Review: The Art of Naughty Dog Limited Edition

Naughty Dog’s most amazing art, the demonstration of how incredible of a medium games are, is compiled into one crazy set that feels as if the package was handcrafted by Dark Horse.

I searched for this awesome book for several months after learning about its existence. I had given up on trying to find one that didn’t consist of a crazy ebay listing, and due to the fact they’re limited print, I just went and purchased the regular edition. However, while at NYCC 2014, a friend of mine had requested we stop by Dark Horse’s booth to look for something of interest for him. They didn’t have what he was looking for, but just out of the corner of my eye as we walked away, I noticed a really cool looking Final Fantasy art book. I immediately jumped to it, and hidden just to the left of it, was this epic box. I cried out loud like a little girl, I kid you not. Everyone looked at me, and the Dark Horse rep laughed as I lifted the last copy off the shelf.

I am extremely happy with The Art of Naughty Dog.

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Adirondack Extreme

Its been awhile, besides my last book review. I haven’t had much time since returning to college to write up new blogs. I’m pushing to graduate in December so I’m loaded with 20+ credit hours. Its manageable, and I have a ton of new content I want to post such as TILs and more Analysis posts, but Im bogged down with lots of unreasonable projects.

I did have some free time over the last weekend to go to the Adirondack Extreme course in Bolton Landing, NY though! Think of it like Wipeout but 30+ feet in the air among trees in the woods. Lots of fun. I felt like sharing the zipline video me and my fiance did past the break

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Book Review: Learning Unity 2D Game Development By Example

Learning Unity 2D Game Development by Example written by Venita Pereira published by Packt Publishing is quite a wonderful introduction to not only Unity itself but the new 2D game development suite it recently added. I had been meaning to checkout the 2D Unity mode myself for quite some time, and this book gave me a proper introduction.

After being a major supporter of Construct 2, mainly due to how easy it is to approach for new comers and the fully featured sprite editors, I can now easily recommend Unity as well.

Read on to find out why.

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Ubisoft Internship Post Mortem

For years I’ve been adamant about getting a job in the gaming industry for many reasons that can take up a whole essay on it’s own about why I find it so fascinating and important in media today. As a student, I became very acquainted with the recruitment process of being met with blank stares and non-responses when applying for internships at gaming companies or inquiring about them. Many for some reason are totally opposed to the idea, but others have intern systems even if they say they don’t.

From my high school senior year onward, I was on the hunt for an internship in games. As I approached my senior year of college, I felt my rope was getting really short because an internship would have been incredibly vital to my career decision in games. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be a designer, programmer, IT technician or something else entirely. I wanted to use the internship opportunity to experience it first hand and base my decision off that. When all my efforts failed, I decided to go all-in on programming. It was a risk, believe it or not, for a Computer Science major like me because I still wasn’t decidedly convinced I wanted to be in this field.

After Ubisoft reached out to me, I finally got to experience some professional hands on programming with languages I truly enjoy and learn about the industry first hand. I’m not only sold on programming now, but more than ever before, games as a career too.

Prepare for a long blog. There’s over 8 months of experiences summed up.

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Analysis: League Of Legends Griefing

EDIT2: Believe it or not, this blog garnered a lot of attention. Its on the first page of Google results for League of Legends griefing. I’ve since stopped playing League when I had to finish college after my internship, and I don’t intend to return to the game anytime soon. But, looking back, this article is kind of poorly written. So take it with a grain of salt. I will forever have mixed feelings about League of Legends on a competitive scale but for normal play, it is a really fantastic game.

My…. relationship with League of Legends has been a very on and off one. Love, hate, love hate. It digs into me how much the game fluctuates to my favor. I wanted to delve into why so I thought what better than to revive my Analysis blogs. Which I think I did one or two of before, but just never got around to doing more.

League of Legends is a game with a huge following, but even its own following has massive gripes about it. Its a gripping game that is quite addicting by nature, and encourages more playing to get better. But, what happens when you constantly play with no change in your outcome or worse – you get the opposite results?

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Today I Learned: Range Insertions Are Better

Happy fourth-of-July, my American brethren. Sorry Canada, I went home for the weekend!

During my flight home, I started musing some of my unread C++ ebook collection and decided to start with Effective STL by Scott Meyers, the same author as the awesome Effective C++ book I reviewed. One of the first Items covered is how range member functions are better than single elements! I find this extremely intriguing. I never heard of this and I sure wasn’t taught this amazingly simple and clearly superior concept in school.

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Recommended Reading: JURASSIC PARK: TRESPASSER CG SOURCE CODE REVIEW

Jurassic Park Trespasser, in 1998, had ridiculously awesome features being touted for its time. Fully detailed outdoor environments, hyper realistic physics, advanced graphic features like bump mapping. It was way ahead of its time. But it didn’t sell too great!.

This interesting article takes a look at the source code behind the project which, for its time, may have been “too complex” for C++ which has since evolved a ton. Interesting how no precompiled headers weren’t used so therefore hours of compile time were done. Good reading.

Book Review: Application Development in iOS 7

In my last review about iOS7 development, I held concerns about the platform in regards to Apple locking down the platform so much. I still hold those concerns. However, as Apple moves on we may see the platform available to dev on all machines soon as we move closer and closer to a “cloud” IDE in my opinion.

As Application Development in iOS 7 by Kyle Begemen shows, Apple continually evolves the Xcode platform, the Foundation Framework, updating Objective-C, and so on. Recently announced, they have a new language based off of Objective-C called Swift. I believe this shows how Apple is growing up with their tech and moving it forward. There are a lot of interesting changes here.

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WIP & Board Games

Hello everyone!

Sorry its been so long since my last blog. Ive been particularly busy lately with work and…. League of Legends. Ugh. Too much League for my own good.

I’ve got another iOS book review in the works and I’ve been getting more and more into board games recently thanks to a buddy at Ubisoft (designer on Assassins Creed) who you can checkout here at StrawPixel, his blog. Here is my BoardGameGeek profile. I’ll be trying to add a sidebar on the blog for it.

Book review should be up maybe this weekend!