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Videogamecoder is too popular!

Great news! has been lucky enough to grow exponentially (both in terms of posts and readers). Sadly this has resulted in the site overloading the server CPU. With 40k posts, rss readership up the yinyang and 350+ bloggers contributing to the site, it has become a beast. If you love videogamecoder and want to see it continue to exist, be sure to tell @McFunkypants so he knows you care. If enough people are enthusiastic about keeping it alive we just [more]

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Corona SDK Screen manager class

Following on from my previous post and my experiences with Lua & the Corona SDK, in the development of my current game I have created a simple manager class for transitioning screens when user input defines a screen change resulting in a needed tr… [more]

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BROADCAST: Behavior Tree Design Basics and Q&A (February 19th)

BROADCAST: Behavior Tree Design Basics and Q&A (February 19th)

This upcoming broadcast on Sunday, February 19th at 19:00 UTC will take place online within your browser using streaming audio/video:
“Following up on last week’s #AltDevConf presentation about the programming side of behavior trees, join us… [more]

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The Digital Antiquarian: Summer Camp

When we left Ken and Roberta they were flush with more money than they’d ever had thanks to the huge success of Mystery House and especially The Wizard and the Princess, and they’d decided to go all-in on a new industry. They pulled up stakes and moved with their two young sons from smoggy Los [...] [more]

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every day i’m learning [Aaron Griffith]

I made this blog post almost exactly one year ago.  At the time, I thought it was kind of a big deal.  Today, I discovered that it was not that big of a deal at all. I was working on a project that required that code.  After I implemented it, I noticed that the the [...] [more]

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The Monk’s Brew: Screenshot Saturday, 18 Feb 2012

The Vespers submission for Screenshot Saturday for February 11, 2012. Check out all of the indie screenshot submissions over at
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The Level Editor Sprint, part 1 [Will Culpepper]

Early on, I decided the THE OCTOBER GAME would have designed levels rather than random ones. That decision led to significant complexity, here’s how: The core of the game is simple, the player jumps up to hit enemies flying across … Continue reading → [more]

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Coming to Steam: Realm of the Mad God

Realm of the Mad God, the free-to-play, bullet-hell MMORPG will soon arrive on Steam. Originally an entry in the TIGSource Assemblee Competition, Realm of the Mad God has continued to gain popularity for the past two years, and was announced as a Main Competition finalist for the 2012 Independent Games Festival. The game’s move to [...] [more]

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What I Learned During my Mac App Store Review [Carl Brown]

Two things happened on Thursday that made it obvious to me what I should write about this week. Mountain Lion was announced, and my first Mac App was approved for the Mac App Store. Even though iDevBlogADay is about iOS programming, more and more of us are moving from iOS to the Mac. With the announcement that GameCenter will be coming to OS X, I’m guessing that more iOS developers might be thinking about coding for the Mac now than might have been last week. So today I’m going to talk about my experience in getting my first App on […] [more]

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Emily Short: Tabletop Storygaming: A Penny For My Thoughts

A Penny For My Thoughts is a short storytelling game about trauma and lost memory. The premise is that the three players are all victims of some disastrous experience that caused them to lose their memories. Thanks to a special … Continue reading [more]

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SwiftShader brings software 3D rendering to Chrome

SwiftShader is a software 3D renderer used in Chrome 18 that lets you use CSS 3D and WebGL even on blacklisted GPUs. SwiftShader is available only on Windows and kicks in when you visit a site that uses 3D graphics features.

The first time you run Ch… [more]

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— Game Jam The Documentary

— Game Jam The Documentary [more]

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KoboldScript Koolness, Part 1

I thought I’d post a very early result of the KoboldScript scene setup. This scene was scripted entirely with KoboldScript with about 50 lines of code: Below you’ll see the part of the Lua script that created this scene. In fact it’s … [more]

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Django Deployment – create superuser fails with locale error

I was playing with my django configuration on my ubuntu server when I ran into this problem creating a superuser: Traceback (most recent call last): File “”, line 18, in execute_manager(settings) File “/usr/local/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/dj… [more]

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Pre-Announcing My Next Game: Spellchemy [Ken Carpenter]

If you’ve read my blog recently, you might recall that I made a New Year’s resolution not to work on any other games until Unicorn Rush had shipped. While I have not spent any time actually coding any other games, I have cheated a bit, as I… [more]

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The Gamepad API and the case of the shifting buttons

Took the opportunity to look at the Gamepad API for the first time yesterday while at the Mozilla Games Work Week. It’s a simple API at it’s core, and one that should be very straightforward to use. I gave a stab at it by sneaking gamepad controls into… [more]

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The Piracy Threshold

Music and movie industries, you’re well-known for being incredibly short-sighted, greedy and stupid. I’m not going to argue with that, because you really are.

All right-thinking, rational people look upon your recent efforts towards creati… [more]

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“Making of UO” articles at

Read them here: Ultima Online UO General Article: The Making of a Classic Part 1 and part two. I wasn’t able to really sit down with Adam Tingle, the author, but he did run around the blog archives a fair amount. There’s some inaccuracies here and there, but it’s a decent overview. Some things I [...] [more]

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Quest: Introducing Quest WebEditor – create text adventures online in your browser

I was hoping to announce the world’s very first online text adventure maker – but, dammit! Playfic got there first, by a matter of days. So, what I am announcing today may be the world’s second-ever online text adventure maker, but it is also rather different to Playfic as you will see. The Quest WebEditor [...]


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IndieCity Marketing Week – You what?

You may have seen us talking about IndieCity Marketing Week on Twitter and Facebook, so what on earth are we actually doing? We’re aware, from running a few workshops and chatting to you lovely folk, that marketing is something that troubles a lot of indie developers. How do we do it? Who do we contact? [...] [more]

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