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Asteroids Style Movement… Now with Firing Lasers

Posted  November 17, 2009  by  Par

A few months ago I wrote a series on character movement. As a part of that series we discussed developing the movement for a spaceship shooter like Asteroids. Since then I’ve had multiple requests for how to make the ship fire bullets. No problem! This one is simple, super simple, you may smack yourself to the head repetitively with an iron stick for not thinking of it. But if you don’t have an iron stick, no problem, we’ll get this all squared away and you’ll be on your way to solving this sort of issue with ease from now on.

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Graphic Design – Making Smoke in Flash

Posted  July 1, 2009  by  Par

What good is smoke? Let’s think for a second. What produces smoke? Failing mechanical equipment, grenades, guns, volcanoes, factories, fires, vehicles, and probably a million other things. So does your Flash game need smoke, well, that’s for your to decide. But the fact of the matter is we can produce some rather convincing smoke with [...]

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An Even Better AS3 OOP Flash Custom Cursor

Posted  March 26, 2009  by  Par

In the last tutorial we created a custom cursor, in this tutorial we’ll address some issues that will make our cursor a lot more useful! Today we’ll learn to make the cursor disappear when the mouse leaves the flash window area and reappear on the return. At the same time we’ll set it up to react correctly during a right click and most importantly maintain it’s position at the top of the stage. This way newly added MovieClips will not be able to appear on top of our cursor.

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AS3 Flash Games for Beginners: Adding Library Objects to Stage with AS3

Posted  February 5, 2009  by  Par

This is the first series on As Gamer that will take you through the basics of ActionScript 3.0 Development of a Flash Game. The goal is to give you a fundamental overview of using Flash CS3 or better to develop a game. If you are not a programmer follow along closely and I’ll try to make everything relatively simple. However, if understanding the reasoning behind conditional statements is not obvious, you may want to look into purchasing a programming book at your local bookstore. That said, this series will be very simple, but extremely effective at teaching you the principles behind the average flash game.

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AS Gamer Launches Forums

Posted  March 5, 2009  by  Par

Hey guys, today AS Gamer launched our forums. Definitely go sign up and start posting. The more feedback we get from you the better we can grow the site, with more tutorials and goodies!

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Using Tweener in AS3 to Move Objects

Posted  March 11, 2009  by  Par

Maybe you’re entirely new to this Tweener thing. Wondering what it is or why in the world you would ever want to use it. Let me give you a list of things you can use Tweener for:

fading in and out any Display Object (MovieClip, TextField, Graphic)
scaling an object up and down or in and out over time.
moving an object across the screen with easing over time.
creating a timer.
rotating an object with easing over time.

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AS3 Flash Games for Beginners: Learn How to Make Enemies with Basic AI!!!

Posted  February 12, 2009  by  Par

All games need enemies…. okay, maybe not tetris. But if you’re in some game where you fly a spaceship it is more than likely that there’s going to be an enemy or two. So in this tutorial we’re going to learn to make our enemy class, making enemies randomly appear on the stage and move, and make them fire bullets at us.

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Quick Tips

Using String Variables to Call Functions in AS3

Posted  March 18, 2009  by  Par

Have you ever wanted to use a string variable to call a function? Or combine two completely different strings together to form a function name then call it. Okay, that last bit probably not so much. But if you ever do decide to do it, this tutorial will show you how. It’s all about making strings call functions.

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AS3 Character Movement: Following Mouse with Easing

Posted  February 27, 2009  by  Par

Honestly this is an addendum to the previous tutorial in this series. This is a simple adjustment to the code we have already wrote but it will give us character movement that eases towards the mouse position instead of keeping a constant speed. It’s a relatively useful effect, I used it in one of my games, Entropy, for the opponent’s paddle movement. So here we go, let’s make our character follow the mouse easing its way into the position.

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