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05 March 2006

Qaf Framework: Main Page

Qaf is a "game logic framework" tailored for 2D side-scrollers/platformers written in C++. It provides classes, templates, and tools designed to organize the resources and orchestrate the behavior of such projects. Qaf is an extension to Haaf's Game Engine (see Requirements, below).

HGE - GPWiki

Explicaçao e tutoriais sobre a HGE. According to hge.relishgames.com, HGE (Haaf's Game Engine) is a "an easy to use yet powerful hardware accelerated 2D game engine. It is a full featured middleware for all who want to develop commercial quality 2D games rapidly and easily." It is built upon DirectX8, but no knowledge of DirectX programming is necessary, just familiarity with C++.

Haaf's Game Engine module

Anyhow, this is the Haaf Game Engine in BlitzMax. No longer do you have to use Max2D (yuck), but instead you can use a robust and very easy to use 2D engine.

Finalboss - Entrevista com Tetsuya Mizuguchi

Tetsuya Mizuguchi, um dos game designers mais prolíficos e divertidos da atualidade, tem em seu currículo muitos games dos gêneros mais variados: Sega Rally, Rez, Space Channel 5, Lumines, Meteos e está prestes a lançar Ninety-Nine Nights, seu primeiro game para um console da próxima geração.

Helios Pong - Edge Online

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In his book Out of Control, author Kevin Kelley describes a Las Vegas conference room where a crowd of 5000, led by Pixar co-founder and Rescue on Fractalus co-creator Loren Carpenter, learn to adapt and react as a hive mind as they play a game of 2500 on 2500 Pong. Each half of the auditorium took collective control of each side, registering their individual intent to move in a certain direction with the wand. The input led to a computer, which averaged and relayed the moves to the game, with initially disastrous but eventually workable results.

The 20' By 20' Room: John Kirk's Design Patterns of Successful Roleplaying Games

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John Kirk has written a book, Design Patterns of Successful Roleplaying Games, in which he tries to catalogue successful game mechanics, why they work, and when (and when not) to use them. Design patterns are a communication tool from software development -- the idea is that successful projects will tend to have recurring patterns, and that by naming and describing them and the situations that call for their use, we can make it easier to turn tacit, experiential knowledge into a teachable skill.

US developer, RP artist collaborate on casual game - INQ7.net

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WHO says you need a huge budget to create a great game? American game developer Phil Steinmeyer and Filipino artist Von Caberte certainly didn’t need one to create a casual game published by PopCap called Bonnie’s Bookstore -- and thanks to the magic of the Internet, they did it without even meeting face to face.

MySpace and gaming: the power of social networks - Joystiq

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A lot of the emerging social technologies on the Web--from social bookmarking to photo sharing--could easily translate into a game world, and as a commenter on Alice's post points out, Second Life already achieves some of the same goals as the MySpace network.

04 March 2006

jay is games: Massively Multiplayer Pong

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s the only MMOPG in existance (we hope), there isn't a lot to compare this game to. Nonetheless, full points for WoW factor..

The Escapist - Attack of the Parasites

You get the same vibe off the most popular gaming sites in the English- speaking world, the casual game portals: EA's Pogo, Miniclip, Yahoo! Games, Microsoft's MSN Games, RealNetworks' GameHouse, Big Fish Games and many more. These lookalike sites are "portals" because they aggregate dozens or hundreds of casual games from many indie designers. Some big portals are mere front ends for faceless distributors like Oberon Media or Boonty.

American McGee’s Personal Weblog » A.I. - no wait, just I.

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And the man behind the curtain: 1000s of kids in China sitting at “dungeon master” consoles controlling the game environment, AI states, and other game variables.

GameProducer.Net » Blog Archive » Sometimes Programming Is Like Playing an Adventure Game

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If sometimes you feel you cannot solve a problem and you feel tired - go to sleep and let your brain solve the problem while at sleep. It just might work.

IndieGameDev :: New Book: Physics for Game Programmers

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Physics for Game Programmers shows you how to infuse compelling and realistic action into game programming�even if you don�t have a college-level physics background! Author Grant Palmer covers basic physics and mathematical models and then shows how to implement them, to simulate motion and behavior of cars, planes, projectiles, rockets, and boats. This book is neither code heavy nor language specific, and all chapters include unique, challenging exercises for you to solve. This unique book also includes historical footnotes and interesting trivia. You�ll enjoy the conversational tone, and rest assured: all physics jargon will be properly explained.

Gamers With Jobs Press Pass » Blog Archive » Interview with “Geometry Wars” Creator, Stephen Cakebread

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Geometry Wars has been hailed as the “Halo of Xbox Live Arcade” referring to the relative popularity of the game. Intoxicating, frustrating and addictive all in one, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved provides a constant challenge and level of enjoyment, a siren song to gamers enticing them to play just one more game before hitting the sack. More than 200 thousand gamers, roughly a quarter of which actually paid, are currently wearing out their thumbs and roundly cursing one man, whether they know his name or not. That man is Stephen Cakebread, the designer and developer who crafted this gem for Bizarre Creations.

Strange Agency

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Strange Agency develops unique computer game analysis software and essential reports for the computer games industry. Our Strange Analyst software can reduce the cost and risk associated with the research and development of computer games, allowing developers instant access to thousands of detailed computer game profiles to compare their concept against.

The Game Chair » Indigo Prophecy - First Play

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Have you ever been curious about a book or movie and picked it up on impulse, despite knowing little to nothing about it, and then been just taken with it? Sometimes not having set expectations before experiencing something just makes you appreciate it that much more. Now, obviously I am talking about “Indigo Prophecy”, a game and not a book or movie, but usually I’m not so loose with my money as to drop it on a game that I have not researched carefully on the Internet. Fortunately, within the first couple minutes of game time I could tell that my 6th sense (game-sense) was still up to snuff.

nongames.com - Books

This is a non-exhaustive list of recommended books. New titles might be added to the list in the future. Books are organized by general subject (Technical Books, Game Design, Game Studies and related subjects) and, within subject, by no particular order.

27 February 2006

Mu-cade: The Physics Centipede Invasion » Fun-Motion Physics Games

Mu-cade is a new shoot-em-up by the master of shmups, Kenta Cho of ABA Games. He pitches his game as a “smashup waggly shmup”, which is, by itself, reason enough to check it out. With Mu-cade, Kenta has introduced physics into his formula of hardcore shooting games. The result is a great physics game (even if it will kick your ass in five minutes or less).

PTK 2D Game Engine for Mac os X and Win32

PTK is a game engine, also called a SDK (Software Development Kit) that helps you make your own games easily. PTK is a multi-platform 2D game engine with 3D capabilities built around OpenGL or Direct 3D accelerated hardware, however, it is also possible to create 3D multi platform ga mes with OpenGL. (Just use the PTK framework to handle the multi-platform work and concentrate on the game!) It has been designed to be as simple as possible; PTK can be used by a wide variety of users: from the most experienced programmers to the newbie aspiring game programmers. If you can program in Basic, you can use it! It just requires a very basic knowledge of C++ and of course a C++ Compiler. If you fit the requisite experience just mentioned, PTK is for you. You can download the demo for free and test all its functionality to see if you like working with PTK.

26 February 2006