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sbruno

sbruno sbruno

Niner since 2012

Formerly Director of Gameplay Programming at Atari/Shiny Entertainment, now independent. I've worked on games for the PS2, Xbox, PSP, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, and PC.

  • C++ and DirectX for Metro Style Games

    If you want us to target Metro, you're going to have to fix the API so that we can do basic things like query for the number of CPU cores on the user's machine.

    Presently, WinRT offers me no way to determine how many threads I should create to make good use of the CPU. I will fail certification if I use Win32::GetLogicalProcessorInformation, and Win32::GetNativeSystemInfo only tells me the number of logical processors, which does not distinguish between physical cores and SMT/Hyperthreads. Please see your own documentation (DirectX sample "Core Detection") for why it's important to have the correct count.

    You want me to support Metro, but Metro doesn't support me -- not because I've fallen behind the tech curve, but because Metro doesn't support state of the art. State of the art means multicore, and in order to do multicore correctly I need to know how many threads I should create for the user's CPU.

    Until such basic functionality is made available to the developer, I must conclude that Metro simply isn't "for" real heavy-duty PC games. Metro is for phone games and tablet games.

    If I sound frustrated it's only because I've chased down this glaring oversight in the API already on your dev forums and on User Voice, to no avail. The official response was, "Yeah, it's not possible to do this". Well, OK then, as long as you understand what you're really saying is that it's not possible to put an actual, modern game on your new platform.

     

  • TWC9: VS11 RC UI Updates, Portable Library v2 Beta, Hilo for Win 8 and more

    Grumble. Some of us really liked the fact that the only color was in the code. I use keyboard shortcuts and I already know which buttons do what, so I don't need my attention drawn *away* from the code by splashes of color.

    I know that's not the majority view but as you've already gone to themes anyway, I for one would be very happy if I could still use beta dark. The code is all I care to see in color.

    But whatever. It's the compiler I need, so I'll still be using it even if the UI is dayglo orange zebra stripes over a background image of a plate of fish.