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Game developer since 1996. Many shipped games. Some did very well, some did not-so-well. Strong opinions about the Right Way. -tom!

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awarded  Yearling
Jun
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comment How do you calculate where a ball should go when it bounces off the bar?
They are exactly the same if the walls are along the major axes. If the walls are not all along the X, Y, and Z axes then no, the two are completely different.
Aug
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awarded  Yearling
Mar
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awarded  Good Answer
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awarded  Yearling
Mar
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comment Where should the animation be done?
@ashes999 you author the animation in an authoring tool (e.g. Blender) and play it back in your game engine (e.g. Unity).
Mar
20
comment What is the story of game programmers beside gaming history?
I don't know about that; we did what made sense to us but there was nothing automatic about it either. It was a pretty low-tech solution to us. We wanted levels to be bigger than what would fit into memory so this was the solution!
Mar
20
comment Does Big O really matter?
Joe, sure, although that's a different sort of concern. Do you want O(1) where the constant factor is high, or O(n) with a small 'n' and a low constant factor? Knowing big-O in this case isn't a problem but can help you work out whether or not the solution makes sense for the circumstances in which it'll be used.
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awarded  Nice Answer
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awarded  Yearling
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awarded  Quorum
Nov
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answered How to create the “drunk camera” effect in GTA 4?
Oct
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revised How much does it cost to produce a major video game?
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Oct
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comment Thread runs faster on a faster processor… how to control Thread speed
yes, so I was commenting that the simple takeaway for the OP is that ... Fixed timestep is the One True Path, even if GoG takes a lot of words to get to the point.
Oct
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answered How much does it cost to produce a major video game?
Oct
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comment Thread runs faster on a faster processor… how to control Thread speed
The OP should not be using a fixed sleep time when the rest of the processing can take an unknown amount of time.
Oct
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awarded  Critic
Oct
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comment Thread runs faster on a faster processor… how to control Thread speed
Everything gets harder with a variable timestep, so while it is an option it is not a great one (IMO).
Oct
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comment Game Development Degree vs Computer Science Degree
@Alex I meant simply that a degree from a trade school is not necessarily a positive addition to one's resume/CV. Indeed, in some circles it is actually a negative. (Countering your first sentence?)
Oct
13
comment Game Development Degree vs Computer Science Degree
@Alex Schearer - Trade school degrees tend to be a negative for the candidate. Choosing between a university education and a trade school one is a no brainer in the absence of other information. One thing shared by most of the trade school educated people that I've interviewed is that their money was not well spent and they did not know basic computer science, which in my opinion makes them poor additions to the programming team.