My Proposal Platformer!!!

A couple months ago I proposed to my awesome girlfriend (now fiance) through a little platformer game I developed over the summer using Unity. The project taught me a lot and ended up a huge success!!! The concept of the game was to just have a super easy game that revisited some of our memories and inside jokes. Melanie (my fiance) is not much of a gamer so I made it as simple as possible and really focused on making it look polished and glitch free. I used all open source graphics and audio. Almost all of the graphics are from a set called “Planet Cute” found at LostGarden.com and the music was written by Matthew Pablo If you’re reading this you may have already seen the reaction video or gameplay videos that I posted closer to the proposal. But recently I decided it might be good to deploy a web version of the game.

If you feel inclined to check out the game for yourself you will need to install the Unity Web Player plugin (it’s harmless I promise). I will also include links to the two videos below.

Here’s the link!!!

Game: http://triton.towson.edu/~mholtz2/WebPlayer/WebPlayer.html

Reaction Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jn0DpzO9pMo

Gameplay Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvYRKm57a9I&feature=youtu.be

 

My Nexus 7 with USB Keyboard

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So as I sit in my house all packed up for school, lonely and computer-less, I decide it’s a good time to get experimental! When I first bought my Nexus 7 tablet I decided to get a micro-USB port to USB port adapter so that I could use my Xbox 360 wireless controller to play some shooters and such on my tablet.

Today I decided it would be a fine time to test how my little tablet would handle  a full fledged USB keyboard. As it turns out it works quite well!!! In fact it works better than I would have expected. There is no delay whatsoever with the keyboard input and everything seems to work including the media controls and the num-pad and buttons like Page Up and Page Down! I can also alt-tab to  to cycle through recent apps and activate one. It feels very close to a laptop experience, so much so in fact that I keep reaching down for a touchpad that doesn’t exist.

The major downfall with this setup is that there seems to be no suitable replacement for a right click. This can be annoying for word processing because if you’re a less than perfect speller like myself you will miss the ability to right click for correction suggestions. Additionally since auto-corrections are built into whatever keyboard app you use, you don’t have those to save you.

I’ve been considering the viability of my 7″ Nexus 7 as a note taking tool for my classes this semester and after this brief trial run I would say that it wouldn’t be half bad! Perhaps my next step will be attempting to split the USB port into 2 and adding a mouse (I think Jellybean has mouse support).