Sep 2, 2020: Donut

Because lockdown is over, and work has restarted, I have – of course – decided that now is the time to try and teach myself new skills in things that I have been interested in for a while.

My new skills are, in a way, connected to work however as I am dabbling (in the very loosest possible sense of the word) with the art of making a playable escape game on the computer.

There are many – many – that exist. Some are shit. Some are not shit. I don’t want mine to be shit. But I feel that it probably will be. But still, I’m learning skills along the way and skills lead to learning more skills and then even more skills… and the fact that I can barely code anything in C#, make any sort of stab at decent graphics or do any 3D modelling is not going to stand in my way.

So far, it has stood in my way.

What else has stood in my way, though, is the fact that I have spent nearly two hours this evening watching a series of video tutorials of a man making a 3D image of a donut. I’m nowhere near that stage yet. I’m happy to just stick cubes and spheres in my designs as placeholders and be happy with them even existing and me knowing how to do it – I don’t need to know all the ins and outs of anything else yet.

But, it turns out, these videos are strangely compelling.

Oh, what’s next? The icing? Oh go on then, let’s watch that one… oh, sprinkles next? Brilliant. That has been my night.

What I actually started looking for was a basic tutorial on building a 3D space with walls that would detect something – the player in this case – walking into them and stop them walking any further. I know that exists because I have basically done it a few years ago and want to start again. And I know it exists because I have a tab open on this very web browser with exactly what I want…

But the donut is so compelling…

And I’ve spent hours watching it, when some of the tutorial stuff for what I want to do, right now, is an hour long and I’ve dismissed it as not having the time for that right now…

But…

Anyway, I’m fairly sure I couldn’t render a donut just yet either, so I’d have to watch all the videos again. And then he makes a cup of coffee that goes with it… I mean, it’d be rude not to watch that too…

This is what happens when you run out of Top 10 Scary Videos You Wouldn’t Want To Watch Alone… (which, incidentally are not scary and you very much would want to watch them alone in case anyone else saw you watching them and took the piss…).