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Platformer AI

Posted in game programming on February 16, 2008 by brandonman

I took a programming break this week to clear my mind and play some CS:Source. Fun Game. Anyways, came back to Spec-Ops. I got my enemies to show, turns out I wasn’t sending them into the screen, but out of the monitor ūüėÄ Now I need ideas for AI. I don’t want pathedic AI (Yes, it was, admit it) like Mario. I would like some sort of strategies. If any readers have any ideas, please leave a comment or e-mail brandonmanrules AT gmail DOT com

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Posted in game programming with tags , , , on February 1, 2008 by brandonman

I started on a platformer today. The player is a special operations person. There are currently 5 levels I’ve designed on paper. I now have to implement them. I have the walking animation done, jumping, walking, and drawing all set up in the game. Now I need to move onto the pesky AI….


planetary gravity demo

Posted in game programming with tags , , , , , , , on January 20, 2008 by brandonman

I played around with some planetary gravity. One of my game ideas I’ve had sitting around is a space based Galaxy that is online. I decided to play around and do some work with gravity. I have a small planet orbiting a sun. There are no textures, but¬† the orbit is nice.¬†I start by initializing some different variables.

float r;
float dx;
float dy;
float sunx=0;
float sunz=0;
float F;
float M1;
float M2;
float ax;
float ay;
float G=-5;
GLfloat z=-500.0f;   // Depth Into The Screen
GLfloat xpos = -20.0f;
GLfloat zpos = -20.0f;
float vx=.35;
float vy=-.22;

Now I set my masses.

   M1=1; //planet
   M2=332946; //sun

Then I do some math calculations and draw.

dx = xpos-sunx; 
dy = zpos-sunz;
r = sqrt(dx*dx + dy*dy);
F = G*M1*M2/(r*r);
ax = G*M1*dx/(r*r*r);
ay = G*M1*dy/(r*r*r);
dx is the distance on the x axis, and dy is the distance on the y axis (2D). The other equations are kepler’s law. This is the law of planetary motion created by Johanas? Kepler in the 15 or 1600’s. Then, I move the planet by the velocity and draw. The files I’m linking too are the EXE, the devC++ project file, and the C++ source. This is made in opengl. Just extract these files with Winrar, Winzip, etc and either run the exe or open the project and look at the source and play with it. If you use it in a game, I won’t care, but I’d be honored for you to tell me my source was used.

NOTE: my source may not be very optimized, but it works. I can’t be held responsible for any problems it may cause. Don’t use it as a guide to learn a programming style! Mine might not be that great.


Posted in game programming with tags , , , , , , , on December 28, 2007 by brandonman

OK, this is my first blog post. I’m new to this whole blog thing, so shoot me a comment if I’m doing something in the wrong way. OK, this blog will be about stuff I find interesting, which means mostly gaming and my game programming adventures, along with me working on marketing my first commercial game. Here are the latest screens of that commercial game, Alien Invasion, showing the first 2 levels.

alien invasion 1

Alien Invasion 2