. We'll see in the future, and maybe when I try the service on my PC, rather than on my PS3, things will be better.

    2. No experience using the PS3 but it is very good for free on PC. Plenty of ads, but they only last between 10-15 seconds as long as you exit full screen and then click on skip.
      Been using it for over a year, and yes, we hate the ads, but it adds perhaps 4 mns total per episode. About the same if not less than TF1 had per episode when I was a kid (France, 1985-1995).

    3. Yeah, I eventually tried it on PC, and it seems considerably better (I tried the PS3 version first, because I have it in my bedroom, and I could watch something in my bed before going to sleep). Not only it doesn't hang nearly as much, the ads are actual ads and not self-advertisement (so I assume it makes them some money, as little as that might be, and they are skippable, unlike on the PS3).

      When I grew up, we had no ads during a cartoon show, they were used only between two different episodes (Italy), maybe that's also why I am less forgiving about it (I assume nowadays they probably put the ads everywhere, as sad as that might be).