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Worked as a computer game designer and developer for five years. Most proud of Torquing!

Now working in other fields of software, but still aim to participate in the Java4k game contest each year.


Jan
18
comment Proper audio formats in low resolution without gaps for a game
I'm pretty sure that mp3 can be made to loop without gaps. Try stripping out all ID3 / ID3v2 tags or any other metadata which your software is adding.
Jan
17
comment How does a one-man developer do its games' sounds?
Music's easier than art. For music you can just dig through classical music to find something with the right mood and then mark it up in MIDI. For art you have to have at least a bit of talent.
Jan
17
revised How does a one-man developer do its games' sounds?
Subediting
Jan
17
suggested suggested edit on How does a one-man developer do its games' sounds?
Jan
6
comment What kind of hardware would be required to render an Earth sized minecraft like map?
It is true that modifications are small relative to the Earth, but the modifications we've made in the past century are still quite impressive: compare satellite imagery for the Aral sea from the 1970s and the late 1990s. (I once looked into the changes that would be required to backdate modern 100m-resolution satellite imagery to the 1940s). And at 1m resolution seasonal changes in ice and snow cover are going to require tonnes of data as well, even if you don't go so far as to model icebergs.
Jan
6
comment What kind of hardware would be required to render an Earth sized minecraft like map?
Depends. On my monitor a 1:1 replica model of the Earth with 1m voxels would only be capable of rendering a fraction of a voxel at a time...
Jan
4
comment What are some examples of MMOs with small development teams?
@coderanger, RuneScape is 11 years old. However, it's a long time since the team working on it was small.
Dec
14
answered Ways to define a curve
Dec
8
answered How can I make orange/lemon skin normal map?
Dec
5
comment Algorithm for Randomized Weather
Markov model, not HMM.
Dec
3
answered Ball collisions 'sticking' together
Nov
20
comment Why is my model's scale changing after rotating it?
The MSDN entry for Matrix.CreateFromAxisAngle is as typically useless as I feared, but could it be that you need to normalise the axis you pass in?
Nov
15
answered Audio Thread as daemon thread
Nov
13
comment Fastest way to group units that can see each other?
The way you do it as a tree is to use a union set with path compression. That's not very naïve, and in fact is optimal.
Nov
7
comment How do I ensure an appropriate payout ratio for a slot machine?
@lukevanin, it's legally required in other places, so it really is a case of understanding the context.
Nov
7
comment How can I draw a line rotated some number of degrees away from an original line?
The problem is underspecified. There is an infinite set of lines at 30 degrees to a given axis and passing through a specified point on that axis, and they form a cone. You'll need another constraint or two to determine which of those lines to draw.
Nov
6
comment How to evaluate a user against optimal performance?
It would probably be helpful to fix your bracketing. That close parenthesis needs to move right 4 characters.
Nov
4
comment What does an engine like frostbite look like in the early early stages?
If the Communists conquer a spawn point, why does it keep spawning Anarchist vehicles? Working on a game about the Spanish Civil War?
Oct
23
comment Creating Font Textures in Direct3d without D3DX
@NtscCobalt, if you want your game to work on both Windows and Linux why are you using fonts you find on the system? Surely it's better to pick a font with a suitable licence, preprocess it, and include it with your game? I can't tell you how many Flash games I've played on my Linux box where text was invisible because I didn't have the exact same fonts as the developers and the substitute overflowed the space allowed for it. Embedding your font in the game guarantees consistency and reduces the amount of testing needed.
Oct
18
comment Should I consider a graduate degree in game development?
Dupe?