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Monthly Reflection #4 – Game Release!

Written by Zainab Al-Ansari on . Posted in Reflections

Every last working day of the current month I publish a report reflecting on the previous month. These reflections exist to demonstrate my progress, share my experiences and help transfer what I learn to others.

The Past Month

I received my new Alienware 17 R4 laptop, and with it was able to package my pinball game without any hiccups!.

All the freezing and crashing problems I suffered with Unreal have more or less disappeared as well.

Other than that, I wrote the Learning Game Dev guide I promised last month.

My Second UE4 Project: Z’s Pinball

A simulation of a classic pinball machine, made in 4 weeks using UE4’s Blueprints (no C++ just yet).

Things I learned from this:

  • How to code using Blueprints
  • How to make editable Blueprints of assets using Blueprint Splines and exposed parameters
  • How to create basic Materials
  • How to use decals
  • How to create simple VFX in Unreal Engine’s Cascade Particle System
  • How to make a simple UI in Unreal
  • How to package and cook games in Unreal
  • Basic performance optimization
  • Using Git with Unreal

What’s Next

During the making of Z’s Pinball I realized how dreadful my color sense is 😆

So, I’ll be focusing on visual skills during July. Namely color, light, VFX and perhaps some modeling.

This ends this month’s report. Your comments and feedback would be greatly appreciated, so do comment below. 🙂

Back from 1 year absence

Written by Zainab Al-Ansari on . Posted in Blog

Peace everyone!

It’s been almost a year since my last post, and I’m very sorry about that.

I was traveling for almost 7 months of the previous 12, and when I returned went through 2 new jobs (a part-time and a full-time), and ended up neglecting my blog with all that was happening >.<!

But now I’m restarting my blogging, and at the moment going through the site and doing much needed maintenance.

You can expect new posts to come out within a couple of weeks, I hope you’ll stick around till then ^-^


A New Beginning

Written by Zainab Al-Ansari on . Posted in Blog

Salam Alaikum, and welcome to my humble blog. My name is Zainab Al-Ansari, and am an aspiring Legendary game designer. I come from the little country of Bahrain, and at 23 years I’ve recently graduated from Bahrain Polytechnic, ICT bachelor majoring in Programming.


During the last year of our studies at poly, we are required to get a job related to our major and work throughout a semester, mine was the position of a Web Developer at VII Tech. Part of poly’s requirements is to submit weekly reflections where we look back on the previous week, and objectively discuss our failures and successes, what we learned and what we need to do to improve. I found these highly beneficial, not just to understand my strengths and weaknesses, but also to see how far I’ve come later on, and so decided to continue the practice. However, instead of keeping these weekly “reports” for myself, I thought perhaps other people might benefit and learn from my experiences, which is why I decided to release them for the public. Expect them every Saturday starting 6th of September, and if I fail to deliver feel free to scold and call me lazy!


So you might be wondering why would you want to read some unknown person’s thoughts? Well, for one thing I expect the blog to be especially helpful for game developers, as well as those who work from home, as I’ll be documenting both my practices, their effects and my game development efforts. But more than that, anyone who shares my love of knowledge would benefit. You see, calling learning my passion, is an understatement. Learning new things excites me, it’s the reason why I wake up in the morning, and consider it my life’s purpose. I want to see, feel, taste and hear everything there is to experience, know of all there is to know, learn of all humanity’s sciences, art, music, literature and all we’ve done. Unlikely dream, but I still pursue it eagerly, and have been so for as long as I remember. If you’re curious enough, you’ll be happy to know that I’ll be sharing not just my work but my pursuit of knowledge with you as well. So I hope you’ll stick along and share our journeys together!

Contact Me!

I wish to hear from you, so please feel free to contact me whether to give feedback, ask for advice or anything else. You can use the contact form here, send me an email directly at zainab (at) zslaboratories (dot) com, reply to my posts in the comments section below, or post in my Facebook page. Also, if interested you can subscribe via email or RSS feed on the left, to receive notifications of my posts.

Looking forward to hearing from you 🙂


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