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Offline STEVIE G

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Pac-Van [provisional name] - Sept Comp Entry
« on: September 11, 2018, 10:42:57 PM »
Time for a worklog I think!

Made some good progress over the last few days.  Background graphics are done for now but I might revisit them and add more stuff if I have time before deadline.  I wrote a voxel like routine (adding, colouring and cutting cuboids) which makes creating new assets pretty quick as they don't need to be done by hand.

Managed to get the DX7 hack working to disable bilinear texture filtering (thanks Derron I think) which means I can keep the low-res look on any resolution and it scales nicely.  The bonus is that I can also use hardware accelerated blending to get nice shadows which automatically darken the vehicles.  ;D

Time to make a start on the actual gameplay!






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Re: Pac-Van [provisional name] - Sept Comp Entry
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2018, 10:48:25 PM »
That looks very neat.  Like the look of it.

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Re: Pac-Van [provisional name] - Sept Comp Entry
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2018, 04:52:06 AM »
The screenshot makes me think of a similar part from the Ghostbusters game :P

Love the style. You certainly have a way with pixels ;D
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Re: Pac-Van [provisional name] - Sept Comp Entry
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2018, 06:07:06 AM »
@dx7
Wasn't me.


@Qube and the pixels
Yes, it looks pretty consistent and nice.


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Re: Pac-Van [provisional name] - Sept Comp Entry
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2018, 08:18:11 AM »
Looks great!

Assuming that you're using Blitz3D then there's no need for a 'hack' to turning off bilinear filtering as it's built into this version via the texture flags parameter ;)
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Re: Pac-Van [provisional name] - Sept Comp Entry
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2018, 10:15:31 AM »
@col
Will this version run in steam? I found that the plugin im using gets crashed by steam

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Re: Pac-Van [provisional name] - Sept Comp Entry
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2018, 10:51:15 AM »
@grindalf

The version I modified is the latest standard version of Blitz3D source released from BRL and updated for the texture filter flag.

I didn't know there were issues with Steam and Blitz3D. How does it gets crashed? Do you have something that I can investigate ( maybe some instructions/reproducible/source ) to see if its fixable from the Blitz3D side?

It might be a better idea to start a new thread regarding that issue so as not to pollute this game/entry related thread?
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Re: Pac-Van [provisional name] - Sept Comp Entry
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2018, 06:26:13 PM »
Looks great!

Assuming that you're using Blitz3D then there's no need for a 'hack' to turning off bilinear filtering as it's built into this version via the texture flags parameter ;)

Does that one not have the issue with Fmod license?  Anyway, it works so I'm happy  ;D

I wanted to get some more detail in my vehicle sprites so have increased the Van length by a couple of pixels and 1 pixel higher.  Also have increased the rotations to 32 frames to make it a bit smoother.  Looks good enough I think.

I was thinking about how to do the old pac-man - move left out the level and appear on the right and think a tunnel is the way to go.  I also think that having a wrapround level would be best as it'd make the transition seamless rather than warping which I don't think will look good.

Next up is designing the police cars ..  it's great fun doing low res retro pixel stuff I think. 



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Re: Pac-Van [provisional name] - Sept Comp Entry
« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2018, 06:28:34 AM »
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Does that one not have the issue with Fmod license?
No, fmod.dll is supplied and needs to be distributed along with your final exe. There are no license issues.

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And that's most important :)
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Re: Pac-Van [provisional name] - Sept Comp Entry
« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2018, 07:10:29 AM »
Cop Car and Cop Van ... best I can do with the limited real estate.





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Re: Pac-Van [provisional name] - Sept Comp Entry
« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2018, 08:36:36 AM »
SWEET  ;D

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Re: Pac-Van [provisional name] - Sept Comp Entry
« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2018, 06:47:36 AM »
A zoomed out shot of a full level..


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Re: Pac-Van [provisional name] - Sept Comp Entry
« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2018, 12:41:22 PM »
Added some subtle self shadowing on the buildings today.  Made a cop station (where the cops spawn from) and a Bus (which won't chase you but get's in the way).

I changed the trees to be more detailed but they didn't have the same appeal as the rectangular ones below so changed them back.

I'm going to drop the vehicles being shadowed by the buildings as it doesn't look as good as I hoped.

I'm also debating whether to add in a zoomed out (full level on screen) mode as it might actually play better like this - possible both options with a mini-map for this zoomed in view.

I now have full control over the Van and the level scrolls and wraps around.  Control needs a few tweaks to get the controls slicker but it feels quite nice.

Anyway, a few updated shots ..





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Re: Pac-Van [provisional name] - Sept Comp Entry
« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2018, 10:57:16 PM »
Some lovely pixel work you've got going on there :)

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I changed the trees to be more detailed but they didn't have the same appeal as the rectangular ones below so changed them back.
Flicking your eyes around the map the you instantly know that they are trees. Did you try any rounder ones? or would that just look like a weird ice cream?
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Re: Pac-Van [provisional name] - Sept Comp Entry
« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2018, 07:21:18 AM »
Some lovely pixel work you've got going on there :)

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I changed the trees to be more detailed but they didn't have the same appeal as the rectangular ones below so changed them back.
Flicking your eyes around the map the you instantly know that they are trees. Did you try any rounder ones? or would that just look like a weird ice cream?

Thanks.

They do look a little like ice creams if I round them.  I did a quick culling of some pixels top and bottom on the voxel trees - think it looks a bit better?  Might apply the same to the bushes.

The Oak in the top right needs a little work.