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    Indie Dev Log - Base Metal Games

    I recently started posting daily updates on my company blog, http://blog.basemetalgames.com.

    I'm mostly covering what I've been working on on a day-by-day basis, hopefully to show how development...
  2. Ooh, I don't have Windows 8, sounds like it's...

    Ooh, I don't have Windows 8, sounds like it's part of the Windows SDK, in the bin directory: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ee663275%28v=vs.85%29.aspx

    Oh: and try PIX...
  3. Hey, did you make any progress on this yet? ...

    Hey, did you make any progress on this yet?

    It's a bit odd that it would work on Windows 7 but not Windows 8.

    Thoughts:

    Install the DirectX SDK on the Windows machine and switch to Debug in...
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    Moving the CoG is basically the same thing as...

    Moving the CoG is basically the same thing as moving the origin of the collision geometry.

    It looks like dGeomSetOffsetPosition(...) is what you would use in ODE to do that.

    To get the render...
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    Yes, that will probably work to make the box...

    Yes, that will probably work to make the box rock, though it might look kind of odd. I've done the same thing with vehicles to make them feel more stable, though that's usually just pushing the CoG...
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    :D Sorry, wasn't quite sure how detailed an...

    :D Sorry, wasn't quite sure how detailed an answer you were expecting.



    The other stuff is there mostly because... well, think of a long board/stick/ruler. Grab one end and twist it along...
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    I've been playing around with Bullet recently. ...

    I've been playing around with Bullet recently. The API is pretty nice and generally it seems to work pretty well. Some of the content pipeline stuff is a bit lacking, but it looks like it will do...
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    Heh, I did catch a glimpse of that a while back. ...

    Heh, I did catch a glimpse of that a while back. It looks like you got a ton of coverage out of it at least. :) I guess RT sales never really picked up? For that matter, what is the install base...
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    Would you have any concrete examples to share? :)...

    Would you have any concrete examples to share? :) Personally I'm thinking about just going "full time" (as opposed to "all in" - as in, I'm not mortgaging the house, taking on debt, etc.) And the...
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    Minecraft is a very interesting case. It did...

    Minecraft is a very interesting case. It did some important things very right, and does several things that have turned out very strange.

    Good:

    It's playable in a web browser, and requires you...
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    Merry Christmas, best of luck in the new year...

    Merry Christmas, best of luck in the new year everyone!
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    @Applewood: Yes, there can sometimes be a fine...

    @Applewood: Yes, there can sometimes be a fine line between "marketing" and "spam" - I think making it a one-time thing keeps it on the side of good. :)

    @lennard: I've been wondering about...
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    @Bram: OK, I finally had a chance to play Little...

    @Bram: OK, I finally had a chance to play Little Crane. That is really well done, congratulations. :) The physics sim is really good, what are you using for it?

    How do you find the $3.99 price...
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    Hi Baus, I went to your home page, and thought...

    Hi Baus,

    I went to your home page, and thought after a quick glance, "oh, nothing but a photograph here..." Then I read your post and realized, oh, not a photograph, graphics. :) What are you...
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    There are probably a few ways to go about it. Is...

    There are probably a few ways to go about it. Is this all just in a 2D representation? It would help to know what sort of coordinates you are using to draw the tiles, and how that relates to the...
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    @Bram: Yes, it seems to be an interesting...

    @Bram:

    Yes, it seems to be an interesting time. You know though, through the years I've thought several times, "OK, the market is saturated now, it's too late to get in," and then new...
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    Ah, right - if it's just a one time thing, that...

    Ah, right - if it's just a one time thing, that sounds pretty reasonable. :) It will be interesting to see how it goes!
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    Hey Paul, that's interesting... I wonder what...

    Hey Paul, that's interesting... I wonder what other ways you can reward players for referring your game. Once-per-day bonus for posting their score to Facebook? A currency makes it easy, it sounds...
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    I guess I should introduce myself a bit: I...

    I guess I should introduce myself a bit:

    I started making games as a hobby in... I don't know, 1986? Commodore 64 days. I had a couple of jobs programming at small game startups through the 90s...
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    The State of the Indie Business

    Well, I have been lurking here for a very long time, and I think it's finally time: I'm going to be jumping into indie development full time in the next two months.

    I was wondering, what do...
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    That's potentially a very complicated discussion,...

    That's potentially a very complicated discussion, but to summarize:

    What you're asking about is typically called the art pipeline, where data is taken from an application and transformed into...
  22. So... it's basically Missile Command? A few...

    So... it's basically Missile Command?

    A few thoughts:
    -It looks like it could be made a bit harder - slower moving missiles?
    -Do launchers ever get destroyed?
    -Break it down into stages that...
  23. I would stick with C operators wherever possible....

    I would stick with C operators wherever possible.
    Zero-based arrays :)
    Despite initially balking at Python's whitespace-delimited code, it can make code a lot more compact


    Regarding the...
  24. To some extent, that probably depends on what you...

    To some extent, that probably depends on what you intend to do with it.

    I like C syntax, but that seems too low level...
    I like Python syntax, but the runtime seems a bit heavy...
    I like Lua,...
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    It's probably important to note, the memory...

    It's probably important to note, the memory allocation that causes the crash isn't necessarily the real problem (i.e. it's the "straw that broke the camel's back") - if something else is leaking,...
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