Shining Online

February 20th, 2003 12:23 Development Diary

Worklog – February 20th, 2003

More more more! From now on I’ll try and update this thing as soon as features are added. Most of these features should be apparent in the next demo.

  • Added the play and stop ambient sound events.
  • Added the play and stop music events.
  • Added the new look weather events.
  • Added the speak event.
  • Added enemy editing to SODA.
  • Added obstruction template (thanks to Koshums for his help).
  • Added the flashing tiles too :)
  • Removed almost 30k of redundant/repugnant code. Ouch.

 

November 28th, 2002 12:22 Development Diary

Worklog – November 28th, 2002

Another month, another Dev Diary. I’m writing this at 2am after 6 hours of coding, so excuse the lack of coherence.

  • Got four absolute monsters of assignments for January hand-ins. Ouch.
  • Interviewed for TSS. Hopefully a link will be up soon.
  • More source slicing. What’s left is a lot tighter than before. Hopefully the weekend shall yield more results.
  • Started writing an A* algorithm for the enemy AI (as well as an article to go with it.) It’s not as easy as I thought, but it should be done soon.
  • More design doc, more website.
  • Worked on SODA some more. Completely overhauled the interface.
  • Started plans for the Atari SO.
  • More website stuff.
  • Did the Hussien Skank.

My bed looks very comfy. Night!

 

October 27th, 2002 12:20 Development Diary

Worklog – October 27th, 2002

Wow, haven’t been keeping up to date, have I? Sometimes I get a little suprised by just how long SO has been dragging itself along. Anyway, here’s some updates!

  • Finished Skies Of Arcade. It’s really quite good, so buy it for your DC (and the GameCube version too!)
  • Sliced more guff out of the source code, speeding the game up a tad. Plus it made me feel better. You learn a lot of coding tricks in a year, and the source is beginning to how it’s age.
  • Got a nice installer working, which should prevent people from getting errors with the new demo. I hope.
  • Added some new functionality to the website (not online yet though =P ), as well as some integration with the game. I’m quite proud of that bit.
  • Wrote 26 pages of design doc. Not a lot really, but I’m not very good at writing lots of guff.
  • Added some of the cameo sprites, but I’m still waiting for more (*hint hint!*)
  • Did lots of university work =\
  • Started the mammoth task of finishing the level editor, and adding “Super Mega Event Editor”
  • Released a demo of Sonic Groove (Here)
  • Thought about canning SO. Quite liked the idea, too!
  • Canned SO (see news)
  • Realised it was a bad joke.
  • Newts wrote more music.
  • And more music.
  • Got hassled to release the next demo. When it’s ready, you fiends!

I should really get back to work now. Hope you enjoyed this rather poor update!

June 19th, 2002 12:19 Development Diary

Worklog – June 19th, 2002

What’s an update? Plenty has been done, so here goes…

  • Changed the backbone of the game structure, making it a lot more versatile. Took a bloody long time but should be worth it in the long run. Source code is now readable too.
  • Drew some nice graphics, like more enemies and townsfolk (mostly drawn by Newts though).
  • Started adding some tasty new effects, though they won’t be in the demo.
  • Completely re-wrote and re-designed the development environment…because I got bored. Looks much better now and is far better, allowing more complete control over the game.
  • Changed some weather effects to look better. Which they do.
  • Added a fullscreen/windowed mode selector. Fullscreen mode is far superior, but some people can’t run it…
  • Played lots of Skies of Arcadia and Grandia 2. Finished Grandia 2, need to play more Arcadia.
  • Prettied up the windows.
  • Spell Icons redrawn by Newts.
  • Music re-recorded by Newts.
  • Listened to some punk music.
  • Started major work on demo 4, and watched stress levels go ballistic.
  • Fixed some more minor niggles, and cleaned more source code. Again, it’s more readable than before, plus it’s a little faster.
  • Realised (again) that for the amount of time I’ve had, I’ve done very little..

March 15th, 2002 12:19 Development Diary

Worklog – March 15th, 2002

Been a while. And yes, I have been working…just not as hard as I should =P

  • Added more compression, managing to keep the entire game pretty small so far. Which is also nice.
  • Started adding some of the more fundamental battle system components. Like enemies.
  • Drew some more enemies (1 VERY cool enemy), and had lots of lovely weapon submissions (Thanks to Valderin, Sir Phill and Chris D for those).
  • Added more to the title screen, and is now more functional.
  • Layed the foundations for more online options – good ones too.
  • Stripped the source code of all the junk that’s accumulated in the last few versions (demo 3 was about version 12 – now on version 16)
  • Fixed a few bugs, and tweaked here and there.
  • Realised that for the amount of time I’ve had, I’ve done very little..