Strange Loop thoughts

Ninety women, people of color, and people with disabilities attended Strange Loop this year who would not have otherwise been able to afford to attend. There were also 21 women speakers and workshop leaders. First-time attendees had a lunch with Conference Guides to orient them to the conference. Women’s attendance rose from 6 to 12%. Read More

Flash games

I’m still plugging away with the games.  I’ve taken a detour to learn how to create games with Flash.  I’m reading ActionScript 3.0 Game Programming University by Gary Rosenzweig.  I just created my first game – a memory/matching game – just like the first game in my other game programming book.  My biggest issue with Read More

My first game!

Well, it’s actually an example from the game programming book I’m working through, but I made a lot of changes to it to really dig into the programming.  So it’s “my first game for which I’ve ever done some programming.”  That works.  And there were two games, really: a memory game, and a two player Read More

More research

Another day doing “research.”  Besides not having any free time whatsoever, the main reason I haven’t played video games in years is that there haven’t been any games that I’ve been interested in playing.  I don’t like first person shooters or role playing games.  I don’t like sports games.  (In general – there are certainly Read More

Playing games

My husband corrected me: I have certainly had times in my life when I have played games, and I was good at them, too.  There was one winter break from school I spent entirely playing Donkey Kong Country on the Super Nintendo.  I finished it.  I played plenty of Atari games for large stretches of Read More

Learning game development

It seems that every geeky programmer goes through a stage where they learn game programming.  For one reason or another – most likely that I have never in my life had very much free time for playing games – I never went through that stage.  Suddenly, many years post-adolescence, I have gotten the bug. We’re Read More