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Weekend Reading: Tales from Journal Land

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Here are your Journal Land entries from the period of 8/30 - 9/7

One of our members started multiple journals. Not sure how I feel about that. Actually, I thought we had non-staff users restricted to a single journal, but with recent member group additions/changes some permissions may have been loosened or improperly set. Anyone else feel that having multiple journals would help you out? My opinion is that if you have multiple distinct topics to discuss in your journal, you should use the Categories system to make it easy for people to follow the topic they want. Discuss in the comments.

Stop by and check out new Journal Land author mousetail!

Project Updates

  • Evolution - studentTeacher has finished refactoring his code for Evolution and shows off what his new 3D Perlin noise terrain generation looks like
  • Better Than Accounting - BensBucketGames has people beaming up to the UFO and is also looking for good free software to capture video
  • BGBTech: The Status Update - cr88192 is thinking it might be easier for him to ditch 3D and go with 2D instead, focusing on a platformer to cater to his strengths with 2D
  • Journal of EDI - EDI announces a break from development through Sept and Oct for Revel Immortal but not before they push out some new features and changes with v0.13
  • Caveman - Norman Barrows has some images and the overview of his "[color=rgb(40,40,40)][font=arial]fully immersive 3d Paleo-World simulator"[/font][/color]
  • Project Z - Norman Barrows collects his thoughts on the Z game library and engine in this journal
  • DMD 'Ware - polyfrag shows off some "ghetto modeling" as he can't afford something like Maya and can't quite yet grasp Blender so he's working with Milkshape. Still looks pretty good to me
  • Squared'D's Journal - Squared'D recollects on how Project B has slowly started to come together since the very beginning of the year
  • Merry Prankster Games - gdunbar is back to work on Unannounced SENG Game, and has a new screenshot to prove it
  • Making a Terrain Generator - TheChubu has made available a GUI interface for his terrain generator for anyone to play around with, crafting their own landscapes

    Game Dev Stuffs

    • Richards Software Ramblings - ericrrichards22's latest writeup on SlimDX and D3D 11 covers camera picking, based on material from the book Introduction to 3D Game Programming with Direct3D 11.0 by Frank Luna
    • BGBTech: The Status Update - cr88192 has info on his new audio codec, BTAC 2A
    • Chronicles of the Hieroglyph - Jason Z talks about the Going Native 2013 conference that happened this week and also discusses how the phasing out of the DirectX MVP specialty has reconnected him to C++
    • Gamedev info - Norman Barrows collects various useful bits of game development resources and information in this journal
    • Leadwerks Developer Blog - Josh Klint has details for a new update to Leadwerks 3.0's terrain system
    • A different way - Norman Barrows collects "alternative thoughts on game development" in this journal
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I just wanted to mention that I had already created a second journal months ago (granted I don't post as much these days). Admittedly, I just wanted to see if the system would let me create a new one, and it did, so.. I did. I see nobody noticed :p I had no other real motive to do so, and will gladly destroy it and move the offending entries to my original journal if needed.


Perhaps if the feature were named "developer blogs" or similar, people would be more inclined to stick to a single personal journal, but as it stands my opinion is that calling them journals encourages using more than one, as to me a journal comes closer to documenting a particular project, subject, or topic in particular, than being a repository of disjointed entries.


Also, I guess categories are useful but they don't have the same discoverability as a journal name. That is probably not an issue on Gamedev though, as most entries are - I imagine - discovered by finding them in the "recent journal entries" list, and I enjoy reading any and all entries when I have time.

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My opinion is that it shouldn't matter how many journals someone has.  Which journal someone uses is not as important as the fact that they produce the content and share it with everyone.  You may not know how someone would design their content if they are able to use multiple journals, so maybe there could be something unique and interesting about how they do it.  The point is, unless there is a really important need to restrict them then let them be available for people to express themselves according to their own wishes.


That is just my opinion, I would be happy to hear others!


By the way, I will stick to using a single journal even if the option for multiples are allowed.  It should just be the developer's choice, instead of imposing an arbitrary limitation...

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Which journal someone uses is not as important as the fact that they produce the content and share it with everyone.


Very good point!


I'm new-ish here, but it seems like the journals are designed for the benefit of the authors and the readers. If readers don't like the way the author has organised their posts (categories, multiple journals or both), they can let the author know.


I have no objection to multiple journals. smile.png




EDIT: Oh, and one journal per game will probably link up to the Indie Project pages better?

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