Sunday, February 20, 2005

Last week I added to the list of strange meats I have sampled... this time Dolphin. I have to say, Flipper is pretty bland. Also that week I had a chance to speak to Sheri Graner Ray, author of Gender Inclusive Game Design and who now works for Sony Online Entertainment. I got to ask her some questions about the content of her book and how we should approach marketing to try and gain a larger female audience, increasing our sales potential. It was an interesting conversation and a great opportunity to speak to someone in the industry, so I would like to thank her for that.
Yesterday I sent some voice recordings over to Elemental Entertainment for them to put into their game Wingmen. Its a fun little multiplayer 2D space shooter which is nearing a milestone right now. Check out the impressive website and grab the demo when its up, they are a good bunch of lads.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Fantastic! Bloggers are considered dangerous to society due to the potential inaccuracies... despite blogs bringing up some major scandals recently. Scare mongering by governments, (and other idiots who have no idea what they are talking about) really is crap.
But anyway, school is going well so I booked myself a trip to San Francisco next month with a few friends as a reward. The reason? The Game Developers Conference 2005 baby! I can't wait. Its just a shame students cannot attend E3. When I go, I'll try and post some photos and news live, or at least at the end of each day.
Oh, and Dad visited us here last week. It was great to see him and have a few beers. Just thought I'd throw that in. Thanks Dad.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

I took a look at the Half-Life 2 source code in order to start making a mod or two which I have planned. It is a bit intimidating to look at at the moment though, since there are no real guides out there for the coding, they are all for map editing.
I noticed that Prima are coming out with a new guide in the next few months however, The Half-Life 2 Mod Maker's Guide, so I may pick that up to get some pointers. Even if I don't end up using it directly for HL2 modding, I'm sure there are some good general tips in there, and it is less $15.
Just one last note, I have been using Vonage (who use VOIP technology which lets you make phone calls using your Internet connection so you save money, especially on international calls!) as my telephone service for a while now and I can only say good things about them. If anyone out there is thinking of signing up, email me, (or use the form on the left of this page) an I can send you an e-coupon for a free month of service, whichever plan you choose.