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  • Now Entering the Independent Space

    A more detailed explanation of my thoughts and feelings are to follow soon, but in short I’ve decided to go out on my own for a while. To that end my last day at Arkane Studios is tomorrow. I can say that I’m excited about the transition, and that I…

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  • Arkane Looking for Gameplay Programmer

    Arkane Studios, sister company to Bethesda Softworks and Id Software, is looking for a Gameplay Engineer for their current AAA original IP. If you’re a video game programmer with 3+ years of experience contact Quin Matteson in HR for specifics. Make sure to mention that you were referred to the…

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  • Thinking Your Way Out of Tick Order Hell

    Anyone that has worked on an active simulation has probably spent a few days in tick order hell. This is the pernicious state where your result differs based on the order you construct your simulation frame, usually involving brain-bending circular dependency. For example you may find that your game camera…

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  • Stupid Interview Questions Everyone Still Asks: Reverse the Words in a String

    EDIT – Called out on my sample implementation not handling whitespace well so I updated the example. Well played Internet, well played. The Question: Can you write a function that reverses the words in a string? In this case “the quick brown fox” becomes “fox brown quick the”. Demonstrate on…

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  • The Way of the Unreal: UDK Property Tips and Tricks – Part 1

    Whether you’re a one man team, a group of dedicated guys, or a group of girls objecting to the unfair gender typing in my previous examples, chances are your UDK project will live and die by organization. Indeed, in the wide range of indie projects out there it is the…

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  • Stupid Interview Questions Everyone Still Asks: C/C++ Volatile and Mutable

    EDIT – 02/13/2011: If you’re getting ready to flame me as part of an elaborate love letter to the keyword volatile read this first. This author does a better job of explaining the point I’m trying to make. I muck it up a bit by trying to be “colorful”. You…

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