This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
I know there is no gaming forum at JavaRanch, but I think it would be cool to invite David Brackeen, author of Developing Games in Java, to one of the forums and maybe even create a gaming forum. The book has great reviews, and I for one would love to ask him some questions.
If I remember correctly it was discussed before and the moderators were afraid that they would be moving too many posts to the other Java areas since the problems posted by most would be Java Problems and not game problems.
But that's a problem in any forum. Posts are moved all the time. Java gaming seems like a big enough topic to justify having a forum. Even Sun has recently started promoting Java game development.
Anyway, I don't know the process for the whole book giveaway thing. Do authors just volunteer to come into a forum or are they asked by JavaRanch? If it's possible to get Mr. Brackeen to come, you could put him in the "Other Java API's" forum.
As was said in the other threads, if you need a more valid argument, game programming covers such a broad range of topics. Math, GUI, Graphics, algorithms, etc. None of which are specific to gaming unless used in a game.
My point about the other forums on java.net is, if you want to discuss gaming, they have some perfectly good forums. Gaming is really language agnostic and broad.
Let me ask you this. What about gaming would you specifically want to discuss? Because I bet for every topic you think of, I can name a forum we already have that would work.
I think that while the algorithms for gaming are often used in all industries, I also think that gamers tend to blaze a trail where the rest of us typically do not tread. Animation, sprites and real time programming are all under represented here.
I think it's worth giving it a try. Here are the first two ingredients we would need: 1) A current moderator willing to moderate. 2) Somebody willing to breathe new life into the forum (get people to participate, get a few dozen threads going so the forum isn't dead).
Wouldn't the Swing forum be perfectly appropriate for these topics? I know that recently there have been a lot of Animation questions going on and they are all getting good responses.
If someone is asking an animation question, what if it doesn't have anything to do with a game? I think this has been the main concern all along is moving threads back and forth a lot more than usual because it's hard to tell where the question really goes.
Swing or Gaming? JIG (Advanced) or Gaming? IO and Streams or Gaming? Programming Diversions or Gaming?
I understand Gergg's point that "games" can span several different topics, but then again, so does the Developer's exam -- RMI, Swing, Threads, etc. The reason for having a single location to talk about Games is so that people that are into games can have one location to discuss them and the issues that surround them.
I think creating 3 games forums is way overboard.
I'd defintiely be willing to moderate the new games forum. I took a neat AI class last year that got into some game theory. Hopefully I can use some of that to help kick start the forum (as long as Barry promises to help a bit ).
Well, here is my final word on the matter in case it matters.
I don't think discussing Animation, Sprites, AI, Game Theory, Networking, etc in a single forum is a good idea.
I think we are going to end up with a ton of unanswered questions. Not because we don't have smart people here but because there are going to be questions about API's like OpenGL, JOGL, LWGLJ, SDL, etc and there are perfectly good forums/mailing lists for those API's. I'm all for expanding our user base and providing forums that are needed, but the reason the Java.net gaming forums do well is because there are enough experts that hang out there in that field. And because the developers for JOGL, etc hang out in those forums. If we want to try and pull them over here fine, but I doubt they will move.
I don't know why I am fighting this so much. I guess if questions go unanswered they go unanswered. I just think we have enough dead forums here why add another one when we have perfectly good forums where gaming questions can be asked already.
And if it doesn't end up being dead and it's a huge success, then you all can say you told me so.
I don't know the process for the whole book giveaway thing. Do authors just volunteer to come into a forum or are they asked by JavaRanch?
I coordinate our book promotions. Sometimes, the author or the publisher will contact me, requesting to schedule a book. Sometimes, I'll send a request to the publisher or the author, requesting to schedule a book.
Originally posted by Gregg Bolinger: Let me add that while I don't think Javaranch needs a Gaming Forum, I'm not the deciding factor nor will I gripe and complain if one shows up. I just wouldn't want to have to moderate it.
I see a few other folks who think it's a good idea
Key word being few.
If a few members want a new forum and the staff does not, it probably doesn't happen.
If a few members want a forum and the staff thinks it's a good idea, it will happen.
If a lot of members want a new forum it will probably happen because if a lot of members want it, chances are good that staff members do too.
If Paul wants a new forum, all other rules become null 'cause he's the boss.
Well I intended on reading my book first (which I just got last night) , before posting questions. I didn't expect the forum to get started so quickly. But one of your posts did spark a question in my mind, so I will go add something now. [ August 02, 2004: Message edited by: Barry Andrews ]