Status Update

Its been ages since I posted here, mainly cause I got super sick and mainly cause I don’t feel the need to anymore.

Now I have been working on a few things since the last time you saw me. A lot of different things, Like Unreal 4 games, .NET Core apps, Ruby On Rails Apps, and Angular Apps. Some of which you will be seeing posts about.

For the most part my efforts to learn new things goes awry because I get side tracked by a shiny new thing. However for this coming month I am going to try to focus on a few main things:

  • .NET Core + Angular – Cause I like how light weight and fast it is ( Got to get in touch with the future of my beloved C# ❤ )
  • Unreal Engine 4 – Cause I like easy to use pretty things. Unreal is easier (Blue prints) to do something fast ( I don’t want to write that much code) Plus it already has a awesome AI system built in.
  • Ruby On Rails – Cause it seems like the web developers ultimate tool bag (this is mainly due to watching a number of talks by DHH)

Video Games that I could make

Story

  • Just like doom, not a whole lot of story

3D – Games

Loner – Doom Clone – PC

  • Put in some enemy AI
  • Bring in the same sort of level design as the original Doom
  • Different ALIENS
  • GOAL – Kill – Score High – Reach the end

The Mines – FPS_HORROR – PC

  • Basically, Resident Evil
  • Enemy AI
  • Level design of another game
  • GOAL – Make it to the other side of map

Space Station Down – TopDownShooter-Mobile/PC

  • Really nice top down game play like alien spawn
  • DOOM Levels
  • A ton of enemies
  • Robots
  • GOAL – Get out of the maze

Cube Wars – Twin Stick Shooter

  • Super retro Look – pretty particles everywhere
  • Controller support
  • Basically like Nex-machinma
  • Basic geometry for the enemies ( cubes, pyramids, spheres)
  • GOAL – KILL – HIGH SCORE

Platforms – Platformer – Mobile

  • 3D
  • Interesting gameplay mechanics
  • Weird Voxel Art
  • GOAL – Don’t die and get to the other side of the map

Retro Bricks – Brick Breaker – Mobile

  • 3D
  • Awesome visual effects
  • A lot of weird and interesting abilities
  • GOAL – Clear each level

 2D – Games

Brick Breaker – Mobile

  • Same thing as Retro Bricks but 2D
  • GOAL is to prototype gameplay

Life of Pete – Mobile

  • Your basic game of like mega man
  • Pixel art
  • Boss battles
  • GOAL is MARIO

How I lost 100 USD

After my trial run with Unreal 4, which you can read more about that here. I decided to double down on Unity as my game engine of choice. And in doing so I decided to spend. Not just spend a little, but a lot. In doing so I searched the internet trying to find all the essential assets that one needed / could hope to want. One of those assets was one called “Pro Builder Advanced”, it allowed you to model and map textures onto your levels right there in unity it’s self. It was easy to use, saved you time, and got the job done.

Fast forward a couple of weeks, and much to my amazement Unity made the asset free. Which meant that the developer of Pro Builder Advanced stopped supporting it.

In one fell swoop I had lost the 100 USD that I had spent. What I don’t understand is how Unity never gave anyone any warnings. Like announce they where in the process of buying the developer. I would have even been happy with them giving anyone who had pursued the asset, in the lead up to the announcement a 10% coupon. 🤦‍♀️

I don’t get it Unity … this is not how you bring about any brand loyalty.

And yes I should have done more research before buying the asset. Or maybe even not have bought the asset at all, cause I never used it 😕

My Girl Friend

Today is Valentines day and I want to talk about a person that has always been with me, my computer.

Just by reading the line above you maybe thinking I am a Nerd. This is more a fact than a truth. Computers have been around in my life since I was 5 years old, and I love them. Ask me if I would rather have a super computer vs a Ferrari, and I would always pick the super computer.

It wasn’t till I started making my own money did I start building my computer. Contrary to popular belief building your own computer is extremely easy these days. You can think of it like high tech Lego that is super expensive. Quality components these days can handle a fall or something being dropped on them, very easily.

Building computers for guys like me, is basically how it is for gear heads and their cars. I originally started with an okay computer (i5 & GTX 1070) and moved on to do more … a lot more. I finished my latest upgrade yesterday I got a new case, mother board, and water cooler that will allow me to over clock. Its some thing new that I want to get into 🙂

As it stands here are my specs:

CPU: i7 – 7700k – Corsair – H115i water cooler

GPU: GTX 1080 Ti – Asetek – Custom water cooler

Mother Board: ATX – Z270 GAMING PRO CARBON

Hard Drives: – 1 X 256GB SSD / 1 X 1TB HHD / 1 X 3TB HHD

This is the best of the best as of late, this is what I wanted since I was 12 🙂

My History with Cell Phones

The first smart phone I ever got was a android. It was a small thick brick from HTC, that did everything that I could ever want. Then after awhile I decided to switch carriers, which lead me to experience one of the first windows phones, it was a Nokia Lumia 920. And after that I moved on to a number of different BLU phones. The BLU phones that I bought were nice, but I kept up grading every 8 months to half a year.

As you can see I am a pretty fickle person, I am always looking for the next cool new thing. And last year I spent the most I had ever spent on a phone up until that point, and bought a Asus Zen Phone. It was the best android phone I had ever had in my life. It was super fast, responsive, reliable, and had great battery life.

Things were going well with the phone for a while there, and for a reason I can’t remember to this day I ordered an iPhone.  I bought a used 6s which I kept for a few weeks, until I realized that I needed more storage. At which point I returned it and bought another 6s with more storage. And then I realized the battery life wasn’t good enough for me. So I went ahead and dropped 1300 dollars on a brand new iPhone 7 Plus with 128 GB of storage.

I am not sure why I bought a iPhone. I think its because I wanted to make apps for it, and wanted that brand name 🤩 After having it for a few months I found the experience to be very very alright, nothing insanely special. I still have the iPhone and don’t plan to upgrade it for a long long long time.

I kinda regretted buying it for a few months until I started to mess with iOS’s new features, ML and AR. Both of which are interesting to play with, but as you can see from the app store it not like every other app out there has AR or ML in it.

I need to make a game even more now

As detailed in my last post. I tend to waste money on things that I don’t really need. And I spend it on things that most people would never even think of. These days I am getting more and more into game development, so much so I watch presentations from different GDCs in my free time.

My game engine of choose is Unity, and as you may or may not know it has a thriving online market place that sells everything from art to scripts for your game. And I went extremely overboard enough to buy a new iPhone. I guess now I have too make a few kickass games using Unity.

That Time I Wasted Money

I waste a lot of money. As kid I never really had the things that other kids had, and my parents refused to buy me them. So as a young adult making a reasonable amount of money, I bought myself a number of things on a whim, like a GTX 1080 TI 😍.

I tend to spend money on things that I want to get into, like building your own computer, getting started with iOS development, or using a new piece of software.

I don’t spend money on much, I live like a monk. When I do spend money its on things that are some what nerdy, and I spend a lot.