The Best Tips For Game Developers

Hello All!
This is a collection of my thoughts… raw and unedited after watching this you will come out a better developer i promise. I go over how to teach yourself to think for yourself how to solve your own problems and not get stuck while your developing.

I try my hardest to explain how to free yourself from the limitations of ‘what you know’ and become a problem solving developer who can make anything.

The video is structured as follows:

My introduction and ramblings
00:00 – Greetings
01:05 – Developing Tile Consistency
03:35 – The Best Advice Ever
04:53 – How to Learn

Examples and lessons
09:00 – Breaking Down 2D Collisions
13:03 – Breaking Down Monster AI
15:50 – Breaking Down Monster AI Part 2
17:05 – Breaking Down Attack Mechanics
21:15 – My Experiences
24:00 – Judgement Calls
26:00 – Conclusions

Drift Mania Controller Scheme Poll

I want to know what you guys think about each controller mechanism, the problems i found with fling drift while it is epic fun… it seems to only work well on tablets and desktops as the finger needs to be ahead of the vehicle i found my hand covering the screen 50% of the time. While swipe drift push accelerate is much harder to control at high speed it offers a greater sense of ‘drifting’ when its mastered.

Please let me know via notes comments on the videos or on the blog post as i check them all every day.

Controller Scheme 1: Fling Drift, Drag Accelerate
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpbkBTIGf_E


Controller Scheme 2: Swipe Wheel / Push Accelerate
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oL4qTKIK7pI

And just for fun!! This is me using fling drift on an ipad… its so fun i tried hard to keep my hand out of the way of the camera as often as possible!

Drift Mania Gymkhana

So i recorded a small demo and decided the direction of the game, its going to be  3 open area levels with a set start position and various challenges throughout them. You get points based on your drifts and loose points for hitting cones or going off the track.

From the menu screen you’ll be able to select Practice or Rated modes. After choosing your mode you’ll be able to select your map, in practice mode you have as much time as you like to explore the map and find a nice flow from the starting point for your drifting pleasure when you feel comfortable with the map layout and have found yourself a good flow. You can switch to rated mode, in rated mode you’ll have 2 minutes to rack up as many points as possible when the time is up your score is submitted to the global high score list where you can compete with the world to be the Drift Hero.

I might add some kind of car choice / player customization but i don’t want to add any ‘performance’ upgrade type things as this will unbalance the high score list. the idea of the global challenge is that everyone competes with the same hardware and skill + training decide what your score will be not money earn’t in some single player mode that lets you spec out your car like crazy.

I’ve optimized the physics scoring is now based on the angular momentum of your drift as are tire marks.

Drift Mania Iphone

So i figured id record a video of me playing Drift Mania on an actual device. Its still highly wip, something i just whipped up this weekend.

Drift Mania – Iphone, Android, WP8, Mac, PC

Hey all, so today i also built this cool little mini game demo currently running on ios, android, windows phone, mac and pc check out the video for a better description of whats going on but basically Box2D physics + cars + innovative controls = fun