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Member Since 14 Dec 2006
Offline Last Active Jul 13 2013 03:41 AM

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In Topic: Is Inspiron 15R good for programming?

13 July 2013 - 03:41 AM

If you're not using OpenGL its probably better to get a laptop with a fast and reasonably big SSD, some laptops today even have both a SSD and a traditional HDD. (not having a SSD is just pure painful)


Can only second that, we do have a HDD-only laptop at work. The specs look fine on the paper, but the small HDD is crippling the whole thing.
As soon as I start a virtual machine I can't do anything else, even opening a browser takes minutes (no exaggeration).

In Topic: You spawn in a forest, in your backpack you have a...

06 May 2013 - 02:25 PM

Actually, I think I would have each one start with radomized gear. That way each time you play it's a unique experience right from the beginning.

Sure they will also be players that will restart until they get the item they want, but I believe if you limit the possible starting gear and if each item on it's own is just a small step to survival then it will work.





Also I would consider having only very few actual weapons and mostly just stuff you can find in a normal household, maybe shops, hardware stores.

For example if you take a look at the walking dead, all characters in the series are armed to the teeth. If you take a look at your own environment, would you really have easy access to such an arsenal in case a zombie outbreak happens? If you live in a country with reasonable gun controls, it's very unlikely that you can come up with a way to get your hands one some. E.g. in Germany the only places I would expect weapons are:

a) the police stations

b) military stations

c) shooting ranges

d) ambassies

e) maybe a few selected security services

f) some hunters home or maybe from one of the selected few that did actually do the paperwork to get a permit

Though even if you know that there might be guns, they are all locked up, the only way to get to them is crack the safe or get them from someone who has access to the gun. (There is always the black market, but let's assume the normal citizen doesn't shop there regularly.)

In any case, I think it's not only more reasonable, but it can also be used to make the game much harder.

Yes, for the few that do find a gun, it would be a huge advantage, people could rob you at gun point, hold you hostage and whatever they might come up with and they are more inclined to try, since the probability that the other person has a gun and shoots first are tiny. If you do combine this with a very limited ammunition supply guns could make players kings, but only as long as they can convince people that they will actually use them.

In Topic: When and why to purchase licensed software before marketing.

16 March 2013 - 03:57 PM

In theory you would have to buy maya (the full version) anyway if you have already used it. And even then you would be in a legal gray zone.


How could you be in the software/games business and not know it would be illegal to use unlicensed or wrongly licensed software? Did you really not know or are you just looking for someone that give you another justification to use unlicensed software?


Even if nobody is asking you for it if you are a business you should always pay the (non-free) software you are using. Why should anybody be more willing to pay for your software than you are willing to pay for other products?


If you still decide to use unlicensed software in your company, remember it just needs one angry employee to vent his anger and you might face a lawsuit.

In Topic: Do You Think That Flattr Could Be Profitable For Pay-What-You-Want?

16 March 2013 - 03:43 PM

I believe it would be better to offer multiple payment options.


Often one single payment option is not available in all countries or the user just did not participate or some other stuff.

For example I don't know a single person that uses Flattr and getting anyone to create a new account just to make voluntary payments does sound unlikely.


Don't limit yourself to one option.

In Topic: Microfunding - A new model?

16 March 2013 - 03:38 PM

I believe Minecraft did get it right (at least for their kind of game) and get funding as well as publicity at once.

his however as Rattenhirn already said only works if your game has a high replayability. If it's more story centered and you have see pretty much all of it after playing through it once you can't release your alpha to the public.



Regarding your microfunding idea:


There are already crowd funding sites that target games and gamers.


Having an account that you can preload with some investment value isn't new for crowd funding as far as I know.


I believe the only new thing is the long runtime instead of a limited funding campaign. However most businesses or project need a certain amount of money before it makes sense to actually start them.

If you start because you have 1 month of 6 month planned development time financed and then don't get the money to continue you have a lot of disappointed investors. If the only feasable way for you to finish the game is by depending on more crowdfunds in the future I would say you are screwing the investors.



Pre-Alpha or concept stage games will always have a hard time to get funding, anywhere. (Not impossible but almost.)

You will always have to give the investors something to convince them that you can make more with their money than they would get by just earning interests on their bank account.

If you don't have the name, the rich uncle, or something to show that you can actually realize your project, it's hard to get anything. Everybody has a game idea and most of the time people don't want to hear about them.


And regarding niche games or creative designs. If the investors are interested it will get funded and will probably also make money.

If you can't get enough investors to pay 5$, how will you get customers to pay for the finished product?