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1  Java Game APIs & Engines / Java 2D / Re: Graphics translate method not working on: 2018-04-26 13:18:57
translate permanently changes the translation in the graphics instance. It will accumulate every frame if you're using the same graphics instance every time.

Cas Smiley
2  Game Development / Newbie & Debugging Questions / Re: Deploying a Java game on Steam on: 2018-04-22 14:15:37
Indeed, don't make life hard for yourself. Just deploy the entire embedded JRE you want, and use jsmooth to create a launcher for it.
On the Mac it's just a zip of a .app folder with a shellscript to launch and a .plist file explaining to the system how the app is configured.
On Linux it's just a tar.gz and a shellscript to launch.

All three methods just involve an entire JRE - the lib and bin folders specifically - and your game stuff at the root. There's really nothing to it. Use Ant to automate it if you want but there's not even really a need to do that.

Cas Smiley
3  Game Development / Newbie & Debugging Questions / Re: Deploying a Java game on Steam on: 2018-04-22 11:48:30
I've never looked at Maven nor gradle. Ant works for me.

Cas Smiley
4  Game Development / Game Mechanics / Re: Thinking about data formats - would appreciate opinions. on: 2018-04-12 15:29:56
Reckon your best bet is to a) use the data simply as persistence, not as a database - load it into the heap in a useful queryable POJO structure and b) use thjson which is precisely designed for this exact task you had in mind Tongue

Cas Smiley
5  Game Development / Game Mechanics / Re: Thinking about data formats - would appreciate opinions. on: 2018-04-09 14:11:39
I'm quite fond of my THJSON parser Smiley Most of the advantages of XML, most of the advantages of JSON.

Cas Smiley
6  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2018-03-26 10:53:09
You should have a go with my thjson library, ags1 Smiley

Cas Smiley
7  Game Development / Articles & tutorials / Re: Tips to complete and release your game on: 2018-03-16 09:06:05
Nice one Smiley No "Appreciate" button in the Articles subtopic though!

Cas Smiley
8  Java Game APIs & Engines / Engines, Libraries and Tools / Re: LWJGL3FX - A sneak peek on: 2018-03-14 11:03:47
There are rumblings that AWT might itself be hived off into a separate thing too. The fruits of JDK9's fiddly module system finally ripening.

Cas Smiley
9  Discussions / Business and Project Management Discussions / Re: Looking for ambitious java developers on: 2018-03-12 15:11:10
Just to be clear I'm fine with it being described as "professional level" as opposed to the stricter definition of "professional" but I think it'd just help avoid a lot of time wasted if you were up front about all the details here.

Cas Smiley
10  Discussions / Business and Project Management Discussions / Re: Looking for ambitious java developers on: 2018-03-12 00:11:35
You will nonetheless receive a much more positive response from more appropriate people if you give more complete details here up front and engage in discourse here too. A cagey reluctance to do so does not inspire confidence...

Cas Smiley
11  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: Gun violence in video games: Donald Trump meets with video game execs on: 2018-03-11 13:10:06
I speak on behalf of the moderatorial team here at JGO. Now, STFU, please. I have asked for the thread to stop politely a couple of times.

Cas Sad
12  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: Gun violence in video games: Donald Trump meets with video game execs on: 2018-03-11 10:46:50
Jon, you are still being very confrontational. When someone says they're not being sarcastic, please take it at face value and treat it as if they have given you an honest response. No-one has anything to gain from bullshitting.

Again you are tone deaf to the general consensus of opinion from everyone else in the world vs. America:
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Java gaming -> Video game violence is bad -> no, guns are bad -> why? -> silence! -> <we are here>
We are not here, it is only American gun advocates (I hasten to reiterate that the other half of America thinks you have a problem too).
There is no silence. It is stated over and over and over again, all over the internet. Guns are bad because they kill people so well. That is their primary function. Killing people. Most guns made are not made for sharpshooting target practise. They are designed to kill. That is why guns exist. That is why armies do not use swords any more - because guns are 10000x better at killing. Guns are so good at killing that it makes it easy for nutcases to kill people en masse all the time, and only in your country. There is no argument - there are only facts. The only thing worth debating is why you hang on to the argument that somehow guns are great and that people should in general be allowed to have them. What will it take to make you think about it? When your neighbour's kid gets shot dead? When your kid gets shot dead? When your wife gets shot dead? When you get shot dead? I suspect from the tone of your argument you are essentially irrational on the subject and no further useful debate will be possible with you. When confronted with sound discussion you accuse people of sarcasm or caricaturing.

Now, for the good of everyone, please stop posting in this thread. The moderator function appears to be broken atm which is why I haven't already ended it or at least thrown it into the Chitchat Monster.

Cas Smiley
13  Discussions / Business and Project Management Discussions / Re: Looking for ambitious java developers on: 2018-03-11 09:16:19
Professional = money. What are the rates?

Cas Smiley
14  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: Gun violence in video games: Donald Trump meets with video game execs on: 2018-03-10 15:57:39
The threat of moderation is real and getting closer.
Firstly the discussion was veering dangerously towards simple argument.
Secondly there is no place on the entire internet where this argument ends up either resolved or with more people friends with each other at the end of the argument than at the start of the discussion.
Thirdly you will find that questioning moderation decisions in public neither endears you to the moderators nor weakens their resolve.

I think this thread should be ended before it ends badly. What do you think?
15  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: Gun violence in video games: Donald Trump meets with video game execs on: 2018-03-09 23:12:50
The A-Team was the start of it. All those bullets... and the only person who ever got shot was Murdoch.

Cas Smiley
16  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: Gun violence in video games: Donald Trump meets with video game execs on: 2018-03-09 17:18:27
The minion example sounds like an interesting game mechanic  Grin It's kind of a constructed example though, i would rewrite the minion behaviour, they are obviously defective.
Let us assume for the moment that the minion code is in a library and you can't change it.

Your counterexamples btw are a particularly tired and entirely orthogonal argument and well you know it.

Cas Smiley
17  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: Gun violence in video games: Donald Trump meets with video game execs on: 2018-03-09 15:05:21
The second amendment thing is bizarre. If the 2A had a clause in it that allowed you to shoot Mexicans I wonder if Americans would fight for the right to do so, because it's been written down. Just a thought.

Cas Smiley
18  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: Gun violence in video games: Donald Trump meets with video game execs on: 2018-03-09 13:59:41
Actually you only need 3 things now I think about it. Perp, gun, victim. And the victim is frequently the perp (examine US suicide data for eye opening facts). And in another uniquely American way you don't even need a motive when you've got armed toddlers.

Cas Smiley
19  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: Gun violence in video games: Donald Trump meets with video game execs on: 2018-03-09 13:56:38
You need four things for a tragedy: perp, motive, gun, victims. While there are four things tragedies will continue to occur. There is only one thing that is in the power of society to remove. To be on topic for the forum: imagine you're trying to design some sim game and you need to stop some game-breaking flaw where AI minions keep on killing all the AI children whenever they get a mood under 0.2 and pick up an SMG.

Cas Smiley
20  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: Gun violence in video games: Donald Trump meets with video game execs on: 2018-03-09 13:11:39
TBH I am of a mind that we (Puppygames) should present a public facing stance on our feelings about guns, and it's one of solidarity with the rest of the world, and that is guns are bad. Just bad, end of story, there are absolutely no redeeming arguments or features of guns that will convince the rest of the world, Puppygames, or myself otherwise, nor bring back all the dead people, and that's our official line on it. And so honestly, there is no debate with me: I'm on the side of the right to live life without fear of random death from flying lead, not anachronistic amendments, nor business interests, nor even morality, and so it is with just about everyone else in the rest of the world.

Cas Smiley
21  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: Gun violence in video games: Donald Trump meets with video game execs on: 2018-03-09 11:40:54
You are not open for discussion, which we can tell by your intellectual filibustering, you're just here to argue... it won't get you anywhere.

<edit> Actually, haha it's been so long since I had to invoke moderatorial power I can't even remember how to do it. Please continue to pay out the rope with which you wish to hang yourself in front of the community, I'll just watch for amusement.

Cas Smiley
22  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: Gun violence in video games: Donald Trump meets with video game execs on: 2018-03-09 11:27:09
Ok, stop the thread now. Subtle warning before moderation.

Cas Smiley
23  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: Gun violence in video games: Donald Trump meets with video game execs on: 2018-03-09 11:06:18
Because it's worked in every other country that's done it. Apart from being common sense - if there are no guns, nobody can get shot.
The reason why Americans argue about this till they go blue in the face is because they are so immersed in it it is normal. Every other person in the world sees it as a no-brainer. Americans come up with insanely irrational ways to keep having more guns. It really makes us (the rest of the civilised world) facepalm just watching it unfold.

Cas Smiley
24  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: Gun violence in video games: Donald Trump meets with video game execs on: 2018-03-09 10:58:21
You're all talking as if restricting civilian access to guns will solve the problem. Without actually defining, stating or talking about the actual problem that you're supposedly trying to solve.
Is not the actual problem that actual people keep using actual guns to kill actual children en masse all the time?

Cas Smiley
25  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: Gun violence in video games: Donald Trump meets with video game execs on: 2018-03-09 10:50:21
Then you also need to realise that feeding the gun lobby is gun culture. Gun culture absolutely, totally pervades every aspect of American life. The cops have guns and they tend to shoot first and ask questions later. There are guns in virtually every programme on TV. Nearly every single film coming out of Hollywood literally glorifies guns. Poster art is covered in guns. "Rap music"* orbits gun culture. Guns guns guns. Guns everywhere. Even the most trivially benign cartoons have guns in them!

Big ticket video games are still predominantly what we like to derisively describe as manshooters. Everyone has guns. The aim is to kill virtual people. Increasingly these look like real people and the guns behave and look like real guns and the situations look like real situations. The graphical, visceral, immersive nature of videogames is horrifying. (Just imagine it in VR now). It makes the passive consumption film gun imagery look like the inane scribblings of a 3 year old. Guns guns guns.

Guns ooze out of every foetid, rancid pore of American society. Every aspect of gun culture plays a small but crucial part. Bricks on their own don't make a wall but put enough of them together.

The worst part is that is, that is is being exported wholesale to every other country in the world. We have it particularly badly here in the UK because we share some common language. 40 years ago you would rarely ever see guns used in television dramas - which largely mirrored actual real life in the UK - they were a real event. Now they're as common as they are in the US media. We old folk don't like it at all, because the young 'uns are growing up thinking it is normal. This is how gun culture works. Surrounded by it, swimming in it, it pervades every aspect of normal until it is normal, despite being insane.

You might have noticed a lack of guns in our games. It's all virtual violence, using imaginary zap weapons, against monsters and robots. I really don't like guns in games any more. I used to, but I don't now. I see it for what it is: the subtle erosion of civilised values from our lives through constant imagery to normalise the genuine horror that guns bring.

Cas Smiley


* Yeah there's no better way to sound like an old fogey by saying "rap music" is there?
26  Java Game APIs & Engines / Engines, Libraries and Tools / Re: LWJGL3FX - A sneak peek on: 2018-03-08 10:43:40
Hey Spasi - I've always been super-interested in having JavaFX completely backed by LWJGL as it'd basically make creating complex game UIs a total doddle. As usual I'm rather pressed for time but willing to help wherever I can.

Cas Smiley
27  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2018-03-07 00:50:38
Today I found out I'm being replaced at work. Not a bad innings - 3 years out of this one.

Anyone need a programmer for a bit?

Cas Smiley

Why the hell are they doing that?

Just shaking things up for the hell of it I think.

Cas Smiley
28  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2018-03-06 23:36:23
Today I found out I'm being replaced at work. Not a bad innings - 3 years out of this one.

Anyone need a programmer for a bit?

Cas Smiley
29  Java Game APIs & Engines / Java 2D / Re: How to have BufferedImages take up less RAM on: 2018-03-06 23:33:47
Er, yes Smiley Also my information is maybe a few years out of date - try it and see.

Cas Smiley
30  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2018-03-06 12:16:58
No, it is a TERRIBLE DISTRACTION from the awesome VOXOID engine he's also making Tongue

Cas Smiley
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