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  1. Rolling Dice

    well, I'd like to know which side it lands on so I can put a total up on the screen, but it really doesn't matter as long as it's random. a physics engine is a good idea. originally I was just going to do renders because I didn't think most smart phones had decent 3d engines I'm going to give the Sio2 engine a try because it is made for use with blender. although I hate the idea of using a splash screen thanks for the help
  2. Rolling Dice

    Hello, I'm trying to write a fully 3d dice rolling program. I have all the models done (4, 6, 8, 10, 12, and 20 sided) and I have renders of each face for each die, but I'm having some problems figuring out how to animate them rolling. I've seen other programs that just made the dice spin real fast and go through a standard animation, and they looked okay because you couldn't see the individual sides. I want to render at a much higher quality than the ones I've seen and you can see the sides if they spin at any realistic speed This is the most problematic on the 20 sided die. So, if anyone wants to help me think of an algorithm for handling this issue I'd be most appreciative btw, I'm making this for smart phones with accelerometers and the die will be bouncing off walls. I don't know if this makes it easier or harder.
  3. Best schools for online degree?

    thanks for the advice. I'm probably going to end up at Full Sail learning game design. I'll definitely keep working on my portfolio. the only problem with my flash games is I made them in CS4 and CS3 when I had trial versions, but that expired so now I can't go back and edit them. I'm still learning flashdevelop, hopefully this will allow me to polish them
  4. Best schools for online degree?

    Quote:Original post by Tom Sloper You think wrong. An online degree isn't as good as a "live" (as you call it) degree. But you can only play the cards you've been dealt. I wrote about the online option at http://www.igda.org/games-game-september-2007 - View this forum's FAQ (link above) well, I wasn't really talking about the merits of the education. I'm simply talking about the piece of paper you get at the end. I can handle the learning on my own
  5. Best schools for online degree?

    Quote:Original post by stonemetal Quote:so I just want to get a degree as fast as possible without disrupting my life too much also, I've tried CS, and I just don't like the coursework. during my time in college I didn't learn anything useful outside of learning how to meet a deadline (which I obviously didn't learn too well since I ended up dropping out) Have you thought about trying to get an Associates degree? It would meet the fast part. If were you went for your undergrad wasn't that great have you thought about trying to transfer to a better school? well, I don't want an associate's degree because I imagine there are 9999999999999999 people who have associate degrees in gaming related fields. also, most major studios specifically ask for a bachelors in most of the fields I'm interested in I'd like to transfer as many credits as possible, but it's more important for this to be an online degree or come from a school close to a place I can easily move (currently, arizona, southern california, ohio, nevada, or southern florida as I have family in these places). Full Sail is reasonably close to my place in florida, but it's still too far to commute every day (about 4 hours). I thought about Digipen, but they're in washington. I don't know anyone in washington and I don't know how easy it would be for me to get a job there. I could just get financial aid to cover my cost of living, but that would put me even farther into debt
  6. Best schools for online degree?

    well, since I'm looking at going for a BS in game design, I don't think it will matter whether that is done online or live since that won't be going on my resume. ultimately I'm only going back to school to get my foot in the door. I'll let my work speak for itself, but from my experiences so far most game studios won't even take a second look at your resume unless you have a degree. so I just want to get a degree as fast as possible without disrupting my life too much also, I've tried CS, and I just don't like the coursework. during my time in college I didn't learn anything useful outside of learning how to meet a deadline (which I obviously didn't learn too well since I ended up dropping out)
  7. Best schools for online degree?

    I'd like to get a game design degree, but seeing as no major studio will hire a game designer fresh out of college, programming would be okay. You can always work your way up I don't have an official portfolio yet, I've made two full featured flash games (albeit, the first one isn't anything special) and a small collection of object oriented tools and algorithms in ActionScript 3.0 (an A* pathing AI algorithm and a 2D collision detection algorithm are the standouts) which can be easily converted to C++. I am very fluent in C and C++ as well as ActionScript. I know some Java and Pascal, and have experience scripting with Python, PHP, and Lua. I like to think I have a pretty good handle on programming, but employers like to see that degree I have also taken college courses in Calculus (1-3) and Physics (1-2), so I'd like a school where I could transfer those credits (from Ohio University)
  8. I'm 26 years old and considering I've been trying to break into the gaming industry for a few years without a single callback for an interview, I think it's time to get a degree. The problem with this is I don't want to have to live on a campus as I'm probably going to be holding down a full time job. My question is, what are some good schools to get online game design degrees from? I originally wanted to go to Digipen, but they don't offer an online program. I'm currently looking at Full Sail, but I've heard mixed reviews about that school. Is that school respected in the game industry? I think I could probably get into any game design program (3.4 HS GPA, 32 ACT, 1450 SAT, 4 years of college level coursework, and full length games programmed in flash). I would like to find the best one I can