Break Time – Project Euler

Things have slowed down for me after the release of the new Tony Hawk.  I find myself having more time to myself instead of working on some next big project.  Taking this into positive light, I’ve started looking into brushing up my programming skills.  I wasn’t sure I wanted to get a big personal project rolling, so I searched for some programming exercises online.  I came across Project Euler, which is this nifty math questions that can be solved with pen and paper, but go by extremely faster with programming.  I started working on some of these problems, and fell in love with it.  It pretty much mixes my old love for math with growing my programming skills.  I added my profile badge on the right menu, but I’ll include it in this post as well.  At the time of writing, I’ve completed 5 of the 391 problems.  I may also create a page in the future that houses my solutions for each problem.

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD on XBLA 7/18/2012

I unfortunately have been neglecting this page ever since I got contracted on to Robomodo.  With working on projects and being under NDA, I didn’t really have much to say.  But now, the game I have been working on will finally be freed into the wild on July 18th (this Wednesday!) and hopefully people will enjoy it.  Below are some previews of the game from Destructoid, Rev3, IGN, and the like.

Rev 3 Games Multiplayer Impressions

IGN On The Download (Summer of Arcade)

Games Radar – QuickPlay

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD feels like classic Tony Hawk – Destructoid

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Mack Vs. Windows, now up for download

Hey everyone,

My new game that I’ve been hard at work with a team at DePaul (DGE3 or DePaul Game Envision)  is now up for download.  Check out the trailer below, and visit to download it and give it a shot!

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Nintendo, you’re scaring me.

Nintendo has been doing a lot of stuff recently, and they look like they’re in a bit of a panic.  At E3, they looked like they were well composed and had something that could be innovative for the home console market.  They pretty much had an upgraded Wii (WiiU) with some cool new features that they showed off, and an upgraded DS (3DS) that everyone seemed excited for.

Then the investors started to pull out during/after that E3.  People felt the price point was too high, so they made a drastic price cut, while giving early adopters some old classics as compensation.  Now, the 3DS has had a few faults (store being delayed, not much original/new content), but I still felt like I wanted to get one. (Especially the red one).  Now there’s talk about some ugly attachment for a second control stick.  In my mind, that is a drastic change and one that will split the market.  Developers might want to use it, but it being an optional and not apart of the system at launch will either make the early adopters more upset, or the developers will not focus on using it for any main mechanic and the add-on will seem not as worth it.  This is something that should have been decided earlier, and I think since people have been less than enthusiastic about making games for a system that might fail, they appear to be trying to fix all the criticisms they had in the past all at once.


Now, rumors are circulating that the WiiU is not up to snuff and Nintendo is trying to rush it through production.  While I sincerely hope that is not the case, it would make a bit of financial sense since releasing early and taking the market by storm is what they did with the Wii.  However, if the rumors are true, I hope Nintendo doesn’t forgo any of it’s quality to get a product on the shelves.  The 3DS already has a lack of a library.  Wii don’t need another system with no games for itself.

Endless buffering...

Nintendo is doing a whole lot of things that are confusing and scaring me as a consumer.  I just hope they still have their head in the game and not in their wallets.  At least we can have the ability to buy a Metallic Rose DSiXL soon.

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So it begins

The transfer/forwarding seemed to be successful.  I’ll hopefully be posting a blog entry at least weekly.  I’ll try to cover stuff I’ve learned, and try to keep it tech/game related.  If you want to see me post random pics or something, follow my Google+ page.  I occasionally do that there, but this will be strictly game dev or tech related.

Starting out fresh (and hopefully more organized and consistent)

Hey all,

If you can see this, that means you’ve managed to find my website either from my business card, resume, or crazy random happenstance.  It also means I can successfully post to this wordpress blog.  For now, the place is pretty empty, aside from my games that I have described and possibly for download.  If it’s not there, or the link is broken, please let me know, and I’ll try to fix it as soon as I can.

Going to work on having my domain forward to this, so I don’t have to do all the web-management personally.  Please look around, and if you have any questions/comments/concerns, feel free to contact me.  My info is on the contact page, along with a nifty form if you don’t feel like sending an email.

Welcome, and enjoy your stay.

-Tony Z

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