Soon time for a new month

It’s almost midnight, which means there’ll be a new month in less than 15 minutes. I wonder, what have I accomplished during May 2013? Shortly said, I’ve started looking more into doing some gamedev on my freetime. Which is a very positive thing for me. AlthoughΒ I haven’t been posting for a few days since i’ve been feeling very ill. Lets hope it turns shortly so I can continue putting energy into work and my free time gamedev.

I’ve had time to think and I believe I’m going to start working abit on my own game engine in Java working with LWJGL.
I’m building it because I want to learn more about LWJGL and Java, I want to continue to evolve as a person and as a developer.
Once the engine has reached at least version 0.1 I’ll start making a small 2d platform game. Simply to test it out and because I haven’t made a platform game before!

I’ll write more in a day or maybe even two, now I’m gonna watch a movie and go to bed. Cya!

A little glimpse

As you must have guessed, I love games. I love playing them and I love making them.
I’m a frequent minecraft player. I play on my own hosted server, which is only open to members of the It’s a trap-community.

Some time ago we decided to start building our own medieval style village and castle. Sure this is a project you’ll find on alot of minecraft-servers.
But nevertheless we wanted to do it. It started when a player started building a church and invited me to join him.

Now we’ve added several houses, like a miners hut, fisherman’s house and a few shops. We’ve even started on a wall around the settlement
and I decided to build a guard tower, will post pics of that later :P.

When I feel that we’ve come a long way I’ll record a guided tour around the village and post on youtube. But for now this pictures will have to do πŸ˜‰
Remeber, this is a work in progress πŸ™‚ In a few weeks, or even days, it may look very different.

Inside, the priest altar, the cross and a grave are visible πŸ™‚

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Outside of the church πŸ™‚

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Days of our lives…

Today at lunch I and my companions discussed something interesting. Or rather it got mentioned.

We know that an average human lives for ca 70 years.. Thats sounds like a long time because, everyone feel that a year doesnt pass by really fast. But wbat about if we do it like this…

An average human being lives for ca 25’567,5 days..Β Twentyfive thousand fivehundredsixtyseven days…Β Does it still sound like a long time?
I just calculated that I’ve been alive for 8’662 days. It’s not that many days!

The human life is short. To me, 70 years sounds like a long time, but ~25k days? Sounds like it’s not that far away.

This got me thinking… What have I done with my life so far? Where am I heading? What do I want to achieve?

Short answer: I want to entertain people, make people feel happy or generally pleased. Make people forget our harsh reality for a moment… And since I know gameprogramming and I work as a programmer, games are a good choice for the entertainment medium.

Now… What are you going to do with your 25,5k days on this earth?

Something awesome: Lolcode in the browser

I don’t know if you’ve heard about LOLCODE before.
In short it’s one of those minor hillarious programminglanguages created mostly, maybe only, for fun.

But lets get to the point. People have made lolcode interpreters before. I don’t know who the original author is of this interpreter, but if I one day know I’ll give him the credit he deserves πŸ™‚
The point is, thanks to a fellow indie gamedev, Amodo, you can now use the ordinary html script-tag to write Lolcode in the browser, which the interpreter converts to Javascript!
You can watch it in action on this link.

ISN’T THAT COOL?! πŸ˜€

GJ!

OS Nightmare

I hate windows. I have a lot of reasons but my main reasons are that they fail at customer service, software architecture and support.
Whenever I develop in Windows, I feel hamstrung because everything has to be so difficult… “You need a driver here, driver there” and even if I had all the drivers with correct (most often, the latest) version. It still didn’t work!

Whenever I’m on Linux (Ubuntu is my fav <3). I feel like it wants me to be a great developer. “You need a compiler? Sure!” One command later and it’s fixed. NO REBOOT REQUIRED.

I know, Windows has become alot better with the reboot thing. Now u hardly need to reboot.

But still, I can’t deny how windows makes me feel..

I wonder, what if windows was…

… A car? Crashing every 100 km.
… A computer virus? Then we wouldn’t be as scared of viruses as we are today. Cuz they would crash all the time anyway.
… A bomb? Malfunctioning every time you set it off. Forcing you to approach it and then boom straight in your face?

Those are only a few things I’d like to think about windows… πŸ˜›

Anyhow, I’m really pleased that Linux exist, saving me from my nightmare…
It’s kinda late now so I better sleep. Nn! πŸ™‚

// Zhoot

Game idea

I’ve been searching my brain and internet for inspiration for a game.

Basically, we at SC want to try out our 3d engine, once it’s complete ofc, with a really nice horror themed game. We knew the theme but we had no real original concept.

But I think we got it! πŸ˜€
An hour ago, thanks to the help of some of my pals on IRC, I now have the basics of the concept for the game. It’s going to be horror, as I said, combined with puzzle. Who doesn’t like feeling absolute terror when you have to solve a puzzle.

I’m not going to give it all away here πŸ˜‰
This concept involves that the player will never really know what is about to happen. Our gameengine works in a certain way to avoid predictability.

A few keywords to this concept:

  • Powerless
  • Potions
  • Puzzles
  • Darkness

That will have to do πŸ˜€ I’ll announce more in a few months when we come around making this game πŸ˜‰

P.S. I promise that I’ll write better posts in the future, with more body to it πŸ˜‰ D.S.

Late night planning.

I know it’s kind of late, but I wanted to try to post from my cellphone.

I’ve decided that later today, Thursday, if I have the energy for it I’m going to keep developing on the game engine that me and my coworker are building for SwitchCase.

I’m really excited about the engine because it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.
My dream scenario is that we will be able to release a small game later this summer. Hopefully we will get it to work even on mobile devices, android and iPhone ofc.

But it’s time for some sleep. Just wanted to share my thoughts. πŸ™‚