Jun 03

Me too…

recently I upgraded my phone to Android ICS, and it was all good and fun until, during a social event, I realized one of my old projects, MeToo, wouldn’t work anymore. That I didn’t like.

MeToo is a simple photo taking app for Android that uses both the front and back camera to take two pictures and merge them. The aim of the app is to be included in the picture that you take: have you noticed that you usually don’t show up in your photos? that’s because you are on the wrong side of the camera (you’ve been wondering about that, haven’t you?). With this app you can take a crowd picture of your family and friends (or colleagues, or bare acquaintances) and be included in it!

So, with a long weekend ahead, I decided to take a detour from current Odd sheep projects and fix the old code. It should now play nice on any Android device with Gingerbread (2.3) or later… as long as it has two cameras. So go get it now while stocks last!

May 27

about the sheep…

so, how it all started, you ask? oh, you didn’t ask, well, ok, I’ll tell you anyway…

it was a cold winter night. In the street, the shadows under the orange sodium lights were pale and shaky, as if the freeze had swallowed them from the inside…

… actually, that seems like a nice story, but not quite the story… I started making video games shortly after I begun playing them, as a kid, with a ZX Spectrum, one of the first affordable personal computers with a staggering 48kb of ram and 3.25 Ghz Mhz. I won’t go grandpa style telling you old memories, but the thing is that, since those early days of computing (and of myself) I’ve enjoyed coding and, more specifically, game development.

while professionally I have taken a more ‘serious’ business IT route, I’ve tried to dedicate some spare time for game development now and then, specially with the advent of mobile platforms because… well, let’s say just because… or because I like gadgets, portable ones, and casual gaming…

it wasn’t until I first got a cheap Android tablet in 2010 and found out it was Java oriented (my main coding language) that I got more into it. That’s when Happy sheep was born, kind of something resembling the idea of a games company but as a personal workshop, a name behind which I would develop concepts that crossed my mind, always looking for some innovative twist or feature.

Fast forward to 2012 and… well, only the name has changed (to Odd Sheep, you see, that’s this site) but I keep the same spirit: my desire to create fun for others and have fun while doing it.

and why the sheep naming, you ask? oh, you didn’t ask…