Sunday, May 31, 2009

May Monthly Checkup

This has been a busy and difficult month with some unexpected events that nearly derailed my resolve to continue this journey. Nonetheless, I press onward, but with the realization that I may not be able to post as frequently or accomplish goals as quickly as hoped. So this is a pretty informal checkup this month and I've decided not to restate previously completed goals in favor of highlighting tasks that still need work.

The foremost goal in my mind is to complete a full game. I've started reading a new book that I plan to review once I've completed it, and the exercises of chapter five have me working on a 2D space shooter. Following completion of this mini-project I will start work on a PONG clone; the physics of a ball in motion (including collision detection) are quite interesting to me and may require further study.

I have been playing more games lately but don't own a fancy new console yet; picked up three older games for the original XBox (only cost $20 for the set) and want to get a Nintendo Wii at some point. Meanwhile, I have updated my old resume and started a portfolio site that is still a work in progress.

So that's about it for progress updates this month. I think my main takeaway from this month is that it's not how quickly you run the race... just that you eventually finish... and Rome wasn't built in a day. Finally, for some fun reading, check out The Escapist online magazine. They've got some cool game-related articles and a pretty cool RSS feed. Check out my devious guide for help with RSS.

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