Getting used to Software Half-Assery

Posted on: January 12 2017 Comments: 5
Please take a look at this short list of things which happened to me today: I wanted to edit some texts in my Apple Developer account. I couldn't because my Safari wasn't able show the log-in page correctly, everything was messed up. After lots of refreshes, cache and cookie deletions, rebooting and even debugging through the JavaScript of their website, I finally figured out that my safari needed an update. Updated it and everything suddenly worked. So in short: Apple's own website didn't work with the... [Read more]




Let's play's and my Confusion about them

Posted on: January 11 2017 Comments: 2
I just found a "Let's Play" video of a youtuber named Petre who is finding out all the new features in my game. I like how he is experiencing the game and the features: This was exactly how I hoped people would play the game. But there are others of course, for example a few weeks ago I saw a youtuber standing in the landscape and commenting on how ugly the trees, the grass, the walls in the buildings, the sky and everything looks. After doing this for about 15 minutes, he was slowly dying of thirst be... [Read more]




RocketCake 1.3

Posted on: January 09 2017 Comments: 0
I just uploaded version 1.3 of my free responsive website editor RocketCake. It includes some neat new features, like support for text shadows: Which was interesting to implement. For example, the specification says that it doesn't give the exact way to implement this, but no pixel in the result image may not deviate by something like 5% from a certain specification. Ha. :) Besides lots of other new stuff, I also rewrote the rendering algorithm so that website editing is now much, much faster if you are... [Read more]




New Year Sale, Happy New Year!

Posted on: January 01 2017 Comments: 4
As every year, I offer a discount on some of my products for a few days. This year, there are 18 products on sale. Eighteen! Until a few days ago, I haven't realized that I have created that many products so far at all. The sale page is a bit more structured than last year and I even made it responsive. But the probably more interesting part is that I give away all products for -50%, some even for -75%. That's quite a lot. But it's only for a few days. Hopefully I am giving a few people a nice start int... [Read more]




My 2016 in Review

Posted on: December 10 2016 Comments: 4
December hasn't nearly ended yet, but I though it would be a nice idea to recap what I did in 2016. I have the feeling that I wasn't very productive this year, but let's see: The most interesting event this year for me was that Valve opened the floodgates and more games than ever before were added to Steam. Including my small hobby project, PostCollapse. Originally written in JavaScript, I re-wrote it in C++ and released it in October as Early Access. It is a survival game, it is ugly because even the ... [Read more]




Minecraft mode

Posted on: November 22 2016 Comments: 8
A lot of people wanted to customize their headquarter in the game, so last weekend, I experimented a bit and programmed a Minecraft style mode for the game: It actually works nicely, but is of course limited to the buildings. For now, once finished, this mode will likely only exist for the fun of it, but it could be possible to extend it to make more sense gameplay wise. But let's see. [Read more]




Reviews

Posted on: November 11 2016 Comments: 7
I'm used to getting strange software reviews on various app stores. But I think Steam reviews are one level ahead. I'm confused for example about this one: Is this good? Is it bad? I don't know. But he played it for 23 hours, so it shouldn't be that bad. Right? Hm. [Read more]




TV will be dead soon

Posted on: November 08 2016 Comments: 3
Just had to explain to an upset child that on TV, you cannot "watch again" or "watch another episode" or watch something different. Yes, on TV, you have to watch what they are sending, and when they are sending it. Being used to Youtube / Netflix / Amazon Prime Video and similar really makes it difficult to understand how TV is still in business. And while I had to explain how TV works to this child, I noticed that at least when that generation is older, TV will be dead. [Read more]




CopperCube 5.5

Posted on: October 26 2016 Comments: 0
Finally, I pushed out a free update for CopperCube again, we are now at version 5.5. New features are: Steam Integration Improved First Person Shooter Controller C++ source code (pro edition) Flash source code (pro edition) Android Multi-Touch support for 2D Overlays Android First Person Shooter Camera improved Scripting extension: ccbGetCurrentNode() And other small improvements There is also a new CopperCube website. It is responsive and minimal, and not very overloaded with informat... [Read more]




Most Unity game ever!

Posted on: October 17 2016 Comments: 3
I think this is the most funny review I received until now for PostCollapse: Apparently that youtuber doesn't like the game, and he calls it the "Most Unity Suvival Game ever!". Ha :) That's especially funny since I'm one of the very, very few people out there which did this: I wrote nearly every line of code in my game from scratch, myself, in C++. Including the 3D engine. And sound engine. And collision detection. File System. Translation. Input handling. World generation. Hell, I even composed the mus... [Read more]




PostCollapse now on Steam

Posted on: October 13 2016 Comments: 7
PostCollapse is now on Steam: As early access, but available. Hope you like it! [Read more]




Getting Feedback is difficult

Posted on: October 07 2016 Comments: 10
Since the first day when I created software, I always wanted to have feedback from people, so that I could improve my software. That's one of the reasons why I started blogging back in 1998, when the term 'blog' didn't even exists. (I was working on an isometric diablo like game named 'Irrlicht' back then, which unfortunately was never finished). I've learned that the average willingness of giving feedback voluntarily is very, very low. For example for every 100 readers of this blog, only 1 will post a ... [Read more]




JavaScript vs C++: Creating the same 3D game in both

Posted on: September 23 2016 Comments: 26
I wrote the exact same first person shooter 3D game both in C++ and JavaScript. In this article, I am writing down my findings. Please skip the next indented paragraph if you are not interested in the background details. A few years ago, when WebGL started to work in most browsers, I had the idea to write a first person shooter game in JavaScript and HTML. It was a crazy idea back then, but it worked, and the performance wasn't that bad (try it out yourself). I extended the game's code in my free time,... [Read more]




First Windows .exe build

Posted on: September 12 2016 Comments: 8
I uploaded the first build of the game for Windows here. The game now runs at about 150 FPS instead of the felt 10 FPS when it ran inside a browser. I also re-created the gameplay video with that build, I think you can see now that it feels much, much smoother now: Any feedback of the build would be welcome, it is just a 12 MB download. [Read more]




Borders

Posted on: September 03 2016 Comments: 4
I originally wanted the game to have no borders, and an unlimited area to explore, but for technical reasons (floating point precision), I now limited it to an area of about 120 square kilometers (or 75 square miles). The border looks like this: It is a bit abrupt, but the only way to keep the player from climbing over it. I think 120 kmĀ² is still enough to play the game and have fun. [Read more]




Constant Reminder

Posted on: August 26 2016 Comments: 3
From now on, even when drinking beverages this should remind me to keep pushing the game further towards release: I'll do my best... :) [Read more]




GreenLit!

Posted on: July 29 2016 Comments: 6
Well, that was fast. My game was just greenlit today: I will polish the game quite a bit and refine and beta test it before launching on Steam, so this will take a while. But this is great news! Thanks for all the support and to all the people voting for the game! [Read more]




Now on Steam Greenlight

Posted on: July 08 2016 Comments: 1
After I made that video from my last post, people suggested that I could add my game to Steam Greenlight. Since I have a nicely working Windows .exe build I now did: PostCollapse is now on Steam Greenlight. Unfortunately, the video apparently sucks in contrast to the screenshots... which again I think might be affecting the votes negatively. If you like to help, please vote too. :) [Read more]




Gameplay Video

Posted on: July 04 2016 Comments: 4
Last weekend, I thought it would maybe be a good idea to create a gameplay video of that game I am working on. Here is it, what do you think? Constructive feedback welcome! [Read more]




Steam Summer Sale 2016

Posted on: June 28 2016 Comments: 0
It's this time of the year again, Steam is in Summer Sale mode. CopperCube is of course also discounted during this time: You can get it here. I'm not sure why a lot of people on steam seem to complain about the 'small' discounts. Did you see that -86% on CopperCube? That's insane, if you ask me. :D [Read more]




RocketCake 1.2

Posted on: May 27 2016 Comments: 2
I had so much to do during the last weeks, I forgot to mention on this blog that I released version 1.2 of my free responsive website designer RocketCake. There are a few new templates in that version, improved master/client code support, support for radio buttons (somehow I forgot those, and no one complained!) and a few bug fixes here and there. The editor is still only a few months out of beta, and already used by quite a lot of people. I'm quite happy about this. [Read more]




The Android SDK Manager is now blatantly lying

Posted on: May 24 2016 Comments: 2
A lot of people using CopperCube to create 3D Android apps suddenly complained that setting up the Android SDK for them newly doesn't work anymore. The Android SDK Manager would simply refuse to download the required API 8, and show a "Not compatible with Windows" status instead. Which appears to be a blatant lie. The SDK worked the last years before flawlessly, and apparently wasn't even changed since then. Actually, you can still download the SDK from Google's servers manually, and it will do it's jo... [Read more]




How to get a free Steam key for CopperCube

Posted on: May 09 2016 Comments: 2
Dear online journalist, game community manager, youtuber, streamer, and others. Thanks for requesting a free steam key, for you to review our 3D game engine on Steam. Unfortunately, we get numerous requests like these every day, and most of them are made by teenagers, gamers and similar, just trying to get a free steam key. For them to use themselves. And not for a review. Some people are really good at this, and using various sophisticated techniques, including faking a full website, just to get a free ste... [Read more]




CopperCube 5.4.2

Posted on: April 29 2016 Comments: 0
I just released a small update of CopperCube, version 5.4.2. It is just a small update, but it has some cool new features. Also, to celebreate, CopperCube is now on sale for a few days. [Read more]




HearthStone and Nerfs

Posted on: April 28 2016 Comments: 4
When I have half an hour of free time, I sometimes use this to play Hearthstone, that free Warcraft themed card game by Blizzard. It is quite popular, having just reached 50 million players recently. The game was designed so that you either need to play a lot of games with characters or techniques you actually don't want to in order to earn virtual currency, in order to craft or buy more powerful cards you need in order to win against others. Or to simply buy the cards directly, using real world money. But ... [Read more]




Dynamic Day-Night Cycles for CopperCube

Posted on: April 26 2016 Comments: 2
A small new feature for the upcoming free update of CopperCube will be support for dynamic day-night cycles: There will be a new open source / extensible behavior written in JavaScript for doing this, as well as an improved scripting API making this possible if you want to do this yourself. The existing implementation has been copied from my PostCollapse game, but it should be able to customize it easily. I think this will open the possibility to create a lot more interesting games. [Read more]




Tips for Starting your own Software Business in 2016

Posted on: January 02 2016 Comments: 2
In the comment section of my 2015 review post the question came up how I make money by creating software. I get asked this by quite a lot of programmers. So, if you are planning to develop and sell software on your own, here are a few tips about how to create a software business in 2016: Creating the product is only 50% of your work Since I'm working mainly on old-school desktop software and sometimes on games and websites, the most important step is of course to create a product which solves a proble... [Read more]




Happy New Year 2016!

Posted on: January 01 2016 Comments: 1
I want to wish all readers of this blog a happy new year! As every year, I'm also using this moment for shamelessly offering some of my products for a big discount, for a few days: You get CopperCube, WebsitePainter. RocketCake Professional, DiagramPainter, irrFuscator and EndTime at Home for -50% for a few days. Only from this page. Hope you had a nice start into 2016! [Read more]




Ambiera 2015 software development progress review

Posted on: December 25 2015 Comments: 6
The year 2015 was quite eventful for me, both for the private and the business side of my life. Here is a short overview what I did in the latter part, in 2015: I created numerous free updates of CopperCube, my flagship software product. Including the addition of realistic realtime 3d water, fog, and improvements of the WebGL renderer. I programmed and launched a new website editor for creating responsive websites, and named it RocketCake. I risked the experiment and made if free. And People seem to... [Read more]




The strange case where Internet Explorer is faster than Chrome

Posted on: December 16 2015 Comments: 2
In the WebGL game I'm working on in my free time, Internet Explorer beats Chrome's WebGL game performance. Strange, you think? Here are the details: Chrome 47 seem to have introduced a change which is causing Endtime at Home not to work anymore nicely. Try it for yourself: start a game, go forward for about 600 meters, and then turn your head quickly about 180 degrees. If 'lucky' you can even skip the "walk 600 meters" part. The game will nearly freeze, dropping to a frame rate of about one frame per 5... [Read more]






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