I'm a professional game developer from Wakefield, England, working for TickTock Games.
I'm a married father of five and I am also the director and lead programmer of Retroburn Ltd.
Martin 'Bytrix' Caine
All round web guy, games programmer and musician.
emailfacebooktwittermessengersteamxboxliveretroburn
Tags
2013 3d alphalabs amazon apple archivirtual asynchronous battlefield bad company 2 ben 10 bepu beta blackmagic design blog blue marble bootcamp borderlands bsp calibration charity charvel childsplay comments competition content tracker counter-strike crash csgo css3 cycling dear esther deferred deus ex develop conference direct x discipline documentation doom 3 bfg dr bott eidos elite force email deliverability eurogamer expo facebook focus fresnel game development game horizon game republic games gaming geoip global offensive grid guitar half-life 2 hawken hd7 hobbyist htc humble indie bundle imac indie indie trials indietrials intensity pro ip-countryside iron man 3 jamulus rift jquery kids kinect launch conference left 4 dead live lost mac mac osx manhacks mass effect 2 matrox maya minecraft mirrors edge montreal morrowind movies museum of the microstar music mxo2 mini mysql nausea network networking nokia normal mapping obj oculus rift omnitrix ouya pedal for pounds php physics playstation suite port25 portal portal 2 positron posters powermta project aedra project euler promotion properties proton pulse ps vita ps4 psn racer reddit rendering retroburn game studios reviews rift racer riftracer roadkill roller coaster shadow racers sharks shoct skyrifters snds space cadet spam trap star trek steam storage super stock sd1 fr team fortress 2 tesselating tesselation texture editor thunderbird thunderclap ticktock games tiga track builder track bulder trials tv twitter uk ultimatrix usergroup vequencer video vireio visual assist visual studio vorpx voucher vr vr cinema war thunder warren web windows 8 windows 8.1 windows phone 7 workbench wp7 wp7dev xbla xblig xblig network xbox xbox live indie games xna xnaukug xperia play zombies on the holodeck
Archive
Links
Web
XNA
Games
Email Deliverability
Wednesday, February 25th 2015 / Blog
I recently started having some problems with my Windows 7 installation on my mid-2010 iMac so decided it was time for a refresh and full update.

I backed up my files, booted in to OS X, repartitioned the drive, updated to Yosemite and proceeded to run the Bootcamp Assistant to install Windows 8.1 (with update).

That's when I noticed a problem. I was not given the option to create a bootable USB installer. While my iMac does contain a SuperDrive I don't really have any DVD-Rs lying round these days so wanted to use one of my fast USB sticks to install Windows from.

Read the full article...
Tags:   blog   bootcamp   mac osx   windows 8.1
0
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.

Read the full article...
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.

Read the full article...
Tags:   2013   blog
0
Saturday, May 4th 2013 / Blog
It's been a while since I posted a movie review and I recently took my Daughter Willow to see Iron Man 3 so figured I'd write up my thoughts on the film.

Please note there will be spoilers in this review but I'll try not and spoil anything major for those who want to read the review before seeing the movie.

So, first of all, I loved the whole movie. It had the right mix of action, drama, and comedy we've come to expect from the Iron Man and Marvel movies over the past few years.

Read the full article...
Tags:   blog   iron man 3   movies
0
Sunday, January 27th 2013 / Blog
This whole process has annoyed me so much that I decided I'd make my first proper blog post of the year about it;

The Kids' PC buggered up about a month or two ago and having had a quick look at it I came to the conclusion that one of the sticks of RAM was bad (Damien kept turning the PC on and off one day as it wouldn't boot).

Read the full article...
Tags:   blog
0
Saturday, March 19th 2011 / Blog
I've been using Mozilla Thunderbird for quite some time now as my email client of choice (much preferred over Outlook and Windows Live Mail) and one thing that's slightly annoyed me is there seems to be no way to re-arrange the order of the email accounts shown in the left panel.

Read the full article...
Tags:   blog   thunderbird
10
Thursday, March 3rd 2011 / Blog
It was last May that I made a post about my Blackmagic Intensity Pro and I thought it was about time I wrote another!

Read the full article...
Wednesday, December 29th 2010 / Blog
Yesterday I wrote a review of the original Tron movie and today my Wife and I went to see Tron Legacy. I'll write my review of the movie in two parts since this is my first time ever watching a 3D movie so I'll briefly say what I thought of the 3D and then what I thought of the movie.

Read the full article...
Tags:   blog   movies
0
Tuesday, December 28th 2010 / Blog
Tomorrow me and my Wife are going to see Tron Legacy at the cinema so I thought it was a good time to watch the original again as I haven't seen it in years.

Read the full article...
Tags:   blog   movies
0
Thursday, August 5th 2010 / Blog
My Son loves Ben 10 and we must've bought him about 15 of the little action figures now aswell as the Omnitrix (actually two of them) and other stuff.

He must've seen every episode a few times each but still keeps asking me what certain characters are called. I don't take as much notice of it as he does so I don't know most of them. Trying to find lists of the characters (with easy to recognise images) was pretty hard so I've decided to post my own list. The list below shows every character Ben has transformed into using the Omnitrix or the Ultimatrix.

Read the full article...
Tags:   ben 10   blog   kids   omnitrix   ultimatrix
57
Sunday, August 1st 2010 / Blog
Last night my Wife and I went to see Inception. I can pretty safely say it is the best movie we've seen this year!

Read the full article...
Tags:   blog   movies
0
Saturday, July 24th 2010 / Blog
We've had this one for a while but hadn't got round to watching it until tonight. My Dad has told me he didn't think much of it and that it wasn't worth watching but I thought considering the range of well known actors that are in the movie, I'd give it a shot.

Read the full article...
Tags:   blog   movies
0
Friday, July 23rd 2010 / Blog
Just watched Kick Ass with my Wife and thought I may aswell start posting my movie reviews which I've wanted to do for a very long time. The hope is that over the years I'll keep a record of the great (and not so great) movies that I've seen.

Read the full article...
Tags:   blog   movies
0
Saturday, July 17th 2010 / Blog
A few weeks ago we were having internet problems at work, I'd done a fresh install of Windows 7 just a week before and Google Chrome kept timing out while trying to find websites.

Read the full article...
Tags:   blog
0
Tuesday, May 25th 2010 / Blog
Last night I sat down for two hours with my Wife Laura and together we watched the final episode of Lost after watching the full six seasons together over the past two years.

Read the full article...
Tags:   blog   lost   tv
0
Thursday, May 20th 2010 / Blog
Just a little update here as I did manage to get my Intensity Pro working last week after some fiddling.

Read the full article...
Tuesday, May 18th 2010 / Blog
I was searching for some information last night on how I would go about connecting an Xbox 360 to a 27" iMac and after hours of searching I found a solution.

Read the full article...
Tags:   apple   blog   dr bott   imac   mac
0
Saturday, May 15th 2010 / Blog
I found myself searching for a way to export .obj files from Maya 2011 this week and found very little information regarding the subject. It turns out the functionality is inbuilt but just hidden away!

Read the full article...
Tags:   blog   maya   obj
37
Thursday, May 13th 2010 / Blog
My Brother's band Roadkill played their first gig in a while lastnight and I have to say they were pretty tight!

Read the full article...
Tags:   blog   roadkill
0
Monday, May 3rd 2010 / Blog
Well, here's a quick catch up after my first post regarding the Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro.

Read the full article...
Thursday, April 29th 2010 / Blog
Over the last few weeks I've been looking around at what options are available when wanting to record video from the Xbox 360. I came to the same conclusion as many other Indie developers I know. The two most reasonable options (cost-wise) are the Matrox MXO2 and the Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro.

Read the full article...
Wednesday, April 21st 2010 / Blog
This must be about my twentieth attempt at a personal site for blogging and general information, let's hope I can keep up with the updates this time and make it useful for more than a handful of people.

Read the full article...
Tags:   blog
0