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Philosophical, Programmalogical, Scientificational and other disjointed thoughts.

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My World

So here's the idea for "My World":

It will be a strange place, not twisted by any force known as "magic", but home to anything the mind comes up with. Things do not have to have scientific/belief system justification, they might "just be"/be unexplained.

The world will be exotic and varied, in many ways like Earth - everything might be considered normal, but just ever so slightly "not quite right".

The story will be mysterious, amusing, deep, disturbing, intriguing. .. . but it will be more about the journey than the outcome.

The ultimate goal is to maintain a multiplayer game where the single player still feels like they are involved in something special.

A single player game will precede any multiplayer game made, due to limitations of knowledge etc. Even a single player RPG is beyond my scope at the moment.

Graphics are not too much of a consideration for me - story/gameplay is more important, but it will be a 3-Dimensional world, with an emphasis on detail rather than fancy lighting effects. (I don't know anything about graphics really, but it seems like it would be a decent claim to say that lighting effects and detail would both draw from the same resources and thus hold each other back)
Possibly go for washed out looking colours, but not sure about that. . I like my bright colours. . maybe very strange combinations of some things bright & full of life and some washed out. . that could be interesting. . hmm. . *needs consideration*

Time period. .I'm not sure. . but early 1900s sounds good.

So all up the single player description at this point in time could be:
"Worldwide conspiracy/intrigue set in a twisted/exotic version of Earth in the early 1900s"

I'm not sure what sort of technological era it will be set in, but I'm thinking perhaps the time where passenger aircraft were *just* coming into existence, but still quite a rarity/oddity. There is still myth and legend about the "unknown" areas of the world, speculation on the nature of outer space has begun, but nothing has ever been sent to space.

Sounds interesting to me, what do you all think? =)

(Note I'm not trying to be historically accurate here at all.. I wouldn't have a clue about the early 20th century really . .its just a rough guide for describing my world)

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Onto some programming!

Well it's probably about time I used gamedev for its proper purpose.. game developing! :P

First up I have two versions of "rock, paper, scissors" in the making.

One using win32, as I'm not *entirely* familiar with it,
the other using the Irrlicht graphics engine.

( http://Irrlicht.sourceforge.net )

The reason I've gone for irrlicht is I want to get straight into doing some 3d work and I know from past experience I'm not quite up to the task of dealing with directx/openGL at the moment.

Using a graphics engine will give me valuable experience in just general programming, and hopefully help me get to a point where I'm more comfortable programming and can attack directX or openGL..

So far both of the versions of RPS are coming along well, the win32 one just needs the score-output implemented, and the Irrlicht version, almost the same.

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possible proof that consciousness is not physically describable?

If we assume existence is NOT just imaginary, then we can say the following is true:

"It MUST exist if I perceive it, but it may or may not exist if I do not perceive it."

If we also assume that "I"/"the self" is an "it" - ie it is a physically explainable phenomena, we can say:

"I Must exist if I perceive I(myself), but I may or may not also exist if I do not perceive I(myself)".

for your "self" to exist without perceiving one's "self" is a pretty major problem.

So by this regard, either my consciousness is not an "It".
things do not exist unless I perceive them.

Note: By 'self' I'm not talking about your physical shell, but your consciousness, the "you" who is 'driving' the body.

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Some philosophical thought..

So I've come to the conclusion that the only two certainties are:

1) Individual reality - My own experience must actually be happening, or else I would not be experiencing it at all.

2) beyond-universal uncertainty. Assuming that what I perceive is not merely an illusion, what IS beyond what I can perceive? In other words, what is outside the universe? Does the fact that I cannot perceive it make it not exist at all? Or does it mean that anything and everything exists outside the universe?

I feel like Schroedinger's cat must feel, wondering exactly what is outside the box. Not to mention forever fearful of the uncertainty of living in a box where a poison could be released at any moment without warning... (Hmm that gets me thinking... *Crackpot theory #43 - The universe is a schroedinger's cat-style box, from which no information can be gathered from the outside apart from what it was constructed from.*)

These two ideas have not been strictly proven but my mind is very logical and they have been arrived at through much thought.

By all means go ahead and tell me your point of view, or even that I'm just plain wrong.

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How could I forget?

Any programmer worth his salt would have said
"hello world"

so. .

Hello, world, how do you do?

Id better stop posting lame journal entries now.

Next journal entry is guaranteed to be 100% useful content!

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Filling the void

What a lame subject name...


Where there was once nothing, now there is nothing.void.

I've started this journal to chronicle my rise from humble existence to virtual godness.

I have nothing but the most unrealistic and unachievable of visions, which are bound to be my downfall - like so many who have gone before me. I won't settle for anything less than a 'game' resembling an entire self-sufficient universe in a computer.

Now aside from my stupednous claims, here's a little about my mortal self...

Name: Gavin
Age: 19

Programming Experience: 1 year of university level java, and a small amount of mucking around in C++.

Previous Projects: Failed tetris clone (C++/DirectX)

Occupation: (Studying)
- Information Technology (Computing & Multimedia) at the University of South Australia. - This is a pretty broad degree, covering animation/design as well as programming, IT, etc.

When I'm not programming I'm... either out being immature and destroying braincells or contemplating the meaning(lessness?) existence of which I am a part.

Do understand that rather than being one well-rounded individual I am more akin to 2 exactly opposite individuals in the same body .. not multiple personality, just very confused.

My biggest weakness is... Actually getting anything tangible done. It seems as though im more interested in concepts than their implementation, which I really need to overcome if I want to achieve anything.

Ideas are brewing in my head for both my ultimate dream project and the steps I'll need to take to get there (Let's see... PONG comes to mind.. :( )

More on that to come!

Apart from games, my biggest interest in the computing area would have to be artificial "life", although I'm currently in a philosophical debate with myself about just what is alive and what is not.

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