Catherine Smith

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Why It’s So Hard To Make A Video Game

For most of their lifespan, video games look like grey boxes and compromises.<p>It doesn't have to be hard to make a video game.It doesn't have to take years of labor, months of overtime and a team of hundreds to make a dot on a screen move and jump towards a goal. But stacked against games like …

Editor's Soapbox: Programming is Hard

A bit ago, I popped into an “Explain Like I’m 5” thread to give my version of the differences between C, C++, Objective-C and C#. In true Reddit …

Geek Humor

Visual Studio's most useful (and underused) tips

There was a cool comment in my last blog post (one of many, as always, the comments > the content).Btw, "until I realized that the Solution Explorer …

Microsoft Visual Studio

What is an API? In English, please.

Before I learned software development, API sounded like a kind of beer.<p>Today I use the term so often that I have in fact recently tried to order an …

Reigns is a fun medieval monarchy management sim, out now

“It's like Tinder for Aristocrats and power hungry zealots,” reads one Steam user’s review of Nerial and Devolver Digital’s Reigns—a kingdom …

Mobile Devices

Free Loaders: Help There’s Frogs In My Computer

I didn’t mean for it to get this bad. They’re just harmless frogs, right? How was I supposed to know they would take over my life like this. I’m …

Retro Gamers Rejoice! The First 13 Years Of ‘Nintendo Power’ Can Now Be Read Online

Before the internet, video game magazines ruled the roost, and the king of those glorious glossy mags was <i>Nintendo Power</i>. Nintendo was such a dominant force in the ’80s and early ’90s, most kids simply called video games “Nintendo,” and <i>Nintendo Power</i> was the only legitimate inside source for tips, …

Chasing the Whale: Examining the ethics of free-to-play games

Ocarina of Time’s dungeon design explored

Love it or hate it, the Water Temple is designed really well<p>YouTuber Mark Brown has been exploring game design in his series Game Maker’s Toolkit for a while now. In his new series Boss Keys, however, he’s examining one franchise in particular: The Legend of Zelda.<p>The first episode premiered last …

Climbing Everest in Virtual Reality Was More Powerful Than Any Video Game

This is virtual tourism meeting its most epic potential, the sort of project that really isn't for the players, but for the people.<p>Interstellar battles against war-mongering alien races. Sprawling, supernatural worlds full of magic and monsters. Alternative-history action adventures with all the …