FAQ

General

What does the IRA acronym stand for?

It's just the initials of my real name.

What does IRAGINATION mean?

I just combined some words: IRA and imagination. It tries to convey the idea of a site for creative content, but honestly, I just thought it was a unique enough word for search engines to place me at the top of search results. So just type iragination on your favorite search engine and you'll be here.

IRAGINATION is also so generic that it does not lock me to any conent type. One year I may be drawing illustrations, the other developing games. That was the idea. I'm not bound to any specific topic, it's just a collection of personal works.

Wait. Isn't IRAGINATION a Mega Man site?

No. That's not my goal.

Can you answer Mega Man related questions?

Perhaps not very accurately. At best, I know or remember as much of the Mega Man series as your average Mega Man fan. The series became so vast and with so many spin-offs that I cannot keep up with everything. Check the links section for more specialized sites where you can find comprehensive coverage.

Personal

What languages do you speak?

My primary language is Spanish. You may contact me in either English or Spanish. I might make a lot of mistakes if I respond too soon in English, so please be patient.

How fast/often will you reply my inquiries?

I'll do my best to reply as soon as I can. I very much appreciate all the messages I receive.

Game troubleshooting

Why can't I see any game or animation?

Adobe Flash support ended on December 2020. Without it, the content cannot be reproduced.

What is Adobe Flash?

The Adobe Flash Player was a browser plug-in that allowed you to play Flash content on your browser.

Flash? No way! Steve Jobs told me Flash is bad for the Internet, so I'm not installing it!

That's fine. Without official support from Adobe, I would advise against installing it.

This is weird. I can still access (this) or (that) game. What gives?

Perhaps that content has been converted to some alternative format supported by your browser. Personally I am investigating Ruffle, which is already powering some old games. Eventually, all the games will be supported, and you might even be able to play them on mobile devices.

Ok, the game has loaded, but when the game starts the character doesn't move when I use the keyboard. Why?

Click on the game to gain keyboard focus.

Can I play fullscreen?

Yes. Right-click on the game and select the fullscreen option.

I have a broadband connection. Why does your movie/game run so slow?

Game performance depends on CPU an RAM available to your system. Try closing other applications.

Playing full screen can also be taxing. In this case, look for a drop-down to change the viewport size. Experiment until you get a decent performance.

The game has some option grayed. How do I unlock it?

Perhaps it was some planned feature that I did not have time to implement and I left grayed out as a reminder. Send me a note so I know there is a demand for it.

Is there a way I can download your movies to play them offline?

There are browser extensions that allow you to download Flash games or videos. I give no support for these tools so please research them on your own.

That sounds like too much trouble. Can't you just send me the game files to my mailbox?

No, sorry.

I've seen Flash movies packed on EXE files ready to reproduce any time with no need of a web browser. Can you convert your movie/game to an EXE file and place it for download/sent it to my mailbox?

No, sorry.

Is there a way to play your games with a joystick or a gamepad?

Not natively but there are workarounds. There are utilities that can map the gamepad input to your keyboard input which is accepted by the game. Search in Google for JoyToKey or similar tools for your platform.

Game Development

Is it easy to make games?

The short answer is no. The long answer is, it requires some effort. The time investment depends of a lot of factors like the type of game you want to make, your current knowledge about programming topics in general and plenty of other disciplines. If you are thinking about making a Mega Man game in a weekend, from scratch, with no previous development experience, the answer is most certainly no.

Can you help me to make a game?

Not for free, sorry. If you need professional services, then contact me.

Is Flash the best tool to make games?

Not anymore since it is not supported. I would invest time in other modern alternatives.

Can you teach me how to make games?

If you are completely new to programming you have a long way to go and contacting me won't be of any help. However, try the following steps:

  • Try to find some accessible tool or framework with lots of examples and documentation.
  • Read tutorials on the Internet about basic programming topics, such as variables, control structures, and object oriented programming. Keep researching.
  • Math and trigonometry topics are also very encouraged to master.
  • Try to make a simple Pong clone.
  • Examine the source code of existing games if available. The idea is to understand the general concepts and adapt them to your ideas.

Please be advised that we are talking about a time span of months/years here depending of how much time you can devote to this learning process. As trite as this might sound, it just takes time.

Can you give me your source code and assets?

No, sorry.

My game is not working, can I send you my source code so you can fix it?

I'm unable to give this kind of support. Sorry.

Can you review my game?

If I'm not too busy, I'll try.

Schedule

When are you going to publish your next game/comic/illustration/update?

When it's done. I am trying to have fun working on this site. So I do not stress on deadlines.

Using Content

Unless otherwise noted, by content I mean anything like comics, illustrations, games, tutorials, articles. Anything hosted here.

I'm making a website. Can I use your content on it?

First I'd need to check your site. Usually the answer is yes for everything but games. I prefer to host my games. Also I require to be credited as the author of the content and a link back to this site.

Sending Content

Can I send you content to be published on your site?

Currently I can only host artwork (JPG, GIF or PNG files). There are some guidelines though. For something that is too large like games, music, videos or full comics, but somehow meets the aftermentioned guidelines, please, host it yourself and I'll link to it from a suitable place, either from a blog post or a page.

Please be specific that you would like me to share the link to the content to my audience. I take privacy very seriously and I will assume you just wanted to share the content only with me. On doubt, I will ask you if it is fine to share.

What are the guidelines to get my artwork published on your gallery?

Currently I only upload artwork to the Guest Fan Art section.

  • Your work has to be related to my original characters: Necro, Delia, Balandra, etc.
  • I'm not publishing works about copyrighted characters from other authors, unless mines are present.
  • Please provide the following information: Your name/nickname and the address of your website if applicable. I'll post nicknames instead of real names unless otherwise noted. I won't publish your e-mail unless requested.
  • On doubt, just check what already have been published. If your work meets those parameters, everything will be fine. Actually I love to collect this stuff.

And you agree with this:

  • If you send me fan art, but you don't want it published, please state it explicitly. If I have doubts, I will ask you.
  • I reserve the right not to publish anything for any reason. Usually questionable content or mere advertising will be held back. A simple sanity check is to ask if the content is family friendly and/or safe for work.
  • In return I'll publish your artwork and a link back to your website.
  • I'll publish it as soon as I can, please be patient if this takes longer than what you expected.
  • I don't have problem with the file size of the original image. Actually I can take high resolution pictures (PSD, BMP) for printing purposes, but for the gallery I will have to do some resizing if required.
  • If you want some of your credit info changed after publishing it, let me know. I'll do my best to update the info as soon as I can.

Why do you only take artwork related to your characters?

I had to create those guidelines in order keep reasonable the time I can devote to that activity. I would not be able to keep up with an all-open gallery of any type of content even if I wanted. For that you are better off using services like Deviant Art. By narrowing down the scope of the content, I can provide something that is of interest to this site's audience.

I have artwork ready for you. How do I send it?

The easiest way is to use your e-mail and send it to me as an attachment, with the information required.

Wait. What is all this e-mail, attachment talk? I just have it drawn on paper here in my hands. How do I send it to you?

You might take a picture of it with a mobile device, or use a scanner. Those details are beyond the scope of this document. Please ask someone else close to you with access to the required equipment to help you.

What about fanfics? Will you publish them if they are related with your characters?

I'm afraid I don't have a fanfic section neither plan to have one anytime soon.

Online Activities

Will you join my forum/facebook group/mail list/community/discord?

Even if I do, I don't think I'll be very active. I'm just too busy.

Do you use Facebook/Whatsapp/IRC or chat in any messaging service? Can I add you to my buddy list?

I use them rarely and mostly for job related purposes. Just use the contact options mentioned here.