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Category Archives: Development

New enemy art

Well, it’s a been a long time since I wrote something here… The main reason is that I’m working in game development as a job, so most of my free time I don’t feel the urge to code games so much as before… In case you’re curious, I’m working on “Striker’s Edge”, an arena based […]

Bug fixing

Today I kind of had some time to work on “Gateway”, so I started working on loads of bugs I’ve found while working on the prototype. Most of the ones I tackled today were pirate lair related… It was some bad spawns, the whirlwind laser wasn’t hitting the player, cannons were firing on the wrong […]

A bit on an update!

No, the game isn’t dead! I’ve been working a game/multimedia development studio in the last few months, and my schedule has been a bit hectic, hence no updates for a while. A lot of good things have come out of it… I’m loving my work, and I’m making new contacts! Anyway, there has been some […]


Today I squashed an old bug… I had a cave planet whose generation ended up being this: So the player couldn’t get out of the initial drop zone! I have a lot of code to try to prevent this sort of thing, but sometimes some stuff falls through the cracks… That’s actually one of the […]

Doing some multitasking…

So working on two things at the same time: getting a Linux Mint install to work properly, and finding a good way to debug/profile compute shaders… Decided to try Linux Mint because I ran into a problem with some updates on Ubuntu 14.04… It’s not the first time this happens. I install something on Ubuntu […]

More Compute Shaders

After getting compute shaders working properly yesterday, decided to check some profiling… After some moving code around, got some rudimentary profiling working. In terms of CPU flow, running the compute shader to sum 33 million elements took about 0.2 ms (against 37ms of CPU time)… This looks great, in theory… But the reality is way […]

Compute Shaders

Started today with compute shaders… The concepts behind them are a bit weird at first, especially the relation between threads and groups, read/write orders, barriers, etc… Anyway, I made some headway and I have a naïve compute shader that sums all elements of an array… Impressive, I know, but it’s a start… Now I can […]

DirectX 11

Continuing to learn stuff I’ll need for my new job… Today it was a day for learning DirectX 11… This wasn’t that hard, since I’m very experienced with DirectX 9.0, and 11 is not that different… It’s just a bit more organized in places, and there’s some new concepts (which I usually implemented at a […]

Physics in UE4

Started working with physics on UE4, combined with making a small physics-based game… The game will consiste of a platform and some cubes falling on it, and the player has to use it’s own weight to balance it… pretty simple stuff, but it should provide me with enough stuff to keep me busy learning UE4. […]

More UE4

Still learning UE4… Ran through most of the tutorials and the development/programmer guides, so I have a good grasp on how things work (although I couldn’t actually do anything by myself yet)… Now I have three things I can do: Try to build a small game using UE4 Learn PhysX (that will be important in […]