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Member Since 21 Jan 2002
Offline Last Active Jul 18 2014 11:00 AM

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In Topic: How was GTA3 made in such a short time?

18 July 2014 - 10:34 AM

I haven't played the game in forever, but I'm guessing they heavily re-used assets, that and it's PS2, so low textures, low poly models, etc.  That kind of artist count in that era wasn't all that uncommon.


Are low-poly models and low-res textures easier to make? Don't artists generally create super-high detail versions and optimise down to real-time-usable versions?

In Topic: Mac suitable and best value for joint Windows & iOS dev PC?

07 July 2014 - 07:57 AM

My current thoughts are to get the cheapest MacMini i7-quad core (4Gb, 1Tb 5400rpm drive) and then upgrade the RAM to 16Gb and add a 256Gb SSD (or replace the internal drive with a larger SSD or hybrid). These are well documented upgrades and likely to be far cheaper than upgrading the base spec.


For a PC it still ends up expensive for the spec - about £850 - but compared to buying a new PC and a new Mac it's rather cheap!

In Topic: The Game that Time Forgot: an amateur game 13 years in the making

02 July 2014 - 03:48 AM

I dont think theres such thing as "over ambitious"
It depends. If you want to get something released, especially in a fixed timeframe, then there definitely is. e.g. slayemin's new studio - if he was overambitious the company could fold so he has to manage ambition against money.


If you don't rely on it for food, then things are much freer!

In Topic: I remember why I Dislike Windows now: Or is it Microsoft?

01 July 2014 - 06:56 AM

No, 'tablet' computers also existed; much like the iPhone they had more ability than the iPad.

However they were also big and heavy but you could get ones with digitisers on them.


You can see 'tablets' being used in Stargate Atlantis:




But they are clearly heavy and have a briefcase style handle. Basically a laptop without a keyboard or lid :)

In Topic: I remember why I Dislike Windows now: Or is it Microsoft?

30 June 2014 - 04:29 AM


I'm pretty sure it had majority share in the smartphone market



in the smartphone market





If I had a nickel for every time that someone (gravely) mistakenly didn't count my phone running Symbian as a smartphone because it wasn't running iOS, Android, or WP, I'd manufacture enough E70s to take back the market share. Smartphones are a pretty old concept by now, and were already being popular (especially for business use) before the most prolific OS's of today were written.



But that's kind of the point. Prior to the iPhone, the world wasn't turned on to smartphones. They existed, in the same way tablets existed long before iPad, but were not in widespread use.