I'm a professional game developer from Wakefield, England, working for TickTock Games.
I'm married with four children and I am also the director and lead programmer of Retroburn Game Studios.
Martin 'Bytrix' Caine
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Monday, January 20th 2014 / Blog
See that cool looking banner there on the left showing that awesome Tron inspired light cycle game Positron? Well I've been working on the game in my spare time for the past two years and It's finally nearing release!

I could really use your help in spreading the word about the upcoming PC demo which will be released on February 1st 2014.

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Thursday, January 2nd 2014 / Blog
I'm somewhat disappointed in not getting my game Positron released in 2013 having had a fully working prototype build since the start of the year, but a lot has happened and through work I've released a few games which I'm very proud of. I thought it'd be nice to think back over the events of the past year as I thought it was cool to see Shahid Ahmad do the same last year on his personal blog.

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Tags:   2013   blog
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Sunday, June 23rd 2013 / Gaming
It's been a little while since my last post. I've actually still been trying demos but have also been working on Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force Rift which is coming along nicely.

A few days ago I received an email from Ralf Ostertag the creator of vorpX with an invitation to try out the latest beta of his 3D driver.

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Tags:   3d   dear esther   gaming   grid   left 4 dead   mass effect 2   oculus rift   vorpx   vr
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Friday, June 14th 2013 / Gaming
It's been a while since I posted my previous entry in this series, I've spent the last few weeks working very hard on Positron and Z: Steel Soldiers. I've literally had no time to even check out any new Rift demos.

Then late lastnight just before bed I saw someone mention on Facebook that the -vr flag now works in Portal, so I just had to check it out this morning!

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Tags:   3d   gaming   oculus rift   portal   vr
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Monday, June 3rd 2013 / Blog
A whole load of people I know received their OUYAs last week and I had my fingers crossed that mine would be arriving soon too. Just had the email from OUYA to say it's now reached their 'distribution center' and I'll be notified when it's picked up for delivery (so could still be a few weeks before I get it).

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Saturday, June 1st 2013 / Gaming
Today was more of a development day, having been in at work for most of the day I got home and was in the mood for some more coding so I loaded up the Elite Force Rift solution and got the ioSTVEF VM compiling, was pleasantly surprised that the patches worked even though the ioQuake3 source has changed somewhat since ioSTVEF was last updated.

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Friday, May 31st 2013 / Gaming
Didn't have much time to play with the Rift today, got a major milestone to reach on a project at work and have been working on that in my own time too.

I did however find a little time to try out a little racing game but unfortunately had issues with it. Fortunately though my T Shirt and poster arrived!

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Tags:   3d   elite force   gaming   oculus rift   racer   star trek   vr
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Thursday, May 30th 2013 / Gaming
There really seems to be a lot more demos popping up over the past few days and not only that but some of the earlier demos are now receiving updates which is cool so there's plenty of new stuff to try.

I downloaded Unity for the first time this weekend and had a quick look over it. As a professional games programmer I've always dismissed Unity as a tool for those who aren't capable of programming a game from the ground up themselves but the recent demos I've been seeing have been quite impressive hence the reason I've decided to give it a chance.

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Tags:   3d   elite force   gaming   oculus rift   star trek   vr   vr cinema
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Wednesday, May 29th 2013 / Gaming
First, let me start by saying Proton Pulse is my favourite Rift experience thus far! It's simply amazing and is a shining example of what the Rift was built for.

With its bright neon VR graphics it immerses you in the game world where you simply use your head to control a virtual paddle in what is effectively a 3D game of breakout.

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Tags:   3d   gaming   oculus rift   proton pulse   vr
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Tuesday, May 28th 2013 / Gaming
After trying Jamulus Rift, another little demo I saw posted on the Oculus forums was a small space based shooter called Space Cadet.

I downloaded the game and tried it out. I spent a minute trying to figure out how to control my space craft before realising that it was fixed on a 2D plane within 3D space. This works well but I'd still love to play a full 3D space flight game with my Rift.

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Tags:   3d   gaming   oculus rift   space cadet   vr
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Monday, May 27th 2013 / Gaming
Today I noticed a few new demos had popped up on the Oculus Forums and the Oculus sub-reddit. One that caught my eye was a game jam entry entitled Jamulus Rift.

The game is a lane based racing game in similar style to say Audio Surf or Switch Galaxy.

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Tags:   3d   gaming   jamulus rift   oculus rift   vr
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Sunday, May 26th 2013 / Gaming
Since FRAPS seemed to work pretty well yesterday recording some Doom 3 BFG footage, I decided today I'd record some gameplay from Half-Life 2.

I've not get too far in to the game just yet, only been playing in short bursts but during this 12 minutes I recorded I came up against the first few rounds of Manhacks.

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Tags:   3d   gaming   half-life 2   manhacks   oculus rift   vr
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Saturday, May 25th 2013 / Gaming
This time round I had intended to try out one of my old Doom 3 maps with Doom 3 BFG but after downloading it and dropping it in to the game directory I came up against a couple of problems.

Firstly I couldn't access the console, a quick Google search showed me how to do that from command line. Then on loading the map it gave me an error due to incorrect format of a monster model in the game.

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Tags:   3d   doom 3 bfg   gaming   oculus rift   video   vr
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Friday, May 24th 2013 / Gaming
Having tried an earlier build of Rift Racer last week I have to say I was very pleased to see the developer of the small sandbox racing demo had updated it to include two new maps!

Rift Racers v4 now includes a small city map to race around it and a small race track.

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Tags:   3d   gaming   oculus rift   rift racer   vr
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Thursday, May 23rd 2013 / Gaming
This time round I took to Twitter to see what people could recommend that I try on my Oculus Rift. One suggestion was that I try out an aerial combat game, War Thunder.

A recent forum posting had been made on their forums showing how to get the game running in the Rift so I saved the link and set the game downloading (it's free) when I got home from work.

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Tags:   3d   gaming   oculus rift   vr   war thunder
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Thursday, May 23rd 2013 / Web
If you're anything like me you find interesting stuff all over the internet that you like to share with people. I share things on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Reddit quite frequently.

I also like to share my blog posts and press releases through each of these social networks and news portals too. Annoyingly however I'll go to post a link and notice that no image has accompanied the link, something like this:

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Tags:   facebook   reddit   web
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Wednesday, May 22nd 2013 / Gaming
Just a small update today compared to previous days since I had a lot of work to do. I was going to try out my old Doom 3 maps but saw in my downloads directory I had a demo called Zombies On The Holodeck.

I was surprised I hadn't tried this one yet so unzipped it and had a quick go. This is another little game made in Unity but it's actually a pretty nice wave-based zombie survival shooter.

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Tuesday, May 21st 2013 / Gaming
Today I wanted to try out a few more demos but after looking through most of the lists of what was available to download I have to say I was a little disappointed that most of it looked either pretty basic, or doesn't quite have proper support for the Rift yet. I did manage to try a few small demos but in the end I had another 10 minutes on Doom 3, now in Mars City just after all hell breaks loose.

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Tags:   3d   doom 3 bfg   gaming   oculus rift   roller coaster   video   vr
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Monday, May 20th 2013 / Gaming
Today I thought I'd experiment a bit with a few of the smaller demos being developed by the Oculus Rift community.

Rather annoyingly it's actually pretty hard to find downloads for the demos that are available. There are various forums out there with threads and videos but in the end I found riftenabled.com which gives a nice list of games in development or released with the download links.

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Sunday, May 19th 2013 / Gaming
I had intended to write about Hawken and Doom 3 again today but FRAPS seemed to stop capturing my screenshots so instead I thought I'd check out one of the smaller demo apps I'd downloaded.

Museum of the Microstar is a visually impressive Unity-made application which is set inside a futuristic museum, teaching the history of the Earth and it's destruction.

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