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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 5:09 am 
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So lately I am being called by the gods of the digital sphere to reenter the world of programming and game design. My computer simply doesn't work well for Trespasser anymore but I am very interested in doing such things again. I took Visual Basic and Visual C# in high school (one year each) which actually helped lead me into Trespasser to begin with. Since those years in school, the only programming experience I've had is with Trespasser's internal scripting engine, but when you include the use of variable triggers and complex set-ups it is a lot like programming. Anyway, to get back into things I am planning to use a platform my teacher informed me about called "Darkbasic", which is free with ads. Basically I want to learn how to make games of various kinds from the ground up (minus machine code and all that, of course ;)). I plan on posting my exploits and creations here, and will probably be asking some basic questions now and then. I'm also open to suggestions for where to go in terms of game programming, but I don't want to work in engine-specific coding environments just yet.

Wish me luck!

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 5:27 am 
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Good luck.
No, really...

Hmmm, maybe it's time to give it another look.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:35 pm 
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Thanks machf. And I certainly wouldn't mind assistance in some of my creations... I remember how time-consuming and slow-paced it was to work on game design more or less by myself and it would be nice to have any sort of team effort along the way.

One of my long-term goals is to focus on really advanced AI that operates in ways unseen in modern gaming. I'd like to just make an island covered with dinosaurs and let it run itself. Maybe even create a scenario where they can evolve over time...

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 11:45 pm 
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GGo for it, Drac. Rex is a kick-ass programmer, i'd consider asking him for advice as well. :)


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 2:55 am 
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Thanks Rebel! I am sorta awaiting his input, yes.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:01 am 
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Btw, here are a few examples of what Darkbasic can do. Only just now thought to look on YouTube..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKdb7pp08vA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bylp9Hy0YKU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vh1BApxIUxo

Not extremely thrilling but I'm not going for that. Anything that's at least as good as Trespasser, and hopefully less buggy and with the potential to adapt and develop, is good for me.

(Btw, I can't get the youtube tags to work? Can someone give me a clue as to how to make them behave? Maybe with one of the above videos as an example...)

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:41 am 
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Small problem - I installed DarkBasic Pro but when I attempt to launch the program, nothing happens. I've posted a thread at their forums which is awaiting admin approval, hopefully this can be worked out... :?

In the meantime I'm curious to know if anyone has any alternate suggestions for a platform to use for game programming?

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