And Again…

April 29th, 2008

The Video Game Revolution


This site is the companion site to a PBS feature called “The Video Game Revolution.” There is information on the history of gaming, the impact of gaming, and what goes into making a video game. Within each of these categories you can find a lot of interactive stuff. In the history section there is a timeline, an option to download some old school games, and a little video on the best and worst games of all time. In the inside gaming section, there is a video that shows the different processes of game design, which is really interesting.

Along with some fun interactive stuff, such as examples of original video games you can play, there’s a lot of interesting information on the general impact video games have had on our culture. Video games are an integral part of generation X and Y, and it’s interesting to see how they’ve developed and changed over the years, as well as to see their influence on our daily lives.

Another Annotation

April 29th, 2008

gamedev1.jpg is an extremely useful resource, whether you are a veteran game developer or just starting out. There are three main features on the site. First are the thousands of reference articles that users can access. You can find information on just about every aspect of game design in these archives. A second main feature is the job listings tool. Users can go here to see the latest programmer related jobs that are on the market. This is probably what makes this site so important. Another feature is the chat. Users can log on and talk to other designers, getting feedback, or advice with troubleshooting.

Some other neat things about the site are the different feature articles, and reviews of new games. This site is really interactive, and you can find just about anything having to do with game design and video games on it. Another aspect that I like about this site is they have a feature which allows you to keep a journal on their website. This is cool, because you can document the development and progress of your game or program.

2nd Annotation

April 27th, 2008

Game Studies


Game Studies is a peer reviewed journal providing articles studying games and game play. Those looking for a more academic approach to the various aspects of gaming will enjoy this publication. It’s published several times a year, and covers broad ranging topics. In this issue, there is an article analyzing the idea of “the narrative” in game play, followed by an article discussing the function of lighting in a game to create anticipation.

The journal moves away from a stereotypical video game publication. It doesn’t cover things like strategy or cheats. Instead it examines the many facets of game play, from its popularity to the role of greek mythology in many games. Those looking for a deeper, more academic look at video games will definitely love this journal.

First Addition to my Annotations.

April 10th, 2008

Note: I’m putting all my annotations on a separate “page,” which can be located at the top of the site, next to home and about.

My annotation data base is going to be video games. Here’s what I’ve got so far:

Game Programming Wiki


This website is focused on computer game programming. It’s a good resource for beginners, as it generally assumes the reader is ignorant to anything about game programming, other than the fact that they know they want to do it. There is a good FAQ section that helps steer the reader in the direction of what they want to do (game design, programming, music, visuals) and how they can achieve those goals.

The site also has a page dedicated to reference materials, which has 20+ links to different sites that have programming guides, on multiple platforms. There are also ideas for how to effectively manage the production of your game, from getting publicity to just managing and organizing your design team and files. There’s also a discussion section, where readers can either get help, or connect with other readers who might want to collaborate with them on a project.

First Post…

April 3rd, 2008

So guys, Python is totally awesome, as demonstrated by this link.

Anyway, I suppose this blog is going to end up having lots of code on it…lots of useless code. Because I will never write anything actually productive on Python, it will all be stuff that randomly amuses me…

Hello world!

April 3rd, 2008

Welcome to UMW This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!