Hi I'm Bluerobin2! I like making games and I'm trying to learn Pixel Art too. I'm also interested in electronics and robotics. Here is some stuff I decided to put online. I call this my closet. A closet full of blue bird goodness. I try to post every Saturday.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Test out Pixel Helicopter!

Remember this post where I first showed off a helicopter game concept? Well you can now play the actual game here. You just need the Steam version of Gamemaker. It actually got quite popular for a day or 2.

Here is another terrible screenshot.

Friday, January 24, 2014

7 Characteristics of life

So I worked on a project in which you have to discover the 7 characteristics of life. Its really simple; you place down some objects and watch them interact and try to "Discover" the characteristics. Here are some screenshots:

Its not done yet, but I have a working prototype. Here are some pictures!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Bluerobin2's Platformer lighting

So I made a lighting engine for platformers in Gamemaker studio.
(Sorry for the really bad screenshot)

You can check it out so far if you have the steam version of Gamemaker Studio.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Blogger is still being updated???

So today I noticed that you can finally move and remove the title element. Upon further examination, I noticed that Blogger has been updated quite a bit more. Finally I could have the freedom I wanted with this blog!

Monday, January 20, 2014

New Headers Coming Soon! (And other updates)

if you've followed the blog for a while, you've probably noticed my terrible headers. I made all of those in half an hour for the sake of them being up there.

Well, now that is going to change. I plan on releasing a new logo (Which you can see up top) and lots and lots of new headers (10 planned, 2 done at this time of writing). And I'm happy to announce that these will not look thrown together like the last ones.

My previous setup had the website choosing a different header every time you visited a page, or refreshing it. My new setup will change the picture per day, not per page load. I have the JavaScript down already, In fact I might do a tutorial. Its really simple. I set up a custom "random" number choosing setup and used the day, month and, year combined as a seed. In fact, I should put it in the weekend programming community on google+. Whats that? Never heard of it? Well check it out!

I also intend to redo the menu. I used to have a custom one, now I have the generic one Blogger gave me. I'm not happy. I want a fresher and better one! So I'll make that. The buttons on the menu will probably follow a similar theme to the choosen header.

I've recently started tuto... no not really tutorials... more like portals in which I will point you to helpful people who have helped me over the past years. Below this should be my first attempt at that, the Basics of Arduino. I dont expect much of a response since I only have about 6 followers, but thats more than I've ever had :).

Oh yes and happy 2014! Thanks for a wonderful year!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Arduino Basics

The Arduino is an amazing prototyping tool. You can use it for a variety of purposes, including blinking some lights or controlling an entire camera system. An Arduino could do practically anything. You just need to tell it to do so. For most people, that's where the trouble comes. But don't worry, I've decided to help.

First off, let it be said that for some things, I won't post lengthy tutorials. I'll most likely post links to other tutorials just because its already been done. However, for some unique and interesting uses, I will provide the help.

The Arduino itself is 2 things, the actual board and the IDE itself. You code it with a language similar to processing, which is an easy to learn, open source development environment. You upload programs (called sketches) to the actual board it self via a USB connection and watch the magic happen.

Probably the most basic you could get with Arduino is the Blink Sketch. The Blink sketch just blinks the Arduino's on-board light. There are plenty of good tutorials out there.

I highly recommend this tutorial, along with the guy who makes them; Jeremy Blum. Go watch his series. Its really good.

There are also some really good books out there on the subject too.

Arduino for Dummies is a great way to get started with Arduino. It starts slow, but gets more and more advanced as you progress.

Exploring Arduino is a book by Jeremy Blum. Like Arduino for Dummies, it starts with beginner lessons and gets into more complex topics as you progress.

Thats all for now! Hopefully that will get you started.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Plans for the future

Happy 2014!

In case you didn't know, I'm still working on updating the design of the blog. I recently put in a new background and done little adjustments to the html. I have little plans here and there and once I finish up the design, I'll begin blogging more. I plan on doing tutorials on Arduino, Gamemaker, etc.

Until next time!