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Linux Game Programming

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Well OK, you've all probably heard the radio by now where I mentioned writing a series about pure Linux Game Programming in reaction to the dead-on-arrival corpse that is Windows 8. Now that I have a dedicated machine running Xubuntu using MATE as the (sane) desktop environment, I'm ready to begin.

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The tutorials will be more relevent, in-depth, and Linux-Only that before even though the techniques are open-platform and could write games that run on other operating systems. Despite all the attempts over the years, it's still pretty much a frontier since the whole Games for Linux movement hasn't even been created yet even though we're talking about it despite many fans' myopia. It's just barely being noticed as an alternative operating system instead of it just being Macs and PCs where PC really meant Windows.

Thankfully, Linux can recover from lethal strikes such as Unity since you can actually swap out the interface completly and keep the base system. In Windows 8, they're actually removing whatever ability you used to have for using the normal desktop. I'll dig up basics on everything I can think you could use to make your own engines under Linux and get started.

Expect to see the tutorials in the future under the Tutorials section soon~

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Binary101 Icon

22 August 2012 - 08:46 PM
Looking forward to it!
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modi123_1 Icon

23 August 2012 - 08:22 AM

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dead-on-arrival corpse that is Windows 8


Bwahahaha...
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WolfCoder Icon

23 August 2012 - 10:37 AM
Yeah, people haven't even used it yet and they know they're going to skip it.. of the people using Windows altogether.
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Nykc Icon

23 August 2012 - 11:21 AM
I am one of those that seen the screenshot of the UI and decided not only will I skip it, I will refute it.

Looking forward to this since I been dabbling in C++ off and on for a while
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Curtis Rutland Icon

23 August 2012 - 03:20 PM

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I am one of those that seen the screenshot of the UI and decided not only will I skip it, I will refute it.


It's rare to see people so proud of ignorance.

You can tell just how bad it is from a screenshot? I'm impressed.
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WolfCoder Icon

23 August 2012 - 06:56 PM

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You can tell just how bad it is from a screenshot? I'm impressed.


It's actually easy to do, watch:

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This is Microsoft BOB. Would rather load punch cards into a PDP.
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Arceopteryx Icon

24 August 2012 - 02:25 AM
I didn't find Windows 8 that bad. It took me a little while to get used to, but now I navigate it faster, than I could in Windows 7. When you hold the cursor in the left hand corner of the desktop interface, you get the start button to appear, and if you right click it, you get a menu of the "advanced" windows functions such as an elevated command prompt and the control panel.

It should be said that I do like Unity in Ubuntu too, and that is probably why I like Metro too. The app interface is weird to navigate though, but I like that by pressing Windows Key + Q, you get a searchbar, and it instantly finds the software that you have installed.

The biggest problems I have with Windows 8, is that it requires a Live account, SecureBoot and that it's difficult to use the mouse with a lot of the metro apps, since they obviously were designed for touch screens.
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Nykc Icon

24 August 2012 - 11:10 AM

Curtis Rutland, on 23 August 2012 - 06:20 PM, said:

It's rare to see people so proud of ignorance.

You can tell just how bad it is from a screenshot? I'm impressed.


Ignorance because as a programmer who uses vi as his IDE - I already went through the same BS with the whole Unity debacle. The nice thing about all this is I am entitled to an opinion whether you like it or not, hardly makes me ignorant that I don't like the look of something and am not chomping at the bit and going gaga over this whole rebranding effort by a company that is steadily losing market share.
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Nykc Icon

24 August 2012 - 11:20 AM
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In terms of market share - IE, Bing, Windows Smart Phone.
As an operating system - many predict 8 will bust. With gaming giants Steam and Blizzard now entertaining the option of making their IP's better supported on the Linux platform it is just a matter of time before they lose OS majority as well.

Why upgrade you corporate infrastructure hardware to support Windows 8 when you can slap Linux enterprise software on your systems for a fraction of the cost?

Back on topic - Will you be providing how-to's on building an engine as well as rendering your own sprites or just focusing on coding to an existing engine?
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Curtis Rutland Icon

24 August 2012 - 01:26 PM
Ignorance in the sense that you're bagging on something you've never used. I'm not saying you should be "chomping" at the bit (should actually be champing, but that's just me being a dick) or enthusiastic about anything. But saying "I will refute it" just from seeing some screenshots is ignorant, however you slice it. You can't tell if something is actually bad until you at least try it.

I'm not even saying that you should try it. Just don't contribute to the negativity if you've never used it, because you don't know what you're talking about.
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Nykc Icon

24 August 2012 - 01:39 PM
Actually - I have played around with it on a VM - a coworkers VM. Did not like, do not want.
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Curtis Rutland Icon

24 August 2012 - 01:46 PM
Well then, I retract my statement. I was basing it of "I am one of those that seen the screenshot of the UI and decided not only will I skip it, I will refute it."
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WolfCoder Icon

27 August 2012 - 12:32 PM

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..faster, than I could in Windows 7. When you hold the cursor in the left hand corner of the desktop interface, you get the start button to appear, and if you right click it, you get a menu of the "advanced" windows functions such as an elevated command prompt and the control panel.


In Windows 7, you can just press the Windows Logo key and there you are. How is this weird artsy mouse gesture faster?

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I like that by pressing Windows Key + Q, you get a searchbar, and it instantly finds the software that you have installed.


You can do the same in Windows 7 also by just pressing the Windows Logo key (just start typing). I'm not going to buy features I already have.

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..is that it requires a Live account, SecureBoot..


..and these are just the things you are aware of, who knows what else it's doing?

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Will you be providing how-to's on building an engine as well as rendering your own sprites or just focusing on coding to an existing engine?


Making your own engine is necessary, you'll eventually learn everything and I'm here to get you started on this long journey.

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Just don't contribute to the negativity if you've never used it, because you don't know what you're talking about.


Some people don't need a hard 6 inch cock up their ass to know it's not really for them.
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haiyun211 Icon

28 August 2012 - 05:45 PM
Looking forward to the tutorials. :D
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WolfCoder Icon

29 August 2012 - 08:17 AM
Well, the first one's out now.
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