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  1. Devry & Westwood Game Programming Degrees

    Yah, even my physics class at my high school is grounded in calc (I took calc BC already and am taking a calc class at OSU) by the wayyy, have you ever considered simply looking up the information you want online? I do that for pretty much everything now; I'm not talking about the junk thats the absolute basics written by people who know hardly more than that, I mean the university journals. Almost everything you could want can be found at a much higher level if you search google using the proper industry/academic terms. For instance, searching "probabilistic roadmap path planning for multi robot systems" yields many great articles on path finding that, thankfully, have moved beyond the simplistic A*=solves everything paradigm.
  2. particle physics engine for RTS game exposions

    Its just the normal java library and JOGL, the opengl binaries converted to java.
  3. RTS engine

    Its not hard to make one yourself : ) I love RTS games and have been programming awhile; sooooo I decided to create my own RTS engine. So far there is a framework in place to design AIs to fight against other AIs or human players (I had some friends make AIs), editors for making units, weapons for the units, and shots for the weapons, and a model editor for creating models (though I havent made much use of it yet, im still working out the kinks). And, of course, all in 3d thanks to the wonders of the Java OpenGL bindings (JOGL) and made my own particle physics engine for explosions. I've only been working for a week or two but a video of the engine can be found at:
  4. Hi all! I've been working on an RTS engine of my own for a little while now and I was wondering, are there any good Java particle physics engines? I made my own (luckily particle physics are super simple) but is there anything better I can use? If not, any advice for improving it? A video of the game can be found here: yes, i realize that the models need some work; i've only been working on the game work a week or two PS I found a ton of papers written by several researchers at Carnegie Mellon on game physics, should I make a full physics engine (one that does rigid/non-rigid body physics in addition to particle physics)?
  5. Is it truly necesarry to use models made in other programs? It seems like such a pain to learn to use the overly complicated software when all I want are simple models. Thus, my question, should I go through the work to create my own model editor (and almost certainly files too), or should I simply hax together a model loader and jump of the Blender bandwagon? I program in Java and a quick demo of what the editor can do can be found here: as of now it can define points (their positions are stored relative to another point so if an arm joint moves the points along the arm will move with it), connect those points to form triangles, and, of course, save and load my own brand of model files. Should i continue to work on it or am i wasting my time?
  6. OpenGL JOGL link errors

    Hi, I'm making an RTS that uses the Java OpenGL binding JOGL. However, I'm stuck in eclipse right now and I have no way to jar the game up into somthing playable. The libraries dont link for whatever reason. I tried: System.load(System.getProperty("user.dir")+System.getProperty("file.separator")+"lib"+ System.getProperty("file.separator")+"gluegen-rt.dll"); System.load(System.getProperty("user.dir")+System.getProperty("file.separator")+"lib"+ System.getProperty("file.separator")+"jogl_awt.dll"); System.load(System.getProperty("user.dir")+System.getProperty("file.separator")+"lib"+ System.getProperty("file.separator")+"jogl.dll"); System.load(System.getProperty("user.dir")+System.getProperty("file.separator")+"lib"+ System.getProperty("file.separator")+"jogl_cg.dll"); The above code is in the main method of the starter class and is called before anything else. There are no errors (except 1) yet it says it doesnt link. The directories above are correct (it tells me in dripping red ink when they are not). The only thing I might have wrong is the last library never links. Its spits out some red stuff in the eclipse console. Do I have to link the libraries in any specific order? ps: all it says is that it cannot "find dependent libraries", it loads the others alright though : (
  7. make your own scripting language?

    thanks for the comment on the video :) I was thinking about a scripting language for actions the models would do. For instance, I think after I make the modeling program ill reuse it as often as possible. However, to get greater functionality out of it, the models would have to perform action specific to whatever game i used them in. Thus, if they had a simple scripting language allowing them to move joints, rotate themselves, fire their weapon, etc they could be easily implemented in any game. All the language would need would be some key underlying commands for movement of the the vertices and then something for defining methods that make use of either other methods or the underlying intrinsic methods o! by the way, I made another game that used user written files to command the AI units. I had a couple of my friends write AIs this way and it worked nicely. Everything was in java and I did use a custom class loader that i wrote to dynamically load everything that was necesary for the AI .class files to work. (the game was a compettive AI fight so that actual code for each AI was fairly secret (yes, i suppose they could have decompiled the .class files); that's we i decided on keeping them in the .class format, couldnt "accidentally" open it easily)
  8. make your own scripting language?

    but the language doesn't need to do much, only some model manipulations. to implement another scripting language i would have to go through the trouble of getting it to work with java. to make my own seems about the same work
  9. I've been making my own RTS for a couple weeks now but it lacks models. Because I used OpenGL (which doesn't include an intrinsic model loader) I decided to make a model editor of my own. However, I was wondering, should I make a scripting language of my own? Or, would it be simpler to simply implement Lua or some other already created language. Any thoughts would be appreciated. p.s. a video of early gameplay is available at if you want to see the game engine
  10. I tried my hand at this game engine stuff. Here's what I got: It's an RTS. It has an AI framework built in too and I had some of my friends make computers to play against. There's one main class that regulates the callings to many smaller classes that handle each aspect of the game. Everything's in the early stages of development though.