Friday, August 27, 2010

My first Xbox Live Indie Games title is now available!

Check it out: Baby Soothing Machine, the app designed by a dad, for other parents. 

I was sitting in my living room at 4AM one morning, feeding the baby.  He was being difficult about going to sleep.  I was using an app on my wife’s phone that created white noise.  As I was sitting there, I looked up at my 52” TV, and my 5.1 surround sound system, and wondered why I couldn’t use that equipment to help soothe him back to sleep.

So, I decided to make it happen.  Now, for just $1, you can do the same.  Use your Xbox 360 and your sound system to help soothe your baby to sleep.  Baby Soothing Machine has several different sounds to choose from, ranging from white noise to brown, all the way to a seascape. 

In addition, there’s a virtual mobile on the screen.  Large shapes rotate on the screen, colored with bright primary colors with lots of contrast.  The perfect colors to attract and hold baby’s attention while the sounds work their magic.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

My first Xbox LIVE Indie Game is in playtest!

Ok, well, it’s really more of an app than a game.  I was sitting up one night, feeding Jace, and wishing that I had some kind of white noise generator, to help soothe him to sleep. 

I looked up, and realized there was a great audio system, and an Xbox in the room with us.  I figured there were probably more parents like me, wishing they could get their newborns to sleep (so they could sleep).

So I wrote an indie game to help out.  If you have a creator’s club membership, please give it a try, and let me know if you have feedback.  If not, look for it on Xbox LIVE Indie Games soon.

Here’s the link to the playtest site: