Why I love Godot

Godot is an incredibly cool game engine! Some years ago when I heard about Godot I was skeptical.

Who’s this new kid on the block, this open-source small-time pretender?

I avoided it for some time for 2 reasons:

  1. It didn’t have C#
  2. I thought it was going to be highly unpolished and hard to use.

When I finally gave in and gave it a shot my mind was blown. Not only did I not miss C# but I fell in love with GDScript. You don’t realize how verbose a programming language is until you try a pythonic language (Python, GDScript, etc). If you do you realize just how much FASTER and pleasant development can become.

As for the unpolished part? Hah. I wish some big commercial game engines would have a UX such as Godot has. It’s very well designed from the start (nodes rule) and it blows other User Experiences in other Game Engines away.

So I guess in a way this is my ODE to Godot.

This is THE game engine for indies and make no mistake. If you’re doing a 2D game you WANT Godot. Yes, Unity can do 2d. Yes, Unreal can (somewhat) do 2D. But Godot can do 2D GOOD and make the whole development experience streamlined and pleasant.

So what are you waiting for? Give it a shot or you’ll miss on an awesome game dev experience.

https://godotengine.org/

Famous Romanian figures portraits generated with AI

Recently I’ve discovered this awesome tool. It allows you to enhance your old photos to HD photos. Amongst other things, it can also generate realistic portraits from paintings and statues. Go check it out for yourself. 😀
(It requires you to create an account but at the moment of writing it’s free to use)

Now I know that there are plenty AI generated portraits of various famous people. But there aren’t many Romanians in that list.

As a kid I was always curious how would paintings and statues (of those famous Romanian figures) would look in real life.

Lo and behold – we have AI and ML which allows us (me) to do exactly that. It may not be a perfect tech but it’s amazing (and it’s still in its infancy).

I think that AI it’s starting to take over the world, slowly but surely. I don’t know if that it’s good or bad – only the future will tell. But I know that it will offers us, the human race, possibilities which will exceed our wildest dreams.

Alright, enough chit chat, here are the famous Romanian figures. (if you’re not Romanian you’ll probably guess who’s Vlad Tepes 😈)

Avram Iancu
Burebista
Ciprian Porumbescu
Mihai Eminescu
Mihail Kogalniceanu
Nicolae Balcescu
Stefan cel Mare
Vasile Ursu NIcola

Vlad Tepes

Why html5 games are good for your business!

Html5 games are a great way for educating & engaging with your customers.

Here’s how they work:

  1. You put an html5 game on your website. New and existing customers get to play this game.
  2. While playing the game they learn more about your company and your products.
  3. When they finish the game (5-10 minutes) your customers will get a high score. They can use this high-score to get special discounts, promotional products, bragging rights, etc.

Why html5 games and not “regular” games? Because html5 games work great on a large variety of platforms and machines. You want your game to be available in as many places as possible.

If you’re interested in a custom html5 game I’m here to help. Shoot me an email and we’ll chat about your needs!