ESP8622 Then there was trouble

michael Arduino, Michael

First some context.  I’ve been working on hacking my electronic dog door.  I will show the complete hack later on.  But part of the project is to start connecting things to the internet so that I can monitor and control them remotely.  The dog door might seem like a somewhat rediculious example of an item that needs to be connected to the …

Unity 5 on a 5k Retina iMac

michael Unity 5

Someone on the Unity forums was asking how Unity 5 looks on a 5k Retina iMac.  About a month ago I sold my 1 year old iMac and got the 5k.  Here’s what I said about it on the forum:

Transferring Email to Gmail

michael Minor Distraction

For the past decade or more I’ve been using Dreamhost to host some websites and some email accounts.  Both for myself and for a couple other people.  Dreamhost is an okay service provider and my point here isn’t to discredit them.  I have a $20 a month account there for a long time.  But there are several reasons why I …

Unity 5 vs Unreal Engine for Mobile Games

michael Unity 5, Unreal Engine

For the past few years I’ve been developing my own game engine… sort of.  Back when I started making iOS games in 2010 there was a Apple demo called Texture2D.  This demo became the basis of the engine for my first game Big Bad Sudoku Book.  Coincidentally I believe this was also the basis of the Cocos-2d engine (and probably …

Pixel Perfect Sprites in Unity3D

michael Unity 5

I like to use a mix of 2d and 3d in my games.  For sprites I want them to be pixel perfect.  Otherwise there can be blurring or resize artifacts.  One way to do this is to draw the 2d elements with an orthographic projection and the 3d elements with a perspective projection.  But I don’t like this approach.  Sometimes …

Functioning Solo Indie

michael Michael

Last night I came across this talk from the 2011 Game Designers Conference on functioning with depression as a solo indie game designer. It’s about 20 minutes long and I think it’s a good watch for anyone (especially creatives) working solo and facing the struggles that come with working alone.  Hit the photo to jump to the GDC Vault to …

Chronicles of a solo indie game developer

michael Michael

Welcome to my new blog.  Also please check out my bio page.  It talks a little about my goals for this site. Oh, and also about how I’m a time traveler.  Something maybe you didn’t know about me. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about changing my approach to app development.  And also about changing my approach to making a living at app development. …