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  1. I'm not bothered by people talking about their small projects. A few weeks ago I sat through a talk about an indy/small budget game and no-one there got into a debate about the developers or suggested that the developers were "trying to prove something". I left about about an hour, only because I was falling asleep after a long day on the course. What AZ-Stalker is saying could be applied to operating systems too: "it's not about the size of your OS but how you use it". Linux has its own merits without needing to compare its philosophy to Microsoft's philosophy. Indy games and low budget games have become really trendy in recent years, I want to take it one step further by making free (as in free beer and as in liberty) native Linux games with c++ and Ink Scape. The sterile and hopeless corporate shenanigans of EA Games are an initial motivator for me but if I focus on that alone it's just a waste of time. I'm not sure if my goal is to make good propaganda for Linux or to do educational stuff and training. Maybe my goal is actually to break into the industry and I just haven't acknowledged it to myself yet
  2. I don't like the thread pop-up preview, it gets in the way of things and won't disappear quick enough.
  3. I'd like to hear if there are many software developers in Hamilton. I think that if I'm serious about finding work (once the course is over) that there's only 4 cities to be in, but that isn't entirely true. This week I heard about a seed company in Ashburton that was looking for a programmer - possibly a one-off I suspect! Wikipedia cites a 2016 survey which says that Hamilton + the nearby region has a population of 161,200. It sounds better than Timaru's population. Fancy finding a job there, it must be hell!
  4. You're in Christchurch? I'm in Christchurch. Come down to Pom's Pub and get on the piss with me lol. Auckland is awful and Christchurch will be like Auckland very, very soon. The council and government need to pay for a rail network asap to link Selwyn and Rangiora with Christchurch City. Driving out to Rolleston sucks, you never reach 100kmph on the motorway and the motorway is all cracked and the seal is done for.
  5. Yeah, read his profile *heh heh heh!* -> Did you not watch that Simpsons episode where Judge Judy says to Bart: "ah you're just like me when I was a little boy" The sarcastic and humourless rubbish that people post on this forum keeps me here. Plus Plokite_Wolf downvoting my posts because he has no sense of humour! I'll agree with Zee Hypnotist on the cease-and-desist problem but everything else Zee Hypnotist said is dull in my view. I sometimes see GeneralJist's posts on Game Dev so at least he has a portfolio and at least he's more-or-less in the business. What do you expect from someone who makes mods? There's no guarantee if (or when) something will be released. People work for free, give them a break. GeneralJist is the same age as me. I think we should give him at least another 10 years to come up with something. In real life I'm usually rude, obnoxious and abrupt as often as possible --I can't stand people who're superficially polite-- or people who talk slowly, so I can't really talk ... but ... Zee Hypnotist and Lauren are being big bad meanies in this thread GeneralJist, perhaps you should enrol in a game development college and become a genius who makes The Next Big Thing, instead of working on mods and then coming here and being criticised because supposedly you haven't worked hard enough
  6. A European nation wins - I can easily believe that As for New Zealand, well, the news is always pretty depressing: the government admits that uncontrolled immigration has put pressure on infrastructure, so traffic is pretty bad where I live. Everyone seems to be complaining about the cost of housing and stuff like that, because wages and student loans/allowances never keep up with inflation. Younger folks sometimes have no choice but to live in squalor or live with their parents. I'm sure New Zealand has seen happier times.
  7. Regarding purplederp's philosophy: I used to think I could run old hardware forever, so long as I had Linux installed; not true though. Linux has become bloated with time and I'm not just talking about System-D becoming the new init system. Everything in Linux is slower and worse than it was 10 years ago but it's still much faster than Windows. PC technology has improved a lot since 2009 ... I didn't notice until I bought a PC in 2015. I didn't realise at the time that 8GB of RAM was normal - 2 sticks of 4GB each. 500GB hard drives are now the minimum it seems (mechanical). I also thought you judged a CPU partly by its front-side-bus speed, rather that the advertised clock-speed - when really all you need to know is Intel i5 versus cheaper, worse AMD chips. I also thought that I'd use a white (DVI?) connector for my monitor, but the monitor they gave me had only an HDMI cable. You can upgrade systems of course but it isn't an eternal solution. I could put a solid state drive in my current PC and perhaps I could get a newer AMD A-10 which would improve CPU speed and the integrated graphics capability. At best I might give myself an extra 2-3 years with those upgrades. I used to enjoy running Linux on nasty old PCs but now I prefer to run Linux on things that are 2-3 years old which are still formidable. There's no point in making a Linux experience more annoying than it has to be. Next year I'm thinking about either Debian or OpenSUSE Tumbleweed, as a development system.
  8. The reuse of maps hasn't bothered me yet. The detail in the maps is really good. I just started the Guardians campaign and the swamp graphics look nice, there's water flowing through the terrain but you can build on it, not in the rivers though. In one of the swamp maps you see stupid scenes like a crocodile with a penguin in its mouth. The props are great. In the Hordes campaign there are sets of eyes glowing in the dark, and spiders everywhere. The spiders are just props though, like the crocodiles. In Hordes you also find 8-sided die (dice) on some maps - a reference to old RPG games back when they were played with cards? I opened up multiverse and it didn't make any sense to me, just more stuff I can't be bothered with. I agree with your spoiler comment re music, I've disabled it for now.
  9. Sounds cool. Simulation games ftw.
  10. That sounds like the words of an educated person Are you a doctor of physics or a doctor of medicine?
  11. Frank does whatever earns him money. What do you think he should do ... make music for an FPS title?
  12. A person can get a degree and write thousands of pages and still be wrong. If you've ever worked for a large company and tried explaining a practical matter to the corporate bosses, you'll know what I mean.
  13. I read this the other day and didn't have anything to say, then I had some thoughts. Nyerguds posted this video a while ago which shows Joe Kucan talking about Red Alert 1 scenes and how Westwood didn't want to have "shrinking violet" characters who needed to be saved. If an academic nerd with a PHD was to analyse characters in Tiberian Sun, they would conclude that Oxanna Kristos was "oppressed" because she is only lieutenant, while Slavic (a male) is commander. From my perspective Oxanna and Slavic were equal because in The Brotherhood of NOD people aren't valued by rank alone, but by loyalty. This is why I can't help but puke when a CEO/director at EA Games comes out to tell us that they want more "diversity" in games. My response will always be: "but didn't we have good female characters before the Social Justice Warriors tried to take over society?" Westwood did a good job of its female characters, without needing to brag about it in media interviews or press statements. There was no attention seeking or "virtue signalling" by Westwood. They didn't need a pat on the back they just knew that the characters in the games would have to be good. The most massive and disgusting companies on Earth are happy to preach their "equality" talks as if it was a new thing ... but having decent female characters in games or theatre isn't new. Tosca has a good female character who is abducted and manipulated by an evil baron (Scarpia) who Floria Tosca then kills (in Act II) ......... note that Tosca is at least 100 years old. It's interesting to note that in Tiberian Sun, the NOD campaign (if I remember right) is called "Act II" which suggests Joe Kucan or another staff member is a fan of opera and theatre. I recommend that you guys watch Tosca because it's really good, at least in my opinion you'll either love it or you'll hate it! Look up "Tosca 2001" on any search engine and you'll find references to Benoit Jacquot's 2001 DVD of Tosca. Umagon is totally based on Floria Tosca here is a video of her in his Pyramid, preventing the launch of his Tiberium missile.
  14. I'm trying to imagine what's happening inside Petroglyph offices: "hey guys Rocket League sold really well so let's make a game that merges Rocket League with 8 Bit Hordes"
  15. Good question I hope they will invest in a full project, sometime in the future. Right now it's obvious that they're going for the easy money. I've talked to a local game developer about this stuff ... although Steam takes a huge amount of your profit, it's generally considered to be good sense to sell via Steam, because without Steam you wouldn't have marketing and access to users. That means doing stupid little projects on a small budget instead of creating a loyal fan base and a long-running series (6+ years minimum). Oh well let's see where the industry goes. Gaming is a novel thing for me these days. I barely get excited over anything any more.