Stephen Calender Programming Blog


Creating Games In HTML5

Tags: Filament Games, HTML5, Opinion.

I have worked with HTML5 for about a year now; it is an interesting platform that cobbles together several bits of technology. It is a capable tool to build games, but not as compelling as other options that can publish to web and native devices (Unity, Flash + Air). In my opinion, HTML5’s advantage is reaching all devices. However, running on all devices (supporting all browser versions and hardware) is also going to be its short coming. Until all versions of Internet Explorer are phased out in favor of Edge (Internet Explorer has been lagging behind other modern browsers) and we can usher in a new generation of tablet devices (the iPad2 and iPad mini, along with cheaper android devices are lacking in performance and a large segment of the tablet market share), HTML5 is not a cost efficient option for game development.

I expound on these thoughts and HTML5 development in my recent Filament Games article:

Getting the Most out of HTML5.
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Why Build Learning Games?

Tags: Filament Games, Opinion.

I just celebrated my first year of employment with Filament Games. I have been very busy developing cool things with new technology.

I have also been contributing to the company blog, this was my first post.
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Adobe Creative Cloud

Tags: Opinion.

Adobe announced that it will no longer sell boxed versions of its products; furthermore, it is launching its Creative Cloud. All of their software will be provided as a service with a monthly subscription. Even though Creative Cloud won’t have any application updates until mid-June, it is too late to get a discount upgrade to Creative Suite 6, all of incentive programs have been switched over to Creative Cloud. Full Article

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Productivity

Tags: Opinion.

There are just so many things I want to accomplish, and not enough time to give them all attention. While I focus on enhancing my personal life, every organization I have ever worked for has butted up against the productivity problem too. Maximizing work accomplished is not a new problem. I’m not sure if we think the rules have changed with current technology, or software developers just never learned from other disciplines. Full Article

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Minimum Announced

Tags: Opinion, Project, Students.

Yesterday the game I worked on during my tenure at TimeGate was officially announced. I’d like to say that I worked on some awesome piece of magic on it, but it was honestly more nuts and bolts development. I hope the game reaches its full potential, I always had a good time at our internal play tests. Keep an eye on the official website to get in on the action Full Article

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Catching Up On My Work Life

Tags: Opinion.

It can be tough to talk about your job in the games industry. Sometimes even after the game you worked on is done, idling in the queue to ship, and you have moved onto the next project you still can’t talk about it. The non-disclosure agreements ubiquitous to the industry can be far reaching. I “may or may not have” even had to sign legal documents barring talking about companies after we went our separate ways. You can feel a little left out being silenced on something millions of people are ranting or raving about. I can’t share everything, but here are some major bullet points. Full Article

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Flash versus HTML5

Tags: HTML5, Opinion.

The biggest event to happen to internet and mobile in a long time is the ongoing development of HTML5. Currently there is partial support but the new standard’s definition still isn’t finalized. I have no doubt that it will be a large advance for the web developers; my particular challenge was determining if HTML5 was going to outclass Flash for game development. Full Article

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New Technology

Tags: Opinion.

There is the oddest phenomenon whenever a shiny new technology debuts. I suppose that it has to do with a naive Hollywood education about technology, or our desires for that futuristic breakthrough moment to happen. Whatever the newest thing is, it always seems to be perceived as the magic bullet, the game changer, and us digital wizards and sorceresses will effortlessly create a new world with it. Full Article

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No More LEGO Universe

Tags: Opinion.

Yeah that was pretty fast. I have known about the pending shut down for months now, it is still hard to believe. After acquiring the development team back in February of 2011, they not only decided to stop production on LEGO Universe in November of 2011, but to shut down the studio entirely ending virtually all jobs in the Colorado satellite. LEGO universe servers were slated to be shut down at the end of January 2012. I think most of my opinions remain the same since I was laid off with roughly half the staff.

Lego Universe: History from EXILE PRODUCTIONS on Vimeo

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$365 Worth of Actionscript 3.0 Books

Tags: Opinion, Review.

I have been vexed for some time about closing a gap I have felt with, you, my audience (4th wall is hereby broken). I diligently pursue making my content, thoughts, and works accessible to those who do not have a computer science or math background. I do look for ways to encourage or inspire the hobbyist programmer and present Flash to those that might not even know a programming language – I do have code samples and downloadable source on this site. My mission for this blog was to be a journal of my projects, ideas, experiences, and share my discoveries along the way. I do not intend to create an instruction manual, teach programming, or provide game development materials – at least not in blog form (its chronological nature just doesn’t lend well to a course of study or reference guide). However, since I can now convince people to pay me to program in Flash, I can certainly put you on the path to master this platform.
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