Archive for the ‘GMC/YYG’ Category

SoulScroll Revival III

February 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Yes, friends, we are back at THIS LOCATION. HERE. Hosted on WordPress. Why?

Well, I moved to zymichost, as some may be aware, and then I noticed it had php safemode set to ON which blocked many of WordPress’s important features. Then, I switched to hostaider, which was great for a while, but for the last 4 1/2 weeks, their server has been down and I’m just tired of waiting.
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Mario is Evil? – Written by dixee on yoyogames

November 2, 2009 13 comments

I just read this post on the yoyogames forums, written entirely by Dixee. All credit for that hilarious article goes to her. At first you think it’s just going to be some sort of joke, or a spam post, but no; it’s actually a well-thought out and VERY plausible criticism of the Mario series. The best time to tear apart the credibility of a beloved video game character is any time, eh? XD

Here’s a sample of what she wrote. Go to the thread to read the rest.
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SoulHow to make an Arc Of Sight

August 20, 2009 1 comment

NOTE: Comments are locked. I no longer answer questions about the Game Maker tutorials on this blog; I suggest you take any questions to the Game Maker Community. For more info, view the FAQ page.

I decided to write up a more detailed SoulHow article on my old Arc of Sight tutorial. I’ve been getting some PMs on the Game Maker Community lately asking questions about it, so I thought I’d describe it a bit better here in my blog.

Tutorial Partner file: Link

Note: This example was created for GM7, and it works in either Pro or Lite. However, if you have the Lite version, go to the constants section of the game settings in the example and set “drawrotated” to 0. That will turn off the use of draw_sprite_ext. The sprites won’t rotate as the objects move in different directions, but that’s okay because sprite rotation doesn’t have to do with what’s actually being described in the tutorial. As long as you keep the drawarc constant set to 1, you’ll still be able to easily observe the intended effect inside this example; though you can set that constant to 0 to have a more “realistic” view. Best keep it to 1, though, while you’re still learning what’s going on in each part of the code.

So in case you haven’t even seen this on the GMC, it’s a tutorial in which you will learn how to make an object test for another object inside an “arc of sight”. The first thing that probably comes to your mind is the similarity to “line of sight”. A line of sight is a line usually drawn from one object to another object to make sure nothing is in the way. For example, an enemy must shoot towards the player, but only if a wall is not between them.

There’s collision_line() for that, and collision_* for other types of shapes (rectangle, circle, etc.). But we want to use more of a circle sector shape. Essentially, an arc of sight.
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Categories: Game Maker, GMC/YYG, SoulHow

The SoulScroll Lives!

August 6, 2009 Leave a comment

Yes, I’m back in the world of blogging! However, there are a few conditions. I’ve got a number of things I’d like to go over in this post, so here we go.

First of all, further posts will be focused more towards music and general game design, rather than Game Maker itself. Since I’ve moved on from programming to music design, that’s what I’m going to be talking about for the majority of my posts. Remember, though, I said “majority”; I’ll still be writing quite a lot about stuff on the GMC, yoyogames, Game Maker in general, etc. so if you like to come here to read about that kind of thing you don’t have to worry. I’ll also probably put up a new tutorial every so often. However, music is a large part of my life, so most of the discussion will be about that; a lot of it will be about music in video games since that’s what I intend to do, so at least there’s that.

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Agalag Wins Honorable Mention

October 2, 2008 1 comment

The yoyogames cooperation competition results came out today. Agalag got an honorable mention, which although was marginally disappointing, was more than I’ve ever gotten in any game before. =D

So the game has been staff picked, and listed under “runners up” on the competition glog entry.
Congrats to the winners! (jumper 3 especially)

In case you forgot where to find Agalag, it’s here:



Added: 20 August 2008
By: SoulRed12

Pre-GMC Quick Answers

September 22, 2008 Leave a comment

Got a question?  Going to go to the GMC about it?  Well hold off for just a second.

I’ll outline what I mean here.  The reason I decided to write this article, is because I have recently been seeing many questions in the GMC novice and intermediate Q&A forums that all have a similar or exactly the same answer.

For the list of common question-answer pairs, read on.

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SoulHow to make a more successful fangame

August 27, 2008 Leave a comment

Skill Level: N/A

What do you think is the most frequently made fangame?  Mario?  Sonic?  Megaman?  Nope, you’re wrong.  The most frequently made fangames, are bad ones.  And sadly, these poorly-made fangames’ reputations tend to rub off onto other fangames and shoot their chances as well.

I really don’t care about original vs. fangame; all I care about is whether a game is good, and I’m sure most of you will agree with me if you truly think about it.  Seriously, who out there has played, for example, Hard Hat 3 by Damaged, and disliked it because it was unoriginal?  The real deal breaker is (should be) the game’s quality.  If you find yourself disliking a fangame only because it’s unoriginal, you should think be thinking a little harder.

And with that said, I will now write something more like what you were expecting in a SoulHow article: how to get your fangame more successful.  This doesn’t mean matching the original game to the T, but making different levels and bosses.  Actually, it involves a number of things.
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