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  1. Well thanks very much indeed to all who have replied. This really is just an exercise for fun, I'll be showing a few friends but have no real intention of publishing so the flash plugin problems aren't a real issue.Out of curiosity, why does everybody hate the flash plugin so much? Is it really that hard to download an update? It's been buggin me for a while since I keep hearing that its a dying technology but it seemed to me like a very comfortable platform for an artist to dabble in interactivity. For someone who works primarily in visuals a wysiwyg editor which also handles the animation side of things worked great. I think I've (with the help of you all) answered my own question here but maybe one of the reasons I was concerned is due to the bad press which Flash has been getting.  another thing: Is it possible to import libraries into flash like for example a physics engine?
  2. Hi. I am an artist/ designer with a bit of experience programming with actionscript 3 and also with arduino so i have an idea of the fundamental concepts of programming.  I have recently been considering creating a simple game, similar to something like abes odyssey. It will mainly be story and art driven, I just need to implement the sidescrolling mechanics and some simple enimies etc.  My question is, would it be worth using a game engine or could i achieve something like i described quite easily using flash? I am running os x so it would need to run on that and preferably be free. I am not sure how much freedom engines/ game builders give you and whether learning the new scripting language would be longer than using my as3 skills in flash. I am also drawn to flash since you can create the artwork and animations directly in the program itself but am worried that trying to create the engine myself might be a bit of a tall order, Any help would be very much appreciated. Dan.