Updated: Jun 18, 2021
Hi all! Welcome to the first blog post ever on the Bonte Avond Blog! How are you doing? I think there is a comment section down below somewhere so you can actually answer that if you want, for now I'll just imagine that you said "I'm good, and you?" so we can move on.
I'm glad you asked how I am feeling because I'm pretty happy! Everybody Wham Wham was selected to be part of a super cool showcase festival called INDIGO. There are a bunch of crazy good games in the list so we're both so proud and humbled at the same time.
During the festival, 4 streamers will play the games live on stream with one of the developers there with them. The streamers are: GlitchKraft (who did a lovely stream of Everybody Wham Wham a while ago!), ShannaNina, TeamWALL and Rami Ismail.
Of course, all the games were awesome enough to be part of the festival, but I'd like to write down a few of them, just because they caught my super subjective personal attention!
I mean, what's not to love? I see creative, weird and funny characters, I see a lot of nighttime scenes and most of all LIGHTS ON STRINGS. I'll just copy the description to give you the full idea of how cool this game sounds: "Homewords is a hybrid visual novel/adventure game inspired by games like Earthbound and Ace Attorney. In Homewords you play as a mute young adult, Vincent, who has to help a rude child, Zoë, find her parents on an alien planet. Since Vincent is mute, Zoë has to do all the talking."
Not to make this all about me, but I've always been a bit insecure about the amount of colors I always use to cover up that I can't actually really draw, or make art or have talent. And when I saw this video, I instantly felt like the insecure teenage Mark Lohmann that has never quite left me, because WOW this looks amazing. The way the lightning just flips between the 2 colors is genius and beautiful. Can't wait to play it and feel even more terrible about my own art (I'm kidding, okay I'm not, please, I'm not a jealous person).
Aaaaaah, I can't believe how good this looks, and how interesting the concept sounds... and how good it looks?! I quote: "SCHiM is a game about jumping through shadows in a challenging and lively environment, touch the light and it’s over!", well Ewoud, you had me at "SCHiM". I'm a big fan of mundane situations turned into something magical. In the footage I see a zoo, a swing set and someone jogging through the park, all places so normal and well designed that it feels like I've been exactly there, but then I'm also seeing what appears to be a frog (?) jumping from shadow to shadow. It's these things that make normal life magical and interesting, it's what has always inspired me to create art, games and music. The next time I'm in the park, I'm going to have to restrain myself from searching the shadows for that frog!
Thanks for reading! Tune in next Friday to see all the games and Everybody Wham Wham at INDIGO. For more information about the event, check their website!
- Mark Lohmann 🎃🎸