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shuma-gorath

Member Since 14 Apr 2003
Offline Last Active Jul 27 2014 04:58 PM
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In Topic: Recent rise in number of fantasy/scifi films based on comics, games, etc?

20 June 2014 - 06:08 PM

The rise in game-based movies is not a fad, but it is the natural evolution of things.  Before games, movies were largely based on books.  As games improved in visual fidelity, it became compelling for Hollywood to produce stories around them. 

 

The game companies themselves seemed to start releasing movies in the 1990s (Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie comes to mind).  As those companies starting generating more revenue from their game sales, it became possible to fund their own movies.

 

The Marvel universe has a lot of characters and stories. I like how they are trying to manage and interweave them in an organised fashion although I'm sure it'll get old at some point.

Having grown up with the Marvel cartoons from the 1990s, I can affirm this is something they've always done. DC isn't much different.


In Topic: Your first game / programming project?

28 May 2014 - 06:55 PM

It was a basically a horizontal shoot-em-up without the shooting part.  You simply used the the mouse to move a string-ray-looking ship through a sea of ice blocks.  If I remember correctly, ice blocks were used because the form of BASIC I was using could not perform real-time colorkeying or alpha blending--of course, it didn't help that I didn't even know what alpha blending was.

 

The valuable things I learned from this project were the importance of double buffering and level editors, and the limitations of a mouse as an input device .


In Topic: Questions for all programmers.

22 May 2014 - 02:22 PM

1) What was the first programming language you studied?

True BASIC*

 

2) Did you have any Computer Science background before your first language (ie: boolean algebra, memory organisation, algorithms)?

I didn't even have a computer until a few months in.  However, how to read binary numbers was taught in a different class about two years before.

 

3) The first language you studied was it self-taught, formal instruction, or both?

Formal, but I was so enthusiastic that I studied own at home (They had an IDE online, if I remember correctly.  It had a 15-minute timeout.).

 

4) Was the Computer-Science background self-taught, formal instruction, or both?

In the class at school, they taught the bare mimimum (basic machine architecture, control structures). Boolean algebra, memory organization, algorithms, and combinatorics are things I learned when I moved to my second language, C++.  In this case, I started with a book.

 

5) When you started to study Computer Science did it help your understanding of the language you first learned?

I don't think I knew the CS even was when I was using my first language.  By the time I learned CS, I had moved on to C++, which rendered BASIC obsolete for me.

 

6) What kind of environment did you first program in (ie: the IDE or text editor, and the OS)?

True BASIC had its own dedicated IDE.  At school it was some sort of Mac.  When I used it at home, it was on Windows ME.  The language was platform-agnostic, so OS didn't really matter.

 

*I you go back in time, this is the form of basic that was spawned off from the original by its very founders


In Topic: Top 3 things in a Brawler game

15 May 2014 - 08:17 PM

Catchy music, diverse set of enemies, ability to hurt the other player(s)

 

-Without catchy music, things can feel monotonous

-Without a diverse set of enemies, things WILL BE monotonous

-Being able to hurt the other player(s) helps keep them in check, plus it makes the game funnier (Not having this won't necessarily break a game, but it's something I've come to expect)

 

Vehicles/rideable beasts are nice to have but not essential.


In Topic: Is it just me or is Google Maps completely borked?

10 May 2014 - 01:22 PM

you know what I miss the most on google? Im not sure if its google or chrome. But long ago, you didnt need to wait the google page fully load to type on the search field. You where able to type even with the tab still all white, and after it loaded completely your entire text would be there, every single char buffered. Today you need to wait that shit load completely before start typing, just the last ~3 chars gets there, really annoying.

In Firefox I'm able to type right away.


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