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Member Since 21 Feb 2003
Offline Last Active Jan 16 2014 10:24 PM

Posts I've Made

In Topic: Ludum Dare anyone?

10 December 2013 - 09:34 PM

Oh crap it's this weekend? I might give it a shot if I have time, I've been wanting to try for ages.

In Topic: EPA Declares Wind Turbines Illegal

26 November 2013 - 07:51 PM

Can't they just, I don't know, put a cage around it?

In Topic: Unity 4.3 has been released

19 November 2013 - 06:38 PM

I've been playing around with it for the last few days. Having never used Unity before it's a little overwhelming to get started, but now that I'm getting used to it I'm starting to like it.


What I like:

  • Entity/Component style architecture is fantastic.
  • The animation tool is amazing.
  • The sprite packer/atlas has some really handy tools for optimizing graphics. I'm still not 100% sure though how you determine which images end up in which file so you don't have to keep binding textures to the spritebatch.


What I don't like:

  • Since Unity has done 3D for so long, it can be confusing which tools are meant for 2D and which are for 3D. If I want to make a rectangle with just a colour it seems like I have to go into the 3D tools and create a quad. I guess it makes sense once you get used to it.  
  • Not really Unity's fault, but trying to find help online can get real confusing given the generic search of "Unity 2D". I actually wish they would come up with a code name like "Unity Fire" or something silly just to separate SEO from all the other stuff online. Most of the time I end up with tutorials which apply to other tools like 2D Tookit.


Right now I'm trying to figure out how to get it to work on different phones with different resolutions, but I think I'm getting closer to an answer. Overall I'd say I'm super impressed by the 2D module, it's just going to come down to (for my purposes at least) how it runs on phones.

In Topic: What does your IDE look like?

16 November 2013 - 08:01 AM

I can't stand my IDE. I've spent more hours trying to get Eclipse to look nice than I care to count. I've downloaded plugins that theme part of Eclipse, but there's always spots they miss like the console tab or the text accidentally being the same colour as the background. Right now I just have the main window themed and left the rest as is. libGDX added better support for IntelliJ recently so I'm hoping to make the jump to that soon.




In Topic: Anybody left from the 2003 crowd?

15 November 2013 - 10:02 PM

I miss MindWipe's drunken pub-crawl pics sad.png


Haha, I was going to post the same thing biggrin.png I still have this old gif on my hard drive - I have no idea what the context was.




I also miss Andy-Pandy. I see his awesomely weird comics popup on reddit from time to time - I sent him an email a while ago and he seems to be doing good smile.png




Those usernames...



Geez just looking at that old forum design - brings back memories.