About

Randy Gaul is a Junior DigiPen student studying for his Bachelor’s in Computer Science: Real-Time Interactive Simulation (CSRTIS).

His hobbies include activities such as: competitive real-time strategy (RTS) games; traditional art; programming in C and C++; Minecraft/Terraria; high class dessert games.

Computer Science

Randy is fluent in both C and C++ programming languages, and thoroughly enjoys scripting in Lua. He also has experience in Python, Javascript, and AS3. He specializes in video game programming, and greatly enjoys engine architecture and low-level programming.

Programming and Portfolio Projects

Randy continually creates new projects and portfolio pieces during his studies at DigiPen. Click here to view them.

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Andrew Kierum

    Dear, Randy Gaul

    Hello!  I am hoping for a bit of time from you to help me out!

    First off I am a 15 year old programmer.  I have been programming since 5th grade and recently went up to DigiPen and took project fun VGP1 and VGP2 learning the Zero Engine, and the Alpha engine.  This year i was trying to take AP computer science at my school but unfortunately they put me in an introductory level programming class that uses old project fun VGP1 curriculum.   Fortunately my teacher has agreed to help me learn any thing within reason.  So i am on a huge such for recourses and ideas so i can plan out my year of exploring more in depth programming.  I have been through Algebra 2, and have plenty of former teachers to help me out with math if i ever don’t understand things.  Also i understand allot of these things are advanced concepts, but i am a persistent learner and need a challenge as i have been leaning on other peoples work for far too long!  I totally understand that these concepts are taught at DigiPen but unfortunately for me DigiPen is a loooonnnngggg ways away and I cant wait!

    Somehow i ran into your article series on Tuts + on making a game engine.  It is the only decent recourse i have found that covers engines like this from the ground up.  Unfortunately i have been stunted by three big things.

    1.  The article you linked to about the Separating Axis Theorem is difficult for me to understand, because the equations don’t display properly.  Instead i am seeing

    \[
    \begin{bmatrix}A_x \\A_y\end{bmatrix}.
    \begin{bmatrix}B_x \\B_y\end{bmatrix}=
    A_{magnitude}*B_{magnitude}*cos(theta)
    \]

    2.  Your first article in the series also has equations i can not read they look just like above.

    3.  I need to find books, articles, tutorials, textbooks, guides ect. to teach these things to me.

    I was just hoping you could possibly point me to some good books, recourses and thing that teach cool programming things.  I would currently be most interested in learning how to make a collision system, learning 2d shading such as glow or lamps ect., and learning how to write my own methods/engines.  Also it would be great if you could see if you can get the formulas to show on your first article (it works on the others).   If you can please help me out it would be much appreciated!  And if you can’t thank you very much for contributing all of this information on tuts + and on your site with people.  The time, and effort you put in is much appreciated by me.

    With Regards, Caleb Kierum

    Reply
    1. Randy Gaul Post author

      Hi there! I’m not sure why the formulas aren’t showing, but you could try Ian Millington’s orange book on Game Physics. You might enjoy this a lot! Also I really like “A Modern Approach to C Programming” 2 Ed. by K.N. King. Good luck with your studies :)

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