If you really want to know “How Does a GPU Shader Core Work?” then check out this slide deck from Aras Pranckevičius’ presentations. This is the first thing that has finally made a whole lot of sense to me when it comes to trying to understand GPUs!
I have been making a little progress on my alien assimilation game. I have it working with SteamVR 2.0 now with some initial core mechanics. Basically you can just blast the city and pickup the debris which fuels your ship. You can also collect humans which just say funny things at the moment – they will eventually give you power ups as you collect them! The goal will be to assimilate as many humans as possible within your limited invasion window while keeping your ship powered and defending it from the human army trying to take you down. It’s pretty simple at the moment, but the explosions are satisfying!
ScreenToGif is another must have tool and is fantastic for capturing screenshots, video, and making gifs etc. Best of all it is open source, free, and has active developers. I would recommend having it around for day to day work.
So I decided to spend some time with Steam VR and try the new Steam VR Unity Plugin 2.0. I am mentoring at the Reality Virtually hackathon at MIT next week helping represent Wayfair and the Next team there and wanted to be knowledgeable of all these recent changes. I also wanted to test my current game project in both the Rift and the Vive so now seems like a good time. I currently have… Continue reading
Just relaxing a bit after the holidays and decided to play Lost Loot since I haven’t tried it in a while. It still runs beautifully on the Rift and is so much fun. There is something nice about just sitting back and relaxing with the controller and wandering the ocean looking for treasure in VR. It may not be perfect but it is a fun little game and those megalodons in the depths are still scary!
I wanted to discuss Pica Voxel which is a great little voxel framework for Unity that I have been using in my latest project. It is written entirely in C# and works pretty well. I have had success with it and plan to use it as the core in my next project. The best thing I like about it is that it has shaders that produce a really nice flat shaded look. The… Continue reading
If you are not using Unity Hub to manage all those versions of the engine you have installed you should get it now (download is at the end of the linked Unity Blog post). I have been using it for a while and find it almost indispensable for managing the installs, related components, and launching the right one for various projects.
You can likely surmise from the absence of posts over the last two years that the update to Lost Loot stalled and lost momentum. I ran into too many issues with performance around the terrain and the trees that made it just not workable and I couldn’t reliably meet frame rate on minimum spec machines. Another big reason was that I felt the third person miniature approach I switched to was ultimately the wrong direction and dependent on a controller that wasn’t the future of VR where room scale and hand presence is the standard. I may jump back into it once Unity revamps the whole terrain portion of the engine but that may be a while!
Here is some concept art from my 8 year old son – two units we will have in the alien invasion arcade game we are working on. He likes to mock things up in Minecraft. I am starting to train him with MagicaVoxel which is what I am using to build the voxel models for the game. These units will likely grow in detail over time. I am focusing on a programmer art approach which is to get things in then refine them over time as the game play takes shape and the fun emerges!
I really loved this summary of the event and totally agree with this!
“It’s a turning point & the birth of an embodied community of passionate AR creators. Spatial computing is here & is inevitable. Now the journey is to align idealistic vision with pragmatism.”
I wanted to share my thoughts on the Magic Leap One. I was able to work with the device as an early access developer at Wayfair and I built an experience for it called Wayfair Spaces that is published on Magic Leap World. These are some of my personal thoughts about the device and the bigger picture of this tech and community of early adopters around it. I honestly believe that Rony and… Continue reading
This is the trailer we made for Wayfair Spaces which I built for the Magic Leap One and is on Magic Leap World!
This was my L.E.A.P. badge – we were in the showcase doing demos of Wayfair Spaces there!
So, it has been a long while since I put anything on this website and I have decided I don’t want it to go to waste any longer. In that spirit I am now just going to write about my current development efforts and share some fun and insightful things about whatever I am working on. I will also share some tips on Unity and XR where it makes sense but everything will be fairly short and informal. It will be kind of a rambling development blog. 😉
Time for another status update on the game with some cool screenshots of our beloved little red raft. Everyone who has played the Lost Loot pre-alpha has tried to use it in that version. Unfortunately it was never functional except as a travel system to much disappointment and continuous attempts to figure out how to “use” it. I am happy to declare that the little red raft in the alpha version is now fully functional!… Continue reading
This latest update to Lost Loot brings CV1 support and a variety of other minor improvements! It also works beautifully with the DK2 if you are still waiting for a CV1. Anyone who purchased at any price can simply login to itch.io and download the new version. If not, now is the time to get it on the itch.io page. Things have been a little slow but there will be more updates soon. I… Continue reading
Time again for some wandering thoughts on the Rift and VR. Let’s start off with some exciting news – my Rift arrived this past Monday! With all the shipping issues I wasn’t really sure when it would come. It has been almost three years since I first received the DK1 and wrote about it. What a tumultuous ride! Thank you again Oculus and Palmer for doing something special like this for all the Kickstarter backers.… Continue reading
It has been a while since posting an update on the game. I am making good progress and excited to see it really coming alive. Working on it part time seems to make everything take longer than I would like though. I hope to start showing more details soon. With the switch to miniature scale and third person there is now a main character that the game is focused around. This has both positive and negative… Continue reading