Solarity–The race against the light

Those of you who have been around for a while have likely heard of a project I worked on called Project: White, a futuristic first person shooter that I have worked on for about a decade. The project was shelved shortly after a change in my life that lead to a decrease in my availability.

You are looking at the reboot, with many changes and a new name.

The process of vetting ideas is important, it affords each of us an opportunity to try out new things, exercise the complication and difficulty out of certain ideas and in the end, it helps you arrive at something that is more sound, easier to execute, and hopefully – easier to develop.

Ill be posting from time to time, explaining key elements of the game as it evolves. If you are interested in testing, even if you have little or no experience, Reach out. The worst thing that can happen is that I suggest you read a book. I am not looking for assistance in development just yet. This is a whole new approach to a tried and true problem.

Three cheers to open development cycles!

INI Based Settings in C#/XNA

One of my first issues to handle in this, the second phase of development for hades, has been how to store settings. Of course I could have gone an XML approach, but it is not at all what people are accustomed to – we like ini files. Section, Key = Value… NEXT! Well, while the horn may have sounded in terms of figuring this out, putting things into action is a bit more involved, but not too much so.

For those of you who have worked with Unreal or looked at the configuration files for most any linux application you likely found something similar to the following:

[Engine.GameInfo]
DefaultGame=Fulcrum.FulcrumGame
DefaultServerGame=Fulcrum.FulcrumGame
bAdminCanPause=false
MaxPlayers=32
GameDifficulty=+1.0
bChangeLevels=True

This example shows off all of the typical features of an INI file based approach for storing settings, and I am fully intending to use it in Hades, but how do we start? We have to establish a couple of requirements to paint the picture fully…

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Angry Developers

Over the last decade of independent and open sourced development I have noticed a number of times that the most respected developers tend to be right, and that they tend to be dicks, outright. It has disgusted me at times, to the point that I was inspired to write nearly 50 tutorials and walkthroughs of code based systems. In my eyes, the separation between mediocre and great developers was that they would be able to get along with others. Was I wrong?

Partly, yes, I fear. Continue reading “Angry Developers”