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  1. Why watching movies is a necessity for games

    If you want to turn your games into movies, then sure. But other than to serve as source of inspiration, no, watching movies is not important to making games.
  2. You are starting to venture into the server-side development, knowing which logic to do on client vs server, how to prevent duplicate entries, and among many other fun things. Once you have your own domain, it's just a matter of updating your CNAME record.
  3. You can turn any computer to a server. Hosting your own server (raspberry pi or not) involves dealing with making sure people from outside can access that box sitting under your desk. You'd most likely need to open up a port on your router. Some say it was that easy, but some others have said that they also need to call their cable provider to let incoming traffic into their home router. YMMV. There exists tools like ngrok to let you tunnel in without having to deal with all above, but they may have certain limitations on the free version. Maintaining a home server is not just making sure it has a cover. It is to also make sure it keeps on running, and your server app is not crashing under any condition. Power outages, network loss, DDoS are some of the things that you need to worry about.
  4. Image Processing Server

    I'll take a stab at this. Client size application that captures the video should be responsible in breaking the video feed into individual frames to reduce server load. Client app then sends those frames to your GPU-loaded server over UDP. Do you need to recompose each frame back to videos? If you do, then you'd need to tag each frame with some sort of a video/frame identifier so they can recomposed later by another background job after the live feed ends.
  5. Does violence stem from video games

    It is true that games are not that beneficial compared to other life skills like playing music or boxing, but I think games bring more value to your life than you have realized, albeit not directly as evident to the aforementioned skills. It depends on what kind of games you play first. Violent games may not add much positivity to a child's development, perhaps negative even; but a puzzle game, a historical game, or a well-written story in a fantasy game can be as useful to a child's development as reading Alice in Wonderland, perhaps more that games are interactive. I am no child development specialist, but when I was playing the latest King Quest game, I thought to myself how engaging this game could be to a child. The silly but harmless actions and scenes throughout the game, added with puzzle elements, could definitely engage a child's brain. Now this, arguably, is one of the most useless aspects in our modern lives. I am not sure if listening to Backstreet Boys then added much to my adult life now. Yeah, it has that social aspect, but you can get your child to socialize through other means.
  6. How do you balance gaming and game dev?

    Not sure if this has been said. Should you play games if you are a game developer? My answer to that question is YES, ABSOLUTELY YES. However, you don't just play games. As you are playing the game, think of what are the things that can be improved with the game. Study the mechanic. Study the special effects, the sounds, the music, the animation. Don't play like gamers who just want to max their settings and FPS. I had stared at the main menu of the first Gears of Wars for several minutes, just to study the background. When does the fire loop. What did they do with the skull logo. I had moved my mouse carefully on the first StarCraft just to find where the collision boxes are. One old fighting game allowed me to pause and move frame by frame, and I did it, just to study the effect when you got hit. Fighting games especially spend quite a lot of time fine tuning it to make fighting feel "right". Those punches feel like you hit something rather than just a weak flowing animation. Skipping/pausing animation frames, flashing screens, jitter the characters, little splash effects, the acceleration of the characters as they got hit with little dust animation on the ground. These observations translate well into your career. One time I was able to use it for a hack-and-slash platformer game I made, and made swinging swords feel a lot better. I paused the animation for 20ms as it hit the enemy. If followed by another button press during that pause, cancel the rest of the animation, enter the next attack animation but skipped the first few frames making combo attacks faster. Try it on the recent Street Fighter games, you will see the difference. All these details are intentional and important, and make the difference between a hobbyist game vs professionally-made game. TLDR: Basically, play games like you are their QA and designer.
  7. I am using an old laptop that has the 1TB additional HDD. Is it convenient to have additional storage? Yes, but not as much as you think. I would say the additional HDD is not worth it for an extra $100. If you want to keep large files or backup, an external HDD seems like a better choice.
  8. Favourite cocktails?

    I enjoy an Old Fashioned myself. Some bars are not usually fully stocked for an OF however, in which case I fall back to my previous favorite Tom Collins, a bitter and sour drink with gin as the base alcohol. Cranberry + Passion Fruit reminded me of Sex on the Beach, but I got mixed up between Passion Fruit and Peach. If you know the base alcohol (vodka, gin, tequila, or rum), you can identify it better, but I believe the drink you are looking for is Passion Fruit Bay Breeze, part of the Breeze drinks family. The pulp is just a variation made up by the local bar you got it from. Another of my personal favorite that I found by myself is rum and coconut juice. This tropical beach combination is just super refreshing. I might improve it with crushed mint as garnish.
  9. One game called Ishar, a first-person team-based RPG. I played that game day and night for days, till my computer was toasted. Starcraft was another game that I got addicted to. Uncharted Waters was another RPG I got hooked. I played this so much that I could draw the map of the world with pretty good accuracy and proportion. Then there are NES games that I still play even recently. I could do no-death speedrun of Contra and Ninja Gaiden I and III. I have lost some of the timings now, but trying to get those back.
  10. Some companies do this, most notably and recently is Yahoo! Mail (gasp! yes I am still using that). They would let users know before the update, and let them have the option to try it, and a feedback button. Yes at least Yahoo Mail is doing all things right when it comes to software and managing changes, although the company as a whole is a completely different story. Why they do this? I am pretty sure it varies from one company to another. On one I used to work at, it was because the product managers had a lot pressure to drive more users, clicks, and views, and when they had exhausted all options, usually a UI redesign is on the list of things to try. Did they test it out? Yes. They conduct AB testing, but I am pretty sure as a user you either see it or you won't ever. I remember catching Amazon.com UI change back several years ago. They don't seem to move forward with that idea. What about Skype or Spotify? Maybe they did, maybe they didn't. *shrugs*
  11. About Europe outside of Europe

    Well, I still don't know what country you are from, so I am just going to assume somewhere in Eastern Europe. At least for me, there wasn't much historical coverage on Eastern European history. And to this day, I would still find interesting bits of facts about that region. All the things I have said about European colonization I guess would apply to western Europeans (starting from Germany-ish), e.g UK, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal. I think Eastern Europe and Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, the -stans) is where the east truly meets the west, a true blend of cultures. Here in America, they would typically use "East meets West" when there's a white actor in a Jackie Chan movie, or a dating ad.
  12. About Europe outside of Europe

    Why not. Actually discussing history should be encouraged, as long as nobody is trying to smear/hide what actually happened no matter how dark and bleak. Since I have never lived in Europe, and the longest period I have ever put my feet on European soil was just over one week, here's what I think (and was taught) happened in Europe chronologically: 1. Greek Philosophy and democracy happened. 2. Then the Roman Empire happened. Lots of the blood spilled, lots of war, but in the end, several hundred years of Roman civilization. The Romans kind-of took the Greek's philosophy and democracy into practice at a larger scale. Also, administration and aqueducts. 3. Roman Empire collapsed, then nothing happened for close to 1000 years (?) except misery, the Black Plague, and corrupt Catholic Church, until the Renaissance. 4. Renaissance happened, lots of paintings and sculptures, science, and also the crusader wars with the Ottoman. 5. Then the colonization happened, where Europeans suddenly got rich from enslaving dozens of countries. If you want to talk about politics, this is where the "white man's fault" or "whitewashing of history" practically begins its history. As someone with Asian background, we all knew that the Asians (not just the Chinese, but also Indians, Persians, Middle Eastern) had explored and traded with other continents (including America) and countries long before the Renaissance happened, but none of us really had the urge to invade or colonize at the scale of what the Europeans did (one major exception is the Mongols and the Huns, although the Huns were more barbaric in nature and cared less about building an empire). Now back to present. Many people outside of Europe still believe that Europeans are still reaping the rewards of the colonization until today. The whitewashing of history, the identity that 'white people are better looking', racial stereotypes, and so on and so forth. So much wealth and resources were earned during the colonization period that some may argue that it's still going even until today. Many countries in Europe got their 'developed' status despite their lack of natural resources, while the richer (colonized) countries who had received their independence many still stuck at the 'developing' status. They argue that this is because the Europeans purposely prevented the locals (the colonized) from receiving education because they were meant to be kept as slaves. When you give people with lack of education, lack of wealth, lack of identity, and lack of power a sudden possession of power like a country, they will turn corrupt. A typical characteristic of a 3rd world country (many of which were colonies) is a corrupt and authoritarian government but does not know how to run a country. Anyway, that's what I think of Europe, and many other people perhaps more-or-less share this view. I am not labeling the present Europeans evil, but do think that they are enjoying many benefits that they are taking for granted from the colonization era. Because of this, any white person (European/America/Australian) who formed strong and vocal but distasteful opinions of how other race look, or how people in other countries live, or (appropriation of) their culture, can receive backlash due to the assumed ignorance from living in a privileged life at the expense of others. Kind of like an ex-master who criticized how an ex-slave should live when the master himself had imposed so much damage physically and psychologically to the slave. I also think this is why the White-Black relations in America is taking a very long time to heal. You don't cripple someone then make fun of them for sitting on a wheelchair.
  13. Grown out of playing games

    I am quite of an oddball like yourself. I don't own any modern console. Last one that I am still using is a PS3 for Netflix and media center. My laptop is running Linux. So I would only play mobile games now, but even that is limited to one game at a time. If I got into a game, I would endlessly play that game for a few months straight, and really get into it. But once I quit, I delete it and never look back. Right now I am playing none, and the bar is set pretty high for me to get into any game now. I am somewhat jealous of my gamer friends, or reading the threads on /r/gaming. I can't seem to get into it much because most games nowadays are quite demanding of your time, and also money thanks to freemium and DLC. Yet, somehow they still find that joy of gaming.
  14. Well, The biggest reason was because I was watching these movies for free (in hotel room and in-flight movies) :D. If I had paid, I would have forced myself to sit through them. SPOILERS ALERT
  15. It's been several years since I keep up with Hollywood movies, and this is one of the reasons why I stopped watching new movies. In Hollywood last few years, there's been a surge of movies and TV series featuring female heroines. Some of them are quite fitting, but some others are forced diversity. Ghostbusters is one of them. TBH, I don't like how they rebranded Ghostbusters, although I am very okay with Hunger Games. You don't just swap a man for a woman and expects everything fits the same. Women can be heroines in their own stories. I stopped watching Star Wars Force Awakens halfway. I stopped watching XXX Return of Xander Cage 15 mins into the movie. Put yourself on the director's seat when watching these movies, and assume every shot, every frame, and every angle is intentional; they'd become shitty movies with shitty stories. People push their agendas through movies and games, though much less on games. Blizzard games tend to be better at this, maybe because their dev teams are diverse to begin with. Maybe that's what game developers should do before attempting to insert diversity in their games. If you happen to have an all-white team members, for example, don't include some random Black/Asian/Indian symbolisms and call it diversity. I find reality to be much more interesting than man-made stories of Hollywood and video games. Real people with real stories. They are many untold stories from all civilizations, much more than Hollywood can and want to cover.