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  1. Starfarer: Celestial Spheres

    wonderful palette of colors used there. Its an art in itself to create a good color composition for a game!
  2. The Wheels Start Turning

    "Now I just got too actually code this stuff which shouldn't take too long at all!" Well done, you didn't instantly fall into the code generation trap that these kind of UML tools dangle in front of your nose. You gotta hate all these tools pretending they can do the work for you, and the programmers who believe that.
  3. looks awesome. Love how the soldier looks like he has been risen from the dead; I can imagine that soldiers would look like that during a war
  4. Ocean Rendering

    My jaw is in the floor. Luckily you don't need your mouth to type. Amazing!!!
  5. Faking It: Platform Game Ai

    Nice post. Its always nice to read about a more programmatic game approach to AI than an attempt to model the brain. Its a far more fun and understandable view on intelligence. Seeing how you define your rules and inputs, I immediately start to think about a rule engine (such as JBoss Drools) as a basis for simplified and specific artificial intelligence. Would be cool if you could tell the rule engine the state and let it decide what has to happen based on the state and a set of (configurable) rules. Hmm...
  6. Editor V0.3

    I wish you luck with this project! I've been hacking away on a level editor myself for about three years now and after four iterations (read: start from scratch) ending up in something with code that has grown out of control and a user interface that is simply not user friendly I had enough. I am my own customer and when I started to use it and was always frustrated with how cumbersome certain common tasks would be. The last interation looked INCREDIBLY slick, had all the improvements needed to the previous three iterations and it was very flexible and versatile... but it just wasn't quick enough to use and the generic nature of it simply caused me to do things in a workaround type of fashion, in stead of doing it the way the game wants to have it. I couldn't just give it to someone else and say "here, take a look" without having to give a manual where to fill in what type of information to get the game to accept it. The fifth iteration is currently underway and I've simply adopted a new strategy. I'm not creating a level editor; I'm creating a game editor specifically for the game I'm developing. And for the next game I'm going to copy/paste the code, change some names and modify it to the needs of the new game. Away with generic abstraction, hurray copy/paste/edit! All of a sudden I don't have to answer such fun questions as "What if the user removes graphic 102345 when that graphic is used once in only level 1337"?
  7. Untitled

    when it comes to games, I prefer simple to complex. In that respect I find the way that the UI in Guild Wars is implemented the best. Some elements are dynamic in size, others are static. But through an ingame configuration option you can still toggle, resize and position most if not all of the static elements to your taste, which you will usually do just once. It has that "don't nag me unless I want you to nag me!" kind of deal going on, and that is exactly what I like in an UI; it doesn't get in my way and still provides me the bells and whistles I need.
  8. scary FPS, I don't really see the appeal. Somehow things just aren't that scary when you have a big gun in your hand. Scary survival horror game with coop, now that has potential in my opinion. Give the players the ability to signal each other and to cause distractions, but no weapons or any kind of killing allowed. Just try to gtf out of there through waves of enemies, each with a different focus and behavior. Somehow getting someone killed must give a penalty to the other players to really get the need for teamwork in there - for example, you have to leave an area with everyone alive, and everyone needs to be in a certain spot to have dead players be revived. Just an idea, I'm not sure yet if it is a good, bad or terrible one ;)
  9. A cautionary tale...

    Yep, I'll certainly take lesson out of that story. Ah memories... I remember one weekend where me and a bunch of guys would get together and we'd code a demo (not 64k, we were not THAT bold) within 48 hours. We were with four guys, it was going to be easy! In the end we spent 48 hours to get a 3DS model of a church to display with textures. I don't think we made another attempt after that.
  10. Dredmor Beta and The Interaction Problem

    Putting on my game playing cap now, not the game developing one. I have far more experience with that cap on :) the best way (IMO) to get people to learn how to do things: make sure they HAVE to do it, without it being abundantly apparent that it is done as a learning tool. As the previous poster suggested, a tutorial level where you have to go through the steps to learn how to do the things would be best; the only help you give is to (optionally) say "you have to do this and that, good luck". For example: how to break pots? Put a line of pots blocking a hallway, give the player an axe to pickup and if they want to continue they'll just have to smash those suckers. No guidance needed, if you cannot work this out you are not fit to play games. for added gameplay value, make the axe a reward to be found in a chest or something. How to combine? Well give the player two items to combine and make sure they need the end result to be able to continue. You give them the two items, you give them a hint "you need to combine these to be able to progress...". That way the tutorial is part of the game itself and it becomes "fun" because you have to work it out in stead of the information being fed to you - working out problems is fun, being held by the hand is not.
  11. How to kill your product

    Well be sure to every few years burn that dvd again, because they do deteriorate over time. Wouldn't be fun that after 9 years you need to install it again, only to figure out your cd/dvd has rotted away in the box :)
  12. But can your sprites be represented by vectors? Vector graphics are usually used for items that can actually scale, like fonts and objects consisting of abstract surfaces, such as cartoon style drawings. It seems to me like you should build up your sprites out of separate pieces which you can swap out. Each part would then have the same compatible animations which play synchronously.
  13. how would you go about learning other computing languages? Well the answer is simple really, I buy a book, I study it and I apply the knowledge to test applications. In the mean time I prepare an application design that I want to implement using the new language and/or tools. Something useful, not a "hello world". It is better to have a real project to implement than do simple test stuff, as with the real project you are forced to go beyond the simple layer and into the more complex programming problems, simply because you have a good reason to spend the time to do so.
  14. I suck at math!

    Quote: The downside is, now that I want to get back into maths at my own speed, I can find no book or tutorial that doesn't skip over some of the essentials required to correctly understanding the basics. So while I used to know differential calculus, today I have no idea what that means, why I would want to calculate a derivative etc, and even if I did, I can't factorize or transpose the equation because every tutorial I read skips over the only bits that read them to learn. Aha! Finally somebody else with the same problem I have. Math books are great, but they all require some sort of minimal knowledge base to be able to understand what is written and many of the books even just make plain assumptions that you know this stuff, without making any reference to it. Well, I don't know it anymore. So what am I to do?
  15. I suck at math!

    no you are not alone, I truly am terrible at math. I like math and I desperately want to learn it (especially trig), but I have a block in my brain where I either just not see it, or I cannot hold on to the knowledge somehow. It doesn't help that my memory for numbers is terrible; I can only remember one or two steps, and then I lose what I had memorized and I have to start over with the equation... something easily solved with a pen and a piece of paper of course (two tools that saved me through school) :)