Game Design: Gathering Quests Sucks Mar 13, 2019

Some years ago I was playing one of those big AAA games, an epic RPG saga, a staple of single player games. While I was leading my army against the forces of evil, in one of the first outposts I meet a guy with a quest. What an epic quest it will ever be? What dangerous task requires the intervention of an epic hero?

“Collect 10 herbs.”

March 2019 Update Mar 8, 2019

This month I am a bit late; I have good reasons! A lot of things happened in between the end of February and the begin of March. So, it is better not to lose more time.

The time I forgot how to relax Feb 18, 2019

It was the summer of 2018. I was a bit burnt out by a mix of anxiety, work and a bloody hot week. So, I decided to go to my parent’s mountain house. The plan was straightforward: go there, disconnect from the world, write fiction, read books, do long walks in nature. I wanted to do the things I used to do a long time ago when life was breezy :D.

However, after just one day, I found myself doing the same things I usually do at home: checking news, looking for interesting, reading opinions, checking Twitter and so on. It was then that: I did not know how to relax anymore. I did not know how to be creative anymore.

February 2019 Update Jan 31, 2019

Here we are again on this monthly update in which I talk about everything and nothing — a small summary of what I am doing, arranging and brewing, both on tech than in life.

Small introduction to Random Walking Jan 17, 2019

Random Walking is a handy technique to have in your gamdev toolbelt and - despite the name - it is most useful for everything but actual walking. With random walking, we define the output of a process that can be described sequence of random steps. The main difference with a random sequence is that each new value will be statistically near the previous one. Imagine a gold price chart and assume that the current cost is 10€ for 1g of gold. We cannot guess what will be the price in one hour but we can be sure that it will be around 10€ per gram, maybe 9.5€, maybe 10.5€. What is certain, is that a sudden drop to 1€ per gram would be deeply unlikely.

In this article, we will talk briefly about random walking and its ability to simulate many real-world processes such as resources prices, temperature, floating objects position over time, and much more.

January 2019 Update Jan 5, 2019 The new year has come and, with it, a plethora of new challenges! Life is never linear or straightforward: December has been the worst and the best month so far. Can January be even more disruptive? I hope not. Anyway, I am ready to face 2019 with the idea that this will be a year of change. Every year is a year of change, of course, but 2019 is where a lot of pending life-events are starting to pile up. ...
December 2018 Update Dec 6, 2018

Here we are again for this monthly update. I wanted to put other blog posts in between, but I had super busy days; both in work, and in private life, and psychologically. November has been a challenging month. But let’s start from the beginning.

November 2018 Update Oct 28, 2018

It is November. The Holiday season is upon us! And, most important, I am back after a 6-month hiatus. What happened in this months? Why it took so long? Let’s go over this step by step in this kind of “release notes” for myself.

Quick Look at F# in Unity Apr 26, 2018

I am a functional-oriented developer. I have a bit of expertise in game development, especially in Unity 3D. It comes naturally that I am interested in the obvious link between the two: F#.

F# is a functional language of the ML family born in the Microsoft Research and now developed by the F# Software Foundation. Of course, F# run on the .NET framework, the same as C#, the language used by Unity3D. It is clear, then, that we could use F# in Unity. And, in fact, we can with moderate easiness.

Should we? How easy is that? answering these questions is the goal of this article.

My take on the reproducibility of academic papers Apr 22, 2018

In these days I am reviewing CIG papers. At the moment, I am not active in academia, but I enjoy being around in the community. Even if only with this “simple” tasks.

This, however, makes me think about the state of scientific work in academia. At least in the computer science field. Something bothered me during my Ph.D. and I am sure it is related to that. (Note: I am talking about what I know, that is, the computer science and AI community) In general, researchers are evaluated on the number of publications. The number of publications is a proxy variable for measuring “quality”. Unfortunately, researchers know that and started to game the system. They try to publish more and to do that they need to lower the “quality” of their work. Because the medium used to communicate your work is a plain PFD file, the obvious way to cut work is to cut the implementation part.