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Post by NeoTifa on Sat Mar 14, 2009 1:30 pm

I say PC
Danny says GBA

What do you all think?

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Post by SwordFighter_Dago on Sat Mar 14, 2009 1:46 pm

Well, I'm not really familiar with GBA programming, but it could be interesting. It does have its graphical limitations, though, something a PC program does not have. For example, you could put some nifty 3D effects into a PC game, but not on the GBA.

In the long run, having it on GBA requires an emulator, all of which behave slightly different. I'd say a PC game is slightly more secure. Of course, if this is going to be programmed in DirectX or other ms software, emulation has the advantage of being cross-platform.
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Post by gabehabe on Sat Mar 14, 2009 1:47 pm

For the record, I'm Danny. Smile

As for GBA programming, this should get you started if you're interested:
http://www.coranac.com/tonc/text/toc.htm
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Post by SwordFighter_Dago on Sat Mar 14, 2009 1:57 pm

Cool, didn't know about that. I think I'm siding with GBA now, though I won't mind a PC game. I'm going to read through it now. I'll (hopefully) come out with some kind of technical demo in the future.
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Post by BG-57 on Sat Mar 14, 2009 10:10 pm

I vote for PC, for selfish reasons: I don't have a GBA.
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Post by gabehabe on Sun Mar 15, 2009 3:51 am

You don't need a GBA - You could use an emulator. It's what I do when I make stuff for the GBA.

VisualBoy Advance is my favourite. Smile
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Post by WolfCoder on Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:37 pm

PC is a very optimal choice. Even better if it's open platform. There's plenty of game studios and engines out there, I strongly urge you to focus on the RPG part of the RPG rather than every single little detail that makes up a game engine. If you want you can use mine, there's other 2D engines out there as well.

Even better if you use a 3D engine, I'm talking about where the system is done and you just need to create artwork and the RPG script itself.

I've had some experience writing games for the GBA and due to it's nature, I wouldn't recommend it. It's too involving and you guys won't have fun making the RPG if the programmers are caught up busy with the engine while the artists and scenario planners are wondering when there's going to be an actual game.

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Post by NeoTifa on Sat Mar 28, 2009 11:18 am

Ohhhh Wolfy! *raepz*

I didn't know you actually did one for GBA, I just thought you did PC... Thanks for the advice ^___^

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Post by Nic30n3 on Tue Mar 31, 2009 4:30 pm

I would vote PC. Though I don't have any experience developing for the GBA I would think GBA would run out of memory pretty quick limiting you to smaller levels, less sprites, less graphics etc. Plus there are less people that would play the game if it is on the GBA. PC has a vast population of potential players of this game. One thing I would suggest is making a GBA port after having a finished working PC version.
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Post by NeoTifa on Wed Apr 01, 2009 8:19 am

That's what I said. :\

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Post by WolfCoder on Wed Apr 01, 2009 6:27 pm

The GBA is VERY LIMITED. You only get 32k of fast RAM and I think 128k (or 256k) of slow RAM (EXRAM). Plus you're limited in video memory as well, you really have to scale stuff back and write optimized code to get it to even run acceptable. It's a nightmare writing all those addresses and trying to get it all to work- PC is a far better choice in every single category since this is an indie/hobby project.

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Post by SwordFighter_Dago on Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:58 pm

WolfCoder is right. I've now tried both GBA and SDL programming, and I definately vote for SDL. Not only is it more difficult to write directly with the hardware, the addresses are also far to confusing to remember and the GBA is definately very limiting (though it has some cool functions like page flipping and mode 7).

SDL, on the other hand, is easier to understand and the code looks a lot more manageble (although it's still giving me some problems here and there).
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Post by NeoTifa on Thu Apr 02, 2009 6:11 pm

Isn't SDL for the GBA?

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Post by WolfCoder on Sun Apr 05, 2009 1:06 pm

SDL is an implementation like OpenGL. Using a library like that for the GBA severely limits your capabilities and slows down an already slow system. Mind you, this is only a 16Mhz processor system. I wrote a library that already draws normal sprites with frames, scaled, rotations, fading in/out (alpha), and if you actually felt like it- GLSL shader functions.

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Post by SwordFighter_Dago on Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:24 pm

What I really meant to say was SDL to program graphics for PC and the Tonc library for GBA.
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Post by NeoTifa on Mon Apr 06, 2009 2:22 pm

Awesome. *swoons*

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Post by Magixion on Tue Apr 07, 2009 2:02 am

I definitely vote for PC. As far as resources go, there are far more out there for PC development and I am willing to bet we could get a better following for our game if it is PC as well.

Additionally, I think most of us have more experience as far as PC development goes, anyways.
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Post by Mercen-X on Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:07 am

Yeah. As long as it's not live download like an ORP, this would work better for me too. I'm not versed in programming, but who knows what I might find in there by taking a look.
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Post by Zerobu on Tue Apr 07, 2009 11:28 am

My vote has to go with the PC

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Post by comptechexpert on Wed Feb 24, 2010 11:41 am

I would say PC for sure because there are more resources and it is more common etc.
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Post by no2pencil on Thu Feb 25, 2010 4:16 am

I actually have some experience coding for GBA. I'm not saying that's my vote, but if you do code it for the GBA I can offer some help.
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Post by Zerobu on Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:54 pm

PC and Android for sure. And what do you guys think about putting it on the android market for free?

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Post by SwordFighter_Dago on Tue Dec 20, 2011 5:33 pm

Maybe only the first couple of months, to advertise it. After that, they'll have to give a few bucks to buy it.
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Post by Zerobu on Tue Dec 20, 2011 6:09 pm

Yea that's a good idea, a few months to advertise it would be good.

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Post by Mercen-X on Sat Dec 31, 2011 1:20 pm

How do you feel about a chapters trial? You can release an unlimited free demo of like a battle sequence or a dungeon.
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