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Blog Update - Game Development

I spent some time updating my blog, adding a new page focusing on Game Development. I've started working on project at home, and this will index those posts. Additionally, it has a few links to some of the game design oriented pieces I've written in the past.
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Unity3D At Home Project - Introduction
So, I find myself at a curious point in my professional career. By now, you probably know (or should) I'm a game developer. I work at Robot Entertainment , where I get to work on some pretty fantastic games . Right now, I am the Project Lead for the dashboa...
So, I find myself at a curious point in my professional career. By now, you probably know (or should) I'm a game developer. I work at Robot Entertainment, where I get to work on some pretty fantastic games. Right now, I am th...
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Actually use of tools is probably not a bad idea. As small as the project is though,, I don't anticipate needing too much. I think the one thing I might end up setting up is a source control repository. I'm just too nervous working on code that isn't checked into a tree somewhere.. 
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Operation Overhaul!
See I did a little thing there in the title - did you see what I did? Oh nevermind. So this week the Bioware developers put out a blog talking about what they're doing with instanced content in the new expansion, and holy smokes it's a lot! They're essentia...
See I did a little thing there in the title - did you see what I did? Oh nevermind. So this week the Bioware developers put out a blog talking about what they're doing with instanced content in the new expansion, and holy smo...
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+Sean Malloy true enough 
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Buyer's Remorse
I don't often fall prey to the whims of my crowd, but I'm beginning to suspect that's what's happened here. I've returned to FFXIV, and picked up the new expansion.  Everything is exciting and new, and I should be happy as a clam.  Except.. it isn't, and I'...
I don't often fall prey to the whims of my crowd, but I'm beginning to suspect that's what's happened here. I've returned to FFXIV, and picked up the new expansion.  Everything is exciting and new, and I should be happy as a ...
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Honestly +Pete Smith that's not smug at all . For the most part, I try to avoid the hype train as well when it comes to MMO's, but in this case, I've played FFXIV before, and really enjoyed it when I played it. But for whatever reason, this time it isn't grabbing me. Completely agree with your reasoning on whether or not you want to jump in on the next expansion to whatever it is. And yes - the GW2 pull will be strong! :) 
 
lol +Zoltariel I totally hear ya. Here's to trying to make better buying decisions!  
 
TBH +Michael Birke , I'm getting the feeling that SWTOR has turned the corner for EA, since they went to F2P, the game is making money for them, growing steadily, and they've decided to double-down on it. 
 
As recently as march it's climbed to within the top 10 in PC games in terms of revenue, and EA has recently announced a full, large scale expansion.  For whatever it's worth, it feels like SWTOR is growing, not dying, at least at the moment. 
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A few screenshots from my last few days of play. Beautiful Rakata Prime.. the amazing water planet of Manaan.. and some shots from some of the solo flashpoints - which are amazing! #swtor  
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Meet Lana Beniko.. smooth talking, supremely polite, British accented Sith Lord. If anyone's going to convert you to the Dark Side.. 

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Unity3D At Home Project - Day 1 - Terrain
I wanted to start with a simple terrain, using stock assets. Worked my way through a three-part tutorial , creating and sampling along the way. Stock assets provides a nice small sample of terrain textures, trees, and grasses. Very limited, but enough to pl...
I wanted to start with a simple terrain, using stock assets. Worked my way through a three-part tutorial, creating and sampling along the way. Stock assets provides a nice small sample of terrain textures, trees, and grasses...
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The Girl with the Golden Gun
So I've been at 60 for a bit now, and wanted to change up the look of my smuggler Kaytte. I saw someone in Fleet the other day that had built an entire outfit with pink and white, and found a speeder that matched in color scheme, and it looked really sharp....
So I've been at 60 for a bit now, and wanted to change up the look of my smuggler Kaytte. I saw someone in Fleet the other day that had built an entire outfit with pink and white, and found a speeder that matched in color sch...
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Sorry I'm only checking g+ like once a week these days. Come join me on Ebon Hawke! I'm running ops with a guild and everything! Bring Jen and Robert and Hugo! :) 
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Even at level 60, it's a pretty long haul to go to all the places, and gather all the things, and to kill all the things, to put together the HK-51 hunter killer droid companion. I love this scavenger hunt type quest though, and even though some parts required Flashpoints, being at level 60 I was able to complete the entire thing solo.  Though I did have to create an Empire character and level him to 15.  
 
The results of my efforts!
 
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Ah. I'm in the Shadowlands. I was going to offer to help with Flashpoints if you needed it. ;)
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This is just about the best thing ever. Thanks to +Lillith Sullivan for bringing it to my timeline.
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, a self-avowed comic book fan, used geek chic to cut through a web of copyright confusion while delivering the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion on the Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment case Monday. Thanks to the decision, Marvel won’t need to pay out any more royalties to Stephen Kimble, the man behind the Web Blaster Spider-Man toy.
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She only did whatever a spider can. ;)
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Finally hit level 60 in Star Wars the Old Republic. Of course, with the 12x XP boost it's hardly the accomplishment it used to be. But the xp boost cuts off at level 55 - so those last 5 levels I earned! :) #swtor  
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hehe I think it's awesome that you've found a good home with GW2's WvW. :) I tried to come back but their PvE I still just find to be a bit lacking. Really enjoying SWTOR and FFXIV. :)
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Captain Kaytte talks her way out of sticky situation. It's not always blasters and credits!
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Sr. Developer at Robot Entertainment, Inc.
Employment
  • Ensemble Studios
    Sr. Programmer, 2000 - 2009
  • Midway Games
    Sr. Programmer, 1997 - 2000
  • Windstorm Studios
    CEO & President, 2009 - 2011
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Sr. Developer for Robot Entertainment; MMO blogger and aficionado, geek dad, only visiting this planet.
Introduction
Senior Developer at Robot Entertainment, the fine folks that brought you Orcs Must Die and Hero Academy!

Former President of Windstorm Studios, and creator of Atomic City Adventures - The Case of the Black Dragon.  Also former Sr. Programmer for Ensemble Studios, worked on Age of Empires, Halo Wars. Also, MMO aficionado (I love using that word).
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Professional game developer for near 15 years..
Education
  • Texas A&M University
    Computer Science, 1983 - 1987
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