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Bean
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 7:41 pm    Post subject: Offtopic Winter Reply with quote

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It's fuckin cold!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 5:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A little early for Winter, don't you think? We still have just under two months of Autumn sitting around. ;)
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 5:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is fucking cold.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 6:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was around 60 F in the house this morning, and probably around 45 outside. Very comfy. Aside from all the annoying holidays, this is my favorite time of the year.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awww Californians and their liberal interpretations of "cold." :D
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mikedoty wrote:
Awww Californians and their liberal interpretations of "cold." :D

Canada says, "heh". :)
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sirocco wrote:
It was around 60 F in the house this morning, and probably around 45 outside. Very comfy. Aside from all the annoying holidays, this is my favorite time of the year.


I agree about the holidays, who needs em? But screw the cold, 5 months until May.... :(
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hm. Looks like I better hold off on that Secret Santa post I was planning! :P
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We should do some sort of activity for christmas this year, would be fun. Perhaps we could program small demos for each other as gifts.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or we could have a challenge that people will actually participate in. :)
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like what? I kinda liked the old design challenges...
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something exactly like that. We'd need to throw around some ideas and agree on one main design. There's always the idea of incorporating something we've been talking about recently into a game. This time around the winner would either be: physics, shaders, or scripting. I'd vote for physics, personally.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do like the idea of collectively incorporating something, just our projects and priorities are so extremely varied that it probably wont work. We develop in different languages, with different compilers, and even on different platforms. Physics could for most, but scripting doesn't help python users.

Though it was brief, I did enjoy the scripting discussion. It got me thinking about it more, convincing to finally dig up more dirt on Lua and others, until eventually trying it out in a test app. As a result, I now have plans for Lua moving forward.

Design challenges are nice, and quite inclusive. But so long as we get another meaty topic or two by the end of the year, I'm good. :)
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't mean to collectively incorporate stuff that's been recent on the boards. But more like incorporating some stuff that's been floating around into a challenge that everyone individually participates in. :)
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd love to do physics. I'm waiting for an excuse to develop a 2D racing engine, or maybe the rope physics stuff I've had in mind for ages.

Scripting lanugages would be something cool to work around too.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's no reason a python user couldn't do her or his own scripting language. :) Plus, surely such people have many options for scripting libs. I just haven't ever taken the time or interest to look for such a thing. =)

Please don't do it with shaders; I can't even do octrees or things like that. I'd be lost. :P

From what I recall during my time around here, only one of the challenges has had more than one participant, and that was the banner game that had like 3 people participate. These aren't weekend challenges, either; they give you a whole month and people still don't have the time (or the inclination :)) to do anything. It would be good to try to find a way to improve the situation. For instance, though a shorter timeframe (down from 1 month to, say, 1 week or 1 weekend) would seem more restrictive, it might instead give people a more absolute timeframe to work with and encourage more participants. Or it might be the worst idea ever!. :P
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One way to get more participation is to have some kind of incentive. Like prizes. Prizes like things game developers might be interested in, like books, some sort of hardware like a mouse, or whatever. In order to do that, though, we need funds. In order to get funds, someone needs to simply give up some of their money.

Honestly, though, I'd be very inclined to contribute some funds to a competition that would end up yielding a working, fun, and cool game from more than just three members on the boards. I've been very interested lately in getting things together to help the board thrive and become more active. One of those efforts, obviously, is the podcast. The more we can do, the better things will be all around!

[edit] Random afterthought: GDR merchandise? TShirts/hats with current logos that don't infringe on copyright properties? Also: I don't think it would hurt to have another logo challenge to get some new logos up!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would pay good money to see the animated tetris logo on a hat. Cmon, it just needs a built-in flatscreen and a couple of batteries. Not that hard!
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Well, we could have some small entry fee and buy a nice book with it to give out, or something similar. We could all just paypal 5 bucks to an account. We're all grown up here, I think no one minds spending 5$ on a fun experience. Of course, then you'd need to actually invest some time in making sure it's all fun, and pick a price that's cool to have. No cash prize though, that's not fun. And no judges either, let the participants vote on an entry that's not theirs...
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't buying a book for a contest winner.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 5:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to stray from the current topic..

Here's a site selling Wii component cables hella cheap. Never heard of the site but they seem legit:
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.4256~r.53733725


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 5:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool link, Bean. I'm in the process of scrounging up component cables for all my consoles so that'll come in very handy.
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I was thinking about getting them even though I don't have a display that can handle them yet. You know... future proofing!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JonA wrote:
I don't buying a book for a contest winner.

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Yeah forget that, I not buying any books either.

Sorry couldn't help it. :P
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like I said, you don't buy a book, you just chip in 5$, which is like two coffees. When a couple of people join, it buys a nice little present.
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