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My Latest Project

So, the space shooter game lost my interest pretty fast. It was a cool idea, but really, my favorite projects have been browser based RPGs. So, I decided to start work on UberQuezt 3. It all started with an experiment to see if I could make a simultaneous multiplayer turn based game. By using a mix of jQuery, AJAX, PHP, and MySQL, I was able to generate game sessions in a database which each user would ping every 10 seconds via an AJAX call...

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Making a Space Shooter (Part 1)

I’ve been tossing around some game ideas for my next project, and decided the most interesting one to me was going to be an escape velocity style space shooter. I figured this would be an easy game to try using to learn html5 / jquery game development. Thus far, my biggest hurdles with this type of game development environment have been complex shape collision detection and sprite animation. Luckily in the space shooter genre, neither...

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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Demo

Normally, I wouldn’t go out of my way to talk about a demo, but monster hunter is a top contender for my favorite game of all time. If you’ve never played it, it may seem intimidating, but once you make it past the initial learning curve, it will change you as a gamer forever. I’m telling you this because I too had little interest in the games before MH Tri came out for Wii in 2010. I took a chance on the game, and ate a...

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Primal Gaming

Subtopic: Why every game is either Zelda, Mario, Doom, Warcraft, Street Fighter, Final Fantasy, or a puzzle game. Everyone enjoys the concept of play. Often, the definition of play can be rather difficult to put into words. The reason why play is important is because video games, and games in general, are not very different from play. I believe that a game is a form of play that involves rules. Thus a game is always played, but not all play...

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Expanding Game Genres

I feel like the genres we use these days to define games are too simplified. With our current genres starting to overlap, a lot of grey area emerges. To better define a game’s genre, I’ve written up these 4 factors that I believe better define a game’s genre. It will take a few sentences to explain a game, but the picture will be much more clear. Factor 1: Identity – Personal or Avatar A player will always have a...

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