Posts made in September, 2010

Flow – Make Better Games

I’ve been meaning to re-present something I did for a whole game development studio a while back about ‘Flow’. It instantly improved production and was something we held dear as a team.

Have you ever said anything like:

  • “Wow, is it that time already?”
  • “Sorry, I was miles away”
  • “I get my best work done when everyone’s gone home!”

If the answer is yes, then you’ve experienced a state of Flow and most likely been incredibly productive. It’s sometimes called being “in the zone” too among others. Here’s my take on a well-known psychological state and why it’s important to game developers.

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6 Excellent Tips and Resources for Web Design

Web design is a whole new type of design. You still follow many of the design rules that apply to print designs like brochures or posters. However, web design presents new possibilities and new challenges that brochure printing will never see. Here are some tips and resources to help with those new challenges and possibilities.

Use a Neat and Tidy Template

Your page layout has a lot to do with the usability of any web page. This list from psd.tutsplus will show you some templates that will optimize the design of your web pages in the same way templates can be chosen for optimal brochure printing. Or check out this article that gives some incredible resources for improving HTML and CSS codes.

Make Your Site Easily Navigable

In order for your users to feel at ease on your website, they will need to be able to find their way around. Your links should make sense and their location on the page should make sense. Check out this article to find out more about Website Navigation.

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are Replacing Table-based Websites

You will find that there are many advantages to using CSS for your web pages, including a much faster load time. If you are unfamiliar with CSS, check out these CSS styles tutorials. Or you can check out these free free CSS templates and layout templates. You will also find these CSS tools and editors and reference charts useful.

Make Sure Your Site Works with All Screen Resolutions

Designing stretch layouts will ensure that all of your viewers have an attractive and easy to use site, no matter what their screen resolution. Find out how to achieve this goal by reading this article on designing websites for all resolutions.

Make Your Site Compatible with all Browsers

The big name browsers make up 95% of the world’s browsers. If your design is compatible with them, you are in great shape. If you need help, read this article on making your site cross browser compatible in 5 easy steps.

Create a Scalable Site

You need for your design to be scalable so that it looks good on any size of screen. This can be somewhat difficult, since so many screen sizes are available these days, but try out an easy code for CSS designs for your images for a simple solution. Or you can check out a tutorial on creating scalable sites using Dreamweaver CS4.

Designing a visitor-friendly website is important for the success of the site. Make sure to follow the tips above so that your web design is as effective as it needs to be.

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20 years of a Video Game Developer’s Career – Part 4

I’d like to share with you my game development career experience as part of a series of posts, let’s rejoin the story at during the twilight days of PlayStation 2 when I started at Kuju in Sheffield. I’ve included a lot of photos in this post so you may even make an appearance!

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A warm fuzzy feeling

I always get a warm fuzzy feeling when I get to know that people enjoyed the games I made all those years ago…in todays world it’s relatively easy to find people who were previously shrouded in mystery and you could never reach them.

Do you connect with people who make things you enjoy? 

Arabian Knights (via satansam@YouTube)

Just a little message to say this game was one of the staple games of my childhood. There was one level I could never get past, I think it was on a pirate ship… by that point in the game I had no lives left so it was a struggle for a 10 year old xD.

But yea. You programmed a brilliant game. Every part of that game was well made, the controls, the music, the artwork. Great stuff.

So with that in mind, cheerio!

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Epic Citadel – lean, mean development

Epic Citadel   lean, mean development The recent outing on iPhone of the amazing looking Unreal Engine 3 demo entitled Epic Citadel (available free) by Epic really shows the underlying capability of the hardware that current mobile devices have. In short, it’s like nothing you’ve seen on any iOS device so far. But is it all good for game developers?

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Hi, my name is Simeon Pashley and I'd like to introduce you to my blog. I've been professionally developing software since 1986. After an extensive career in Game Development, I switched to Web Development in 2010.

I work full-time as CTO, CIO, CMO for food ecommerce business Approved Food and I'm an acting Director for web developer Ring Alpha.

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