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Graphics and Video / Between heaven and earth
« on: September 30, 2015, 05:35:48 AM »
I took some courses a few months ago as a front end developer. We had to make a web site. I chose to make one about hiking, named 'Entre terre et ciel' (Between heaven and earth), with some photos i took. Recently i updated the site with the bootstrap framework in order to make it responsive. This means it should work flawlessly on mobile phones. The hikes descriptions are not finished yet, and i've put Lorem Ipsum instead (c.f https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorem_ipsum)
This is the first time i make a web site, so please be indulgent :P
You can test the site here : http://ateliers.nomades.ch/~depol/

As a teaser, here is a screenshot of the home page:



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Off-Topic / The curse of being a very wealthy indie developer
« on: September 02, 2015, 09:18:57 AM »
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The man who sold Minecraft to Microsoft for £2.5 billion says it's made him miserable

Minecraft creator Markus Persson has posted a series of tweets revealing that he feels deeply lonely.

Persson sold his gaming company Mojang to Microsoft for $2.5 billion almost a year ago.

He spent a reported $70 million on an 8-bedroom, 15-bathroom mansion in Beverley Hills that came complete with a replica James Dean motorbike and a bar stacked with Dom Perignon.

Since, he’s been hosting parties attended by Selena Gomez and skateboarder Tony Hawk and had Skrillex DJ a pool party for guests in his infinity pool, which has panoramic views across LA. So many parties, that he was surprised recently to discover a huge pile of lost and found items left by guests in his garage.

So it’s surprising to learn that the video game programmer has never felt more alone. "The problem with getting everything is you run out of reasons to keep trying, and human interaction becomes impossible due to imbalance," he tweeted.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/the-man-who-sold-minecraft-to-microsoft-for-25-billion-says-its-made-him-miserable-10479865.html


I think developers here should be careful if they don't want to follow the same path !  :D
More seriously, i am sure that to be very wealthy don't make you happy. If you are a billionaire, you will be surrounded by people who are only interested only by your money ! Fortunately, i don't have this problem !  ;)

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General ENIGMA / Joshedit
« on: August 19, 2015, 01:51:47 AM »
I wanted to fix the instability problem of LateralGM, but there are others problems to fix before that. Robert worked last year on Joshedit, and he made some pull requests which were not merged : https://github.com/JoshDreamland/JoshEdit/pulls
The problem is that the version of LateralGM on github uses the latest modifications made by Robert, and it's not possible to compile right now the project, even with his fork (I tried to use also his different branches) Of course there is the possibility to remove the new functions in LateralGM, which is not a big deal. But another possibility is to accept the pull requests. Josh, is there a particular problem for merging the pull requests made by Robert ?

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Off-Topic / An article about Enigma on 'Gaming on linux'
« on: January 09, 2015, 06:25:50 AM »
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Enigma-Dev is a fully featured game engine that compiles natively for Linux!

Enigma is completely compatible with GML (the GameMaker Language), as well as C and C++. It is developed and written in Java, and can cross-compile to Linux, Mac, and Windows. It is a "work in progress" currently, but can compile full games. There are several bug in the engine, but most of them you can just bypass.



Pros
- Full Box-2d implementation
- Game controller support
- Open Source
- Can open and edit most GameMaker 6 through to GM Studio files

Cons
- Many bugs currently, mainly a startup error (can be bypassed)
- No built-in image editor, but GIMP works great!
- Does crash occasionally
- Can take a bit to get set up and running

Once this is in a more stable state, I am sure it can be a giant competitor to GameMaker. It's also funny to see the community bring a GameMaker compatible editor to Linux.

You can find the package in the Arch User Repository, but not in Debian/Ubuntu repositories.
http://enigma-dev.org/

Tip: If you don't use a Arch based distro, you have to open the lateralgm.jar file through the terminal with java -jar ./lateralgm If you don't the program will not be able to locate a few files.

This article was submitted by a guest, we encourage anyone to submit their own articles.

https://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/enigmadev-a-linux-game-engine-compatible-with-gamemaker-scripting.4793

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Proposals / Improving object selection
« on: December 28, 2014, 12:59:46 PM »
If there is an object whose size is bigger than the size of a grid's cell (e.g instance size is 32, and cell's size is 16) :



If you select it with the mouse with a position which is not near the left top corner of the object, at first it will be shifted :



This means it looks a little bit jerky when you start to move the object. I propose to remove this effect (the same as GM Studio). If you select the object in the middle, for instance, the mouse cursor will stay in the middle of the object.

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Proposals / Selection tool
« on: December 15, 2014, 02:33:40 PM »
I propose to add two new icons in the rooms editor : a selection toggle button and a paint bucket button. When the selection button is pressed, the user can draw a rectangle in the room and select a region. With the selected region, it is possible with the bucket button to fill it with an object or a tile. By pressing the delete key or by clicking on the delete button, the objects or the tiles in the selected region are deleted. It will be also possible to do a cut/copy, move the region and do paste. As far as i know, these functions are not available in GM studio. To give an idea, here is a screenshot, where a region has been filled with an object :


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Proposals / Improving tiles editing
« on: December 08, 2014, 11:57:49 AM »
Currently, in the rooms editor when you want to edit a tile in the 'Modify' tab, you have to go to the 'Add' tile and specify the tile's layer with the depth field. If you load for instance a GM project, by default the depth is 100000. If you want to move a tile, first you have to go the add tile and set the depth to 100000. I think this is not intuitive. I propose to move this field and to put it above the tabs. This field is used both in the add and modify tabs. Also when a room is loaded i will test if there are already tiles in the room and put into this field the depth of the first tile.


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Graphics and Video / Video games
« on: November 26, 2014, 04:16:51 PM »
Last year, i took courses in Adobe tools : Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign. We had to present a work made with these tools. I chose the topic of video games. Here is a few examples i did :










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Off-Topic / Game engine architecture
« on: November 04, 2014, 03:16:12 AM »
By chance, i just found a book about the architecture of games engines. I guess some people here would be interested :


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Summary

Hailed as a "must-have textbook" (CHOICE, January 2010), the first edition of Game Engine Architecture provided readers with a complete guide to the theory and practice of game engine software development. Updating the content to match today’s landscape of game engine architecture, this second edition continues to thoroughly cover the major components that make up a typical commercial game engine.

New to the Second Edition

  • Information on new topics, including the latest variant of the C++ programming language, C++11, and the architecture of the eighth generation of gaming consoles, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4
  • New chapter on audio technology covering the fundamentals of the physics, mathematics, and technology that go into creating an AAA game audio engine
  • Updated sections on multicore programming, pipelined CPU architecture and optimization, localization, pseudovectors and Grassman algebra, dual quaternions, SIMD vector math, memory alignment, and anti-aliasing
  • Insight into the making of Naughty Dog’s latest hit, The Last of Us

The book presents the theory underlying various subsystems that comprise a commercial game engine as well as the data structures, algorithms, and software interfaces that are typically used to implement them. It primarily focuses on the engine itself, including a host of low-level foundation systems, the rendering engine, the collision system, the physics simulation, character animation, and audio. An in-depth discussion on the "gameplay foundation layer" delves into the game’s object model, world editor, event system, and scripting system. The text also touches on some aspects of gameplay programming, including player mechanics, cameras, and AI.

An awareness-building tool and a jumping-off point for further learning, Game Engine Architecture, Second Edition gives readers a solid understanding of both the theory and common practices employed within each of the engineering disciplines covered. The book will help readers on their journey through this fascinating and multifaceted field.

You can download here an electronic version : https://1fichier.com/?74x1fc22zf

The website of the book : http://www.gameenginebook.com/

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Off-Topic / Brilliant tip to not forget your password !
« on: November 03, 2014, 10:13:12 AM »


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Off-Topic / Risen : one of my favorite RPG !
« on: October 28, 2014, 04:39:19 PM »
For people who like RPG, and don't know yet this game, i urge them to test this outstanding RPG. It is the story of a castaway on a pirates island. It is one of my favorite RPG, because you feel really immersed in this magnificent world. It has also a very good AI. The game was released on 2009, but it still shines ! You can buy it for a very cheap price on gog : http://www.gog.com/game/risen, or also on the steam platform : http://store.steampowered.com/app/40300/

Here is a few screenshots :






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Off-Topic / 2.5 billion for an indie game
« on: September 18, 2014, 01:37:06 PM »
I guess everyone knows that MS bought Minecraft for 2.5 billion. Here is an interesting article about this :

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With Minecraft Acquisition, Microsoft Reveals Its Desperation :

http://www.wired.com/2014/09/microsoft-minecraft-mobile/

What i can tell is that MS customers are paying way to much for theirs products, as MS is ready to waste so much money for a simple game.  >:(

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