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  1. Will that make my source code viewable? If yes, is there a way around that? Yes the file are split up correctly and i never thought of that option. Where can i find useful information on that subject?   Thank you very much!!
  2. Hello everyone!   We have been running our game for a while now using c# and Silverlight with quite a user base. Since we haven't updated anything visual to the user ever since the game's launch, we were thinking of changing that for 2016.   Since our game is ran in a web browser and that chrome has dropped Silverlight, i wanted to make a move and use something else. Now i was wondering if such thing is possible without a complete rewrite of the game and what should be used instead of Silverlight.   Any advice is greatly appreciated!   Thanks    
  3. Hello, May i ask what language you are using? Thanks
  4. Alright thank you very much! After re-searching day in and day out, reading articles, posts and watching some videos, i really think i should of went with C# from the beginning. One of JavaScript's issue, that i find is a pretty big one, is that anyone is able to view your code and it's more of a "public" game that is being created. Also, the networking part, not that there isn't any, is going to really be a pain to make sure i don't overload it with data transfers (client to server). Let me know what you guys think! [quote name='Telastyn' timestamp='1333476003' post='4927944'] [quote name='deepg' timestamp='1333470194' post='4927907'] How can i know if this will work fine for me and what are the steps to be taken? [/quote] Prototype, measure, extrapolate. [/quote] I am still learning and i am not sure what this means Thanks again!
  5. I would like to thank you all with all the help! I decided to give it a try, using HTML5 + JavaScript. I finished learning HTML5, practicing here and there and i am now in the middle of my JavaScript reading. After much work put into it, i am starting to wonder if JavaScript is going to be fast enough for my online/multi-player needs. Can anyone help me out on this? How can i know if this will work fine for me and what are the steps to be taken? Thanks once again!
  6. Ah sorry for not being too specific. The game i would like to be building are online real time based. Meaning playing online with other players, rating/score changes depending what the user does, etc etc. Basically, a multiplayer game just like runescape where you can play with other players. Thanks
  7. So i am better off using PHP, Ajax and HTML?
  8. Alright thank you very much for your reply. May i ask, why i should not just aim at using C# or Java? Thanks
  9. Some say having this done in JavaScript/HTML/PHP will be a real pain. May i ask why they would say so? It do-able but more complicated or it's just longer to code? Thanks
  10. Would PHP, JavaScript and HTML5 allow the multiplayer/online game play? Also thank you very much for all your comments and help!
  11. I am currently really unsure on what to do. Would HTML5, PHP, Flash and javascript be "powerful" enough on the long run for me? Meaning, later on, when i start getting use to game development, i would want to create more and more complex games for my site and i am scared that i won't have in knowledge the right languages to do so. Am i completely wrong? Thanks
  12. I asked around and i was told [left]Silverlight is a really pain to work with.[/left] [left][color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif][size=3]Also, don't most of the stuff java can do on the web can be done with CSS/HTML5?[/size][/font][/color][/left] [left][color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif][size=3]Thanks[/size][/font][/color][/left]
  13. [color=#333333]Hello there![/color] [color=#333333]I am currently caught in a big loop where i am re-searching all over the place to see what fits my situation the best.[/color] [color=#333333]I currently know PHP, HTML and some mySQL.[/color] [color=#333333]I am looking to start developing games where the user can play it on their web browser (no download needed) but i also would like it to be a multiplayer game.[/color] [color=#333333]The way i want it, is that i would like to game to be integrated into my website and the website into the game. [/color] [color=#333333]I am also looking to have a couple (not one BIG game) other games, that use the same backend (to connect to the website, the user base, etc).[/color] [color=#333333]I was wondering what language is best to hit this with as i do not want to look back, in the future, and have to re-code everything because that X language cannot offer X feature.[/color] [color=#333333]Any help would be very nice of you.[/color] [color=#333333]Thanks[/color]
  14. I have been searching for a long time now and i was wondering if there were any free software like Planning Force that i would be able to use on my server and have my whole team use it? Thanks
  15. Negatif. That wont help me keeping my team updated with everything.