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January 5th, 2019 by in General

Been really enjoying playing with Pico-8 lately. If you’re not familiar, it’s essentially a so-called ‘fantasy console’ that you can code against. It has all kinds of restrictions as far as code size, memory, graphics, etc. But that’s the point: coding within restraints. Old-school style before entire trucks full of gigabytes and gigahertz were dumped on our doorstep.

The consoles include code, music, and art editors inside the app, so you can do everything in one place. It’s possible to edit these things externally, too, if that’s your bag. Personally, I’ve been using VSCode along with an appropriate extension.

My first attempt was recreating the classic demo-scene fire effect, which has popped back into the mainstream consciousness thanks to this post.

As you can see, it runs pretty great in a web browser!

There’s other ‘fantasy consoles’ besides Pico-8, including TIC-80 which has an Android port for coding on-the-go!

Not only is it a good exercise coding down to restrictions, it’s very convenient to just pick up and go to sketch out gamedev ideas.

Give it a go!

August 21st, 2018 by in Slack Injection

Played through the first episode of the Build-based classic Blood last night. It’s not great but it has some charming moments. At the time, everyone was going for the one-off jokes and pop culture references after Duke 3D set the tone for these things, and Blood was no exception! 😉

I’ve been meaning to do more Slack Injection episodes, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. But I do play a lot of games. I seem to find time for that. Oof.

There’s a whole world of game streaming that I never really got into — your “Twitches” and your “YouTube Gamings” and such.

So, what the hell, right?  Over the last couple nights, I’ve been playing with Twitch and the always excellent OpenBroadcaster. Streamed some Far Cry 4, and, last night, my Overwatch session. And you know what? It was fun. I love to ramble and bitch, so this was a great match for me. I had no idea. 😉

Going to make an attempt to stream nightly, or a couple times a week at least. Whatever I’m currently into. Or maybe do something different now and then, like some NES/SNES classics.

I’m going to set it up so that folks can call in, including some regulars, making it almost an improvised talk show of sorts. Maybe I can line up some audio clips, like the pre-recorded shows.

I have no idea — this is my first week playing with it. I’d like to make it something different from the million other streamers, though.  But for now, I’ll just take it as it comes.

For now, add me up and follow to get notifications. I’ll probably be streaming around 8 or 9pm EST, when I do, but I could strike at any time…! ;U

(Well, not at work.)

https://www.twitch.tv/drfortyseven

December 21st, 2017 by in 3 Minutes On, Shows

Been quite some time since the last entry in this series, but I think I’m at a point where I can do them a bit more often.

This time, we’re taking a quick glance at the General Consumer Electronics “Vectrex” portable video game console. I had one of these once; it truly is an amazing little machine.

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September 28th, 2017 by in Apps, Projects

Reddmo is an HTML5 toy that automatically generates a random magazine cover using the images and headlines linked to off of Reddit. The cover can be customized to use content from a specific subreddit, or from the front page.

Admittedly, the outcome is hit or miss, but this was a seriously fun toy to hack on.

September 28th, 2017 by in Apps, Projects

An unauthorized port of Neave.TV from Flash to HTML5, with additional video content!

I stumbled onto Neave.TV last night and watched it until the clips rolled over to the start again. I noticed it was written in Flash, and since that tech is on it’s way out, I wondered how easy it would be to implement what I was seeing, in HTML5.

Once I found the playlist XML file, I pulled down a couple FLV video clips, converted them to MP4, and got to work. After an evening of screwing around getting it working, I started yanking down even more clips in WebM format off of YouTube. 🙂