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+ - Will that crowdfunded game ever actually ship? (The "2 out of 3" test)->

Submitted by lars_doucet
lars_doucet (2853771) writes "The failure of the Yogscast game is just the latest in a long string of high-profile kickstarter busts. Backers should do their due dilligence, but if we're honest, most of us don't have time to run the numbers and dig really deep. So here's a simple "rule of thumb" test for quickly assessing crowdfunding risk:

1. Is it a NEW TEAM?
2. Is it a NEW DESIGN?
3. Is it using NEW TECH?

Scoring:

0-1: Safe (but not guaranteed)
2: Risky
3: Expect Failure

Image: http://www.files.fortressofdoo..."

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+ - Dear Adobe: Support open source, save your tools->

Submitted by lars_doucet
lars_doucet (2853771) writes "I'm a game developer that has been using Adobe tools (Flash in particular) for over 15 years. Though the Flash plugin definitely deserves it's reputation for slow performance, crashes, and security holes, there was something special about the Flash workflow and ecosystem: the plugin was installed everywhere, it gave you massive distribution, great animation tools, and it was easy to use.

Thanks chiefly to Adobe's neglect, clients and developers are losing confidence in the Flash platform.
However, Adobe can restore confidence if they:

  — Abandon empire-building
  — Embrace open-source standards like Haxe
  — Focus on their core competence: selling development tools"

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Comment: Re:Windows (Score 1) 611

by Purity Of Essence (#47166921) Attached to: Which desktop environment do you like the best?

I've never liked that setting. It doesn't really make anything any easier for me and just slows down the Start menu (at least with earlier version of Windows). It also doesn't change that fact that so many things have been pointlessly renamed, muddled together, and hidden away. It takes 3 or so extra clicks to get to the settings of a network device. Why can't I just right-click the system bar icon of an active network and select properties?

Comment: Re:Windows (Score 1) 611

by Purity Of Essence (#47111239) Attached to: Which desktop environment do you like the best?

More or less the same, though 98 is better than 95 and NT4 is better than both.

I preferred 2000 over XP but accepted XP once I configured it to be more like 2000. With time I considered XP to be marginally superior.

I strongly resisted 7 over XP but accepted 7 once I configured it to be more like XP (thanks in large part to Classic Shell). With these changes I consider it markedly superior to XP but remain annoyed by some changes to infrequently used tasks such as the navigating the control panel. In most ways it is more user friendly and capable and much less glitchy.

Excepting missteps like ME and Vista, Windows has generally improved with each iteration. I'm not so hopeful if it comes to using 8 but admit I don't know much about it.

+ - The Pirate Bay Bundle 1

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Comment: Re:Lets Clarify....... (Score 1, Offtopic) 29

by lars_doucet (#46595735) Attached to: Latest Humble Bundle Supports Open Source GameDev Tools
Actually, several of the developers are major contributors to open source projects: Here's open-source libraries that are DIRECTLY the result of Defender's Quest development:
http://github.com/HaxeFlixel/f...
http://github.com/HaxeFlixel/f...
http://github.com/larsiusprime...
And here's my open-source report card:
http://osrc.dfm.io/larsiusprim... Nicolas Canasse, developer of Evoland, *created* the Haxe programming language. It's totally open source. Here's his open-source report card:
http://osrc.dfm.io/ncannasse Here's Sean Hogan (Anodyne/Even The Ocean)'s contributions:
http://osrc.dfm.io/seanhogan That's just off the top of my head.

+ - Latest Humble Bundle Supports Open Source GameDev Tools->

Submitted by lars_doucet
lars_doucet (2853771) writes "The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is titled "Celebrating Open Source" features eight indie games, with charity going to the open source tools used to develop them.

The open-source programming language Haxe is strongly represented: three of the charities include the Haxe Foundation itself, OpenFL (recently featured on Slashdot), and FlashDevelop, the most popular open-source Haxe/ActionScript IDE. The fourth is Ren'Py, the Python-based visual novel engine used in award-winning games like Long Live the Queen and Analogue: A Hate Story.

The games themselves are Magical Diary, NEO Scavenger, Offspring Fling!, Planet Stronghold, and for those who pay $6 or more, Anodyne, Defender's Quest, Evoland, and Incredipede, as well as 6 soundtracks.

7 of the 8 games are cross-platform across Mac/Win/Linux, and all are DRM-Free."

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Comment: Re:How can you trademark a color? (Score 1) 653

It's called "trade dress" and it isn't uncommon. Seven Towns claims ownership of its Rubik's Cube color scheme for example. Recently Apple successfully sued Samsung on trade dress grounds for the visual similarity of their products. It's look-and-feel infringement. If the claimant has a powerful enough brand and can show enough similarities, they can easily prevent competitors from diluting their trademark with a trade dress infringement argument.

Comment: Re:To Clarify (Score 1) 166

by lars_doucet (#46518835) Attached to: Flash Is Dead; Long Live OpenFL!
There's a few things here and there, not sure if there's an actual list. If you target flash, obviously you have all flash functionality available, but certain things (such as super-advanced international text field support) still need to be added on various targets. HTML5 is a brand new target so that's the least mature, whereas mobile and desktop targets have really good coverage. A "list of gaps we need to fill" would definitely a good feature to add to the OpenFL site, though.

Comment: Re:To Clarify (Score 1) 166

by lars_doucet (#46518549) Attached to: Flash Is Dead; Long Live OpenFL!
OpenFL supports HTML5: http://www.openfl.org/blog/201... So any improvements to HTML5 will also benefit OpenFL. What OpenFL solves is the issue of "shit, my platform holder's investors got bored and yanked the rug out from under me, time to build my workflow back together from scratch!" By using Haxe, I can preserve my codebase and pivot to whatever the hot next technology is without having to bet on any one platform. I see that as a feature, not a bug.

I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.

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