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XNA Game Studio 12

XNA Game Studio

Let’s talk about games and, more to the point, the making of games. I’m going to start a weekly column (here!) sometime next week entitled “Mechanics” where I’ll do my gamer/designer thing by choosing a game that I’ve been playing recently and analyzing a certain mechanic or set of mechanics that, I think, are remarkable in some fashion. But that’s next week. Microsoft did this really rad thing when they released the XNA Game Studio a couple years ago as a means of giving hobby game developers a means of creating games with a toolkit/API specifically designed for hobbyists that...

Asplode! v1.2 Release 0

Asplode! v1.2 Release

For this update, my role in Asplode! was absolutely minimal. While I’m in the middle of a mild crunch for The Political Machine 2008 and then away at Rochester, New York for a Paramore concert, Josh was working asininely hard on version 1.2 of Asplode!. As started, my role in this update was purely peripheral as, in my spare time, I’ve been working on the start for Bipolar and taking some of Josh’s code for his game and turning it into a more generic library that both of us can use in our current and future projects (the library is...

An Asplosion! of a Re-Release 18

An Asplosion! of a Re-Release

On Sunday, I linked to the source/executable for my top-down, arena space shooter Asplode! and one of the things I wasn’t really proud of was how terrible the performance was for the game. Well, one of my friends took the burden of fixing it up a bit and made an installer. He then passed all of this new fangled technology onto me and, in return, I edited a couple more of the source files, added him to the game’s credits, and made a new, updated installer for the game. So here, ladies and gentlemen, is a far more proper release...

An Asplosion! of a Release 8

An Asplosion! of a Release

Yeah, so, I’m releasing Asplode! now and such. And, along with the game, comes all of the source to the game. I originally wasn’t planning on releasing the source but as development winded down and I started to play the game for longer sessions I soon realized that the game became virtually unplayable on my machine after about seven-eight minutes. I thought this may have been a result of poorly-managed graphical assets so I took a couple days to optimize them (and, as a result, the VectorModel and VectorParticleSystem bits of the code are an absolute mess to comprehend). After...

Chronicles of Cloud (and Bipolar) 0

Chronicles of Cloud (and Bipolar)

I’ve been playing a very time-intensive game of musical chairs with various three-dee engines over the course of the last two-and-a-half weeks in an attempt to find the one that would be best suited to my particular development style and the kind of game I want to create. And I can safely say that, tonight, I have reached the ultimate solution. That’s right, after toying around with things like TorqueX, Torque Game Engine Advanced, OGRE, Irrlicht, Nebula3, and, finally, PowerRender. The latter two of the list appeared to have the most potential, with PowerRender being the closest thing to what...

Asplode! Optimizations and Beta Status 0

Asplode! Optimizations and Beta Status

At this point, I think that it’s fairly safe to say that the meat of Asplode! is finished. All of the primary gameplay is in place, the enemies are all implemented and handled in a state that I’m fond of, and the player controls, responses, and such are all implemented. At this point any more features that I add to the gameplay portion of the game are either polish points or experimental ideas that I may or may not keep as part of the game (a few automatic weapon upgrades, various ideas as to how to handle the score multipliers,...

Asplode! Screenshot Dump 0

Asplode! Screenshot Dump

Not that I spent recent nights playing stuff like Army of Two, Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer, Company of Heroes, Master of Magic, Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance, Bully, Ratchet & Clank, Geometry Wars, Everyday Shooter, Advance Wars: Days of Ruin, or God of War: Chains of Olympus instead of actually updating my dev journal or anything… But, yeah. Pretty much did exactly that. I’ve still gotten a bit done on Asplode! every night but, by this point, I’m mostly making various optimizations wherever I can to support the ludicrous amount of enemies and their assorted particle effects on screen in...