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Dev.Mag - 22

Dev.Mag - 22

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Published by georgpiorczynski
Issue 22 sports a new design and logo, a feature interview with a prominent local figure in game development, a smattering of indie game reviews and a retrospective look at our past. Not to be missed.
Issue 22 sports a new design and logo, a feature interview with a prominent local figure in game development, a smattering of indie game reviews and a retrospective look at our past. Not to be missed.

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SOUTH AFRICA’S PREMIER GAME DEVELOPMENT MAGAZINE • ISSUE 22 • JUNE 2008
A  DA Y  T O  R  E M E M B E R 
 W e  i n t e r v i e w  o n e  o f  S o u t h A f r i c a ’ s  m o s t  p r o l i fi c  g a m e  d e v e l o p m e n t  e v a n g e l i s t s
INSIDE:
DEV.MAG TIME MACHINE • TRILBY: ART OF THEFT REVIEWED •PROCEDURAL GENERATION MADE EASY • DESIGN DOCUMENTS:TECHNIQUES AND VALUES • LATEST NEWS • MUCH MORE ...
 
FEATURES 
06
A DAY TO REMEMBER
We chat with one of SA’s top game development activists
REGULARS 
04
EDITORIAL
05
NETBRIEFS
REVIEWS 
12
TRILBY: THE ART OF THEFT
One of the top-rated indie games of the year 
14
THE FAMILY TREASURE
 ARR, matey! Epic pirate adventure!
15
SUMOTORI DREAMS
Sumo wrestling with a hilarious twist 
TUTORIALS 
16
GAME GRAPHICS WITH PHOTOSHOP
This month’s tut deals with backgrounds for the GUI 
20
PROCEDURAL LEVEL GENERATION
Get the most out of base resources and clever coding 
DESIGN 
24
DESIGN DOCUMENTS
What you really need to know about game planning 
28
TAKING THE HIT
 How to deal with criticism for your games
30
A MATTER OF TIME
 How to use time limits effectively in your creation
TAILPIECE 
34
A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE
 A brief history of Dev.Mag 
 
JUNE 2008DEV.MAG ISSUE 2245
EDITOR
Rodain “Nandrew” Joubert 
DEPUTY EDITOR
Claudio “Chippit” de Sa
SUB EDITOR
Tarryn “Azimuth” van der Byl 
DESIGNER
Brandon “Cyberninja” Rajkumar 
WRITERS 
Simon “Tr00jg” de la RouviereRicky “Insomniac” Abell William “Cairnswm” CairnsBernard “Mushi Mushi” Boshoff Danny “Dislekcia” Day  Andre “Fengol” Odendaal Luke “Coolhand” LamotheRishal “UntouchableOne” Hurbans James “NightTimeHornets” Etherington-SmithGareth “Gazza_N” Wilcock Sven “FuzzYspo0N” BergstromKyle “SkinkLizzard” van Duffelen
WEBSITE ADMIN 
Robbie “Squid” Fraser 
WEBSITE 
www.devmag.org.za
EMAIL
devmag@gmail.com
This magazi 
 
ne is a project of the South Afri-can Game.Dev community. Visit us at:www.gamedotdev.co.za All images used in the mag are copyright and belong to their respective owners.You admire the layout. You are in awe of the layout. You are amaz 
 
ed by the layout.Reward us with hugs and candy.
Hello again, dear readers!Time flies by quickly, it seems. I hope you haven’t grown too impatientwaiting for this edition of the magazine to come out – as you can see,we’ve been rather busy with some things and it has slowed our progressconsiderably.This edition has been especially pre�ified for three reasons: one, we’ve been hankering for a makeover for a while, and it’s always fun pu�ing ona new skin. Two, this mag needed to be presented as a journalistic projectto some sinister authority, meaning that some polishing up was requiredon the looks front. Three, this shall be my final Dev.Mag issue as yourloyal and ever-humble editor, and I have personally put in the hours tomake sure that the last edition under my control leaves a good impres-sion on you, the reader.I’d like to start by allaying any fears: while I may have fallen casualty toreal-world commitments, the magazine itself will most certainly endurein my absence. Our dear Dep-Ed, Claudio “Chippit” de Sa, has acceptedthe mantle and is already making preparations to re-organise the maga-zine and get the next issue ready. From what I hear, he’s being assisted by a crack squad of journalists who have been called in especially to helphim make his mark, so there’s bound to be some exciting things happen-ing in the near future.Given that this is possibly my final soapbox opportunity for the maga-zine, I’m going to hit a li�le bit of self-indulgence and wish you all aproper goodbye. I’ve never really been all that good with farewells (whocan honestly say that they practice for such things?) but I want to say thatit’s been a great privilege to serve as editor over the years. Dev.Mag hasgrown from a simple concept to a fully-fledged reality, and new oppor-tunities make themselves known with each passing month, helped along by a drastically swelling reader base and one of the most dedicated crewsI have ever had the fortune of working with. As I walk away from theproverbial seat of power, I hope that I can allow myself some small creditfor helping all of this come to pass.Beloved reader, thank you for taking the road with us this far. I hope thatyou continue to enjoy the magazine in my absence and may you fullyreap the benefits of the fresh hands that are now taking the helm. Yoursupport has been invaluable – the audience is what we end up writingfor, after all, and without the readers ... well, there wouldn’t be much ofa magazine to talk about!I salute you, and I salute the hard-working staff of Dev.Mag. Goodbye all,and happy game devving. ;)
RODAIN “NANDREW” JOUBERT 
EDITOR
Comp 19: Playing with Death!
h�p://forums.tidemedia.co.za/nag/showthread.php?t=5633
Most games stop when your character’s life meter hits zero. Game.Dev’s nine-teenth competition encourages participants to challenge this standardised viewof gaming and create a project which blurs the boundaries of life and death, play-ing about with the la�er to create a new and unique gaming experience. If you’rea South African citizen and want to have a go at this comp, high-tail your way tothe forums and get something going for the July 1st deadline!
 
TIG database
h�p://db.tigsource.com/ 
Recently, Derek Yu over at TIGsource decided toupdate the affiliated Independent Games Data- base, throwing in filters, doohickeys, whatchama-callits and a load of extra games, bringing the da-tabase count to a li�le over 200 hand-crafted indiegames. It’s a humble collection, but still really neatto browse through if you’re looking for some high-quality indie gems to try out.
MochiAds
h�p://www.mochiads.com/ 
An interesting website which offers devel-opers a chance to earn money with theironline Flash games, using an in-gamead system that allows the game’s creatorto get buckazoids on a per-play basis. Ifyou’re an experienced Flash developer andare craving a bit of cash, have a look hereand see if the system appeals to you.
MMOG business models
h�p://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/3688/mmog_business_models_cancel_that_.php
For the business-oriented readers out there, Gamasutra offers a feature comparing the vari-ous types of online gaming business models. It looks in particular at the subscription vsmicrotransaction debate, examining the la�er’s benefits in light of the former’s slackeninghold on marketing minds. Interviews with SOE, Three Rings and EA representatives claimto shed light on the ma�er.

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