๐ŸŒธ Thu, Jul 11, 2024 ๐ŸŒธ

Game developers and writers often view time travel mechanics as overly powerful, necessitating artificial limitations. For instance, you might be unable to save a deceased parent. While such restrictions make sense in literature, they feel constraining in games. Take Life is Stra


๐ŸŒธ Thu, Jul 11, 2024 ๐ŸŒธ

The code cout << "Hello World\n"; is part of the C++ standard, and C++ has grown a lot over the years. For new streaming functionality, let’s start doing function calls with comma-separated parameters, like log("Hello World", 123);.


๐ŸŒธ Wed, Jul 10, 2024 ๐ŸŒธ

The world just dropped the frame, but I’m not in VR. That’s strange.


๐ŸŒธ Wed, Jul 10, 2024 ๐ŸŒธ

One downside of your game becoming extremely popular is that you might feel confined to the universe you created. Players will eagerly demand more content from that gameโ€”sequels, DLCs, and so on. Personally, I want the freedom to create multiple game universes.


๐ŸŒธ Tue, Jul 9, 2024 ๐ŸŒธ

Once John F. Kennedy said:

We set sail on this new sea of virtual worlds because there are new joys to be discovered, and new benefits to be won, and they must be won and used for the happiness of all people. For computer games, like all forms of technology, have no conscience o


๐ŸŒธ Tue, Jul 9, 2024 ๐ŸŒธ

I like to contract words in my C++ code, e.g., cmd instead of command, args instead of arguments, but some words I am so used to typing in full that if I decide to contract them, it makes it slower for me to type, even though it is fewer keystrokes.


๐ŸŒธ Tue, Jul 9, 2024 ๐ŸŒธ

Hey! I feel one and a half days of rest helped. Let’s start another marathon!


๐ŸŒธ Mon, Jul 8, 2024 ๐ŸŒธ

I’ll take a break today from game dev. I was quite a good run about 7 weeks, every day for 12 hours, I had one day break, went to the camp ground. And now I’ve hit the wall. I assume just over the year my stamina has gotten low, hopefully next run would be longer.


๐ŸŒธ Mon, Jul 8, 2024 ๐ŸŒธ

Three weeks ago, I began working while standing, which has significantly alleviated my chest pain, likely a lingering effect of long COVID. However, maintaining an 85-hour work week as I had planned is proving to be unsustainable. Yesterday, I hit a wall and ended up spending the


๐ŸŒธ Mon, Jul 8, 2024 ๐ŸŒธ

I am struggling with Visual Studio 2015 for almost 2 weeks. And I made up my mind: it is a piece of garbage.

In particular, I am trying to set up a new configuration in the configuration manager, and sometimes it just tells you it cannot do something for some reason, and then st


๐ŸŒธ Mon, Jul 8, 2024 ๐ŸŒธ

I believe college in the US is a waste of time and money. I have an MS in physics and engineering, and I got it for free in Russia. And I recommend that way. College in the US is too expensive and does not provide enough knowledge and skills for the money and time you and your pa


๐ŸŒธ Mon, Jul 8, 2024 ๐ŸŒธ

I really like the AD feature on Netflix. It is subtitles for blind people; they have an additional audio track that describes what is happening visually. And if I feel FOMO about some TV show, I can put it in the background and listen to the show and do some useful things that do


๐ŸŒธ Fri, Jul 5, 2024 ๐ŸŒธ

Is the 1st Newton’s law of motion just a special case of the 2nd one?


๐ŸŒธ Wed, Jul 3, 2024 ๐ŸŒธ

Do you play online games? Why do you play online games? Do you use online features of the game? I’m asking because I’m trying to understand what’s appealing in online games. I play Overwatch and VRChat, but in WoW or Diablo, they’re technically online games, I play solo.


๐ŸŒธ Mon, Jul 1, 2024 ๐ŸŒธ

HTML5 was a bad idea years ago; it is a worse idea now. Let’s go native. Discord constantly eats 4% (used to be 15%) of one of my CPU core; it should be near to 0. I periodically need to refresh X.com page because it becomes super unresponsive over time. It takes forever to withd


๐ŸŒธ Mon, Jul 1, 2024 ๐ŸŒธ

PureRef is a great little tool, but lately I’ve realized I just paste images directly into Blender. I use a plugin called ImagePaste. Plus, grease pencil.


๐ŸŒธ Mon, Jul 1, 2024 ๐ŸŒธ

The many-worlds interpretation implies that if you go and buy a lottery ticket, there is a 100% chance of winning the lottery. It’s just that you are most likely to end up in the universe where you did not win.

But I am wondering, should I go and buy the ticket just to make anot


๐ŸŒธ Sun, Jun 30, 2024 ๐ŸŒธ

Aliens do exist. Today I met a family with two kids and a dog at an empty campground. There were about 40 spots, and maybe three spots were taken. The family picked the spot right next to me. The family had an older kid, a newborn, and the dog. The dog was barking non-stop. The d


๐ŸŒธ Wed, Jun 26, 2024 ๐ŸŒธ

AIs sometimes gives very appealing ideas, but then you try to piece everything together to a coherent outcome, and everything falls apart.


๐ŸŒธ Wed, Jun 26, 2024 ๐ŸŒธ

I just got a message from Valve; they are not recommending going live on July 3rd because of the sale event and would not be able to promote my game, so I am discussing later release dates. The Steam page is live, though. https://store.steampowered.com/app/3058180/The_Final_Act


๐ŸŒธ Tue, Jun 25, 2024 ๐ŸŒธ

I need to do proper scoping for the 3-month and 6-month long games. I know I can scope a game for what I can make in one month, so it shouldn’t be that hard to do for the 3-month game and eventually for the 6-month game. The same technique just needs to be scaled up by a factor o


๐ŸŒธ Tue, Jun 25, 2024 ๐ŸŒธ

Just a reminder: I am doing a one-month game jam and at the end of this month, I am going to publish the game on Steam. Steam page is up: https://store.steampowered.com/app/3058180/The_Final_Act


๐ŸŒธ Mon, Jun 24, 2024 ๐ŸŒธ

Iโ€™ve got it! Here is my rough outline plan for the next eight years.

I am going to make games. Currently, I am employed full-time, working 40 hours a week at my day job. However, I can dedicate an additional 45 hours each week to work on my games.

Step One: I will scope


๐ŸŒธ Mon, Jun 24, 2024 ๐ŸŒธ

About half a year ago on a whim, I wrote a post about the development process. I thought a lot about how I can optimize it and came to the conclusion that just working solo, the outline of the process takes about 10 steps, each step int


๐ŸŒธ Mon, Jun 24, 2024 ๐ŸŒธ

What is going on? I woke up and World War III and nukes are trending on Twitter. And also, I pulled my back and have diarrhea. Just keep swimming.


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