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Things I Like #2 - Blender Guru, Drawing with CSS, Paying with my Phone, @MachinePix, @george_ezra

Still trying to get exciting by doing and learning new things...


Blender Tutorials by Blender Guru

I've been watching these through rather than going out INTO THE SUN LIKE. He does go on a bit but it's lively and he uses the app with a smoothness that I find compelling. Here's part 3 of the series I linked above:

Dev Log #13 - Be free of the grid

Throughout my career, I have found myself repeating the following mantra:

Don't build an engine in an engine. Use the engine.

If you need a way to have a flexible schema in SQL, implement SQL CREATE/INSERT COLUMN etc. If you need a series of page that follow one after another then use ASP.NET with HTML hyperlinks, don't build another engine inside it.

Dev Log #12 - Build Menu and the perception of progress

I can understand why people do simple 2D menu systems. They're much easier and effective. If I was starting again then I probably would not have gone down the 3D menu route. I could bin it but I am still learning loads from it, so I am going to persevere.

Here is a montage of "not quite right" videos that chart where I was at the end of last week:

Dev Log #10 A tale of scale, death and UI

The more I played, the more I realised that the physics felt off. Everything looked like toys bobbing around in the bath. I played with gravity and mass settings and got some hilarious results but I wanted the Cloudships to feel like they had heft. One of the things that really struck me were the cannon balls. They moved too fast, which made the scale look odd.

Dev Log #9 - Collisions and Epic Battles

Unity uses state machines for controlling NPCs. I have two states on the enemy at the moment: if the player is a long way away then keep on your course, if the player is close the steer RIGHT AT IT!

That's not a very interesting bit of AI but it helps to test a whole range of things, including collision. Unity uses low poly collision meshes that are generated from your models automatically, which saved me a ton of work.