Tuesday, May 31, 2005

I would have updated sooner, but I've just got back into the USA after taking a last minute trip back home to surprise everybody. It all went very well and everyone was gob smacked. Cheers all for going out and getting drunk over the weekend, and thank you Louise for getting the day off work for me :)
Last month, school finished well and my marks should be high. This month is a nasty 6 day week schedule though.
Congrats to Liverpool and West Ham, but why did Palace have to go down when they were 8 minutes away from safety? Rubbish.

Friday, May 13, 2005

My Half-Life 2: Mod Maker's Source Guide is still yet to arrive, as is my NeoFlash DS Linker.
School is going well though. DirectX lessons have been heating up and we have been making some nice plugins for Maya in ATP. Its feeling like we can make something more substantial with every class that goes by. Even if the labs can be a struggle and you might not have 100% understanding of what is going on...
Last night Microsoft used MTV as a platform to launch it's new Xbox 360. Not much in the way of "Revolutionary" games is known yet, but I can see myself getting one at launch for many reasons. One quote from Microsoft's official Xbox site has this to say:
"The Xbox 360 supports progressive-scan for DVD playback functionality, including a control for opening and closing the tray."
Wow. It must be great! But seriously, I'm looking forward to more at E3.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

The Playstation Portable is now somewhat codeable thanks to an ELF to PBP converter being released. Oh, and ISO files of the games have been released too. Its a big day for the Sony PSP.
I noticed Google has put a line of text advertisements into GMail now, but more importantly, random links to recipes using SPAM in the spam folder.
Finally, in an update to this site, you may have noticed a link to Stuff I've Written at the top of each page. That is where links to articles I write will go. So far only the Blogger Hack is there (restyled), but with my NeoFlash DS Linker arriving soon I was getting prepared for posting a review.

Monday, May 02, 2005

I have secured myself a Nintendo DS development kit from NeoFlash.com. Hopefully I can port my Educational Software for GameBoy Advance project onto it. I'll post some pictures when it arrives. In preparation I have been brushing up on my GBA coding skills and have started using VisualHAM which helps make things easier. I am, however, trying to stay away from the libraries since they may be too GBA specific to work on the DS.
Also arriving this week should be my copy of Prima's new book Half-Life 2: Mod Maker's Guide which I am looking forward to diving into.
I have also volunteered as a web developer for the IGDA (International Game Developers Association) which should, among other things, allow me entry to the IGDA VIP Luncheon at GDC next year! I found out it will be in San Jose next year, as it usually is, after their trial of San Francisco this year. That should hopefully make it a more intimate affair allowing me to chat to a few more people here and there.
All this and I am starting a new night-shift month of classes, DirectX and Advanced Tools Programming. So much to do and so little time to cram it all in!