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The Object Model (and Happy Code)

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HopeDagger

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Okay, this is neat. Maybe not from the perspective of your average gamer, but I think that fellow developers respect a good chunk of decent code design. I know I do.

Prior to recently (read: all work preceeding (and including) Membrane Massacre), writing good code just wasn't something that I bothered with. To me, finishing the game quickly was more important. Or rather, it used to be. As a result -- I'm sure you all know -- this resulted in tons of ugly hacks here and there, redundant code, and a handful of virtually untraceable bugs. I'm sure I've done a pretty good job of hiding this shameful facts in my games thus far, but this item keeps on coming back to haunt me whenever I attempt to take on a large project such as Skirmish: bad code drags me down. For small to medium games I can generally get away with it; even Membrane Massacre, a 5-month-long excursion, managed to reach completion with fairly hackish code. I don't think I would be able to add much more to it at this point, but I'm starting to dislike the idea of "just barely surviving game completion". What is one to do?


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