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John Carmack: Tweeting In Code

NowGamer checks out the insane Twitter feed of Rage creator John Carmack to try and dechiper what he's talking about - "id Software is one of those rare developers that constantly pushes boundaries in terms of technical achievement and the method of developing games. Key to much of this success is id Software founder and technical director John Carmack"

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ChronoJoe2655d ago

Seems he's talking about stuff which only makes sense relative to his games engine? I don't know. I thought he was going to be tweeting in some kind of code in the encryption sense. As if he had something to tell us but wanted us to figure it out - however it doesn't seem that way.

fastrez2655d ago

It's odd, he often tweets about his rocket company so it's hard to tell if he's talking about games or rockets. Either way it's confusing...

nickjkl2655d ago (Edited 2655d ago )

number 3 got me but i understood the other 4

thats the only thing that i got out of the console war a bunch of tech jargon

Aggesan2655d ago

“Even before C had const, Func( int v[] ) was equivalent to Func( int * const v ), and I would say it is still more readable today.”

const = a const variabel is a variabel that cannot change its value. Very good for debugging purposes.

Func = Same as Class, except that it has no private members.

Int = Integer. Holds 32 bits. Can handle numbers −2,147,483,648 to +2,147,483,647.

* = Declares that it's a pointer, allocating space in the free memory space (RAM)

It's really basic stuff for anyone programming in C++. He just talks about a way of using the "const"-function in C before it actually existed.

wicko2655d ago

Whoa what? Did you just say a function is the same as a class without private members?

You should brush up on this basic stuff :p

Aggesan2655d ago

@wicko
Yeah, I'm a newbie :-) I was thinking of struct.

heroicjanitor2655d ago

@Aggesan

The meaning of that is since a pointer is just a memory address it can be used as the starting point for an array. ie if p is your pointer p+4 is 4 bits higher in memory. v[0] would be the start of an array, v[1] would be higher in memory etc

raWfodog2655d ago (Edited 2655d ago )

...Daniel from Stargate :)

Sounds like him too.

fastrez2655d ago

...yes totally! Maybe he's making a portal to another world?

Zinc2655d ago

Even though I'm not a graphics engine programmer, I have some knowledge of programming in general and I understood everything on a abstract level and most of it on a practical level.

Gue12655d ago (Edited 2655d ago )

I always thought that game journalists had at least a basic understanding of programming languages (compilers) but when you can't even understand something as simple as this then you shouldn't review games as a profession.

The guy doesn't even know what a constant is for god's sake! And these are the guys that talk about graphics and how much better this game is compared to the other when they can't even think about what they just compared from a logical stand point. This is no different than reading a review from some random guy from the interwebs.

Now I understand why there's so much inconsistencies in the reviews posted on N4G... Cus most of them come from mediocre sites like nowgamer were their staff doesn't even have an idea of WTF are they talking about.

skyward2655d ago

"I always thought that game journalists had at least a basic understanding of programming languages (compilers) but when you can't even understand something as simple as this then you shouldn't review games as a profession."

Are you for real? That's the most pretentious load of crap I've heard on this site for some time. You think journos on IGN, Gamespot or any other site know anything about programming? WTF do you need to know about that stuff to write a good review?

Utterly moronic, elitist BS.

atticus142655d ago

"I always thought that game journalists had at least a basic understanding of programming languages (compilers) but when you can't even understand something as simple as this then you shouldn't review games as a profession."

what could you have possibly run across to make you think that? Why would you need to know any code to be able to write your opinion on if a game is fun or not

ChronoJoe2655d ago

Definitely agree Skyward.

It's like saying the people who cover F1 shouldn't do so unless they can race! Seriously dumb.

fastrez2654d ago

You sir....are an idiot if you believe game review websites have coding knowledge. You're living in a dreamworld mate, get your head checked.

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