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Title: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: GfK on March 08, 2021, 13:04:07
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Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Amon. on March 08, 2021, 13:16:22
Not long after bb.com went live I joined. I've always been known as Amon. I remember a lot of folk who were there donkeys years ago.
I'm sure people remember me for my logical, peacekeeping, intellectual, fun, honourable nature which awesomed the forum in ways never before seen. Unlike some I was never banned, nor was I ever 16 different people on the forum in order to circumvent bans.

Long time ago though. Very long time ago. :)
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Xerra on March 08, 2021, 17:20:23
I was around in the early 2000's when I accidentally discovered Blitz had moved to PC having pretty much left the Amiga behind (sadly) in 1998. I was mostly a lurker, however, so doubtful anyone would remember me, even though I would have still have used Xerra as my name.

Xerra was Arexx backwards, which was a powerful Amiga scripting language of the time that could communicate between applications. I guess it was kind of what LUA became.

Anyway, stupid me started using Xerra as a forum name, mainly due to a lack of imagination, and it was probably at least a year before I realised I'd spelt it wrong. It had stuck by then so I just ran with it.
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Scaremonger on March 08, 2021, 19:14:34
I didn't find Blitz until around 2006, but here is an old mugshot post you might find of interest:

https://mojolabs.nz/posts.php?topic=87435#990937 (https://mojolabs.nz/posts.php?topic=87435#990937)
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Steve Elliott on March 08, 2021, 21:46:26
Good times, Blitz was at it's height and had a great community.  I've always used my own name rather than a Matrix 'Neo' or some other identity.  It was a time where the language designer actually turned up and responded, rather than later on disappearing and eventually pulling the plug without warning.  It was the 'official site' and I thought it a bit stuffy compared to the more laid back '2nd site', you know the one lol.  ;D  But you could get the latest update news from the main site.

I never met anybody from either of the sites, but it was great that meets were organized.  A real sense of community, banter and a common coding interest.   :D

Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: LineOf7s on March 09, 2021, 01:13:56
Been more-or-less lurking for more than 20 years.  No reason to stop now.  :)
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: grindalf on March 09, 2021, 08:45:19
I arrived in around 2005 and have always gone by Grindalf but I don't imagine anyone will remember me because I didn't comment much
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: RemiD on March 09, 2021, 09:02:46
i arrived around 2010, quite late compared to many of you... (same username)

previously i was on a french forum...

i have learned a lot from the blitbasic forums and its members. and i am grateful for that.

it is sad that all went to nothingness.
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: STEVIE G on March 09, 2021, 12:59:24
2002 for me after finding B3d by accident. Used it on the amiga for years. I remember most of the old names above but also Sswift, Joker, Indiepath, skid, jfk and many others. Was a great place to hang.
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: STEVIE G on March 09, 2021, 14:15:00
Think Indiepath died a couple years ago.  Ckob also.

Sad to hear that, decent blokes.
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: 3DzForMe on March 09, 2021, 18:06:03
Was first to bb back in 2000 ish on the Amiga and stumbled on B3D by accident on Amiga Format, I was blown away with a head to rival Max Headroom (although he was just a human in get up). Yep, bb was a community, which lives on here to an extent. 21 years.... Jeez, age is just a number!
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: peteswansen on March 09, 2021, 20:25:17
I looked at my old programs and the oldest dates are 2004....first I bought Blitz Basic and shortly after Blitz3D....I still have the infamous Amiga Blitz2 "free" magazine disk...my Amiga was my goto in the 90's and I used Amos Basic and Amos Professional and  Amos 3D. There used to be a few program images of mine in the showcase....I didn't post much I think as "gpete"..  went down the PC rabbit hole in the late 90's and onto PC gaming so programed little in Blitz until 2014 when I started again..
 
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Steve Elliott on March 09, 2021, 20:42:32
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I was blown away with a head to rival Max Headroom

Yes, me too.  I thought the syntax of Blitz3D was clunky, but it did have the wow factor for a mere BASIC.

Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Scaremonger on March 09, 2021, 22:31:31
I'd rather gouge out my own eyes with a shoehorn than go anywhere near C++.

Pleased it's not just me that feels like that.
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Steve Elliott on March 09, 2021, 22:58:06
C++ is completely out of control, what are we on now, version 20?  It's become a monster that constantly changes.

C with classes, fine. But it's become a massive bloated mess imo.
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: col on March 10, 2021, 08:48:24
I apologise in advance but as the years have gone by I have personally began to enjoy the 'modern C++ up to and including C++17 anyway. I Haven't had a need for any of the features of 20 just yet.

Saying that, I would never attempt to use if it wasn't for the visual studio editor helping out with its awesome debugger. The compiler can still crap too many error messages but I've got used to those now though.
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Madjack on March 10, 2021, 09:40:33
Ah yes, the joys of tweaking somebody else's bloom code (copied from the code library) and getting it working just right.
Then maybe reposting it as an improved version back into the code library (with proper ref to the original owner)

Was a damn sad day when the BlitzBasic forums went offline forever.
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Steve Elliott on March 10, 2021, 10:17:08
Part of the reason Mark's Monkey and Monkey 2 languages failed was he moved them too close to C++.  At that point you might as well use C++ instead.
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Dabz on March 10, 2021, 19:45:28
Early 2000's I delved into Blitz, met all of you along the way obviously, maybe not talked directly or whatever, but back in the days, seen most of you's around the doors, and, it seems the good'uns where actually the ones that stuck around in some form, even when Blitz became a dead parrot, and ended up using something else. It's actually good to see that even after all these years, there is still a little group of us going, not Blitz specific par say, and not just on these forums (Jays SoCoder has some old timers as well), but familiar avatars and names are still circling... Me myself have been in and out, life circumstances depending, but, even though we've all had little ups and downs, because lets face it... 20+ years some of us have been floating about, we're not going to get on or not fall out sometime, but, we're all still here and, well, it says a lot if you ask me.

I like that! :)

Dabz

Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Steve Elliott on March 10, 2021, 20:00:27
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It's actually good to see that even after all these years, there is still a little group of us going, not Blitz specific par say...

but, we're all still here and, well, it says a lot if you ask me.

I like that! :)

Me too!  It's the bedroom coder ethic of the 80's continued through with more powerful BASIC languages or variants, and a similar close community. 

Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Steve Elliott on March 10, 2021, 20:26:00
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Part of the reason Mark's Monkey and Monkey 2 languages failed was he moved them too close to C++.

Well, that and you needed a masters degree in fucking about to get it to graft on various platforms.

Yes, you could argue (the same for C++ 20 too) if you don't need those features, then don't use them.  But when it comes to sharing code some people will use them!  Then you're stuck.  They're using features and code you do not understand!

Well that is just not acceptable IMO.  You really need to do the work to ensure your users have an easy way to use all of the features on the platforms you support - or don't support those platforms!
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Pfaber11 on March 11, 2021, 08:01:55
The first pc program I wrote was in Blitz3D . It was a good place to start . Think that was near the end of 2017.
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Pakz on March 11, 2021, 10:35:44
I found the forum when it was not an official forum yet I think. Was there not a American who had the first bb forum? I changed my nickname, I was Nebula then. Blitz2d was not out that long and I had been spending that time before that with Visual Basic. Buying the variations of Blitz was difficult as I had no credit card and got lucky when I got b3d and b+ at my birthdays.

It took so long before I could actually program a bit better. If I had a time machine and a list of tips I could give myself :)
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Dabz on March 11, 2021, 21:05:48
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I found the forum when it was not an official forum yet I think. Was there not a American who had the first bb forum?

That would of been Krylar, the American chap your on about, he ran BlitzCoder, some good members on there too... theChange, Cyberseth, I remember mearrin69, Eikon, DarkEagle... Oh, and dont forget Ashcroft, he was a card, always popcorn at the ready when he was floating about... I remember a thread where we had a "post a pic of yourself", and he put one up, though, behind him, there was a cheese slice stuck on the wall, I looked and thought "WTF is that... Is that a... Cheese slice on his wall?", and, yeah... It was :D lol I do recall he was a bit of a handful for mods and such though, any form of forum "authority", I never really had anything to do with him apart from, well, get fat off popcorn! :D

Eeeee eh, theres probably loads more members names will crop up in my minds eye, but, yeah, great site when it was at full swing, but again, just a fond memory! :)

Dabz
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Steve Elliott on March 11, 2021, 21:09:21
Krylar was awesome and ran the 'more fun' version of the official site.   ;D
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Dabz on March 11, 2021, 21:16:10
I recall GabrielKnight becoming a mod, then, hit a spot of bother with a couple of naughty members, I sort of got the impression they were a bit jealous he was "made up" so to speak, still... Oh, and the time nearly everyone put my avatar there in their own avatars, or shopped him into other images... I logged in one day and piehole there was everywhere... I was like "What the f***!?!", lasted a whole day that did! :D

Dabz
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Pakz on March 12, 2021, 08:51:39
I'm not sure anymore. Blitzcoder first was Christian coders. Before that there was a official blitz basic forum there was a unofficial blitz basic forum. I recall it might of been "shane monroe" who ran it?

It has been 20 years ago though.
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Dabz on March 12, 2021, 18:33:41
BlitzCrunch or DevCrunch... Something along the lines of that?

I vaguely remember another one, which seemed a lot quieter when I tiptoed on the scene...

20 years man, where does the time go?

Dabz
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: RemiD on March 12, 2021, 19:58:16
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20 years man, where does the time go?
10-11years since i started to code with Blitz3d...
as you say man, where does the time go...   ???
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: 3DzForMe on March 12, 2021, 20:38:00
Here's to the next 20 🎉
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Madjack on March 12, 2021, 23:53:58
Anyone remember RedOktober? (I think that was his username).

He had a sub game in development but sadly, passed away before finishing it.
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: LineOf7s on March 13, 2021, 02:50:37
I'm not sure anymore. Blitzcoder first was Christian coders. Before that there was a official blitz basic forum there was a unofficial blitz basic forum. I recall it might of been "shane monroe" who ran it?

It has been 20 years ago though.

Yep, it was absolutely Shane R. Monroe who hosted the first "BlitzBasic forums", and he (I believe) wrote the Blitzbasic manual/documentation (with others).

There was a falling-out at some point though, and shortly after (or perhaps because of?) Mark started up his own forum elsewhere.  The rest is history.

[edit]  I always have a hard time finding a copy of that original Blitz forum, but how many people remember the Blitz Basic Professional forum, set up for people who were earning a living (in theory) from coding in Blitz Basic (this is long before Blitzmax/Blitzpro)?  Check it out HERE (https://web.archive.org/web/20020601110240/http://www.blitzprofessional.com/forums/).
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Dabz on March 13, 2021, 07:49:18
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RedOktober

I remember him, and his sub game, and yeah, he passed away, sadly I think the end of his life was pretty bare, like, he never had a single pot to piss in, and I'm 100% certain there was a gofundme for his funeral too... Bless him!

Dabz
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: RemiD on March 13, 2021, 10:03:34
some old blitzbasic forums i sometimes search for answers (i use google translate to translate german and russian)

english :
mojolabs.nz

german :
blitzforum.de/forum/

russian :
forum.boolean.name

french :
btfr.free.fr/_forum/
bobysait.free.fr/o2php/
mdt.bigbang.free.fr/blitz3dfr/_fofo/
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: 3DzForMe on March 13, 2021, 11:32:55
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     He had a sub game in development but sadly, passed away before finishing it.   

I remember RedOktober and his posts about his sub game - sad to hear he has passed away, the pictures of his sub game were always great stuff!
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Amon. on March 13, 2021, 12:40:59
Ahh, shame. RedOktober was a decent guy and always working on his sub game. Sad news however long ago it happened.
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: degac on March 15, 2021, 17:19:59
I'm quite sure I bought 'blitz3d' around 2007-2008 - I found some CD rom I did for backup (and a piece of paper with my registration code!). Sadly I have no more a cd/dvd drive at home so I can't read it :-)
I'm quite sure I bought immediately BlitzMax when it was released.
Too much time passed!
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: fairgood on March 18, 2021, 14:31:57
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That would of been Krylar, the American chap your on about, he ran BlitzCoder, some good members on there too... theChange, Cyberseth, I remember mearrin69, Eikon, DarkEagle... Oh, and dont forget Ashcroft, he was a card, always popcorn at the ready when he was floating about...
Blitzcoder was some site, At it's peak didn't it have about 10,000 members or something
I think it was the free copy of blitzbasic on amiga format that got a lot of people turned onto blitz
Was a great resource for Blitz code and snippets and always busy
I remember Ashcroft too always good for an argument  :)
 
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: 3DzForMe on March 18, 2021, 15:16:04
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. I think it was the free copy of blitzbasic on amiga format that got a lot of people turned onto blitz   

I suspect that's where my exposure to blitz started 🤔😉

Although I can't quite recall for sure, slept since then!
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Shardik on March 18, 2021, 21:16:14
I was also shocked when blitzbasic.com was shut down (I joined them after the open sourcing of BlitzMax). And since then I have been lurking at syntaxbomb. Since 2003 I have been visiting the purebasic forums (the English, German and sometimes also the French forum) and I am very happy that some members are still visiting the purebasic forums for almost 18 years like me. Good memories. And I can fully feel the loss the blitzbasic community had to suffer after the closing down of their forum!

And a special greeting to wombats who is also a member of both the SyntaxBomb and PureBasic forum!
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Steve Elliott on March 18, 2021, 21:48:25
RedOktober was passionately pursuing his sub game back then and produced some very nice visuals for the time in Blitz3D - especially when it came to simulating water.  RIP.
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Qube on March 18, 2021, 23:00:16
Anyone remember RedOktober? (I think that was his username).

He had a sub game in development but sadly, passed away before finishing it.
Jesus! I remember fondly watching the progress of his game. I didn't know he had passed, RIP.

Quite scary to think that a lot of us have been hovering around from the whole Blitz scene of 20+ years :o - I think I was member no. 7 on the original Blitz forum. Erm, for anyone I pissed off on the original Blitz forum I apologise ;D

I never really posted much work on the forums so if anyone remembers Qube, I'm here :))

Well folks, when you're ready let me know so I can make the text and buttons bigger so we can all still see and post :P - I already have my game planned for 2031, "Zimmer Frame Rally"  ;D
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Dabz on March 19, 2021, 07:37:27
SyntaxBomb

"They mostly code wearing Tena For Men!"

Dabz
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: 3DzForMe on March 19, 2021, 12:04:35
Okay, I confess - showing my age (or lack of it....) Tena for men wtf?

Ahhh, I see now.    :))  Only 40 quid for superdry   :o

My western shoot em up will probably morph into 'EastisBest' by 2031.

Should finish it by 2040 - you heard it here first  ;)

Never had tinternet on my Amiga..... first tinternet machine was Windows 98SE, wheres the decades gone?



Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: MrmediamanX on March 19, 2021, 15:39:47
Blitz3d's forums were useful back in the day, I came across it back in 05-06
b3d is still alright to make games with as hobby. I would think most of the old bean's moved to other tool's or dropped out
all together due to the quick release of the other engines.
 
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: wombats on March 19, 2021, 16:17:54
I was also shocked when blitzbasic.com was shut down (I joined them after the open sourcing of BlitzMax). And since then I have been lurking at syntaxbomb. Since 2003 I have been visiting the purebasic forums (the English, German and sometimes also the French forum) and I am very happy that some members are still visiting the purebasic forums for almost 18 years like me. Good memories. And I can fully feel the loss the blitzbasic community had to suffer after the closing down of their forum!

And a special greeting to wombats who is also a member of both the SyntaxBomb and PureBasic forum!
Hi there! Nice to see you here!
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: MarkG on March 20, 2021, 16:12:59
Enjoying this thread immensely. At 53 years old, I had to go back to HS math/physics (currently early college-level) and some other subjects I wanted to learn, including C/C++ (to understand sample code) and a foreign language (from Deep South USA and learning Russian...lol). But Good Lord I'm slow!

Still, after years of indecision and project abandonments and restarts (retro flight/sub/space sims), Blitz3D is the only game engine I actually *enjoy* using. If it's not fun, it's not worth it, and B3D is to me so much fun to experiment with.

Website coming soon about my studies and progress of F-19/SubWar 2050 redos.
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Xerra on March 20, 2021, 21:08:09
I'm probably the one person here who actually never has used Blitz3D. I used the original Amiga Blitz, PC Blitz, Blitzmax and then moved on to Swift for a while, when I switched to using a Mac, before finally settling on GameMaker Studio. Not sure how much longer I'll use that but I'm also an old fart at 52, so learning new stuff is a bit harder than it used to be.
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Doggie on March 20, 2021, 21:10:43
Maybe you used HomeSpun...Maybe not
I hang out at Blitzcoder.org or Ambiera(CopperCUbe) forums(floydness)
Just since you asked
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: 3DzForMe on March 20, 2021, 22:55:50
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Still, after years of indecision and project abandonments and restarts (retro flight/sub/space sims), Blitz3D is the only game engine I actually *enjoy* using. If it's not fun, it's not worth it, and B3D is to me so much fun to experiment with.

Website coming soon about my studies and progress of F-19/SubWar 2050 redos.   

Ditto about Blitz3D, although as I teeter on the brink of my 6th decade I'm more inclined to have a good walk with my dog than hunker down to some serious coding.... And springs has nearly sprung whoop whoop  :D
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: RemiD on March 21, 2021, 09:45:17
a good coding language is supposed to make your life (and work) easier, not more difficult.

i convert my thoughts into words,
then my words into bb code, easily and quickly

i have renamed a few commands/functions because they were not accuratly describing the effect, but overall blitz3d / blitzbasic is very well conceived.
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: iWasAdam on March 21, 2021, 14:01:05
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I'm probably the one person here who actually never has used Blitz3D.
Nope me too - never used Blitz3D. I started with BlitzMax...
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Dabz on March 21, 2021, 16:07:54
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i have renamed a few commands/functions because they were not accuratly describing the effect, but overall blitz3d / blitzbasic is very well conceived.

At the time, it was product leader, no doubt about it, no other held a torch to it in that regard... The only thing it wasnt, was market leader, which it should of been, but alas, Mark Sibly just never had that business accumbent in him to push it to be that... And the worst part is, with an extra kick... It could of been... Easily!

Still, it was his baby and sadly, he just couldnt match it (3D engine wise)!!!

*Lets not mention Max3D, which a thread of over 100 members promised to look after and build on it if he released the source, which he did, 98 or so peeps thought "fuck that, whats all this gibberish, the ones that knew what they were doing tried, got bored and it... You know the rest*
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Scaremonger on March 21, 2021, 18:44:57
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I'm probably the one person here who actually never has used Blitz3D.
Nope me too - never used Blitz3D. I started with BlitzMax...

Same here.
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Rimmsy on April 08, 2021, 09:55:46
Hey all, Rimmsy here. I used to skulk about on the forums back in the early 00s. Like a lot of you have already said, it was a great place to interact with all kinds. I miss those days.

I remember a lot of you, which is surprising because I don't normally remember anything! I used bb, bb+, b3d and then finally bmx. I remember fondly reading Mark's developer diaries and trying to understand them haha

I released a game on steam only a few years ago after a decade of work, written (badly, very badly) in bmx:

https://store.steampowered.com/app/464360/ (https://store.steampowered.com/app/464360/)

If anyone'd like a steam code, get in touch. I'm still keeping it up to date, even though people are asking for localisation, there's no way I can retrofit the code to accommodate that properly! It just wasn't a consideration back then.

Nice to find you all after so long!
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Scaremonger on April 08, 2021, 19:24:47
I released a game on steam only a few years ago after a decade of work, written (badly, very badly) in bmx:
https://store.steampowered.com/app/464360/ (https://store.steampowered.com/app/464360/)

That looks awesome, but I have moved to Linux in recent years or I would give that a go.

Si...
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Steve Elliott on April 08, 2021, 19:40:34
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I released a game on steam only a few years ago after a decade of work, written (badly, very badly) in bmx:

That looks very polished, congrats.   :)
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Dabz on April 08, 2021, 20:37:03
Looks canny that! :)

Me havent got time to indulge in a game like that, so I'll pass on the steam key, currently having little bouts on Tomb Raider on the PS1, one floaty blue save crystal at a time! ;)

Great for you to offer though! :)

Dabz
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Dabz on April 09, 2021, 07:40:03
Aye, the auld Tomb Raider t-rex, pretty much a legend that one innit! :)

Loved the game back in the day, proper nailed to it... I have TR2 sitting there waiting once I've done this one.

I did stop playing the franchise when they changed all the controls, for me, the original controls were perfect, but once they started faffing with them, it turned me off.

Dabz
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Rimmsy on April 12, 2021, 11:10:11
Cheers guys. I love the way 90s 3D graphics are making a comeback these days
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Dabz on April 12, 2021, 12:21:25
I'm exactly the same... I have no time for modern gaming now, the updates, the lootboxes, the stupid "Editions", games that have not even touched any form of quality controls, the total fuck ups on release...

As you's know, I've been at my PS1 and when I switch it on, the legend that is the boot up intro just sets me up, the game loads and off I go. It's a proper good old fashioned game machine, with proper good old fashioned games, that in the most part have had some decent amount of quality testing, even if the game itself is shite... It works though... Shite but it works!

I dont even use my VR stuff anymore either, my brother ended up with my PS4 VR setup (Which he still hasnt give me the money for the little rat), I give my original Quest to my niece when I got the updated one, but, never used that for ages, she'll end up with that as well... Still loved Lone Echo though, it was worth getting just to play that alone, and I know there is a sequel coming, but, meh... Not really arsed, it was something I'd never seen or excperienced because it is an actual experience, I enjoyed it, so will leave it at that!

Nah, I still get more enjoyment out of my Amstrad 6128 then any modern machine, and I would rather spend my hard earned buying peripherals that are made by people in their garage for the Amstrad then squander 100's on, say, a PS5 or an XBox Whatever.

Dabz
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Steve Elliott on April 12, 2021, 12:33:43
Yep totally agree.  I hate too many cut scenes, let me play the damn game! I've seen videos of the latest Fifa games and get the impression it's like watching football rather than playing it!  I'd rather play an arcade machine soccer game.

The trouble with the latest games is they're too big, so require an army of people. Now if one lone coder has some bugs to fix, imagine that multiplied by the number of coders.  No wonder bug fix patches with big updates are required to be downloaded!

As for graphics, they're aiming for real world quality more and more.  Well I can see the real world and real people, so I'd prefer something more abstract in a game.
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: grindalf on April 12, 2021, 14:19:39
I also agree, I have not bought a AAA title in a long time, I stick to indie games now, They tend to have more personality, originality and feel like real games.
I will probably stay away from the ps5 and the "xbox whatever its called this time" and just stick to my pc
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: WERDNA on April 17, 2021, 00:13:56
Google led me here as I'm just about to get back into game design after being out of the loop for a decade  ;D

Brightened up my day to see some familiar faces here, ha ha. Brings back memories of when I first got into blitz and used to prefix every post on bb.com with I AM THE MIGHTY WERDNA, BOW BEFORE ME. I was a real little turd back in the day  :D

Anyways. Post Blitz, I was leaning towards giving Unity a try... any thoughts?

Cheers,

The 'mighty' WERDNA
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Amon. on April 17, 2021, 00:55:39
Google led me here as I'm just about to get back into game design after being out of the loop for a decade  ;D

Brightened up my day to see some familiar faces here, ha ha. Brings back memories of when I first got into blitz and used to prefix every post on bb.com with I AM THE MIGHTY WERDNA, BOW BEFORE ME. I was a real little turd back in the day  :D

Anyways. Post Blitz, I was leaning towards giving Unity a try... any thoughts?

Cheers,

The 'mighty' WERDNA
My God. It's WERDNA. How are you mate? It is deffo good to see you here. I'm glad your back into coding.


Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: LineOf7s on April 17, 2021, 01:25:11
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Brings back memories of when I first got into blitz and used to prefix every post on bb.com with I AM THE MIGHTY WERDNA, BOW BEFORE ME. I was a real little turd back in the day
Oh don't worry, you were far from the worst.  Welcome back.  :)
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Steve Elliott on April 17, 2021, 02:18:37
Werdna, welcome back.
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Dabz on April 17, 2021, 04:10:57
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Google led me here as I'm just about to get back into game design after being out of the loop for a decade

Ah, there's a blast from the past! :D

Good to hear your still floating about, safe and sound! ;)

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Anyways. Post Blitz, I was leaning towards giving Unity a try... any thoughts?

Cannot really comment on Unity other then the learning curve is bigger, but in terms of BlitzBasic'y type affair, AGK2 will get you away again, and shouldnt take to long to drop into it... But, like anything, give them both a ago, you might prefer one over the other, depends what you want when it comes to workflow, seems to be a personal thing.

Dabz
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: 3DzForMe on April 17, 2021, 06:02:17
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. Anyways. Post Blitz, I was leaning towards giving Unity a try... any thoughts?
   

Wow, Werdna, welcome back, I'm sure your still just as mighty (I hailed as Blitzplotter back on bb dayz).

I've tried unity briefly, didn't really take to it, AGK2 gets my vote. The IDE is good in my opinion and it's very versatile, quite akin to B3D, but with the bonus of compiling for mobile.
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Dabz on April 17, 2021, 08:29:55
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Blitzplotter

Ahhhh, I never realised that! :D

Dabz
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: RemiD on April 17, 2021, 08:58:46
hi Werdna, good to see you again :)


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Ahhhh, I never realised that!
i guessed it quite easily since our friend blitzpotter uses weird english sayings ( "cutting his teeth", "cut the old mustard" ahahah :P )
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: 3DzForMe on April 17, 2021, 12:50:40
I'm more of a GPS cycler these days  :D
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: WERDNA on April 18, 2021, 00:23:42
AGK2 looks curious. Currently writing something small in BlitzMax just to get my feet wet again before I learn something new. And Geeeezzz. A programmer can forget a lot in 10 years, ha ha. And using one of my old game codes as reference so I have some clue what to do, it strikes me how terribly formatted it all was, lol. As in, no indenting. At ALL.

The horror...
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: col on April 18, 2021, 09:23:52
Hey WERDNA,

10 years eh? Where did you go - prison?

Just kidding  :)) Hope all was OK.
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Steve Elliott on April 18, 2021, 10:22:39
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As in, no indenting. At ALL.

Were you insane?!!   :o

Anyway, for ease of transition I would say AGK is your best bet.  Until elgol arrives of course.   :D
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: WERDNA on April 19, 2021, 00:06:25
Of course I was in prison. Imprisoned beneath a 10 floor maze for killing king Trebor :D

No, I just really got into writing, lol. Still am, but I wanted a new (old) hobby.

And apparently I was, ha ha. My old code is disgusting to look at  :o
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: Steve Elliott on April 19, 2021, 00:11:47
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And apparently I was, ha ha. My old code is disgusting to look at  :o

And you a writer of more than code too, you should have known  better lol.
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: RemiD on April 19, 2021, 20:25:51
@Werdna>>i have an idea for a game that you may like, since you like to write fiction, take a look :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamebook

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lone_Wolf_(gamebooks)

https://www.projectaon.org/en/Main/Books

since i am a fan of such books, i would be ready to work with you on such a game project, see what we can do... (i am good with the technical aspects, and with procedural stuff, but bad with fiction, but you seem good with fiction)
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: WERDNA on April 20, 2021, 01:30:01
RemiD, give me some time to figure out what's what (as in, how to create a graphics window without crashing my tablet, lol) and I might just hit you up. Looks very intriguing!
Title: Re: The old BlitzBasic.com crew - where are they now?
Post by: RemiD on April 20, 2021, 08:58:05
@Werdna>>sure, no hurry :)
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