Thursday, November 18, 2010

I've added a t rex skeleton and have been working on adding a health bar so you can get hit three times before dying. So far it isnt functional in anything other than soaking up hours of time and adding inches of body fat to my love handles.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

gravity in level 2 now inexplicably works. I swear, the actionscript looks exactly the same, but by god it works now. Save for the moving platforms, I knew they would be touchy. I've started a Kirupa thread for it here.

..and, since that doesnt seem to be going well, I also posted in on Yahoo. Someone out there knows about this

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

getting very nervous about capstone paper. I have on my plate: two group projects involving class presentations ad individual research papers, two different print making editions, selling all myfurniture, getting documents from HMSA (my hawaiian health insurance) and getting them faxed to the embassy in San Fran, getting a plane ticket to Hawaii and another to France because suddenly i need one to get my visa, finding homes for my cats and fish, finding a new home in france, learning two arias for voice lessons, a flash based video game and capstone paper, and of course daily homework.

okay so.

kit run gravity still not happening. level two now has music and more moving platforms.

Monday, November 1, 2010

I changed the dirt tiles so this level looks more different than level 1. too bad I cant test the moving platforms but GRAVITY DOESNT WORK FUUUCK

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

slow going. Cant get gravity to work in level two. necessary for progress. IOW AKA FUUUUUUUUUUUCK

just look at those terrifying cliff faces!!

stuff i wanna do: fix grav cuz if no can, no can test level = no can make more level

make a little image of a chicken leg to replace the hexegon in the score calc. cute counts.


Sunday, October 24, 2010

designing level two- dragging and dropping obscene amounts of movie clips and actionscript from level 2. This level is a cliff level! with moving platforms and such. looks the same as level one in the beginning only because the den is there. Its going to be at the beginning of each level.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

confusing myself to the nth degree trying to figure out how to add a "level 1 pt 2"

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

it is with one auspicious and with one drooping eye that I say this is the first excuse I've ever had to make on this blog.

Where I should be posting near daily, I am posting near weekly. Alas. I am so busy this term I think I'll cry for a moment. Okay so thats happening. Through tears I will continue with a promise to Kit Run: "I shall not fail you!"

Play Robot Unicorn Attack on facebook. I'm not going to link it. No way no how. Just DO IT

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The sun sets now. The sky gradually changes color and everything. It's crazy super cool.
Also the "Try Again" button works after you die and the death whale shows up when hes supposed to. He's still harmless though, unfortunately

Sunday, October 10, 2010

okay so I've made the decision that KitRun is crossing the line with me. Now I'm Running CS3! still outdated, but def an overdue update from MX. Dang.

Today I discovered that the victory song doesnt stutter when it's called if I don't tell the level 1 background music to stop. They play perfectly and happily on top of eachother, but its painful to the ears indeed.

A one sentence of my capstone: A completely functional level 1 and level two of my pixel based side scrolling game, Kit-Run.

A one paragraph description of my capstone: By completely functional level 1 and level 2, I mean that you can open the game from the title screen and play through to the end of level two without noticing that it's unfinished. This means a functional title screen, time limit, score add up, ghost whale, and screen scrolling. dang!

More: I realize this goes against our constant advice from Miles to go for quantity over quality. Maybe I should just push blindly ahead and take Kit Run as far as it will go without stopping to hash out the minor details. Everyone is after all prob very sick of seeing level 1. I'm ignoring all this good sense however.

within the next two weeks I want: a functional level complete event, the beginnings of a health bar so fox can be hurt more than once before dying, a sketch of the level 2 course.

within the next month I want: a functional health bar, some fish, and a full out attack on the screen scrolling

in the time that follows: graphic construction of level 2, completed pond in level 1, and navigation between two levels.

Thursday, September 30, 2010


it's capstone time. And the question is, will I take Kit Run to the finish line with me? Or shall i toss it on the dusty shelf of experience and start anew? I dunno. I'm gonna play kit run a few times and see if it plucks my heart strings and/or gets me excited. If not, I'll use what I've learned here and start a new game, and a new blog, that shall define my digital media experience at SOU. ya'll better be on the edge of your seats

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Now there's a mouse in the hole. 5 points.

Monday, May 24, 2010

So amidst all of my efforts to straighten out the ghost whale and the screen scrolling, I solved a problem I abandoned way back in the times of yore when I first began to write the script for Fox's movement. Now the main sprite idles facing left instead of always wanting to turn around and face right. The small victories are happy ones.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Just tightening and polishing. I'm going to go through all the hitTests and try and make them more accurate using scripts from said file: pixel perfect collision detection

Also my frankenstein screen scrolling attempts have lead to fox being able to fly. flawlessly. Like a speeding bullet. Effortlessly he leaps tall trees in a single bound. naturally this is unacceptable, so I'm bringing it to the table Thursday.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Kit Run has a title scene now. It's much cooler than the screen shot would suggest. In actuality, there is super catchy music, and all the menu items bounce in ever so snes -y. It's very Snake Rattle n' Roll. Oh, and it's not finished. It will have clouds moving swiftly upwards in the background eventually.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

my continued efforts have at last rendered the screen scrolling partially functional. Heres what I be tote'n:

if (this._y>208.8 & this._y<363.8)>
_root.groundlevel1._y = -30.0;
else if (this._y>400.0 & this._y<450.0)>
_root.groundlevel1._y -= 10.0;
else if (this._y<120.0>75.0) {
_root.groundlevel1._y += 10.0;
else if (this._y>550.0){
_root.dead = true;


It's pretty good except for two problems: Predominantly, if the ground is in the process of scrolling, hitTests are disabled. So if the ground is moving up to keep up with the fox falling in a hole or something, and the ground hasnt finished scrolling when the fox lands, the fox will just fall right though the ground. hittests dont work when the mc is in motion.

Secondly, and not nearly as important but none the less, the above code tells the screen to scroll up or down ten respectively, but the default position is set. Thus is just reloads to its default position instead of scrolling pleasently, which makes it pretty choppy.


Saturday, May 1, 2010

ALAS! I did some exciting scripting today; when you run out of time the ghost whale from bubble bobble load and effectively chases the fox. THE PROBLEM! The fox only actually moves when it's jumping, on the y-axis. When it's running left or right, the ground scrolls in the opposite direction and the fox runs in place. !! This complicates my follow code to the n'th degree. To follow this epic drama, check the kirupa thread here

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Just been working on some nit picky things the last few days. I messed with the score bar a bit so it fits better in the border, hunted down and deleted some extra/duplicate MCs and scripts, and tried, trrrriiiiiiiieeed to tackle the primary, seemingly insolvable remaining problems: why does the level complete mc only gotoAndStop when it is supposed to gotoAndPlay? Why does the movie not gotoAndPlay the death scene when I tell it to? Even when it traces the code? and last but not least, WHY can't I get the background to scroll up and down at the appropriate time?

These and other problems will be addressed in the coming week.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

The chicken has it's very own groove! Music makes all the difference- I wish I could share but it stays in secret till the game is complete. But let me tell you- it is oooo so 8-bit danceable. Just ask this bouncin chicken!

Friday, April 16, 2010

our friend the blue jay now has his own groove. He hops to right, and hops to left. woo! And pecks too!