1,314 reputation
612
bio website
location
age
visits member for 3 years, 8 months
seen Oct 13 at 16:22

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.


Aug
24
comment Java collections and managing simultaneous operations / concurrency (java.util.ConcurrentModificationException)
Making a method synchronous doesn't give any guarantees about further calls seeing changes made unless the fields affected are volatile. (Besides which, the problem is likely to have nothing to do with threading).
Jun
15
comment Java rendering performance bottlenecks
@Max, no, games which are CPU-bound rather than GPU-bound might not perform as well as C++. Or they might perform better. The only way to get a definitive answer is quite expensive.
Jun
14
comment Java rendering performance bottlenecks
The bottleneck would probably be fill rate on the graphics card.
Jun
3
comment Are game programmers aware of all the physics derivatives?
What kind of game? Text adventures don't require you to know that there's such a thing as physics. Good pinball simulators require you to handle nasty collisions.
May
31
comment How do I find control points on a piecewise quadratic Bezier curve?
Cross-post from math.SE. @Bezier Guy, this is considered bad etiquette because it increases the chances that someone will spend time coming up with an answer unnecessarily - because they can't see that you already got the same answer elsewhere.
May
29
comment Best pathfinding algorithm for a tower-defense game?
@Mathias, A* may be industry-accepted to be good enough, and it may be that many people in the industry haven't heard of better pathfinding algorithms, but they do exist. I've had to implement an extension of A* which uses two heaps when A* wasn't good enough for a game I was developing. However, Gajet is correct to point out in a comment to another answer that breadth-first search may be the most suitable algorithm in this particular scenario.
May
27
comment Best way to create bullet-proof counter
How is the show going to go on while the DB is down? Your gaming servers aren't going to be pulling the messages out of the message queue, are they?
Apr
30
comment Is it legally possible to make a clone of the game?
patents have limited lifetimes. Monopoly is unchanged for far longer than patents last, so it's certainly patent-free.
Apr
20
comment How can I get my meshes to work with Bullet Physics?
I never got the hang of the Blender interface. Sorry, can't help there.
Apr
20
comment How can I get my meshes to work with Bullet Physics?
Based on what you've said there's a bug in the bullet physics engine. It's possible that one of us is misinterpreting something and the bug is actually in the model loading library. Either way, something is segfaulting rather than detecting an error and handling it gracefully. Not good in release mode (although I'm sure some game devs would argue that speed is more important); unacceptable in debug mode.
Apr
20
answered How can I get my meshes to work with Bullet Physics?
Apr
14
answered Kepler orbit : get position on the orbit over time
Apr
11
comment A ball hits the corner, where will it deflect?
@meriton, I saw the "area of impact" and assumed that it was two figures rather than one. All clear now. Thanks.
Apr
11
comment A ball hits the corner, where will it deflect?
You say very early that At the moment of collision, the ball will be touching the corner but I don't see a justification of this approximation (and it must be an approximation because it's not true - the ball is touching in two places, neither of which is the corner).
Apr
10
answered The need your game fills. Establishing your “hook.”
Apr
7
answered Algorithm for making sets in a Rummikub game
Apr
7
awarded  Commentator
Apr
7
comment Algorithm for making sets in a Rummikub game
How similar is the deck to rummy? 4 suits * 13 cards per suit, Ace counts high or low?
Apr
1
answered How to properly multi thread an RPG
Mar
27
answered What was the game project that felt like “YOUR” game?