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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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Why and How to Encrypt Your Flash SWF

Posted  June 23, 2009  by  Par

So you just finished your first flash game, it’s excellent, at least you think so. I mean you put hours on top of hours into it. Your eyes have been bloodshot and you’ve pulled your hair out more than once. Needless to say, you’ve worked hard and you are incredibly proud of it (But your ego is in check, you’re not arrogant or anything :D ). So you send your game off to be spread virally around the internet and it’s doing amazing!!! You’re making all kinds of money on your advertising, then a week later some guy comes out with your game and new graphics… better graphics. But it’s the same game, seriously to the last detail it works almost the exact same way. You’re the victim of someone decompiling your game and stealing your source code! You’re game loses popularity and you just lost a lot of hard work and money!

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Inspiration

Inspirational Game: Globetrotter XL

Posted  March 4, 2009  by  Par

Sometimes there’s a game you find that everything about it just seems perfect. Globetrotter XL may not be that game but it’s most definitely close. What kind of game is it, you ask? Well here’s how the author describes it.

“Find famous cities worldwide and improve your geographic skills.”

Wow, sounds really interesting? I know… but you gotta read the rest.

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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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Tutorials

AS3 Flash Games for Beginners: More Advanced Character Movement

Posted  February 7, 2009  by  Par

It’s easy to setup simple character movement based on keypresses, we’re going to take it a step farther. Don’t worry this is still easy but this time around we are going to add velocities in x and y directions that will be affected by “friction” and your keypresses… The end result will be a much smoother movement for our spaceship.

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AS3 Flash Games for Beginners: Character Movement / Handling Multiple Keypresses

Posted  February 6, 2009  by  Par

Movement is extremely important for any game in which you take the role character or object. Bad movement can completely ruin your game, and good movement can make it feel well polished. Of course, movement is just one part of your game, but it’s the foundation of everything your character will do, so you need to give it some attention.

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