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Cake day: July 17th, 2023

  • Based on the feedback we received at the GDC from partners and friends, we know that we need a way to reduce the size of our exports. Currently, the 4.3 release Web build .wasm is around 40 MB uncompressed, and 5 MB compressed with Brotli. We have a few ideas in mind to address this, and it could even help optimize builds for other platforms!

    This is very exciting! It’s my #1 issue by far with the engine. With custom export templates I managed to keep it around ~25MB uncompressed, but there’s definitely a lot of room for improvement in binary size.

  • I’ve bought the $1 tier to get into shaders and I sort of agree. I took the Unity 2D course when I was starting out game development and it was excellent, really gave you everything you need to know to understand and learn how to make real games.

    I’m 75% through the shader course (which is fairly short, like ~2 hours long) and it’s just okay. It gives you a decent introduction on how shaders work, teach you a few simple effects like distortion and dissolving and color swapping, then you’re on your own. I didn’t feel like I learned enough to be confident making my own shaders and I still only have a surface level understanding of it. Not great for a paid course, I’m starting to think that’s the reason it was only $1 in the bundle.

    I still 100% recommend their 2D unity course but it seems like how good the course is depends on the instructor. Rick is the best instructor they have, the new ones aren’t cutting it. Maybe I should make my own tutorials because a lot of Godot offerings currently are lacking.

  • I’ve been following this proposal around for the past few months, it’s really interesting. Godot could be the de-facto library for complex 3D rendering in any app since it’s really feature-rich and not that huge (I think the runtime is like ~60 megabytes? It could likely be smaller with further optimization and stripping features you don’t need).

    Also I don’t remember who said this but if this goes through it could allow C# web builds by loading Godot is a library.

    Kind of a shame this came as 4.3 is in feature freeze, it would’ve been nice for it to be included in the next update.

  • Be sure to check where the trackpad is. Centralized is better. My new one is more to the left and my wrist hits it when playing tf2 and I do occasionally get some movement from my wrist in game, but not much.

    There should be an option in your OS to disable the trackpad while using the keyboard. My laptop also has a trackpad to the left and I often have my hand over it when playing but never had this issue.

  • Make sure you get a laptop with a modern Ryzen processor since the battery life (and performance on battery) is often a lot better than Intel. There are a lot out there that fit the bill like Lenovo’s yoga/ideapad lineup. Just be weary of two things:

    • Some 14" laptops may have soldered RAM or SSDs making them impossible to upgrade
    • Don’t go off of processor names, they’re often pretty misleading. For example a Ryzen 7 7730U is significantly worse than a Ryzen 7 7840U.

  • It saddens me deeply that consumers (gamers) just don’t give a flying fuck about this and continues to pay a premium for Nvidia cards.

    It doesn’t help that AMD isn’t competing that much price-wise. Their only saving grace is higher VRAM, and while that is nice, raw performance is becoming less relevant. FSR also does not compete with DLSS, it’s strictly worse in every way. They also barely exist in the laptop market, I was just considering buying a new gaming laptop and my options are an RTX 4060 or paying more for the one laptop with a weaker AMD GPU.

    I would argue Intel is shaping up to be the real competitor to Nvidia. They had a rough start but their GPUs are very price-competitive. Their newer integrated GPUs are also the best currently, they’re good for gen AI, their raytracing performance trumps AMD, and XeSS is a lot better than FSR. If I were in the market for a new GPU I’d probably grab the Intel A770. I’m looking forward to their next generation of cards.