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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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Using 9-Slice Scaling to Retain Shape while Resizing

Posted  April 2, 2009  by  Par

So what is 9-Slice Scaling? Well, it’s a way of dividing a MovieClip up into 9 seperate pieces in order to maintain the shape of the corners and repeat the sides. This will be a quick tutorial that will explain to you exactly how it works. I may refer to it from time to time as a scale9 grid. I’ve heard it called each so just remember that a 9-slice scaling MovieClip is the same a scale9 grid MovieClip.

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Contest – What can you do in 25 lines of ActionScript?

Posted  February 25, 2009  by  Par

So what if I said, I’m going to have a contest… an ActionScript programming contest. The goal is to make something truly extraordinary, something that makes you get up and a say wow, that’s amazing. But then I throw in a catch… you only get 25 lines of ActionScript to write the whole program. That’s what kp from 25lines.com said and the results, well, they are amazing. Click the links below and check it out. At least two of the entries are games so you definitely want to give them a good look over.

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AS3 Character Movement: Asteroids Style 360 Degree Movement

Posted  March 5, 2009  by  Par

Well if we are going to discuss character movement… one of the most important has got to be 360 movement based on rotation. I don’t know if there’s a special name for it, I’ve heard it called everything from 360 degree movement, rotational movement, directional movement, to asteroid style movement. Anyway you want to look at it, it’s a movement style that dates back to arcade games and is definitely a usable option in today’s flash game industry. So how hard is making this angle based movement going to be? Not hard at all.

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AS3 Flash Games for Beginners: Firing Weapons with Delays

Posted  February 10, 2009  by  Par

So you need to create a weapon, maybe a laser, and you want your character to fire the weapon. At the same time, you want a nice delay between firing each round instead of a crazy Gatling gun effect. Well this Flash tutorial is for you. We’re going to learn to make our Spaceship fire lasers with a nice timeout between each fire. To do this we’re going to use AS3 Timers, so get ready to use a timer and create the perfect delay for your laser.

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AS3 Flash Games for Beginners: Scores, HUDS, and User Interface

Posted  March 2, 2009  by  Par

So what’s the point of having a flash game if there isn’t some way to keep score. Whether it be as simple as an incrementing number or as complex as graphics flying all over the place and icons flashing… your game (if it’s a game) has to track score. Ever since I’ve worked with games (particularly FPS games) we’ve called this our HUD. HUD stands for Heads Up Display and originated in combat air crafts . In our case, the HUD will keep track of our score in our game but it could be used to keep up with ammo, health, lives, awards, names…. anything. So let’s get started making a heads up display to display our scores :)

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