My Jameson pre-launch tasklist continues to shrink, but at a slower rate than the growth of my “done” list. The problem, I’m sure you’ve guessed, is that I keep finding new things to do. These things aren’t bugs or big sweeping changes. They aren’t new features that add depth and complexity to the gameplay. No, they’re details.
It’s weird, given the game’s abstract graphics and sparce audioscape, that I can keep finding little things to add. The running lights, first appearing in Successor, flash the correct colours to distinguish port from starboard. All 700 possible ship names have been manually translated into phonemes so they can be spoken aloud by the game’s speech synthesizer. And now this week, while fixing a bug with the docking stations and changing how they’re distributed throughout the sector, I couldn’t help but add a little detail. Every time you launch a little retractable aerobridge snakes away from your ship.
The effect lasts roughly one second, took me two hours to implement, and was totally worth it.