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Shader Series: Which Direction?

I’ve started work again on the Shader Series of XNA Creators Club samples. I left off with Shader...

Author: RickHos Date: 08/19/2008

If I was running a game studio (humor)...

Today I had a conversation with a coworker about how I could afford to run a game studio if I were...

Author: RickHos Date: 04/22/2008

Game Design Post Delay

Hello, for anyone looking at my recent posts on game design, there will be a bit of a delay before...

Author: RickHos Date: 03/25/2008

Domain Model for Game Design Part 2

Yesterday I listed the domains for the design model; today I'll list what they're used for. In later...

Author: RickHos Date: 03/14/2008

Domain Model for Game Design Part 1

I’m treating the Domain Model for Game Design like an unproven scientific theory. The Academy of...

Author: RickHos Date: 03/13/2008

Back on the Blog

River’s End is mostly complete. It’s not much of a game, but it is a very relaxing experience. It...

Author: RickHos Date: 03/11/2008

GameFest 2007: Mission Complete

I’m back from GameFest 2007 and I can start to take back parts of my life. The last 3 months have...

Author: RickHos Date: 08/15/2007

Dev Diary: River's End

Apologies for the lack of updates, it's been a crazy month. Even with all the madness of work, I...

Author: RickHos Date: 05/27/2007

LampGame Update

Despite my lack of posting, work on my ambient game continues. I'm working 60 to 90 hour weeks these...

Author: RickHos Date: 04/30/2007

Lamp Lighting

In this update on River's End (previously Rox 3D), I'll be talking about the process by which I...

Author: RickHos Date: 04/04/2007

Brief Update on Rox 3D

I have a very limited amount of free time these days, so the total time to date working on this...

Author: RickHos Date: 03/19/2007

Rox 3D: Game Simulation Design

Greetings from GDC! My involvement has been pretty low key so far, so I’ve had a little time to...

Author: RickHos Date: 03/05/2007

An Unimportant Post about Rocks

I update this blog so infrequently it’s somewhat embarrassing, but I finally think I have something...

Author: RickHos Date: 03/01/2007

Quick advice for XNA GSE Beta Testers that are trying to get native debug spew

I see this coming up on the XNA forums a lot, and I wanted to fire out my recommendation. First, I...

Author: RickHos Date: 10/11/2006

MDX 1.1 to XNA Framework (Beta 1) Migration Guide

The beta version of the MDX 1.1 to XNA Framework Migration Guide is now available. Sorry in advance...

Author: RickHos Date: 08/31/2006

XNA Beta Resources for MDX Developers

The XNA Games Studio Express beta is available. It's not a complete representation of the final...

Author: RickHos Date: 08/30/2006

MDX, XNA, My Book, and My Job

Well, it's been a while, hasn't it? It's been many moons since my last inane post about problems I...

Author: RickHos Date: 08/23/2006

PC Gaming - Entropy Death?

I suppose we all get to do this once in a while. I need to rant and this seems as good as place as...

Author: RickHos Date: 10/08/2005

Playing Games the Psycopathic Way....

The problem with Games like Burnout: Revenge and the upcoming Black & White 2: Revenge is that...

Author: RickHos Date: 09/19/2005

Thought for The Day

I don’t think I'm really writing a book about how to write games in the context of .Net. I think I'm...

Author: RickHos Date: 07/19/2005

The Ideal Game Loop (again!)

Well, looks like Tom's managed to find something that works far, far better than the loop I...

Author: RickHos Date: 05/06/2005

Ideal Winforms gameloop: Corrections and Additions

I discovered something this weekend while playing around with the game loop I outlined in my post...

Author: RickHos Date: 04/04/2005

The ideal System.Windows.Forms 3D Gameloop, Take 15.

I thought I'd take a break from my book to talk about some of the trickier points of using...

Author: RickHos Date: 03/30/2005

ISBN? Fail!

Well, it seems the book that sites like Barnes & Noble have listed under my current ISBN are...

Author: RickHos Date: 01/17/2005

Great talk!

Thanks to everyone who participated in today's Gaming in .Net developer chat. The transcript of the...

Author: RickHos Date: 01/13/2005

My next big thing.

Well, starting in about 2 days I'm officially an author with a contract. I'm looking at a year of...

Author: RickHos Date: 12/01/2004

Gametacular!

I usually don't write these kinds of posts, but I have to express how amazing the next 4 months are...

Author: RickHos Date: 08/30/2004

Some Managed DirectX futures.

Tom Miller has posted some new information about the future of Managed DirectX. I suggest anyone...

Author: RickHos Date: 07/15/2004

Variable names in C# Part 3

How descriptive should a variable name be (and when should you abbreviate)? This entry on internal...

Author: RickHos Date: 07/14/2004

C# field naming guide feedback.

I want to thank everyone for their feedback on my style guide for internal variables. I'll be adding...

Author: RickHos Date: 07/12/2004

Variable names in C# Part 2

How should a variable name indicate it's scope (member versus local versus static versus parameter...

Author: RickHos Date: 07/09/2004

Variable names in C# (my 2¢)

I've gotten to the point that I've seen a lot of .Net source and a lot of different styles. After a...

Author: RickHos Date: 07/08/2004

Allow myself to introduce... ...myself.

I'm probably not a name you'll recognize, but I've been around behind-the-scenes of DirectX SDK...

Author: RickHos Date: 06/01/2004