A place for experiments and projects which are unfinished or use obsolete tools / technology, most were made before 2010.
Prototype of an open world FPS game made with Shiva 3D (a less known alternative to Unity 3D in ~2010), stopped after multiplayer was implemented due to potential copyright issues. Stargate was kinda an obsession back then. :)
The game idea was an arena style shooter with small worlds and simple strategic elements.
I had many fun working on this and learning Shiva 3D which was a very capable tool with excellent features, i especially liked the LUA scripting engine and the fact all was integrated.
The videos below are missing some stuff due to some missing textures.
I had a quasi obsessive period when i was young and inexperienced (~15 years old) to build an online 2D A-RPG, this obsession was motivated by my childhood games such as Secret of Mana and Slayers Online.
The obsession was on the technical aspect, i was not interested in the gameplay per se but by how it worked especially the net code.
I struggled to do anything much at first because the task was too daunting for someone with zero experience and not within a tech environment but with perseverance i eventually had some working prototypes, it was my first foray into games / computer graphics / web technologies.
The first version (~2007) was made in C++ with a custom hybrid 2d engine (opengl and sdl) and featured a self-updating Java launcher / character creator, a 2d map editor from a tutorial which i extended to four layers tiles, simple TCP/IP client / server model with network code for players, MySQL persistent storage with administration backend, a very limited API for frontend features and a chatbox.
The second iteration swaped tiles for bitmap layers, layers were composited in a tool to add weather effects, lighting effects etc.
Looking back i had alot of fun making all those prototypes and basically learning all kind of things in the process.
The base motivation was a remake of The Great Battles series computer wargames by Erudite Software which i am fond of. As always i was more interested in the technical aspect though :) and it is still a mystery to me how they rendered their maps since it was made of non uniform tiles to produce heights.
Prototype of a HTML5 (WebAudio) additive synthesizer which use bitmap data. This is basically a web version of Virtual ANS / MetaSynth software and also an offshoot of fsynth.
Audio chunks are generated on the fly using web workers, it is fast and support realtime playback.
The editor is custom and support point to zoom, multiple canvas selection with cut / copy / paste, brushes import, undo, scriptable selection fx. here is a video
M3D (last screenshot) was an OpenGL ES 1.1 C framework used to bypass the boring stuff. I made it for the Wiz gaming device in two weeks to make some demos but the driver was awful (blending didn't work correctly) so i just stopped. Of interest there is a custom generic storage hash table and a OBJ/MTL loader i later exported as standalone.
Mammoth3D was a simple C++ 3d framework to make demos and stuff (opengl 3.3+), it has a generic purpose resources loader, functions to load textures and shaders with easy uniforms / tbo update, bitmap text class implemented as a shader, gamepad controlled synctracker to build audio / visual synchronizations and basic instancing.
Irrlicht 3D engine class to support spherical terrains (inspired by Mario Galaxy planetoids) with a fun demo showing off objects aligned to the terrain surface, ring lighting and alpha cut (the tube) with pixels shader alpha discard.
Looking back the major limitation was the geometry poles distorsion (i didn't know quad sphere at the time) which did not allow great height variations on poles, the texture distorsion on poles was solved with triplanar mapping which also enhanced overall terrain quality. There was also some terrain resolution limitations due to usage of a single Irrlicht 16 bits geometry buffer.
Irrlicht 3D engine class to support Tron 2.0 like glow according to a NVidia paper.
Port of Run Rabbit Run! for gp2x with Irrlicht 3D port. A jump'n'run game. It was playable but unreleased because of poor performance of the software rasterizer, the game assets had to be redone.
First steps into Z80 programming for the Sega Master System with some rasters effect and 64 colors displayed on screens using the HBlank interrupt.
The first video is an unfinished JetPac remake.
One of my first 3D game prototype. Control a ball in a physics enabled world and make it to the end of the level without falling. The game lacked polish like levels, UI, tweaks.
This prototype used the Irrlicht 3D engine with Ode physics integration, levels were built within Blender and linked together via a XML, additional level logic / effects were handled within IrrEdit.
First steps into making demo effects and probably first completed project. This was a PureBasic demo done in 6 days when i was a teenager, it used accelerated sprites with additive blending, music were ripped, most effects are just sin / cos modulations with moving in / out and fading in / out bitmap texts. There was a retro part with 'scanline' based effects and layered shapes.
The effects i still like is the galaxy part and the DNA screen (for some reasons the lines which were part of the wheel doesn't show up in the video). The greets part with the bird like moves is also fun. The text is awful but this is what you get for being young and way too enthusiastic about your newfound passion. :)
The demo still work but i didn't use timers / FPS limit at the time so everything is too fast. Funnily enough all the events (switching parts etc.) were synched to the music playback position so it doesn't mess much with the overall structure.
1k Windows demo with OpenGL and MIDI sound done in C mainly as an experiment / first foray into sizecoding, the scene featured a rotating star / pentagram. Looking back it could have been way better with a bit more design by using darker colors but i wasn't too serious about it anyway.
Some miscellaneous projects and experiments, some are very old ~2008.
The first screenshot is an unreleased Opera 9 widget of a JS Chip 8 emulator which was also ported to GP2X. The second screenshot was a first foray with ThreeJS and particles to extrude 2d bitmaps and make 3d fake voxels models for lowfi game worlds (front + side lowres bitmap = fake voxels; the idea was based on the furball 3D engine). The pool game was made in Irrlicht with ODE physics library around the same time as BowlOde. The pseudo 3d floors screenshot is an AS3 plane deformation tool.
AirBiz : GP2X game similar to Aerobiz Supersonic which is a business simulation game that i am fond of. This didn't get anywhere though.
Android : PC / GP2X platform game done in C. Didn't get anywhere but working prototype with level editor and platform gameplay, could have been doable but i lose interest. The idea was to do a Lode Runner type game which is a game i used to play a lot in my childhood.
HTML5 IFS tool which was built to make pseudo engraving artworks through the combination of multiple IFS fractals with affine transforms and JS / GLSL post processing, never used it as it was less flexible than code.