TinkerTech More Hopeful on New Chromebook

There has been some recent news about Google’s new Chrome­book, Sam­sung Series 5 550. Being a game devel­oper with a great inter­est in browser gam­ing, I think that the Chrome­book is a pretty cool idea. We have been test­ing our work with the ear­lier mod­els, the Series 5 500 and the test model, Cr-48, but many peo­ple, myself included, have found that the per­for­mance of these machines is less than desirable.

Test­ing our cur­rent builds of Tin­kerTech Derby on a Sam­sung Series 5 500, we have deter­mined that the game is, in fact, playable. And when I say playable, what I really mean is that it func­tions, not that you would actu­ally enjoy the expe­ri­ence. We have a lot of work to do before it’s at a point where peo­ple can expect to play the game with their friends on these machines.

Accord­ing to a look at the new device on hexus.net, the 550 model is more than twice as fast as its pre­de­ces­sor in run­ning the V8 bench­mark. That is a pretty excit­ing jump! With a video review from The Verge includ­ing a very small snip­pet show­ing Bas­tion being played @3:10, gam­ing on these devices is start­ing to look exciting!

Z God­dard

Z, a fan of hats and danc­ing to bad music, devel­ops games and code in Unity3D and WebGL. Always look­ing at new tech­nolo­gies for games, he has big dreams for Go.

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TinkerTech: Derby Pre-Alpha Demo Video

We are hard at work test­ing cloud ser­vices to deter­mine how best to get peo­ple bash­ing vehi­cles together in their browser. For now, Tin­kerTech is only playable on local net­works. So while we opti­mize our code and nail down our server infra­struc­ture, I wanted to get a video out to those of you who didn’t get to stop by our PAX East booth.

Par­don our mess, as the vast major­ity of our work is going into the back-end of this game. Expect more from us aes­thet­i­cally in the future. If you have any sug­ges­tions or other thoughts, please post in the comments.

For a longer descrip­tion of the game, please read our blog post about our visit to PAX East 2012.

I also want to say thank you to Shamus Young for post­ing about us on his blog. We greatly appre­ci­ate the kind words and friendly comments.


Trevor Sayre

Trevor is a licensed sky­diver and lover of bicy­cles. When not out and about, he works as an Inter­ac­tion Designer seek­ing good design and usabil­ity above all else.

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