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Check Out My New Flash Game Project

Posted by Emzee , in Game Dev Jan 09 2012 · 84 views
game, flixel, mata zuto, flash
For all the time not spent dealing with real life and the BZPRPG, I've been working on this flash project using an ActionScript 3 framework called Flixel. I really did not realize how simple is was to get a Flash game going (I still thought you needed Flash :embarassed: ). The scripts can't handle anything too intense, but Flixel is good for simple games like platformers. It took me very little time to get something up and running, and right now I'm spending more time trying to fit the many game mechanics I have in mind together than actually programming (I'm realizing more and more that this is a common issue).

Anyway, here's what I was able to make* in about an hour (not including time to learn Flixel and make the graphics). NOTE: You'll need to click somewhere in the new tab in order for the controls to work. Speaking of, here they are:

Move: A and D
Jump: W
Attack: S

No, you can't do anything yet. This was really just to show off what I discovered (Flixel!), rather than what I've accomplished. Right now I'm just trying to get game mechanics down and I've taken a break from the coding part for awhile. Once I've made some solid decisions, I'll get back to the coding.

*: as usual, it might not work - but I think all you need is Flash for it to run (and maybe AIR, but I forget).


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Back To Normal

Posted by Emzee , Jan 05 2012 · 58 views
siblings, empty house
I don't know how many of you are the youngest in your family, but for the last 3 years I've had the privilege of getting a week of solace, a week of all the family in one house (and associated chaos) and then another week of solace once the siblings have gone back to work. This is, of course, the last year that I get this privilege, but this pattern of calmness and chaos is something I look forward to every year.

So basically, am I the only one who gets this bonus due to being the youngest? :P


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So This Is The End

Posted by Emzee , Dec 31 2011 · 87 views
2011, 2012, new year
As usual, I'm quite excited about the upcoming year. So many high-hopes and resolutions (not that I bother setting any, but it's fun to hear about them :P ). This year wasn't too bad though, I got my first internship, which most likely helped me spring-board into my full-time job offer (from another company).

I'm also glad I'm not scrambling trying to reboot the BZPRPG like we've been doing for the last oh-so-many years. Continous arcs are fun.

To those fortunate enough to already encounter 2012, happy new year! Hope nothing changed too much. :P

P.S. I also recommend reading through the RPG entries and casting your votes if you haven't already. I'm liking what I'm seeing so far, and I'll let you know my decisions later.


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New Avatar And Brickfair

Posted by Emzee , Dec 20 2011 · 66 views
donald glover, brickfair al
Okay, so this avatar as hardly new now, but still... glad to see no one was freaked out by the slasher smile. I saw that online and felt a compulsion to 'avatarize' that one frame. :D

Also, I'm going to Brickfair! No, not the one a gazillion miles away (though I suppose that's not officially off the table yet), but the closer one in Alabama. That time will definitely be the best time in 2012 for me to go anywhere, so I thought it'd be best to take advantage of the good timing. ^_^


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Anyone Recognize This Guy?

Posted by Emzee , Oct 30 2011 · 68 views
walmart, internship, summer
It's autographed, so that must mean he's important, right?

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What Would You Like To See In A Fan Game

Posted by Emzee , Oct 20 2011 · 85 views
fan created games, opinion and 1 more...
If fellow BZPower game developers came to you and asked what to create, what would you say to them? While there are constraints on what's possible, we often underestimate the capability of our BZP members. I'm inviting everyone to give their honest opinion in this topic.

What would you like to play?


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The Future Of Cyan Productions

Posted by Emzee , Oct 15 2011 · 95 views
fan created games, fangame and 1 more...
Well, I'm just going to say it.

I'm disbanding the company.

Now, hopefully the natural response (besides "what company?") is "What do you mean?"

Allow me to elaborate: Cyan Productions is a collection of game developers that release games, music, stories and other stuff in the Fan Created Games forum. Unlike most of the "game companies" that swept through BZPower in the mid '00s, Cyan developers mostly did their projects, and reached out to artists when they needed them.

Now however, most of us have moved on. Despite this, the games we created to still hosted and downloadable from cyanproductions.net. Because we mostly each worked on our own projects, this creates a bit of a support issue. I do not know all the ins and outs of my peers' games, and they likely do not know the ins and outs of my games. This is why I've been hesitant to bring the Cyan Productions topic back. There aren't really any active projects going on, and because the games are hosted in my topic, members would likely expect me to be able to help them with bugs, game secrets, and general game support (can't blame them, of course) for projects that didn't work on.

So here's the idea that I'm toying with: I post two topics in FCG, one for each of the games that I made. The rest go to the Software Library. I haven't done it yet because I'm still thinking things over. It sounds like a good plan though. They'll still be playable.

Of course, you wouldn't be able to just casually discuss the other Cyan games since there would be no topic. If enough people ask for it, I may remedy that with another "Official Topic for Older Games," but the last one tanked, so I'm reluctant to start another one.

Well, that's where we are now. I'll make a final decision in the coming days, and I'll update if I change my mind.

Note: Plans for Influx and its associated resources will go in the next entry.


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Welcome Back Bzpeeps

Posted by Emzee , Oct 13 2011 · 51 views

It looks like most of you didn't forget about us after all. :)

So, how did I spend my BZP-less summer?

Well,

12 week corporate internship for one of the largest companies in the world, where I did programming and database work, and received a full-time offer to begin next summer (haven't accepted yet, but there is a likelihood that I will).

BRICKFIESTA! That was such a fun time. Finally meeting with Pat, Andrew, and Ray again after disappearing for 2 years, and meeting Nukaya for the first time. It was definitely a different experience than Brickfair '09. The Fiesta was a lot calmer, and I actually took home a prize!

Oh, and there was also the bats. Can't forget the bats.


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I'm Not Ready For This Semester To End!

Posted by Emzee , Apr 19 2011 · 44 views
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Finals and project due dates are in just two weeks.

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I NEED MORE TIME!

*insert frantic, funny image here*


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I'm Ready For This Semester To End

Posted by Emzee , Apr 04 2011 · 49 views
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I'm now starting to get worn out. Just a month and a half longer though...

*sigh*...






My Bio

Age: 24
Gender: Male
Location: Austin, TX
Favorite color: Cyan
Occupation: Software developer
Games I'm current playing: Titanfall (PC), Mortal Kombat (2011), Batman: Arkham City
TV shows I'm watching: House of Cards, Community
Interests: Bionicle, Ninjago, RWBY (Rooster Teeth in general), assorted genres of music (electronica, alt. rock, classic rock, instrumental, classical, and hip-hop), music composition/remixing, programming, and game development.
Attended Brickfair VA 2009 and 2013, Brickfair AL 2012, Brick Fiesta 2011 and 2013, Bricks Cascade 2014
Also attended PAX East 2013. 
Lactose Intolerant
Actually a liberal arts guy who just majored in Software Engineering
 

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