Moving Forward

I’ve been wanting to make a post on here, but I usually want to make sure that it’s something significant, either because I’m really getting into the grit of game development or when I’m very excited about the pace at which things are moving forward.

In the case of this post, I’m excited that on the hardware side of things, I’m getting there! I’ve been replacing any equipment that was borrowed with my own purchased items. So now I have my own microphone and midi interface in order to make sure that I’m putting voices into the game that I can be proud of. Next step is to make myself a small recording booth that can be taken apart and portable enough to fit into my car for moving. Thankfully I have a few friends that can help with designing and putting it together.

Also, as some people know, I did get my hands on the first development kit for the Oculus Rift over the holidays. I just couldn’t wait until they had come out with the second version, Crystal Cove, although I can’t wait to see the improvements that version brings in person. I’ve already gotten into it with Half-Life 2, which is an incredible experience to say the least. Once I start working more in Unity, I’ll be using the Oculus Rift alongside development to make sure that both people on monitors and people that will be getting into the VR scene shortly will be satisfied.

The good news is that the story is really coming together for Daemon ad Idem, which will be my very highly story-driven game. I’ve made sure to put in a bunch of back story that I can expand or keep as short and sweet as it is right now. That’s always good if the story is well received and I wanted to expand on it. 😉

What I will be starting on shortly will be an experimental dreamscape-exploring game: Incubi. I want to start with it because although it will have a story, it will be more of an exploration game centered around gameplay elements I want to play around with. It will be the kind of project that I go back to and update as I find the need to find unique ways to interact with the virtual world. In that way, I focus more on each element (or, as it will be in the game, separated rooms) rather than getting into the gritty details of the textures and models. Essentially, I can provide an interesting experience to myself and hopefully other people while helping my skills in Unity advance.

If you read this, thanks for stopping by and reading my posts. Whether you’re blood-related or not, you’re all family to me! Let’s continue to make sure that gamers are a tight, but welcoming community, now and forever.


The Internet is in Jeopardy

It seems like recently this has been popping up more often, but it doesn’t make it any less true:

The simple truth is that we are heading towards an Internet that is either going to be greatly divided by geographical regions, heavily censored and controlled for only “appropriate” (government-approved) conversation, truncated and mutilated to artificially increase the profits to appease shareholders of Internet service providers, abuse of controversial, hot button topics in order to pass legislation to allow for higher levels of domestic spying, or, what’s the most likely, all of the above.

The disgusting truth is that while you read the above paragraph, you might realize that a few of these things are already on their way. Some are close to completion and feel like they’re just around the corner. In any case, it’s dire news for everyone that holds that the Internet is this generation’s bastion of truth, even with its imperfections. What is probably one of the most important inventions of the past 20 years is getting the political treatment. We have already seen the power of the Internet in the hands of capable individuals in order to make a difference, whether it’s for better or for worse, in the lives of themselves and those around them.

So, just as the Internet triumphed when Internet switches were turned off in order to shut off communication between protesting civilians in countries all around the world, the Internet will live on regardless of what happens in the near future. I don’t speak of the Internet as the current colossal network of computers connected all around the world, but the concept of this community of people that seek to spread truth, denounce lies, and to help our fellow man or woman. That Internet will find a way and that community will not give up on its goal.

Because in a world that seeks to put down humanity in any way it can, community and harmony are the most powerful tools that you can have in your arsenal.