Manythings… so many !

Well… It’s been a year and half since I have decided to change the way I live, make the things I want to do for living, have a healthier and funnier life style…

Don’t want to bother you with details, but hings didn’t really went as planned… Making video games is not that funny, it needs funding, working as a freelancer is not easy and it just got harder due to the “Financial Crisis” !

On the other side, having control over my time allowed me to meet new people, to spend more time with the ones I love.

 

I have also learned a lot about things “not to do” in business.

I can say that this period, even if it did not bring any real success in professional life, and bitter experiments in love life, it got me more… mature, and, thanks to hard times, to know my self better and to know what I really want and what my real goals are.

Making more and more money, struggle in job to get promotions, get hired in a big-well-known company etc. I don’t want you to be a lazy person with no ambition, and I won’t tell you that money does not matters, but all these things are and should be just mean goals, they might only help you achieving bigger and better and… simpler things like… finding happiness, spending time with friends and family, settle down with your soul mate and have a family of your own, contribute anything back to this world, these are some real goals to pursue !

Also, you might be interested in reading this blog entry on mindvalley.com, hope it will help you too to set your real goals in life 😉

Hope next time I’ll have more cheerful news and stories to tell, until then…

May The Force Be With You !

Nothing unusual today…
Finally the mysterious fog starts to dissipate, on the news they say it’s nothing to worry about, just an ordinary desert dust.
It looks a little brighter than ordinary dust, and a lot thicker, besides, I thought desert storms only happens in July, and it lasts only for a couple of days, not two weeks..
Well, maybe another climate change related thing, who cares.. I’d better get ready for my job interview, tomorrow will be a busy day.
Log End.

It’s been a while since the last post, well, hope this is going to change as I had quit my daily job and I am starting my own business, which is making video games !

As I said in the latest post, it is not easy to choose the game engine, developing everything from scratch or using an AAA framework.

There is a big difference in pricing models and the needed effort to get the job done, also, in the last two weeks, I have found an other problem: Does the game engine match your needs and your game design ?! Read the rest of this entry »

So, as promised, I’m going to discuss choices made as a new comer to Indie video games development.

Now let’s talk about video game engine and middle ware, Unity, Shiva 3D and UDK. I am not going to discuss in details the technical aspect of each engine or what each engine can and can not do, you can visit each middle ware site to get such information, but in term of capabilities, Unity and Shiva 3D are both useful when targeting multi-platform and hand-held devices, but UDK is the best choice when you want to develop some PC game with really awesome graphics and physics.

As an indie, one of the most important aspects is costs, and here is what I found: Read the rest of this entry »

Aloha !

It’s been a while since my last post, you can blame it on work ! It became a lot harder for me to find time and will to publish anything.

Whatever, last time I have talked about video game development, I have made a little technical study and I want to share with you my thought. I will not talk about game design/ideas, as this will be done on further posts.

To start making games, you need a game engine, the middleware and libraries needed to develop a game: Read the rest of this entry »

2010, 2011, Resolutions…

2011 -14mn

So, another year is passing by, it come with lot of changes and events,

The good one: i got my “Computer Sciences Engineering” diploma, I got a job, I met new friends, health is good, family is fine, I’m really grateful for that.

The downside : problems with girlfriends, at least I’m sure I’m not the one to blame,

Resolutions for 2011:

  • Maintain what I already have and make it better
  • Get more involved with video games creation
  • Buy a saxophone, and learn how to play

Not a big list, just things I like to have/achieve… And No, I’m not talking about having a girlfriend or finding the “great love”, because, having good life style will make this a “side effect”, and this is better than searching and looking in vain 😉

Well, 2011 -5mn

Happy New Year !!! And may you live happily forever after !

Past, Present and Future 2

Well, it’s been a long time, more than six months since my last post…

As you can see, I have updated my last post with some non useful informations, also, I think it may be a good time to have a little check-up…

So, December 22, Christmas is on the corner, another year is preparing to leave and a new one shows the “bout de son nez”, what more could I say…

Well, this is my fifth month on work, the start was a little bit messy (yeah, when you are new on the field, you “may” screw-up things), but now it is ok, of course it’s a big change from university, but I do not have enough time to feel/understand this, things are just cool, good workmates, good work environment… and I have to acknowledge, having salary is good too 😉

Otherwise, the family is doing well, my elder brother is getting married next summer. Friends also are doing well, almost all of them are getting engaged, or even married, the season started the last month and will continue till next summer,

What else can i say… Well, nothing useful, thing got screwed up with the girl I’ve talked about on the last post, don’t really know why things went wrong, maybe it was my fault, maybe hers, maybe both, or i may just choose the simpler answer “we where not meant for each other…” Well, she is a good girl, wish her luck !

Least but not last, I recently saw pictures from an X open source / FOSS event, Damn ! Except few, Hell it was full of nerds ! Same faces, same subjects, same speech, nothing more, nothing less, no charisma, nothing… And they keep asking why FOSS is not strong in Tunisia ! I’m glad I did not turn into nerd too, I managed to keep my “coolness” 😀

What can I say about future… Hope to score better at work, buy a new computer (i do not like computers that much, but mine is almost broken), buy a Saxophone, continue trying concepts with video games, and maybe finish a good one, do some useful things, and also, find a, or THE, good girl… It is not bad idea to have a good girl as a girlfriend, if I have lust and find someone who deserve it of course, no rush.

Last thing to add, well since my latest post, Duke Nukem Forever got back on the track, North Korea almost waged war against South Korea, Wikileaks published US embassies cables, Forest fires spread through Russia etc.

See you soon, and you shall not forget: “Always bet on Duke” !