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Some Afterthoughts

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Monday, August 22nd, 2011 11:04 pm

I finished my game over a day ago. I expected the event to be over then too. But it certainly is not! There are still 200 people hanging out in irc! I very much like the social aspect of this event, so I’m trying to participate in that a bit more. I’ve uploaded a timelapse of me developing my game, “Who let the robots out?”

I also helped some kind fellow port his game to Windows, which is something I’ve never done before. It’s always been the other way around for me, porting Windows applications to Linux. Can you believe that Mingw doesn’t implement all of the standard library? Some functions, in particular drand48, are completely missing! Perhaps this was just an oversight?

Getting back into the swing of things has been pretty difficult. I had a hard time sleeping during the competition, and briefly broke my polyphasic sleep schedule since I was too excited to nap. And it doesn’t help that tennis just started today and I had to do an hour long run. I also look back onto the project I was working on up to the competition, and think “there’s no way I can go back to the normal, slow-paced programming I normally do. But if I write sloppy code on such a big project, I’m screwed”!

 

Now that it’s over, I have time to blog!

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Sunday, August 21st, 2011 8:02 pm

That was a blast! I had no idea that I was even capable of completing a game so quickly. It almost makes me think that I shouldn’t spend as much time as I normally do keeping my code readable.

I wasn’t quite able to finish my game – no win/lose/ending; but I was still able to make something playable, and write some pretty advanced code (an efficient path-finding algorithm from scratch). Even though my game’s pretty boring, I am glad I participated in the competition. I believe it has made me a more efficient and more confident coder, and to an extent, artist. I will most definitely be doing this the next time around too. But for now, I’m going to take a break from coding. I’d say those 2300 lines should be worth at least a week off.

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