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1  Games Center / WIP games, tools & toy projects / Re: Isometric sci-fi rpg on: 2015-04-20 20:51:52
I very much like the graphics, but it does looked a little too far zoomed in?
2  Games Center / Showcase / Re: Spaceport Hope on: 2015-02-17 06:24:34
The music is great too, albeit a bit odd with that going on but I know its just the video. Regardless looks cool!

Checked out the artists page, it's like the composer from Final Fantasy's stuff, really nice
3  Game Development / Game Play & Game Design / Re: I need your opinion! on: 2015-02-17 06:20:52
I'd think really carefully about what you want to make.. even your wildest dreams however unlikely, ask yourself in an ideal world what you'd make with this, because it may become a serious limitation down the line and its always easier to get it done now before everything else starts taking shape around it.

Your screenshot made me think of a planet with the 1 light source, which looks cool. Would look pretty iffy with a player model though imo.
4  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: Just bought a whiteboard on: 2015-02-17 06:14:54
I wanted to remove it.. to draw more smaller graphs!

I have not tried Matth, was thinking of getting a new bigger board - for more graphs.

I'd really love some floor to ceiling white boards though, my university had these sort of cupboard door ones that you can draw on and it was amazing for doing maths or any difficult logic.
5  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: Just bought a whiteboard on: 2015-02-12 03:42:41
Nice, good buy, good buy. Just don't do as I did and leave things on it for too long... Sin(x) graph is a permanent feature of my whiteboard now. Competition++
6  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: Bit pissed off at uk school system... on: 2015-02-12 03:32:06
I hate the "if you have nothing to hide" argument, but when it comes to school and minors I'm all for it, seeing as you LITERALLY only carry very specific items, and what with certain knife based events I honestly don't see the problem.
this is not a prison its an area for teaching them.
The UK education system is a joke anyway, soon as you grind through and get secondary school qualifications you go to a "real school" called a university, a place where tutors are paid money and not crack cocaine and what they teach you is current and relevent to the actual course.

Well I'm guessing that's based from experience but my experience of university was the complete opposite - a complete f**king joke. School was far better and I actually learned more - much more. As for current and relevant to the course, that's the entire point of school, to teach you key skills required for all areas and a good all-round education.


EDIT: I missed the bit about actually looking through someones phone - the data. Is that actually allowed? How can they possibly enforce that if the phone is password protected? Someone please clarify, because if that's the case then I'd change my tune.
7  Game Development / Game Play & Game Design / Re: How to be a more creative writer? on: 2015-02-09 18:28:11
I think inspiration can be really difficult, especially if you spend a large amount of time isolated in one room in front of a screen. I find reading short stories can help provide inspiration; I'm not talking about copying, but imagining someone elses vision for an atmosphere location environment scenario character or whatever it is, and you its easy to go off on your own tangent from there. I say short stories since its quicker and you can get through a variety quickly.
8  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: Posting in wrong thread on: 2015-01-22 19:06:04
I will try to recreate it, but I guess my initial presumption of "I am a retard" is going to be found true.

BrendynT lol, even worse a few months back I posted "No I like the donut like man he looks brilliant" or something, again completely the wrong topic.
9  Discussions / General Discussions / Posting in wrong thread on: 2015-01-19 17:38:37
I have this problem on JGO, wondering if anyone else does.

(Start not logged in) If I open multiple threads in new tabs and then in one I decide to reply, I log in then go to reply, but I end up posting in one of the other threads I opened in a seperate tab.
It's lead to some rather odd looking posts by me ranting about things that have literally no connection whatsoever to the topic.

Has anyone else had this happen to them or am I a literally retard incapable of working a forum? I've never done this on any other forums, and its happened to me so many times here
10  Game Development / Newbie & Debugging Questions / Re: Classic transparency problem with PNG on: 2015-01-19 00:24:21
EDIT: Post went into wrong thread.
11  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2015-01-04 21:52:02
Gl with Blender Olo, is it an amazing program once you get it down
12  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: The Escapist! on: 2015-01-04 03:18:06
Reported the video.

Creating a list of things to do is the easiest bit, I doubt he'll get beyond that stage - probably get distracted by something shiny.
13  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: why doesn't anyone use PlayN? on: 2014-12-30 04:03:48
Had never heard of it.. Libgdx is kinda the easiest one to stumble upon, and when you've found it it's like, why keep looking?
14  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: Most graphically polished games developed in Java? on: 2014-12-30 04:02:26
JME is gross, perhaps that's just my opinion, but everytime I've even attempted to use it, I lost my will to program for a week.

Minecraft is NOT the go-to option in my opinion, it's just a bunch of blocks with some... meh textures.

It most definitely is your opinion. JME has an absurd number of features, none of which are forced upon you - it is quick and easy to setup a 3d scene to your liking. Purely out of curiosity, what didn't you like?

As far as polished graphics go, I honestly havn't seen much in Java - for obvious reasons. This is currently my most graphical game, again in JME



NOTE: FPS is set to 62 by me, not running at full speed.
If you want to see the fullscreen  screenshots,
http://i.imgur.com/05t56i4.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/rs9NRZA.png
http://i.imgur.com/yTQ8hC7.png

15  Game Development / Game Play & Game Design / Re: Old 3d graphics on: 2014-12-24 20:11:31
The original PS1 Silent Hill is one of those games that gains a lot from its crappy graphics. It's a bit like looking at an old pinhole photograph in that it becomes a bit abstract in places and your imagination takes over and fills in the gaps. I believe the imagination is more powerful than anything, so I actually get your point.

That, and the way it uses fog /darkness to keep the draw distance down really made it terrifying IMO.  Playing it on an emulator with smooth shading and filtering etc actually removes something!

100% yes less = more imo. I think what you said it something I find true of many blurry old textures.

Corvid, out of interest which look do you prefer? It was an attempt to create a Resident Evil like game, uses fixed camera positions but not pre-rendered backgrounds. There is nothing to do bar walk around and press light switches and a few other buttons. Kind of re-making it with a different twist, havn't made any playable versions
16  Game Development / Game Play & Game Design / Re: Old 3d graphics on: 2014-12-24 19:30:35
Acually I love that too, in particular the textureless flat shading of the main character.

I even went as far as to remove textures in one of my billions of projects (kept lighting though, character uses a head torch)
17  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: I no longer use Google Play and I block ads on: 2014-12-23 03:33:28
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it's up to the developers to provide some alternative means of paying them

I agree about this ad bubble and it exploding - I probably saw 5 in the last 20 minutes and cant remember a thing, trained to blank them out.

I disagree with what you said though, they shouldn't have to imo.

I don't want to jack your topic, but can I quickly ask (not developed for android and dont use a smartphone) what happens to in-app adds if you disable internet?
18  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: Hi guys on: 2014-12-23 01:28:47
No problems, when you have the money send me a message and I will gadly sell you my house for $70million.
19  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: Markus bought a new house on: 2014-12-23 01:27:33
Grats to him. Sounds like cas is really on the money here aswell.
20  Game Development / Newbie & Debugging Questions / Re: [LibGdx] Problem with tile collision on: 2014-12-22 22:30:16
p.getX() ans p.getY() - what co-ords are they returning? Do you not need to do p.getX()/tilewidth?
21  Game Development / Game Play & Game Design / Re: Old 3d graphics on: 2014-12-22 22:16:14
Speaking as someone who has no clue what that means, (and despite it being pointless Tongue) where would one look to find a way of setting that...
22  Game Development / Game Play & Game Design / Re: Old 3d graphics on: 2014-12-22 18:25:37
Just tried rendering to a smaller fbo and fillining the screen with it, looks pretty cool! Still curious about how they lit stuff though if anyone knows
23  Game Development / Game Play & Game Design / Old 3d graphics on: 2014-12-22 03:58:32
So most people don't get it, but I'm a massive fan of some of the old so called terrible graphics from systems like the ps1, and earlier 3d pc games. I was wondering if anyone with more knowledge on 3d graphics than I could tell me what is causing a few of these, and maybe if there is a way I can achieve this today?

I think I get a few things - low resolution and linear filtering for that blurry look?



So in some games, (Dungeon Keeper (#3) - the floor) when you look up close at textures they begin to curve or warp?

Also on loads of playstation games when anything moves it sort it.. stutters around? #1 is silent hill, and at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WI5FCJF-Fas&feature=player_detailpage#t=389  (6:29) you can see his hands going wild even though they are still.

I also don't understand how they used to light their games, even with modern hardware lighting is the bane of my life performance wise. The last 2 are resident evil survivor stories. I don't see they lit them, is it lightmaps for the level and ambient for the players? Whenever I used ambient lights everything looks terrible, but in the outdoor parts of Silent Hill I couldnt figure out how it was lit, but it does't look horrendous. And the colours, were they limited?

Purely as a hobby type project, I want to achieve the kind of graphical look many old playstation games had and am a huge fan of low poly models of which I make many.

(I know #2 is pre-rendered backgrounds not sure why I included that one)
24  Game Development / Game Mechanics / Re: Game Movement Howto? on: 2014-12-22 03:18:02
Not sure I understood the question, BUT here is my approach:

I Decide where I want to go, workout the number of "updates" to get there (so totalDistance/velocity), then use a Timer based on that calculation, so
if(timer>timeToMoveFor) calculateNextDestination
else... carry on moving

Obviously you'll have to fit delta timing into the timer. This should work if "in my Path are only "the tiles to go" stored".

Also about:

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And how sould I go if one tile is partly solid?
Let´s say my spirte is 32x64 pixels and my tiles 32x32.
A* calulated an valid path, but if I go there my sprite will collide with an object, because it´s above the valid Tile.

All of that needs to be dealt with in the pathfinder, and is probably a headache. You'd need to send the pathfinder things like the Sprites width/height, so it can say: Ok this guy is 64 in height (2 tiles high lets say) so all tiles he can stand on MUST have an empty tile above it, or w/e.

25  Game Development / Game Mechanics / Re: Should I make a physics engine? on: 2014-12-22 03:08:25
I've noticed nothing I do can make it look even reasonable. Everything is shakey and sometimes I don't even think it knows how much one object is over the other. Yet I've seen other games with JBullet that look like they were recorded in blender...

Aye, I feel you. I noticed increasing the number of quads/triangles my physics objects were made up of helped, despite my original thinking of "Oh one box will make it run faster"
26  Game Development / Game Mechanics / Re: Should I make a physics engine? on: 2014-12-19 04:28:55
I'd say its not worth the effort, BUT I also found bullet to be a jerky unpredictable mess.

Surely though, as its so widely used, this is an error on our behalf? Perhaps playing around with it more helps. I did eventually get it to behave "acceptably" but it never looked clean and professional.
27  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: Buying "Complete" games is official dead on: 2014-11-07 18:51:43
I too am infuriated by this practice, but I think they are only hurting themselves in many cases. The good developers who make "good" games dont often do this, and the second I see the words season pass I immediatly decide not to purchase.

Games like Skyrim didnt do this, and sold millions. I even bought the DLC too, because I genuinly felt it was extra on top of a huge game, not like I was paying for what should already be included. I dont think many of these developers even know what a game is anymore, it's all about a "next gen high res hollywood spectacle" tht costs millions, while cheap to develope games like minecraft outsell them - they are clueless morons (imo).
28  Game Development / Newbie & Debugging Questions / Re: Make blood particles go in Random direction? on: 2014-11-05 00:40:59
In blood emitter, create

Random r = new Random();

Then I'd change the constructor..


public Blood(int x, int y, int xvel, Random r)

You need to chose an appropriate speed for your game, so with an xVelocity and a yVelocity, lets say between -4 and +4

float xvel = r.nextInt(9)-4;     //this would give a random number between 0-8 (inclusive), so -4 to get it into the chosen range
float yvel = r.nextInt(9)-4;

You might want to check xvel and yvel arn't both == 0, else it wont move. I'd probably not worry though it'd rarely happen and you'll have so many it wont matter.


Then, in update, simply do as you do

x += xvel;
y +=yvel;

And then to reduce speed slowly
xvel*=0.9f;
yvel*=0.9f;

Or some similar value.. just my idea.

(You'd need to change x and y to floats for this - but you can change all the values to ints and use higher numbers, or not reduce the velocity, or whatever you want)

29  Game Development / Newbie & Debugging Questions / Re: [SOLVED] Box2dlights Incorrect / No shadows using libgdx with a TiledMap on: 2014-10-06 02:49:24
Cool, glad you solved it Smiley
30  Game Development / Newbie & Debugging Questions / Re: Box2dlights Incorrect / No shadows using libgdx with a TiledMap on: 2014-10-04 14:47:40
I have used box2dlights succesfully in the past, very long time ago though. If you can post all the files so I can run it, I'll happily have a go at fixing
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