2 Replies Latest reply on Sep 1, 2008 1:35 PM by OlandoCR

    Director or Flash: Platform Games

    OlandoCR Level 1
      Hi all,

      First of all, I want to say that this post is not meant to start another fight about these 2 great app, I just want your advice about which one can give me better performance on the web. I feel comfortable using Lingo and Actioscript 3, however I am not a programmer but I can do things move.

      These are some considerations:

      1. If I go for Actionscript 3, the game will be Tile-Based
      2. If I go for Director both techniques, Art-Based and Tile-Based are valid options
      3. In both cases, if I decide to choose Tile-Based, I would use copyPixel
      4. I have not decide which collision method to use in both cases
      5. I will need connection to MySql, with Flash I know how to do it, with Director I do not

      My concern is performance, not programming. I will appreciate your feedback

      Regards
        • 1. Re: Director or Flash: Platform Games
          Level 7

          "OlandoCR" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
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          > Hi all,
          >
          > First of all, I want to say that this post is not meant to start
          > another fight
          > about these 2 great app, I just want your advice about which one can
          > give me
          > better performance on the web. I feel comfortable using Lingo and
          > Actioscript
          > 3, however I am not a programmer but I can do things move.
          >
          > These are some considerations:
          >
          > 1. If I go for Actionscript 3, the game will be Tile-Based
          > 2. If I go for Director both techniques, Art-Based and Tile-Based
          > are valid
          > options
          > 3. In both cases, if I decide to choose Tile-Based, I would use
          > copyPixel
          > 4. I have not decide which collision method to use in both cases
          > 5. I will need connection to MySql, with Flash I know how to do it,
          > with
          > Director I do not
          >
          > My concern is performance, not programming. I will appreciate your
          > feedback
          >
          > Regards

          Hi Olando,

          I usually start at the other end: design or describe the end-product
          your really like to have.
          Then find out what you need to make it work and if you need anything
          extra like tools, or expertise.

          Performance can be defined as many things. What exactly is the
          "performance" you talk about? Speed? Capacity? Features?
          Who is your target audience? What is their hardware and connection
          speeds?

          From your description I think Flash or Director are both good options.

          If you give some more info about what you want the games to be, I am
          sure there are many experienced people here to help you on your way.

          Also: dont be afraid to learn new things... its fun and rewarding, and
          if you get the hang of coding, its actually not so difficult.

          Good luck,
          Richard


          • 2. Re: Director or Flash: Platform Games
            OlandoCR Level 1
            Thanks Richard for your answer and sorry for my poor description about what I wanted to ask.
            Basically, I will design a platform game (Mario style ) for educational purpose, it is part of my master degree in educational technologies. For now, it will have only one level and the main character will have to deal with many obstacles (fast and accurate collision will be an issue) in his way (horizontal scrolling). Besides, some events will be triggered videos or animations (I have not decide,) to explain to the students the fundamentals I want to teach.

            I already did something similar with Actionscript 3 but for a driving simulator (just a concept) I used XML for tiles, and scrolling was in x and y direction.
            This new project will be available for many students, that’s why I want to do it in the best way.

            When I said “performance” I wanted to say “speed”. For the driving simulator I got only 20 FPS. For the Platform game I want to get a least 30 FPS. Checking the Web, I found this Director example : http://www.noisecrime.com/develop/techdemo/d8/demos/tiler.html It made me reconsider Director for the project.

            As you said to learn new things is wonderful that is why I am considering to learn advance Director concepts, and to make it funnier I will try javscript instead of lingo, if I choose Director. The same for Actionscript 3.

            For both, I think, copyPixel would be a good option (speed, memory). However I have to del with collisions as I said before.

            I hope to give you a better idea about what I want to do.

            Thanks in advance