The podcast that takes a critical look at the craft of making games. Developers Allen Pike and Nigel Brooke dig in to a new topic each episode with an interesting guest.

Up Up Down Down is currently on hiatus, though we have at least two more episodes coming. Eventually.

21. A Complete Tub of Crap

Guy English returns this week to discuss 3D graphics APIs, so hold on to your butts.

We start with the origins of the GPU, and recount the evolution of graphics APIs. We dig in to what a modern GPU actually does, and then discuss Apple’s new graphics API, Metal. Guy and Nigel reminisce about just how horrible programming for the PlayStation 2 was, we talk latency, and finally Guy explores his relationship with Riddler trophies.

Download (1:38:41) • Jul 18, 2014