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A Trip to Casual Connect USA 2016

 

After Casual Connect Asia, “WILL: A Wonderful World” was selected again for Casual Connect USA this year. So I have the opportunity to visit the United States for the first time in life.

The round-trip flight from China to the US was expensive in this season . In order to save hundreds of dollars, I transferred in Manila. The airport in Manila is very small, I shocked when I saw the boarding gate is Gate 1. All selling food counters are cash only but no ATM machines could be found there. Luckily I only need to stay there for 5 hours, or I might starve to death…

 

继Casual Connect Singpapore之后,《WILL:美好世界》又一次入选今年的系列活动——Casual Connect USA。于是,笔者有幸借着这次机会,在人生中首次访问美国。

这个季节从中国到美国的往返机票超级贵,为了省下几千块钱,我选择了在马尼拉中转的菲律宾航空,不得不说马尼拉的机场真的超级小,先不说看到机票上登机口的信息是Gate 1时我就惊呆了,更过分的是登机口所有卖食物的柜台都是Cash Only但却没有可以取钱的ATM机,幸亏转机只有5个小时,否则真的只能饿死在那里,或者PY交易了。

 

 

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在美国西部当地时间晚八点,PR105载着因为毯子很薄冷气很冷而快要被冻死的我,终于抵达了旧金山。以为进了到达大厅后,我会像《北京遇上西雅图》里的汤唯那样伸开双手大喊“美国!我来了!”然而实际上我做的第一件事是:打开Google Play,下载Pokemon Go。

 

I arrived in San Francisco at 8 p.m. (local time in the western United States). I thought I would shout aloud “America! I’m here! ” just like what Jiajia Wen did in Anchoring in Seattle. But actually what I do was opening Google Play, and downloading Pokemon Go.

 

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不得不说Pokemon Go在美国真的超级火,火到在电视上评论类的节目里一半的内容是关于大选,另一半就是关于Pokemon Go。

前来接机的师弟顺路载了我去看金门大桥,这个我只有幸在所有的漫威片,以及和美国相关的所有灾难片中都能见到的地标建筑,实际看到的感受也是非常宏伟。7月的旧金山比美国其他地方都要来的冷,在瑟瑟寒风中,我们突然想到在这个地方可能会有暴鲤龙而兴奋且颤抖地打开Pokemon Go,却发现这个spot只有鲤鱼王,和鲤鱼王,以及……鲤鱼王。

 

Pokemon Go is extremely popular in US. Every talk show on TV only have two topics: president election, and Pokemon Go.

Golden Gate Bridge, which I only saw in Marvel films and many disaster films about US, is quite magnificent. SF was colder than expected. We wondered whether we could find some Gyarados here, but we only found Magikarp, and Magikarp, and …… Magikarp.

 

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在CC Singapore的时候,我们住在六人至八人间的青年旅馆,万万没想到这次在USA我们的住宿升级到了人均2k+的Marriott Marquis,和举办会议的是同一个地方,感谢为参会者升级住宿条件的赞助商三星。和我同住的是一个来自乌克兰的美女Yarna,对我就是故意拍的这么黑!

 

At CC Asia, we lived in a hostel so this time I never expected we could live in a hotel like Marriott Marquis. Thank the sponsor Samsung. I shared a room with a beautiful girl named Yana from Ukraine.

 

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Day 1

这次Indie Prize区的展示方法和之前是相同的,每个工作室只有一个很小的桌子,因为有过参加新加坡活动的经验,这次很轻松地备好了接线板、台卡、转换插头、一台用于试玩的电脑以及一台用于播放Trailer的电脑,一切都很顺利。

 

Since we have the experience in Singapore, everything went well this time. One laptop for trailer, the other for playing. We also prepared some gifts for people who played our game.

 

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巧合的是,这回在我们右边紧邻的就是《拯救世界特种小队》,不仅见到了Zack(左),还认识了帮他进行美术工作的James(右)。

 

Coincidentally, Zack(left) and James(right) who helped Zack with art work were showing their game “SIGNAL DECAY” on the table next to ours.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=727120769

 

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在新加坡的展会上我们见到很多来自台湾和新加坡的开发团队,这次因为路途遥远,没有能再次看到他们的身影。但是很偶然的,我遇到了《GoatPunks》的开发者Antonio Alberto Santiago,并惊讶地发现,他的游戏也在去年去过东京电玩展的Indie Area,并且今年还会再去,我们同时感慨到World is small。《GoatPunks》是一个比赛谁能在山顶站得更久,玩起来很爽的多人陷害游戏。

 

We met with a lot of teams from Taiwan last time in Singapore, but since US is so far, I didn’t see them this time. However, I met Antonio Alberto Santiago, and his game “Goat Punks”. I was surprised that “Goat Punks” went to Tokyo Game Show 2015 last year and would go this year too. We didn’t met last year, but we surely could meet at Tokyo Game Show 2016! The World is really small. “Goat Punks” is a fast-paced, action game that lets you challenge goats to battle from the online challengers tower.

http://studiocanvas.com.au/

 

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在同一条长桌上,我发现了一个叫《Elsinore》的游戏,这个游戏是关于《哈姆雷特》的,你作为故事中的主角,每次死亡都要从故事的起点重新来过,每次进行游戏都会发现新的真相,而且《哈姆雷特》里所有的角色在这个游戏里都会变成一团糟。这个游戏的作者Connor Fallon很喜欢我们的游戏,而我也超爱他的idea。我们都找到了彼此的目标用户XD。好希望《Elsinore》最终能够翻译成中文。

 

At the same table, I found a game called “Elsinore”. “Elsinore” is a time-looping adventure game set in the world of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It combines strong social simulation elements, a dynamic story that reacts immediately to player decisions, and a world full of diverse characters with secrets to uncover. I like this one very much and Connor Fallon who develops “Elsinore” also love the idea of my game. We both found a target player for our game. XD Hope “Elsinore” could finally release in China and has a Chinese version. Good Luck!

http://elsinore-game.com/

 

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上一次在新加坡的展会上,我们有吃也吃不完的点心蛋糕自助餐,还有盒饭。这次可能是因为钱都用在住宿上了,我们在展会里能吃到的,只有香蕉、苹果、橘子、薯片,以及一盒三明治,不过也有可能是文化差异啦:)。

 

We had gorgeous buffet at Singapore last time, but this time we have fruits, potato chips and sandwiches. Potato chips? I think this is culture difference.

 

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Day 2

第二天,我尝试了一个看起来很休闲,但实际相当烧脑的解谜游戏《Steam Panic》。而它的作者Kirill Zolovkin是一位来自俄罗斯的非常逗非常自High的开发者!

 

On the second day, I tried a game which looked quite casual but actually difficult game, called “Steam Panic”. And the guy developed this game is Kirill Zolovkin, he is from Russia, and a really interesting person!

http://www.steampanic.com/

 

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你能认出来这是同一个人吗?XD

Can you recognize him?

 

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这次在旧金山有幸遇到了鼎鼎有名的叶氏兄弟,他们此次在CCUSA展出的游戏是《Zombie Rollerz》。因为忘了拍照片,从网上找了一张XD。

Luckily I met with Ding Ye at SF this time. He brought “Zombie Rollerz”. Since I forgot to take a picture with him, this one was picked from another event. XD

http://www.zinggames.net/

 

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来自King的Oleg Pridiuk很高兴能够认识来自中国会做引擎开发的女程序员,同(wei)样(le)身(an)为(li)引(ta)擎(men)程(de)序(yin)员(qing),他送了我这件T-shirt。

Oleg Pridiuk from King was excited to know that I used to be a game engine developer, so he gave me this shirt as a gift. Thanks, Oleg!

 

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Day 3

到了第三天,大家都很放松地开始试玩彼此的游戏,比如这样:

On the last day, everyone were relaxed and started to play games developed by other people:

 

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巧合的,第三天我遇到了知名Twitch播主INDIE。为什么说巧合呢?因为我和INDIE在之前新加坡的活动中一起直播过《美好世界》,那时候INDIE只在一个小窗口里,而且头发很长,所以差点不敢认呢!再次重逢自然很激动,只可惜忘了拍照片留念。T-T

Coincidentally, on the third day I met a well-known Twitch streamer INDIE. Why is it a coincidence? Because INDIE and I streamed “WILL: A Wonderful World” together in Singapore. The last time I saw him, he was only in a small window on the screen , with very long hair. That is why I didn’t recognize him immediately. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures again. T-T

https://www.twitch.tv/indie

 

愉快的三天最终以颁奖仪式收尾,这次USA的大部分奖项仍然由休闲游戏获得,不得不说有点失望,而我最喜欢的《美好世界》和《Elsinore》都没有获得奖项,可能真的是因为叙事类的游戏都属于很慢热的游戏类型。

Happy three-day show was finally ended with Indie Prize ceremony. Many awards were obtained by casual games. I was a little disappointed because my favorite “WILL: A Wonderful World” and “Elsinore” did not get the awards. Narrative games are really very slow type.

 

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虽然没有获得奖项,这三天认识了很多的新朋友,还是很开心,期待与大家的下一次相见!

Happy to meet many friends here, and see you next time!

 

Day 4

由于开发进度异常紧张,即使买了很贵的机票特地飞了一趟美国,依然没有安排任何游玩的行程。

Since the development progress is extremely nervous, sighting seeing was not in my schedule in this travel.

 

第四天早晨,我来到旧金山机场,用最后的时间在机场里闲晃,然后我发现了这个:

In the morning of the fourth day, I found this at the SF airport:

 

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因为不知道该买哪本好,于是一本都没有买。

最后只买了一些点心和巧克力作为手信。=。=

All of them looks interesting so it was really hard to make a decision.

Finally, I only bought some snacks.

 

在机场的时候也不忘抓抓Pokemon。旧金山之旅的最终战果:

Of course I didn’t forget to catch pokemon at the airport:

 

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下一次能抓Pokemon的时候,大概是9月去东京电玩展的时候了吧?

Next time, we will catch pokemons on September, at the Tokyo Game Show 2016!

 

 

 

 

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