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Do we truly know what we know? Perhaps we think we know, but actually we only know a bit or nothing at all. I believe there is nothing harder than to admit to ourself or others, that we do not know, what we think we do. Therefore this is my first step to acknowledge that I do not know.

How could an embeddable visual scripting language look like?

research, gamedev, scripting languages
Once, during my work on the sadly never published game Reptoads – a round-based deterministic multiplayer cooperative card game, I got asked by different members of the art and design team: why can’t we have a visual scripting language such as Blueprints or Shader Graph for either the gameplay code or the visuals? My answer was always the same: we don’t have enough time to implement such a tool. This question, however, got stuck in my mind and I started searching for a “Lua” of the visual scripting languages just to find… nothing.

What is a scripting language?

research, gamedev, scripting languages
Have you ever stumbled upon job offers where companies are looking for “coders” or “scripters”? Every time I see those, I ask myself: what is the difference exactly? How can “scripting” or “coding” be different from programming? Is there even a difference? I could keep listing questions, but I am sure you get my point. With this in mind, I got asked a few times why I am using the term “scripting language” and “programming language” interchangeably, since they represent different concepts.

GitHub Systematic Review: Know your data.

research, gamedev
When conducting a systematic review on GitHub its important to realize that you need to know the data. When gathering data from GitHub, we need to know in advance what we need for our study. There are 2 data sets we can collect: Textual data and numerical data. Also there are great tools out there that can help us...

Systematic review of repositories on GitHub with python (Game Dev Style)

research, gamedev
While I was working on my Masters in Game Technology at Breda University of Applied Sciences (BUas), I came across an interesting problem: How am I executing a systematic review of GitHub repositories? None of the standard literature regarding methodology covers this case. Okay okay… GitHub is relatively new and special! The lack of answers in literature led me into the wild of the Internet. Sadly when googling ‘Systematic Review of GitHub Repositories’, you do not find a “HowTo” or actually a good GitHub repository with some software.

C++ Compilation process

lecture, cpp, gamedev
In this workshop / how to you learn how the C++ Compilation process works in a nutshell. Before you can start you need to do some form of preps as described in the next step... (This is a workshop created for Breda University of Applied Sciences Games BA Technology Course 2021)