Cultivating Burning Desire

by Steve Pavlina, founder of Dexterity Software. Reproduced with permission. Part of a series. When asked during an interview how he managed to reach the top as a professional bodybuilder and Hollywood actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger replied with a single word, “Drive!” All great success ultimately begins with an idea, but what makes ideas become reality is …

Pong Challenge

Gamedev.net is starting a challenge forum, and the November 2017 challenge is to re-create Pong. The full rules on the site are here, with instructions for what must be included.  I’ve written a few Pong clones over the year, so thought this would be a fun challenge to implement.  All total this took about ten …

If You’ve Tried Everything Imaginable And Your Product Still Won’t Sell, Here’s What You’re Missing

by Steve Pavlina, founder of Dexterity Software. Reproduced with permission. This article is part of a series. You worked hard to create a quality product. You promoted it using every means at your disposal: submitting to hundreds of download sites, soliciting reviews, issuing a press release, improving your web site, creating a compelling shareware version, and …

Finding a Good Kite Field

I love flying sport kites, and every flyer I know has their own favorite fields. When starting out or when traveling somewhere new you need to find a new field, and sometimes you can’t find locals who know the best spots.

Programming for Performance

Working with games means programming, but it is also a special kind of programming.  When working on a game you know will be used for competitive play in some ways is like the Formula One race cars; everything you do needs to consider performance. When working on a game you may know that the game is going …