Wednesday, February 07, 2007


First things first: Sharky has released the latest build of Air Legends, so go, download and test it for stability.

Having said that, on the post that announces the build there's an interesting question (read Sharky's third comment) about the do's and dont's of chosing proper texture sizes for videogames.

It'd be nice to count on thoughts & suggestions -by more experienced user than me in the field- in order to answer it, accordingly.

So if you feel like sharing your experiences either from your technical background or "code-warrior" tales, just pay a visit to Sharky's blog, browse to the above-mentioned post and drop your comments.



Continuing with this latest series of "reminders", a week ago or so Eli (etayrien) posted this handy tutorial about FPS cameras.

Well, if you found it useful -like I did, and you want to go deeper in the field you'd then better go and check Eli's recent comments on the use of "quaternions".

From Eli's comment: "... I would use a quaternion based camera in two situations:

a) if the camera needs to orient in an arbitrary direction: ie any combination of roll, pitch, and yaw. Otherwise you can get gimbal lock. You'll have to web search for more information on what that is; I don't have the math background to explain it properly :)

b) quaternions also have the handy ability to interpolate between different orientations.

This can be very useful for third person cameras ..."

BTW, read between lines: "... but like you guessed, we've been really busy ..."

... something is being cooked ... something is being cooked ... ;)


Do you remember the second part of the series "Deploying Games To The 360 Without Sharing Source Code" -related to obfuscation of .NET assemblies?

Well, if you're not interested in the subject just skip this post. Otherwise, read on ...

I have searched the Internet for some obfuscators and this is what I've found so far:

Some of the vendors' sites do include comparison charts but unfortunately I couldn't find "user-made" comparison charts. Thus, like usual we all end up in a "try the demo-before-you-buy" scenario to get the one that properly fills our needs for code protection.

BTW, the list above is meant to be as a "dynamic" reference, so if I happened to miss one obfuscator -sorry about that, just let me know and I add it to the list a.s.a.p.

Also, if you know well one/some of these apps -because you use or used it/them- and want to share your thoughts you're welcome to post your comments.

Hope this helps!