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Another big loss. This time: Dennis Ritchie

posted Oct 13, 2011, 12:39 AM by Sergio PR

Creator of C and co-creator of UNIX, Dennis Ritchie left us. RIP

Dennis Ritchie (1941 - 2011)

Sencha Touch

posted Oct 11, 2011, 4:28 AM by Sergio PR

Recently, I've been writing applications for mobile devices such as Android or iPhone (and a little bit for Windows Phone) and I have needed to rewrite a lot of code in order to port these applications from one platform to another, but I've discovered a HTML5 solution that will make the work much much easier: Sencha Touch.

Sencha Touch is an application framework based entirely on HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript and it's incredibly powerful: you can build almost all applications you could write with the native SDKs of each platform (well, I've not tested it in a Windows Phone 7 device). Besides, the result is very beautiful with the iPhone appearance and appeal, and it also supports gestures and even multitouch.

I recommend you to give it a try, there are some already written demos right here: http://dev.sencha.com/deploy/touch/examples/kitchensink/

I also made a little chat application with Sencha Touch, socket.io and node.js in the server, just to test the capabilities of this framework and my impressions couldn't be better. Of course, more complex applications can be written but these more complex applications I expect them to be in the respective App Stores giving me some money, so those'll have to wait :)

In the meanwhile, I expect to publish this little chat application in my github account which I recently created :P

Good bye Steve Jobs

posted Oct 6, 2011, 3:08 PM by Sergio PR

Thank you for everything.

KDE SC 4.7 released!

posted Jul 30, 2011, 8:02 AM by Sergio PR

One of the most used free and open source desktop environments, KDE, reached its 4.7 version a few days ago.

Plasma and Applications 4.7

It has an improved performance and stability and all the compositing (a.k.a. desktop effects) can be rendered using OpenGL ES 2.0. This means that Plasma is ready to be used on mobile devices but also on the successor of X.org: Wayland.

I'm looking forward to install it but I think that will take a while for my Debian Sid :-P Maybe I change my Debian for the last Kubuntu before the summer ends...

Course: Advanced Techniques for Game Development

posted Jul 30, 2011, 7:58 AM by Sergio PR

Another course that we (Adrián and I) do as teachers reaches its end. Again, 5 weeks of course where we explained details about architecture, physics, 3D graphics (shaders among other things), online multiplayer games, etc.

We really loved being teachers, so we expect to repeat these two courses next year :)

The Humble Indie Bundle #3

posted Jul 30, 2011, 7:48 AM by Sergio PR

A new Humble Indie Bundle!

Again, pay what you want, distribute that money as you want between the developers and charity, and play in any platform (Windows, Mac and Linux) these five DRM-free games:
  • Crayon Physics Deluxe
  • Cogs
  • Hammerfight
  • And Yet It Moves
I already knew Crayon Physics, VVVVVV and And Yet It Moves, I think they're pretty famous (as they deserve) and I'm looking forward to try the other two :D

As (almost) always, you can redeem these games on Steam :)

The Humble Indie Bundle #3

Game Development Course reaches its end

posted Apr 17, 2011, 3:43 AM by Sergio PR   [ updated Apr 17, 2011, 3:42 PM ]

After 5 weeks the introductory course of Game Development reaches its end, now we have to evaluate the games made by our students and orientate them a little more if necessary.

This was our first chance to teach a big group of students (previously I had the opportunity to give some help to some high school friends a few years ago) and I would say it’s a rewarding (and exhausting :P ) experience seeing how they learn step by step and how their game grow with their knowledge.

Anyway, we’re happy that it’s already finished and it seems that was educational enough so we only hope we can organize it again next year.

The Humble Frozenbyte Bundle

posted Apr 15, 2011, 12:27 PM by Sergio PR

Again, a new Humble Bundle is available at: www.humblebundle.com

Pay what you want for games that work on Mac, Windows and Linux, all of them DRM-free!

The Humble Frozenbyte Bundle

This bundle contains the following games:
  • Trine.
  • Shadowgrounds.
  • Shadowgrounds: Survivor
  • Splot (preorder bonus)
  • Jack Claw (prototype)
I've already bought my Humble Frozenbyte Bundle, what are you waiting for? :D

Chaotic Kingdoms: winners of Mobigame 2011!

posted Apr 15, 2011, 12:26 PM by Sergio PR

If you’ve been following our Twitter, you’ve read that we participated again on theMobigame contest at the University of Alcalá.

On previous editions of Mobigame we didn’t participate as Chaotic Kingdoms, not even all of us together, but Joseba and I as GRK on 2007 (Mars Runaway) and 2008 (Indiana Jones and the Aztec Curse) and Adrián as CK7 Studios on 2009 (My Little Tower Defense). We had excellent results and wanted to try the combination of the three of us.

The result? We won the first prize with a game for Windows Phone 7: Lightmare!

As soon as we can, we’ll give you more information about this project (and others), so stay tuned for our blog!

Mobigame 2011

posted Apr 4, 2011, 1:47 PM by Sergio PR   [ updated Apr 4, 2011, 1:53 PM ]

This year takes place another new edition of the Mobigame contest organized by the Computer Science Departament of the University of Alcalá.

Chaotic Kingdoms is going to participate with two new pieces of software that we'll present soon: a game for Windows Phone 7 and a really funny application for Android and iPhone.

I'll let you know as the contest advances! Wish us luck!

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