Jazz 2 mentioned at GDC 2015 - May 9th 2015
This is a couple months old now—we don’t have a regular GDC correspondent on the payroll—but you might enjoy it anyway. This year’s Game Developers Conference included a talk, “Scroll Back: The Theory and Practice of Cameras in Side-Scrollers,” which included a couple shoutouts to JJ2 for being innovative and unique and beautiful. Tune in around the 23 minute mark, or read the text version instead. If you’re interested in game development, though, it may be worth sticking around for the whole thing.
Poll-yamory - May 4th 2015
It’s been a month; let’s keep things running.
|No, JJ2 is my primary game/community.||12 votes (29%)|
|Only one, but Jazz is near the very top.||6 votes (14%)|
|Two or three, I guess.||11 votes (26%)|
|Four to seven.||3 votes (7%)|
|Eight or more... Jazz is, like, okay, you know?||9 votes (21%)|
|Total votes: 41|
The new poll is a pretty simple one, following in the footsteps of other simple polls, but it doesn’t actually seem to have been done before. What is the Best JJ2 episode? Your criteria for choosing an episode are entirely up to you… level design? enemies and bosses? music? tilesets? Whichever. Four of the answers have 6 levels, two have 3, and one has 9, and I guess we’ll see if that affects things at all.
Unniversary bash + contest still going - May 1st 2015
Source: JCF Thread
Did you know the UNniversary bash is starting tomorrow? It’s a not-so-annual event where I host a bunch of bash levels throughout the years – from the very first one! I think it will last two days.
And did you know my small tileset contest is still going? Chances are I will extend the deadline again due to lack of entries.This was posted on RabbitJournal on May 1st 2015. You can post, too!
mods.jazz2online.com, an index of all module music that can be found on J2O, searchable by keyword ("space", "nature") is back after being down for a good while.
Largely accurate RPS article about JJ2+ - April 21st 2015
Source: Rock Paper Shotgun
Welcome to anyone just joining us from Rock Paper Shotgun! The major misconception from RPS’ writeup that you should be quickly disabused of: actually, Jazz 2 has had a map (and tileset) editor since the day it was released, meaning we have many thousands of custom downloads for you to check out. :) Or just join an online server hosting some of them.
For everyone else reading this: hey, everybunny, we got on Rock Paper Shotgun!
Omri Lahav remixes Hell Freezes Over - April 18th 2015
Omri Lahav is back with a brand new JJ2 soundtrack guitar remix. The soundtrack he remixed this time is Hell Freezes Over. Give it a shot!
Anniversary Bash 17 over - April 14th 2015
This year’s anniversary celebrations have ended. We hope you enjoyed hanging around!
Be sure to write about your impressions in the JCF thread.
DO IT LIVE - April 10th 2015
Source: [00:33:33] FawFuLCC: koeba [00:33:41] FawFuLCC: add my stream on j2o
The Bash is being streamed by FawFuL right now!
Anniversary Bash 17 up now! - April 10th 2015
Source: JCF Thread
The Anniversary Bash server is up, marking the seventeenth anniversary of Jazz Jackrabbit 2! The level list is already available for download, or you can read the names below if you’re still on the fence:
Thanks to BlurredD for hosting the servers this year, FireSworD and Blacky for curating the lists, and you for keeping this game alive.
New JJ2+ release - April 6th 2015
Source: JCF thread
At long last, a new update to JJ2+ is finally out!
Here’s what you should be excited about, in brief:
- Mutators! They’re AngelScript files, but you can enable them in any level at all, just like JJ2+‘s built-in server settings. Add new guns, replace sound effects, whatever you want.
- Green and Yellow teams!
- Better Treasure Hunt code!
- Loads of new graphical options for AngelScript, including rotating sprites, loading graphics from custom .j2a files, and blend modes!
- Totally rewritten Home-Cooked Levels list!
- New custom game mode!
- So, so much more!