Lost Garden

Lost Garden is good - about game design and related things from (ex) Anark guy (hi Chris!). E.g. this one (a practical definition of innovation in game design):
And if you ever hear an indie game developer talking about level design, either shoot them in the head now to help them avoid their future misery, or direct them towards this essay.



A crazy thought: 64k intro

I was planning to do a demo this year; all by myself (except music). However, after playing with Blender a bit it became clear that I am really not a 3D artist (not Blender's fault, of course) - what a surprise :)

Now a crazy thought: do a 64 kilobyte intro instead?

Yeah, I know, one pretty unsuccessful try already was there 3+ years ago... But still: I need a musician that could use Farbrausch's V2 synth, some clever ideas/design/code and there it is. There's a hope that I have actually learned something in these 3 years, you know :)

By the way, this bzhykt intro produces really abstract visuals on my computer right now. Something was messed up in there...



HDR with MSAA demo

Released this HDR with MSAA demo I was talking about earlier. Here it is: nesnausk.org/nearaz/projHDR.html. I can also add that this St. Anne's Church is a pretty complex beast :)


More HDR woes

I'm still spending an occasional minute on my HDR demo. Now, everything is fine so far, except one thing: I can't get MSAA working on some Radeons (and I don't have a Radeon right now, which makes debugging a lot harder). The main point of my demo is to have MSAA on ordinary hw, so this is bad.

The reason seems to be that on older Radeons MSAA does not resolve alpha channel, which obsiously messes things up in my case. I'm using RGBE8 encoding for the main rendertarget, and it RGB gets MSAA'd and exponent not - then oh well, no good anti aliasing most of the time.

Of course I could always manually supersample everything, but this would defeat the whole point of the demo. Or I could render everything in two passes, one for RGB and one for exponent - but this also is not very nice...

Probably I'll just release the demo as it is now and wait for possible feedback. Or dig up an old Radeon somewhere and debug more - but replacing the video card in my Shuttle XPC is not an easy task :)