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Buddy of DoQ: Thoughts on Life, Machinima, and Everything - Torque Investigations
Buddy of DoQ: Thoughts on Life, Machinima, and Everything
Torque Investigations 
Wednesday, May 31, 2006, 11:41 PM - Machinima
Ok, now that I finally have some time to sit around and twiddle my thumbs for once, I've taken to learning a bit about that Torque engine I bought last year from Garage Games.

So far so good, I've gotten a basic bsp room, and a uvw mapped 3d (DTS) model into the game with relative ease. The next step is a character and something with animations. Before I know it, I may have a micro game on my hands!

I've ordered the Game Programmers Guide to Torque via borders/amazon thanks to the Sunnyvale PTA! (they gave out gift cards as a good will token, during the lunch they cooked for us last week, mmmmmmm fajitas....) It should be here friday!

Anyway, the path based camera tools are present, but boy are the deep and hand-coded. Looks like if I seriously want to use them for any kind of Machinima, I'm going to have to program a new camera manipulation interface. Sounds daunting, but I think I can pull it off if I hammer away at it bit by bit. My personal goal is to re-create Unreal's Matinee tool, nearly feature-for-feature into the Torque engine. Then, port it again into the Torque Shader Engine for maximum effect. Hey, if it's solid, maybe I can make a buck or two while I'm at it!


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Aaaannnnddd DONE! 
Thursday, May 25, 2006, 10:31 PM - Life
Ok! That's it, it's done, it's over, and now I'm going to sleep for a week.

I'm done working until August; ST is not work, it's a vacation I happen to get paid for. :)

Passports next week; I just hope my picture turns out alright, probably look like white collar prison stock no matter what. I hear I'll be getting those nifty new RFID implanted models. Mmmm...technology...

For whatever reason, pops doesn't believe me when I say I'm going to the far side of the globe, like I'm not young and crazy or something, I'll be sure to pick him up something really strange and make him open it up in public.
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SummerTech Planning 
Thursday, May 25, 2006, 12:08 PM - Machinima
Mike and I did some prep work for the Machinima course last night before he made his way to Elpaso. In the week or so leading up to ST, we're going to be creating a series of Machinima shorts, breathing life into otherwise boring textbook materials that we really want to cover. This year, aside from the whole improv bit, one of our goals is to up the cinematic quality of your films, and to do so we need to teach some traditional film and animation techniques. We're not going as deep into it as the Digital Film course, but we are going to make you do story boards before your project is green-lit for production. The focus last year was loose, I mostly let everyone run wild and only acted as a producer in a few cases, this year is different, you have to get approvals for everything you want to present at the film festival.

Before anyone goes crazy and on wild tangents here, youre still the directors, the writers, the actors, your story is yours alone, your style is yours to hone in and wield, were just going to be the mean producers and keep you on the road to a successful presentation. You can tell any story (within camp rules) in any way, with any game and tools available. We are here to help you plan, produce, and edit, and were not going to let you settle for anything less than your best.

Plus, now we really have some compition this year, not only are the flash punks gunning for us, we've got the Digital Filmmakers too, we cannot let them steal the show! VICTORY OR DEATH! VICTORY OR DEATH!
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I hate good bye. 
Tuesday, May 23, 2006, 04:23 PM - Life
At the moment, Im feeling really depressed. The fact is, I just sold my soul and SummerTech away for a bit of money, and its not even a lot of money. I mean, a lot more than I was making, but I lose SummerTech! Fear not kiddies, this year is still a go go! Although I can say nothing of 07, 06 will rock!

All of this also got me thinking about running Dead on Que for fun and profit full time. Weve got the skills and the connections to make it happen, we just lack the initial capital to begin. Hell, if we really wanted it, even thats not a real problem. If I can get the ball rolling on DoQ and start churning out profits, even if its just enough to pay bills, Id drop everything and go for it. Shit, why the hell not. Mike is swinging into town tonight; Im going to put the pressure on full power to make this happen. Im 23 and quickly running out of youth, you only live once and its time to collect.

Nothing like a monkey wrench in your perfect little system to turn everything around instantly. Time to do what I do best and run with it, giggling like a schoolgirl all the way.

In much lighter context: For anyone who just so happens to have a trip to Disney Land Tokyo planned for Labor Day weekend, we are organizing a group right now. As it stands its me and my pal Pepper, and like 10 Japanese college girls. Yes, this is for real. Yes, even you can come, but you have to get to the park on your own, and it's just for a day, after that you're on your own again. I'll keep the blog posted with specifics as I get them.

Heres to a glorious future!

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E3 Week, whoa Wii! 
Friday, May 12, 2006, 10:31 AM - Everything
Man alive, Nintendo really stole the show this year, didn't they? 27 playable games, a new innovative controller design, Mario and Zelda at launch? Somebody pinch me! The only big questions left are when and how much? Speculation is $199-$299, but it's probably closer to $199. No idea if it ships with any software, but there is a spiritual successor to Duck Hunt, and I really do hope it comes with. More.

I was half hoping that Sony would pull through for us as I started to enjoy the ps2 only just this last year, but at 600 bucks for the full featured beast, I simply cannot afford it! The tech demos they showed really did look awesome, I just hope that price was a bold faced lie and they drop that price a bit. Not only can I not afford the ps3, but I would feel absolutely horrid if I asked any of my family for one as a potential x mass gift. More.

M$ 360... ahh who cares. I'm still playing my Xbox 1 I got last November, enjoying discount titles like Ninja Gaiden and DoA Ultimate. More.

So what did I get out of e3 this year? Nintendo stole the show for the first time... ever, and Sony shot them selves in the foot for the first time... ever (strictly talking console games here!) and Microsoft continued in the background with nothing major to show aside from the two camera eye-toy clone. Booth babes had to cover up, but that didn't stop Ritual from acquiring the hotness.


In other news, just a heads up to anyone with a car at ST this year, be ready on June 30th to take me to the Whiteplains movie theater for a little Superman Returns.
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