Friday, October 28, 2005

3 Motivators in One Day!

Somebody's trying to tell me something.

First off, everybody who's able must download and experience the Lost Coast map for Half-Life 2. Guess what? It's the first game level I've ever seen that has developer commentary audio built in. And I found it inspiring. Stuff like this makes me proud to be a gamer.

Gabe Newell and the rest of Valve Software have released the Lost Coast "tour" as an experiment to gauge the interest of the community in learning about Valve's production process. I encourage everyone reading this, whether you've played the map or not, to email and recommend that his team do indeed keep producing this kind of material. It's good for us, and it's good for a somewhat stagnant video game industry.

Why didn't anyone have this idea before? I'm sure as hell going to include commentary in Vyde where I can. And I predict now that Valve just slapped a "DUH!" moment on every video game maker out there, we'll start to see commentary tracks on more and more games. I can't wait.

Second, the Visual Studio 2005 RTM was released yesterday! Happy day! I'm absolutely in love with this IDE. I've been using it at work and have gauged a 400% productivity increase.

Third, ZMan posted a link to a whole page of Managed DirectX Tutorials at C-Unit.

I'm gonna go work on some OOA for Vyde now. Again, if anyone has any recommendations for blog hosts, please endure the CAPTCHA and post a comment about it.


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