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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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Making a Complete Flash Game: Creating & Understanding the Preloader

Posted  April 7, 2009  by  Par

We’re going to talk about the first thing you see in every good flash game you’ve played, the preloader. Without the preloader your audience will likely leave your game after staring at a blank screen for too long. So the feedback given from a preloader that tells the user, “Hey, the game is loading. Be cool wait a second and we’ll be ready to go” is vital. And since this is the largest single page tutorial on As Gamer to date, you’ll definitely get the information you need.

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AS3 Flash Games for Beginners: Level Mechanics and Animated Backgrounds

Posted  February 8, 2009  by  Par

Okay, so your character is designed, moving correctly, and all around pretty fun to control… but when you move off the screen, he just disappears. So you want to make him always stay on the screen… Maybe an invisible wall that bounces him back… maybe he flips to the other side of the screen. And your background, it’s cool and simple but you want something that has some movement. This tutorial is about making your character interact with the level correctly and look good doing it.

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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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AS3 Flash Games for Beginners: Using Frame Labels and Art Tweening

Posted  February 18, 2009  by  Par

If you like using MovieClips to animate your artwork in flash then this is a great method for doing it. Not only for Flash Games but for any project in which you have an object that needs to undergo different animations based on conditions. However, this will work perfectly for our Flash Game. So this time in the series we are going to make our Stinger Ship EXPLODE when it gets hit by a bullet.

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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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