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Feb. 25th, 2009 | 12:49 am
mood: nerr

Yesterday (monday), I was in a great mood when I got back from skool.  Today, not so much.  What changed? Well, random and extremely painful foot pain aside (I'm now a gimp when I walk), no one other than programmers/tech artists appreciate the fact that just got all the major code done. 

"Oh, you just got our game working after weeks of pulling out your hair?  Great, now you can do this other really difficult task rather than focus on other classes.  And also, all the weapons should be fully coded and way more awesome than before, but first you have to fix it so they work again, now that everything has been renamed for no reason."

Fucking hate artists.  What do they expect me to do, wave a magical mouse-shaped wand and make everything work exactly as they please?


Edit: oh yeah, since I didnt make a post about it, I got a custom victoly condition working for our game yesterday, completing the last major code checkpoint thing-mabobber and meaning that only "lil" stuff is left.

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DYAAAAAAAAAAAHH!!

Feb. 17th, 2009 | 10:50 pm
mood: pulling out my hair

DYAAAAAAAAAAAHH!!  I fucking hate UnrealScript.  With a firey, burning passion.

I cant remember how much y'all know about my senior project, but our class is nearing the home stretch -- only 4 weeks to go.  I dont really know how well the project is doing as a whole, cuz I've been focused on the programming (with help from a few other people) and after some 4 or 5 months, I am finally almost done... at least with the main programming.  But this last thing, getting a custom victory condition, is so bizarre, I dont fully enough what's going on.

For anyone who cares, it's a heavily modified capture-the-flag to turn it into a VIP gametype, where 1 player is the team VIP, and if that player dies, the team loses, but if they get to the evac point, they win.  To do this, the flag carrier is the VIP, and if they drop it, failure.  I have successfully gotten it so that if the flag carrier is killed, the enemy team gets a point, but that doesnt end the game for some reason.  Also, after a series of playtests, I found out that the game does run the CheckScore and necessary endgame functions to check if the game should end, but doesnt for some reason.  However, if the team that killed the flag carrier then kills any other player on their enemy's team, the game then ends, which is weirder cuz that's a person score, not a team score, and thus has nothing to do with the endgame or checkscore conditions!

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Dec. 6th, 2008 | 12:14 am
mood: nerr

I really should not be this pissed over a situation that isnt even likely to occur, but not having a clue what my grade for this section of Senior Project, I'm a little edgy right now.  Anyone who even somewhat knows me knows that I am not the confrontational type, but if I get a D or F, I will actually bitch out my favorate teacher at skool, although part of that courage is cuz both people who are helping me with the programming think I shouldnt be in this position. 

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le subjet!

Dec. 2nd, 2008 | 11:37 pm

I keep getting phone calls from the skool faculty that goes something like this:

Skool: "So, you're graduating next quarter... you know, you havent signed off on some paper work or attended these mettings that are mandatory..."

Me: "Yeah, that's cuz Im not graduating yet."

Skool: "Well, you're on the list for graduation."

Me: "...except that I have 6 classes left..."

Skool: "Oh, that would be why... you must have been automatically put on the list."

Me: "Yeah, but I kinda like to sleep my final quarter...a little bit..."

Skool: "Dont worry, we'll take you the list for next quarter"

And yet they still call.  Maybe they want to push me out or something.

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a cat's game!

Nov. 22nd, 2008 | 11:56 pm

Something must be wrong with me.  After a day like this, I now want to make a game where you play as a cat.  I have even been thinking about the various stuff to do for the last hour.

I really should be doing hw, not thinking about cat games.

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So crazy... someday I'll learn, I swear

Nov. 21st, 2008 | 01:29 am
mood: le tired

Aww, man.  If I have ever posted on a long day that I have had, I take it back: today was longer than any other.

Just now (or rather about 1:20 am) got home after leaving here at 7am, making it 18 hours as far as I can handle math right now.  In between, I had my first deadline in my Senior Project and only 2nd grade in 7 weeks of work, which was 50% (or a high F), I finally played the first test run of my custom Fluxx deck in weeks, which turned out equally badly, I worked on char rigging, where I realized that a bunch of work I did last night was shit and had to be redone, almost fell asleep twice at skool, drank more ounces of energy drinks than is recommended in a day, had more second winds than is allowed in a day, 1 daylong headache, and I have agreed to tack on even more work to my schedule, but at least the more comlicated and harder one would be after this quarter.

Sleep will be good and just.  Although I'm disappoint that the pic of Jesus giving you the finger got delete from the skool's transfer drive not long after I put it there.

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i should be tired and unhappy, but i aint

Oct. 23rd, 2008 | 11:42 pm
mood: unbelievably good


You know, last week, at this time, I was absolute dead after being up since 6:40, spending most of 8am - 4 pm programming (which I really shouldnt be doing), and only just now getting back from my night class while still having online hw to do by 2am.  But tonight Im fine.  I guess that would mostly be because today was better, but a humorous sign of that is email my teacher sent to the leads with some rhetorical questions for everyone.  Mine:

Jeff- I don't understand what you do because I am a fool, ignorant to your ways. Why do you tolerate me?


You know, maybe being the only programmer on a team full of artists and 1 or 3 other level designers isnt so bad... as long I continue to not have whiney artists telling me to get shit done.


Oh yeah, and I have a much greater respect for all things programming related.

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Oct. 3rd, 2008 | 12:48 am


Okay, so, I'm now a bit tired.  For those who dont know, I have been making custom Fluxx and Munchkin cards for a long time and have finally started my own stand-alone expansion set.  Or I guess I should say our own set, since I have recruited some people the likes of a Jess, a Ralph, and a Steve.  Despite only technically starting last weekend, I would have had all the cards printed by today (err, Thursday, not Friday), but I ran out of color ink and dont currently have the money to buy a new cartridge.  Le sigh.  For those who have heard me complain about the lack of ink a lot already, Im sorry, but this does really annoy me.  Im also not looking forward to the next phase, since I know the artwork and testing is going to go by dreadfully slowly for me.

In skool news, despite the fact that I am still on break until Wednesday, enough has happened to make next quarter very interesting.  Our producer man sent out an email listing overall assignments and refined roles to the leads (including me), which took a lot off my back to worry about for the next class meeting but also gave me a new problem: I'm going to basically be the offical programmer for our Senior Project cuz I'm the Level Designer who knows UnrealScript.  Yay.  It's a good thing I have already looked over a huge chunk of code in prepartion for that... now I have to get something working.

For the most part, it hasnt felt like I have taken a break since finals.  I think I should go to bed and rest while I still have time.

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Sep. 25th, 2008 | 08:49 pm

Wow... I just got a call from a Jeff Wilson from the mid-west who owns jeffwilson.com (the domain I initially tried to buy) and our webhost royally screwed up -- my first version of my website is right now on his domain, not the one I ended up bought!

If it werent so comical, that would have been an awkward phone call.



Oh yeah, and, uh, so much going on at skool and in my personal life I cant possibly cover it all.  Tomorrow's final I still might actually fail, but at least I have passed the other 3 classes.

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extreme software hatred

Aug. 20th, 2008 | 08:22 pm
mood: mes yeux sont le tired

 Damn you Maya! Why must your help on MEL be cryptic and give help relying on me knowing things I dont, such names of objects that a random user could select?  And why cant you return edge numbers as fucking INTs, not strings, something I can use?!

Fuck this; I'm going to go paint skin weights for my char.  I never thought that would be easier than something else in Maya.

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