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Jake Jameson

Game Developer. Creator of Hostile Mars - It is a third-person shooter mixed with tower defense, item manufacturing, and automation.

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Posted by Jacob Jameson on Mon, 16 Nov 2020 11:26:00 EST in Design, Programming, Production, Art, Serious, Indie
Unity’s Visual Effect Graph system can be a powerful tool. But for spawning a large number of effects, performance quickly becomes an issue. Visual Effect graph DOES allow input of 2d texture maps so we can use that to transfer positional data for spawn

Posted by Jacob Jameson on Mon, 26 Oct 2020 10:21:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Production, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online
Take two genres that I really enjoy and fuse them into one. A new twist on existing mechanics and ideas. This turned out to be a big mistake and I alienated my target audience. After a long process, my game is now a much different (better) game.

Posted by Jacob Jameson on Fri, 18 Sep 2020 10:44:00 EDT in Design, Programming, Production, Serious, Indie, Social/Online
This weeks GameDev Digest looks at Emotion in Game Design, Video Game Storytelling, and Tips on how To Help Memory | GameDev Weekly Digest 04

Posted by Jacob Jameson on Fri, 11 Sep 2020 11:10:00 EDT in Design, Art, Console/PC, Indie
Unity Shader Graph Tutorial. I show how to make a dissolve shader (and inverse dissolve shader) using Unity's Shader Graph in HDRP.

Ever get distracted by a ping or notification and think it's no big deal to quickly respond ? Then you end up getting pulled into clicking some link and spiral into distracted downtime. Read to learn how much that harmless reaction costs you per year.

Posted by Jacob Jameson on Fri, 04 Sep 2020 11:15:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Programming, Serious, Indie, Social/Online
This week we touch on the power of anticipation in game design, a couple of Will Wright's thoughts on playtesting, and some hand painted stylized free 3d models / game assets for developers. This is the GameDev Weekly Digest.