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Post by XCVG » Sat Jan 03, 2009 9:14 pm

jleemero wrote:I'd have to say I support reaching the most platforms possible.

SDL will allow PC, Linux, and Mac versions.
Quite simply, every member of the forums will be able to play it.

Putting it on iPhone, Wii, DS, PSP, 360, anything like that, does nothing more than limit the number of people who will ever play it, which I think is absolutely the wrong direction for a project of this nature.
Agreed. Make a version for PC, Mac, and Linux, in that order. You can think about other ports later. If you attempt to hit a lot of platforms, especially such diverse ones, you will get an end product that isn't very good on any of them.

I think that you guys should try to get a whole forum section for the project. That would aid organization significantly.

Third point- decide how fancy you're going to get. Are you going to use an existing engine? If so- which kind? A simple adventure game engine like AGS? Or a full blown 3D monster like Source? Or are you going to start from scratch. If you plan on doing that, then you need to decide what language etc you are going to use. I'm not the expert on those things. I don't even pretend to be an expert on those things.

So I have a few suggestions on what should be done:

1. Create a new forum for the project. Move all existing topics to the forum. Possibly lock it for development team members only. (which basically means the end of my input. On the upside you won't have annoying n00bs in it either)
2. Figure out a few things (examples below). A poll probably isn't the best way to do it. Group pro/con threads might do the trick. I think the final decision should be up to the person/people who have to do it. IE the coders have the final decision on what language to use.
3. Lay down a definitive plan. How the game will play out, how it is going to be played, how long, what needs to get done, etc.

So here's a few things you need to figure out (IMHO):
1. Who's on the team. The sooner you put together at least the main team, the sooner you can get cracking. Also figure out who's doing what.
2. What language to use. C++, Java, or English (just joking)
3. How long is the game going to be?
4. How will the game play out. (ie story and gameplay- somewhat done already I guess)
I've probably missed a lot.

I'm probably going to get flamed by the real leader a lot for this post. Oh well. Well, I'm going to go watch the movie (unless I have to pay lol).

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Post by palmertech » Sat Jan 03, 2009 10:31 pm

I am talking to some people, and like Marshal says, a core group is essential. We are definitely looking for input, but in the end, it will be up to a few people.

@XCVG: Making a whole forum is probably unlikely. Know what this Dev forum originally was, years ago? It was the Grand Theft Portable thread, a very ambitious attempt to make a benheck based GTA clone. We have this forum, I do not think we really need another.
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Post by jleemero » Sat Jan 03, 2009 10:58 pm

XCVG wrote: , or English (just joking)
Oh, oh dear.
You just wasted the next hour or so of my life.


Oh god why?!

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Post by bicostp » Sun Jan 04, 2009 1:26 pm

Why not use Adventure Game Studio? It's free and you can use it for commercial purposes. It was originally designed to make Sierra-style point and click adventure games (King's Quest, Leisure Suit Larry, etc), but it can be used for other types of games. ("Art of Theft", for example, was made with it.) I've messed around with it before; it's not too difficult to work with.

The only downside is it's limited to computers (Windows, Mac, and Linux, the latter two only having players).

What kind of game are you planning on making?

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Post by palmertech » Sun Jan 04, 2009 1:36 pm

Me and Skyone have been talking, and it looks like SDL is a good way to go, and it would be possible for an OpenGL/ES port at some point.

Regardless, as soon as he is on AIM to make a poll, there will be a poll thread where people can vote on what platform/language they want the game to be in. Note that the winner will not be descisive, but it will let us know what people want. :D
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Post by Skyone » Sun Jan 04, 2009 1:46 pm

Don't really wanna make a poll, as down the line, it won't really affect anything but how hard the game is to program for me. :lol:

However to add onto what palmertech said, I'm going to make a quick and easy 2D engine just for the game, that will inherit from SDL. It'll have very basic wrapper functions such as DrawSprite(), and properties such as x and y for each object etc. Later on in the game, I will be able to change the back end from SDL to OpenGL or any other library very easily.

So I'm thinking that we'll have Windows, Linux and OS X release simultaneously, provided that some one beta tests Linux.

Also, I REALLY need to know how this game is gonna work. Side-scrolling platformer? Top down shooter? We need game design working on this ASAP, or this game will go no where.

SO HURRY!

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Post by Squintus » Sun Jan 04, 2009 2:44 pm

At the very least, it should start with a minigame where you try to throw the Atari into the Dumpster. :P

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Post by bicostp » Sun Jan 04, 2009 3:02 pm

... After you use the dust inside it and a can of compressed air to reveal security lasers, of course. :P

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Post by Black Six » Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:46 pm

Skyone wrote:Don't really wanna make a poll, as down the line, it won't really affect anything but how hard the game is to program for me. :lol:

However to add onto what palmertech said, I'm going to make a quick and easy 2D engine just for the game, that will inherit from SDL. It'll have very basic wrapper functions such as DrawSprite(), and properties such as x and y for each object etc. Later on in the game, I will be able to change the back end from SDL to OpenGL or any other library very easily.

So I'm thinking that we'll have Windows, Linux and OS X release simultaneously, provided that some one beta tests Linux.

Also, I REALLY need to know how this game is gonna work. Side-scrolling platformer? Top down shooter? We need game design working on this ASAP, or this game will go no where.

SO HURRY!
We need to have a design mapped out before we even think about coding. It seems pointless for you to be writing code if you don't even know what we're trying to achieve. Let's focus our discussion on that.

If this is going to be a 2D game based off of The Adventurous, I think the best way to do it would be a side scroller. You could also do top-down, but that usually lends itself to less action, and we want lots of action. :)
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Post by palmertech » Sun Jan 04, 2009 11:18 pm

Agreed.

Side scrolling platformer with a mouse for aiming is what me and Skyone have come up with.

Behold, the best concept art for a game ever made on a 600mhz machine using MSpaint! (Using while main computer reformats)
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Because there are a few car chases in the game, it would be interesting to implement a spy-hunter type clone, attempting to escape from the enemy car/robot while dodging enemy traffic. I will get a basic concept up for this soon, hopefully.

Note that this does not reflect what the game would look like, just how the basic control mechanics will work. If anybody has any tweaks for them, please let us in on your idea. :wink:
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Post by Skyone » Sun Jan 04, 2009 11:24 pm

Black Six wrote:We need to have a design mapped out before we even think about coding. It seems pointless for you to be writing code if you don't even know what we're trying to achieve. Let's focus our discussion on that.
That's what I meant to say I suppose. :P Palmertech and I have decided on the idea he just posted, and I think it could serve for a lot of fun gaming. Thoughts and ideas on this would be highly appreciated!

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Post by Fenrir » Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:27 am

palmertech wrote: Behold, the best concept art for a game ever made on a 600mhz machine using MSpaint! (Using while main computer reformats)
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Note that this does not reflect what the game would look like, just how the basic control mechanics will work.
...I think I might actually make this, just for the hell of it.

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Post by Black Six » Mon Jan 05, 2009 9:19 am

If the mouse is going to be used for aiming, it seems kind of silly to use 'W' for aiming up. Other games I've played with similar controls use 'W' for jump, which I think makes a lot more sense since 'S' is crouch.

Also, for the driving parts, 'A' and 'D' should be turn left/right and 'W' and 'S' could be throttle controls. There should also be an on-screen indicator of some type as to where the throttle is in relation to the max and min, either like a slider or a percentage.
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Re: Project LASER (BenHeck videogame)

Post by DK » Mon Jan 05, 2009 9:41 am

[quote="palmertech"]Welcome to the start of “Project LASERâ€
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Post by palmertech » Mon Jan 05, 2009 10:44 am

Yeah, I spotted the W thing just now. I edited that pic from a slightly older concept that had been a standard dpad aim fare. Jump wpuld make a lot more sense.

Lots of arcade games have used trackballs, some to a great enough effect that people think you need original hardware to properly play the games that use them. I have a trackball, and I think it would work pretty well in an arcade cabinet (Would have to try to be sure, of course.)
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