Well, as a software developer and gamer myself I think you are doing
the right thing. As you correctly pointed out Visual Basic 6 is an
extremely old development platform and language and for those of us
who have already made the transition to Windows 7, especially those
running newer 64-bit platforms, the technology is falling further and
further behind the mainstream development. I personally believe for
those developers who don't want to learn something like C++, Java, etc
BGT is the only way forward in terms of Windows game development. So
you are in my opinion making a good decision.
On 4/14/11, Damien Pendleton <dam...@x-sight-interactive.net> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Due to our aim in bringing you quality audiogames and software, we have
> found it necessary to discontinue support for old titles. Games such as Self
> Destruct, Acefire, Danger City and the Savage Gamut are no longer being
> maintained or supported, while Giftanum will shortly be offered for download
> as an open source educational project.
> This has been done for several reasons, all of which we have attempted to
> outline below:
> Firstly, all the older titles were programmed in a now depricated platform,
> and are getting more and more unplayable as later versions of Windows are
> released into the market. They are only just playable on Windows Vista and
> Windows 7, and even that requires several dependencies to be installed.
> Secondly, these were originally games written by third party developers who
> have different methods of programming. As a consequence it is much harder to
> read and understand the way the program is written, so maintaining them in
> their current state is impractical.
> Thirdly, since most of these titles are in a state of completion,
> maintenance is all that is required, especially with some of the games that
> contain many critical bugs. As maintaining them is impractical and the
> development platform is now itself discontinued, the only available option
> to us is rewriting them from scratch. Given the amount of work it would take
> and the fact that they were considered free beforehand, it isn't worth the
> effort that would be involved.. We find it best to work purely on our own
> titles so that we can concentrate fully on the quality of our work and the
> finality of our products.
> I hope this explanation has helped you to understand and support our
> decision, and are sorry for any inconveniences caused.
> Although we have discontinued support and maintenance of these titles,
> X-Sight Interactive still retains the copyright to these titles until such
> time as further arrangements can be made. With that in mind I ask that these
> titles are not hosted or redistributed to any third party in any way in
> their current state.
> We thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this matter.
> Damien Pendleton.
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