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John Hattan
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Attended Texas A&M University
Lives in Southlake, TX
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  • Texas A&M University
    Computer Science, 1985 - 1989
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(my byline from the Gamedev Collection series, which I co-edited) John Hattan has been working steadily in the casual game-space since the TRS-80 days and professionally since 1990. After seeing his small-format games turned down for what turned out to be Tandy's last PC release, he took them independent, eventually releasing them as several discount game-packs through a couple of publishers. The packs are actually still available on store-shelves, although you'll need a keen eye to find them nowadays. He continues to work in the casual game-space as an independent developer, largely working on games in Flash for his website, The Code Zone (www.thecodezone.com). His current scheme is to distribute his games virally on various web-portals and widget platforms. In addition, John writes weekly product reviews and blogs (over ten years old) for www.gamedev.net from his home office where he lives with his wife and daughter in their home in the woods near Lake Grapevine in Texas.
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I've written the following commercial games for various discount game packs or the web. Adjacent See, Arcade Poker, Backgammon, , BaffleBees, Bulldozer, Bulldozer II, Bulldozer III, Um El Bagara, Black Box Chess, Brain Bones, Cheesy Pursuit, ChessCards, Checker Connector, ConFusebox, ConFusebox II, Core Meltdown, Countdown Dice, Cryptograms, Deductive Logic, Dice-A-Rama, Double Twelve, Duck Tiles, Elementris, Engulf, Head-on Collision!, Hex, Hexapawn, Hexapies, Invaders From Neptune!, Kizbot, Laser Clash, Make4 3D, Meltdown, CardMatch, MazeRace, Moku, Neutron Trails, Nim, Olive Wars!, Pangki, Pegopolis, Poker Patience, Poker Machine, Pop Pies, Pop Pies 2, Pop Pies 3, Push-Pull, Quinto, Reversi Plus, Robottack, Sechseck, Shi Sen, Siege, StackBlitz, Suzy Sushi, Think Tank, Tic Tac Toe 3D, Ultimine, Vanishing Cross, Voracity, Wari, Winding Standoff, WordGrid, Worm Sojourn, Zap Pod!, Zombie Kitten Attack.
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I write games
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  • The Code Zone
    His Ownself, 1996 - present
  • About a dozen companies, none of which still exist
    Programmer, 1989 - 1996
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Southlake, TX
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Watauga, TX - College Station, TX - Sherwood, AR - Davenport, IA - Griffith, IN

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He came here to chew bubblegum and kick ass, and he's all out of bubblegum.

RIP Rowdy Roddy Piper
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Oh wow really? See ya Rowdy!
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Still doing my Christmas shopping on Kickstarter. The kid declared that she was gonna DIE if I didn't order her one of these. Hoping she'll forget by December :)

Not too worried about the schedule. I ordered the pixel-art bandanna from this guy, and it shipped on time.
Spry skeletons frolic and flounce on this somber tribute to the classic bandanas of yesteryear.
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Still remember hearing my dad freak out about Ebola and how badly Obama botched the whole thing by exposing America to this pandemic.

Lessee. Four people in America caught it. Two died. Two recovered. And less than a year later there's a vaccine. #thanksobama
A harmless virus engineered to carry a key Ebola gene creates effective immunity.
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Merkins blaming or praising their president for things that simply happened to happen on that president's watch is endlessly amusing to non-Merkins.

So the president is both all-powerful and at the same time utterly powerless?

Ooooookayyyyyy.....
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Gee, I hope the food isn't overrated.
KISS have done just about all there is to do in rock 'n' roll, so Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have found a new challenge: opening a restaurant in the ...
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The current "beat the average and get everything" price is under seven bucks, so now's a good time if you want about a hundred hours of video learning.
 
Pay What You Want: Game Developer Bundle, Go from Gamer to Game Coder with Stone River eLearning's Complete Training!
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It's above the weather, so it can be pretty spindly and not have to worry about wind and rain. But the air is thin, so the motors will have to work harder. But the air is very cold and dry, so cooling and frost wouldn't be an issue.

Wondering what happens when a motor seizes up. I imagine a chunk of carbon fiber the size of a jumbo jet wing could be pretty dangerous, especially since it's intended to circle over populated areas.
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Ahh, another good deal. Apparently they got Minecraft into the Windows store just in time. It's for sale now, but you can get it free if you already own the existing Windows version.

Note: Might take a day or two before the Windows store lets you get it. Apparently MS's servers are a mite overloaded.
Update: This is still rolling out, so don’t panic if you can’t see the button on your account page yet! Check back later! Hello! Windows 10 – Microsoft’s shiny new operating system – launches tomorrow. As announced at MINECON 2015 a […]
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got it in an instant; I did it backwards though; I downloaded from the store (thinking about it it took a couple tries) then went to mojang and redeemed.  Not letting my kid play it yet; (evil laugh)
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This is new. Looks like Intel is releasing a Java AOT-compiler for iOS. Wonder if/when the LibGDX people are gonna get this thing wired into their stuff for games.
Calling ALL. Java Developers. We Speak Your Mobile App Language. Introducing Multi-OS Engine, a feature of Intel® INDE. Apply Now. Multi-OS Engine (Beta). Time-saving, productivity features to create Android* and iOS* apps. Use Java* coding to deliver native apps for iOS* and Android* ...
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It's bearable
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+John Scalzi, +Richard Carey and I should start a support group.

You know there's a problem when even having a boy over doesn't deter one from picking up one's underwear from the floor.
Honestly, Athena, it doesn't take much longer to put it on the rack, and it'll dry out and not get that moldy gross used-towel smell. Or actual mildew, in some places. Other train of thought: “She's not old enough to be fucking! Wait, she's driving… and has a boyfriend… noooo!
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I could amaze and horrify you with tales of what she did JUST LAST NIGHT but you'd think I was making it all up.
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Back to development. Existential crisis and such.

Anyway, it appears the locals get a bit testy if you do not return the jewel to them.
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OCD question. What is the better number to enter on the keypad if you plan to microwave something for 1.5 minutes?
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Probably should've mentioned that my MW only has "add one minute" and not "add 30 seconds".
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CivilGrrl had a Nespresso machine a buncha years ago, and it was impressively good (and easy to use) for a home machine.

Note that these use the little metal Nespresso cups. They're harder to find than the K-cups, but I used to order 'em a hundred at a time on Ebay so it wasn't a problem.
Hands down, Nespresso is the easiest way to make decent espresso at home, and their Inissia model is on sale at Williams-Sonoma for an absolutely bonkers $63, if you hurry.http://gear.kinja.com/buying-guide-n... Buying Guide: Nespresso Buying Guide: Nespresso Buying Guide: Nespresso Great espresso requires significant investments of time, money, and effort, as well as the… Read more Read more
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