Fang Talks

Leading Programmo-Tike

Friday’s post was about a game I was working on using a gamedev app for Mac, GameSalad. Some questions arrose, and I figured I might as well tell you about it a bit more in-depth. So, here you go.

First and foremost, it is nothing like RPG maker, as far as I know. Nope, not at all.
The way GameSalad works is with attributes, behavoirs and rules. They have a bunch of pre-made parts of behavoirs, such as a move behavoirs, or a display text behavoir. You can take a rule, “when [right arrow key] is down”, and link it to a move behavoir. Put the right angle and speed into the move behavoir, and your actor can now move to the right.

Every scene and actor also has attributes, like size, color, image, physics settings, etc. You can also add your own, like a health attribute. You can make it so that an actor at the top-left of the screen displays an amount of hearts equivilant to the amount of health you have left. And then add a rule to your character: “when overlaps or collides with actor of type [badguy]” “change attribute [game.Health] to [game.Health – 1]”. “when attribute [game.Health] =< 0" "go to scee [Game over Scene]". You may think of it like a bunch of easy-kids code, but it's easier than that. It has a nice GUI, and quite a few built-in behavoirs and attributes for the things you're going to need most. It is, however, not as easy as it may seem. Some things are rather tricky to do, especially since you can't implent your own pieces of code into the game. Luckily, there's a huge community who can answer most of your questions and everything. If you have a Mac and are interested in making games (for fun or for business), I strongly recommend you check GameSalad out. Even if you’re not that interested in making games, it can still be fun messing around with it, and hey, maybe it gets you started on something big!

If you are already using it, or are interested in my view on it, feel free to request a GameSalad-related tutorial. Gives me something to post about, and I may learn something new myself!

By the way, I’ll do my best to post a select amount of pictures from Rome tomorrow. Tough job, filtering out the ones worth posting from a database of 800+ pictures.

‘Till next time!
~ Fang


  • 21/03/2011 (11:35 AM)

    great background on this, bro!

  • G
    21/03/2011 (1:12 AM)

    Sounds a cool app you should do a tutorial

  • 21/03/2011 (1:04 AM)

    mmmm…. salad… thanks for the link! :D

  • 20/03/2011 (11:35 PM)

    I’m looking forward to those Rome pictures! :)

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