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Hi ho, I'm John. I'm a game developer from way back in the heyday. I wrote some games that sold well. I edited some books that sold poorly. I wrote a couple-hundred book reviews for Gamedev.net. And I taught game development to kids for a couple of years.

Nowadays I'm living in middle-of-nowhere Texas with my wife. I still do some development stuff, but it's pretty casual.

I have a far more stupid "fun" mastodon account at dobbs.town. Follow me there for non-technical stuff.

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GameFromScratch, to gamedev
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There is a new Humble of interest to . The Epic Environments Mega Bundle is a huge collection of assets (2350+) for and , although as you will see in the video, exporting to is easy enough.


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@GameFromScratch that first link on top of your article is broken.

aeva, to random
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now, I don't mean to brag, but look what's in the sky right now where I'm at

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@aeva jealous is me.

khalidabuhakmeh, to godot
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Uploaded my Pong game. It's really my first game, and I probably would do a few things differently, but it's pretty good for a first attempt (in my opinion).

If you're interested, check it out!


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@khalidabuhakmeh is the player.gd in the scripts folder doing anything?

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@khalidabuhakmeh ahh, good. Just making sure it wasn't some kind of hack :)

johnhattan, to random
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Public Service Announcement for people in the US. . .

The USPS free COVID test program is ending. Go here and order them before March 8th.

There are no strings attached -- just enter your address, and you'll get four free tests in the mail.


aeva, to random
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[Do I know anyone / is there anyone in earshot] who has a Tilt Five set? I'm thinking of getting one, and I am interested in hearing opinions from people who've used one for an extended period of time and/or wrote software for one.

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@aeva @patrickhd has one and wrote some Godot support for it.

johnhattan, to random
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Looks like my Apple Developer account is about to expire, and I'm not re-subscribing. The bulk of the money I made from Apple last year was a class-action lawsuit settlement, so there doesn't seem to be much point.

jamesthomson, (edited ) to random
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If you get an Apple Vision Pro today, and are looking for a native visionOS calculator, may I suggest my PCalc?

It's a universal purchase with the iOS version, so you might even already own a copy!


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@jamesthomson I gotta send that last screenshot to my wife. She's a civil engineer, so having both an algebraic and an RPN calculator floatin' around your head at all times would be heaven :)

lisyarus, to random
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15/10 dog, would pet again.


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@lisyarus Not a dog. Polar bear.

amoroso, to RaspberryPi
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My $100 Raspberry Pi 400 has a spring loaded microSD card slot.

My $1,000 ASUS Chromebox 3 doesn't. To pry a card out of the slot I need tweezers or similar tools.

Guess which design team is passionate and pays attention to detail.

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@amoroso I've been using one as my game console for over a year now. It's a solid piece of hardware.

Despite the lack of a fan, I've had no problem aggressively overclocking it.

paintedsky, to random
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Got my Covid and flu shots yesterday and I am feeling it. I feel like I’m 200 years old and if I move my limbs too fast I might crumble into dust

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@paintedsky yeah, I did that last week. I felt fine a day later.

aeva, to random
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Anyone know of a good automatic way to delete all of your posts from xitter? I think it is finally time to send my old account to a farm up state.

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@aeva I used a Chrome extension to "manually" delete about 12 years of old Facebook posts. Wouldn't be surprised if there was a similar extension for Xitter now.

amoroso, to random
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Let's try something.

Ask me anything about Medley Interlisp, the seminal software development environment of Xerox Lisp Machines developed at PARC since the 1980s. Ask about how to learn and use it, its history and revival, and more.

What are my qualifications? None, mostly.

But I'm a passionate user. For the past 6 months I've been using the system daily, reading nearly all existing documentation and publications, doing coding projects, and poking around.

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@amoroso what kind of CPU did it have? Some custom TTL-component thing, I presume.

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