Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Simple (Retro) Micro gaming

These days you can hook a graphics card onto the front of even a small micro with pretty much the same computing power as my old X80, and play games on your television. But for anyone with a budget, and not enough time to research and source all the parts and solder it all together, it's daunting. Then still to go through the pain of debugging someone else's code to make it your own; there is still a whole great big playing field. Besides, we only want a simple game, that's simple enough to have fun with, and not needing uber programming skill or even the cost of debugging hardware.

Today I hope to inspire you, as I was by this YouTube video, to dust off my homemade £10 programmer and write some code and hang it all off just what's in my parts-bin.

Since I was going on holiday the day after I spotted this inspirational video, I quickly threw together some parts, some code, and 'replied' with...
...but about 2 weeks latter. Basically a clone, with the intent to do more once I found some inspiration by scouring the web for anything you could do in just 32 characters. That sounds limiting, and it is, but need not be.
 I'm still hunting from more ideas, but I'm stuck on @focalistification 's Zombie Snack, my version now has a bit of a life of it's own, the zombies seem to eat my instruction pointer, often during the game, which has come a long way since the youtube video shoot. A zombie fan myself from the steam game, I with regret have to bring in a Dragon to combat my bugs. It should arrive next week, and at that point I hope to complete my love for Zombies and move onto another LCD game. Any ideas for a game that can fit into limited RAM welcome.
If you are not up to microcontroller programming in the raw, you might try amazon (not my direct recommendation)

Sunday, 5 June 2011

How to FB your tweets

log into your twitter account, then open a new browser tab or window, and go to the app:
http://apps.facebook.com/twitter/The app does appear to be from Twitter, I've been using it about 2 years now no worries.

Detailed steps here:
http://support.twitter.com/groups/31-twitter-basics/topics/112-linking-to-your-blog-or-website/articles/31113-how-to-use-twitter-with-facebook

I started doing this partly out of protest with the effort required to keep my FB contacts active, because logging into FB is such a hastle, and the adverts are either obnoxious, boring or just plain waste of pixels. Ever since the Facebook re-vamp(almost 2 years back now), which made navigation in FB confusing, I only log into FB when e-mail notifications tell me something interresting is happening. I balance this by posting mobile pics in twitpic, facebook or flickr (you can see my flickr feed on the right). As you guessed, twitpic posts are tweets, so they still get to FB, it just takes longer and does not look as good.

Annoyingly,the app is blank if you have already set up FB to trust Twitter, so it's a bit hard to see what's going on latter on.

I guess the reason I find the FB User-Interface confusing, is that I ignore 90% of web adverts, and find their layout mucks with my brain's inbuild advert filter, because it's designed to maximise advert impressions. I regularly post a FB support request just to complain about the UI, it's the only way I can fight against the machine of capitalist control.