GameDev Tools weekly - Issue 5 — March 14th, 2021
AI Gaming Research Summit Videos
- Computational Creativity
If you are interested in AI + Tools we recommend you watch “Computational Creativity (Day 1 Track 2.1)” and “Computational Creativity (Day 1 Track 2.2)”.
Recordings from the #AIGamingResearch Summit are now live!— Microsoft Research (@MSFTResearch) March 8, 2021
Catch the plenary talk and opening remarks from @XboxP3 and @katjahofmann: https://t.co/utfymShf3B@o_saja & @nancybaym discuss responsible gaming: https://t.co/Q9nAMXzy5X
Watch all the videos: https://t.co/J0jGrOpVve
To Blueprint, or not to Blueprint
- Unreal Engine
Check out this amazing video from Alex Forsythe. Some people say it is like watching Bob Ross but for UE.
I've made a video explaining why @UnrealEngine offers both Blueprints and C++, and how they typically fit together in a game project. I often hear the tradeoffs oversimplified to "Blueprints are easier to use, but C++ is faster." I wanted to do better. https://t.co/IT57TF9B6f— Alex Forsythe (@alexforsythe) March 12, 2021
Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment 2020 Videos
- Procedural Content Generation
The AIIDE'20 presentations are now online.https://t.co/nV5zyidjZr— Levi Lelis (@levilelis) March 4, 2021
You should definitely take a look at the AIIDE'20 presentations if you are interested in artificial intelligence and digital entertainment. @AIIDEconference @Yawgmoth46
What questions do you ask when interviewing for a Tools Engineer position?
From all coding tests I've seen I think SuckerPunch had the best one (in one problem they cover what most of other tests would do in multiple questions/problems): https://t.co/DhSWcsw8Hf— Бранимир Караџић (@bkaradzic) March 10, 2021
UX of working with AI
- Computational Creativity
We are hosting another workshop on User Experience with #AI in Games at @FDGconf.— Christoph Salge (@ChristophSalge) March 13, 2021
Call for papers is here: https://t.co/SjlB2ZcWbu
Deadline: April 16th.
Organizers: @henr_war @magiseif @jichenz @harkover @MirjamPE pic.twitter.com/2sYamNbAgW
Free Book on 3D Math!!!
Such a great resource is now available for free!
Fletcher's book was one of the first great and really accessible introductions to 3D math, and remains so today.— Christer Ericson (@ChristerEricson) March 13, 2021
If you are starting out, or feel your 3D math needs brushing up, this is a great starting point. https://t.co/asAAFIdHf3
Debugging with hot-reload
I detach the debugger to rebuild and reattach it afterwards, so it lets go of the PDB file. Works in most cases, but not if you want to debug the reload mechanism itself.— Niklas Gray (@niklasfrykholm) March 11, 2021
To do that I put `while (!IsDebuggerPresent());` right after the plugin is reloaded.
Porting to Linux
- Our Machinery
How do you support scripting?
- Our Machinery
One of the reasons we’re using C APIs is to make it possible to bind ANY scripting language using FFI.— Niklas Gray (@niklasfrykholm) March 8, 2021
We’re thinking of whether we should also have one “blessed” scripting language. It would have some advantages — out of the box support and a more cohesive scripting community.
C++ learning resources
A great list of C++ resources in the thread.
What is your favorite C++ resource / reference / blog / YouTube channel, etc?— Jason Turner (@lefticus) March 12, 2021
Improving UX with hardware
Do you have modes in your tools? Do they need a hardware switch? :)
This reminded us of William Chyr’s “MIDI CONTROLLER FOR TWEAKING VARIABLES” article mentioned in GDC 2019 Tech Toolbox mico talk of Em Lazer-Walker (skip to min 24).
Vim Clutch – A hardware pedal for improved text editing (2012) https://t.co/JKhiRcKsHF— Hacker News (@newsycombinator) March 12, 2021
The Toolsmiths updates:
- The Toolsmiths are slowly migrating the conversations from Slack to Discord
- Toolsmiths @ GDC 2021
- We are continuing our 3rd season of the Vault Club in our Discord Server.
Notable Releases and Updates
Promethean AI has some updates
Hey Friends! We just pushed another build and in an effort to serve our community better we put up a cool public trello board with an animated list of all the build updates!https://t.co/JP1ngRFPOe— Promethean AI (@PrometheanAI) March 12, 2021
Give us your input on Discord! We'd love to hear it ♥https://t.co/xhabg1dDnc
Only 1 work day since our keynote and we've already pushed a number of fixes and new features that you have requested! Like stickers for example. Thank you so much for being such so active!— Promethean AI (@PrometheanAI) March 9, 2021
If you haven't yet - join our discord not to miss all the fun! https://t.co/xhabg0W2vE pic.twitter.com/fYRRL3aWMr
SHADERed v1.5 is out!— dfranx (@dfranx_) March 11, 2021
- detect undefined behavior in your shaders
- variable value viewer
- global breakpoints
- instruction heatmap
Video: https://t.co/ameihqpASA#gamedev #indiedev #shaders pic.twitter.com/dBtfZRYUi9
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