2007 Posts

XNA 2.0 && Silicon Minds

Well its that time again. XNA 2.0 has been released and with it a new Dream Build Play competition.

As a warm up to the competition Microsoft have launched a smaller contest named Silicon Minds. The central idea behind this contest is to encourage A.I. in games and as such 60% of the marks will be given to the quality of the AI in the game a further 20% given to how fun the game is and a final 20% given to the polish of the game.

I have been wracking my brain trying to think of a good project to do for this contest, some of the ideas i came up with were:

  • Bee Swarm Game
  • Dynamic FPS Difficulty
  • Particle Flocking
  • Learning Geometry Wars
  • Predictive Multiplayer
  • Adaptive Level Design
  • DNA Designer
  • Design a Positronic Brain

In the end i decided that due to how short the competition is (ends jan 27th) and my lack of any A.I. experience I would stick with what I have learnt in the past and develop on that. So using the work i have done on LieroXNA so far im planning on writing an A.I. for a deformable 2d landscape.

Sorry i cant say any more at this stage but stay tuned and ill update in the near future.

Project Technology (Deformable Terrains)

Well i got asked a question in a comment on how the terrains work in the LieroXNA project so I thought i would do a quick post on this rather than reply in the comments.

The way the terrains work has changed a few times over the course of development of the project for various reasons mostly related to the incompatabilities of the 360 and my previous methods. I wont go into those previous methods here but if anyone reading this has any questions dont hesitate to ask in a comment or email me. I would also like to say this may not be the most efficient method as I was only getting the terrains up as a proof of concept first then was planning on refining later.

Graduation Part Two

Well thats officialy it now, university is over. Quite a sad thing but i guess it had to happen eventually.

The night out afterwards was fantastic however with the usual bunch of crazy antics and lethal quantities of alcahol.

Head over to my picassa album for more pics: http://picasaweb.google.com/mike.cann/Graduation07