Progress (or a visible lack thereof)

Just a quick note that yes, I’m still alive and kicking.  Been a little distracted by various non-coding things, but have fixed up a few more rendering issues.  Most notable new stuff is that we no longer waste time drawing terrain triangles which would have been drawn beneath the water (since the water surface is…

The return of brightly glowing

So it’s been an extremely busy day today.  Today I revamped a lot of VectorStorm’s underside, in order to support this magical feature that I’ve been wanting for a while;  the ability to do the old style “bright vector glow” at the same time as rendering other geometry normally.  Long-time readers will have noticed that…

On Optimisations

There’s an old maxim amongst programmers, that premature optimisation is the root of all evil.  Or to put that in a less glib way, it’s generally a bad idea to perform optimisations before your program is completed, and it’s always a bad idea to perform optimisations if you have no way to check your performance…

Ripples

It’s amazing what a few tiny water ripples will do for a scene. Water effect heavily inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker.  Their water effects aren’t quite appropriate for this game, but their approach to handling water totally got me thinking in the right direction, so kudos to them!  Also kudos to Alex…