[Ant Attack] Commenting on Comments
Woo! I've had comments. I wasn't sure if I should reply to them in the comments section or mention something here, so I'll go with here.
First off I was really please to get a comment from Jean-Yves, the guy behind Multi-User Lords of Midnight a game I loved when it first came out. Jean-Yves is doing great things with it. I bought a copy of RetroGamer 5 as there's a whole big thing about Ant Attack in there (oh if only I'd finished this a couple of months ago!) Lords of Midnight was written up too, I initially scanned the article planning on going back to read it later, but the phrase "Multi-Player" jumped out at me and I though "That's a really cool idea!". A couple of days later Jean-Yves is commenting in my Blog, how very cool. Now if only I has some free time!
Iain of the fully paid up game forum Slate State mentioned a little about the game running too fast and needing some Frame Limiting. Just when I though I did have Frame Limiting. This means either one of two things, my Frame Limiting code isn't working, which is quite probable, or, Iain is getting to old and can't handle the speedy gameplay anymore ;) as 80fps is the speed I'm shooting for!
Seems like I'm about to induce an epileptic fit in Jo with the screen flashing red when you get bitten! Sorry to say the flashing isn't going away any time soon. Although due to tuning two things were going on, the "Bite Delay" for each ant was set to only 200 milliseconds, so they cam rather thick and fast. And the ants didn't stop for a short pause after biting you, which they should have done. I've re-tweeked these things now so the bites don't come quite so thick and fast.
Why flash the screen red? Well in the original it'd pause a little while and say "Bitten!" at the bottom of the screen. Now-a-days(tm) I wanted to keep the action moving along without the pause so I needed some other way to signal the bite. The red flash comes from the Alfred Hitchcock film "Spellbound" where a couple of the frames of the otherwise black and white film tinted red, by hand I assume. Which, I imagine would have taken some people by surprise, just because you can only film in black and white doesn't mean the print can't have colour on it. As I've been aiming to keep AA black and white to I though the first splash of red would be kinda dramatic!
Right, enough rattling on the for moment, back to coding.