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  1. Wow, I guess I've been here a little while too. I'm curious how many people who've been members for 5+ years have actually completed an entire game? Anybody other than Colin Jeanne?
  2. Well for me, I try to squeeze it in when I can. But I have a wife I love to death and I barely get to spend quality time with her, so game programming is typically put on the back-burner. My day typically goes: - Program for work - Come home and take care of household stuff - My wife comes home and we cook/eat dinner - We go over the "business" side of the marriage (finances, errands, etc) By the time we get to do anything romantic there's only a two or three hours left in the day (if that), which typically turns into watch TV until bed (not very romantic). Weekends typically involve visiting other people or working on the house. So it's hard to get a solid block of hours to program just for fun. I don't even want to think about how much harder it'll be when I have kids.
  3. I wrote a thread a long while ago that explains loading a bitmap. It may give you some pointers: You can check it out here.
  4. If you mean Beat-em-up like "Double Dragon" or "Final Fight", I had posted advice on collision detection to someone a long time ago. This should give you an idea of the kind of challenges you'll face doing a 2D Beat-em-up. 2D Beat-em-up Collision Detection
  5. There are a few in Minnesota. When I attended the Twin Cities IGDA meeting I met a few of them. Here's the summary of speakers at that particular meeting: http://igda.org/wiki/index.php/IGDA_Twin_Cities/Education_and_Games_Panel
  6. I've been writing payroll integration solutions for ADP a little while now and think I'm ready to persue my dream of developing games professionally in the near future. I plan on moving to the DC area at the end of 2007, and I was curious what game studios are in the area (30 mile radius). So far I've found these: Firaxis Day:1:Studios Bethesda Softworks Big Huge Games BreakAway Games Mythic Entertainment Have I missed any? Does anybody that works in the area writing games want to share their experiences working with their company?
  7. That's mighty impressive. Mike always handed my ass to me :) Check this out. The whole game beaten in under 20 minutes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kgu-2suXhmI&mode=related&search=
  8. Original Poster (which would be you).
  9. You may like Xploding Plastics. You can even listen to their music online at their website, so you don't have to worry about illegally downloading their music just to see if you like it
  10. It's a really great anime and I highly recommend watching it. After that, go read the Manga. It's my favorite manga by FAR right now. I promise you that you'll love it too. If you need translations of the japanese manga you can get the translations at skullknight.net. You'll need to have your own copy of the manga, which means importing. Either that, or buy the Dark Horse comics releases (which aren't censored).
  11. That's quite the resume. I've added the RSS feed of your blog to my bookmark toolbar, so you better keep updating it [wink]
  12. Quote:Original post by adventuredesign Quote:One kid is seriously hurt The kid passed of brain trama two nights ago. That's horrible. I hope his family get's through this tough time ok. I'm curious, I'd imagine that the old man has charges against him. Will you appear in court to testify against him?
  13. Wow, tough break. I hope nobody was seriously injured. Get better soon [smile]
  14. Hey, thanks for doing this. I got a few questions: Like fastlane69, how do you get the opprotunity to pitch to an investor? When you get the pitch opprotunity, what would an indie have to do to give a knock-out pitch? The kind of pitch where they say "Damn, I'm impressed! I can't wait to see this make money for us." Just how many investors are out there? And how easy / hard is it to get funding from one? What kind of control does an investor want over the project? What does a VC expect to get from an Indie when they agree to fund their project / marketing / etc?
  15. Oh, I understand what you are saying now. You're right. I was under the impression that the .NET framework would automatically print only the pages in the range. I'll have to write code to print only the selected pages. Thanks for your help.