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This is the cartridge for the platformer tutorial I made for fanzine#2. Feel free to ask questions!

P#14635 2015-09-26 06:49 ( Edited 2017-11-28 07:57)

The scrolling can be broken if you stop on the edge, due to there not being an extra piece of platform on each side.
Basically, have an extra block on each side. This happened to me in my port of Joust (Strike Down) that I'll probably port to PICO-8.

EDIT: Not trying to advertise, I'm just throwing my example out.

P#14640 2015-09-26 12:50 ( Edited 2015-09-26 16:51)

Cool! I can't wait for #2.

P#14839 2015-10-02 01:55 ( Edited 2015-10-02 05:55)

Thanks for this, it was nicely done! I was surprised that I could turn this into a basic scrolling platformer just by tracking the player position with the camera.

You mentioned some complicated math to smooth out the animation- any links you could share?

P#31079 2016-10-16 20:41 ( Edited 2016-10-17 00:41)

so, when we get to the canfall function, I'm a bit confused by the line

return not fget(v,0)

The zine doesn't explain it as far as I can tell (could be missing it, I tend to miss things) but based on a cursory google search, it looks like in LUA "return" deals with array data, and "return not" would convert a nil value to "false".

Is that what we're doing with that line? Basically, if there's no flagged sprite at that point, "return" would return a nil value, because there's nothing there - so we convert it to "false" so we can use it in our argument?

Thanks, I know this is really old but I thought it was worth an ask.

P#46477 2017-11-19 16:14 ( Edited 2017-11-19 21:14)


We want CANFALL() to return:

  • TRUE if there is no wall sprite beneath the player (i.e. FGET(V, 0) is FALSE)
  • FALSE if there is a wall sprite beneath the player (i.e. FGET(V, 0) is TRUE)

NOT always returns TRUE for NIL/FALSE values and FALSE for everything else.

We're using the NOT operator to invert the result of FGET to a value we want:


I hope I didn't make that more confusing...

P#46514 2017-11-20 12:20 ( Edited 2017-11-20 17:20)

@tarek no, your statement returned NOT confusing- thank you I understand now. My failing was thinking it was more complex than it is, I should stop letting myself be intimidated by code. Thank you.

P#46630 2017-11-23 14:32 ( Edited 2017-11-23 19:32)

If it helps anyone, it can be useful to think of not as function:

function not(value)
  if value then
    return false
    return true

Such a function might make more sense with the name invert or flip, because that's basically what it does, but in most programming languages we call it not.

As an aside...

It also makes more sense if the function or expression after not is named appropriately.

For instance:

function moving()
  return velocity.x != 0 or velocity.y !=0

function stationary()
  return not moving()

The "not moving" part reads naturally as what it means, rather than forcing the reader's brain to engage 'read code' mode.

Most of the time a boolean function, that is to say, one that returns true or false, should use an adjective, e.g. paused() or moving().

Often it's best to put a word like is or can in front, to differentiate between words that could be confused with another usage, e.g. is_green() and can_move(). This is especially useful with methods (object-relative functions) because it reads more fluidly, e.g. car:is_green() or player:can_move().

Basically, when writing code, try to write it so another person reading it can read it as natural language.

P#46779 2017-11-28 02:57 ( Edited 2017-11-28 08:25)

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