Archive for January, 2013

16
Jan
13

Rollback: Hydra

Okay! Time to write a post so I can consider this wrapped up and move on to the next thing.

It’s been closer to a month than it has a week, but my recent game making efforts have borne fruit.

I present you Rollback: Hydra, or: a Proof-of-Concept and Exercise in Polish.

I spent the initial 10 days working on core mechanics, with the plan to release at that point. Arriving at day ten, I had a couple of solid mechanics and a few more half implemented ones.

The decision was made to take what I had completed, spend a little time polish it up, and release that. When working on side projects it isn’t often that I’m afforded the chance to polishing something (generally you have to create said something first), so I was looking forward to the combined challenge of attempting to go ‘pencils down’ on feature implementation, working within the small set of mechanics I had adequately completed, while also stretching those infrequently exercised polishing muscles.

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02
Jan
13

Rollback – Day 6

It’s been a few days. I last updated after having developed a simple city generator, designed to create a place for the enemy faction to propagate.

With the city in place, I have spent the last four days and 1600 lines of code working on developing systems for the faction. I find writing AI to be a difficult task. I have no trouble thinking logically about the interactions I want to occur, but the complexity always blows out, and with complexity comes bugs.

That said, I am relieved to say that the heavy lifting is done and my enemy AI is all but complete.

I have attached a work in progress build below. I suggest skimming the following post as it will frame your understanding of what is happening.

The goal from day one has been to allow a faction to grow organically within the city rather than be hand created.

In real life I am sure the complexities of operating an underground resistance movement are staggering. This creates a challenge, as I must distill this complexity into simple components – while retaining behaviour that is representative of reality. I have taken some liberties.

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Playing on Playstation 3

Red Dead Revolver - I paid about $1000 for my launch model PS3, so I guess it's time I get some use out of that emotion chip crammed inside. I remember Red Dead Revolver looking rather good when it was released, and despite the low resolution and odd blurring (that I attribute to playing on a HD set) the game holds up well. It looks good despite these graphical limitations because the art direction is so precise and awesome. And it isn't just the art direction, the music, dialogue and set design (for some reason, set seems a more fitting word than level) all work in tandem to recreate an iconic Wild West atmosphere. Red Dead Revolver doesn’t aim to recreate life in the Wild West, it allows our imagination to take over and populates the locale with legendary men and their legendary stories.

Playing on iPhone

edge - Well I never thought I'd consider playing a game on iPhone as actually gaming, but edge has turned me around. The game is built for the iPhone. Sure, it could be ported, but the elegance of what has been created is astounding, it boggles the mind and makes me wonder what amazing gems we'd receive if current gen consoles weren't clones of eachother.

Playing on PC

Sins of a Solar Empire, Demigod, Generals - Zero Hour - It may be a temporary effect as I slowly reintroduce the PC into my gaming diet, but it seems every title I’m excited to play on the platform is either a strategy game, or a cheap indie game. PC gaming isn’t dead, it’s just restricted to titles that require complex input or a pointing device, and games that couldn't be developed or distributed on other platforms. I guess that’s part of the reason the AppStore is so far a success, there were a lot of indie devs stuck on PC for lack of a better alternative.
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