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Mine Blocks in ActionScript 3!


Mine Blocks was created over 3 years ago, when I was 14 years old. In that time, the community of players for Mine Blocks grew immensely, I learned a LOT about Flash, and Flash itself evolved as Adobe took over.

During all these changes, Mine Blocks was stuck in ActionScript 2, having been originally created in Macromedia Flash 8 Pro. ActionScript 2 is an excellent programming language - Mine Blocks wouldn't exist without it - but after Mine Blocks was started, Adobe created ActionScript 3. ActionScript 3 is much more powerful!

Sigh. If only Mine Blocks was created in ActionScript 3. It would run about 5 to 10 times faster (allegedly), and allow the use of really cool features (things I probably shouldn't list here, lol!). If only.

Wait a second! Mine Blocks CAN be created in ActionScript 3! lemon

Yep! I'm currently porting Mine Blocks over to ActionScript 3.0 to make the game faster, more up to date, (hopefully) less buggy, and have features that weren't even possible in the previous versions!

So far I have most of the main menu done, the game world is starting to run, and now I'm basically just fixing thousands of bugs and crashes! It's actually really awesome! To put the speed improvement into perspective, the world generates in 3 seconds. In the previous version it took closer to 30 seconds.

Mine Blocks AS3 title screenMine Blocks buggy first game renderMine Blocks working game render
Images: Working title screen, buggy first game render, and working game render! They look almost exactly like the ActionScript 2 version!

So what do you think?! Now that you know what's going on, will you forgive me for taking so long on 1.27? :D That being said, there probably wont be a lot of new features in the next update, since this whole time I've been working on the AS3 port. The actual differences will most likely just be bug fixes, like fixing the ability to eat steak, and other stuff.

- Zanz

Posted 4 weeks ago.Show comments

Annoucing Lab Lights 2!

Hello ladies and gentlemen!

Have you played my game Lab Lights 1 yet? It's a top-down puzzle game about lighting up the lights using wires, batteries, and other mechanisms. A lot of people like it because it's challenging and fun!

I like challenging and fun too! So I'm making a sequel to that game, called Lab Lights 2! lemon

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Posted 2 months ago.Show comments


Oh hey!

Soooo I'm heading off to college now! Going to get a Bachelor in Computer Science! More specifically, the Concentration of Game Software Development. Game Dev, woohoo!

"How's this going to affect your games and website?"
Quite frankly I won't have much time to keep up with the website, and Facebook and Twitter... and the skin moderation and Newgrounds and Kongregate and SoundCloud and game development and music production and... ahhHGG!! Basically I'll be relying on my friends and moderators to keep things running smoothly while I'm busy.
But don't get me wrong! I'm not going to be gone! I'll just be a bit busy, and probably on read-only mode (lol). So I'll keep in touch and still work as much as I can on games and music. I have 5 roommates, which is a huge change from my lonely quiet room in my parents' house, hahah!

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Posted 2 months ago.Show comments

Word Cloud!

Hi commenters!

I was inspired by BrenTheMan's Newgrounds word cloud, and made a word cloud out of all the comments on these site posts. In total, the comments take up 475 kB of data, which makes up 91000 words total! I'm excluding simple words like "and" and "I", and eliminating symbols like <>.

Bigger words mean they were used more times.

Here is what the word cloud looks like:

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Posted 3 months ago.Show comments

New Site Design!

Herro awesome friends!

Did you notice something different? ;) The entire website was switched over to a new design! In short, it includes more stylish buttons, more of a square look, and a completely redesigned home page.

Here's a before & after of the home page:

Picture of website before and after

I'm honestly really happy with the results! Please let me know if there's anything that you think I should change - it's always great to hear your opinions. lemon

Stay beautiful! *snaps* lolwut?

Posted 3 months ago.Show comments

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