Posted by Alex Jordan on
I've been up to quite a lot these past few days.
- I've been barnstorming through Around The World and have been faintly surprised by the amount of progress I've made. I've almost completely finished off the game's animation system and even made bold strides into something I had 0% familiarity with just a week ago: XML. Expect a Development Diary in the imminent future once I've made a few more cosmetic updates.
- My brother, talented web developer that he is, has recently outfitted me with a new rich-text editor for ApathyWorks, so there may be some lingering compatibility issues in the near future. Better still, the Comments section has been fixed to allow 1000-character comments. Even better still, the RSS feed should now include graphics and URL links.
- I've more-or-less controlled my impulse to play Modern Warfare 2 whenever I get a spare moment, and have used this newfound resolve to... play a different game. I'm back playing Assassin's Creed 2, having spent the past week or so running around the rooftops of Venice. This game continues to be gorgeous (and fun!), but beyond that, it's also one of the most interesting and compelling games I've played, ever. I can't wait to write my review for it.
- Fellow indy game designer and House music DJ Graham Davis clued me into the Unity 3D engine many months ago. Although I have no immediate plans to utilize it, as Xbox Live Indy Games development takes all precedence, the versatility of the engine and its platform-agnostic ability to let people play games on their web browser (see: this demo) is really, really cool. I'm in the, ah, nascent phase of considering using the ApathyWorks website to create browser-based games, which I'll write more about later.
- My desktop has returned from the dead! Windows 7 and a budget-level GeForce GTS 250 GPU have breathed new life into my behemoth, but my 4-year old processor and motherboard continue to bottleneck a lot of modern games. I vowed to not keep throwing money at the desktop computer arms race (my Xbox 360 will do just fine, thanks), but a new CPU and motherboard might be a prudent investment in the next month or two.