We’re in the dead zone between Christmas and New Year. Typically this is the week where the site traffic reaches its nadir. Most of us come here to fill the dead space in our day: Commute. Coffee break. Time between classes. The waiting room of the ripperdoc. You get the idea.
But those quiet moments are in short supply around the holidays, which means the site is a ghost town. That’s fine for me, since it gives me time to finish up my end-of-year writeup.
But if you’re one of the rare souls with time to kill in the last week of the year: Welcome! Let’s enjoy a quiet, low-key, low-stress discussion about topics of low importance.
Heads up: I’m going to spoil the season 2 finale of the Mandalorian, so if you haven’t seen it yet then proceed at your own risk.
Hosts: Paul, Shamus. Episode edited by Issac.
00:00 Merry Christmas
Or Merry post-Christmas. Or happy pre-New Year. Whatever.
06:15 Mandalorian: Star Wars Fanservice
If you’re curious and just want to see the magic of creating a 30-something Mark Hamill with technology, then here is the clip. Watch it quick. I imagine Disney will hit that with a takedown before long.
23:26 Mailbag: Avorion
a little while ago Egosoft’s X games came up in the comments and Paul mentioned he would prefer to feel more like a master of industry in space rather than a spaceship managing factories.
Well, recently I came across the game Avorion (https://www.avorion.net), which offers more of that experience than the X series. So I was wondering if Paul has checked it out and what his opinion on the game is.
36:38 The Badguy is the GM
Good Robot Dev Blog
An ongoing series where I work on making a 2D action game from scratch.
Game at the Bottom
Why spend millions on visuals that are just a distraction from the REAL game of hotbar-watching?
Quakecon 2011 Keynote Annotated
An interesting but technically dense talk about gaming technology. I translate it for the non-coders.
What is Vulkan?
What is this Vulkan stuff? A graphics engine? A game engine? A new flavor of breakfast cereal? And how is it supposed to make PC games better?
Could Have Been Great
Here are four games that could have been much better with just a little more work.