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Member Since 15 Sep 2003
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In Topic: Beginner looking for help with 2D 8Bit based game.

08 January 2016 - 05:56 PM

I know you might be eager to leap straight into a visual game, but put that aside for a while and focus your efforts into learning how to program, first.  Once you know the basics(text, input, files, conditions & loops) then proceed to write a text-based game.


Yes, it will take time and some patience, but it'll be well worth it.  If you can find value in just variables, condition statements and loops then you will know for sure that you are a game developer at heart.  Give yourself as much time as you need for this and most importantly, have fun with it! Not only are you learning the prized skill of programming, you are also able to flex your imagination, even if the output is just limited to text on the screen. 


I usually recommend C( not C++ ) as a first language, but you can actually use any that you are comfortable with; Python is a very popular choice with beginners, for instance.


Whatever you decide to do, I hope you at least have fun!

In Topic: (yet another) best language to code a game?

08 January 2016 - 04:45 PM

Since you are no stranger to programming, I would recommend learning SDL(API) with C++.  With SDL you can add 3D rendering with either DirectX or OpenGL when you are ready for all that jazz.


I would also recommend a copy of Jazon Yamamoto's "Black Art of Mulitplatform Game Development", as a starting point.  He covers SDL quite well, even throwing in a chapter for transitioning from 1.2 to 2.0.


Good luck on your venture into games development! ^_^

In Topic: Masters of Doom

07 January 2016 - 04:10 AM

A very inspirational book, and one I have kept close by since 2003(just before Doom 3 was released).  On a lunch break at work, a colleague asked me "are you still reading that book? Its been like weeks now?" and I replied with a playful smile "Honey, I've been reading this book since 2003."  ^_^


The thing I like about this book is that it illustrates how other people can hold you back from being successful. My favourite scene in the book is when Romero and Tom are making so much noise, John Carmack packs up his laptop and goes home to finish an engine.  For me it was family life and so I decided I would get a laptop when I had the first opportunity.  I've still got that laptop and take super-care of it.


This was also the book to dispel my fear of maths, encourage me to use Linux and take on the challenge of a degree that lasted six years(distance learning).  Despite not leaving the day job after 15 years of teaching myself programming, I have at least fulfilled my personal goal of becoming a stronger programmer.


I owe it to David Kushner's Masters of Doom.

In Topic: Tribute to Fallout3, I'm done

25 December 2015 - 03:51 PM

I got the X1 version of Fallout 4 under the tree this morning...along with Fallout 3!  In a steel-book case and some postcards! Yippie!


Not played it yet, but looking forward to my first time with the FO series.  Oh, I also got COD: Ghosts...not sure what to expect with that one, but everyone seems to go bananas over the series, so it ought to be somewhat fun...

In Topic: Independence Day 2.... how do you feel about it as a programmer?

15 December 2015 - 02:42 PM

I absolutely loved ID4 back in the summer of '95.  The aerial battles were so awesome it may as well have been - at the time - the "forth Star Wars" film.  Especially when reading Dark Empire comics and the battles with the World Devastators above Mon Calamari.  Cheesy American stuff, but it ROCKED.


Then we got the rather underwhelming Phantom Menace.  Oh dear.  But that's for another topic altogether...


I am so glad we are getting a new ID movie to coincide with a new season of X-Files and Twin Peaks.  Its like a retro-revival of the early 90s, which is awesome.  So long as the aerial battles are as fun and furious as the 95 original...bring it on!


Damn, I remember drawing some large A3 sketches back in the day - Cam Kennedy style - of the Aliens conquering a world previous to the Earth invasion in the film...I should still have them somewhere!  And so cool, back then I was like "imagine a sequel where they use the technology from the first invasion to go off exploring the stars and liberating other civilisations from the evil Invaders!"...ah dear.  So glad they have super-tech-fighter planes in this one...


And y'know, I always had a soft spot for Russell Casse - a TRUE American Hero!  Even when Aliens do actually invade Earth, blowing up cities and bringing humanity to its knees - still no one will believe that he was abducted! 


Okay, so...hell yes! I am totally pumped for a sequel!  It will be of course typical American bullshit - but I don't care! So long as they have the same energy and fantastic musical score from the first - BRING IT ON!!!


"Gentlemen! Lets plough the road!!!"