Showing posts from September, 2008

NO JOY? My campaign for joystick and gamepad support in Flash starts here!

Joypads, gamepads, joysticks, game controllers... call them what you will, Flash doesn't support them . Why should you care? Well, you only have to look around at Kongregate , MiniClip or TheGamesList to realise that Flash is a proper gaming platform now - you could even say FLASH IS THE NEW CONSOLE! (don't actually say that). As I'm sure you already know, Flash has some great features for games development : great 2D graphics and animation, sound, video and a decent programming language with AS3. When it comes to input devices though, it's less than ideal. While the keyboard support is great for games, the mouse support is not perfect - it doesn't let you "wrap" the cursor, so true FPS movement is impossible, and right-click can only be used for the Flash context menu. You also have the seldom-used option of supporting microphone and webcam (but more on that in another post). Anyway, any of these methods is obviously going to be second best to