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I'm not sure if its one either. It doesn't bother me so much as I can reference and use them back if I need to. If I were to speculate, it seems to a be for backup purposes. In fact the more i think on it, I believe GameMaker does the same thing but I could be wrong.

Just be careful not to delete the unwanted files from your project without also editing the ".gmx"file,  as it references the resources you use in LateralGM. If you're a beginner, I wouldn't advise you to interfere with that file. You could damage your whole project and it wouldn't run. Plan your work on paper first or in a drawing Program and then import them in LateralGM.

Glad to see that you are a fellow Linux version user like me.

Off-Topic / Re: Developing Games
« on: December 06, 2017, 05:50:45 am »
The more I research into this, the more I am convinced into my assessment of developing for the LINUX platform.  Gamers seek a thrilling experience when playing games, whether it be a LINUX, Windows or IOS machine.  As a developer, this can be impossible to provide as everyone is different and what appeals to one may not appeal to the other. However, nothing vexes one playing a game, when it doesn't becomes unstable with some kind of glitch, ruining the moment.

The "lack" of LINUX games, (if there is one), pertains to big companies lack of support for the LINUX community. However INDIE developers who support and provide a LINUX port of their games do make money, as oppose to what other articles and so-called "experts" say. Besides developing for LINUX has a lot of advantages.
  • Smoother graphics
  • greater control of your source code
  • ability to use proprietry software or not
  • broader scope of Licenses
  • execution of code runs natively on the LINUX machine enabling a faster frame rate
  • (Y) opensource (Y)
As a user of ENIGMA, I prefer to use the LINUX version because it performs better than the Windows version. In my position where I use a Windows and LINUX machine simultaneously, I noticed a slower execution of programs on my Windows machine compared to when I run them in LINUX. The specs for my Windows machine were as follows
  • Gigabyte mboard with embedded graphics
  • 3.0GHZ CPU
  • 4 GB 800MHZ DIMM3 memory
  • 250 GB Seagate SATA
  • DELL 19' WideScreen Monitor
  • Windows 7 OS
  • Gamemaker Standard
  • JAVA 8
  • JRE 8
My LINUX machine consists of
  • LENOVO Desktop
  • 2.8 GHZ INTEL  CPU
  • 19" Portrait Monitor
  • 4 GB 800MHZ  DDR2 memory
  • 320 GB Seagate HardDrive
  • Embedded Graphics
  • WINE
I also want to state that all my other external devices (printers, phones, tablets, external hds  etc) worked on my LINUX machine flawlessly except for my ipod touch, but that is another story altogether.

Tips, Tutorials, Examples / Re: ENIGMA info
« on: November 26, 2017, 04:07:55 am »
 (Y) (Y) This was a fantastic piece of work done. I congratulate you on on your efforts. Absolutely marvelous. (Y) (Y)

 :dance: :dance: :woop: :woop:

If I may make a could add 3 extra columns WINDOWS, LINUX and MAC to state the effects on the version of Operating SYStem. Throughout my time working with ENIGMA, there are some functions that do not work in the LINUX version but does in the WINDOWS version. Clarifying which works on the type of OS may very well be to difficult i suppose, as it means having the resources to test or have tested them.

That being the case, do I have your permission to make these additions to your document?

Off-Topic / Silence is broken! FACEBOOK SCAMS & other stuff!
« on: November 23, 2017, 10:50:36 am »
For a couple of weeks now I've been silent on the forum. I've been busy with work, developing a new game and building a new office/studio at home to work from. However with work slack as it is now, I'm back now.

Firstly I want to talk about an experience with my Facebook account which I use to promote and connect with other game developers and friends. Well, one of them messenger account was high-jacked and used to try and scam me out of some money.  I was so shocked and distressed. What really alerted me to be suspicious of the whole matter, was the context and matter of the conversation. The person was not an acquaintance like those in the community, but rather a close and personal friend, who I GREW UP with and LIVES not far from me. SO at first, there was some validity, as far as I was concerned, to the person identity I was talking to. However as the conversation went on, I began to suspect something was amiss.

Like I've mentioned before, the person lives not so far from me, so in any conversation we would talk normally as opposed to how I would talk to you, the reader. So when i realized that the conversation went one-sided to the point like the person didn't understand what i was saying, this sent off warning signals in my head.

Suffice to say, I recorded our conversation. I also went and checked on the information given to me. I found the Addresses to be virtual ones, the recipients names to be real but their addresses to fake. In short everything was a scam.

As far as reporting to FACEBOOK is concerned...................I don't have much faith into they doing anything major. After all how will they be able to distinguish between real and fake. I was fortunate because I KNOW the person, locally and personally. Not only that but Bajans/Barbadians have a unique slang which unless you are a native would not understand. In fact most Caribbeans have it in their language as I'm sure you have in yours.


Next thing i want to talk about pertains to LINUX gaming which seems to on the rise now in terms of INDIE developers. I've also seen that there seems to be drop in FPS being developed , and yet there seems to a demand for them. Confusing I know.

According to this list, you can see what I'm talking about.

So that's all for now. I'll get back to all later on that FACEBOOK issue.


Works in Progress / Re: Deciding on a new project
« on: November 17, 2017, 07:23:55 am »
The last couple of weeks I've been absent from the community working on my latest project. I'm still working on the back story for the project, well actually i have one but I'm improving.

 I still have to develop enemies, guns and other characters though. Basically I've done 2 levels maps for testing purposes for collision detection and design.
You can check out my youtube video here. Mind you it is unedited.

Feel free to comment and suggest your opinions or criticisms.

Off-Topic / Re: ENIGMA Value
« on: November 04, 2017, 05:19:46 pm »
Thanks for the response guys. Even moreso for Josh's words. I understand a little better now the situation and will double my efforts to support ENIGMA.

I'm learning C++ on my own as well as writing my own extensions for ENIGMA. I have also have a few scripts to share with the community as well as building my own small studio to do tutorial videos using ENIGMA.

So expect more from me in the near future.

By the way guys......what do you think of these...........

Off-Topic / ENIGMA Value
« on: October 30, 2017, 03:47:33 pm »
In a post by the user Fervi, it was mentioned that the developers were sad because of ENIGMA not being popular enough.  The user went on to state their reluctance to accept money using for their product. Though I admire that about them, being a realist, I could not in good conscience use their product to make money without making some kind of donation. I did it for GameMaker 5 and GameMaker 8, so I would not have a problem if having made money from selling one of games, I could not give back to the developers.

So what do you think?

Tips, Tutorials, Examples / Re: Fervi's Tutorials
« on: October 30, 2017, 03:24:45 pm »
Enigma developers are sad because their product does not go to a large group. If they want to continue Enigma - I will try to help them with advertising.

Like you I am so fascinated by this product. I have vowed to do all I can to promote and help others as best as I can. In my first 2D release I have made several references to the ENIGMA in an attempt to get the word out. I even did a Youtube video on how to tweak the settings as indicated by the WIKI.

However I am no expert either. I've only been involved since March 2017, so there's a lot of segments, I need to go through and work out. I'm using the LINUX version, as I opt to do away with WINDOWS OS altogether. To much frustrations, headaches and unstability.

Personally I agree with you on providing some kind of money donation even if it is to help out on server costs. I had in mind to discuss this with the community on a later date, seeing that this year was a very difficult time. I don't know the full reason, but I believe there was a falling out with the other main members. I believe Robert and Goombert are from the original team .................or maybe I'm wrong.

I'm not particularly interested in the past, I'm more into the future.......well the present matters too, as it paves the path to the future.

Based on what I've seen so far, ENIGMA do get a steady stream of new members since it was stagnant some years ago. This should please Robert and Goombert as there are people interested in the project. As far as popularity goes, giving reference to ENIGMA, no matter what type of project one is doing is a start.

Concerning your tutorials and such, I read your tutorial and it was good. If I may make a suggestion

  • State the level of the Tutorial e.g Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced.
Other than this, it was a very effort.

Works in Progress / Deciding on a new project
« on: October 28, 2017, 06:27:52 am »
So I'm considering whether to do a 3D Racer or FPS and I would like to hear your comments.  Either will be a first for me, so I'm a little excited to try out both. I'm mostly comfortable with Puzzle Genre and 2D, except for the 3D Breakout demo i posted had posted before.

(Trigonometry was not my strong suit, but I will try my best).  :-[ ::)

My initial thoughts on the subject
  • What type of game
  • The story
  • The length of time
  • Can I handle it with my skillset
  • What kind of help do I require?
After I have answered these questions and developed a plan, then I can actually start developing the project. After taking the weekend off, I'll start working, so don't be surprised if you don't see online for a couple of days.

Off-Topic / Re: Interesting News
« on: October 26, 2017, 08:43:02 am »
Here's my opinion:
Windows needs to die in a fire, unless they're open sourcing, abandoning the entire thing and dissolving the company, anything that exclusively furthers Windows is bad. All the subsystem does is disincentivise Linux adoption.

It's in no way a scam, it's in their best interests, but their best interests are not mine.

 (Y) (Y) I agree totally with burning WINDOWS part.  (Y) (Y)

Here is my opinion on the whole Windows/Linux issue to this day.

As a user/developer, I cannot and will not be installing WINDOWS on any of my computers because of its policies and vulnerabilities. As a younger man I was once hired by a client to retrieve some emails by his spouse to her "lover" as he wanted some kind of proof of her infidelity. I did find the proof and got paid.
I've even wrote viruses  and exploited WINDOWS not for any malicious intent however. I've even had the experience cracking various WINDOWS software. This was done through Books and Tools and via communication from experts. Sad to say I don't have those tools now, but they taught me a lot, not only how to exploit but also how to protect myself.

(in fact if I may still have a backup on some CD or DVD  I've got laying around. I will check later).

There's no doubt in my mind that Windows is insecure. Now let's talk about its policies. In its EULA, YOU, the consumer who pays for a product but you don't own that product. You only pay for its use. MICROSOFT with its marketing and hype don't reveal this fact to you directly. They put in a way that you will bypass it. (I mean how many people have actually read the EULA).

Lets now talk about Backdoors. The UPDATE service is actually a Backdoor in the system. They are able to do things to your computer ("Update Files") without your consent or approval. When a hacker highjack your system, are they not doing the same thing? MICROSOFT is doing the same thing but we are suppose to "TRUST" they they would not misuse our information. YEAH right!

Most of what I am talking about stem from my experiences as a Computer Technician. I am an Electrician by trade but fixing computers was my side job for many years. Had it been lucrative? Yes it was back in the day.

During those years we've had the distinction between MICROSOFT and LINUX. One was popular, the other obscure. APPLE was in a class by itself but well known. Now in present times, LINUX has become even more popular and 'stealing' users from both platforms. This "Windows love LINUX" and Windows integrating with Apple, in my opinion is nothing more than a tactic to bring back users to WINDOWS.

Running LINUX apps demonstrated in the video shows that
  • You need to install BASH shell
  • You have to install Xserver, other drivers etc
  • Install the Desktop of your choice
  • Run a command within the same BASH shell to put it all together.
Running WINDOWS apps in LINUX
  • Run the software of your choice.
Do I need to say anything more?

Finished Games / Re: OpenBalloon Pop
« on: October 26, 2017, 02:02:45 am »
This game is very polished. You should be proud! :D (I also recommend making some more complex games in the future).

Thanks for that. I am indeed proud and just glad to have finally finished. Not bad for a lone developer, I think.

Actually I have 4 projects on the board right now. Two are racing games, one's a top-down , the other is going be a 3D GTA/FPS, maybe? Haven't really decided on that one. I'm also going to polish my 3D Breakout game and the next one going to be an open world platform game. As a substitute I have a Match-3 game on the works.

Finished Games / Re: OpenBalloon Pop
« on: October 24, 2017, 12:45:23 pm »
Open Balloon Pop is finally updated to a FINAL LINUX release. It is showcased on and can be downloaded for only LINUX machines.

Check it out and tell me what you think.

Works in Progress / Re: Occult
« on: October 24, 2017, 12:01:24 pm »
this is what I get..........

and I also tried the 'chmod......' command...............still nothing.

Off-Topic / Re: Interesting News
« on: October 23, 2017, 04:42:30 pm »
I came across an interesting video which I would like to share with you all. It concerns about a Linux subsystem embedded into Windows 10 of late which enables the user to run Linux apps on Windows, much like how WINE allows Linux users to run Windows apps.

Now before I go into my own thoughts on the subject, I would like to hear your thoughts. Are you pleased with a Windows and Linux collaboration? Or are you against such? Or better yet do you believe that it is all a scam to reel back in those who have abandoned Windows and MAC for Linux?

Off-Topic / Re: Gamepad/ Joystick Devices
« on: October 21, 2017, 02:29:08 am »
There's an adapter that allows PS1 and PS2 controllers to connect to the PC. Check it out here. And I threw away all of mine. :-\ :-\

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