My 2015 Game Dev Resolutions

Happy New Years

Well it’s a new year and everyone is 57620510making their resolutions. Like a lot of programmers I always like to make a few resolutions around general programming and game development. This gave me the thought why not make my first real post on here about my 2015 programming resolutions. So these are my top 3 (in no particular order).

Build more with the Cloud

The cloud is becoming more and more important in not only the development of applications and software, but even in game development. When you look at games like Titanfall, Forza5, and Halo: Master Chief Collection it is quite clear that cloud based gaming is here. Now yes I know not many of us “indie” devs are not building Titanfall scale games, but that doesn’t mean we can’t leverage the cloud for our needs too. So this year one of my resolutions is to build more and expand my knowledge of the cloud. In fact I have already done a little bit on this front. In a recent episode of the #GameDev w/ @ScruffyFurn show we actually coded up a simple multiplayer proof of concept using NodeJS, WebSockets, and Azure WebSites.

Dive deeper

This one is a big one for me. Learning never stops for any game developer so in that vein this year I want to start diving deeper into certain engines and tech. We all have certain technologies that we have that extra deep knowledge of. This year I want to expand my list. So far I have been taking a look at Python and the Unreal Engine as the two possible choices to really focus my learning on this year.

Share More!

Although I do share quite a bit, I want to start sharing even more. Not just posts and videos but more raw code and behind the scenes views. I have always loved seeing projects being created from the ground up, so I want to share my process. To help me with this I have recently started my own YouTube channel and have even done some live code streaming on my Twitch channel. Of course I will continue to do the #GameDev w/ @ScruffyFurn show and post on The Canadian Develeoper blog on MSDN, so stay tuned for a lot of new content in 2015.

Well that’s just a few of my programming resolutions for the year, but I would love to hear about some of yours or even your ideas on my resolutions. Feel free to post in the comments or reach out to me on Twitter @Scruffyfurn

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