Making Exhaust Look Good
Using a straight up sprite for an exhaust trail didn’t look that cool to me. Similar space shooter games have different ways of animating fire/exhaust coming out of a ship, but I really like the “sparkly” effect in games like Cave Berries when the eye laser hits something.
Brief flashes of bright pixels are surprisingly satisfying…
I learned how to move an “object”/”pixels” around the screen while working through the Pico-8 Zine paddle game example. It seems to work well and I was quickly able to move the paddle back and forth. Very satisfying.
While looking at the source of other games I noticed they used a pretty similar approach. One thing they did use that seems more segmented is to use Tables to create key/value pairs for attributes of an object.
Coming from web development this looks suspiciously like an object…
Discovery, or The Future is in the Past
For a few months I’ve been chewing on the idea of developing a 8 bit style game to run on Raspberry Pi alongside old ROMS from major game developers. I was thinking the idea was original, but after some reflection I realize I must have picked it up somewhere…
I ordered a C.H.I.P (well okay a couple of them) back in like November and read up on the PocketCHIP about the same time. While reading about PocketCHIP I read, and probably even watched some videos, about the Pico-8 fantasy console. I think that was my first exposure to Pico-8.
This is when I think I internalized the idea of a “brand new” pixelated “game engine” for developing games that run on low end hardware.
I am so glad that Zep and Lexaloffle did the hard work and developed such a cool platform for others to play in.
Remote Control with Web Sockets
The thought being that the remote app will connect to the server’s web socket and send messages for controlling the playback of videos.
Seems like a good theory…
Forms Forms Forms
Seems like no matter how hard I try, I just can’t seem to get away from forms. Web forms, paper forms, mobile forms, etc… they’re absolutely everywhere.
I guess that’s what comes from the need to collect data. And the whole Internet thing with browsers sending data back to the server and what not.
I recently brought on a new client that needs help with scheduling a series of appointments and adding them to a calendar. Since they use Google Calendar, Gmail, etc I thought it’d be pretty easy to setup a simple Google Form backed by a Google Sheet to collect data.
It was pretty simple once I dove in…