Monthly Archive: March 2012

Mar
29
2012

Ogre 1.8.0 RC1 for WinRT/Metro

Screenshot of the main dialog of the Windows App Certification Kit (ACK)
Here’s an interesting hypothesis: when Apple started its App Store, it was the El Dorado of software developers. Now Microsoft is adding an App Store to Windows 8. The Windows user base is huge, much larger than even the number of people running around with iPhones in their pockets (some estimates I came across average …

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Mar
20
2012

How to Consume DLLs in a WinRT/Metro Project

Screenshot showing where to find the output directory setting in a Visual Studio 11 project
Yesterday, I published a small guide on how to consume DLLs in Visual C++ that explained how to best integrate a third-party library into a Visual C++ project. This is a follow-up article for Visual Studio 11 Beta users that contains the additional steps required to consume a normal (non WinRT Component) DLL in a …

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Mar
19
2012

How to Consume DLLs in Visual C++

Screenshot of Visual C++ compiling a project and automatically copying referenced binaries into the build target directory
For the C++ game programmer, there’s a huge collection of Open Source and commercial libraries available doing all kinds of things from simulating physics, reading common image formats or storing your data to rendering cutting-edge 3D graphics. But consuming those libraries in you own applications is often accompanied with a bit of hazzle since you …

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Mar
16
2012

IslandWar: Animating Turrets

Screenshot of Blender showing my bone naming scheme
Given that a lot of my game involves turrets attacking and defending, after setting up my water plane and a small height-mapped island in it, the next thing I attempted was to import an animated turret in a way that lets me control its orientation and elevation from code. To start with, I already used …

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Mar
13
2012

IslandWar in Unity

I decided to give an old project of mine another try. Back in 2007, after I finished my freeware game Ball Race, I ventured forth to create my first indie title, IslandWar. This is what gave rise to a lot of the classes that can now be found in my Nuclex Framework, including the GUI …

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