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Tom Sloper

Member Since 20 Jan 2006
Offline Last Active Today, 02:50 PM

#5219706 Logo Feedback

Posted by Tom Sloper on Today, 02:51 PM

Knew it was an anteater.

#5219227 Starting fresh

Posted by Tom Sloper on 25 March 2015 - 10:35 PM

I always find it hard to have a feel of everybody within the first 2 weeks

I have a theory. 3 days, 3 weeks, 3 months, 3 years.
For the first 3 days in a new job you fear you're going to be found out to be a total fraud.
After the first 3 days you are just feeling out your new surroundings, getting to know the people and the job.
After the 3rd week, you feel like you're settling into it.
After the 3rd month, you feel like you totally belong.
After the 3rd year, you feel like you own the place.

#5218954 I'm good at programming my coffee machine, is it enough?

Posted by Tom Sloper on 24 March 2015 - 07:36 PM

I'm good at programming my coffee machine, is it enough?
I know that this is just scraps and nowhere near to the level required in the industry...
I spent months trying to firgure things out and implement stuff, now I'm 19 and I spend my days trying to cram irrelevant stuff just to get a letter on a piece of paper; progress...
I'll probably end up flipping burgers anyway

Is this a serious question, or are you just trying to get a flame war started?
Tell you what. I'm closing the thread. You are welcome to start over, without the sarcasm, depression, and doom and gloom. I recommend you read this forum's FAQs before you re-post.

#5218199 Is it possible to finish a game on nights and weekends, while working a full-...

Posted by Tom Sloper on 21 March 2015 - 09:47 PM

Sure it's possible. Pretty much anything is possible (except time travel to the past, and the Star Trek holodeck).

#5218025 Trademark of Landmarks

Posted by Tom Sloper on 21 March 2015 - 05:44 AM

It's fair enough to stay on safe side but costly in case of each time.

Sure. So make one list, then get it checked over. In addition to lawyers, another resource is the people who do rights clearances for movies and TV. Back in 1994, I had one of those on my project.

#5217956 Rights to "Chess"

Posted by Tom Sloper on 20 March 2015 - 03:08 PM

The oldest written references to the game of Chess date from before 600 AD, in Northern India or Afghanistan. Nobody owns it.

#5217550 Has royalty share ever worked?

Posted by Tom Sloper on 18 March 2015 - 10:14 PM

I have my doubts, Ed! Can't speak from experience on this (have only turned down requests to work that way). I think you'll get more responses if this is in Business, so I'm moving this there.

#5217175 Move Triangle in DirectX 11.1

Posted by Tom Sloper on 17 March 2015 - 04:04 PM

Question is being discussed in DirectX form. Closed.

#5216776 I'm kinda new here.

Posted by Tom Sloper on 15 March 2015 - 11:35 PM

mythiose, why don't you take a look around at our other forums here, read the descriptions, check out FAQs, have a look at a couple of posts?

#5216623 CWPA-AS - Is this a good starting point for a career in Game Development?

Posted by Tom Sloper on 15 March 2015 - 08:20 AM

1. What should be my timeline on doing things?
2. didn't do all that well with online tutorials, but has always been fairly interested in game dev, engines, and the back end of things (no comment). I do have some VERY BASIC programming skills
3. I've read that most places want a Computer Science degree

1. Depending on where in the world you live and what kind of game job you want (neither of which you clearly specified), your primary focus should be on your education, and your secondary focus should be on making games.
2. Is it that programming is your desired role? Are you passionate about programming?
3. For programming jobs, yes, that's true. Are you sure programming is your passion?

By the way, I moved this thread to the Game Industry Job Advice board. You ought to have a look at this forum's FAQs.

#5216384 Question about budget for specific game design

Posted by Tom Sloper on 13 March 2015 - 10:17 PM

Budgeting is a Production/Management question - NOT a Game Design question. Moving it.

As a rule of thumb, professional development (if you hire a development company) costs about $10,000 per man-month. Count the number of people, multiply by the number of months, and you get your cost.
See http://www.sloperama.com/advice/finances.htm for more info on how to write a budget.

#5216311 Starting fresh

Posted by Tom Sloper on 13 March 2015 - 12:20 PM

Go read Peopleware.

Some other good ones are The Mythical Man-Month, The Peter Principle, Parkinson's Law, How To Work For A Jerk.

#5216055 Heartomics wants a bone.... no no no not that kind.

Posted by Tom Sloper on 12 March 2015 - 08:14 AM

Is it common to find a similar game being made or released that looks amazing and you feel jealous?

Yes. But how useful is this information?

#5215776 Heartomics wants a bone.... no no no not that kind.

Posted by Tom Sloper on 10 March 2015 - 10:17 PM

I just would like tips or ideas that helped a project succeed. Maybe even tips
or techniques that helped the project stay motivated.
Advice and tips that will increase motivation and success rate wanted.

Moving this to Production/Management.

#5215465 Is your topic really about Game Design?

Posted by Tom Sloper on 09 March 2015 - 12:32 PM

Seems like everybody wants to post everything in Game Design, as if it was a board for general discussions for anything related to game development.

Well, it's not. Game Design is a specific focus. Not everything is Game Design! Think before you post, please, about where your question would be best asked.

Any technical questions are probably better suited to the For Beginners forum.
Any business or marketing questions are better suited for the Business/Law forum.
Questions about the legality of copying someone's IP should not be asked in the Business/Law forum until after you've read the FAQ there.
Graphics-related questions are better suited for the Visual Arts forum.
Job-related questions are better suited for the Game Industry Job Advice forum.
Story questions, or what you should name your characters or your game, are better suited for the Writing forum.
General topics are better suited for the Lounge.
Recruiting posts and job seeking posts are prohibited in the discussion forums - use the Classifieds instead.
If you want to tout your game, post your announcement in Your Announcements.