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Member Since 16 Sep 2011
Offline Last Active May 26 2016 09:24 AM

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In Topic: Are Third Party Game Engines the Future

26 May 2016 - 07:54 AM

Yeah it used to be that IDTech and Unreal were extremely popular in the AAA development space, now (to caricature the situation) CryEngine gets laughed at, Unreal gets derided for being Java-esque bloatware, and Unity still gets ignored by AAA devs.

Among the indie developers I know, CryEngine gets laughed at, Unreal has a small guild of zealous fans, and Unity is overwhelmingly popular (yet they all bitch about its flaws).


So if anything, proprietary engines in the AAA scene have kinda made a comeback in recent years!

Except behind the EA iron curtain, where Frostbite is basically their own internal "off the shelf engine" a la Unreal, which they've forced onto all of their studios, wiping out all their other proprietary engines in the process...


While I do not share the same experience with CryEngine being laughed at, I will say that (depressingly) nearly every indie team I join wants to use Unity to create their game, and every new team member almost immediately assumes we will be using Unity despite its cost and flaws. The last team I was on had the absolute worst asset chain I have ever had the displeasure of working with, all in an effort to bypass Unity "features."


Unity is a great product, but it has a way of turning the ideas in your head into clunky and unwieldy messes. It effectively turns small, simple projects into twisted nightmares, unless everyone on your team has some experience with the software, which is ironic because the push to use Unity usually comes from non-coders as well. I do not foresee it ever having a large presence in AAA game development.

In Topic: how to prevent save cheating? (for games where saving is NOT allowed)

03 February 2014 - 04:42 AM

I would just like to point out that saving the game remotely adds complexity and further requirements to your project without providing a feasible return in most cases. Intercepting the call for a save game file and injecting your own is a lot simpler, in many circumstances, than performing intense decryption. Many forms of encryption, worth a lot more than any save game editor, have stood the test of time for dozens of years.

In Topic: A* problem with heuristic

16 January 2014 - 02:02 PM

Also, if the costs are not dynamic, you could pre-calculate them or cache path results between nodes and use the nearest point on the path as the starting node, etc.

In Topic: Javascript: image.onload function inside "class"

16 January 2014 - 01:54 PM

Works fine on JSFiddle: http://jsfiddle.net/E6bn9/2/

In Topic: Best Game Engine for java?

20 December 2013 - 09:43 PM

Having worked with Slick2D, I feel like I should point out that it isn't an engine, just a library. If you decide to use it, expect to write a lot of code. Another bit of advice I can give, regarding Slick, is that Slick's support of the Tiled software is less mature than that of libgdx, which I have also worked with (very) briefly. I have not worked with GameMaker, however, so I defer to the above posts, but everything I have heard about it, lately, has been positive.