Sunday, June 22, 2014

OCEAN Goes Wiki!

That's right folks; that's what I've been working on the whole day today. Of course it's far from being finished, but even right now, there's a lot of interesting stuff to be found. So, after trying to distribute the OCEAN news via the dA Journals and blog posts, I've decided to catch the zeitgeist and keep everything in a single, open location. Easy access. Unlimited information. Invaluable data.

So if now, someone asks you what the hell this OCEAN is and why is it spelt in uppercase, you can explain everything by giving that person just one link:

http://oceanhub.wikia.com/


Welcome to the OCEAN Wikia.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

OCEAN: Zandronum Incompatibilities

So I've ran a quick sanity check of OCEAN in Zandronum and stumbled upon a barrage of incompatibilities. Some of them were confusing, some avoidable, some were showstoppers, but once I quickly fixed the latter, I was able to at least run it at all. In any case, this is the list of ongoing incompatibilities I've noticed, mostly for my own reference...


OCEAN In Zandronum by EinhanderZwei on deviantART

  • Menu would have to be redone;
  • Railgun sprite would have to be redone;
  • No dynamic sprite scaling;
  • No support for Strife dialogue;
  • Player view height setting does nothing;
  • Line_Horizon doesn't seem to work;
  • Slayer is not selectable for some reason;
  • Player can't start off emptyhanded;
  • Message scaling doesn't seem to work;
  • Startup banner displays the IWAD name no matter what;
  • Pistol throws in default sprites while shooting;

As it can be seen, they're either fixable or avoidable, but the downside to all this is that the single-player campaign and the multiplayer add-on would have to be separate in such case, for better or worse...

Quick Projects Rundown

Yeah, a very brief and non-detailed list of my gamedev projects:
  • Sergei Savenko's OCEAN;
  • Sergei Savenko's OCEAN: Mercenaries (multiplayer add-on for Zandronum);
  • Dune: House Ordos (remake);
  • Endangered Species (beat'em up for OpenBOR);
  • Endangered Species RTS (engine pending).

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Anyone Asked For Good ALIEN Games?!

Dedicated to re-watching the Director's Cuts for Alien and Aliens last weekend ;P

So, while browsing the internets, I've stumbled upon this kewl post...

I've personally played maybe 30% of the games listed there, but for which I did, I more or less agree with that guy! So, what I would like to recommend:

And - pfft - of course I'm waiting for Alien: Isolation as much as you are!

BONUS: Turns out, this exists!

Friday, June 13, 2014

OCEAN Demo 1.1 Released!

Alright, so I've started fixing some of the more annoying bugs encountered in OCEAN Demo 1.0, and the improved version is now ready for your download!

On ModDB:
On Dropbox:
CHANGELOG:
  • Reduced the number of startup error messages;
  • Moved around the hints and opening credits;
  • Reduced the number of necessary files;
  • Weakened the nurses - now their attack are less frequent and slightly less damaging;
  • Fixed one of the ceiling textures in Hypothermia, as well as one mapping issue (now there's an ability to crawl back rom the conference room);
  • No more chainsaw puffs in diving mode;
  • Fixed a minor GUI issue on MAP01;
  • Recompressed some of the textures to JPG.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

How To Launch The OCEAN Demo Under Linux

Wanted to write this manual anyway, so here goes! Please note this applies mostly to Debian/Ubuntu, so for other distributions, please consider using their respective utilities (packet managers, installation from source, etc.)

  • Download and install libsdl-dev:
    sudo apt-get install libsdl-dev
  • Download and install GZDOOM:
    sudo apt-get install gzdoom
  • Also, you can download the pre-compiled DEB package here: http://debian.drdteam.org/pool/multiverse/g/gzdoom/
  • Download and unpack the OCEAN Demo
  • Place the files ocean24.pk3, doom2.wad and system.wad (or, generally, all the WAD and PK3 files except brightmaps.pk3 and gzdoom.pk3)...
  • ...to the GZDOOM folder: /usr/games/gzdoom
  • Open the terminal and type: gzdoom -file doom2.wad -file ocean24.pk3 -file system.wad
  • Be aggressive!


Additional links:

OCEAN RPG Demo Released!

Such a sweet surprise from my good friend, Snowy-Aegis! He's currently making a sort-of-a gaiden OCEAN game with RPG Maker; I suggested an idea of a prequel, but right now it looks more like an alternate timeline story.

ANYWAY!

Here are the release notes and the download link!