Monday, August 30, 2010

Good work day on Sunday

I had a very good working day on Sunday with my game development partner. On Thursday we agreed the scope of our previous project was too large for our tastes, and decided to go in a new direction. So far that decision has been a good one, the new idea we're running with is much smaller scope, and we're able to reuse a lot of content and code from the last project.

Last night I mocked up the movement for our main entity and it feels pretty good. The other cool thing we did was build and publish a test build to an iPhone and an Android device. So far there's no content or real gameplay yet, but it's looking much less daunting now.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sweet Borderlands sale on Steam

Steam is currently hosting a pretty sweet sale for Borderlands and associated DLC content; for ~$20 you can grab the game and all 3 DLC packs.

I decided to pick it up seeing as one of my co-workers is currently playing Borderlands and has been trying to convince me to play. It looks pretty interesting, I've had my eye on it for awhile but never got around to trying it out because of other games and such. I'm still working as much as I can on my Unity3d project, it's coming along but not as fast as I would like it to.

On the server front, I haven't made any decisions yet. I still want to get a server of some sort, but I've been putting off on it for the past few weeks.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Looking at new server hardware

I was talking to my boss today as I drove him to the airport, and we got on the topic of home servers. I've been kicking around the idea of buying a server for awhile now, and now I'm really tempted to get one.

One of the biggest reasons I want a dedicated server box is so I can move my Perforce server off my desktop. For some reason I always hate having to leave my desktop running so I can have Perforce access when I'm away from home; it feels like such a waste. The idea of hosting my Perforce server on a dedicated server box really makes my nerd side happy :). In addition to that though, my boss pointed out I could run backups through that server as well, which is another big priority for me since I don't have any backup systems running for my home network.

I've been looking at the HP EX495 MediaSmart Home Server. It has some pretty good spec's on it, and the price is pretty good. Guess we'll see what happens