Robot Has No Heart

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A robot that does not have a heart

Video games are the new evil

“The free access which many young people have to romances, novels, and plays has poisoned the mind and corrupted the morals of many a promising youth; and prevented others from improving their minds in useful knowledge. Parents take care to feed their children with wholesome diet; and yet how unconcerned about the provision for the mind, whether they are furnished with salutary food, or with trash, chaff, or poison?”
- Reverend Enos Hitchcock, Memoirs of the Bloomsgrove Family, 1790

First it was books, then music, then dancing, then movies, now video games. I wonder what I’ll be campaigning against when I’m old and grey?

Today’s game development tip: Don’t worry about your design. Just do it. I spend way too much time worrying about the best way to implement a full GUI stack for my menu system, when I really just need a couple of buttons. Ruby (or any scripting language) makes this easy since it’s so easy to juggle things around in your code. This is usually pointed out as a danger of dynamic languages, but so far I am finding it much much more productive than my previous efforts with typed languages. I guess time will tell…

And another free one: Don’t write physics or maths code when you’re sleep deprived. Just work on something else.

  • Posted on April 29, 2006
  • Tagged life
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