2021 FEB | Game Project Update

Greetings reader! I hope 2021 is shaping up to be a good year for you so far. I had a productive January & February both with my home repairs and the game project I am working on. Lockdown has enabled me to do a lot of work on my game engine, so there’s a fair bit in this update. Game Dev Update In my last post, I was intending to make a start on some level mapping. You could drive around the test levels okay and collect things, but I... Read The Rest →

2021 | HAPPY NEW YEAR

Well, we made it to 2021! Happy New Year! I think it’s probably customary for people to do a New Year blog entry. One that is full of optimism for the year ahead. 2020 sure turned out to be one turd of a year, didn’t it? Who would have thought this time last year, that it would be quite normal to walk into your local Tesco dressed like Bane. It’s amazing how quickly we adapt. Christmas was a little different for us, as we were in a new house in... Read The Rest →

Dev Blog #2 | Making Level Art

Greetings Reader, Well, I managed to finish my second planned game development ‘Sprint’ – a two week run creating video game art for my project. It’s my second block of work adhering to Scrum principles. I wasn’t sure if ‘Scrum for One’ would work – but so far it seems to be helping me stay productive. The daily meetings with myself are a bit awkward though 🙂 I felt motivated right the way through the Sprint and – unusually – didn’t get distracted by ‘The Worlds Biggest Explosion’ videos on... Read The Rest →

Dev Blog #1: Scrum of One | Toggl Plan

If you managed to read through my last entry and stay awake to the end, you might have read that I intended to start doing video dev blogs for this project. Well, I’m going to put that off for a bit until my workroom/office looks a bit better. Right now it looks like the set of ‘George & Mildred’ from the 1970s, complete with anaglypta wallpaper and brown carpets (I just moved in!) Also, the boiler is in here and sounds like a Raptor Engine on takeoff when it fires... Read The Rest →

House Move and other stuff…

It’s been a long time in the planning, but we have finally moved house. We sold our home of 20 years and moved 50 miles away to a small village in South Lincolnshire (hence the pic of the Red Arrows above – who are based here). It’s been a total change – away from friends, family and all the things you take for granted. But so far, things are shaping up well. It’s our first detached house, and we’re still getting used to the freedom that brings. Knowing that you... Read The Rest →

3D Pool Update

I’ve had a few inquiries asking how my 3D Pool game is going. So, I thought I’d put together a brief update. At time of writing, I haven’t done any work on the engine for around 6 months. I’ve been working on other projects – some computer related, some photography related – so unfortunately it’s now been relegated to ‘back burner’ status (along with a bunch of other Unity stuff I was working on). I decided to dig out the 3D Pool source code over the weekend to see what... Read The Rest →

Unity5 Upgrade: One step forward, twenty steps back…

Back to Unity5! Well, it’s been a few months since I did any development work. I had to get out there and earn some cash to fund my game development work. I was contracted to create the artwork for a match-3 video game (“Dr Popper”). I did some data management for a large corporation. And, as a bit of a change, did some commercial gardening! Which certainly beat sitting behind a desk for 8 hours. Back when I made my last Unity related post, I had decided to migrate my... Read The Rest →

Reskinning A Game

Flaming June ..and it’s flaming cold, again. Don’t you just love the weather in the UK! 🙂 I haven’t had chance to update my blog lately – things have been a bit chaotic for me both at home and at work. I’ve had to put my Unity 3D Pool game on hold in order to raise some much needed funds. For the first time in 23 years I’ve been doing proper job – one that (sadly) doesn’t involve the creation of spaceships. I’ve been working for a company called Pearson... Read The Rest →

3D Pool Dev Blog: Passive Cue Collision

The Problem As you might have gathered from this blog, I’m currently part way through learning Unity SDK in order to code my own games. I decided to program a 3D Pool game in order to learn the system. I have decided to keep a bit of a Dev Blog here, as it may be of use to other people. It’s worth noting that there are 1000 ways to skin a cat in Unity – and I’m sure an experienced programmer would likely take a different approach to something like... Read The Rest →

Unity 5 Physics Update – Will it Break your Game?

Here’s my Experience. At the start of the month, Unity announced that the latest version of their SDK would feature considerable upgrades to both the rendering engine and physics. The new version of Unity now features Nvidia’s PhysX 3.3 engine. The new engine is faster and more accurate than ever before. Check out this Gang Beasts video – the speed improvement is obvious. Now I have to be honest, I did approach this update with some trepidation. The last Unity update made significant changes to the UI systems. While ultimately... Read The Rest →

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