Friday, February 18, 2011

Animal Crossing --> FarmVille

I have been telling game developers for years that they were leaving money on the table by not making more games like Animal Crossing. My wife pointed out this morning that FarmVille and its ilk are pretty direct descendants of Animal Crossing, and they are indeed taking that money. I don't know how I missed that before; the similarities are obvious once you think about it.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Couple of uploads

Work on various things is ongoing. In the meantime here are a couple of downloads:

A version of the Lunar Lander game that uses 16-bit vertex indices instead of 32-bit indices. May be more generally compatible. Also includes a very basic (read: annoying) rocket noise.

RelativeNeighborhood Starmap experiment. Left-click and drag with the mouse to rotate. Press space bar to generate a new map. The A key toggles between distributing stars on the surface of a sphere and in the volume of a cube.

Also, I finally bought Slay, and recommend it highly. It has a free demo of one map.