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Shivoa Birch
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Researcher focusing on C static code analysis; queer game developer; underemployed. People used to pay me for many things, including writing about computer games.
Researcher focusing on C static code analysis; queer game developer; underemployed. People used to pay me for many things, including writing about computer games.

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Empty Rust File to Game in Nine Days
So I've been doing Rust coding for a bit now . Recently that's involved briefly poking at the Core Library (a platform-agnostic, dependency-free library that builds some of the foundations on which the Standard Library are constructed) to get a feel for the...

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Mini-Review: Slay the Spire
So early last year , it was already clear that we were getting a lot of extremely good games (and going on the number of February release dates announced at E3, 2019 looks like it's going to be similar). This year has started with fewer tent-pole releases (...

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Evolving Rust
At the start of the year I talked about using Rust as a tool to write code that was safe, easy to understand, and fast (particularly when working on code with a lot of threads, which is important in the new era of mainstream desktops with up to 16 hardware ...

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BattleTech: Just One More Mission
So, this has rapidly taken over all of my free time. Who knew that almost 30 years after I was playing those early BattleTech computer games (including some very early Westwood Studios titles), there would be a tactics game that captures the magic of detail...

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The Asset Fidelity Arms Race
So there has been a lot of discussion about the cost of game development recently. Unfortunately a lot of that has been used to defend questionable business practices (there is another gaming industry and I have absolutely no interest in ever being part of ...

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Building the Scaffolding: Mashinky
The last month has involved a lot of building the scaffolding required for a large project. The unsexy code that allows you to build things quickly in the future. Core services - debug displays, logging, state save & load, program execution playback; and ba...

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Why I'm Trying Rust in 2018
Last year, when considering a long overdue upgrade for my home desktop , I pondered the end of quad-core desktop dominance. Since then we've seen 8 hardware threads on mainstream "thin" laptop CPUs so even at 15 Watts (including the iGPU) you're not expecti...
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