Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Website is up!



I've put up a website for Blackshift, with game info, a couple of animated screenshots, and a YouTube video from 2013. I need to update that video.

You can register an account on the site, but you can't do much with it yet. Once I start distributing alpha keys, though, you'll be able to enter your key and get a download.

I'll need to gradually increase the number of users during testing, so I'll start by sending keys to some of the regulars on this blog and some of the people who signed up to the website. Later on, keys will be available to buy.

Supported platforms will be Windows and Mac. Minimum system requirements will be:

Windows
Shader model 3.0 (DirectX 9.0c)
Tested on Windows 7

Mac
OS X 10.10 or newer

19 comments:

  1. Why does it require Windows 7 when it's only using DirectX 9? Does it use WASAPI?

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    1. It probably doesn't require Win7, I just haven't tested it on anything else. It probably runs on Vista, don't know about XP.

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    2. Updated post for clarity.

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  2. Awesome!

    Already created my account

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  3. Your account registration email went to my gmail spam folder, FYI. Not sure if it's feasible to do anything about that. Gmail has a help page with some tips:

    https://support.google.com/mail/answer/81126

    But I have no idea what, if anything, works.

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    1. Thanks, that's good to know. I hope if enough users click 'not spam' on the email, Google will get the message. Otherwise I'll probably sign up for one of the big email sending services (just using my own po-dunk server for now)

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  4. The email came direct to my inbox and we use an email spam provider (industrial strength - ha ha). Gmail and hotmail sometimes take out random stuff!

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  5. I'll have to create newer versions of some of my Netshift levels. One of them involved keeping a single bullet alive for the duration of the level (Don't Let Ball Die!), but I'll have to tweak some things to incorporate the transition to lasers.

    I signed up already with an non-Gmail account.

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    1. Sounds good! Normal bullets are still available, BTW.

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  6. Ernie, I remember that level. It was gruesome! Ha ha I think you made us push a block thru the maze (blindly). Can't wait to see what Zin will put up! His last one crashed my computer before I could finish and then Rob pulled the plug! Waiting patiently in the great Canadian North! :)

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  7. Any updates on the open testing yet?

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    1. You'll read it here first.

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    2. Haha, cheers. Thought I'd make this place a bit more presentable before release.

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    3. What's your email address, so I can email you a key?

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  8. Yas! I was a big fan of the original Blackshift game... and I just found this website. Very excited to see how this goes :)

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  9. It will not load on XP machines - still trying to figure out the weapons and I will make a level or two.

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