New Unity Space Shooter

space shooter alpha screenshot

In a bid to learn Unity, I decided to start making a game that mimics the old snes game Starfox. Everything is just primitive objects at the moment.  Spheres, cubes, and cylinders.  I still haven’t learned any 3d modelling, so it’ll likely be a while until this game actually looks nice, but you can see …

Bouncing Balls for Babies Launch

Bouncing Balls for Babies screenshot

I have created an alpha deployment for a game I’ve been working on called ‘Bouncing Balls for Babies’. The principle is having 3 balls bounce around a gameplay area squishing bugs.  It’s rather primitive, but has been fun to develop.  It is a game designed for a windows desktop, though I’ll use this as an …

Breathing and the 4 stages of competence

not to self: just breathe

The 4 stages of competence is a theory related to the progression from being incompetent to competent at a skill.  Here is the summary of this theory plucked from its’ Wikipedia article: The Four Stages of Learning provides a model for learning. It suggests that individuals are initially unaware of how little they know, or …

What is stealing focus?

For the last couple of days, the focussed window on my dev box would occasionally lose focus.  It was really annoying.  It would always switch back, but I’d lose a couple letters here or there as I was typing. I eventually found the following code that helped me track down the culprit: Declare Auto Function …

Click-once application as Administrator

I created a ClickOnce application that had to modify the registry. You can’t do this unless you’re an administrator. I first tried to add an app.manifest file to elevate the application, but ClickOnce won’t anything but asInvoker. Then through some googling I found the following article: http://antscode.blogspot.ca/2011/02/running-clickonce-application-as.html In summation, when your application starts, it checks …