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So I've not updated this thing in a while and since friday has rolled around I thought I might take some time to tap out an update.

I've finally got a flat sorted out and paid the deposit and rest of the rent for this month so that's one major life stress sorted out. I'll be sharing with two other games programmers, Ben and Martin, (from Realtime Worlds and 4J Studios respectively and one of the artists, Lee, I work with at Caveman. It's a brand new, really well decorated townhouse so it makes an awesome change to some of the nastier places I lived in as a student. We move in next week so it will be a relief to get off of Bob's floor!

Other than that we have seen one of our games Jetski Champion rolled out to some Asian companies and we are about to put it up on Click Gamer also. Our new title Sub-Zero Racer is pretty much complete and ready to ship out. Piccies below:


Jetski Champion


Sub-Zero Racer

Whilst they both look similar and are based on the same core tech they both play remarkably differently which is ace. Work has already started on our next, unannounced title so off we go again.

Our biggest challanges of late have again been caused by damn Motorolas and thier poor garbage collection and general handling of memory. It's pretty damn hard to avoid colossal fragmentation and makes me yearn for the ability to handle your own memory management strategy! Thankfully my bluetooth dongle won't work with the motorolas so our other coder has taken the brunt of trying to organise resource loading in a way that means we don't kill the heap. Meanwhile I have been wrestling with our unholy AI system which seems determined to be non-deterministic. However the pain and frustration has lead through to a decent experience for the player.
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Good news about the flat - wild parties will beckon soon I reckon [smile]

...and damn those pesky motorolas!

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Moving in with Martin eh? That'll be fun.

I'm actually quite impressed by the screens. As you well know i'm not exactly a mobile phone enthusiast but those pics don't look half bad. Hell, if i had a mobile that I could run games on i'd certainly give them a go.

Take care,
Ben

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Very pretty Charles. i too lack the right type of phone but one day when i have a job that pays heaps (or any job at all)i will buy one with the sole purpose of gettin ur games :P i shit you not, life's kinda dull here.
xx

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