Enough intro. In the next days, I'll commit some time to work on these subjects:
- Parallel library: why, yes, even if there's one available for download over at Microsoft, I needed to roll my own. I can't rely on their release date (which is unknown at the moment) and on code in beta stage (adding to my own). Luckily a superb Channel 9 video with a throrugh explanation helped me disentangle a few doubts (link for the interested).
- Using the above library to create a proper loading screen. Loading screens are cool, but only if I'm the one making them, otherwise they're annoying as hell. I'd love to let the player move the main character around until the world fades in around him upon load completion. Wouldn't it be cool? I think so.
- Programmatic animations and AI. This is going to become a big matter, there are so many things I need to finalize first.
- User interface: that will be one of my last concerns. I'd rather have a simple guy running around and jumping than a working user interface at the moment. I have learned a lot from my past experiments with user interfaces, and this time I'm sure it won't be as painful as the first time (I'm not even considering the actual first time, since it was a mess :P).