Computer Games!

It is first of April, but I haven’t seen any good April Fool jokes. I’ve seen many, but none that were really funny or that I believed. The best thing I saw at all was Eisenbahn Kurier’s article on the german railroad reintroducing the third class, because that’s the cheapest solution to the inconvenience some modern electric railcars are causing. Of course, I believe that CMT’s claim to support Mac OS X is a bad joke as well, I’ve never ever gotten any video from there to run. But nevermind that, all following is not a joke.

Many people wondered what that green ghost on the left side of my site. Some guys even copied it without knowing what it was meant to be. So here the resolution:

The ghost floating in a large room

That ghost is the enemy in my small side project, working title Ghosts. In the end, it is meant to becom a First-Person-Something. Currently you can run around, bump into ghosts and send them floating through the air. In terms of technology, it has some new features I really like, such as improved font support and a new input system (still lacking joystick support, though).

Normal screenshot

My other game, working title Snow, was ignored for an extended period of time, but I’ve started working on it again and got some good results. You can’t see any of them, as I’ve changed large parts of my render system to be not such a pain in the ass to work with. The HUD is not working again yet, I plan large improvements in that area, such as a display of your battery state for laptops. This isn’t going to be very difficult, I’ve already implemented that in Ghosts. Afterwards, I’ll do some other stuff, maybe add the ability to leave vehicles like in Battlefield.

By the way, I’ve started a new documentation system that will, some day, describe the file formats used by Snow. Currently, it is almost empty and likely to remain that way because I have yet to create a convenient method for me to enter new content.

Other games, not made by me and therefore finished, are interesting as well.

I’m quite interested in Oblivion, because I used to be a fan of its predecessor, Morrowind. However, I haven’t played much Morrowind lately and I guess it’s going to be my sister who’ll spend lots of times with this.

Being a long time fan of the Tomb Raider series, I’m eagerly awaiting the release of Tomb Raider Legend. The demo (warning, download with long waiting time) sure is nice, although I don’t like the fact that the new control system is relative to the camera instead of to Lara (and no option to change this. What were those guys thinking?).

The Mac version of Auran Trainz Railroad Simulator 2006 is likely to be the one of these I’m going to play the most, mostly because it’s the only Mac game of these. The windows version of its predecessor had nice graphics, but driving wasn’t as nice as Microsoft’s Train Simulator, one of the very few good things Microsoft ever made (and consequently cancelled). Anyway, it’s not bad and Mac is always good.