Ren’Py

I saw my supervisor Adam today, told him how Twine wasn’t working for me and how I was planning to use Flash instead. He though Flash was the long way of doing things and told me about Ren’Py, a program for interactive visual novels (aka dating sim games). It uses python, which is a programming language I’m somewhat alright at. I also have a number of friends I can ask for help in python.

Screen Shot 2013-07-30 at 9.19.11 PMI’m currently making my way though it’s inbuilt tutorial. I’ll report back once I understand a little more of it.

 

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ActionScript is like a bicycle

Screen Shot 2013-07-29 at 9.21.44 PMI haven’t used Flash or ActionScript 2.0 for a long long time. I’ve pretty much forgotten it but the nice thing is once I get back into the swing of it comes back pretty quickly.

Also I must thank my younger self for having so many test files. It makes it easy if I need to go and find how to do something.

Back to basics

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Given up on twine, it was a pretty awesome program but too unstable for a major project. So I’m going back to good old flash and actionscript 2.0 however… how do I do anything again?

Tomorrow I’m going to have to go though some old games of mine and look though the code. While using flash is going to take longer than twine the nice thing is, once I get the story in place I can always add art work and have more control over things.

I hate you twine

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After having twine crash once me, I took about a day to get it back to where it was before. And then it crashed again. Thanks to my lack of spelling the script is saved in google docs, which I copy past into Twine. However setting up all the links and making it not look a spider’s web is the annoying part. Twine is just too unstable. After it crashed I reopen the program and it won’t let me load the file I was working on before. For some reason the crash cause the file to become unreadable.

So I’m done with twine. I’ll look for something else now, something that will run on mac, maybe I should re-learn python and use that.

The Research Diary

Meet the new tag, “the research dairy”. It’s apart of the assessment for semester 2.

Here I am to record, document, collect, curate, keep ideas, observations, snippets, quotes, asides and so on about your research.

Apparently it’s not the same as a research journal.

So here’s my first entry in the Research Dairy. How is the diary and journal different? Shall I write about my feelings? I’m already lying on my stomach in bed, legs swinging in the air.

Yesterday I was to send in my research question, which we are trying to finalize. I never got around to it. I’m still trying to finish it. Currently I’m worried what my research question has become is not something my supervisor will agree on.

I see Adam next week, see what will happen then.

PAX 2013 Weekend

I’ll talk about Saturday and Sunday in the one post since today is Tuesday and I need to get back into uni mode.

So Saturday JB and I took it easy, in the morning I got dressed into my Cosplay I had spent weeks making. We ended up catching the 10am train to the showgrounds. We had kept the black wrist bands we were given on the friday over night, thinking we’d be able to skip the line ride. Nope. Turns out the entrance to PAX was like 2 double doors. At lest this time we were inside, I did think about taking a photo but there wouldn’t have been much to see other than a sea of people.

Once we got in we ducked into the main theatre to see Penny Arcade – Make a Strip! the only seats were second back row, even with my glasses I couldn’t see the screen. I told JB I might walk around and we’d catch up after. So I went to the expo hall.

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Walking around alone is somewhat different than walking around with JB. For starters JB often carries my things, however it is easier to do things. While walking though crowds I find it easier on my own. My smallness lets me squish past people easily. While on my own I tried out Just Dance 4 and made 2 other guys dance to “I will survive”. It was fun. I did a loop around the expo hall and bumped into Austin and Bt.

It was approaching 12, bt hadn’t been to the big tent yet so we headed over there. Did a loop around when we decided we should break for lunch. There was so many people at PAX the internet was so slow. I couldn’t get an imessage though to JB and ended up sending a text from bt’s phone. In the end JB grouped up with us.

After lunch, since JB hadn’t been in the expo hall yet we went back there. We stopped at the nintendo booth and saw a Pokémon battle on the big screen. JB and I parted ways from Austin and Bt, who shortly went home.

At 4:30pm there was a animal crossing video being showed in one of the theatre, at 3:30 we went to the theatre and found out the place was already full. There was a line, to get into the line. We signed and went back to the nintendo booth so watch more Pokémon battles until 6. JB and I weren’t impressed with Saturday PAX.

On Sunday I wanted to see the Videogames are Good For You talk, JB and I caught the 9:40 train and bumped into Vince. Once again at the showgrounds there was the line to get into PAX. We stood in line playing our 3DSs while Vince had his iPad. As soon as got though the doors we rushed to skippy theatre. Luckily we were part of the inside room line. However the theatre was very small. After 30mins we were seated. I think we were about 4 seats back row? I couldn’t see much so I played 3DS while I listened to the talk.

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After the talk it was 12, we headed to the big top for some lunch and we met up with Jesse. After lunch we showed Jesse around. Had a walk around the big tent, JB and I stopped to play some old school games.

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After we regrouped again we headed to the expo hall. There I had a go at Framed, a pretty neat game for the iPad. We did more walking around, gave up on see any talks and just enjoyed what we could. At some stage we went back to the big top to play some board games. We stood around looking for a table to empty and once we saw one I dashed to it.

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We had a go at this game called “dungeon run”. While it took use a while to learn the rules it got pretty damn fun, sadly we didn’t get time to finish the game. We’d have to buy a copy of it for ourselves.

I found I had more fun on Sunday than on Saturday, most likely since Saturday we were so upset about missing the Nintendo thing.  While on Sunday we walked around and tried demos and enjoyed the little things.

So that’s PAX, overall, too many people, too small area. They need to rent out more rooms next time. Btw, turns out PAX will also be back next year. I’l still go.