Thursday, December 13, 2007

Digipen Fall 2007 - END!

I'm Still Alive!

Horray I'm done for the year! Well sort of but mostly :)
The last week and a half has been brutal. Game First playable submission, 2 projects, and 2 reports. I still have to compile my thesis survey report over the break but that shouldn't be so bad.

My last 2 projects were a bit crazy, well one of them was. I had to write a graphics program using a shader (read programming the graphics card) to do fancy stuff. Here are some pictures!

The graphical effects I added were Dynamic Lighting, Soft Shadows and Anti Aliasing. The project is a jeep (with siren lights) going around the city with a spot light (from the helicopter) following. Took a tonne of work and theres alot of improvements I could do but its the best I could do given my deadline :)

Good news from the Nicole front, well news in progress. Interviewing with MS, 1 inperson interview (failed), 1 phone (passed) and another three hour interview (TBD). Unfortunately Nicole gets super stressed and nervous during interviews but things seemed to be going well from my perspective.

Gaming wise, Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles is great fun, especially multi player. Same with GH3! (WTB extra Guitar). The Wii has the ability to recreate the light gun / shooter games with 100% accuracy. Its great and I'm having a blast.

Coming back to Calgary on Saturday to a no internet parents place :(
Posts will probably be lacking but I'll be relaxing! I plan on playing thru Mario Galaxy, RE4: Wii edition and maybe finish paper mario.

Anyway, for all you Calgary folk who actually read this, send me your phone numbers (again). I've probably them again.

- Mike Out

PS: Flames beat Lightning 9-6.. thats a crazy score. Hat tricks from Iggy and Juice. Yeesh

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Digipen Week 13 and a half

Oops, Late Post!
Last week of classes so STRESS++; Actually more like while(1){STRESS++;} for you programming literate people.

First Playable submitted, I hope to have some sort of executable I can distribute in the next week or so. Group member is suppose to put it somewhere. We got shooting moving, particles, levels. All of which need polish and more stuff but it works.

Had an Inverse Kinematics assignment due last week, its cool and funny. My guy was a pseudo gumbi!. Scored over 100, I put waaay to much time in to it when I should've started my big big final project (which I've barely touched even now). But its due during Finals week (Yay no finals for me!)

My other stuff that is due is a physics simulation of a cube made of springs! Kinda like a Jello Simulation. Hilarious and amusing. I wanted to tweak and add more to it cause its fun but I dont have time and I dont need the extra grade points from that class (I'm over 100 going in to the final assignment, I could get a 60 and still score a A).

So gaming and stuff.
We had a Nintendo store trip, I went to town. But not all of it was for me! Actually alot of it wasn't, its my One Stop Shop for Christmas Presents!

I picked up The new Wii Zapper (Comes with Links CrossBow Training) along with Resident Evil:Umbrella Chronicles. The zapper itself sorta sucks, but the games are totally fun even if you play them StarTrek Phazor style with the Wii motes. I picked up Ghost Squad (at the store) today as another zapper game. Going to be alot of Fun During the Christmas Break!

Oh right speaking of that. Nicole and I have secured our flight details.
We're coming back on Saturday December 15 and staying until January 6th. Thats 3 weeks in Calgary. It'll be a good break, I've been grinding at school for the last month++; and its been a long and grueling path, but its almost over. Actually after this semester I only have 3 classes left.. gotta start that job search ><

- Mike Out