Make over Incoming

Hi

Just want to post a quick update that my site will be getting an upgrade over the next few months.

Working on some fun demos that I hope to have uploaded and source code available soon.

 

Cheers

Katie

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European(including UK) Intenship

Hi

I’ve applied for the EURES EYE scheme which supports paid placements abroad. With this I would be able to take an unpaid internship outside Ireland which up to this point I simply haven’t been able to afford. This is very exciting but I have to find a game studio first.

The  scheme is for 6 to 12 months starting September/October. I should be getting some money from the scheme so I will be asking no money from the company.

If you’re interest , here is a little about me, I am a game programmer with a degree in computer games development.I love playing and making games. I am very hard working and eager to grow as a programmer and learn more.I am interested in going to new places sadly English is my only language but I am very willing to try and learn a new language.

For more information on projects please look at my portfolio on this website

cheers

Katie

Glow – Sprint 1

Quick update on a kids game I am coding.

Glow it a project being made in our spare time but I decided for me it would be better to treat it as much like a work project as I can and start doing sprints.So I  started using git hub even though I’m the only coder it really is better and a good habit to get into. In university we had used Jira to track issues and bugs, since it’s just me I stared my using post it notes but they just fell down a lot now I  am using yodiz, it’s free for teams up to 3 .I really recommend it, it’s free easy to use and has everything you need.

I just finished Sprint one. I mainly worked on UI, honestly I am a logic code person so UI is not my strong point. I started the sprint by updating my project  to unity 5 , much to my surprise the update went well and everything worked.Unity 5 has a whole new UI system, I actually like it a lot more then the old one but there isn’t as much help online. So after some swearing and reading the unity manual on designing UI for multiple resolutions about 20 times, I am happy with the positioning on the Android devices I was able to test on(so far). The next big thing was the controls I had joystick controls but after feedback from people it was clear the joystick was not right. So we now  have a d-pad, It works pretty well but will need from feedback from tester to see.

I will be starting my next sprint next week after a get feedback on sprint one. I am looking forward to sprint 2 as will be back to doing more coding, gonna work on the enemy AI, which will be  fun(when it works )and horrible(when it doesn’t work).

Will do another update as soon as I can

Katie

Say Hello to Glow

Hi

I wanted to share the project I have been working on recently. I am coding a game in Unity called Glow, It’s a 2D kids game for mobile Devices.I am working with a game designer and a artist .It is still in early development but we are all really excited about how It is coming together,I will be updating here and we also have a facebook page here

cheers

Katie

What I’m working on now

So you’ve probably noticed  there hasn’t been a Project Echo blog update in a while(I was a little ambitious with the weekly update goal) I have worked on it a little, set up inheritance for characters, and trying to get my head around multithreading in the vision engine. Most of my time has been taken up with a new game I’m programming for.

The game I’m programming for is a kids game for Android. It came about when I met a game designer at the European Women in Games Conference who was looking for a programmer. It is in early stages so I won’t go into too much detail. From a programming  point of view It’s a 2D game made in Unity. I’ve worked in Unity before but never 2D . It’s great to work with an artist and designer as I can just program and not worry about finding sprites online.I’m coding in C#. It’s going quite well. I have some good gameplay basics done. I have a level builder that I’m quite happy with, it is reading information in from a text file and creating the level. This did cause some problems when first deploying to Android but changing to a TextAsset fixed that. I’ve just finished the joystick control on Android. Next thing to do is create a Game Manager. Coming  from game development degree when building a game step one was always create a Game Manger, somewhere to update the game world, manage levels , progress etc.With Unity I lot of things are done for you in the background and with changing scenes I wasn’t sure how to go about having never done it in unity before.From reading up the best approach seems to be using a Singleton class, so that ‘s what I’m working on now.

The new Unity  game is what I’m spending most of my time on now but I will still be working on Project Echo and as always looking to get a job in the games industry.Will keep updating on all.

Cheers 🙂

Katie

Project Echo Blog 2 – Set up

So this week I begin  by downloading the newest version of Project Anarchy ( with rural Ireland internet downloading anything takes ages 😦 ) Now the last time I worked with Project Anarchy  it was at least 3 updates ago. So after ignoring the readme because I’d made projects in this loads of time. I quickly released (after searching in vain for RUN_ONCE batch file) setting up projects had changed. So readme to the rescue! New vGameSolutionCreator(does what it says on the tin) creates a new template project for windows, android etc, no copy and pasting needed, This is a good improvement in the latest updates.

Now I have the skeleton of a  project, now to run it and error :|, After going to worse case I haven’t installed properly. I see the obvious , visual studio has the wrong start up project. The template project  solution consists of two projects , one the game app with main.cpp that loads the plugins, two the game plugin where all the game logic will be. So the game app is what runs and if loads the game plugin.

So now I have a working project I gonna get hid of some of the stuff I don’t need (my component , template action) and I set up a git hub.

My project is currently a camera, a plane and some terrible drawings in a notepad.

So after a week I’ve learned always read the readme and don’t overlook the obvious 😀

cheers

Katie

Project Echo – Game Dev Blog 1

Hi

So this is the first game development blog for my new Project, Project Echo.

Final Year Project

I worked with Project Anarchy to develop my Final Year Project Sky Adventure .I learned so much as a developer from working with this software.Working with a 3D C++ engine and industry standards like Havok Physics and AI was a great learning tool.While this is a great software there were difficulties the software was still in beta and quite overwhelming for one person. While I was done design, UI, and some animation I am predominantly a programmer. I wasted a lot of time in the beginning trying to export models,rig models and set up lighting. In the end I ending up using assets from the Project Anarchy examples.

Goals for Project Echo

Learning from my mistakes my goals are to concentrate on gameplay and writing good code.I don’t have a plan as to publish to iOS or Android at the moment. My main goal is to be become a better programmer. Having just graduated I have found that with college project it  can become all about ticking boxes and just getting something working. This is a private project I am doing to help me grow as a programmer I want it to be more quality over quantity. I want to focus on inheritance, multithreading and really efficient code.

Where to start?

Well I am working on a design document to flesh out idea and get a clear picture of the game . Having made a game with Project Anarchy before I now have a much better idea of what I can do with the software, this will make designing the game I lot easier this time.

I ‘ll try and update once a week 🙂

cheers

Katie