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

PAX EAST!

PAX EAST is is only a week away!  I am happily participating this year and hopefully in many future years.  I will be going to the Friday sessions and the “Made in MA” pre-Pax party.  I will be giving a helping hand to Part12 Studios there – which is a local studio that does some great causal gaming apps for iOS and Android.  I will also be participating in the Made in MA @ Pax … Continue reading

Action RPG combat mechanics

I have started delving into the details of actual stats and the combat mechanics related to them.  I want AOS to have an action RPG feel when it comes to combat but without the tediousness of collecting and selling tons of items. The aspects I want to pull from this genre are the combat feel with the ability to tailor stats and skills through magical equipment and talismans.  Being more of an adventure game the … Continue reading

Turning day to night and other Unity lighting tips

I found a thread on the Unity forums on lighting tips a while ago that had many good suggestions and came up with one I posted there that people may find useful:  I have been playing a bit with the lighting using the deferred lighting rendering path and dual lightmaps. I played around with a technique to make it go from day to night with the same lightmaps by changing the directional light color and … Continue reading

Photorealism in real-time games

I recently came across a great article in ars technica during some resent news surfing – no I don’t browse CNN, I end up at places like ars and slashdot which in my opinion are REAL news sources.  I am sure there are lots of kindred souls out there that feel the same. So, this article, which you should definitely read, is called ‘How close are we to truly photorealistic, real-time games?‘.  I of course … Continue reading

Behavior Trees! (Part 1)

After some research and experimentation I have begun creating a customized behavior tree implementation that is integrated into the core of my framework.  Each entity of the framework can have behavior trees and will look at environment, sensory, and memory information and drive the entity through actions which are things like move, attack, cast, use, consume, and so on.  There will likely be many actions and the framework will support adding additional custom actions, conditions, … Continue reading