GDC Vault Highlight: Experimental Gameplay Workshop

Part six in my series of highlighting free talks from Game Developers Conference 2015!

What is the GDC Vault?

The GDC Vault is a collection of (most of the) talks at various GDC events. Talks from last March’s GDC 2015 are online and you can watch them when ever you want! If you have an all access, speaker or media badge you get access to the complete vault. Otherwise, there is an extra charge. However, each year they release certain talks for free. I wanted to highlight some of my favorite talks from this year that are available for everybody to watch for free.

Experimental Gameplay Workshop

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Windows Proximity API Part 7: Final touches

We are almost done! We just need to do a few more finishing touches and we’ll be done with our Proximity API example.

Proximity API series overview

Part Seven: Final touches

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Interview with Corey Cole from Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption

Last year on the Be Indie Now podcast I interviewed Corey Cole about Hero-U.

Now, Corey is back on Kickstarter to finish the game. As of this writing, they’re already over half way there and still have 27 days to go.

Corey was nice enough to sit down and be interviewed again by me, only this time through text rather than audio.


Tobiah: First off, what is Hero-U?

Corey: Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption is an RPG / Adventure Game for PC’s (Win/Mac/Linux). It is the spiritual successor to the award-winning Quest for Glory games, and the first of a planned five game series all set in Hero University. It features conversation, exploration, character development, and turn-based tactical combat.

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Visual Studio Code Cross Platform Editor

Visual Studio Code Ultimate Starter Guide

During Build, Microsoft released a brand new code editor called ” Visual Studio Code “!

In this post I will go over what it is, what it isn’t, and how you can use it with your Unity and/or Corona projects.

What is Visual Studio Code?

Visual Studio Code (or “VSCode”) is a new, cross platform lightweight coding editor.

It is not a stripped down version of Visual Studio, nor is it comparable to “Visual Studio Express”. This is a new editor designed from the ground up to give a focused streamlined experience.

Sometimes, you don’t need a full featured IDE. A lot of the time all you need is something to edit files with IntelliSense/Syntax highlighting and maybe some debugging.

I would often use Sublime side by side with Visual Studio. Sublime is a great solution, but Visual Studio Code is a new competitor on the block. It have many of the features and characteristics I like most from Sublime (plus a couple more), and it’s $70 cheaper (a.k.a. FREE!)

How do I install Visual Studio Code?

Installing Visual Studio Code is an arduous process that requires at least 6 hours and a dedicated high speed internet connection.

Just kidding! It’s extremely simple and easy.
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GDC Vault Highlight: Overcoming Analysis Paralysis

Part five in my series of highlighting free talks from Game Developers Conference 2015!

What is the GDC Vault?

The GDC Vault is a collection of (most of the) talks at various GDC events. Talks from last March’s GDC 2015 are online and you can watch them whenever you want! If you have an all access, speaker or media badge you get access to the vault. Otherwise, there is an extra charge. However, each year they release certain talks for free. I wanted to highlight some of my favorite talks from this year that are available for everybody to watch for free.

Overcoming Analysis Paralysis: Experimenting with Bears vs. Art

GDC Vault Bears Vs Art

Luke Musecat from Halfbrick studios tells the story on how they used analytics in Bears vs. Art to make the game better. Continue reading

Windows Proximity API Part 6: FindAllPeersAsync

Now that we have the basics in for PeerFinder, we’ll start looking for local peers without using NFC.

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Part Six: FindAllPeersAsync

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Be Indie Now 47: Lat Ware

Be Indie Now 47

Be Indie Now 47:

Lat Ware

What if you could throw trucks… WITH YOUR MIND!?

That’s exactly what Lat Ware has enabled you to do with his aptly named successfully funded kickstarter project: “Throw Trucks With Your Mind!”

Hear the story of how he marketed his project and the unique challenges of a hardware based game on Be Indie Now 47!

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oDesk becomes Upwork

oDesk is now Upwork

One of my favorite tools for hiring contractors, oDesk, has rebranded itself. From now on they’ll be called “Upwork”

From their website:

Dear oDeskers,

Together we’ve redefined how people work. What you do every day on oDesk used to be called “the future of work,” but it’s rapidly becoming the norm. We know 90% of US businesses hire independent professionals and they are ready to find more talent online. Continue reading

Windows Proximity API Part 5: PeerFinder

Now that we’ve added the final part of our UI, let’s make it functional. In this part we’ll enable our app to establish a connection via PeerFinder.

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Part Five: PeerFinder

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