Category Archives: Tools

Extensible tools

Part 6 (final part) of “Building World-class Art Tools” from Develop 08 The more you’ve invested in a tool, the more projects you want to use it on, to recover that investment.  This means in turn that it’s harder to … Continue reading

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Model View Controller is Extinct

Part 5 of “Building World-class Art Tools” from Develop 08 Today’s post has been a particular pleasure: one of those special times when writing changed my mind.  At my original talk at Develop, I said “use Model View Controller”, loud … Continue reading

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The case against C++

Part 4 of “Building World-class Art Tools” from Develop 08 This post boils down to one simple headline: don’t use C++ for game tools development.  But nothing is ever quite that simple – so if you have time, read on … Continue reading

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Procedural content generation

Part 3 of “Building World-class Art Tools” from Develop 08 Last time round I argued that it’s increasingly worth investing in content creation, and before that I pointed out that your first solution should always be to buy the best … Continue reading

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Optimising content creation

Part 2 of “Building World-class Art Tools” from Develop 08 I’d like to take you back in time momentarily, to older games.  The further back you go, the less significance content creation held – far enough, and the very term … Continue reading

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Why not to build in-house tools

Part 1 of “Building World-class Art Tools” from Develop 08 Before I talk about how to build great in-house tools, I want to talk about why to build in-house tools, or looked at another way, why not!  Understanding the motivation … Continue reading

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