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Category Archives: Technology

Gamepad groundwork done

Finished the groundwork for the gamepad support on Gateway… Went rather well, already got the menu control with the controller working, which is great! Tomorrow I’ll probably make the player move with the gamepad and maybe start on the shooting code as well… Without screenshots, these updates look very small! Now listening to “Instrumental Core”

GLFW and DirectX

Well, just finished to hack a version of GLFW that can work with DirectX… Basically, I just created a #define that allows to shut down all the OpenGL, window management, etc of GLFW, and built the library with it… It was rather simple, just time consuming (searching for all the OpenGL functions, etc). Now I […]

Working on a new feature…

This one: Controller support for Gateway! I’ve been meaning to add this for a long time, but some higher priority stuff came along… I really want to use GLFW for it, since the API seems nice and it does most stuff I want it to do, but on the other hand I can’t use the […]

Bit of an hiatus…

Sorry about it, guys, but I’ve been really busy with real life stuff, and really incapable of making time to develop the game… Doesn’t help motivation is a tad low at the moment… Anyway, here’s hoping this week I’ll get back to normal! So, one of the complaints I had from the Game Dev Camp […]

Live from the Netherlands!

Or sort of… I came to the Netherlands to finish some work for my previous employer, just tying loose ends, so I don’t have much time during this week to work on the game… Still, I’ve been making some progress, and most of the stuff called out on the Game Dev Camp are fixed and/or […]

More bug tracking…

Busy squashing bugs… Most of them are quite small stuff that was more nuisances than actual bugs, but in the last couple of weeks I’ve found some “big” stuff. One of these was some conditions where the story planets couldn’t be generated properly, which meant the game would get stuck in the generation phase… That […]

Fixed it!

So the problem ended up being the fact that the z-buffer associated with the render target wasn’t the same size, so it got clamped… It still smells of driver bug in fact, since depth testing, writing, etc, was turned off, but it was more or less simple to fix: just create a 1024×1024 depth buffer […]

Driver woes?

I think the problem I’m having is driver related… Or at least this driver is a bit more strict than normals and I’m using OpenGL wrong… So, the game window is 1600×900 (when I’m developing, you can choose when playing). When I use 1024×1024 SSAO, you get the problem below: When I use a 256×256 […]

More work…

I’ve been away for a few days… During that time, I sorted some of the issues from my Game Dev Camp, but mostly I spent my (very little) time trying to figure out a graphical bug in the game. It only happens on OpenGL on my laptop, but it’s still super annoying: You see that […]

Shader quality

Just added a shader quality system to the game, so that some shaders can be customized for less-powerfull GPUs (like the one I have on my Mac). Currently, only the ambient occlusion stuff is affected by it (since the Mac seems to be sampling-limited). So, without AO: Maximum shader quality: Minimum shader quality: Not amazing, […]