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Creator of Skeleton & Skeleton+ for the Atari 2600 VCS - a first person maze shooter with stereo sound.

 

 

 

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Comment In: [Blog - 01/15/2015 - 03:33]

Recipes can also drive gameplay. ...

Recipes can also drive gameplay. In Minecraft, to build an enchantment table you need to: r n1. Find mine diamond which requires an iron pickaxe, which requires mining smelting iron ore both for the table and a diamond pickaxe. r n2. Find mine obsidian which requires a diamond pickaxe r ...

Comment In: [Blog - 01/08/2015 - 03:01]

Use ISO 8601 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO 8601 ...

Use ISO 8601 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO 8601 for dates. It may not be everyone 's preferred format although it should be , but it avoids month versus day of month ambiguity. r n r nDon 't forget to use lookups for the game studio name along with character names. You may have ...

Comment In: [Blog - 12/18/2014 - 03:33]

One factoid I remember from ...

One factoid I remember from a podcast with Sid Meier talking about the AI in Civilization Revolution went something like: r nIn a 4 player PvP game, given similar skill levels, each player is happy if they win more than 25 of the time. However, that same player playing against ...

Comment In: [News - 09/26/2014 - 02:58]

I suspect Sony judged the ...

I suspect Sony judged the cost of porting the existing content to the PS4 couldn 't be justified nor could they continue to justify subsidizing the ongoing costs. r n r nFortunately / unfortunately I only visited Home during the initial beta , when there wasn 't much free content ...

Comment In: [News - 09/05/2014 - 04:10]

An interesting concept, and it ...

An interesting concept, and it certainly adds some future proof value. However, I suspect you won 't be able to transfer your progress when you upgrade. Nor will you be able to continue to play with your fire-team buddies unless they also upgrade.

Comment In: [Blog - 05/14/2014 - 11:09]

2.5 It 's not you, ...

2.5 It 's not you, it 's me r n r nThat fling, affair or honeymoon got you started, and you thought you had found the love of your life or maybe even marriage. But gradually that NRE new relationship energy starts to wane. The difficulties mount - requiring a ...