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  1. Ecoste

    Where to take this from here?

    Sorry, it might not be super clear from the video. Basically, those things rotating the players are hearts, and when you get hit then 1 heart goes away. Soccer actually seems to be a great idea with this kind of game, thanks a lot for that suggestion I'll definitely implement it once I get some time. I also thought about different characters, but not sure what each one should feature. I'll see.
  2. I've made a bit of a 2(supports many players) -player prototype game, and it's kind of fun for what it is. The idea came from Team Fortress's 2 tennis mod or whatever it's called. Here's a little demo: But, that's all it is and I'd like to expand further on the concept. I don't really know where to take it from here, apart from adding a couple of challenge levels, some interesting maps with different types of rockets and a lot of them and some system that drops power up. But, it's still all based on one meager concept which I find kind of hard to expand upon. Any ideas?
  3. I've always wondered about advertising mobile apps. The only ads I ever see for them is on other apps or some crappy site pop-ups. Maybe on FB as well, but I've never had a Facebook account, so I have no idea. I mean, you can't expect many downloads if you just put it on the app store and leave it be. Are there companies that specialize in this kind of promotion?
  4. Ecoste

    Animation program?

      Often an alternate solution for a desired effect can be suggested if you post what you want to achieve, rather than how you want to achieve it. That would require information such as what platform/OS and API you're using.   If you "just want" to have one object instead of 4, can you explain why you can't do that?   I want to have 1 object because its tidier and easier to deal with. Also because I would like software like this in case I need a feature like this in the future. I'm certain most software have this, but I was just illustrating what I'm broadly going to be using the software for. For example the software 'Spine' is heavily geared towards skeleton animation, I won't be using that much, so I don't want software that is primarily focusing on it.   Basically, I'm looking for a Photoshop that makes animation easier. To make animated backgrounds, explosions, whatever else.   Thanks!
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    Animation program?

    Hello, I'm looking for an animation program that's geared towards game developers. Right now, I'm using Photoshop and the game engine's animation features but they're both very limited.   For example, I made 4 stars in PS, and then I have to rotate them all inside the game engine to create this:   http://imgur.com/ZWULTJf     But, that's 4 rotating objects and grouping them all the time is a pain. I just want to have one object with 50 frames instead of 4 rotating objects with 50 frames.   Anyway, any recommendations?
  6. Hey gamedev, I've been working on this game on-and-off for a long time now. It's basically a runner where you need to press buttons at the right time to advance. Anyway, I decided to add a 2 phase system. For example when you're in phase 1, you can only collide with blue platforms. When you're in phase 2, you can only collide with red platforms. It used to be only 1 phase, but it was kind of boring. Now, the problem is that it is very unclear in which phase you're in at the moment. I need some more visual representation. Video of game:  (Background music picked up ) Game : https://www.dropbox.com/s/ev2tput1g6mq9y2/game.exe?dl=0 (ctrl to switch phases, space to jump. Sorry for the crappy levels.) Yeah, to me right now it looks very unclear in which phase you're at. I tried changing the player colour depending on what phase you're in, but it looked very derp and didn't help. A while ago I tried a border, but it was very epileptic and unappealing. Also, the levels look dead. When I add a lot of platforms to them they look a lot nicer, but the game becomes almost impossible to play because it becomes super hard. So yeah, if I can't get a more clear representation I will go back to no phases. Any suggestions on the matter? Thanks.
  7. basically in my game I'm firing a line. The line's anchor point is at the very bottom of it, and half of its width.   When I fire the line, its rotation gets set to face where we want it to go. Then, with each frame of the game, the height of the line increases and it looks like the player is firing a laser.   Here's the code for the initial setting-up to fire and later move the laser. Javascript, using PIXIJS.       function fireLazor(mouseData){ firing = true; slopeY = (player.y - mouseData.global.y) / (player.x - mouseData.global.x); slopeX = (player.x - mouseData.global.x) / (player.y - mouseData.global.y); lazor.rotation = lazorRadians; lazor.x = player.x; lazor.y = player.y;     }   Alright, now that the laser is set to go all we need to do is increase its height and it will go in the direction we set it to go.     if(firing){ lazor.height += lazorAcceleration * DELTA_TIME;     }   Now, that all works fine and dandy. Here's a visual to help.   I first wrote some code to basically check the whole path of the laser and see if it hits something, IN ONE FRAME. It works perfectly, but it does so in one frame and the second we fire the laser. And obviously I need for it to check gradually as the laser travels.   The problem comes in when we want to collision check the front of the lazor to see if it hit something. We need to figure out what the co-ordinates of the front of the laser are. So, I thought that if we know the slope and the rate at which the height is increasing we can just do(simplified example that would run each frame, except of course without resetting the xtocheck and ytocheck to the player co-ordinates.)        ticks = lazorAcceleration / slopeY;     xToCheckForCollsion = player.x;     yToCheckForCollsion = player.y;          for(i = 0; i < ticks; i++){     xToCheckForCollsion += 1;     yToCheckForCollsion += slopeY;     }   I've tried multiplying, diving, both slopeY and slopeX, and other things I could possibly think of. Multiplying by delta time in different spots, ceiling and flooring, just don't know how else to twist it.   But, that doesn't work. The collision checks sometimes get ahead of the laser, sometimes they get behind it and etc.   Does anybody know how to get the front-coordinate of the laser? Or maybe even do this whole thing another way, I don't know.    Thanks!   SOLVED(not rly) Alright, instead of doing that I just did some geometry and rotated a point.   More can be found here. http://stackoverflow.com/questions/12161277/how-to-rotate-a-vertex-around-a-certain-point
  8. Hello, I had an idea for a flash game, basically it's a puzzle game that's tile-based. Each level has a finish that you must get to, but to get to it you need to place tiles that are given to you. I have a prototype going and it's not really a code intensive game, but the problem is creating the puzzles. Like, I only really thought of 1 or 2 levels but I can't come up with anything anymore, how do you do it? I mean, you could always "Borrow" them from other games and then take out some tiles to place, this is the last resort though.
  9. Ecoste

    Vector hell!

    Hello, this is the first time using Vectors, and I don't get the math behind them.    Here's my situation(3d Space): Vector X Vector Y   I want to get a third vector that goes from Vector X to Vector Y, and then I can just scale it myself. Halp.
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    How much will this cost approx?

      I doubt you can even get the first thing on your list for $300.  I'm not looking for a professional quality here, I just want some 2D art for a flash game around this quality(http://funny-games.biz/back-to-zombieland.html)   If it's going to cost that much then I can just spend more hours on it myself I guess.
  11. Outsourcing art, I need some assets done for 2D pixel-ish art nothing too complicated. 'Cause right now I'm making a skeleton for a game just don't have any art, so I'm thinking if that gets all done and goes well I could put some GOOD art into it(Not my crappy shit). I honestly have NO idea even approximately how much this will cost. I'm hoping around 300 bucks or so though.   -A character and running animation. -3 Other similar to each other characters -Background with a foreground, middleground and a background.(Day/Night) -Tiles/platforms about 4 kinds
  12. Ecoste

    AS3 creating new objects.

      (Solved my own question by replying to this reply) Yep, that could work. Create an array with a shit ton of bullets, make the one's that aren't in use null and when we need some new bullets we can just scan the array for the ones that we're not using. That's what I had in mind. My problem was that I didn't know that you didn't need to specify a name for an object when putting it into an array.   //I did this var bulletA:bullet = new bullet(); var ary:Array = new Array(9000); ary[0] = bulletA //Instead of doing this- var ary:Array = new Array(9000); ary[0] = new bullet(); //I thought that you need a name for an object when putting it into an array, my problem was generating names for all the objects. Since you don't need a name for the object, then I can just put this shit in a for-loop and generate 9000 bullets. Thanks for the reply!     I'm still open to more efficient ways of creating bullets though, but for now this will do. Thanks!
  13. Basically I have a simple game. And each 2 seconds a bullet flies out across the screen.   //bullet spawner import flash.utils.Timer; var myTimer:Timer = new Timer(2000, 1); // 2 second myTimer.addEventListener(TimerEvent.TIMER, runTimer); myTimer.start(); function runTimer(e:TimerEvent):void{ var bulletG:bullet = new bullet(565,Math.random()*400); //Screen is 400 pixels in heigth addChild(bulletG); } //bullet package { import flash.display.MovieClip; import flash.events.Event; public class bullet extends MovieClip { public function bullet(xS:int, yS:int) { addEventListener(Event.ENTER_FRAME, update); x = xS; y = yS } function update(e:Event){ x -= 3; } } }   Simple stuff right. Anyway, I wanted to ask if there's a better way of creating bullets. Because right now, if I wanted to create a shit ton of bullets, I could make an array full of bullets and simply spawn them.  That's cool until you get into spawning thousands of bullets, it's not time efficient to write each object yourself, so my question is how would you do it?
  14. Ecoste

    Extending a normalized vector?(3d)

    Thanks a lot, it worked. Sorry for not understanding you earlier :/
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    Extending a normalized vector?(3d)

    But, I don't know the distance. Here's a diagram of what I want to do, it's in 2d though.(Didn't know how to do it in 3d :?) http://i.minus.com/ibkPqtmdtLP4LE.jpg Lets go over of what I have to work with: Everything about the camera, it's position in the 3d world, and where it's facing. I tried multiplying everything by a value, it kind of works, but it goes too far sometime, like this, see the video. The code I use right now is- vector3 = x:cameraGetFacingX * (10000 * 0.1), y:cameraGetFacingY * (10000 * 0.1), z:cameraGetFacingZ * (10000 * 0.1); drawLine(start, end); drawLine(fromAllCharacters, vector3);
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