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Category: Programming

Game Engines

I re-installed 3 game engines today:

Gizmo SDK
Panda 3D

A few years back I tested two of them, Gizmo SDK and Irrlicht, and found them to suit me very well. They are not a “Point-and-click” type, you have to know programming to use them. But I’m not a VisualBasic type of programmer, so for me, being a C/C++ guy, this was just perfect.

If you have been looking into game engines and programming, you surely know Irrlicht, but what the heck is “Gizmo SDK”???

I can tell you it is a highly professional development kit released to the public (again), free for personal use. You could say it is a spin-off from Saab Training System AB, in Sweden. It is living here:

The 3rd one, Panda 3D, scared me a bit in the beginning, I got the impression that it was more like a tool for hobbyists, more like the VisualBasic school of programming. After returning to it yesterday, I changed my mind. As they say in the manual:

To successfully use Panda3D, you must be a skilled programmer. If you do not know what an “API” is, or if you don’t know what a “tree” is, you will probably find Panda3D overwhelming. This is no point-and-click game-maker: this is a tool for professionals.

I changed my mind and installed it.

edit 2010.02.11 – grandpa
I’m also looking into delta3D, but need more time.


NextGen library problems solved

I was struggling with the NextGen Library earlier, everything worked except for Thumbnail generation.
My site is hosted at After discussing a few minutes with them we agreed upon the reason and the only solution to the problem, but they were not willing to do anything about it, for now.
The solution would have been to increase the PHP memory.
I got the error: exceed Memory limit. Require:24.98 MByte.
I asked for 32MByte, but they would not do it for the moment being.
If you are hosting your own site, you may do whatever you want on the server side, that’s why thumbnails generating was working on my localhost!

– grandpa –


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