A Beginner’s Guide to 2D Games in Flixel (ver 2.55)

Hello, there.

Recently, as requested by a few students and alums of the NYU Game Center, I created a sample project based off of a 2D platformer I made so that other students could work and learn from it. Beyond just creating and distributing the code, I wanted to make a brief Beginner’s Guide for anyone looking to start making games – specifically, 2D games using Flixel. This requires almost no programming knowledge really, rather just an interest to open up some code and poke around in it.

What is Flixel, you ask? Well the Flixel site answers it like this:

“Flixel is an open source game-making library that is completely free for personal or commercial use. Written entirely in Actionscript 3, and designed to be used with free development tools, Flixel is easy to learn, extend and customize.”

Basically, it’s a library of classes you include in your ActionScript3 project to make a lot of things easier for you. To get started, try to follow this guide to get setup with FlashDevelop or FlashBuilder (hint: you can get a free license of FlashBuilder from Adobe if you’re a student). Once installed, try to follow parts of this Hello, World guide here. However, with that one, about halfway down a ton of the images are currently missing due to some problems with FlashGameDojo. Continue reading

QWOP Charity Run (via NYU’s Play On) to Support Child’s Play Tonight!

UPDATE: I Managed to run 35.8 meters (* $5.45 pledged) to raise $195.11 for charity!!

(To informally pledge, scroll down to the bottom and comment “YOUR NAME : Donation $ / meter”)

Hey, everyone! The NYU Game Center is currently hosting an amazing 24-hour videogame playing marathon, called “Play On” to support the incredible charity, Child’s Play. The whole thing is streaming and you can donate at any time here.

For my small, silly addition to this event, I’m going to do a QWOP marathon charity run.

What is QWOP? Well it’s an innovative game by Bennet Foddy where you control a runner’s individual calves and thighs to try and make him run as far as possible without falling. You can play it free in-browser here to get a sense of it and it’s extreme difficulty.

At 6:30pm on Friday September 2nd (Today). I’m going to play QWOP for one hour straight. I’m going to pledge to donate 50¢ for every meter in my longest run of the hour. Hopefully it will be live streamed via the site. Now, I’ve only played the game for probably about 20 minutes total in my life, and my longest run is 13.5 meters. I’m hoping that with an hour straight tomorrow, I can beat that by at least a decent amount.

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