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  1. xD Chronus we don't need it. (I hope 0.o) I've been slacking off on the easy stuff, but thankfully HL2 has loading times, and I have pen and paper. I'll find a scanner or camera and upload my plans soon.
  2. I'm struggling with physics (yes, you heard right). I successfully got ODE working on my computer, only to find out that it requires modifications for each computer, which is not good. So I'm tinkering with NovodeX, it seems awesome, better than Havok, but it's much more difficult. When I get level loading done (right after physics) I'll post some screenshots.
  3. Dude, Direct3D is a renderer, along with OpenGL. Basically what your saying is you may not use any library that advertises itself as 3D, which is completely unfair to us that don't program in 2D. Before you make assumptions, look at the Ogre source. It's basically just a thin abstraction of OpenGL and DirectX. So next time, think before you become an ass-umer.
  4. Who needs to finish judging before we find out who one?
  5. One hour till it begins. We should have a thread for submissions ONLY.
  6. I can't wait 'till all these games are finished and released.
  7. Is there any way we can find out if the game runs on the computer's the judges will have (besides finding a friend with the minimum system reqs). Heh if anyone has a computer with the exacty recommended min sys reqs, I'd post a thread in september, you'll get alot of free previews ;)
  8. Awesome, thanks again. I hope you'll see us in the contest.
  9. Nude zombies, eewwk. I'll watch out for your game ;)
  10. Nice catch Anon. Thanks guys! Oh and the book was Beginning OpenGL Game Programming.
  11. My psychic ability tells me your game involves... PIRATES! Actually my next task is a map editor. I'm thinking about using some old code from Reality Factory, which is from the makers of Beyond Virtual (which is surprisingly one of the prizes). Oh and about Manga (sp) engine, don't say it's not his without first looking at the details. It's just textures, light maps, and some FABULOUS artwork (although the rail and shell look astonishingly like HL2's), so I wouldn't give up the contest yet.
  12. Nope the character is a spy for the rebel group (the good guys)
  13. How many books have they written together? And is anyone sure I'm allowed to use this name?
  14. Quote:Original post by Michalson show off how good their entry is - source code, save game states, design documentation or early demos If we don't would we automatically get points off? Or if we do will we automatically get points on? Cause I have a feeling our game code will make us lose points if it's judged ;)
  15. Soft constant followed by a vowel, that and I sound like a nerd (which I am, but don't want to sound like) when I say it. Anyhow now that you know the authors, can you guess what the book is? (everyone has it)