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  8. [b]@landagen:[/b] Thank you! I've been working on the server/client side by side since very early on, I find it's best to get them both of the ground as early and as close to the same time as possible. All of my friends suck so sadly I can't really show off all the multi-player functionalities in the videos. The server/client are written in C++, I'm not using a database though. I haven't really found the need for one; I just need to save one file for each character and one for each account. The server reads and writes everything to different folders, I find the fore mentioned method to be lot more simple and strait forward than using a database. I get that question a lot though, perhaps I've always just missed something? I encountered frighteningly similar circumstances when I started up a team as well (previous project); this time around I'm going to be a lot more selective, and try to stick to 3 people max joining the team. I'm hoping that will solve the problems that I encountered before.
  9. [b]@JustChris: [/b]Nahh, If you have Vista or Win7 you will be fine!
  10. [font="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif"][b] @Nikke:[/b] Thanks, I chose to use DirectX 11 (same goes for shader model 4.0) to make things easier for myself. I understand that [i]that[/i] choice may have narrowed the potential audience I can reach.[/font][font="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif"] [url="http://marketshare.hitslink.com/os-market-share.aspx?spider=1&qprid=11"][clicky][/url][/font] [i](DX11 makes viv win7/vista only)[/i] [font="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif"]Misc reasons for choosing DX11:[/font] [font="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif"]-I wanted to use the most up to date APIs for this project. -I programmed all this by myself so I thought I'd make things easier and simpler by choosing just one DirectX version. -I've got more experience with DirectX11 than with DX9. -I have a DirectX11 graphics card -DirectX11 is going to be supported further in the future than DX9.[/font] [font="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif"]-Win7's popularity is growing[/font] [font="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif"]-I wont be done with the project for about another year...[/font]
  11. [b]Update posted.[/b]
  12. [b]@Ashaman73:[/b] Thanks for the feedback I will consider doing what you mentioned. Development Started June 2ed 2010 Ssooo.. 413 days ago (1.13 years). I first started to try to create a game like this one about 6 years ago (starting over a lot and redesigning things better since then). Iv never gotten this far. Based on current projections I'm predicting it will take another year more to get to beta. I did all the art-work for the game (meshes/textures/gui etc etc), which surprisingly I'm starting to dread doing [img]http://public.gamedev.net/public/style_emoticons/default/sad.gif[/img]. I'm also starting to notice that I get that question a lot [img]http://public.gamedev.net/public/style_emoticons/default/mellow.gif[/img]... I am torn as to whether I should try to start up a team, I have tried before and it didn't go so hot. I used windows live movie maker 2011 for the progress video but I do not recommend it as it butchers the video's quality and you can only output one format; it's fairly easy to use though.
  13. [font=arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif][size=2][b]Update posted.[/b][/size][/font]
  14. [font=arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif][size=2]Hey guys I've made some more progress... [url="http://vansicklegames.com/Data/Media/images/58.png"][img]http://vansicklegames.com/15.png[/img][/url] [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYsbQ18-2mM[/media] [url="http://vansicklegames.com/"][clicky][/url] If you want to see more...[/size][/font]