One Game A Month – April Postmortem: Health Katas

I’ve entered into the One Game a Month party. It’s like Ludum Dare, a challenge to make, and most importantly FINISH, a game in a set amount of time based on a theme. What makes #1GAM unique is you have an entire month and it spans an entire year. They have a thriving Twitter and Google+ group.

I’ve entered strictly for learning purposes and to see if I can actually finish something. Game development is surprisingly very different from application development, and it’s nice to feel really stupid again.

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Finite State Machines in Game Development

Finite State Machines are series of design patterns often used in Game Development. In this article I’ll define what they are & how they work, go over 3 example implementations I have implemented in Corona SDK, and describe some of the pain points I’ve encountered using them.

I’ve ported Cassio Souza’s ActionScript 3 State Machine to a Lua State Machine, and recently a Dart version, and included examples. This article has a companion video embedded below.


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