Thursday, 29 January 2009

Cheezeworld - another great blog about making Flash games

Following on from yesterday's recommendation of Game Poetry, here's the excellent Cheezeworld blog, with in-depth discussions on game Entity frameworks, collision detection, game Maths and lots more, with loads of great source-code for you to, err, borrow...

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Game Poetry - absolutely the best blog about making Flash games

How did I miss this one? The Game Poetry blog has literally dozens of great articles about creating Flash and/or games. Sensible advice combined with a nice writing style make Urban Squall's little blog a great read. More like reading a book really, but in a good way.

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Super ActionScript3 optimisation and a type-safe tweening engine - goodies from Shane McCartney

A couple of months back I worked on a project with super talented Flash developer (and all round nice guy) Shane McCartney. A few days ago I read his blog for the first time and found some awesome stuff on there including Tweensy - a type safe and super-fast tweening engine and not one but two great posts on optimising ActionScript3 scripts for better performance. Cool stuff!

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Unity3D for PC - I, for one, welcome our new 3D overlords!

I'd heard this from an "insider" a while back, but now it's official (thanks Ryan) - Unity3D development is coming to PC. 900% more developers should mean 900% more games, which will lead to client and user acceptance of the technology. For some of the work I do, at least, it will mean an end to worrying about poly-counts and clipping bugs, and more time to make cool games! Sweet.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

JavaFX - first impressions from a Flash developer (me!)

First impressions of JavaFX, having used it for about an hour. Can't be bothered with proper sentences for this! Here's the bullets:

  • The code IDE - NetBeans 6.5 - is great.
  • There's no visual editor that I could find - export from PhotoShop, Illustrator. For free versions try Paint.NET and Inkscape.
  • The language (JavaFX Script) seems like MXML and ActionScript rolled in to one language. A very different programming model to how I work. You never really write thing = new VisualThing(30, 20), it's all done with literals, so more like thing = VisualThing{param1:30, param2:20}.
  • That takes some getting used to, but I imagine if there was a good reason to use JavaFX for a project I'd be fine.
  • Certainly much easier to get started with than normal Java applets.
  • You can also use straight Java classes.
  • The plug-in update experience is still pretty horrible compared to Flash and even Silverlight.
  • Lots of the demo's are using Java Web start, which is also horrible.
  • Couldn't find anything about easy embedding - what's the Java version of swfobject?
  • Run-time performance seems fine and renders graphics nicely.
  • This technology has picked up seemingly zero traction amongst Flash community. Maybe will be a slow burner like Silverlight? Certainly Sun haven't thrown loads of money at Flashers like they did with Silverlight. (They probably can't afford to).
  • I hope it's not a flop because competition within the plug-in space can only be a good thing, but we'll see.
  • Nice range of 2D effects like we got with Flash 8 - drop shadow, blur etc
  • No 3D as yet, but it's on the roadmap.
  • Properly free and Open Source I think.
  • You can also develop Flash / Flex for free with MXMLC compiler, so that's not a reason to use over Flash.
  • Mobile version coming soon - don't know which platform supported yet - not iPhone or Android so who cares!
  • Now that I've sniffed around it I have no reason to use it, so back to Flash for now! Wish Sun the best of luck, because the technology actually seems ok.

Monday, 19 January 2009

Notes on Designing and developing multi-user Flash games

I was very pleased this morning to see that an attendee of my recent FlashBrighton talk on creating multi-player games has written up some very comprehensive notes, so if you want to know what I talked about, head over to ELECTROBUNNY's blog right now:

Read attendee notes on Designing and Developing Multi-User Flash Games.

If I get time I'd like to write it up myself, but who knows if I will, so enjoy!

Friday, 9 January 2009

Designing and developing multi-user Flash games - my session at FlashBrighton on Tuesday (13th January 2009)

Seb of FlashBrighton / PaperVision / Plug-in Media fame has very kindly invited me to talk at the FlashBrighton user group, so I will be pontificating on multi-player games (like Zwok, above, the game I developed for Bloc/Sony) on Tuesday. Here's the details:

Iain will tell you everything you need know to start creating multi-user Flash games: from a humble high-scores screen to real-time game-play and persistent worlds. He'll show you design and development lessons learned from real-world projects. Specific topics will include:

  • Choosing a server platform;

  • Sign-up and log-in;

  • Community and chat;

  • Game lobbies and match making;

  • Turn-based vs. realtime gameplay; and;

  • A look at which kinds of games are most suitable for multi-user play.
Tuesday January 13, 2009 at 7:00pm
The Werks
45 Church Road
Hove, England BN3 2BE

Check out the upcoming page for more info.