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Member Since 15 Sep 2006
Offline Last Active Jul 11 2016 01:48 PM

Posts I've Made

In Topic: [Solved] Rotate towards a target angle

28 June 2016 - 11:14 AM

The example code is in JavaScript, but my GameDev Math series covers this and more.  Specifically rotating to face another object.  Grok the basics first, then move on to more elegant solutions later.

In Topic: what was the first video game?

14 June 2016 - 12:19 PM

Ahoy's History of Video Games is a great video on the subject.

In Topic: When you were starting out...

14 June 2016 - 12:15 PM

When I started out, there was almost no material to work from.  This is a double edged sword, as it encouraged experimentation and hands-on time is required to learn anything.  You can't just read about something, you need to do it, multiple times in fact.  On the other hand, things were also needlessly difficult to learn as a result of missing material.


Thank the dogs for people like Michael Abrash that started publishing books on an otherwise arcane subject!

In Topic: [Help]Learner Trying to Learning Blender

14 June 2016 - 12:13 PM

I've done a massive multi-part Blender text based tutorial series that will teach you everything you need to know to get started with Blender, starting from 0 experience.


If text isn't your thing, I also [did a video series](http://www.gamefromscratch.com/page/www.gamefromscratch.com/page/Blender-an-Hour-at-a-Time-A-Blender-Video-Tutorial-Series.aspx) that teaches Blender in 5 1 hour chunks.


Otherwise stick with it.  It's daunting at first, but not as bad as people say.

In Topic: Best Programming Language for Simple Multiplayer Sport Simulation Game

25 May 2016 - 12:52 PM

Funny, after the last two comments, I guess I'm playing devils advocate.  In my many years as a professional programmer, I can't say there are many "real world" (AKA, not Brainf*ck) programming languages that are popular while being truly awful.  Frankly there are two, IMHO.

  • Objective C
  • PHP

PHP rose to prominence simply because it was free and part of a free stack of technologies (LAMP) at a time when alternatives like Coldfusion, JSP and ASP.NET, could have thousands of dollar price tags.  PHP wasn't popular because it was good, simply because it was free.  Now years later it only exists because of the massive amount of legacy code that has been written on top of PHP due to it's early traction.  Point blank, it's still a terrible programming language.


In this day and age, there are so many good free options that are also powered by good or mostly good programming languages.  Node/JavaScript are strong front runners, Ruby was super popular with Rails, although Node really bit into that developer base.  Simply put, there are so many better choices to start with today than PHP... please, just dont.