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Video Games for Indies, part II

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: (more…)

Video Games for Indies, part I

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: (more…)

Fedora 12 Released

This is the last release of a major Linux distro for this year, Fedora 12, codenamed Constantine, has been released today.
In the menu we have improved performances, smaller (so faster) updates, the open Broadcom firmware (so some of the Broadcom wifi cards may work out of the box) and many other new features.
You can read the release announcement on the Fedora wiki, then don’t forget to grab your copy at FedoraProject.org !

Intrepid Ibex is here !!!

Finally, the new and the latest Ubuntu distribution is here !

Even if I am a big Fedora fan, I aknowledge that ubuntu IS the best and easiest GNU/Linux distro for begginers, and an Ubuntu Live CD is a must have !

So, don’t want to bother you with long speech… just go and get it here !

Fedora 10… Shiny New Features

With the developpement freeze schuduled for tommorow, 28th October, many wonders what new goodies will we have in Fedora 10, codenamed Cambridge.

Well, here is a list of the 13 prime features that are included onto Fedora 10:

For simple users we have:

1- AMQP (Advanced Message Queueing Protocol) Infrastructure: AMQP is a technology that makes it easy to build scalable,high-performance enterprise application.

2- Better printing

3- Better and faster startup

4- Better remote support (I think it’s already good enough with Fedora 9 :p)

5- Imroved PulseAudio, means less power consumption and less latency for audio devices

6- First Aid Kit: An automatic recovery tool, with a funny name, that can fix what ever is wrong with the system ! I don’t think we will need it, since I don’t remember my Fedora has ever crashed :p

7- Kernel mode sharing for graphics: user switching will be faster and smoother !

8- Remote Virtual Settings, to setup virtual machines

9- Security Audit, with new security audit system and intrusion detection system

10- Virtual Storage

Hey ! That’s not everything, Fedora 10 has some goodies for devellopers too:

1- Appliance Tool

2- NetBeans IDE

3- Eclipse 3.4

Well, that’s only  the seen part of the new rocking features introduced on Fedora 10, you can read a more in depth article here !

All we have to do now, is to wait for the 25th of November 2008 ! (or grab a beta :D)

Another step to the Truth !

Another day, another experience… Daaaaaamn ! Linux is the Best !

From Cristopher Dawson Blog on ZDnet.com:

My oldest son, creator of flame wars, finally discovered that you can only surf to the nether regions of the Internet so many times before even Vista business succumbs to malware. His computer an unusable mass of pop-ups, spewing traffic over our network actually asked me tonight to reinstall Linux for him

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This is, of course one of the more important things to remember about Linux in Ed Tech (aside from the fact that it’s free): kids are mean to computers and do things they probably shouldn’t on the Internet. Linux (and to a lesser extent, OS X) is simply more resistant to abuse and for that reason alone is at least worth our consideration.

The rest of the story here !

Version 7.20 of Alien Arena 2008 released!

From linuxgames.com

COR Entertainment announces the latest release of it’s freeware, open sourced FPS shooter, Alien Arena 2008!

Version 7.20 features a host of improvements, optimizations, and new features such as the implementation of per-pixel GLSL effects including parallax, normal and specular mapping/highliting, occulusion culling of entities, shader performance boosts, new and improved weapon/event effects, and much more. The end result is a game that not only looks great, but also runs considerably faster than previous releases.

On the gameplay aspect, a brand new reward system has been implemented, allowing players to choose from three powerups when reaching a certain achievement total. Weapons have received further balancing, powerup effects made more smooth, and various bugs have been squashed. Several brand new levels have been added, as well as player skins that improve visibility and an HUD based weapon inventory.

View the extensive changelog here – http://icculus.org/alienarena/changelogs/7.20.txt

For more information and to download the game please visit http://red.planetarena.org

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