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    • By devbyskc
      Hi Everyone,
      Like most here, I'm a newbie but have been dabbling with game development for a few years. I am currently working full-time overseas and learning the craft in my spare time. It's been a long but highly rewarding adventure. Much of my time has been spent working through tutorials. In all of them, as well as my own attempts at development, I used the audio files supplied by the tutorial author, or obtained from one of the numerous sites online. I am working solo, and will be for a while, so I don't want to get too wrapped up with any one skill set. Regarding audio, the files I've found and used are good for what I was doing at the time. However I would now like to try my hand at customizing the audio more. My game engine of choice is Unity and it has an audio mixer built in that I have experimented with following their tutorials. I have obtained a great book called Game Audio Development with Unity 5.x that I am working through. Half way through the book it introduces using FMOD to supplement the Unity Audio Mixer. Later in the book, the author introduces Reaper (a very popular DAW) as an external program to compose and mix music to be integrated with Unity. I did some research on DAWs and quickly became overwhelmed. Much of what I found was geared toward professional sound engineers and sound designers. I am in no way trying or even thinking about getting to that level. All I want to be able to do is take a music file, and tweak it some to get the sound I want for my game. I've played with Audacity as well, but it didn't seem to fit the bill. So that is why I am looking at a better quality DAW. Since being solo, I am also under a budget contraint. So of all the DAW software out there, I am considering Reaper or Presonus Studio One due to their pricing. My question is, is investing the time to learn about using a DAW to tweak a sound file worth it? Are there any solo developers currently using a DAW as part of their overall workflow? If so, which one? I've also come across Fabric which is a Unity plug-in that enhances the built-in audio mixer. Would that be a better alternative?
      I know this is long, and maybe I haven't communicated well in trying to be brief. But any advice from the gurus/vets would be greatly appreciated. I've leaned so much and had a lot of fun in the process. BTW, I am also a senior citizen (I cut my programming teeth back using punch cards and Structured Basic when it first came out). If anyone needs more clarification of what I am trying to accomplish please let me know.  Thanks in advance for any assistance/advice.
    • By Manuel Berger
      Hello fellow devs!
      Once again I started working on an 2D adventure game and right now I'm doing the character-movement/animation. I'm not a big math guy and I was happy about my solution, but soon I realized that it's flawed.
      My player has 5 walking-animations, mirrored for the left side: up, upright, right, downright, down. With the atan2 function I get the angle between player and destination. To get an index from 0 to 4, I divide PI by 5 and see how many times it goes into the player-destination angle.

      In Pseudo-Code:
      angle = atan2(destination.x - player.x, destination.y - player.y) //swapped y and x to get mirrored angle around the y axis
      index = (int) (angle / (PI / 5));
      PlayAnimation(index); //0 = up, 1 = up_right, 2 = right, 3 = down_right, 4 = down

      Besides the fact that when angle is equal to PI it produces an index of 5, this works like a charm. Or at least I thought so at first. When I tested it, I realized that the up and down animation is playing more often than the others, which is pretty logical, since they have double the angle.

      What I'm trying to achieve is something like this, but with equal angles, so that up and down has the same range as all other directions.

      I can't get my head around it. Any suggestions? Is the whole approach doomed?

      Thank you in advance for any input!
       
    • By Allagia X
      An original fantasy RP game needs dedicated, self-motivated, and chill individuals! We have a story and general plot already set up, ready to be expanded upon. 

      Miasma: Twilight Decree is a 2D roleplay adventure game. It’s set in a unique fantasy world with a vast map containing continents and oceans alike. Players are given one objective: to endure the troublous environments Allagia have to offer and successfully progress through time to reach the Age of Technology. The stakes are high, and every character’s actions can alter the world – or reset everything back to the beginning ages. MTD features a blend of survival aspects, dark themes, with the ability to make a mark in the history books.

      What we're currently looking for:
       
      • Writers - Super creative individuals who have experience in lore-making, world-building, and know their way around fantasy writing. All of the general elements are here [setting, plot, etc.] and need some "fluffing out"[quest lines, clans/ factions/ families, etc.]. Bonus points to those who can whip up spells and skills.
      • Artists - Mainly those who specialize in pixelated art, or people who can make concept art [since we lack pictures]. 
      • Project Manager - Someone who is organized and can keep this project on the rails. As thorough as I am, it's difficult to cover all the bases on my own. 
      • Other Positions - Anything else to fill in the gaps. We currently use Wikidot for our wiki; someone with CSS and syntax experience to polish it up would be awesome. A musician/ composer for all things musical. Way later down the road, we'll need community managers, DMs, and the such, though it isn't necessary at the moment. 

      Other information:

      I've been working on this project since the beginning of 2017 with a group of friends. Life basically prohibited a lot of us from continuing on with it, and it went on hiatus for a while. I'm making an attempt to bring this back from the dead since plenty of time and effort went into it beforehand. It goes without saying that I also have a passion for roleplaying. 

      I cannot stress enough that anyone interested should be into fantasy settings or D&D. Otherwise, you're probably not going to have fun with helping!

      We do have a Patreon with a few supporters, and Discord. Until things really start moving, we'll be using Discord to collaborate. 

      For any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to comment below or add me on discord @ Allagia X#9174 [best method of contact] for more info about this project.
    • By Yosef BenSadon
      Hi , I was considering this start up http://adshir.com/, for investment and i would like a little bit of feedback on what the developers community think about the technology.
      So far what they have is a demo that runs in real time on a Tablet at over 60FPS, it runs locally on the  integrated GPU of the i7 . They have a 20 000 triangles  dinosaur that looks impressive,  better than anything i saw on a mobile device, with reflections and shadows looking very close to what they would look in the real world. They achieved this thanks to a  new algorithm of a rendering technique called Path tracing/Ray tracing, that  is very demanding and so far it is done mostly for static images.
      From what i checked around there is no real option for real time ray tracing (60 FPS on consumer devices). There was imagination technologies that were supposed to release a chip that supports real time ray tracing, but i did not found they had a product in the market or even if the technology is finished as their last demo  i found was with a PC.  The other one is OTOY with their brigade engine that is still not released and if i understand well is more a cloud solution than in hardware solution .
      Would there  be a sizable  interest in the developers community in having such a product as a plug-in for existing game engines?  How important  is Ray tracing to the  future of high end real time graphics?
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