So, on the 2nd of May we had our second Compsoft Game Jam.  I use the term loosely as we don’t follow any format but to have fun.

The first Game Jam we had was based on creating a game with 24 hours based on a randomly picked theme.  This was mega fun and spawned (from me) Disjointed Tunnels (Android) and Stupid Chicken (iOS) which are both released.  Other people made some awesome games on different platforms.  We decided 24 hours was a little hard work straight after work (yes we go to work before these) and decided the next one was 12 hours.

The other changes to this one was that instead of starting new projects (the main point of a Game Jam), most of us would continue on projects that we are passionate about.

There where 8 of us this time (from 5),  listed below are the projects

  • Hack24 (mine) is a 3D MMO game in an endless world where you hack buildings and aim to be top hacker.
  • Augmented Reality draughts (new).
  • Nought & Crosses but in a multiple grid system like Sudoku (new)
  • A full blown network / game engine thats massively scaleable.
  • A flappy birds clone
  • A postman frenzy type game (new)
  • A spaceship shooter game
  • Web based space shooter / resource game

As you can see, some of these projects are quite large which leads me on to my next post about Hack24.

The general feedback was that people really enjoyed it, I think in some ways it lacked the special feeling of creating something completely new based on a random theme however when someone is passionate about a project, they really churn out the code.




A free location based Augmented Reality Engine for iOS

For an upcoming project I am working on, I needed an augmented reality camera view that overlays location based data which users can interactive with. It also needed to have a radar in the top corner indicating where these locations where.

When I first looked at Augmented reality back in 2011, the main examples where based on an open source project called iPhoneARKit. I was looking for an updated version and found this little gem:

iOSARKit by Carlos Alonso. I actually spoke to Carlos who was very helpful and friendly.

For more info, please check his blog

I have made a few tweaks to this which can be found here : Burf GitHub