Games
3D Maze Remix - Update v1.4
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Update v1.4 Download from Itch.io, availableΒ for Windows, macOS, and Linux Once again, I’ve updated 3D Maze Remix with some new features that I’ve wanted to put in the game since I started developing it. I don’t consider this project “finished” just yet, as I’d like to improve the AI in the “demo” mode and make it more true to the original 3D Maze screensaver, which has been my aim throughout the entire project.

3D Maze Remix Dev Diary #1
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I’ve started work on 3D Maze Remix to add some features I’ve been wanting to figure out for a while. As I’m still learning C# and Unity the pretty simple sounding additions take longer than I initially thought. Here’s what I’ve been working on. Adding autonomous movement to the rat entity Making the rat move and not clip through the walls, floor or ceiling meant adding collision to the rat but allowing the player and rat to pass through each other.

The Tale of the Fail of Google Stadia
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Disclaimer: This isn’t my personal experience with Stadia as I’ve haven’t tried it myself, either during it’s beta phase or in its current state. xCloud and Stadia comparisons: xCloud currently only streams to phones and tablets running Android and is in a preview phase. Stadia has had a preview phase, which was available as an invite-only beta, using Google Chrome and playing Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and is now a released product and service.

First Impressions with Project xCloud Preview
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For the last couple of days I’ve been trying out Microsoft’s Project xCloud game streaming service which is currently in preview. You can sign up to try it out yourself here. To get straight to it, the service has worked well for me. There have been some audio glitches, and in some situations - like scrolling around a world map, compression artifacts are very visible, but none of these issues have persisted.

3D Maze Remix now available on itch.io
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I’ve made all builds of 3D Maze Remix v1.3 available to download on itch.io, you can find it here: https://mikegalvin.itch.io/3d-maze-remix Making version v1.3 available on the Microsoft Store has proved to be impossible due to changes in Microsoft’s terms and conditions, however for some reason these changes don’t mean that the original version I uploaded to the Microsoft has been taken off, I just can’t update it. Itch.io seems like a good place for the game to live from here on out.

3D Maze Remix - Update v1.3
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Update v1.3 Download from Itch.io This is a minor update to all versions of 3D Maze Remix. The changes can be seen below. V 1.3 Change Log AddedΒ disclaimer. If you’d like to get in touch with me please use the comments, Twitter or my contact form. I hope this article helps you out, please consider supporting my work here. Thank you. -Mike

3D Maze Remix - Update v1.2
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Update v1.2 Download for Windows | Download for OS X | Download for Linux This is a minor update to all versions of 3D Maze Remix. The changes can be seen below. V 1.2 Change Log Added walk forward/backward control to the left and right mouse buttons, for one handed play. Slight redesign to the controls screen. Some control labels have been fixed for consistency. Slight title screen redesign. If you’d like to get in touch with me please use the comments, Twitter or my contact form.

3D Maze Remix now available from the Microsoft Store
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My game 3D Maze Remix is now available in the Microsoft store for Windows 10 devices. Please check out this page for more information on the game and downloads for other Operating Systems. If you’d like to get in touch with me please use the comments, Twitter or my contact form. I hope this article helps you out, please consider supporting my work here. Thank you. -Mike

3D Maze Remix - Update v1.1
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Update v1.1 Now Available in the Microsoft Store for Windows 10 Download for Windows | Download for OS X | Download for Linux I’ve been working on an update to 3D Maze Remix - a small game I made based on the Windows 95 screensaver: 3D Maze. This update focuses on making the game more of a complete package. I’ve focused on improving the look and feel to be more consistent and more accurate to the source material.

3D Maze Remix v1.0
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Download for Windows | Download for OS X | Download for Linux Important note: 3D Maze Remix was updated to v1.1, adding many new features, and is now also available from the Microsoft Store. Please check out this page for all the details. For the last few months I’ve been learning Unity and C#, and this is the first real thing I’ve made: 3D Maze Remix. It’s a playable, interactive version of the 3D Maze screensaver that first shipped in Windows 95.

Automated Minecraft Server Backup for Shared Hosting
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In my There’s PowerShell In My Marzicraft! post I shared my script that creates a backup of the server and then uses OneDrive to upload it offsite. In this post, I’ll share my script to backup a Minecraft server that’s on shared hosting and therefore I only have limited access to. The server in question has a web admin front end and FTP access. I have no access to the terminal or desktop.

There's PowerShell In My Marzicraft!
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One of the servers I manage is a Minecraft server for a friend. It’s called Marzicraft, it has a candy theme, and it’s delightful, even if I do say so myself. :) I recently replaced the .bat scripts I wrote to maintain it with a single PowerShell script. Even if you aren’t supporting a Minecraft server, hopefully there’s some useful information here for your own work. If you are intending to use this script for your own Minecraft server, please be aware that I’ve put this together with a dedicated server in mind.