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  1. Anyone have any comments on which flash 3D library to use? (better rendering?) Between Alternativa3D, Flare3D and Away3D
  2. Hello everyone! I'm trying to make a web based RTS game that's either isometric, or 3D with a fixed camera angle. I'm currently torn between using Flash or Unity3D (or webgl?), and I would want to hear you guys opinions on which is the best technology to use. What I imagine to be the Pros of Flash: - [b]no additional plugin install [/b](If I use Unity3D, I fear that many players will turn away due to the additional plugin required... I heard that they are planning to integrate Unity into Chrome and flash, but I'm not sure how long I need to wait for this to happen) What I imagine to be the Cons of Flash: - I haven't seen any 3D RTS coded in flash, so I'm not sure if flash can handle all the 3D renderings as smoothly. - It's slowly getting replaced by other web technologies Any suggestions/comments would be great!
  3. [quote name='stormwarestudios' timestamp='1327414570' post='4905783'] If you're building a game for the browser, then there are two major factors you need to key in: 1) You'll have to master JavaScript 2) Putting all your logic in the front-end makes your game significantly more hackable. There are alternatives to #1 (ActionScript being one of them; I feel this is a technology which is losing traction to HTML5 so can't recommend going this route). Google's Native Client would also be a good bet, since C code becomes reusable; this, however, is even more bleeding-edge than HTML5 game development, and its future is highly uncertain.[/quote] Native client currently supports Unity3D, that's why I'm looking into this as well. I'm also quite proficient with Javascript and other web technologies (canvas, websocket, etc). FYI I'm currently doing a PhD in web security Secondly, I've looked into HTML5 game engines, and non of the free ones look "visually" appealing to me. I am very interested in TGE, so please give me some details on this. Thanks
  4. Hello everyone, I'm not new to programming, but I am a newbie to game development. I took an undergrad course in computer graphics (not long ago), so I have a very basic understanding of how games are made. It's been my childhood dream to create a game, and I think this is a good time for me to start chase after that dream. The last time I've been to gamedev.net (like a few years ago), I remembered there was a subsection on the forum for isometric games. I could not find that subsection this time around, so I decide to post my question in the second most appropriate section (i.e., here). Long story short, I have a game idea in mind that I want to implement. And I have 2 requirements for this game: 1. This is going to be an isometric-like game. I used to word "like" because I'm also fine making a 3D game with a non-moving camera, which looks similar to an isometric game. 2. I want this game to run in a web browser. - I was thinking of using Unity3D or html5 for this, unless someone give me a good reason to use flash (i.e., it's 100x easier to make it in flash). Keep in mind that I have no experience in Flash Can anyone give me some ideas of what technology I should use (game engines, etc)? And what are some good resources for beginners trying to make isometric-like games?