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My name is James Gary.

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Sometimes I do things.


Constellations (Jan 2018)

Screenshot of Constellations

Demo | Github repo

A game about untangling the stars. Joyfully built with Elm. Still a work in progress!


lifeGL (Jan 2013)

Screenshot of lifeGL

Demo | Github repo

Super smooth Game of Life demo powered by WebGL.

My goals

  • Simulate Conway's Game of Life in high detail
    • 1 pixel per cell
    • 60 FPS at full screen
  • Get my hands dirty with WebGL
  • Adjust GoL rules in real time
  • Keep codebase simple and maintainable
    • Use Guard, Coffeescript, Sass, and Haml

Lessons learned

  • WebGL is complicated. Definitely use a library next time.
  • WebGL still is not ready for primetime.
    • Not everyone has a MacBook Pro or a $300+ video card.
    • Mobile is still far from supporting WebGL.
    • My Ubuntu machine does not play well with Radeons :(

The Lone Clone (Dec 2012)

Screenshot of The Lone Clone

Demo | Github repo

Make your way through 20 puzzlicious levels using only your power of cloning.

My goals

  • Make a 'decent' game (i.e. one with music, beginning/middle/end, smooth gameplay)
  • Participate in the Github Game Off
  • Leverage a physics engine box2dweb
  • Present simple rules with elaborate possibilities
  • Keep codebase simple and maintainable
    • Use Guard, Coffeescript, Sass, and Haml

Lessons learned

  • RequireJS is awesome and can do just about anything you want.
    • Configuration can be frustrating, but payoff is worth it.
  • Learn quickly the limitations of vendored libraries.
    • box2dweb freezes the browser when objects exceed their space.
    • Should have researched & stress-tested more libraries
  • Deadlines are very good motivators.

NutBuggered (Feb 2012)

Screenshot of NutBuggered

Demo | Github repo

Tower defense game featuring squirrels defending their homeland against swarms of bugs. No music, minimal graphics, but hey, it was my first game.

My goals

  • Make my first fully HTML5 game
  • Participate in the Pokki Challenge
  • Keep codebase simple and maintainable
  • Use Guard, Coffeescript, Sass, and Haml
  • TDD with Jasmine

Lessons learned

  • Don't leave difficulty configuration to the last minute.
  • I'm both a better and worse artist than I thought.
  • RequireJS can unintentionally serve as a decent namespace pattern
  • Accept the fact that "sucking is the first step to being sorta good at something" - Jake the Dog, Adventure Time