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GuardianX

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#5196851 Android Game development

Posted by GuardianX on 07 December 2014 - 03:10 PM

It is sad that you have chosen dead language in gamedev, but apparently you want to go that way. Whatever. Sadly I don't have enough time to blow all of the points which AppropriateUserName provided.

 

He clearly haven't seen any benchmarks, doesn't know that C++ is multiparadigm, thus you don't pay for what you don't use, doesn't know about Turing-complete compiler, templates, RTTI, RAII, lambdas and proper memory management, not rudimentary GC which will kill the app in most unpredictable way possible. Praising Eclipse - the most unstable piece of sh** I ever used. Especially compared to VS+VA. Java is for business and server apps (the later is questionable lately).

 

C++ will give you the power of native machine. Again, you don't have to mess with everything C++ has to offer - and it offers much more than Java - this is why most of demanding applications are written in C++. All desktop and console game clients are written with C++ and C. There is no place for Java in performance-narrow applications, such as games.




#5196591 Game creation software for kids?

Posted by GuardianX on 06 December 2014 - 04:37 AM

MIT Scratch, of course! =)

http://scratch.mit.edu/

 

And awesome lectures by David J. Malan from Harvard:

https://cs50.harvard.edu/lectures/0

I believe he introduces people to Scratch somewhere in this lecture. His lectures are fun, so maybe appropriate even for 9yo =)




#5196582 Android Game development

Posted by GuardianX on 06 December 2014 - 03:50 AM

As far as I know there is a huge demand on C++ programmers for mobile game programming, since this language can be used both in Android and Apple devices. If I were you, I would try to learn cocos2d-x and later I would go straight to OpenGL ES 2.0 + C++. Later approach will give you much more understanding of underlying infrastructure and hardware capabilities.

Notice, that there are alternatives:

1. Unity3D, which, in my personal opinion is subpar. Best for making prototypes, but complex games require you to completely change workflow and write a lot of customization code for serialization and other vital features. Not to mention that it is very buggy, crashes a lot. Once it completely erased our Assets folder, where all of our game assets were stored. Personally, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

2. Flash+Starling on AIR platform. Really nice mature framework, which is accelerated by GPU. However, AS3 will not be as useful for you as C++ or C#.

3. HTML5, which is useless, unless mobile developers incorporate asm.js into their browsers. Considering that even WebGL lacks support on mobile devices, I wouldn't expect it to become available even in middle-term perspective.




#5191907 What to do if a coding project starts to feel too complex to handle?

Posted by GuardianX on 09 November 2014 - 03:08 AM

Very interesting topic. I also find myself lost in code, when the codebase increases significantly. It just doesn't hold fully in my head so if I have to change something, firstly I have to recall where it is placed. I guess refactoring is a good suggestion, but sometimes you don't really have the time, needed to refactor core architecture decisions.




#5162022 Java or Python

Posted by GuardianX on 22 June 2014 - 02:57 AM

Java is very popular C/C++/C# alike (which means you will be able to grasp those languages fairly quick if you already know Java) object-oriented, performant language used almost in any sphere of the IT. I would strongly recommend you learn it, instead of Python, which is used for scripting tasks mainly and sometimes for backend development, but not by a mile as often as Java. Basic Java concepts are very easy to comprehend, too.




#5155394 I just created an account because I'm brainstorming a game...

Posted by GuardianX on 23 May 2014 - 05:52 AM

Hey, welcome abroad!

If you never made a game by yourself, start with something simple like tetris, star attack, life-game or something similar. However, don't hesitate to read about advanced topics aswell and try things out. I have no doubt that you will be able to produce the demo you are dreaming about, when you'll get all of the parts of the development flow together and understand them, through testing and writing small games or demos for proof of concept.

This will help you understand some important game parts and mechanisms: http://gameprogrammingpatterns.com/




#5142559 2d game engines/sdks

Posted by GuardianX on 27 March 2014 - 07:29 AM


This one looks really good too, but I didn't see any networking (UDP Sockets) support in a quick look through the API.  
 
Thanks!

Since Starling is just a library for Air/Flex SDK, it has access to everything those platforms from Adobe can offer. Including http://help.adobe.com/en_US/FlashPlatform/reference/actionscript/3/flash/net/DatagramSocket.html and much much more.




#5142403 2d game engines/sdks

Posted by GuardianX on 26 March 2014 - 03:32 PM

I'm gonna advertise the technology our company is using right now to make social games. It is called Starling. Utilizes high-level programming language - ActionScript 3. Free. Works on Mobile and Desktop with minimum efforts per platform (basically 99% of the code is the same for every platform). GPU-accelerated.




#5139673 Is Adobe Flash any good?

Posted by GuardianX on 17 March 2014 - 04:25 AM

Flash is not dying by itself yet. Google tries to degrade Flash's quality in order to push their HTML5 technology, but HTML5 for games is very unstable right now and will be in forseeable future. Check this issues for example https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=309540 This illustrates that built-in PPAPI version of Google Chrome lacks in performance and Google cba to fix that issue with their plugin for more than 6 months already.

 

In the other hand, Adobe constantly increases the quality of their player. For example they added GPU acceleration not so long ago, so your game can run on top of actual GPU meaning you no longer care about CPU load - with this technology it is almost 0. Not only this option available for desktops, but for mobile devices as well thanks to constantly evolving Adobe Air technology, migrating to which is basically few clicks if you already have flash application for browser. The performance of Air GPU-accelerated games on mobile is comparable to that of native mobile games.

Apparently it is available for iOS as well according to official specs: http://www.adobe.com/ru/products/air/tech-specs.html

 

 

I can be wrong, but in my opinion, Adobe Flash is dying. Yes, you can get these results with Flash, but it would be much better if you used HTML5/Javascript. Today you can run your game directly on the browser (The browser being an interpreter) and store all the game content in a server. It is thousand times better than using a slow and big Flash file.

 

You can play with Javascript directly on your browser in Khan Academy. There you can learn a lot from the craft before you start developing it.

That's just my opinion.. I don't like Flash, but if you do and believe that it is good, than go on for it smile.png.

 

Can you add Multiplayer in Adobe Flash

 

 

Absolutely. Our studio is using RESTful service atm in our games, but we want to migrate to Thrift/native sockets in order to add real-time multiplayer component to our gameplay.




#5139032 What is a day like in the life of a programmer?

Posted by GuardianX on 14 March 2014 - 11:55 AM

I work at relatively small game making company. We are making the flash games for social networks right now. I work approx. 40 hours/week with flexible work hours. My day consists of:

1. First of all, the cup of the green tea xD

2. I have a small conversation with our leading programmer in highly friendly environment about things we need to do/things we want to add to our game in future.

3. I go to my seat right at the big window through which I can enjoy watching one of the biggest rivers of my country.

4. I think about things I have to do today, plan things etc. For example, I can have a task which I should accomplish within one week, so I focus on it.

5. Our company is small and new, so we don't have advanced development techniques and a lot of our work is not automated at all. So I usually test the new functional manually (not that I even know how to do decent TDD with AS3, where everything is a sprite and logic is highly coupled with views).

6. Occasionally I watch inspirational gamedev videos or read something I like. Usually it happens during my lunch break.

7. Since I'm very lazy to wake up, and I really like to do stuff at nights, my work starts at 12pm and ends about 20pm =)

 

I'm new in gamedev, but so far I like it so much.

 

Regarding your questions. Well we don't measure the productivity by the lines of code written per day, so that number is completely unrelated. Usually it is the best practice to write less, but do not hurt lucidity of the logic behind the code, obviously. In our company we are not restricted by the numbers of classes you should create to complete your task - you just do what you think you should do to accomplish your goals without breaking everything =)




#5126456 ResizeBuffers Bug

Posted by GuardianX on 26 January 2014 - 03:20 AM

Yep I remember this bug when I was playing wityh my DX engine. If I remember correctly, I ended up queiring new back buffer out of swap chain.


#5124464 Is using Java a good way to create a game?

Posted by GuardianX on 17 January 2014 - 01:21 PM

If you are not planning on reaching AAA quality of your game and don't want to get the max out of your gear, Java is perfectly fine.




#5121092 Has there ever been game engines or libraries in assembly?

Posted by GuardianX on 04 January 2014 - 03:52 AM

All those developers who wrote games with assembly for nintendo and co did that because hardware was very specific, which is why nintendo should have developed their own high-level language compilers, which they clearly cba to do. The development process in which high-level language utilized goes a lot faster than that based on assembly.




#5116020 Making basic games yourself with C++

Posted by GuardianX on 10 December 2013 - 04:06 PM

If you do not plan to use graphics, it is easy enough. You can focus on your game engine only, which will be relatively easy to code (things you enumerated are easy to do) if you know C++ and how to utilize OOP concepts. The only question here is how much of your time you can dedicate to think about architecture and do the actual coding.




#5114794 Wanting to move on from Actionscript 3...

Posted by GuardianX on 05 December 2013 - 11:34 PM

Don't know why are you moving from AS3, since it has Flex+Starling+Feathers which give you the simple mechanism for 2D games making (out studio is making the game by means of those tools right now). Anyway, if you want something similar, you can try JavaScript and make games in HTML5. JS and AS3 are almost identical. The only major difference is the code structure - JS doesn't default anything to class. If you want something more powerful for PC, I would recommend C++.






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