Archive for the 'Game Center' Category

Help Name My Game!

February 8th, 2011
Spencer Nielsen Follow snielsen42 on Twitter

Testing out some new explosive weapons in the editor.

So after a month and a half of heavy development I am almost ready to unveil my game to the world and start alpha testing! There are just a few things that need to happen first though, the most important of which is that I need to find a name for this thing!

This game is a creative 3D physics game in which players take turns trying to destroy each other’s fortresses with different weapons and strategies. Players need to be clever in their choice and use of weapons, strike a balance between spending and saving resources, and have a pinch of luck to succeed. Players can even take their game to the next level by creating their own castle designs and pitting them against their friends.

Thematically I have been thinking that I want it to have a light-hearted, silly and fun tone to it but also have tons of big explosions and loud weapons.

So what should such a game be called? (pick up to 5)
Got an idea for name? Let me know in the comments!

UPDATE: Voting is now closed. I have decided to go with Cannonade! Thanks for your input everybody!

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Determinism in Games

January 28th, 2011
Spencer Nielsen Follow snielsen42 on Twitter

One day while I was hard at work a couple weeks ago I hit a really difficult technical snag. I stood up from my desk, let out a sigh and declared to the other person working in the office that “I’ve lost my determinism!”. He then inquired how I had lost my motivation while visibly wondering if I had used the word correctly. Although I had hit a significant roadblock, my determination to overcome it and make progress on my game was higher then ever. The “determinism” of my game however, had been lost. Now I needed to take it back.


The Number One Problem With Game Center

January 10th, 2011
Spencer Nielsen Follow snielsen42 on Twitter

The biggest problem I see with the current implementation (iOS 4.x) of Game Center is that there is no way for Game Center users to authenticate themselves to 3rd-party servers. Let me explain from the top. Game Center is Apple’s new games oriented social network and infrastructure on iOS devices. It has a lot of great features like leaderboards, achievements and matchmaking. Once a user creates an account on an iOS device they are perpetually signed in at the operating system level. This is great because it means that all existing and future Game Center games can take full advantage of its features, social connectivity and never have to make users create an account (users HATE creating new accounts) or even sign in again (unless of course they explicitly sign out). From the game developer perspective, Game Center is really awesome. There are a lot of developers (myself included) who do not want to have to:

  • Create a complete login infrastructure
  • Store and handle people’s passwords safely
  • Figure out some sort of account confirmation
  • Implement password recovery
  • Encourage users to start building YET another social graph on your service/game
  • Handle other support related support requests


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