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Platformer Controls

13 January 2012 - 10:49 AM

I'm looking at creating a simple platformer game on the Android platform, however, I'm trying to think of some method of control. I've seen some games use a virtual control with buttons on the screen, and others that use the accelerometer. Which would be your personal preference if the game was similar to Megaman (the classic series and its sequel series) or Sonic?

Note, this is for devices that don't have physical keyboards/buttons, such as the Galaxy S2 or the Nexus. Devices with keyboards or pads would obviously use them, unless the user opted otherwise.

First/Third Person Shooter with Cover vs Third Person Shooter with Cover

03 January 2012 - 09:17 AM

Going back recently and digging up old[er] shooter games, in particular, Rainbox Six: Vegas 2 (never played Vegas 1, but I assume it uses the same cover system) made me think. The game plays as a first person shooter until you get into cover, in which it switches into a third person view so you can see over/around the cover.

I compared this to the system move like Gears of War and Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter, in which the games use a similar cover system, however they are always in third person.

I couldn't find or think of any examples of first person games with cover mechanics that maintain first person views. The closest I could come up with is the lean mechanic in many first person games.

So the question comes up, with system do you prefer, and why? What are the benefits and problems of each one? How would a fully first person cover system work? Personally, I like the consistency provided by Gears of War and Ghost Recon: Advance Warfighter by sticking to one view point. Rainbow Six: Vegas switches views smoothly, however the aiming component changes between being in and out of cover.

Virginia Tech Shooting #2

08 December 2011 - 03:35 PM

For all of you who don't know, right now Virginia Tech is still stressed since the lock-down started at approximately 12:30. The event started with the gunman shooting a police officer doing a standard traffic stop, continuing to kill another student. This is a major event, and just thought I'd bring it up here. Please, for the sake of the victims, do not bring in anti-gun law arguments. I always hate seeing those type of statuses and posts on other websites. And for up to date information, http://www.vt.edu has all of the released details, and below is a video of Torg Bridge, where many students in the library were brought for safety.


Update: Lock-down is over, shooter wasn't found, but a weapon was found with the second victim, who is an unidentified male.