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Old-School RPG

Old-School RPG

It's been a long time coming, but the decision has been made - Brenda Brathwaite (my fiancé) and Tom Hall (my good buddy) are teaming together to make an Old-School RPG that harkens back to the 80's and 90s great RPGs we all played and loved. They plan on making the game at our company, Loot Drop, Inc. located in San Bruno, CA. Check it out [...]

Ravenwood Fair Post-Mortem

Ravenwood Fair Post-Mortem

What would it feel like to actually make Disneyland in a magical, fairytale forest? That's what I wanted to find out with Ravenwood Fair. I wanted to make a social game last year, so my girlfriend Brenda told her employers (Lolapps, Inc., a social game developer in San Francisco, California) that I was interested. I started consulting in [...]

Dark Forces on Mac OS X

Dark Forces on Mac OS X

Three years ago I wrote a post about getting Dark Forces (DOS, 1995, LucasArts) running under Windows Vista. Well, I got it working under Mac OS X (I use Snow Leopard) easily. Here are my updated directions for Mac OS X: (1) Copy entire contents of the Dark Forces CD to a directory (ex. ~/Games/Dark). Keep the directory name to 8 letters or [...]

Stormwind Redux

Stormwind Redux

As a follow-up to my previous post about Stormwind's texture misalignment, well, even after Patch 3.3's release it is STILL misaligned where everyone entering Stormwind can see it. But, if you're flying in or out of Stormwind, you can see the carefully aligned texturing on the top of the wooden beams that was completely neglected on the bottom [...]

The Importance of Game Music

The Importance of Game Music

ICO: Castle in the MistI listen to game music. A lot. This is a recent trend circa 1995 with Chrono Trigger on the Super Nintendo. Well, it's even earlier if you count the one time I finished Karateka in 1985 and let the music at the end of the game (scored by Jordan's Dad, Francis) loop for hours as I recorded it on a tape player. But CD quality [...]

Left4Dead – OMFG

Left4Dead – OMFG

Ok, so i downloaded the Left 4 Dead Demo off Steam and played it...and all i can say is WOW. Amazing. Everyone, go pre-order this game as it's a sure contender for Game of the Year. Published and developed by Valve (well, really, developed by their newly-acquired studio Turtle Rock Studios in LA) and using the very beautiful and speedy Source [...]

Stormwind: Misaligned For Years

Stormwind: Misaligned For Years

World of Warcraft is coming up on its 4th anniversary in November and one of the biggest texture alignment issues I've experienced in any game has still gone unfixed. This is the entrance to Stormwind. These wooden beams appear in other areas of the game -properly aligned. How can a texture misalignment of this magnitude go unaddressed for so [...]

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