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mike656

Member Since 17 Apr 2008
Offline Last Active May 01 2014 10:28 PM

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In Topic: Beginner trying to develop

10 October 2013 - 10:03 PM

I like DarkBasic; everything I've seen of it. It is meant for fast development. It's not perfect and you do have limitations. I've only started to delve into using it myself, for fun, in between my serious projects. I can't comment any more than that at this time. Give it a shot. It's a lot quicker than trying to learn C++, that's for sure and for your type of game I don't think you'd be unhappy with the results. Get the bundle with all the add-on packs. It's way worth it.


In Topic: [Serious] Hardware question: Can you flip your laptop upside-down while runni...

10 October 2013 - 09:57 PM

I've seen more dirt and dust get in a machine that was upright than upside down. It honestly doesn't matter because it's going to collect dust and dirt anyway. If you want to avoid dust and dirt from getting in vents that's a whole different topic really. You can remedy this by using filters or making your own that go over the vent areas (or install them inside). I personally wouldn't bother. As long as you maintain your machine like you are supposed to by cleaning it out with compressed air or a vacuum you are fine.


In Topic: [Serious] Hardware question: Can you flip your laptop upside-down while runni...

10 October 2013 - 01:21 AM

Yeah, there is nothing wrong with this. I'm a tech and I've had many times when I had to turn a running computer upside down and dissect the bottom of it to diagnose certain hardware problems, or many other creative ways to solve problems that only presented themselves when laptops were operational. There's also mounts you can purchase if you'd like to use your computer like this on a normal basis. I'd like to eventually mount one of my laptops on the ceiling of my RV over the bed. It would make a cozy way to surf the net without having to sit up or have a computer on your lap. ;)


In Topic: the games with the most influence on your life

18 September 2013 - 11:32 PM

Civilization IV.

 

I have a love/hate relantionship with that game; I love its replay value, strong learning curve, great difficulty and complexity, but I hate the AI, the odds-based combat and the realization that you spend a significant amount of time just waiting between turns or fighting against the interface.

 

So, that said, it's not one of my favorite games, but it's definitely the one that had the most impact in my life: thanks to it I learned to be much more analytical and organized, and that improved my gameplay a lot in games in general. Now I think before I act instead of just doing something, and I try to be efficient.

 

It goes both ways, though; now I can't get into games with simplistic gameplay because there's not much to analyze, and I can't enjoy games if I'm not efficient; I always get pissed when I lose a soldier in the X-Com remake because I always try to archieve the "perfect run". But oh well, I prefer it that way.

 

*Maybe* the game also helped me to be more organized in real life, but I think that's stretching it.

 

Yeah, I've always been a fan of CIV but indeed it has been a love/hate relationship with me too. I'm right there with you, and I've been playing it for a long time now.


In Topic: My opinion on game development after a few weeks.

15 September 2013 - 11:58 AM

Don't give up. Stay on track. Don't develop a pattern of unfinished projects. When you finally finish one you'll be so happy for yourself for sticking through it. I've been working on a game off and on for 4 years now. I devoted myself to complete it. When I started I definitely bit off more than I could chew... but that didn't stop me. I was determined. I don't work on it every single day, and I'm an Indie working completely alone... but the more challenges I face the more adamant I become. I now have a working game after many years. It's so rewarding. Maybe when I'm finally done I'll share with the community here. My point is... attitude and intention is everything. Don't let a few little obstacles get in your way. Overcome them. You can do it. You know you want to.. otherwise you wouldn't be here and part of this community if you didn't.

 

We believe in you. Stick to your guns. If you have to take a huge step back and hit some books.. then do it. Do whatever it takes. cool.png


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