Robert Basler's Blog
I'm a game programmer and entrepreneur developing a massively multiplayer online game: The Imperial Realm::Miranda. Next project I'll pick something really difficult. Development Blog at The One Man MMO Project.
There is nothing like trying to get software running in an environment that is actively screwing with it. How antivirus false positives can mess up your game.
I've been programming for 34 years now. I have never had something like this happen before.
When I started developing The Imperial Realm :: Miranda, Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) were big and fancy and expensive and only used by giant megacorps, so I never imagined I'd be able to afford to use one.
Canada's new CASL law has big implications for game developers anywhere in the world.
There are a wide variety of methods and terminology used in articles on normal mapping which makes it a very confusing topic for non-math-lovers like myself. I'm going to explain three methods for normal mapping for the mathematically uninclined.
Game companies are wasting players' fun time with optimizing, patching, bugs and horrible misfeatures. There's no excuse not to do better!
Robert Basler's Comments
[Blog - 01/04/2016 - 01:31]
If you look at classic ...
If you look at classic RTS ' like Homeworld or Red Alert 2, execution speed and accuracy were not their defining features. These games were rarely frantic. Generally that happened only when something went wrong, but for the most part you had time to plan, develop the force you wanted, ...
[Blog - 11/24/2015 - 06:26]
Another great article, thank you. ...
Another great article, thank you. Something I 've really come to appreciate is how much player agency there was in the older C C games. Every unit had one or more unique features that the player could use to their advantage and there were a LOT of units.
[Blog - 11/04/2015 - 08:58]
If you 're writing allocators, ...
If you 're writing allocators, make sure you benchmark them against malloc/new. Malloc is highly optimized and surprisingly fast for most use cases. I 've seen quite a few 'fast ' memory allocators in games that were in fact slower than malloc. r n r nMy best reasons for making ...
[Blog - 10/08/2015 - 01:39]
Probably the most frustrating thing ...
Probably the most frustrating thing about this is that I kept turning features off in BitDefender 's settings, but it still kept popping up new false virus notifications. I could not figure out how to get it to leave Miranda alone even long enough to test it. r n r ...
[Blog - 10/02/2015 - 01:08]
The non-deluge of RTS games ...
The non-deluge of RTS games is both encouraging and frightening when you 're making an RTS yourself http://theimperialrealm.com/ Given that there are still winning RTS games Company of Heroes, Starcraft I 'm optimistic the market isn 't as bleak as it looks, but is just underserved. r n r nIf ...
[Blog - 09/09/2015 - 03:27]
After I figured out why ...
After I figured out why it was doing what it was, I realized that making a unit move just slightly from where it is, is a really clever solution to the problem of making it find a good place to park. I just hit on it completely by accident.