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Offline (Male) hpg678
Posted on: March 17, 2019, 09:08:23 AM

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As we are into the first quarter of the new year, I want to reflect on the state of project since my introduction to it these last 2 years or so. It has been a long and worthwhile trip. I got to meet some brilliant people, create some games and been having a lot of fun in the process.


Everyone has been really busy with improvements, additions and fixes where users like me can create and compile into executables. However,  due to recent upgrade to 3rd party libraries, users will find ENIGMA may not build as before. This is not the developers fault and blame or harsh criticisms should not be directed towards them.


Take an incident that happened not so long ago where i had upgraded to the newest version of Google protobufs. It threw ENIGMA so out of whacked that having alerted the developers, Josh figured out that my version was too new and so ENIGMA had to be "re-written" to handle the new version of that library. Of course, other elements would also have to be 're-written'/improved. To the user it would seem as though ENIGMA is unstable when it is not. I have published games using the current build as proof.


Past users who have returned have misconstrued the situation and criticized on its state of affairs. Being out of touch, I can understand why it may look like there is no progress. However, some comments did upset some developers. One should be mindful that the time spent is purely voluntarily. I'm not saying one can't voice their opinions; i'm just asking for one to be tactful in voicing them.


I will never get over how invaluable ENIGMA is to me. Call it being bias , when you consider its main redeeming feature, ENIGMA reigns superior to GameMaker, Unity, Godot and any other game creating engine/software out there. It is the ONLY software that builds natively to your Operating System, whether it is Windows, Mac, or Linux.


Unlike GameMaker and Unity, it doesn't require extra modules or connecting to another machine to test/create to the other platforms. In the Wiki, you follow the instructions and there you have ENIGMA installed on your Windows PC, Mac or Linux machine. If anyone knows of any other software that does this, please let me know. As far as I have searched and seen, there is no other like ENIGMA. A rare gem it is and deserving of support. not the type of unwarranted backlash that was dished out to it in the last couple of weeks.


Well, like the topic states, that my 2 cents worth. I am very thankful for the time time and efforts the devs, have put into ENIGMA. Even the ones returning, I am thankful for their continuing support and contributions, to the project and the community when the users ask for help.


Everyone is great.


ENIGMA is great
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Reply #1 Posted on: April 08, 2019, 10:14:39 AM

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Quote from: Hugar
To the user it would seem as though ENIGMA is unstable when it is not.
To summarize the first half of your post, basically ENIGMA is rolling releases and your portrayal is an accurate description of software that follows such a release mechanism. As I said before, I am hoping that a stable versioned installer will be able to alleviate many of these problems as well as the difficulty with installation. An automated installer builder is pretty much all we need to build.

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It is the ONLY software that builds natively to your Operating System, whether it is Windows, Mac, or Linux.
This is such an excellent point to differentiate us from the rest of the game engines. Although it sometimes requires more manual work than other game engines, it also means you can take it a lot more places. I've heard that some have gotten ENIGMA working on Raspberry Pi where GMS has, as far as I know, never built.
https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=217745

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Even the ones returning, I am thankful for their continuing support and contributions, to the project and the community when the users ask for help.
Thank you so much Hugar, I truly appreciate your comments and feedback.
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I think it was Leonardo da Vinci who once said something along the lines of "If you build the robots, they will make games." or something to that effect.

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