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  1. WILL's Avatar
    Thanks de_jean! Nice to hear such positive reactions to Garland's Quest. I've been working on it for a while and I'm hoping to make the best possible game out of it on many platforms. I'm hoping everyone will love the new design of the visuals.
  2. de_jean_7777's Avatar
    Whoah, you've been keeping yourself busy. Nice work. I hope you'll get a lot of support if you go on any "kickstarter" site with Garlands Quest. If you do, you've got me as a supporter.
  3. de_jean_7777's Avatar
    Sure, a new PGD challenge would be great. Replacing the annual competition with more often challenges is logical as it seems. Sadly I missed the 2nd one due to too many private obligations and switching jobs and some health complications. Hopefully, when the time comes for the next one I'll be ready.
  4. code_glitch's Avatar
    (ATI chipset)
    That wouldn't happen to be THE HD4850? I recall Apple had a hard time with those drivers and integration into the iMac. Aside from reading some papers on what was going on at the time it was announced, if you google it theres one heck of a lot of trouble going on - garbled output, lock ups in windows and sometimes OS X - as for linux, the FGRLX drivers are OK - no more than that. A few calls are badly written as I can see by my Docky setup in Gnome. tut tut tut. Although $60 sounds like a good deal I'm surprised by Apple only offering a 1 year warranty - I thought it only applied to those liquid cooled G5s (I might be wrong on the model number) as the seals where notorious for leaks directly on the CPU.

    Oh well... Things happen I guess. Just out of interest, what CPU did you get on the Pro? The air has the i5 and 256gb configurations - plenty of kick for OS X. If you said 'I'm running windows and I want to play metro 2033 on high' then fine, more power... I see another very loyal Mac convert here
  5. WILL's Avatar
    Worry not, I have a Time Capsule and my iMac was running Time Machine days before up until the really funky stuff started happening. So that data is safe. Thankfully there is a 3rd party computer store that does business here in town and they are an Apple Dealer AND Apple Service provider. Which means I get the same service as if I were to drop it off at any Apple Store, minus the 3 hour drive each way. *whew*

    The 27" monster is in the shop now and being looked at over the last 2 days. It seems that they found a hardware problem with my video card (ATI chipset) and they had to order parts. They are not done looking yet, but seem to be doing a thorough job of checking it over, of which I am grateful. Nothing better than knowing your machine is in top working condition when you get it back because of the proper due diligence.

    The Apple Care Protection plan does cover you for both repair and phone support for a full 3 years from the date of purchase of which I am so glad that I got it and I insist on getting for all my stuff. (iPad, iPhone, iMac, etc) I've had to use it a couple of times and if I didn't get it for my iMac then I'd be paying to get my computer fixed right now as I'm just over the 1-year mark. I don't have it on my iPod Shuffle, but the little thing is only $60 bucks. The price just went up on the Apple Care Protection plan too, ~$280 now.

    So if my computer is in the shop, what possibly could I be typing on now? iPad? iPhone? Heck no, iPad was helpful as 'something' to get me by, but I'd not be replying to all these threads with as much typing as I am now. I instead made Apple rather happy and purchased yet another product of theirs as a backup to my iMac and for when I am away to continue working on my projects and other community things that I do, a MacBook Pro.

    I was going to get the MacBook Air, but it didn't have specific things that I would need, such as a bigger hard drive(flash storage), the processor was a bit slower, no CD/DVD drive, etc... so I figured for the price that I was going to pay it made more sense to just get the Pro. The light weight was a nice feature and the all solid state storage was neat and would have been faster, but for that I have my iPad.

    So now I have something to work on while I'm away and something to help take enough movies, music, etc. with me when I go. Issues 2 & 3 may be coming to the iPad/iPhone rather soon.
  6. Stoney's Avatar
    @code_glitch: I wish. Apple products have a one-year-warranty by default, but you can pay for an extended three-year-warranty.

    @WILL: You should try a linux "rescue" CD to check the memory and boot into linux and see if you have similar problems to make sure it's a hardware problem.
  7. code_glitch's Avatar
    Harsh. I hope you got all your code and files off that machine OK - its a pain to rewrite stuff. Did you try linux? In my experience, if you can't boot linux in less than 5,000 lines of dmesg then its hardware and if linux does not boot - there is something seriously wrong!

    And you can theme linux to look like a mac (like I did) to feel right at home

    @Stoney: Don't the iMacs have like a super warranty because of the quality of apple stuff?
  8. Stoney's Avatar
    Oh no. That's bad news. I hope you purchased the extended warrenty from Apple.
  9. paul_nicholls's Avatar
    Ok, maybe I should take a look at some CodeRage or GDC stuff to see how that is done

  10. WILL's Avatar
    Good catch Ben. Spelling fixed. And yes I'm referring to Steve Jobs' popular "one more thing" line.

    Quote Originally Posted by paul_nicholls
    Neat! more PGD challenges..yay!
    I am looking forward to giving The community more opportunities for competition and showcasing their skills. Also if you miss one competition it won't be such a long wait until the next one.

    Quote Originally Posted by paul_nicholls
    About the talks, would they basically be just an audible version of possibly what one might have written for your magazine as an example, but obviously minus the diagrams?
    Each talk will be either a presentation or briefing that you learn or see something new or are taught how to do something that can be applied to game development.

    There are a vast range of topics which can be covered. Education, cross platform development, game libraries/engines/API headers, available compilers and other dev tools, game dev related topics (non-coding stuff) and many other things.

    They will be presented as either a video with slides and narration, desktop recording and narration and could also be just audio and have downloadable slides which you can follow along with. For the latter one of us could use something like iMovie to combine the two.

    Either way the material will be somewhat like what you experience at the GDC or CodeRage's online sessions.

    We haven't figured out just how we'll run the Q&A portion, it might just be left to a forum thread for each topic, but we would like to organize a live chat session with the presenters for those that want to ask him/her a question about their presentation.
  11. paul_nicholls's Avatar
    Neat! more PGD challenges..yay!

    About the talks, would they basically be just an audible version of possibly what one might have written for your magazine as an example, but obviously minus the diagrams?
  12. code_glitch's Avatar
    quoting a great pioneer who sadly pasted on
    Should that be 'passed on'

    Aside from that, nice summary of things in general - almost a October review article there, and looking forward to the challenge and welcome back.
    Updated 31-10-2011 at 02:40 AM by WILL (Fixed quote end bracket :))
  13. WILL's Avatar
    Looks like we'll be getting Dragon Quest X for the Wii and Wii U! Yay!
  14. WILL's Avatar
    Yeah, unfortunately I've not been able to code much since last I picked up Subject 33 to port it. After coming home from working 10 hour days it's a little hard to put my head into code mode.

    I do enjoy my iPad for gaming though. So nice to lay back on the couch and play a session of Ascendancy or shoot up some pirates on GoF2:V! I hope they keep making add-ons. I'll keep getting them until they release GoF3.

    I believe that GoF is actually the spiritual successor to the Freelancer series. It would be neat to play in on my Mac, but I'd miss the super cool multi-touch interface. You really notice not having it after you've played an iPad game long enough. So fun to take it with me when I travel too.
  15. paul_nicholls's Avatar
    Privateer? that takes me back - I played that lots back in the day

  16. Traveler's Avatar
    Wow, it must have taken some time to write all that. Galaxy on Fire 2: Valkyrie looks pretty cool. Dont think I'm going to buy an ipad for it thought
    And yeah, Privateer was an awesome game. I still have the box from privateer II. I wonder if it still runs. Perhaps under dosbox?
  17. paul_nicholls's Avatar
    Lots of cool stuff Jason

    Good luck with your Mac OSX programming

  18. code_glitch's Avatar
    Sorry about the delay on the Pong tutorial... I only just realised there are some quite annoying bugs in it all and thus need to fix them before I write them up... All 300 odd lines of Pong. Yay.
  19. WILL's Avatar
    I've just posted the latest build in the Subject 33 thread. Please go try it and provide feedback!

    Get it here!
  20. paul_nicholls's Avatar
    Sound great Jason...keep it coming!

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