We’re now going to talk about the part of game development that programmers have been anxiously waiting for, and others have been dreading… the engine. Certain people have a natural knack for programming and won’t be as nervous about making decisions here, but I’m aware that for some, the idea of mucking around knee deep in code and syntax isn’t your thing; I’m therefore sorry to tell you, that although there are options available to reduce the amount of coding necessary, you’ll need to at least get your feet dirty in order to build a game of your own design.
Ideas will come and go, as will potential indie developers. It’s completely normal for someone to focus on their greatest strength, and for many that’s either programming or graphic art. I’ve seen great programmers and amazing artists build some really bad games, and I’ve seen some mediocre skilled people make some fantastically addictive romps through digital wonderlands. The difference between the ones who do well and the ones who don’t always seems to come down to a single, though somewhat large step… the initial game design.
The world is full of ideas, and no matter how hard you may try to avoid it, one of them occasionally plants itself inside your brain and starts to grow. Your cerebrum can only hold so much and eventually the idea has to find its way out and take flight. For some that means writing a book or building some furniture, but there is a subset of the human species that is technologically minded, and for them the only outlet is the digital landscape.
Since iTunes version 10.5 rolled out, numerous Windows users, along with myself, have been plagued with choppy video issues. The problem presents itself as a pause during video play with the sound continuing in the background. The video will then “fast forward” to catch up and resynchronize. I spent the last week tracking down the solution so you don’t have to!
In the realm of “too funny to be true… but is,” Best Buy has given us all a great post-Christmas laugh. The popular electronics store, known for their overpriced accessories has gone way overboard on this one, and website visitors have had the last laugh by posting satirical comments on the hopefully mispriced item. Best Buy has thus far failed to turn around to fix the situation, allowing numerous would-be customers to remain behind their back laughing. Click here to see it for yourself, or continue on for some screen grabs.