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i'm storing all of my game's maps in text format. so because i think these won't be very hard for someone to edit, should i really care if they do edit them? this is a map file:
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up.test right.test down.test left.test

should i really worry about anyone trying to create their own maps with this format? i mean, even doom 3 and those level games have people who know how to create maps for them. thanks

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Completely depends. If you leave it like this, and it is as easy to edit as you say it is, you are essentially giving them the choice to change the game from the way you made it and allowing them to do what they wish. If you want to restrict them to playing the game your way, find some simple method for obfuscating it. Most people won't go through the effort to decode rot13, but if someone wants to crack your maps they will.

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I wouldn't really bother. If someone wants to modify my game and play it I would be more than happy. If they plan on distributing the maps I would want to be informed though.

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Exactly. If someone were to put in the time and effort to make their own map(s) for my game, I'd be pretty pleased! (Assuming it was not for malicious use, such as editing the maps of online games)

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Exactly. If someone were to put in the time and effort to make their own map(s) for my game, I'd be pretty pleased! (Assuming it was not for malicious use, such as editing the maps of online games)


Well online games should always be sanity checked on the server anyhow so the only harm localy modified maps should be able to achive is the user getting utterly frustrated.

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well, this is sort of a zelda clone, but set in the old west.

this map only contains the bitmap file containing the tile images, the map data, the ai data and the maps around it (this last isn't actually done yet) i still have to have the map file stores a few things, i just haven't actually writen the code for them yet lol.

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Exactly. If someone were to put in the time and effort to make their own map(s) for my game, I'd be pretty pleased! (Assuming it was not for malicious use, such as editing the maps of online games)


Well online games should always be sanity checked on the server anyhow so the only harm localy modified maps should be able to achive is the user getting utterly frustrated.


which is utterly funny :)

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I wouldn't be happy if somebody was selling maps he made for my game to finance his illegal traffics with the ultimate goal of world domination/and/or/destruction

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I wouldn't be happy if somebody was selling maps he made for my game to finance his illegal traffics with the ultimate goal of world domination/and/or/destruction


i would, if anyone actually would want to buy anyone elses maps for my game, that must mean that a whole lot of people brought it :)

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