Resources for people who want to get into game development

Hey guys, someone contacted me about adding some more resources for people who want to get into Game Development. Their daughter Sarah found this as a helpful resource, and it looks to have a lot of good info, so hopefully it can help you guys too!

Programming Guide For Video-Gamers: http://ithare.com/programming-guide-for-video-gamers/

It contains information on how traditional game development is done, as well as different careers in game development. Thank you Sandy and Sarah for sharing it!

Tron: Legacy’ Review

I have been waiting to see  ‘Tron: Legacy’ since the first day I saw the first trailer. I had seen the original years after it had come out, in a time when the graphics were already quite old, yet I found it a very fascinating overall story, and a unique visual theme.

The Tron Legacy previews and teasers have done an excellent job of hyping up the movie, and have made it my most anticipated movie of the year.

I was worried about seeing the movie- the movie “Inception” had also been hyped as “the next matrix”, and “a great movie”, and I had been disappointed when seeing it, not because it was a bad movie, but because I had been expecting a movie on caliber of the first Matrix, or better, so the movie left me with a slightly bad impression.

Is Tron Legacy be doomed to the same fate? Not at all!

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New Blog about New topics in computer graphics!

I’ve decided to start this blog to talk about new games / movies, short movies and even ads that are visually impressive (and backed by good content).

I’ve been into cg for a long time, and have been using 3d studio max since R3, but have focused more on programming. Still, my favorite movies of all time include most of the Pixar ones.

I also wanted to start this blog to have reviews and discussions on new games and movies.

Spiderman Shattered Dimensions Review…

I renter “Spiderman Shattered Dimensions” for wii to try it out, since I like a good spiderman game.

To sum it up in one sentence: one of the worst spiderman games I’ve played.

The reviews are a little above average, and the concept sounds cool, but the controls are frustratingly bad. I’ve had to go through several sections repeatedly because they don’t respond consistently.
In the electro level for instance, there are green “electro shooters” that zap you with green beams. How to kill them? Simple, just zip over and blamo. Right? Nope- for some reason every time you use the “zip over there” button/motion, spiderman targets the biggest or sometimes closest enemy… so you can’t take them out until you finish off all the other guys, or manage to get right next to them, which defeats the purpose of web zipping.

Add to that the inability to web 90% of the time- the key doesn’t work. Tap jump twice to use a web to get up higher… doesn’t work most times.. Tap another key to web sling…. which again doesn’t work half the time.

The only real controls that work are walking around and jumping- web zipping to guys only works if there are only ground guys, all about the same level.

I couldn’t really recommend the game, except for tips for other developers how to develop frustrating, non-consistent control schemes. Other than being unable to control your character in almost every situation, it seemed to have potential.

It’s obvious that there is a lot of work put into the game, but they really shouldn’t have moved beyond the design phase if they couldn’t get the controls down with the different types of enemies they have. They work great for simple enemies, but anything more advanced, and it’s “kaput”!

Web of shadows was a far more enjoyable game, even if it had fairly repetitive play (how else are you going to make a game last 10hrs?)

Solved resize problem/ scaling and aspect problem in flash as3…

I’ve been thinking about setting up my game for redoing the size of the graphics, so computers with high resolution displays(like mine and most gamers) could benefit from the look of the game, as well as people with small screens(800×600 -1024×768- average mid west american).
On setting flash to scale to 100% width and height, it would scale the game as if the browser was 2/3s larger…
I googled, tried many “fixes”, including editing and changing as3 code to try and deal with it.

What finally ended up working?

Publishing for flash player 10.1 instead of 9- apparently flash player 9 is not compatible with full screen flash- done correctly 😮

Another reason to look into unity3d, of methods of using javascript for games….

I would say flash only has as many bugs hidden in it as the amount of time flash IDE crashes – sometimes 0x in a day, to over 1x a minute!

Trying Ubuntu again….

Ok, Ubuntu is now up to 10.04, so I think it’s time to try it again since the last time I tried it (9.04? Hardy Heron).

It looks pretty cool like before so far, but some major inconveniences that they haven’t fixed yet.

A “security feature” is asking you for your password on anything it has to do. They Allowed it to “auto login to your desktop”, instead of needing a password everytime (finally), but every time you login, you again get the “need keyring password typed in – again and every time you turn on your computer”.

Oy, I want to recommend Ubuntu to other people to use instead of windows, but yet they still don’t seem to understand that it is supposed to be a desktop OS…. operated by people…..

Who thought it was a good idea to say “hey, lets have every login require a network password being typed in before they can use the internet? Every single time until they get so tired of the extra steps that they go back to windows since they don’t have to deal with extra steps for basic functioning”???

Simple human factors- I would think Ubuntu would get easier to use with each iteration instead of worse/the same.

Is there any distribution someone could use to just install ubuntu, and use it, without having to set any unusual things up?

Another problem I have with it is GRUB…. The bootloader. I have to reinstall windows every 6 months to keep everything running properly, and I don’t want to have to do the same to Ubuntu, yet since windows screws up the MBR, Ubuntu is lost. On top of that, Grub won’t fix itself, even using the numerous tutorials, it’s command line based, and just throws errors messages (“in this case: “can’t find MBR, not reccomended installing to the MBR, ” and a big warning not to do it…. I tried every iteration of trying to get it working, but it refused to let me fix grub, so I had to reinstall linux after setting all the “custom” things up you need to first do- apply all the updates, unlock the restricted drivers and install them, ect.

I’m a techie, but have only explored linux here and there, but started in dos. If Ubuntu is barely usable for people with heavy tech experience, when will it be assessible to regular people with little knowledge of computers “just looking for somethign for internet”?

I like open office, I like ubuntu’s GUI, I like the basic programs installed and the package manager, but it’s obvious that it’s still not ready for mainstream yet.

No tutorials built in or a “how do I get the friggen OS to do something”- just the same linux assumption “oh, you shouldn’t have to ask questions, if you do, you don’t need to be using linux”. Just because it doesn’t have a very friendly user interface, and the OS well thought out from a human factors point of view, doesn’t mean it should be continually ignored.

Sure, let advanced users be able to solve things them self, and figure out more complex things, but at least sped a little time on polishing off a basic interface for new/basic users, so they can even use the operating system without already needing a web connected computer, and spending hours searching on the internet on how to get their network card working, or why their display doesn’t work right.

I’m not sure if I’m going to stick with trying to use Ubuntu again just for the fact that the main theme in Ubuntu seems to be “you’ll have to spend a day figuring out something in Ubuntu you could do in windows in 5 minutes”.

I like the interface/ speed, fact you can shut down without 1000 popups asking you “are you sure you want to shutdown”?

Also a Quick Note…

Also, for more info, check out http://www.chrismweb.com to see my webpage and tutorials on basic game and web development.

I have been working a bit again in javascript, and have made some interactive applications. I need to find a way to program in a object oriented method like in actionscript, c++, java, ect. I can create objects, but the methodological method of programming can get messy fast. I am going to be learning more jqeuery on the side when I can, since it has a lot of functionality already built in, and tested, as well as a host of plug-ins.

I have two main projects right now- web development mainly for clients, and game programming for myself. Hope to get some done for both in the coming weeks!

Forum fixed, and contact form working!

I was able to finally get past the difficulties updating the forum (due to a custom skin), and have it updated, so it won’t be going down again.

I updated since the old version of phpbb got about 8 spammer accounts a day, even though the forums are pretty dead.

Also, I realized my contact form had been submitting to nowhere for quite some time, and fixed it so it actually emails me.

Game programming

Other than that, I’ve still been working on the RPG flash game, I’m re-doing the look of the NPC dialog box to make it look better, and be simpler to interact with.

After that I’ll start putting together simple quests with the NPC’s, monsters and items, make sure all fighting animations work and look good, and continue working on the artwork/graphics.

I am also exploring building android applications, and will start some openGL based 2d classic arcade game clones very soon!