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In Topic: Game Development Rig

21 March 2013 - 05:04 PM

I have a brand new top of the line macbook pro retina (15") and I can tell you from personal experience this is *not* a development worthy machine. It can run games like Diablo 3 reasonably well (~20fps) but for development you need much more processing power because your games will often not yet be optimized and you will be running with debug flags. 


That said a good development machine doesn't have to break the bank, get a decent i5 with ~16+gigs of ram and a 460gtx+ and you'll be fine to develop anything outside of triple A visual quality games.


If you do decide to use your mac: disable integrated graphics while debugging (i've noticed it doesn't auto switch as well as with it does with normal games/apps) and also make sure you have a legitimate copy of windows 7, I've seen the pirate copies cause endless headaches for devs :/ Not to mention if you want to be a developer you shouldn't be pirating anything anyway, it robs all of us.

In Topic: Monogame and cross platform multiplayer

07 March 2013 - 02:04 PM

Any data being transmitted only needs to be interpreted on both sides, at the end of the day it's just ones and zeros in a particular protocol. As long as they both understand the messages it's not an issue if they are windows, linux or on a potato.


If you are asking for a specific library to use, just google it; there are many.

In Topic: Doing a turn based rpg battle system

18 February 2013 - 01:13 PM


In Topic: My GDD

04 February 2013 - 06:13 PM

Thade and Milcho covered most of the things I would have brought up. But a solid re-read is highly recommended; grammer/spelling errors abound.


I did however want to reiterate on the rape point. This is not a subject to be taken lightly. While I understand its importance to your plot (jenna becoming pregnant by West's (who I assume is "Scott") baby) it is still just a bad idea. 


Just one other point I should make real fast: Do NOT put your personal email on anything that sells more than 5 copies. Putting your personal email even on a support website is not only unprofessional but something I really just cannot recommend (mostly for your sanity's sake).

In Topic: How to set up a Newsfeed - DB design and view

04 February 2013 - 02:26 PM

Do you have access to the server? IE: root access to a server or are you planning on having this on a traditional web host?


If so you may want to choose something more along the lines of a nosql package. I've used a few before and while not the most optimal mongodb would work well for your purposes. It has a pretty easy interface and allows for much more dynamic content creation/storage. 


If you are to have a rigid structure for the database, try to go with a general "enum" state of mind while designing it. Since it's mostly text you could skip that part for simplicities sake, but in this one case I advise against it. Try to make sure each message (even if already composed) contains an id for what kind of action it is as later on you may require access to it. 


Glad you caught it already as I almost always advise against 'generic' variables like variable1-5 just being hard coded into the DB, use an array if you must but this should be avoided as there is little context as to what is actually going on with them making it very difficult for code to find problems.


Lastly you definitely will want to consider using an auto time stamp for events.