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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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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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Creating Bullet Lasers with Photoshop

Posted  March 9, 2009  by  Par

So far on AS Gamer it’s been all about programming. That’s great and all, but game development isn’t all about programming. A lot of game development involves design and therefore, graphics. So this time I’m going to take you through the process of creating a laser. This should prove to be useful in a variety of flash games. Graphic design for games is more important than most programming sites give credit. While a great game can stand alone with bad graphics… a great game with great graphics is guaranteed to be on a whole new level. Good design is all in the details. Okay open up Photoshop and let’s dive in.

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Changing Colors Dynamically with ColorTransform in AS3

Posted  January 31, 2011  by  Par

Alright so what’s this tutorial about? Well let’s say your game has enemies that on death splat blood all over the place… sounds wonderful. So maybe these enemies are aliens with green blood, but a couple of them need to have blue blood, and well, maybe, another one should have yellow. What do you do? Copy the same movieclip over and over each time changing the color of the blood? No… there’s a much easier solution for handling color changes in ActionScript. (If you don’t like the blood reference, imagine a cutesy dress up game where you want to change the colors of the outfits)

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Creating an AS3 Object Oriented Custom Cursor

Posted  March 24, 2009  by  Par

If you have been around flash for any time whatsoever you’ve probably made a custom cursor. If not this tutorial is definitely for you. However, if you have made a custom cursor then the great thing about this tutorial is that we are going to learn to make an object oriented mouse cursor. What’s the benefits? Well we are going to create a class called cursor that we can use in all our future projects, you’ll never have to write a mouse cursor script again. Well, as long as you don’t want to get crazy and add cool effects that is. This tutorial will work great for your games when you want a new mouse that fits the style of gameplay you are developing. So let’s start the tutorial.

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AS3 Character Movement: Follow the Mouse Controls

Posted  February 25, 2009  by  Par

This is another tutorial in the character movement series. So far on AS Gamer we’ve discussed different ways to move your game’s hero with the keyboard. Today we are going to discuss how to move your player with the mouse. There’s a few ways this can be done, we can set a default speed that our character always moves at or create movement controls where our character eases into the new position. Both movement styles are extremely useful it just depends on which mouse movement method you are wanting to use for your game. First we’re going to talk about controlling the character at a steady speed following our mouse.

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