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Offline woogley
« Posted 2009-02-22 00:12:59 »

I was trying to create a 4K version of BeetleMania, but it doesn't look like it's going to work out Smiley I could probably finish this, but not really with the quality I'd be proud of.

Though this project is probably already dead, I figured it wouldn't hurt to post:

At the heart of this project was an experiment I was trying out with the source code. The game is structured so that all of the actors on screen (and their properties) are stored in just 1 single-dimension array.. sort of emulating a heap. I did this to see if it would compress any better (since there would be just 1 variable). Now that I've tried this out, I wouldn't really recommend it, due to these drawbacks:

  • The math needed to access the correct index for just 1 property can become a long formula
  • Java runs a bounds check every time a property is accessed/changed
  • It's hard to manage the current actor set, and even harder to add more actors later

I'm currently rewriting the code to use a traditional variable setup (or at least use multidimensional arrays), hopefully that will compress better.
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« Reply #1 - Posted 2009-02-22 01:37:29 »

Try turning it into an applet; that's reduced the size of my games. And since you can webstart applets as well, there's really no reason not to do it.

Also: It's clearly not done, but I'm convinced you could turn this into a good 4k representation of beetlemania - I say keep going! Smiley

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