Posted by Rampant Coyote on March 13, 2011
Just some miscellaneous bits and pieces discovered this week:
John Carmack announced the superiority of Direct3D over OpenGL. Didn’t start that way, if you remember. The funny thing is, we were an early user of Direct3D, and we voiced the same complaints to Microsoft. They ignored us. They listened to Carmack. I can’t blame them, I guess, but I have always felt an internal “neener, neener” coming on when I reflect back on that. A couple years later, the guy in charge of DirectX 7 explained to a room full of game developers that his goal with 7 and 8 was to make DirectX “suck less.” I guess they succeeded.
A Day in the Life of Minecraft Creator Mojang. I am re-reading “Masters of Doom” right now. Two indie companies flush with rapid success and riches. Totally different stories.
Top Tips for XBLIG Marketing. About half are specific to XBLIG, but the core principles of most are at least adaptable in some way to other platforms.
Might & Magic 7: For Blood and Honor was released at GOG.COM. Funny how I get so excited about these re-releases of games that were old news a decade ago. But they are new to me (already snagged my copy earlier this week), and that’s just how I roll. And I know a lot of you do, too…
CRPGAddict talks about the most annoying CRPG enemies of all time. I’m happy to see a picture of one of those @#%$! Cliff Racers from Morrowind at the top of the article. I’d add food-stealing gremlins from early Ultimas to that list, too. I’d be tempted to add those friggin’ leprechauns from Din’s Curse into the mix, except you can usually splat them and get more money from them than they were trying to steal.
This has been in the news quite a bit this weekend, but apparently a Dragon Age 2 player who was rude on the Bioware forums was banned not only from the forums, but also “accidentally” banned from playing his game, too. A single-player game, which he’d bought and played in the privacy of his own home. You want to know why people think these new, draconian DRM schemes are destroying games? That’s it, right there. Just the fact that EA *can* do this to your games is a problem. And then there’s this little tidbit about them sneaking an install of SecureRom onto your computer without disclosing this information to the public.
Bad, EA. At least no evil company can sneak their fingers through the Intertubes to disable that copy of Might & Magic 7 I just bought.
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