August 13, 2009

The new face of a conspiracy

Posted in Computer Graphics tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:48 pm by sagito

Hi everyone! It was a long time since I posted something new here, because my network keeps going down… But this time, I’m bringing you news about the Conspiracy engine. Missed him? Me too… πŸ˜› Well, it has a brand new face since many new features have been added that make him stand much higher then before.

To start, a small problem with the vertices was corrected. Somehow the vertex data was getting scrambled all the way through the CMOL (Conspiracy Mesh Optimization Pipeline), and I ended up removing some of the optimization routines that could be handled in another way by DirectX himself. And by doing so, the GenerateAdjacency problem was also solved! This way, the meshes are more perfect and faster than ever! πŸ˜€

Also, I’ve implemented a XML parser system from scratch. With that, I created implicit support for something else: Scene graphs! And this is a very important part of the engine, as some objects might now be loaded directly through a simple configuration file. This is great for scenarios, lights, etc., but also for the future creation of a visual editor for the engine!

With so many new features, something logical occurred! A game is being developed on top of it and I can guarantee that it is already in a very advanced state! Stand by for more news! πŸ˜‰


July 21, 2009

Passing everyone…

Posted in Education tagged , , , , , , , , , at 11:27 pm by sagito

Hi everyone… Today while reading some newspapers, I found a funny article about the education in Portugal. Apparently, some kid that frequented the eigth grade was constantly failing most of the disciplines that he had in that year (apparently he actually failed 9 in 14 disciplines). It is important to say that the kid has severe familiar problems and that this fact was pondered when the professors decided to… Pass him!

Ok, so let’s repeat this… There is a kid who failed almost everything he could fail and the professors decide to pass it to the next year! You can’t be serious… How far are we taking this game? Are we excusing the kid (who is actually also a victim of this case nevertheless) because it has familiar problems? I have problems, you have problems, everyone does! And just because we have problems, Β the life gets it easier on us and we are able to pass through everything and everyone even if we don’t deserve it? I don’t think so…

The teachers attitude is irresponsible, to say the least. The kid is going to take a step he is clearly not prepared to, will feel out of place and perhaps even more frustated than if he had stayed in the 8th grade! Oh God, let’s please be real for a while… How is he ever going to make it through the life if the authorities are showing him that there is an easy way? For those of you who might be asking: I don’t know the rest of the problems that the kid have and I don’t care! Because I’m not against the kid, I’m against the teachers! I can’t help but feel sorry about the kid…

I feel sorry for this country, really…

You can read the whole article here (in Portuguese, but can easily be translated):