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Kenneth Blaney's Blog

 

Kenneth Blaney is a PhD student in Mathematics at Stevens Institute of Technology. He is interested in how mathematical models and statistical methods can help inform design choices in addition to their usual impact on programming choices.

He is also a cofounder of Digital Bad Boy Studios, a small New York based indie development team based around building games outside of the expected norms of established genres. They just finished "Sharktillary", a shmup with bullet and enemy motions governed by slope fields and differential equations. It is available on the Google Play store here.

 

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Posted by Kenneth Blaney on Sat, 01 Mar 2014 02:33:00 EST in Design, Serious, Social/Online
The recent internet sensation of "Twitch Plays Pokemon" has inadvertently given birth to a new genre of games which feature large teams of players working together. Fittingly we name this a Massively Cooperative Game and we explore some characteristics.



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Comment In: [Blog - 09/16/2014 - 06:43]

I think the first bit ...

I think the first bit you mentioned, the fact that Kim Kardasihan is involved, is the real major reason for the success given that they released an almost identical game with little to no attention. r n r nSo the take away, I 'm thinking, is to ring up Nathan ...

Comment In: [News - 09/15/2014 - 05:49]

I 'd agree with you ...

I 'd agree with you about some of the earlier titles, but Team Fortress 2 's universe is super juicy as is Portal 2. I 'd argue that Portal 2 actually fits thematically more with TF2 than with Portal 1.

Comment In: [News - 09/12/2014 - 06:49]

Unless playing against a bot ...

Unless playing against a bot is a significantly worse experience for other players, in which case Blizzard would have a reason to ban bots as quickly as possible. But yes, there would likely be many fewer bots.

Comment In: [Blog - 09/04/2014 - 09:21]

Just as a point, understanding ...

Just as a point, understanding how a Rubik 's cube works is pretty essential to understanding how to solve it. Prying it apart gets you to understand that these are a bunch of uniquely shaped and colored pieces instead of simply moving colors around on the faces of a cube. ...

Comment In: [News - 09/05/2014 - 11:48]

We can totally figure this ...

We can totally figure this out. What do Leigh Alexander, Zoe Quinn and Maya Kramer have in common r n r nWait a minute... I got it All of the things that they are being criticized for saying were said in 2014. Clearly it is the year that is the ...

Comment In: [News - 09/04/2014 - 01:06]

It probably wouldn 't be ...

It probably wouldn 't be too hard to talk to the department chair and propose it as a commercial product that is willing to share source code. Since it costs the department no money but could easily be distributed to students as an example of work someone might do in ...