MonkeyWorld3D is our humble try to bring a new methodology for making games in Java using jME(Java Monkey Engine). Our aim from the beginning is to make a (What you see is what you play game editor), while we have managed to up reach some milestone versions of the editor, a lot more still needs to be done to complete the job, and we hope that MonkeyWorld3D bases this trial, and hope that some great games will be done using it.
We also tried to get some clean model for the game in general, where we dealt with Entities only, which might be the basic part of any game, and extended stuff as we seen suitable. We also added some components which are very frequently used in any game, for example, environment tweaking, like editing the Fog, World lights, Sky box and other type of editing which will normally occur in a game level.
The level designer can add primitive entities like for example Boxes, Spheres, etc. There also exist more complex type of entities, which will be jME(Java Monkey Engine) models and also entities such as global triggers. Global triggers will be responsible for executing user deffined scripts.
We also made management of the workspace extremely easy to the user. The user will start of setting a workspace on his local disk. Then all resources imported to his workspace will be saved to that location. There are a few supported model formats that can be imported and among them are the 3ds, obj and md2. Once these models are imported, they will be converted to the .jme format.
Each entity will have a level of settings. Some of which are the most commonly used, for example applying a texture on the entity or transforming the entity to the designer~Rs request. Then there also exist some more advanced settings, for example, setting that entity to emit light, or adding a sound effect to the entity.
We also developed a gizmo controller, which will allow the user to control entities in the level at runtime. The user will be able to drag any entity to any location in the level. A user can also set some camera specific settings, like making the camera stick to the terrain or letting it run freely around in the level.
All this can be used as a stand alone game application where you don't need the editor to use it. Also, introducing the entity concept in the game will shift game development, in a more specific, more game oriented environment.
Currently the levels will be saved to xml format and this will allow the game coder to load the levels into the game framework and interacting on these levels.
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