As you all have experienced, it has been a long time since I have been active in the community. In this open letter I want to address you all as the founder of TEAM a.r.g.
Hi gamers, developers, Arduboy lovers in general
In 2012 I came across an advertisement for Arduino and immediately fell in love. a month later I stumbled upon an Arduino workshop in a town near me. In that workshop I learned there was something as a video shield, which made it possible to “show” pixels on a screen and that was the start for me for creating games. A year later I teamed up with @trodoss whom I still consider as the godfather of sprite based Arduino gaming with both games “Elventure” and “Poofy”.
I had this dream back in 2012 that one day I would be able to create a game with the looks, feels, visuals and sounds of the 8-bit area. So I started to learn about coding for Arduino. I got better at it thanks to @trodoss, but it was when I asked help from other people like STG and Castpixel, things really started to get at a certain level.
Suddenly someone had created a device that looked en felt like something @Trodoss and I were talking about: ‘Arduboy’ and that’s when my dream was starting to get real. Other people like @Gaveno, @huard_olivier, Justin Cyr and @SiegfriedCroes joined our team and more games started to emerge.
I have always been very proud of the quality we created, but the icing on the cake has been the release of Arduventure by the end of 2017. This game is exactly what I had been dreaming of and has al the elements that people back in 2012 would never have believed as being possible. Well actually when I was talking to people about what I wanted to do with an Arduino, nobody believed it to be possible. With accomplishing my dream also came the end to the longing for developing games. I truly feel this part of my live has been completed, like turning a page. In my personal life, so much has happened too and actually fell together with the release of Arduventure.
So it is not with pain, nor regret, but with love that I announce I’m leaving the gaming business for good. My message to all of you is that nothing is impossible, as long as you stay close to your heart. I truly had a great time with all of you and Arduboy.
The brand TEAM a.r.g. with it’s content is for sale to anyone interested in continuing and evolving what I once have started. Until someone is interested I’ll keep the website online and occasionally do a (re-)tweet. But if no-one is within a year, I’ll take it offline.
I wish you all the best and keep gaming, inspiring, developing, helping, learning
@JO3RI (Joeri Gantois)
PS: special thanks to @bateske for all the things we did together! THANKS MAN