I am glad to hear this Philip. Thank you for the update.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Philip Bennefall" <phi...@blastbay.com>
To: "Gamers Discussion list" <gamers@audyssey.org>
Sent: Friday, February 12, 2010 12:10 AM
Subject: [Audyssey] Progress on the Blastbay game creation tool (Bgt)


Hi folks,

I just wanted to update you all on the progress of the game creation engine that I spoke of back in October. It has been slowed down due to some difficulties with the script interpreter, but they are all resolved now and development can continue rapidly. In short, the language has C++ syntax but with several simplifications such as a large number of prewritten functions that allow you to get things like audio, keyboard input, file reading and writing, artificial intelligence etc, up and running in no time. You also have automatic memory management built in so you need not worry about freeing the resources that you have claimed, unless you want to be a little efficient and free things when you know that they are not being used anymore.

The tool will feature a bunch of playable example games as well as ready to use templates that one can just import and then customize. For example there will be a sidescroller template so that you can make games such as Q9 very quickly with predefined enemy behavior that you can control, customizable levels and objects etc etc. Thus, it is possible for a skilled Bgt user to write their own games from scratch or even their own templates for others to use, while the more inexperienced user can start from and modify existing templates to construct a game with relative ease.

And of course, one is able to compile a finished script into a stand-alone executable with no dependencies other than Direct X and, well, Microsoft Windows. This executable can then be distributed along with your sounds and documentation either in a portable fashion as to be usable from a flash drive, or you can use an installation builder such as InnoSetup to generate a standard installation program for it.

So that's it for now. Just thought I'd let you know how things stand... Keep your eyes and ears open!

Kind regards,

Philip Bennefall
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