Wednesday, March 26, 2014

This Blog is Temporarily Closed but Let's Move On... :D

Hey, guys... I might no longer update this blog anymore. May be in further I'll update this again, but not in the near time. Since, I'm busy with my college right now. Yeah, I'm on 2nd year.. Hurray.. XD and preparing a new major too, I choose Multimedia Interactive and if everything goes well, I'll make some games soon in the future :p lol.



If you're wondering with what's made me busy nowadays. Here, I'll tell you some of my latest activities. Well, I have no holiday except Sunday. I have class everyday from Monday to Saturday, which was made me feels so tired (sometimes). I also worked as freelance writer at GamesInAsia Indonesia. You can read my portfolio here. I also try to keep my Indie Gems blog up to date as much as possible. Actually, I have so many opinions and stories related to gaming world that I want to share with you all readers... :) Unfortunately, time walks so fast and sometimes, I feel that 24 hours a day is less than enough :'(. That's why I can update it once a week. I feel so tired, moreover I have no TV here :') lol I never watched TV here, I also have limited internet connectivity which was really really a pain -.-

Sometimes, I want to go out to take a breath and refreshing my mind, may be by hanging out with some friends, watching movies, etc but I almost didn't have a suitable time for doing that.... T_T Such a pity. Okay, I must survive for now. Let me fighting for this all and finish it as soon as possible. Luckily, I have so much kindly friends over the internet (The Chatroom community) also in the real life, especially my mom who always support me, all GIA ID members, my college friends also my family and moreover I have GOD who always protect and support me.

Well that's all. Sorry for no update for almost a year XD hope you're doing well. Thank you for your time to read this unimportant chit-chat from me :p also thanks for all your support so far, there're some great events happened because of this blog ;). Last word, I don't know what I must say again... just my big deep thank you for you, all readers.

If you interest to follow my activity or latest news from me, you can follow me at Facebook, Twitter, G+ and YouTube. If you're an enthusiast gamer, no matter you're Indonesian or not, don't forget to visit Games In Asia Indonesia for the latest news about Games In Asia and don't forget to check my blog, Indie Gems too for some references about great hidden gems inside the App Store, Google Play nor another Platforms ;). If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask me using one of those social media site. Thank you so much for your support and bye, see you next time :)


Regards,



Yesi Livera


credit image: bundlefromheaven.blogspot.com

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Indie Gems: Released May 1 - 8, 2013

Indie Gems: Released May 1 - 8, 2013: Hi, let's take a look some awesome games which released last 2 weeks.. Sorry for late posting, I got internet trouble in several days this week......

Monday, May 13, 2013

Introducing my New Blog

Hi, everyone I decided to make a new blog... In this blog, I mainly focus into indie games on iOS platform or I can say it as hidden gem. That's why my new blog named Indie Gems . Actually, it's not for indie developers only, but for all small developers with potential and great iOS apps to be showed. Here is my introducing post

I'll try to keep both of my blogs up to date. However, it's not easy enough since I'm still in school and I have a part-time job too. Your support will keep me along in to this. If you found a great indie iOS / Android game, please let me know. I'll try to put it in to my blog.
I know if my blog is so far from the word of "Perfect", but I'll try my best to make this blog better than before.
If you like my blog, please help me to share and spread it to the world. You're not help me only but also other people, especially for indie developers.

Why I choose iOS/ Android?
Because, I love to play games especially on iOS. Beside, I've limited budget and can't afford PC game's price yet. That's why I choose mobile platforms. People often look into popular or experienced developers only. Sometimes they're forget if indie or new developers can make great games too. That's why I prefer Indie first..

In this blog, I won't post about games only, you might found other informations here. However, in my other blog, you'll  find all about games only, especially indie games. That's why I decided to separate it. Don't worry if you're too lazy to visit my other blog, I'll put the link to the post here. :)
Thanks for your attention....
Have fun... and keep playing !


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Pembajakkan: Hal yang Terlalu Sulit untuk Dihilangkan

Sedikit berbeda dari biasanya, kali ini saya ingin menyampaikan unek-unek saya tentang pembajakan.
Apa itu pembajakan ? Bajak-membajak di sawah? Eng... Bukan itu yang saya maksud. Pembajakan di sini merupakan tindakan menggunakan / mengambil suatu produk tanpa ijin yang jelas. Saya tidak berkata bahwa saya 100% pure bersih dari benda bajakan, namun saya hanya kecewa ketika mendengar sebagian orang Indonesia yang berkata: "Ngapain beli kalo ada yang gratis?"

"For what we must buy if we can get it for free?"
Damn, that quote is really broke my heart. . . Yes... Yes that's true, but...
Okay, saya tidak munafik, kalau saya juga menggunakan benda-benda bajakan. Namun, saya berpikir, saya kuliah pada jurusan IT yang pada akhirnya terkait secara langsung atau tidak, suatu hari nanti saya mungkin akan membuat app sebagai mata pencaharian utama saya. (Pemikiran yang egois nampaknya... Come on, ini pekerjaan saya, dan saya bekerja untuk mencari uang).
Saya bisa membayangkan posisi saya jika saya adalah seorang developer yang appsnya dibajak. Oh, man... I got no money, no food, no life then Dead :P
Kemudian saya berpikir mungkin itu sebabnya, perindustrian di Indonesia agak susah maju. Sebagian orang terlalu banyak memegang prinsip, "GRATIS PANGKAL KAYA"
Jika gratis di sini, gratis dalam arti sebenarnya , saya tidak masalah dan justru mendukungnya. Namun, nyatanya gratis di sini: mencari benda bajakan.

Oke, jika kita mendownload suatu lagu secara gratis melalui internet, saya masih bisa memaklumi hal itu. Salah satu sisi positifnya, lagu penyanyi tersebut lebih cepat terkenal, dan tangga chartnya pun cepat naik. Penyanyi tersebut juga bisa diundang ke sana kemari untuk mengisi acara.
Lalu mendownload film bajakan. Paling tidak sebagian dari kita masih ada yang menonton di bioskop bukan?
Namun lain halnya dengan suatu aplikasi. Jika kalian berkata, pembajakan itu membuat suatu app terkenal. Ya, memang benar. tapi, kita tidak bisa melakukan hal sama seperti yang penyanyi lakukan pada kelanjutannya. Apps juga tidak bisa diputar di tempat lain. Pemberian lite version atau demo adalah salah satu cara menghindari pembajakan. Mungkin kalian belum punya cukup uang untuk membeli suatu app. Oke lah, jika menggunakan bajakan terlebih dahulu, namun hal itu bukan untuk selamanya atau kalian juga bisa menggunakan freeware dengan fasilitas sejenis.
Bayangkan saja, jika semua orang di Indonesia selalu berharap gratis (memakai barang bajakan). Bagaimana Teknologi di Indonesia bisa maju? Untuk apa ada kuliah jurusan IT?
Kami yang belajar dan berkarya pada bidang teknologi dan perangkat lunak, mencari sesuap nasi melalui karya yang kami buat. Namun, apa yang kami dapat?
Software hasil karya kami dibajak. Pembuatan suatu app bukan lah peristiwa 1 atau 2 hari yang mudah seperti membalikkan telapak tangan.
Ada perjuangan keringat, waktu, ilmu, tenaga, dan uang yang dikeluarkan untuk melakukan hal itu.
Oke, kalian bisa bilang, "Kalau ga mau dibajak, cari pekerjaan lain ... (Maksudnya jangan bikin apps, kembangkan yang lain seperti hardware atau perangkat kerasnya saja)

Baik, kita tidak akan bekerja sebagai pembuat aplikasi dan kalian jangan pernah lagi berpikir bahwa negara ini bisa bersaing dalam kancah Internasional di bidang Teknologi.
Sekarang ini Teknologi kian maju, kita semua juga ingin maju, kita belajar dari negara-negara maju, membuat aplikasi perangkat lunak yang dipergunakan untuk kemajuan bangsa. Jika kalian berpikir bahwa aplikasi itu tidak penting, kalian salah besar. Kehadiran suatu komputer atau mesin tidak akan berarti tanpa suatu pemrograman di dalamnya. Jika kita sukses, kita bangga karena bisa membawa harum nama bangsa. Kalian sebagai WNI pasti turut bangga bukan?
Tapi apa? Nampaknya masih banyak orang-orang di sekeliling kita kurang peduli akan hal itu.
Mereka hanya melihat dari hasil akhir bukan dari proses perjuangan yang dilakukan.
Mereka tidak menghargai kerja keras kami. Mereka melihat kami dari permukaan luarnya saja.

Saya menulis hal ini bukan karena saya kuliah pada jurusan IT. Saya juga bukan seorang developer. Saya menulis ini karena saya prihatin dengan sikap sebagian orang Indonesia yang kurang menghargai hasil karya orang lain. Jika gratis yang mereka cari memang asli berasal dari developer (promo code, game freemium, freeware, shareware) saya tidak masalah. Namun jika gratis yang diharapkan adalah hasil bajakan seperti (jailbreak, hacking, dsb) , saya sudah tidak bisa bilang apa-apa lagi. Kalian sendiri yang berhak memutuskan apakah hal ini memang layak atau tidak?
Jika kalian mengeluh, akan maraknya game-game freemium akhir-akhir ini. Sampai Real Racing 3 untuk mobile yang sebenarnya layak pada kisaran $4.99-7.99. Kenapa mereka memilih freemium dengan segudang IAP di dalamnya?
Mungkin ini didasari oleh sifat kebanyakan orang yang suka akan gratisan. Jadi, kembali lagi ke diri kita sendiri , bagaimana sikap kita sebenarnya...
Memang sulit untuk menghapus pembajakan. Kalian mungkin tidak bisa menghapus hal itu dengan mudah. Beberapa pihak juga dapat kehilangan pekerjaan karena penghapusan pembajakan. (Contoh: Penjual DVD dan CD bajakan)
Namun paling tidak, mulailah dari diri kalian sendiri, kurangi penggunaan barang atau aplikasi bajakan.
Perluas persepsi kalian akan apa itu makna GRATIS sebenarnya. Lebih mulia menunggu diskon daripada mengambil gratis yang tidak sepantasnya :p

Monday, April 15, 2013

1800: Are you Quick Enough?

So many games on AppStore today can make you confused to decide which one to try, moreover, almost everyday there's at least a new game coming in to AppStore, and also most of them are provided for free.
I'm here to tell a new game which interesting enough to be play for all ages.

1800



With a simple UI, don't let this game deceives you.. Firstly, You might think it's not interesting for a game with too simple graphic. Dominant with white and pink color, it also has very simple gameplay. The main goal is to stop the arrow in the middle of the rectangle. The arrow will move automatically, all you need to do is tap the screen to stop it rightly in the middle of the rectangle. As your level increase, there're more lines to make complexity of scoring. If there're 2 lines, you need to stop the arrow between (inside) the lines, if the lines are more than 2, the lines are counted from the outer lines, so make sure to try your best for stoping the arrow between them.

An easy gameplay, but addicting is the main goal of every game. I found that this game is almost doing it well. It comes with 20 levels for arcade mode and time mode which can be unlocked after gain 40 stars from 60 stars, (Yes, 3 star score makes this game has higher replay value). I also found that people might be challenged to beat their previous score and make all levels perfect scoring 1800.
For time mode, try to tap in the middle as much as possible. You only get 60 seconds for doing that. So, use it wisely





The main key to play this game is the right timing, also how quick your finger tap the screen to stop the arrow. You might feel some frustration while you've already try for several times, but still got nothing perfect .. Me feel bit same too.
Overall, 1800 is a good game for testing your reflex. So, what are you waiting for? Just take your copy right now, n prove who is the quickest.. :)

Graphic: 3.5 of 5
Music and sound: 3 of 5
Gameplay: 4 of 5
Replay Value: 4 of 5
Overall: 3.625 of 5

1800 is a simple game that's tasty enough to train your reflex. I wish they update the game with more levels and features in the future.



Download 1800 for iOS Devices
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