The SOLID principles are a set of 5 software development principles coined by “Uncle Bob” (Robert C. Martin). They are a set of guidelines for Object Oriented Design (OOD), specifically for class design. They are widely used by agile business programmers however they are generally unknown amongst game developers. This article describes the principles and Read More
For the past three months I’ve been secretly working on a new project, Flick Buddies. Along with Shauno from Squid Tank we’ve been busily putting together a multiplayer action game for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The game is built around a simple premise of flicking little characters from your corner into the goal. With Read More
Below are a collection of Blogs relating to game development, primarily graphics programming. Use your favourite reader (eg Google Reader) to read them. Know of any blogs not on the list that you can recommend? Add a comment and I’ll add them to the list. Big thanks to Damian Trebilco for help with the list. The Read More
I’ve used a lot of scripting languages over the years when developing games. For my latest engine, I decided I’d use C# as the scripting language. I’ve been amazed by how well C# works as a scripting language so I thought I’d share my experiences. The technique I’m about to discuss gives game designers access to Read More
What is the best scripting language for game development? Every different game engine has its own scripting language making for a difficult choice. Game programmers have a unified language in C++ however game designers are left with whatever language their engine supports. I propose a unified scripting language that all engines/platforms can share.
The Model View Controller (MVC) pattern has been used with great success in business software development for years. Despite this, it has never fully been picked up by the games industry. Today I’m going to discuss why the MVC pattern is perfect for game development.
Computer Gaming Weekly released their first 100 magazines for free download on the net a while back. I was reading through the first issue (November 1981) and I stumbled across an article containing a section entitled “Programmers: Are They Good Enough”. While this is a nostalgic and interesting read, it begs the question: 25 years Read More
Over the past two days the first Game Connect Asia Pacific Conference has been held in Brisbane, Australia. It replaced Australian Game Developers Conference (AGDC) which was closed down earlier this year. I went along to the conference and found it quite informative. I took my iRiver with me and recorded the speeches I went Read More