XNA Posts

Shader Based 2D Shadowing

Those who know me know I used to do quite abit of development in c# using Microsoft’s XNA platform.

Well I like to check back in every now and then with some of the big players in the community to see what’s going on.

One of those players is Catalin Zima, who is famous for producing many great shader and effect samples.

One of Catalin’s reccent project particularly caught my eye however as I had tried to tackle the same problem several years ago when I was in my final year of university. That is, Dynamic 2D Shadows Calculated on the GPU (http://mikecann.co.uk/university-projects/shadowshader-in-rendermonkey/)

Catalin’s approach to the problem is far more elegant that my brute force iterative approach. He uses a clever technique of distorting the desired casting image about the light in such a way as not to require iterative pixel lookups.

If you are interested in the more details in the technique I encourage you to check it out over on Catalin’s blog: http://www.catalinzima.com/2010/07/my-technique-for-the-shader-based-dynamic-2d-shadows/

XNA Archive

I just realised some of my old XNAGPUParticles project videos have gone walkies. So I have reposted them on youtube. These are my old projects from my final year of uni, binary and source code can be found in the relevant post for each video.

http://www.mikecann.co.uk/?p=163
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxrg1YavBIg

http://www.mikecann.co.uk/?p=169

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wdIiCCAb9U

I have another reason for these old re-posts, something a little more flash orientated.. Stay tuned for more info 😉

PlaceEd 3

PlaceEd 3

Recently I have been working on some small tools for the lads at work to aid them in designing mobile phone games.

One project I have been working on for a while (in my spare time at work and in the evenings at home) is a new version of PlaceEd. PlaceEd is a small app used by people at work who need to design levels with objects and paths in them.