Archive for May, 2009

Vegas, Baby!

Posted in Life in General with tags , , , on May 19, 2009 by Dan Amerson

It’s vacation time, and I’m in Vegas. Here are the updates while I have some time on Katie’s laptop.

  • Carrot Top
  • Food, Lots of It
  • I’m Up!

Comedy

Many mocked me, but I held fast. Last night, we went to see Carrot Top’s show at the Luxor. He’s amazingly good. If you remember him from the late 80s, then it’s still a lot of prop comedy. He spent the first 10 minutes running around the stage with crazy props. However, the bulk of his act was pure stand up. He’s really good. I laughed until I cried, and even those in our group who thought they were humoring me had a great time. If you’re in town, I highly recommend.

Lots of Grub

Las Vegas has branded itself as destination for dining. It’s certainly true. We had a delicious meal at Tender last night off of their Prix Fixe menu. I never thought I’d enjoy a flat iron steak that much, but it was delcious. Tonight is Brazilian steak house, and tomorrow is French. I intend to come home 5 lbs. heavier.

Winner!

As of this writing, I’m up 350% in the casinos. Tomorrow will completely change that, but let’s gloat for now.

Suck it, Vegas! I’m a winner. dba

Shipping Product, It’s an Afterthought… Sort of

Posted in Life in General, Miscellany, Video Game Development, Video Games with tags , , , , on May 1, 2009 by Dan Amerson

Today’s Topics:

  • Triangle Game Conference
  • Black Belts
  • Kites
  • Gamebryo LightSpeed!

Triangle Game Conference

The Triangle Game Conference occurred over the past two days. I attended on Thursday. The conference was a great chance to gather with some other developers in the area and interact. The highlight session, excluding those from co-workers, was Martin Mittring discussing deferred lighting in CryEngine3. Mainly, I wanted to point out what a great accomplishment the conference was for all who organized it and what it means for North Carolina as a game development hub. I’ve always maintained that NC was one of the top 5 areas for game development in the United States, and this is another indication.

Black Belts

We’re graduating a class of black belts tomorrow at IMAA. I may even do a demo. If you’re in the area and want to check it out, come by at 10AM.

Kites!

When I was younger, I needed a job. I found one at the local kite shop. Kiting turned into a passion for me. I amassed a large collection of several dozen kites of varying complexity, quality, and artistry. I started out focusing on dual line kites and got into radical flying where you dump the wind from your sail to perform tricks with slack lines. From there I explored quad line kiting and single line kiting a bit. When a friend was moving to China and needed to dump his collection, I managed to get some flexifoils and get into¬† power kiting. It’s fun but dangerous.

Over the years, I’ve flown less and less. Two weeks ago, however, I got a chance to fly again. Since then I’ve had another outing, and I’m hooked on the feeling again. Kiting is truly relaxing and cathartic for me. It’s a great thing to get completely away from your computer, your phone, and pretty much everything to commune with the wind. Whether you’re flying something stable in a smooth breeze or going radical in a light wind, being in touch with the kite at the other end of the lines is amazing. I’m hoping to fly again this weekend if the weather permits. If you’re in the Raleigh area and want to fly, let me know. I’d love to meet up at Lake Crabtree and share my refound passion.

Gamebryo LightSpeed

Last but not least, Gamebryo LightSpeed is gold! I will espouse the virtues of our new product in another post. For now, I’ll just say that I’m very glad to have finished things and shipped. It’s been a long effort. The product is amazing as has been the effort of the entire time. I’m lucky to work with all the talented and passionate folks at Emergent, and I’m looking forward to the reaction in the market.

No plans this weekend. Heaven. dba