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Monday, November 09, 2015

DevGame ad



I realize that most of you who are already interested in the course have already signed up, but I thought you might be interested in seeing this anyhow. And if you haven't signed up yet, you can do so here. As those who were at the most recent Brainstorm can testify, it will be substantive and you will learn a lot about the game industry.

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Anonymous Viidad November 09, 2015 1:07 PM  

Sounds great.

Blogger Krul November 09, 2015 1:07 PM  

Somehow I always knew you had a disco ball in your living room.

The course looks really cool, though. Heck, I'm thinking of joining and I don't even want to be a game designer. Sating curiosity about the history of the industry would be fun, and I'll bet a lot of the lessons would be applicable to a variety of other business, design, and software-related contexts.

Blogger JDC November 09, 2015 1:10 PM  

Markku must be the bored blonde guy sitting in the front row between two Russian hotties. If I hadn't recently started a second job I'd love this.

Blogger VD November 09, 2015 1:10 PM  

I'm thinking of joining and I don't even want to be a game designer.

It's not just for prospective designers, in fact, it's mostly NOT for designers. It's for all areas of game development, from coding to marketing. The more you know about the whole, the more competitive you are in your specialty.

Anonymous RatDog November 09, 2015 1:12 PM  

Where do I sign up if I am already an annual brainstorm member?

Blogger VD November 09, 2015 1:13 PM  

Where do I sign up if I am already an annual brainstorm member?

Just email me and tell me you want to attend.

Blogger Rabbi B November 09, 2015 1:22 PM  

Related Question:

My 15-year old son is show a real genuine interest in coding and has begun tinkering around with some on-line courses here and there. Admittedly, I am clueless how to best direct him. He is into all things computer and is really getting into the coding side of things.

If you or anyone else here could give me some direction/resources so I can help and encourage him in the right direction, that would be appreciated. Folks can feel free to email me.

rebbaruch10@gmail.com

Thanks in advance.

Blogger VD November 09, 2015 1:31 PM  

Have him work through Python the Hard Way. It's online. That worked for Ender and he's now coding games in Unity.

Blogger GX3Blogger November 09, 2015 1:36 PM  

What time of day will the sessions take place? I'm on PST.

Blogger VD November 09, 2015 1:39 PM  

Sometime between 11 AM and 2 PM EST on Saturdays. I'm going to survey the registered before nailing it down. It's doable from the West Coast.

Blogger Brad Andrews November 09, 2015 1:39 PM  

Nice ad.

I wish I could be sure to be at all or even most of the sessions, but that is not certain at all. I expect it will go quite well for those who do attend and then focus on what is presented.

Blogger Markku November 09, 2015 1:39 PM  

Looks like the book has gone the freemium route, but the free version, without the videos, is the equivalent of what Ender used, and I myself used to learn Python.

This book works equally well if you already know a programming language, or if you don't.

Blogger Markku November 09, 2015 1:43 PM  

OR, an argument could be made that learning to program is worth 30 USD, if you prefer the video format.

Blogger MidKnight (#138) November 09, 2015 2:05 PM  

I'll second "Python the Hard Way" as a good tool.

Blogger automatthew November 09, 2015 2:16 PM  

Thumbs up for Python the Hard Way. It and its siblings use a much better approach for new programmers than any other programming books I've seen. Instead of only walking you through what works, they drag you through all the ways to break things.

Blogger Rabbi B November 09, 2015 2:49 PM  

@8 (@14 and @15)

Great. I just purchased the program. He'll be excited. Thanks again.

Blogger ajw308 (#98) November 09, 2015 2:54 PM  

Will purchasing an annual Brainstorm membership still get the dev course?

Blogger SirHamster November 09, 2015 2:57 PM  

The name-dropping bit was interesting. What games did 3M make/publish?

Blogger Brad Andrews November 09, 2015 3:02 PM  

Board games?

Anonymous Grime Knight November 09, 2015 3:10 PM  

Just signed up! Talking to some other co-workers who might be interested as well.

Blogger Lukas Brunnor November 09, 2015 3:14 PM  

Would some of you in the know recommend learning Python over C# ? I'm not sure of the upside/downside of each. Use will be primarily for game development in Unity.

Blogger VD November 09, 2015 3:21 PM  

What games did 3M make/publish?

They did some board games back in the day. But that was a gamefication project for internal training.

Just signed up! Talking to some other co-workers who might be interested as well.

Excellent. I think you will find it worthwhile.

Blogger automatthew November 09, 2015 3:34 PM  

Would some of you in the know recommend learning Python over C# ? I'm not sure of the upside/downside of each. Use will be primarily for game development in Unity.

If you ever plan to do any programming or even system administration on Linux or *BSD, or Mac OSX, then go with Python.

If you ever wish to write apps for Windows, go with C#.

If neither apply, I recommend Python because it is easier to write succinctly.

Blogger Dave November 09, 2015 3:40 PM  

Sweet animation two thumbs up. If that author/editor stuff doesn't work out you might have a new career doing voiceover. Wait a minute what about SWJALThe Animated Cartoon Series?

Q: Looking at the descriptions of the sessions they appear to be stand-alone? If I miss a session can jump right back in the next one?

Blogger automatthew November 09, 2015 3:41 PM  

C# uses more "boilerplate", but this is manageable with an IDE [a tool that will write half your code for you]. Example

Python, because of its peculiarities, is much more suited to a hands-on approach, and IDEs are less useful. You can get along just fine in Python with a fairly simple text editor.

Anonymous Viidad November 09, 2015 3:55 PM  

Dave: "If that author/editor stuff doesn't work out you might have a new career doing voiceover."

Folks pick on VDs voice but the criticism is lame. He enunciates well, has good timing and sounds friendly. Better than many I've recorded.

Blogger Lukas Brunnor November 09, 2015 3:56 PM  

Thank you automatthew. I started dabbling with C# a couple weeks ago and the "hello world" tutorial I was watching recommended using Xamarin Studios IDE and I can see how not relying on the IDE would probably make a person a better programmer in the same way not having spellcheck would eventually force a person better to remember the correct spelling of words. Less reliance on software, more on brain power.

Maybe that's not the best example but it seems close.

Blogger Daniel November 09, 2015 4:11 PM  

You can tell from the cartoon that Vox doesn't even lift, dudebro. I'm learning C# right now and honestly the hardest part for me is the IDE.

I have trust issues.

Blogger Dominic Saltarelli November 09, 2015 4:15 PM  

"Went platinum, 7 times!"

I didn't know your name was Kiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiid, Kid ROCK!

Blogger Dave November 09, 2015 4:18 PM  

Viidad:agreed. Most people imagine what Vox must sound like based on his reputation or reading his writings. It's similar to reading a book and imagining the narrator or characters voices based on cues in the text.

He sounds friendly was a perfect description. Relaxed and friendly are not easy to do on cue for a recording. Maybe he's been practicing for his audiobooks?

Blogger Tom Nichol November 09, 2015 5:09 PM  

I don't know diddly about games, but just watching that promo makes me want to sign up. Every class needs someone like me so the rest feel special. Excellent.

Blogger Russell (106) November 09, 2015 5:18 PM  

Vox uses public transportation?

Blogger VD November 09, 2015 5:32 PM  

Q: Looking at the descriptions of the sessions they appear to be stand-alone? If I miss a session can jump right back in the next one?

Yes, exactly. Some artists skipped the code session, for example.

Blogger VD November 09, 2015 5:32 PM  

"Went platinum, 7 times!"

Technically, it was six something. I rounded up for just that reason.

Blogger Laguna Beach Fogey November 09, 2015 5:41 PM  

OT: Another reason I hate libertarians:

Ayn Rand Institute promoting mass Muslim invasion of Europe.

http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/us-ayn-rand-institute-promoting-muslim-migration-germany/ri11047

Get these libertarians into the ovens.

Anonymous Kyle (No Longer In Japan) November 09, 2015 5:45 PM  

The ad looks great. I made a career switch to iOS development earlier this year, and we did a bit of game stuff at the school I attended - it was fun. I already have a great job but if I didn't I'd definitely be interested in games. Hope the class goes well.

Blogger CM November 09, 2015 5:46 PM  

I can see how not relying on the IDE would probably make a person a better programmer in the same way not having spellcheck would eventually force a person better to remember the correct spelling of words. Less reliance on software, more on brain power.

I learned to write cpp in a txt processor using a cygwin shell compiler on a Mac...

Using Visual Studios for Managed C when I started at LM made me feel like I got the wrong degree...

Blogger Markku November 09, 2015 6:04 PM  

Python has the least amount of project management overhead of all the major languages. Learning Python first allows you to learn what is actual programming, and what is just idiosyncracies of your particular language. If you start with C#, the difference is much less clear.

Blogger automatthew November 09, 2015 6:27 PM  

Python has the least amount of project management overhead of all the major languages. Learning Python first allows you to learn what is actual programming, and what is just idiosyncracies of your particular language.

This is a hugely important point.




So much so that I'm going to use BOB K. MANDO whitespacing.



For a variety of reasons, many or most programming languages require a really extensive amount of project and system setup in order to work with anything other than toy projects.



Python simply doesn't need that much. Once you figure out the module/import system and get over the meaningful indentation, it's smooth swimming.



Intermediate to advanced developers can get into some swamps dealing with conflicting library dependencies, but that's not a barrier to entry.



The only programming language I'm familiar with that makes it easier is Node.js, and I cannot recommend that for general purposes.

Blogger Elocutioner #0226 November 09, 2015 7:06 PM  

I cut my teeth on c and vi and now use the VsVim plugin in Visual Studio for my C# and C++ projects. After a few tweaks for key bindings it's an invaluable plugin. I think there's even a plugin available for those Emacs weirdos.

But Python is probably the easier first language with a much smaller initial learning curve.

OpenID thedevilcorp November 09, 2015 7:12 PM  

I'm not going to lie. I could use some links for SEO purposes. On the bright side, you'll be saving countless souls from months if not years of torment and poverty.

Anonymous Grime Knight November 09, 2015 7:27 PM  

@39 - The only programming language I'm familiar with that makes it easier is Node.js, and I cannot recommend that for general purposes.

Yeah, Node.js / Javascript is really easy to get into, but that's because of it's famous / infamous looseness. Given that it's practically made for web sites and apps, it's not that great for beginners like you said.

That said, I started out programming in Actionscript 2.0, so I guess that makes me an ECMAscript nerd. :/

Blogger Roland Deschain November 09, 2015 8:50 PM  

Hah! When you said at the end "game development isn't for everyone" the camera lingered on black guy and the dude with the pink mohawk.

Blogger praetorian November 09, 2015 8:58 PM  

OT, upvotes requested from our brothers in arms, /pol/:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44vzMNG2fZc

Exquisite agitprop, do not watch unless you are prepared for serious jimmy rustling.

Blogger Nate November 09, 2015 10:11 PM  

Ok Waterboy...

I tried this glenfiddich shit... 14 year... "rich oak" or some shit. has the color of light beer... and the smell of light beer... and it tastes like... boiled paper. So it tastes like above average light beer I suppose... if you ignore the vague hint of formaldehyde.

Blogger Arborist (#0232) November 09, 2015 10:49 PM  

Vox, that is an excellent clip!

Anonymous BGS November 09, 2015 10:56 PM  

Vox please tell me Italy is not going to fall for the anchor baby scam.
http://www.thelocal.it/20151014/italy-moves-to-give-immigrant-kids-citizenship
"Children born to immigrant parents in Italy have to wait until they turn 18 before being eligible for citizenship.

But the new bill, which has now been passed to the Senate, would grant citizenship to babies born to foreign parents in the country if at least one of the parents has a long-term permit to stay.

The move, which was passed by the house on Tuesday with 310 voting in favour, 66 against and 83 abstaining, was hailed by Lower House speaker Laura Boldrini.

"The House today helped bring down a wall, at a time in which walls are sadly becoming popular again,” she was quoted by Ansa as saying.

“It brought down a barrier that has kept so many young and very young new Italians separate from their play and schoolmates.”

Blogger automatthew November 09, 2015 11:10 PM  

Grime Knight: Yeah, Node.js / Javascript is really easy to get into, but that's because of it's famous / infamous looseness. Given that it's practically made for web sites and apps, it's not that great for beginners like you said

And yet Node has the best module system I know of. The CommonJS require setup is much like Python's, except that the equivalent of virtualenv is entirely project-local and baked into the language.

A single project can depend on packages that depend on incompatible versions of some third-tier dependency without any trouble, because all requires are scoped to the package.

Blogger SciVo November 09, 2015 11:11 PM  

@ Nate: It's okay if you mix it with root beer.

Anonymous Fp November 10, 2015 2:57 AM  

"Vox uses public transportation?"

Yeah Vox should have just jumped into a Ferrari or Lambo then as he was driving do a flashback of the older games in the rear view mirror.

Anonymous Grime Knight November 10, 2015 4:17 AM  

automatthew - And yet Node has the best module system I know of.

What's better is the ES6 import/export syntax. Actually, a lot of new stuff in ES6 makes learning it and building stuff out quick and easy.

Blogger LP999/S.I.G. Burnin' Up! November 10, 2015 5:29 AM  

Awesome video! Great ideas, games and new associates are in the future! Carry on Gentlemen

Anonymous Barg Uist November 10, 2015 7:42 AM  

Wish I had the money right now :( Sadly I cannot afford the expense and will have to catch the next one.

Blogger Cogitans Iuvenis November 10, 2015 9:46 AM  

Okay...I have to ask..who is that sad chick in the left hand corner of the video. She kinda looks like a former Reddit CEO.

Blogger great_o'rety November 10, 2015 10:25 AM  

I learned Java from "Head First" book and Python from the Hard Way online course. I recommend both.

@VD: What's the deadline on registering?

Blogger Were-Puppy November 10, 2015 12:42 PM  

I really want to join this, but no idea how I can come up with the money. It looks great, and very worthwhile.

Blogger tim November 10, 2015 10:48 PM  

Great video!

My progressive left of center Berlin cousin thinks this video is straight up Boston "horse shit!" Pegida bad, we don't like their Nazi feelbads, but we have zero solutions. It's not about advancing Sharia Law, its Tolerance.

Blogger tim November 10, 2015 10:58 PM  

Only 600 hundred bottles, Marin Co got 6, my friend got 1. I asked about his sharing skills and he told me he will drink all alone when wifey and son go to Tahoe for the weekend.

I don't agree with him. Okay, rank pragmatic skeptic. The point of enjoying this experience is through sharing it with another.

Narcissism is totally encompassing



The Balvenie
PortWood, 21 year old

Nose: Big and bold, tropical fruit, honey, banana taffy, some spice, faint oak, smooth and fragrant.
Palate: Smooth and balanced, honey, orange marmalade, toast, vanilla, oaky notes, with lots of tannins.
Finish: Long and smooth, peppery.

Blogger VD November 11, 2015 5:12 AM  

What's the deadline on registering?

End of December or when it fills up.

Blogger VD November 11, 2015 5:13 AM  

I cannot afford the expense and will have to catch the next one.

First, there will be future courses. Second, we will have a few scholarships announced at Christmas.

Blogger Were-Puppy November 11, 2015 12:19 PM  

I have an idea for a game that would be the most awesomest game evar, unless you are an invader, sjw, cuck, or other assorted enemy of mankind.

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