A Game of Chance that Pirates like to Play
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.