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Blog
  9th May, 2018
I did a little coding, yesterday, but nowhere near enough to be worthy of blogging about.
Instead, I sat and played quite a lot of Words With Friends (Username : Jayenkai, if you want to join in) and watched a ton of random bits and pieces on YouTube.

I've been watching a lot of Disneyland-Secrets things, lately, and I'm not really sure why. TPMVids filled an alarming amount of my time, last night.

Either it's the hot weather, or it's my mind's way of saying "Hey, I wrote this whole 3DS thing.. Let me rest, now!!"

Hopefully today will be a little more productive.
The weather's still warm, though!
Views 9, Upvotes 1, 9th May, 2018
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Blog
  8th May, 2018
I can happily code in all kinds of weather, but when it's sunny, things start to slow down a whole bunch.

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Views 14, Upvotes 1, 8th May, 2018
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Blog
  7th May, 2018
The epic Flappadiddle-Doo is now available on 3DS Homebrew.
95% of the game is intact, but the tiled backgrounds have vanished due to "I haven't added buffer-drawing to the 3DS Framework yet!" reasons.

Otherwise, it's pretty much identical.
6 worlds, 6 birds, 6 endless modes, and a whole lot of flappiness!

You can Download Flappadiddle-Doo here for Windows, Linux, MacOS and now 3DS Homebrew, too!!

(I'm going to need to make 3DS Cases, now, aren't I!?!)
Views 11, Upvotes 1, 7th May, 2018
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Blog
  7th May, 2018
I might add a few extra functions for primitive drawing, or maybe a setting somewhere or something.
It's not too much of an issue, in that I know why it's drawing things at different scales, but it'd be a little easier if I didn't have to worry about whether something's going to be "The same scaled position as the larger desktop version" or "The exact location on the screen"

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Views 14, Upvotes 1, 7th May, 2018
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Blog
  6th May, 2018
Although the 3DS games I've posted so far have looked reasonably well presented, there's been some horrible scaling and colouring issues all over the 3DS code!

Today I took the time to fix up a lot of the issues, and now I'm quite confident that scaling is no longer an issue, as long as you stick to percentages of the screen, rather than exact co-ordinates.

Exact co-ordinates don't do any fancy scaling, as I've found that tilemaps and the like start to get a bit screwy if you assume one scale or the other.
Although, once I've coded a few dozen tilemaps, I might change my mind!!



For now, the left is a downsized window, and the right is the 3DS Emulator, and you'll see they're more or less exact.

The two "Bloke" sprites are slightly lower on the 3DS, due to them using screen co-ordinates (32 pixels from the top) instead of a percentage.
I didn't want to "break" exact co-ordinates, so .. Yeah.. It's all gotten fairly complicated, if I'm honest

Each 3DS game will still require a little tweaking to make sure it functions accurately, but today's scaling should make it all a little bit easier.
Views 13, Upvotes 1, 6th May, 2018
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Blog
  6th May, 2018
95% of Flappadiddle now works on the 3DS, but it still needs a bunch of tweaking to be done, in order to get it nicely 3DS worthy.

Like the level select menu...



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Views 13, Upvotes 1, 6th May, 2018
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Blog
  6th May, 2018
With the 3DS onslaught in full swing, and this week's game being delayed, what better time than to stop and pause, and think about the other myriad of things that I'd like to do..?!

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Views 18, Upvotes 1, 6th May, 2018
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Blog
  5th May, 2018
D'oh!

Well, I did say that Franken-Hopper was a little bit *too* difficult.
.. Now it's the exact opposite.



Needs more death, now.

Today's been a weird day, code-wise!!
Views 14, Upvotes 1, 5th May, 2018
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  5th May, 2018
Today, I've rejigged a lot of the framework's opening memory gubbins, although not the way I'd've liked.
In the end, rather than solving my memory management issues, I actually ended up stripping out the largest array completely, meaning that all additional lines (ship trail, bullet trail, explosion trails) in "On a Space Shooting Trail" are all now missing on the 3DS edition.
They're not anything you'll specifically miss, especially on the tiny 3DS screen, but .. they're definitely gone!

Anyhoo, after tweaking away, I finally got On A Space Shooting Trail running on 3DS, so .. Upload Gets!
It includes oodles of 3d-ness, but with everything being thin and small, it's not really all that noticeable.
Aw well..



I've uploaded a fixed 3DSHomebrew version of Micro Clampett (because I'd previously forgot to set the music volume!) as well as the new (for 3DS) space shooter, On a Space Shooting Trail.

Both should be working fine, but as always, let me know if they don't!
Views 16, Upvotes 2, 5th May, 2018
3ds Homebrew
Blog
  5th May, 2018
I've found a number of minor issues with Micro Clampett, like how I'd forgotten to add the Music Volume setting to the Music Channel. D'oh!
My mind seems to be enjoying doing all these little fixes a lot more than working on actual games, at the moment, so I'm just going to keep doing that until I get bored!!!

We'll hold off Franken-Hopper until next week, and hopefully I'll come up with a more interesting gameplay style for it.
At the minute he can definitely hop, but then he tends to die rather quickly.

Balancing "Collect" with "DIE!" is proving rather hard for poor Frankie.
Although, you'll be all too aware, I do like a difficult game, I don't really like them when it's unfairly difficult, and right now Franken-Hopper's a little unfair.
It's not a problem I can fix in the next day and a half, so.. Let's call it a fail, mess about with 3DS a bit more, and next week I'll give Frankie a better chance.

Unless I get bored with that idea and move onto something else... Which definitely happens FAR too often!
Views 13, Upvotes 1, 5th May, 2018
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Blog
  5th May, 2018
1. Finish off the Franken-Jumper game.
2. Rewrite my giant Array declarations.

.. Oh, and then double check that the new stuff works on all targets.

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Views 15, Upvotes 2, 5th May, 2018
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Blog
  4th May, 2018
I tried to compile "On a Space Shooting Trail" for 3DS tonight, but it wasn't having any of it!
Seems that my habit of creating giant arrays, at launch, isn't very good when it comes to trying to then run them on the limited 3DS.
It seems that if I "alloc" the big arrays at a later point, they tend to work better than if I try to just declare "I'm having a ginormous array, here!", right at the start of the code.

The task, then, will be to rewrite a significant part of "On a Space Shooting Trial" and hope that it fits into memory afterwards! I'll also need to double-check that it still works on the normal Desktop edition, too!
I'll also look into moving the main Framework's Obj/Plr/Grid/Stars arrays into a similar alloc method.

I'm learning quite a lot of good optimisation skills, doing 3DS, and it's all going back into the permanent Framework for future reuse.
Views 15, Upvotes 3, 4th May, 2018
3ds Homebrew
Blog
  4th May, 2018


I have no idea.
Feels a bit like NeonPlat, and I'm slightly tempted to just make NeonPlat instead!!
Views 14, Upvotes 3, 4th May, 2018
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Blog
  4th May, 2018
After spending hours retweaking the 3DS part of the framework, I'm now mostly confident that everything's a little more compatible.

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Views 20, Upvotes 3, 4th May, 2018
Daily Blog , 3ds Homebrew , 2018 Framework
Blog
  3rd May, 2018
I sat around waiting for feedback from the GBATemp community, in the hope that I might be able to fix up any potential issues with my 3DS Framework.
Nothing arrived.
I've left it there for 3 days, and... Nothing...

So, here's release #2. Micro Clampett on the 3DS.


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You can Download Micro Clampett here.

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Views 18, Upvotes 3, 3rd May, 2018
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Blog
  3rd May, 2018
After extensive testing, it seems the Ogg playing is more or less functional.
I still need to tweak it for different Choons. Flappadiddle-Doo's struggling when it comes to switching levels. But other than that it's pretty much working as expected.

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Views 18, Upvotes 4, 3rd May, 2018
Daily Blog , 3ds Homebrew
Blog
  2nd May, 2018

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Today has been one hell of a long haul.

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Views 51, Upvotes 4, 2nd May, 2018
3ds Homebrew
Blog
  2nd May, 2018
My plan for this week was mostly to fix all the issues that people had with the first test release on 3DS.

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Views 19, Upvotes 4, 2nd May, 2018
Daily Blog , 3ds Homebrew
Blog
  1st May, 2018
Today I was reminded of the classic Amiga puzzler "Pushover".


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Views 20, Upvotes 4, 1st May, 2018
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Blog
  1st May, 2018
After each week's release, I'm literally bombarded by player's thoughts and comments.

Let's take a look at what RSKGames thinks of this week's game.

You can Download Bungee Stars here.

@RSKGames


Not much was revealed about this week's game "Bungee Stars", so it was a pleasant surprise to play this fun little game.


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Views 42, Upvotes 4, 1st May, 2018
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