Sunday, 16 April 2017

4 games in one :D

I've had to do a few re-writes to cut pages and reduce the amount of code in the book,  this is mostly done by letting 1 project flow into another. Rather than having,as I did, separate projects. So I've build a simple tile display system, which in turn becomes a top down shoot and chase game, then a single screen platformer, then a scrolling platformer, and finally a scrolling shooter.

While at the same time introducing collision, motion, logic, attack waves and for fun a bit of parallax scrolling.

All using the same graphics :D

here's the shooter

Its reduced the page count quite a bit, and It think made the flow of information that much cleaner...I'm,doing something similar for the 3D games in the book too. Still maintaining the style but allowing 1 to flow into another.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

heavy edits ongoing

Been working on converting a single screen platform game like this

into a multi screen scrolling game...these were originally 2 separate projects but space has become critical in the book so I needed to put the two projects together and show how to turn the 1st into the 2nd with the aid of a couple of simple concepts.

Saved quite a few pages and I think it makes the experience a lot more fun.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

some new toys

Strange formatting warning...cut and paste from Facebook, but lots of spaces added! 2 oops 3 new Orange Pi's picked up from post drop, had to pay some duty on one...almost as much as it cost, ironically the cheapest one...but still

crazy silly little Orange Pi Zero Plus 2 512Mb machine with onboard 8Gb eMMC memory.... this thing is tiny, has wifi on board, but works better with an expansion board to provide usb connections,
And an Orange Pi Win Development Board A64 Quad-core,
Which even as it was arriving here, was replaced by a new 2Gb version, but I won't be buying that yet.
These OPi's keep coming out faster than I can collect them... Shame the software support for them is utterly terrible. Going to experiment with Armbrian on these soon and see what they can do.
Oh I forgot last week I also picked up a "normal" Opi Zero H2 model with an expansion board and tiny case....crazy!
I'm going to start getting all these various machines hooked up to a central server system and have them be my household controller units....or just write shit games on them.
But for now I have to continue with the book, so they will go on the shelf for a couple of weeks.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Definitely the home straight

Last week I hope of book writing, mostly editing and documenting some code.

Still got a 100 pages to try to chop out but I think I will manage it then I can hand it over the publisher and get some rest.

In mean time I just finished doing particles and emitters using a 2D CPU rendering sytem..

looks pretty