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Real time action in an online game.

06 April 2015 - 07:14 AM

Are there any examples of simple games that rely on real time action (as opposed being to turn based), Metal Slug for example, that are massively multiplayer?

What are the technical restrictions of something like this?

Freeware Video Editing

19 November 2014 - 02:49 PM

Hi all,

Does anyone know of any simple free video editing software? For what it's needed for, Windows Movie Maker would be perfect, save for the fact that you can't layer graphics over your footage(?).

I know someone who has a load of hand drawn titles that they want to drop over a clipshow.

Any ideas?

Windows 7 Nightmare

21 August 2014 - 03:36 AM

Hi all,

I recently switched my Dell Studio laptop on to find that all documents were missing from the machine. The computer appears to be blank, as if it were new.

I googled the issue and it suggested that I try a system restore, which I did. This did not work. Now all I can restore to is yesterday (20.8.14)?

Old programs seem to still be installed (Blender, AVG etc...) but none of my files or folders exist. I can still access "My Documents" ect, but they are empty and contain no files or folders that I have created.

The laptop has always run with an watermark in the corner of the screen saying "This copy of windows is not genuine" - It is genuine, but I've never gotten round to registering it, the previous owner still has the number required for this.

Any ideas on what this might be. My first assumption is some kind of virus - but I'm not too tech savvy with this sort of thing?


Games in Google Earth discussion/challenge.

10 April 2014 - 04:53 AM

Hi all,

I've been musing over this for a few days,

Google Earth is, to me, a remarkably underrated technological achievement. It is simply the worlds most accessible piece of complex global cartography, and an incredible logistical undertaking to assemble, program and compile. I have always thought this.

Recently I saw an XKCD cartoon that summed up some of its potential:



This is dorky, I know, but it is also genuinely fun.

Google Earth, by now, has just about covered the entire globe (miles of baron, empty land included) with reasonably high definition birdseye imagery - not to mention the ever expanding street view function.

Here's the challenge I want to set, here in this thread:

Expand on the ideas mentioned in this cartoon, primarily, wilderness wandering/discovery:

There are plenty of programs and plugins that allow flight sims and driving games etc... in Google Earth, but for the sake of this discussion - lets just ramble about what little games we can come up with, within the remit of your internet browser. No need to bother with scripting or additional programming.

Beyond that, any ideas are welcome, even if it's as simple as "Pick a random coordinate and see how long it takes to get to civilisation or some kind of building".

Things to consider:

- What kind of rules/restrictions/time limits can you set yourself?
- How could these games be implemented with social media, facebook feeds for instance, to give them a semblance of being multiplayer?
- What are the objectives of your game?

Approach this like a kid in a playground would, no props, coding or flashy graphics tell you how to play tag - it's just an ad-hoc game where the rules can be changed to fit the circumstance. Playground games are entirely the product of your imagination and your environment (in this case, substitute the playground for Google Earth).

Any ideas?


You spawn in a forest, in your backpack you have a...

06 May 2013 - 12:49 PM

I'm putting together an idea for a survival game.


Essentially, the game revolves around you being dumped in a world that consists of a variety of different environments (jungle, dessert, arctic). The world will be inhabited by:

A) Non-player animals, a varied ecosystem ranging from tiny ants to big dangerous things.
B) Other players who have also been dumped in a wilderness, motivated by survival, probably friendly, probably after your gear. Who knows.


Your entire goal is to survive, decide whether to set up a camp/shelter or just to go nomad. If you bite the dust, I think the game will give you a simple permadeath end message along the lines of "You survived for 4 Months - 2 Days - 10:12:32".


The question is, what should the players start with?

I want the game to be extremely harsh, so survival carries a sense of satisfaction, but also risk. I am thinking that the players should just have the set of overalls on their back and their wits.


What do you think, would it be fairer to go down the DayZ route and give them a pistol and a tin of beans? Maybe a knife or even a survival kit?


I don't want to doom the players (I secretly do), nor do I want an over abundance of pistols with empty magazines kicking around on the jungle floor.


Your thoughts.