Ahoy there me laddies! Yarrrr you better be readin' this blog then matey, or you'll be feelin' the lick o' the cat come nightfall!
No, it's not Talk Like a Pirate Day; it's Let's Post Another HDi Game Day. The other week I posted an HDi sample based of the old arcade game Space Invaders. Today it's a (somewhat prettier) example that implements the old game Liar's Dice. Some of you may wonder how I chose these two games to demo as HDi applications; the rest of you already know this is to show just how easy it is to get great interactivity on a next-generation high-definition optical disc without expensive replication, without expensive programmers, and without an expensive games console to play it on. This was all written by little old me in a couple of hours, is about 130k in size (most of which are PNGs), and will play on any sub-$300 HD DVD player without first running through a performance test application. [Ed: I am currently travelling without access to a real player so have been unable to test it properly; it works on HDiSim and if there are any issues with up-to-date players I will resolve them next week]
Here's a screenshot of the game:
As with the last game, this was thrown together very quickly and doesn't necessarily represent "best practices" (I know, I know, I should be demonstrating those too). Nevertheless the concepts should be pretty easy to understand. If not, post a comment! :-)
The download is here. Enjoy.
i will download now!
This is sad:
It takes almost 5 minutes for the disc to boot, so go to about 4:50 into the video if you want to see the actual game.
But the intro is funny, too.
I think I'll stick with the Blu-ray version :-)
I thought you might like to know that I ran this on a Toshiba player and it works fine.
Good to know; thanks Guippy. Haven't had a chance to test it yet (although I have heard that it works on the Xbox as well).
As of this morning the product I have been focused on for much the last year or so has at last been released: