Mutual Aid, med, boosts+
I can't start a full GoFundMe yet 'cause we don't have the hospital bill
Short version is, I had a big crotch-tumour which was taken out on Monday, and my first doctor visit following that is this afternoon. I didn't plan for this due to stress/anxiety, and we don't have a lot of money. These visits cost $100-$200 - Anything helps for today's appointment.
Godot Engine review (very long)
@noelle It's definitely a box of small legos with no defined structure. There's no distinction between a scene, an object, a character, or a 3D model imported from Blender -- Godot treats them all as the same type of "Node tree", and can instance any one of them into any other one, at any time. (eg. creating seamless transitions from one map to the next are just as effortless as spawning a single entity; you would load and spawn the entire next room the exact same way.)
So the main source of issue is generally just figuring out how to set up effective ways for one object to find another outside of collision testing. 😅 You can hardcode a path in the scene editor, or link up signals to parent functions, or write a relay script... There's guidelines and tutorials on how to do it effectively, but it's really up to you.
As far as what those individual lego Nodes can do for you, each one has a very specific purpose: The Sprite node displays a single graphic, the AnimatedSprite node has systems to automatically change the sprite's texture for you for simple sprite animations, and the AnimationPlayer node can animate literally every property in the entire engine over time -- sprite frames, object positions, rotations, and scale, and even function calls.
With clever use of the AnimationPlayer, connecting Signals in the editor (eg. on animation finished), and understanding the best way to organize all of the different Node types at your disposal, very few things need to actually be programmed in their scripting language (the esoteric GDScript, or its VisualScript counterpart) to accomplish what you want to happen in the game -- mostly just physics movements (eg. controlling the player pawn), changing scenes, and delaying before starting the next animation that controls everything.
That kind of power lends itself to making rapid janky hack games very easily once you learn how to use it, and in the long-term it can do basically anything Unity can -- It has both 2D and 3D rendering and physics engines built in, can switch between them and mix them freely, handle online connections and make HTTP requests, and even handle AR and VR devices.
The entire editor for Godot Engine itself is built inside of Godot Engine, so (almost) anything you can do in the editor, you can do for your players in realtime; You could just as easily make Tabletop Simulator or VRchat in Godot Engine, no problem, and the game assets it packages for your project are 100% cross-platform OpenGL (Vulkan coming soon in Godot 4.0) and open source, with simple exports to specific platforms an easy push of the button that uses prebuilt official executables or any optimized custom build you care to make.
10/10, there's very little incentive left for me to use anything else ever again. 🤔
Dental $$$ help, boosts appreciated
Tomorrow (May 11th) I have a dentist appointment and since my fucking dental insurance has a 6 MONTH waiting period and I couldn't get it waived nor can I wait for this extraction, I have to pay out of pocket.
I have at least a few procedures that need to be done but this extraction is high on priority and it needs to get done. I'm gonna pay for it, but I just need help to recover the cost because that's a huge hole from my pockets. (I still have other bills to take care off this month)
Im probably going to have to wait and do my other procedures in November but at least i can get this one done. :/
Anything and everything is appreciated
financial help request, car,
My car has decided that it doesn't want to exist anymore. Fixing it at this point is going to cost more than it is worth. As such, i need a new vehicle. This is going to cost me a whole fuckton of money (five digits worth).
i am stressed and scared and frustrated. and i need help. Because there is still a chance i can rescue a partner from an abusive situation, but it's more money on top of having to replace the car...
If anyone has some money they can throw my way, it would mean a whooole fuckin lot. Thank you.
boosts and donations enormously appreciated.
I once knew a man named Dr. Hal Schlegel (now deceased) who told me a bit about his experience as a doctor. He told me that he delivered 2,000 babies and owned half of them. I'm guessing what he meant was that the patient couldn't pay for the delivery. Now that I think about it, all bundles of joy are pay on delivery.
"Let's get Right to Repair passed!"
Delete Chrome. Now.
Google is using its exceptionally powerful position to make *the browser itself* analyze your browsing behavior and serve that on a plate in the form of "cohorts" to anyone interested.
They are transforming Chrome into a "browsing-history-passport" - right now.
If you care about your intellectual freedom even a little bit, you must put Chrome out of your life as soon as possible. Support others doing the same.
Went on the #GodotEngine forums and asked a question. I cited two games that had a wall running mechanic. Turns out they were developed by the same studio. Apparently, @Respawn@twitter.com Entertainment knows a lot about wall running.
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