Archive for May, 2011

Rockstar’s LA Noire facial mocap looks amazing!

LA Noire is the new game buy Rockstar that came out today. It’s already getting very good reviews, but what struck me most was the level of detail in the facial motion capture, there’s definitely a level of detail in there that’s impossible to recreate through hand animation…

Boot Linux in your browser via Javascript!

Well this is pretty damn impressive, a working Linux terminal booting under Javascript in a browser…

http://bellard.org/jslinux/

(Via Slashdot)

Book Review – Flash Game Development By Example

Another week, another really good game development book to review!

This time the book in question is ‘Flash Game Development By Example‘, by the prolific game dev’ blogger and self confessed ‘Italian geek’ Emanuele Feronato.

If you’ve ever read any of Emanuele’s game tutorials you’ll already have a fairly good idea of what’s in this book, as he takes you by the hand and leads you through all the steps required to create 9 complete well known games from start to finish.

Each game gets a chapter to itself and they build in complexity and upon the concepts taught in previous chapters as you work your way through. This is an interesting way of tackling what is quite a daunting range of subjects and works well. Although zero experience is assumed the first chapter dives straight in and has you making things from the start while still explaining basic concepts such as how to set up your Flash movie size and working with Arrays.

The games you will make are… Continue Reading →

Tips for converting iOS UI’s to Android

Several people have asked me for advice recently on converting iOS UI’s to Android, generally as they are iOS users and don’t really have first hand experience of Android UI patterns but want to try porting an existing app to the Android platform.

There are several major differences that you should be aware of when doing this, simply porting the app without changing the UI may result in a bad user experience and possibly poor ratings in the market.

There’s a very useful blog all about Android UI design patterns that has a handy post you should check out first… Continue Reading →

Silicon Milkroundabout

Today I went to a very interesting event with a very silly name… Silicon Milkroundabout, held in the Bar Music Hall in Shoreditch.

I’d only heard about the event a couple of days before from a post to the London Android mailing list, and wasn’t really sure what to expect, but as I didn’t have anything much else on I thought I’d pop along and take a look around.

What I found was quite an exciting mix of startups and well established names all pitching to a packed bar, full of developers of all types and skill levels, in the hope of filling a wide range of vacancies. Everyone from Last.fm to MindCandy were there, along with a whole bunch of smaller teams still in stealth mode and there was a really good buzz going around. Everyone was very friendly, and I talked to several others who had just popped along to check it out like me and everyone agreed it was far more exciting than they had expected.

I think it was a great event overall, and I don’t think I’ve been to one quite like it before. It had a real feeling that, after the last few crappy years, things are starting to pick up in the UK tech world and the money and funding (and therefore jobs and interesting work) are starting to appear again.

And possibly the best thing about it… they’d gone to great pains to ensure there were no spiky haired recruitment consultants there, only companies with positions to fill and people with the skills to fill them.

Well done to the guys at Songkick for organising it, and lets hope it’s the start of something regular.