Oculus and IndieCade VR Jam 2013 – LOST LOOT

It is finally done!  The last week of the jam was torture and I spent many late nights and two days with no sleep up until the final submission late Sunday.  It has taken some time to recover and that is why this update is a week late.  Here is a video of some random gameplay from the final version of LOST LOOT.  It is rather long, but as a reward you get to find… Continue reading

Oculus and IndieCade VR Jam – Milestone 2 Status

So we have reached the end of week two.  Things have been a little crazy – I am getting rather exhausted and turning nocturnal.  The game is coming along, but still not anywhere near complete.  I was able to complete the basic gameplay of diving for and recovering loot.  This is my official milestone 2 progress video for LOST LOOT, which is just some gameplay segments diving for loot!     Current gameplay involves parachuting… Continue reading

Oculus and IndieCade VR Jam – Milestone 1 Status

My entry in the Oculus and IndieCade VR Jam is taking shape.  I am creating a casual treasure diving game designed specifically for VR. Here is the official description: “LOST LOOT: A casual exploration game designed for VR and the Oculus Rift.  It combines relaxing gameplay with an interesting environment and a touch of adventure.  Dive for lost treasure!  Search submerged ruins and ancient shipwrecks for gold, jewels, and artifacts.  Watch your air supply and… Continue reading

Rift Ramblings (Part 2)

I am currently in the process of prototyping the character setup for my game.  I am developing a game that has a first person perspective and allows you to look down and see the body of the main character you play.  This main character is also wearing human/alien hybrid tech that is composed of a tablet/visor system.  The tablet is used as a main control device for the related visor which acts as an augmented… Continue reading

Half-Life 2 and the Oculus Rift

I am convinced now more than ever that devices like the Rift are the future.  Actually being inside the Half-Life 2 world is both mesmerizing and frightening.  Nothing like wandering down dark zombie infested sewers for real to get your heart rate up.  Thankfully I have played the game through almost half a dozen times so I know where to go and what pops out at you.  Doing this for the first time in the Rift… Continue reading

Day One for VR!

Well, this is it.  The Oculus Rift has me changing my life already.  I have come to the realization that the Rift is going to be such a revolutionary device that I am going to devote most of my attention to it through it’s commercial release.  You should watch these videos from GDC this year to get a feel for the energy surrounding it: Oculus VR @ GDC 2013: Behind the Scenes Oculus VR @… Continue reading

Rift Ramblings (Part 1)

Well, it has been about two weeks since the Oculus Rift arrived.  I have spent many hours with the device glued to my face, exploring what it feels like to be inside a computer generated world instead of looking at it through a flat window.  The experience can best be described as stunning, with a sense that this is the beginning of a new paradigm for anything involving three dimensional graphics, especially games.  There is… Continue reading

Google and Nexus are great for indies!

I purchased a Google Nexus 7 last summer and purchased a Nexus 4 phone at the beginning of the year.  I wanted to relate my experience with this rather famous but not well known Google product and the latest flavor of Android, called Jelly Bean.  I normally am not fanatical about things like this, but having had a good experience with both and having had an iPhone since 2009, I thought I would put my two cents… Continue reading

The character creation process

After some time away, I have started to dig back into AOS.  Things have been progressing a bit more slowly since the end of last year and I have had a number of side projects going on that are taking away from my time working directly on AOS.  However, some of them will eventually be beneficial to this project over the long run.  I have reached a point in the development of the framework and… Continue reading

Global Game Jam 2013 at MIT

I finally got to my first game jam this year.  I have wanted to go before but never took the time out of a hectic schedule and committed to one.  I have to say that it is a lot of fun and everyone who gets the chance should try and go to one.  It is fun, you get to meet new people, and you really can go wild with ideas and do whatever you want.  My only… Continue reading

Securing your digital self

This entry is a bit of a diversion from gaming, but I wanted to write about the importance of internet security, and also wanted to alert people to the way things are moving in favor of hackers these days.  Initially I want to point out a few articles – the first of which was fairly prominent in the news during the summer and the rest which are just good technical articles on how evolved and trivial… Continue reading

Better looking environments in Unity (Part 2)

This is the second part of my series on better looking environments in Unity.  It has been a while since the first post and Unity has made a lot of improvements since then.  In this part I wanted to cover the post processing effects needed to achieve a more dramatic look, like the one in the current set of screenshots that I posted over the summer, which can be found in the Media tab. With… Continue reading

Boston FIG

The first ever Boston FIG (Boston Festival of Indie Games) happened this past Saturday and it was an amazing event to be a part of.  There were over a thousand in attendance, which I think far exceeded the expected registrations for the the event.  The main feature was a digital games showcase which housed a select set of indie games from the area which you could both play and vote on – with the developers themselves… Continue reading

The Diablo/WOW Hybrid Super Camera!

Originally AOS was going to be a strictly top down Diablo style game.  After my friend Nathan started testing out my game builds the first thing he said is you need WASD!  And I just groaned and said it is supposed to be a Diablo clone.  Anyway, long story short – you can play both ways at the same time now. After salivating over the nice first person vistas using the new HDR+Bloom capabilities in… Continue reading

The Oculus Rift and the dream of Virtual Reality

Well, it seems VR has made a comeback with the Oculus Rift HMD Kickstarter.  Inspired by a dedicated hobbyist named Palmer Luckey and supported by John Carmack from Id, it seems we are going to have something very special in the coming year.  The Oculus Rift is unique with a wide field of view and low latency tracking.  It will be a consumer version of a true immersive stereoscopic HMD. The hype level surrounding the… Continue reading

Character movement, animation, and footsteps

I am still working on basic combat in AOS.  One of the areas that I have just completed is driving the biped characters based on the movement stat.  This stat is the first of my action stats which is in feet per second and because it is a stat will allow buffs and debuffs to automatically impact the movement rate of the character. So in a combat scenario I want the character animation and footstep… Continue reading

Once upon a time…

I have been working on the beginning of the official story for AOS.  I have had lots of ideas and background material that has been percolating for years, however to actually begin the design of something that is supposed to excite, intrigue, and surprise people is extremely difficult.  Having no formal training in storytelling or writing, and being cursed with a programmer’s brain, I am working at a great disadvantage. The background story is a… Continue reading

Unity 3.5, Mercurial, and BitBucket

I have successfully updated my project to 3.5 and switched to using external version control, moving it into a Mercurial repository.  I am still a little dismayed that Unity doesn’t work a little more smoothly with things under version control.  Having a second set of meta files for everything means that you need to manage moving and renaming everything yourself and then doing the proper commands to your VCS when you do that.  Workflow like… Continue reading

Pizza, beer, and Diablo III

So the verdict is in for me – after two weeks of demon squishing I have concluded Diablo III just isn’t Diablo II or Diablo I.  The magic just isn’t there.  I have run two different classes now to completion and I don’t think I want to play anymore – replaying the same stuff in Nightmare just isn’t appealing.  After watching the entire credits, I can’t believe how many people worked on this game and… Continue reading

MassDiGi Game Challenge

The first MassDiGi Game Challenge is now over.  Congrats to the finalists and the winners, and thanks to all the people who put it together and the sponsors and mentors who donated time and money, it does mean a lot to the growing game development community here in MA. All of the entries seemed really unique and innovative.  I wasn’t participating with an entry but I did thoroughly enjoy the whole event.  I am definitely… Continue reading