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|Aliases:||Michael, MG, M.O.G., Octo|
|Born:||December 25th, 1999|
|Occupation:||Game developer, musician, artist, video editor, programmer, writer|
|Languages:||English, French, Hebrew, Russian, Arabic|
Octopus58 (or Michael) is a developer who started working on small projects since 2008. He is currently most known for working on ME-OS and Guppy's Quest, his first major project. Michael has partnered up together with Spicy Coffee to work on many projects together, and both aim to create media that others can enjoy and gain happiness from.
Michael was born in Israel on December 25th, 1999. There he had learnt to speak Russian and a bit of Hebrew. After living there for 3 years, he has moved to Canada and has lived there since. He later on learnt English, and forgot a lot of the Hebrew he learnt as a very young child. Since he felt lonely from being separated from his extended family, Michael has always taken an interest for artistic things such as sketching, painting, and modelling on his free time. Later on, he started playing a lot of games on the computer, mostly flash games on sites like Newgrounds and so on. He particularly enjoyed adventure/action games such as Sonic Heroes, which still remains as his favorite game to this day. Due to being very lonely when he first started school in 2005, he has often talked to himself and has eventually came up with an imaginary friend, Gontaper, who he'd play with during recess. However, playtime with his made up friend eventually extended into a made up world, SP, and things seemed to go much beyond just his imagination all up until now, and still going.
Michael was into trying to make music and play it since he was still very young. He has started piano lessons around five years old, which have allowed him to learn more essentials that would allow him to play more instruments later on such as the accordion, alto saxophone, ocarina, pan flute, recorder, guitar, and so on. Essentials such as scales and chords helped him develop song ideas later on.
Michael has started off programming in early 2008 in scripting languages such as Batch and Visual Basic Script. His childhood hobby was to make fake "viruses" and install them on school computers. Through that small hobby came learning more about other languages such as Actionscript 2 and 3, Java, C# and C++. Michael also started to get more into image, music, and video editing software. After a few years, multi media became his main hobby, where he would try to combine multiple types of media into one piece. This is what slowly started to get him into making games.
For his works, he has taken series such as Sonic, Kirby, Mario, and Zelda for inspiration. Additionally, he was inspired from web animations and games such as Salad Fingers, Pico, and some games made by Tom Fulp and Dan Paladin. The art he has seen in the series has inspired him in making his own locations and characters. As much as he takes inspiration, he still sticks to his own original concepts and ideas for works such as his games.
In late September 2015, Michael got interested in a game he found called Indie Game Battle from a Facebook post revealing Salad Fingers as a playable character. He wanted to see if he could somehow assist in development after seeing the full cast of characters at the time. He became friends with the main developer Felixblobdev (Felix), who at the time was an up and coming game developer who has been known most from his featured Happy Wheels levels. From late 2015 to May 2017, Michael made remixes/original tracks for the game, as well as some graphical assets including skins, and some stages. Felix has also helped out Michael with Guppy's Quest, giving Squared Palace (at the time Water Temple) tiles and animated objects better shading, as well as revamped assets. Felix has added Gontaper as a playable character in Indie Game Battle. However, in mid 2017, the game has got canceled. Felix and Michael still speak with each other in regards to development of other games and on other matters as well.
In May 2017, Michael has met Rosemaryy (Emily), who he has quickly became very close with. She joined MGFlow58 and after some time, had become one of the Co-Owners. They have started to draw a lot together, and try to make small things together out of a shared hobby and passion for multimedia and art. Emily was very proficient with art, which eventually resulted in her starting to collaborate with Michael in remaking Guppy's Quest assets for the Unity remake (character sprites and animations, tiles, backgrounds, etc.). Her characters from Star Dust have also been added as main characters in the game, along with shared locations/characters between SP and Star Dust such as Somniamor, Sleepy Bridge, and so on. They have also started working on a brand new project called MEOS (Michael and Emily Operating System) which is designed to be a spoof game of operating systems.
Since September 2017, Michael has been attending university for a degree in Computer Science, but still intends to focus on his game development and eventually make a living from it with Emily
Michael has made numerous tracks public since 2013. Some are very old and poor quality, others are more up to date.
|Album||Track Number||Song Name||Year|
|Aquatic Techno||01||Green Waters||2013|
|Aquatic Techno||02||Caved in Caverns||2013|
|Aquatic Techno||03||Acidic Ice Cap||2013|
|Aquatic Techno||04||Octopus Legions||2014|
|Aquatic Techno||05||Sunshine Bubble Army||2014|
|Aquatic Techno||06||Octopus00's Theme - Fly to Rescue||2014|
|Aquatic Techno||07||Coral Maze||2014|
|Aquatic Techno||08||Beach Mist||2014|
|Aquatic Techno||09||Octopus01's Theme - Highway in the Stars||2014|
|Aquatic Techno||10||Aquatic Techno||2015|
|Climate Climaxity||01||Cacti Rush||2015|
|Climate Climaxity||02||The Stampede of Fire||2015|
|Climate Climaxity||03||Octopus02's Theme - Sparking Rock||2015|
|Climate Climaxity||04||Octopus04's Theme - Riding the Molten Ash||2015|
|Climate Climaxity||05||Turbulent Ash Ocean||2015|
|Climate Climaxity||06||Slithering Chill||2015|
|Climate Climaxity||07||River of Dew||2015|
|Climate Climaxity||08||Octopus04's Theme - Mixed Up Storm||2015|
|Climate Climaxity||09||Where The Sun is Always Shining||2015|
|Climate Climaxity||10||Climate Climaxity||2015|
|Unstoppable Pulse||01||Windy Flowers||2015|
|Unstoppable Pulse||02||The Smashing Trees||2015|
|Unstoppable Pulse||03||Mind Boggle||2015|
|Unstoppable Pulse||04||Adrenalyn Heat||2015|
|Unstoppable Pulse||05||Save Rush||2015|
|Unstoppable Pulse||06||Arial Bombard||2015|
|Unstoppable Pulse||07||Blizzard Whip||2015|
|Unstoppable Pulse||08||Plot for Devastation||2015|
|Unstoppable Pulse||09||Octopus05's Theme - Speedless Isolation||2015|
|Ëvropa||01||The Mediterranean Rail||2016|
|Ëvropa||02||Octopus06's Theme - Cotton Winds||2016|
|Ëvropa||05||Reflection Over the Sand||2016|
|Ëvropa||07||Night Light Joyride||2016|
|Sleeping Blossom||01||Past the Midnight Sun||2016|
|Sleeping Blossom||02||Sleepy Destination||2017|
|Turquoise Summer||02||Nostalgic Grains||2017|
|Turquoise Summer||04||Ecstatic Days||2017|
|Turquoise Summer||05||She Smiles Back||2017|
|Turquoise Summer||06||Dawning Years||2018|
|Dreamy||04||Beyond The Bounds of Time||2019|
|Dreamy||05||Safe With You||2019|
|Guppy's Quest OST||01||The Depths||2018|
|Guppy's Quest OST||02||Where the Sun is Always Shining||2018|
|Guppy's Quest OST||03||Reality Generator||2018|
|Guppy's Quest OST||04||Bird Brains||2018|
|Guppy's Quest OST||05||Watching Clouds||2018|
|Guppy's Quest OST||06||Green Tides||2018|
|Guppy's Quest OST||07||Snegopad||2018|
|Guppy's Quest OST||08||Boundless||2019|
|Guppy's Quest OST||09||Petal Breeze||2019|
|Guppy's Quest OST||10||Windy Flowers||2019|
|Guppy's Quest OST (Night)||01||The Depths||2018|
|Guppy's Quest OST (Night)||02||Where the Sun is Always Shining||2018|
|Guppy's Quest OST (Night)||03||Reality Generator||2018|
|Guppy's Quest OST (Night)||04||Bird Brains||2018|
|Guppy's Quest OST (Night)||05||Watching Clouds||2018|
|Guppy's Quest OST (Night)||06||Green Tides||2018|
|Guppy's Quest OST (Night)||07||Snegopad||2018|
|Guppy's Quest OST (Night)||08||Boundless||2019|
|Guppy's Quest OST (Night)||09||Petal Breeze||2019|
|Guppy's Quest OST (Night)||10||Windy Flowers||2019|
Michael has started making his first public works on Newgrounds in 2012, uploading his first flash animation "Octo's loop collection!" (now unpublished) on March 30th 2013. His first flash game was "Super Hard Quiz P1!!". Lastly, he uploaded a lot of his music onto the site as well to try to gain some recognition. The most viewed item of his was the flash game, with over 5000 views. At the time, Michael didn't have time to make more animations and flash games, as much as he wanted to, so that's mostly all he has contributed.
Michael has started planning his first large scale game in 2013, but it wouldn't start coming to life until November 2014, when he started publishing his first beta builds. This project has over time allowed Michael to learn how to program more in Java, and heavily introduced object oriented programming. Additionally, this has taught him how to take feedback from others as he would send beta tests to very early beta testers (such as Ryan McKay), and how to balance music from sounding too ear grating. In 2016, he'd get help from Felixblobdev in terms of adding shading to the first stage, and in 2018, Rosemaryy took over the art role, remaking all existing sprites and tile assets to look better, as Michael did not have a lot of experience in pixel art and not a lot of time to get the results he wanted. Her characters became main characters available from the start of the game due to the close connection between her and Michael.
Since finding Indie Game Battle in 2015, Michael was interested in helping Felix by providing music (remixes and originals) and some graphical assets, as well as ideas and some music for other games. Since then both Michael and Felix share a lot of character appearances between their works, as Gontaper and Guppy appeared publicly in Indie Game Battle (along with a Squared Palace stage) and Matthew Favson appears in Guppy's Quest as a playable character and in MEOS easter eggs.
Royal Squared was a Game Boy Jam game submitted in October 2016, and while being short and simple, was his first complete platformer game. It was based on difficulty and patience, and had mixed reception from those who played it. The game is eventually planned to have a full length version featuring returning characters Kvarol and Soverdat, as well as Karbik, Kusik, and more.
MEOS was a project started by Michael and Spicy Coffee. It was meant to be a spoof of operating systems with its own progressive flow and subtle story. This was the project that got both of them familiarized with collaborating and how Unity works in general, allowing for a smoother start to the Unity remake of Guppy's Quest in mid 2018.