Musings on zeros and ones

Down the rabbit hole

After completing my foray into terrain rendering progress on building a 3D engine has been slower than I had anticipated. This was in part due to me traveling for a bit, but was mainly caused by finding out once more that there are many layers of complexity involved with this undertaking. Usually, when trying to…

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Terrain Rendering

The last few weeks have been busy: I’ve been working on a prototype for rendering a 3D landscape. One of the key aspects of the game that I’m working on is the deity-like ability of the player to manipulate the game world. The game engine will need to support real-time dynamic transformations like raising and…

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On Playing God

The next game I want to make is going to be a god game. The term was coined back in the 8-bit days to describe a type of simulation game that imbues the player in with god-like powers while putting him in charge of a group of artificial beings. While the specifics vary between different…

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(Just Like) Starting Over

Here’s the thing… I find myself coming up with a new game idea once or twice a year. Usually at that point, I drop everything else I’ve been working on and focus all my free time for the next 2 or 3 weeks on it, until I gradually lose momentum. While those initial bursts are…

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TIS-100

Despite picking up a bunch of must-play AAA titles and experimental indie games during the recent Steam sale, I’ve spent the majority of my play time on a game about programming a fictitious computer from the dawn of the age of technology. TIS-100 is a puzzle game at heart, but what captured my attention was…

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Out with the old, in with the new

I’ve switched this blog over to a new theme – after more than 5 years it felt like it needed a fresh look. Also, I keep hearing them youngsters talk about responsive web pages that actually work on phones, so hopefully that will be a thing now as well. In any case, if you happen…

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Implementing a Java Agent (Part 1)

This is the first in a series of posts describing how to implement a Java agent. Java agents execute in the same Java Virtual Machine (JVM) as regular Java application, and provide insight into them as well as the ability to modify their behavior at run-time. All of the source code is available for download…

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