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Updates / Re: new old moderator
« on: July 21, 2014, 04:13:58 pm »
For those who may not know me as 4Sword, I'd also like to indicate that for the last year or longer I had the username of Diminish.

Over the course of ZFGC's existence I have been either in site staff, moderation, or administration on and off for 3 1/2 to 5 years.

Outside of that I really like coding/programming in Game Maker and have made attempts in C/C++ using SDL and Tonc for the GBA.

I'll do whatever I can to help out around here to make ZFGC more enjoyable for everyone.

Coding / What Version of Game Maker Do You Use Most?
« on: July 15, 2014, 12:51:41 am »
I am curious about the version of Game Maker that people use now. I am thinking that most people here on ZFGC who use Game Maker are between Game Maker 8 and Game Maker Studio but I am not sure.

Feedback / Re: What Can We Do To Get More Life Here?
« on: July 06, 2014, 04:16:12 pm »
Thanks for the replies. And yeah with what you and FrozenFire said earlier, the division of Coding into Beginner and Advanced would be awkward and difficult to enforce. One might have something that they deem to be advanced but done in Game Maker, or a beginner question about starting in C++ might seem weird going in an advanced board.

Other than that, the only division that could be done, I think, would be splitting Coding into Game Maker and Misc. Coding. This would allow infrequent things like web scripting languages like HTML/Javascript/etc. and observed difficult/niche languages like C/C++/C# to share a board keeping the perceived level of activity above non-existent.

I see your concerns about Audio getting drowned out. In some ways by idea is based on the current state of Audio being so low that tutorials and active, somewhat frequent development of audio works are unlikely to happen - this is to say that if Audio ever did get frequent that it would deserve its own space. However, even with Graphics in its current state, I don't think that Audio topics when put into the activity of the Graphics board would go that unnoticed.

Thanks again for your responses.

Feedback / Re: What Can We Do To Get More Life Here?
« on: June 20, 2014, 05:52:13 am »
Thanks! Of everything I said, the Graphics/Audio and Requests/Rips boards would be the easiest to implement, providing the quickest return benefit and lowest perceived drawback. The more prominent of those possible drawbacks would be that users may perceive Graphics/Audio to be less active without rips in it - but I do not think this is a modern issue. The majority of rips for 2D games have already been done, or the ones which could be done would need to be redone so that they are developmentally-useful. The lower perceived activity level in Graphics/Audio would also be at the expense of hiding Audio's low activity level while boosting the activity level of Requests/Rips (increasing the Requests boards functionality to include Rips and other different kinds of resources).

I guess a better division of the Coding board that would make sense in terms of current board content and activity levels would actually be Game Maker versus everything else (everything else including C, C++, C#, XNA, Java, HTML, Javascript, BASIC, etc.). This is to say that Game Maker is so monolithic as to support itself in terms of activity level and that we have enough stuff that isn't Game Maker to support having its own board - that low activity board might seem small but at least it would not nearly be as barren. A simple name would be difficult but enforcing this board's division would be extremely simple.

It could look like this:
 - Zelda Projects
 - Other Projects
 - Graphics/Audio
 - Discussion
 - Recruitment

 - Requests/Rips
 - Game Maker
 - Misc. Coding

Feedback / Re: What Can We Do To Get More Life Here?
« on: June 19, 2014, 10:02:40 pm »
Meh, I thought I would just throw this idea out - why not right, brainstorming and such. Maybe we could change the layout of the Projects/Resources boards to be more intuitive/accommodating?

 - Zelda Projects
 - Other Projects
 - Graphics/Audio
 - Discussion
 - Recruitment

 - Requests/Rips
 - Beginner/Simple Coding
 - Advanced/Complex Coding

Zelda Projects and Other Projects would also contain engines. A lot of the time when people have posted engines, they have posted them into either Zelda Projects or Other Projects boards. Instead of there being ambiguity as to if they should be in Coding or in Zelda Projects or Other Projects, let's encourage engine development. This would also ease up on the project rules with regard to story writing and game features; namely that if a project demo was not too great in terms of its story or game features, essentially this would make it like an ambiguous engine. Addtionally, as you can see I did not include Completed Projects - this is due to there just being fewer projects that meet this classification - and because from an active hobby forum standpoint, project development is more crucial than project completion.
I think Graphics/Audio should be promoted up from Resources and combined into one board, similar to Mario Fan Game Galaxy. This should not cause that much confusion given that Graphics topics outnumber Audio, it would mask the low activity of the Audio board, and it would promote creative graphic and audio works as not just being something to use in a project but being something for which creativity/effort was put into that can stand on its own right.

Things like tutorials would not need their own separate board under a scheme like this. A tutorial for a Graphics or Audio style would fit well within a development board. A tutorial for coding would essentially be coding help which would be best in a coding board. If someone had a request for a tutorial that did not exist at the current time, they could post it in Requests/Rips and if the topic is solved (meaning that a tutorial is provided), the topic could be moved to a development board accordingly.

The Requests/Rips board would allow people to still request graphics, audio, coding examples, etc. which would help them out. It would also be for rips of resources from existing games. I think that this distinction would make the board very practical and helpful to have. Additionally, and most importantly, topics in this board could be more ably managed - request topics that get completed could be locked with the solution to the request topic uploaded to the Wiki, rip topics could also be uploaded to the Wiki. There are a few benefits to this: 1) these topics are forum searchable, 2) we could keep track of commonly requested items, 3) we could promote the Wiki, 4) in promoting the Wiki, we could help upload resources to it to help avoid broken URL links.

Finally, I was thinking that Coding could be broken up into Beginner/Simple and Advanced/Complex. This might not be the most ideal division but practically it would be divided between most efforts made in Game Maker / other RAD tools, simple questions/how-tos, HTML, where to start topics --- compared to more "difficult" efforts in C/C++/etc., complicated Game Maker setup questions, etc. Well I am not too sure exactly about this but separating out C/C++/etc. efforts and/or promoting them more so they grow would be beneficial to the forum - and keeping it to where when the coding boards are more active that the simple topics didn't bog down their activity would be nice to have.

Feedback / Re: What Can We Do To Get More Life Here?
« on: April 22, 2014, 03:13:06 pm »
I agree that not everyone should be working on the Community Project - in how if everyone was putting ideas and effort into one thing that it would be a chaotic mess going in many directions. To that extent though, and as others have alluded to, the Community Project itself should be a means that also "inspires" or helps benefit other people working on their own fan-games. While one project can have many creative aspects, multiple projects can achieve creativity in faster, more active ways. The Community Project works as a backbone and not as a whole body.

Feedback / Re: What Can We Do To Get More Life Here?
« on: April 20, 2014, 06:26:31 pm »
Coding Board Activity / Usable Resources

Outside of Graphics, I would like to think that the Coding board is something that most helps fuel fan-game development. When no one is coming out with new features or comprehensive engines, people then rely on existing engines which may become deprecated or are no longer in a language that they want to code in (e.g., someone knowing C/C++ who no longer wants to code in Game Maker cannot really progress because the support for doing so is not there as much). We should target and provide examples of that so that people can grow that way.

Additionally, having more Resources that can be imported into peoples' games is also useful and makes project development easier.

Featured Project <-> Wiki

The Featured Project is something that is neat to have, but the effort that goes into the Wiki entry for it is somewhat wasted due to the Wiki's poor visibility. I would suggest highlighting the Wiki entry by having the Featured Project announced in the Updates board and/or having the link to the Wiki entry in the Recent News fader - more visibility for it would be good for everyone.

Have Regular Contests/Events

There has not been any major contest/event on ZFGC for 2 years. It would not be that complicated to have a Character Contest or some holiday-based event. The NCFC Event that happened at the end of last year was good, but we need to work on getting our involvement up with that - which we could enhance by having project development-related contests/events as well.

Community Project

There hasn't been that much visible activity with the Community Project in a while. It would be nice to know where that stands to see if there is anything that can go towards it soon - when the Community Project is more active, the activity level of the forum also tends to go up. Going back to a previous idea, why not have contests/events based around the Community Project in some way? Not sure.

Unhide Community Boards from Guests

The only Community Board visible to guests currently is Entertainment. While the activity level on ZFGC has been sparse, a lot of that activity has been in Community Speak. If a guest cannot see that activity, they might perceive the forum to be even less active than it is. Making Community Speak, Tech Talk, etc. available to them might help them to see the forum as a little less dead and thus incline them to register and post here.

Remove the Site Resources Boards

These appear on the board index and have virtually nothing in them at all except for one-topic. While not related to increasing activity, getting rid of them would at least help show that the forum is "cleaned up".

Graphics Requests/Archive / Re: [Request]Minish Cap Game Over
« on: January 31, 2014, 11:32:37 pm »
Here is a sprite rip of the "Game Over" message that appears if you die.

Graphics / Re: Zelda's Custom Tiles
« on: January 21, 2014, 04:12:45 pm »
I really like the attention to detail and the completeness of this latest sprite for Koloktos; it really looks like it could be in the Minish Cap. Thank you for being such an amazing spriter.

Coding / Re: C++ Help
« on: January 21, 2014, 03:56:19 pm »
In terms of how you have variables defined, if your program is going to be using the variables very actively use what is closest to the "native type" - use ints instead of short ints. You save space sure by using short ints but your program performance goes down; when you compile your program and the logic is converted into lower-level instructions, the compiler will have to add specific instructions which cast the short ints into what it uses more natively.

Also, the play variable defined in the enemy actions - because you aren't changing the random_number anywhere else, the play variable is going to have the same value in it every iteration.

Congratulations on getting greenlit on Steam; really disappointed at lack of promised pizza though. Nah, but really congratulations and good job to you, DJvenom, Desgardes/Delco (???), etc. The hard work that you put into making the game great really shows.

Coding / Re: GameMaker Studio Standard 4 free
« on: December 02, 2013, 03:49:22 pm »
I downloaded GameMaker Studio and did the free upgrade to Standard, and just today I received an email saying:

Quote from: YoYo Games
For a limited time we are offering you the unique chance to upgrade your copy of GameMaker: Studio Standard to GameMaker: Studio Professional for $25. That’s 50 percent off!

This limited time offer is available until Friday December 6, 2013 so hurry over to www.yoyogames.com and enter your GameMaker: Studio Standard Licence Key to purchase the world’s best 2D game creation software at a fraction of the cost!

YoYo Games

I do not know if I will do this but it is worth considering; not sure how I would use the added features. Maybe some of you received the same email?

No worries, the screens that come out about this project never fail to impress and it is good to know the dedication your team has to doing things right.

Zelda Projects / Re: Alttp - Horn of Balance [demo 16 out now!]
« on: November 25, 2013, 10:02:57 am »
As with Chaos Rising, I haven't been able to play Horn of Balance's NCFC demo yet but wanted to say thanks for representing ZFGC and entering into the event. You have always put a lot of consistent, high-quality work into this project and I hope that others at the event can appreciate that too.

Zelda Projects / Re: [Feb 2013 Trailer] TLOZ: Chaos Rising
« on: November 25, 2013, 09:55:45 am »
I haven't been able to play the new demo yet but just want to say thanks for representing ZFGC and congratulations on entering your project into this year's NCFC event. I'm a little shocked that no Four Swords, Four Swords Adventures, or Minish Cap game made a showing - but I was happy to see a Zelda GB game make an appearance.

Updates / Re: NCFC 2013!
« on: November 24, 2013, 10:53:12 pm »
The NCFC event starts at 10:00 PM US Eastern Standard Time / 11:00 PM Central Standard Time tonight!

Oh and if you any of you haven't seen it yet, they have a new site color theme and a list of workshops they're doing are now available (three solid game development ones).

Entertainment / Re: Critical Hint!
« on: November 17, 2013, 04:42:02 pm »
Ha, I saw that Pokemon Red and Green one and really liked the video but now that I know you guys made it I am skeptical as all hell over the authenticity of the secrets you reveal (like I wouldn't put it past Aivi Tran and DJvenom to be able to put together the music and graphics for the reveal of the Pokemon Red and Green stuff). That being said though the content of the videos is well put-together in a quick and entertaining format and it is definitely something I could continue to watch and subscribe to. Best of luck with later episodes!

Discussion / Re: Zelda: The Wheel of Fate : Download Link ?
« on: October 18, 2013, 05:43:05 pm »
I don't know what link you are trying, but I do not see it in the CDN. Based on the Completed board's topic about it, it sort of looks like Legend of Zelda: Wheel of Destiny may have had it's download link on the Game Maker Community website (if that is the link you are using, the Game Maker Community changed their website structure around around when Game Maker Studio came out so not much we can do there). Otherwise, someone may have downloaded the game; I can look through my files later today to see if I have it, but I more than likely do not.

Feedback / Re: ZFGC...what do you love?
« on: October 04, 2013, 05:11:44 pm »
One of the things that I love about ZFGC is when it has contests or events - my preference tends to be towards development-related events, but any kind of big event around the end of summer/winter or that celebrates days of/around a holiday-time are cool too. These usually give people a unique reason to be active on ZFGC. Are there any contests/events planned for the remainder of the year?

Otherwise, I really loved the coding/engines which appeared on here. It has been good to see how the King of Thieves project has its code open-source so that anyone can use and learn from it, but beyond that the Coding board under Resources has really had its activity stagnate. I remember the board once when it seemed like you could go to the board at least once a week and see a whole series of new topics. Albeit, a lot of those topics were requests or quick questions on how to do things, but some of them did show how to do something or were engines with creative implementation and/or a bevy of features. Are there things we can do now to sustainably increase the activity in the Coding board?

(I know that I bumped this topic after about 6 months worth of time, but much of what was discussed in here is still applicable in a recent context - so I hope that it was alright to do so).

Entertainment / Re: 2DS - Never got brought up here?
« on: October 04, 2013, 08:22:01 am »
I recently got a smartphone and play some games on it, and playing games that traditionally use the d-pad and buttons (namely the shoulder buttons) feels really awkward and imprecise. Well mostly platformers feel that way, RPGs are awesome-sauce in that I can progress through the game faster because I can bring it with me everywhere. I could go and buy a console controller to connect to it, but then I would have to lug that around everywhere too.

I think the Nintendo 2DS has a market for it, but long-term I don't get it (as the price of the 3DS goes down or people are still willing to wait to get a 3DS, the 2DS is less appealing). But yeah, as Kleaver said, it's mostly aimed towards selling Pokémon X and Y. And if someone buys it to play Pokemon, they'll probably buy other Nintendo titles to play on the system.

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