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TinyCircuits Products => Thumby => Topic started by: TARMA on November 02, 2021, 06:14:51 AM

Title: Launch Multiplayer Games?
Post by: TARMA on November 02, 2021, 06:14:51 AM
Hello! I've read a topic called "Addition of third-party games to the pre-loaded set?" recently and wanted to elaborate on pre-loaded games a little. I was wondering if any multiplayer games would be available on launch? From what I've seen on Youtube video-reviews there are no multiplayer games or game modes in stock games library on early bird\press edition consoles. Also, I understand that it's almost impossible to make games with such functionality without 2 physical Thumbys and because current IDE version does not support this kind of emulation (from what I know). I understand that multiplayer on Thumby is more of a gimmicky thing but considering hefty amount of multiplayer kit bakers I personally think it would be nice to have at least some kind of demo of a multiplayer game pre-installed or at least available for download at launch.

I would like to hear what others think about this. Please share Your opinions on this topic.

Title: Re: Launch Multiplayer Games?
Post by: CoolieCoolster on November 02, 2021, 10:41:07 AM
In response to a question of mine on Kickstarter regarding a game to demonstrate the multiplayer functionality, they did say they were working on something, though I guess we'll just have to wait to see what it is. Otherwise, it would also be helpful for such functionality to be documented in the API so that third-party developers can attempt their own Link Cable multiplayer implementations. I probably wouldn't try to implement something so complex myself for my projects until I better know how to make games at all, but I have a few ideas for which the Link Cable might prove helpful.
Title: Re: Launch Multiplayer Games?
Post by: lennevia on November 02, 2021, 10:51:15 AM
We do have a simple multiplayer game we have tested (it works!), but we haven't shared it anywhere just yet since there are some details to sort out since as is, it would be difficult to develop multiplayer games using it as an example without an API.

Ben is the one working on that, so I'll ask him to provide more details sometime today.
Title: Re: Launch Multiplayer Games?
Post by: CoolieCoolster on November 02, 2021, 03:40:22 PM
Personally, I think I'll try to come up with multiplayer mode ideas for as many of my mockups as possible as potential "Version 2" updates for when I know more Python functions; and I imagine as the devices would be sending data to each other, one of the serialization functions would need to be used to serialize the data? If so, I guess I should get to work trying to figure out the Pickle function...