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Atavism Dev Log 2

Week 2: December 25 – 31

Over the week I didn’t get too much that was terribly exciting done with the game. I went on vacation with my family and chilled out with my friends for the week, but that’s not to say I got exactly nothing done.

As a Christmas gift I purchased and downloaded Autodesk Maya LT 2018 and gave it a whirl, my head teeming with ideas how how this professional tool would certainly improve my productivity. I designed a quick animated “enemy” so to speak and got to work on it, but after a few hours I came to pretty much the opposite conclusion.

Working in Maya is nice, and I feel it’s strengths in certain types of modelling (higher-poly models and rendering specifically), but overall I had gotten too used to the maximalist but useful keyboard-oriented shortcuts of Blender as well as the general layout and logic the program has going for it. I’m aware I can probably get used to Maya, but I already know Blender pretty well and don’t need to spend 240 dollars a year on it.

I’d still like to save money on embedding videos to the website, so here’s a link to the test enemies in action, and by that I mean idling. Don’t expect them to be in the game at all, they’re just something I thought would be cool to test. Below is a bona fide jpeg.

Enemies

Next week I’d like to clean up some animation transitions for the knife (and maybe the hit detection) and then just implement another weapon for prototyping. I’ll also update my portfolio to include an older demo for the older project and then also add my Chillenium 2017 game and write a post-mortem for that – both things of which I’ve been needing to do for a while now. Specifics are something I’ll find out as I delve further into the week.

Cheers

By Steven Zwahl

I'm a Computer Science undergrad at Kansas State University.

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