Early attempt

August 28, 2006

I forgot to mention that I did previously attempt to create a version of SuperCars using flash (I used to do a lot of web development). It was about 2-3 years ago, at the time I found that flash just wasn’t fast enough at screen drawing to be practical. If you want to see how I got on you can play a demo or for you web monkeys out there you can look at the source.

First step completed

August 28, 2006

Well, the first step in this journey has been completed. I finished my Tic Tac Toe game. There isn’t really very much too it but it gave me the opportunity to think about the structure of the code, hopefully the little bits and pieces that I picked up will help me later.

If you want to take a look at the completed game and the source code you can find it here.

The next step is to have a play around with one of the MS sample games that I downloaded a few months ago. It is a version of the classic pong called TinyTennis. I would include the link that I downloaded it from but I can’t seem to find it. I got it at the Code4Fun section. I plan to rip the game apart and play around with controlling screen objects.

How can I fight the machine?

I have been kicking around the idea of writing a computer game for years, I finally get up off my ass and start doing something about it and what do Microsoft do? They release the XNA Framework to help me.

I don’t know about you but I think that is a sign. If Bill G thinks it is the right thing to do, who am I to argue.

Seriously though, the idea of the framework got me very exicted and then I read more about it today and now I really can’t wait to get my hands on it. Any kind of MS developed framework is a fantastic idea but the fact that (pretty much) the same code will run on both Windows and XBox360 blows me away. Call me an MSoft fanboy if you like, I think they are really starting to give something back to hobbists.

Long may it continue.

Bad News

August 26, 2006

Just hit level 34. 😦

Two levels in one day, I need help.


August 26, 2006

I know that I have only been using it for about an hour but so far I really like LiveWriter. The main thing that stopped me posting to my last blog was the hassle of opening up a browser and typing in password etc. With this I just open up the problem, type in some rubbish and hit Publish.

I like it. Simple, just like me.

WoW Addiction

August 26, 2006

As I mentioned below like many others I am attempting to manage a WoW addiction :). At the moment I am half way through level 33 with my Warlock (Skilgannon, if you are on SteamWheedleCartel give me a whisper). I will occasionally post what level I am on, if you think that I am doing too much leveling and not enough coding you can let me know.

Source Code

August 26, 2006

Rather convinently not long after I started doing this Google released code.google.com so I am going to use it to store any code I develop during this project.

You can find my repository at http://code.google.com/p/coder-x/

Second Post… Oh yeah.

August 26, 2006

I forgot to mention that I have made a start, a small one anyway. I have begun work on a game engine for Tic Tac Toe. Lame I know but I figured was as good a place to start as any. My intention is to have links to any work that I do, so if you are interested it will be downloadable.

Some History

August 26, 2006

I have always been interested in computers (what man isn’t) and I had a fasination with developing one myself. I spent many hours of my teens locked away in my bedroom using AMOS (an old game development tool for the amiga) trying to create games. To be honest they never got very far, partly lack of knowledge and partly because I rarely finish anything (My wife will agree with the last one, I have a 1001 unfinished odd jobs in our house).

My hope is that if I create a blog and try to track my progress it might focus my mind and help me see this through to the end. I have tried on and off for years to get back into game development but one thing or another has always distracted me. Right now that thing is World of Warcraft, it will be difficult but I will try and share myself between them. Oh, and I guess I should spend sometime with my wife too.

As a bit of background, I do have some idea on how a game should be written, I have been working as a computer programmer for over 10 years now. Damn I am getting old.

Well, that is it for the first post, not sure how I feel about this writing for the whole world to see but I give it a go.

Talk to you again soon.


This is just a quick test to check that everything is OK, I moved this blog from blogger.com because I couldn’t get LiveWriter to work properly with it. Google and Microsoft, when are they ever going to play nice.

Anyway I will move the post that I put on the original one over in a little while. There wasn’t very many so it shouldn’t take long. 🙂