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.
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 🙂
I wanted to write a post about the difference between what a honours degree means in different countries .Having recently competed a Honours Bachelor of Science in computer games development in Ireland I am looking to start my career in the industry.My main search for work is in Ireland and the UK, the thing is my degree means different things in each countries.
I wanted to write this post to clear up a few things for employers and follow graduates.
While all Course’s will have different subjects In Ireland and Scotland an honors degree is 4 years and in England and wales it is 3 years.Similarly a ordinary degree is 3 years and two years.
In Ireland the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) is used to compare and contrast the level and standard of different qualifications. For example in Ireland a honours bachelor degree is a level eight , in Scotland it is a level 10 and in England , Wales and northern Ireland it is a level 6 so it’s important to be aware of the different levels used to measure qualifications.
I got this information from a leaflet by the UK and Ireland qualifications authorities to help cross reference the qualifications frameworks in the UK and Ireland . It is really useful and can be found in PDF form here.
As for grading of degrees it is very similar with 1st , 2:1 and 2:2 all meaning the same thing except in Ireland between 40% and 50% of a Honours Degree is a known as a Pass while in the UK it is a 3rd.
I hope this was helpfully, please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions to make this post better.
Flights booked for September, looking forward to this, will be great to meet more women in the game industry.