Monday, January 30, 2012

Ambiguous Package Name error in UDK and how to fix it

So I've been playing with UDK

and I came across a shit. After compiling my scripts UDK would pop up with an ambiguous package name error on startup. After some googling I found that this is because I had been making my scripts in a folder with the same name as the package I was working on. Seems like a pretty standard idea to me, name all your stuff the same, but UDK doesn't like that. So here's how to fix it.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Quaternions? I know, quaternions?

My good friend Weetbix gave me some stellar advice tonight on quaternions. I can feel the heat coming from my ears now. I'll let steam do the talking:

Black_Stormy: so I'm trying to code a new camera mode into UDK
Black_Stormy: and I'm using vectors and rotators
Black_Stormy: and doing math between them with variables that I have no idea what they are doing
Black_Stormy: in over my head or what
Black_Stormy: quote from a forum: Conceptually, I'm trying to rotate a stacticMesh actor so that it's orientation matches to a vector tangent to a spherical surface.
Black_Stormy: I know what thet means!

Friday, January 27, 2012

New York Garbage Truck

So I'm pretty proud of this

Another model made for ModelsfortheMasses. This one is supposed to be for a L4D map so it had to have a bit of detail in the underside and man was it a mission.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The difference between Source and UDK communities

As my legions of avid fans and readers may be aware, I have started to fiddle with UDK. A big part of working in an engine is the support you get from its community. For Source I have been predominantly lurking and sometimes posting on and I have found the community to be open, honest and violently dedicated to mod/game dev. Since using UDK I have been lurking in the WIP section of the Epic Games forums. The community there is quite different.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I think I've figured out why marriage is such a bad decision

Relationships are great. They make you feel happy and sad, anxious and calm, elated and deflated, all the ingredients that make life worth living, up and down. But there is a very big mistake a lot of people make in their relationships which modern society is starting to have less and less support for. Marriage. This is an opinion piece inspired by recent happenings in my life, and years of thought and Louis C.K.