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Another newbie..atm at least :)

Postby marin » 01 Dec 2011, 01:54

Greetings to all :)

Just installed shiva, and trying to use it. So if anyone can give me a few advices, it would be really appreciated.

Where to start off? I have seen the tutorials page (why can't we see full screen videos? losuy quality atm :( ), just checked out doccumentation as well.

So any advice you can give me of starting off?

Thx in advance :)
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Re: Another newbie..atm at least :)

Postby RedQueen » 01 Dec 2011, 02:27

First welcome!!

Are you new to programming or just Shiva. They use to have a book to read that got you started it had a few errors but I think it was updated. For me to learn the engine after I figured out how it function then it was easy. Have you used any other engine??
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Re: Another newbie..atm at least :)

Postby marin » 01 Dec 2011, 04:31

Nope, no gaming programming what so ever.
But some web (php) programming back in the days.

Can I build 2d games with shiva? I tought about making a small football 2d game as a test:)
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Re: Another newbie..atm at least :)

Postby neilb » 01 Dec 2011, 22:01

2D games can be made with Shiva, but it's not really designed for it.

There's two ways I know of to do it:

The first is using HUD (UI) components, but these aren't hardware accelerated, which may not be a problem if you're only doing something simple or targeting the desktop PC.

The second is to use billboards which are flat 3D rectangles that always face the camera.and look 2D because of it.

You could also do a combination of both, billboards for the background, and HUD components for the foreground, like sprites.
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Re: Another newbie..atm at least :)

Postby broozar » 02 Dec 2011, 01:18

just replied to a very similar topic: http://www.stonetrip.com/developer/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=24673&p=40409#p40409

the shiva minute videos are available in 1080p on youtube.
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Re: Another newbie..atm at least :)

Postby marin » 09 Dec 2011, 07:10

Thx 4 all the replies.
I'm still learning and experimenting, I hope I'll catch up pretty soon. Anxious to get started :)
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