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Bear on a Wire (previously Poor Bear) IPhone game released

Bear on a Wire Trailer from bearzo on Vimeo.

The Game

Our first IPhone game, previously code named Poor Bear is officially available in the app store today under the name Bear on a Wire. For those of you who followed the progression of the game on our site (1, 2, 3, 4) know that this game didn’t start with designs, requirements, deadlines, or the promise of gold bars. Instead it was built on the premise that we could make something fun that we molded just how we wanted it. That mold shifted and turned over time. Even at the starting gate, we didn’t even know what type of game we were making. The game really grew organically and took on a life of its own. I’m personally blown away with the outcome, especially considering this was Chad’s (the developer) first game and he went into it not knowing Objective C. The design is a work of art as well. However, for those of you know Trevor (the designer), know that you could expect nothing less. Words can’t do justice to what 1 designer and 1 developer have done with this game. It is simply amazing and even though it is our own game, none of us can stop playing. That was the point though. We built something we loved. We hope you will too!

Support Us

We appreciate any support you can give us. For those with an IPhone grab the game now, rate it, and review it!
APP STORE: http://itunes.com/app/bearonawire

For those wanting to get the word out. Here are some links to blog, twitter, AIM, tell someone on a subway, etc. We will have flyers too that you can print and post on bathroom walls, telephone polls, and anywhere in eyes view.
SHARE THE BEAR!

APP STORE: http://itunes.com/app/bearonawire
SITE: http://bearonawire.com
TWITTER: http://twitter.com/bearonawire
VIMEO: http://www.vimeo.com/6367707
YOUTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/dreamsocket

Press Release

Dreamsocket & TVM Studio are excited to announce they have just released Bear On A Wire.

URL: http://bearonawire.com/

Apple app store link: http://itunes.com/app/bearonawire

About the game:
Our green hero, Bearzo, has had it! No more performing for “THE MAN” day in and day out. What! Do you think he is some kind of dancing bear? NO… he is a high wire bear, and it’s time for him to make his great escape from the Big Top. He loves his fans and his work, but he just wants to be free and feel his scarf blow in the wind as he shreds wire with the most insane moves ever attempted … on a Moped… on top of high voltage power lines. Get ready to feel the power of the 49cc, two stroke, and single cylinder stallion!

As you tear off on the wire, try to balance Bearzo and keep him from fallingdown into the 1.21 gigawatts that alternate through the wires below him (Ah, the smell of burnt bear hair). While balancing on the wire, acquire crazy mad points by using the different stunt key combinations to generate some MOPED MAYHEM (ECO..ECo..eco) Bearzo’s stunts include no hands, half twist, full twist, bear buck, back roll, front roll, jump roll, grinder, spin roll, spin buck, spin buck grinder, coat tail, coat tail kick, and the next to impossible coat tail kick spin grinder. Combine these stunts with full flips, double flips… triple flips…? Now you are just being crazy! Collect coins and rack up even more points. I know…you never saw collectable coins coming. Don’t get caught hibernating b/c it’s about to get all GRIZZLY up in here!

Get pumped for BEAR ON A WIRE.

Teams, Chad Fuller, and Business Investments

CHOOSING A TEAM

Owning and running a business, the most important elements to your company are your image and the people working with you. This is even more important when you are a smaller business. If you are surrounding by the best of the best, that becomes the perception of what your company is. A small agile company composed of experts is a lot different than a large company with a few experts and a lot of worker bees. Both are valid models and neither is right or wrong. I opt for the quality over quantity approach, regardless of the income difference.

Therefore, when looking for folks to work on projects or to join the team, I look for people that are:
a) smarter than I am
b) completely devoted
c) care

It’s a decision that I don’t take lightly since I’m essentially asking someone to join a “family of friends”. That’s how I view work. It is part of your life, the people around you are part of your life, and you should surround yourself with those that bring out the best in you and themselves.

CHAD FULLER

Last June, Mr. Chad Fuller sent me a note mentioning that he was moving to Atlanta. I knew Chad well, knew how smart he was, but also knew that he didn’t have any work experience. Point blank, experience is huge for us. Due to the positioning of Dreamsocket, we typically receive jobs I would refer to as high experience work. Thus, we can’t have people work on the projects who don’t know the technologies better than they know their own name. It is our position and what we’ve built the business on it. So Chad was in a way a gamble. Obviously there is risk with any gamble. You either win or lose. However, I took a pretty calculated gamble and came out ahead…. way ahead. If I were in Vegas, I would probably be the owner of the Wynn right now ;).

How did I win? Instead of throwing projects at Chad he would tear his hair out with, I decided to invest in him and the company. Chad’s first project was dreamsocket.com. If you haven’t looked at the site yet I highly advise that you do. Not out of self promotion, but to see what he accomplished. Before the project, Chad had never touched HTML or built a website. After the project he could boast a site that included a store front, live docs, bug tracker, and more all under one dynamic system. Needless to say, I’m more than impressed. Being able to own and shape it himself, Chad really was able to take value in his creation and learn a lot (at least I think he did ;)).

INVESTMENTS

Since the site was an internal project, it was an investment. We invested in defining our image more concretely, creating a way to extend our business, and developing ole Chad. Personally, I know what its like to run in his shoes. Developers that care want to learn as much as they possibly can, to work on great things, and just enjoy what they do. It felt really good to give him a project that he could call his own, mold it, and learn from. That is really what being a business owner can do for you, it can help you help others.

As much as the business will let me, that is what I intend to do. Invest in the folks around me. If your folks have passion, let them run with it as much as you are able to afford. Your workers will grow in strength, which will in turn mean that you get an experience level you couldn’t get any other way. On that note, Chad got the IPhone bug and I’m letting him get all over it. It means diversification and it means he continues dealing with things he is really excited about. Wait and see what he’s got running ;).

Look for big things on Chad’s blog and our site

Physical Programming

As a programmer, it is vitally important that you constantly learn and evolve to keep you moving forward. I personally spend hours upon hours analyzing frameworks, reading, studying others code, talking with others, and generally trying to grow mentally. I refer to this as my mentally programming myself.

Well once upon a time not so long ago, the nature of my programming was much different. Instead of mentally programming myself or a machine, I was programming people both physically and mentally. In a weird twist of fate, I some how managed to be a physical trainer in Los Angeles. Now normally you are supposed to have a degree to be a trainer. Due to the fact I’d been in physiotherapy so many times from skateboarding, I was actually able to convince a friend of mine to sneak me in as an onsite trainer at a high end rec center.

So what does this have to do with programming you ask? Well just as you have a mental workout everyday, it is just as important if not more, to have a physical workout. Keeping your body healthy, keeps your mind healthy and allows you to focus and think clearer. Not only do you feel better, but you think better.

When people work out they tend not to know what to do. This can typically makes the process feel unproductive and causes one to lose interest. In hopes of setting you on the right path, I’ve included a set workout program in this post. Every phase lasts 3 weeks. After a phase you move to the next phase, until you reach the sixth phase, then you go back to first stage. Each day you do a group of exercises that work a specific set of muscles. For example, phase 1 day 1, you work out back, chest, bis, and calfs. You do 5 sets of 13-15 reps for each body part, waiting 90 seconds between each set. By starting a week off withendurance reps/sets and moving towards strength, the program gives you a comprehensive workout.

I use this program 5 days a week and have been doing so for years. It is not my end all be all (since you should try to mix in cardio, like riding a bike or swimming), but it definitely keeps me going. The program can literally be a life safer, so good luck and happy “programming”!

Phase1
(perform 5 sets, 2-3 sets per exercise)

Day1

Day2

Day3

Day4

Day5

Day6

Workout

(5)Back

(5)Chest

(5)Bicep

(5)Calf

(5)Delts

(5)Tris

(5)Thighs

(5)Abs

(5)Chest

(5)Back

(5)Bicep

(5)Calf

(5)Delts

(5)Tris

(5)Thighs

(5)Abs

(5)Back

(5)Chest

(5)Calf

(5)Bicep

(5)Delts

(5)Tris

(5)Thighs

(5)Abs

Rest

90secs

90secs

90secs

90secs

90secs

90secs

Reps

Endurance

13-15 reps

Endurance

13-15 reps

Strength

10-12 reps

Strength

10-12 reps

Power

8-10 reps

Power

8-10 reps

Phase2

Day1

Day2

Day3

Day4

Day5

Day6

Workout

(4)Back

(4)Chest

(4)Bicep

(4)Calf

(4)Delts

(4)Tris

(4)Thighs

(4)Abs

(4)Chest

(4)Back

(4)Bicep

(4)Calf

(4)Delts

(4)Tris

(4)Thighs

(4)Abs

(4)Back

(4)Chest

(4)Calf

(4)Bicep

(4)Delts

(4)Tris

(4)Thighs

(4)Abs

Rest

120secs

120secs

120secs

120secs

120secs

120secs

Reps

Endurance

10-12 reps

Endurance

10-12 reps

Strength

8-10 reps

Strength

8-10 reps

Power

5-7 reps

Power

5-7 reps

Phase3

Day1

Day2

Day3

Day4

Day5

Day6

Workout

(3)Back

(3)Chest

(4)Bicep

(3)Calf

(4)Delts

(4)Tris

(3)Thighs

(3)Abs

(3)Back

(3)Chest

(3)Thighs

(3)Calf

(3)Chest

(3)Calf

(3)Back

(3)Thighs

(3)Back

(3)Chest

(3)Calf

(3)Thighs

(3)Chest

(3)Back

(3)Thighs

(3)Calf

Rest

150secs

150secs

180secs

180secs

180secs

180secs

Reps

Endurance

13-15 reps

Endurance

13-15 reps

Strength

10-12 reps

Strength

10-12 reps

Power

8-10 reps

Power

8-10 reps

Phase4

Day1

Day2

Day3

Day4

Day5

Day6

Workout

(4)Chest

(4)Bicep

(4)Thighs

(4)Abs

(4)Back

(4)Delts

(4)Calf

(4)Tris

(4)Chest

(4)Bicep

(4)Thighs

(4)Abs

(4)Back

(4)Delts

(4)Tris

(4)Calf

(4)Chest

(4)Back

(4)Thighs

(4)Calf

(4)Back

(4)Chest

(4)Thighs

(4)Calf

Rest

120secs

120secs

120secs

120secs

180secs

180secs

Reps

Endurance

10-12 reps

Endurance

10-12 reps

Strength

8-10 reps

Strength

8-10 reps

Power

5-7 reps

Power

5-7 reps

Phase5

Day1

Day2

Day3

Day4

Day5

Day6

Workout

(3)Back

(3)Chest

(3)Thighs

(3)Calf

(2)Bicep

(3)Chest

(3)Back

(3)Thighs

(3)Calf

(2)Tris

(3)Back

(3)Chest

(2)Bicep

(3)Calf

(3)Thighs

(3)Chest

(3)Back

(3)Calf

(2)Tris

(3)Thighs

(3)Back

(3)Chest

(3)Calf

(3)Thighs

(2)Bicep

(3)Chest

(3)Back

(3)Thighs

(2)Tris

(3)Calf

Rest

150secs

150secs

150secs

150secs

150secs

150secs

Reps

Endurance

13-15 reps

Endurance

13-15 reps

Strength

10-12 reps

Strength

10-12 reps

Power

8-10 reps

Power

8-10 reps

Phase6

Day1

Day2

Day3

Day4

Day5

Day6

Workout

(3)Back

(3)Chest

(3)Bicep

(3)Calf

(3)Delts

(3)Tris

(3)Thighs

(3)Abs

(3)Chest

(3)Back

(3)Calf

(3)Bicep

(3)Thighs

(3)Abs

(3)Delts

(3)Tris

(3)Back

(3)Chest

(3)Calf

(3)Bicep

(3)Delts

(3)Abs

(3)Tris

(3)Thighs

Rest

90secs

90secs

90secs

90secs

90secs

90secs

Reps

Endurance

13-15 reps

Endurance

13-15 reps

Strength

10-12 reps

Strength

10-12 reps

Power

8-10 reps

Power

8-10 reps

GameZone Article on PS3 Megasode

I don’t necessarily think I can beat having press from the New York Times, but it’s awesome to continue seeing press roll in about the PS3 Megasode Application that I helped concept and build. GameZone has the latest standout article, which you can view online. Check it out when you have a chance, and for those who haven’t done so yet, don’t forget there is actually an online video available of me presenting the prototype in Canada.