Tutorial: Create a pre-filled bug reporter or a contact form for your games with Google Form

Introduction

In this tutorial we will create an advanced online form with notifications for your games with Google Form in few minutes for free.
This feedback form is compatible with Web games, Flash games, Unity games, mobile games, etc.

When a lambda player send you a message about an issue in your game you will love to know a maximum of details about the player device.
I’m sure nobody like to receive this kind of message:

2014/12/05 – john.do@myass.com – I cant play

OK! keep calm and reply with this common questions again: Hello, What is your device, the version of your OS, the name and the version of your browser, the language of your browser, the name of your grandma, etc.

A lot of people don’t know how to get all this informations so let me show you how to create a useful feedback form to get important informations about players devices.

Crate a form with Google Form

Google Form

  • Now rename the name of the Form to MyFirstFeedbackForm
  • Modify the first Question type to Text
  • Add the Question title: Email address
  • Tick Required Question
  • Done

Question title

  • Add a second question
  • Question title: Message
  • Question type: Paragraph text
  • Tick Required Question
  • Done
  • Add the third question
  • Question title: Version
  • Help Text: DO NOT MODIFY THIS ENTRY
  • Done
  • Add the last question
  • Question title: OS
  • Help Text: DO NOT MODIFTY THIS ENTRY
  • Add more questions if you need more informations from player devices. (language, browsers, OS version, device version, etc.)

All form

Add params to the URL of your live form

  • Click on Responses > Get Pre-filled URL

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  • Enter in the Version input text field “Version”
  • Enter in the OS input text field “OS”
  • Click Submit
  • Copy the pre-filed URL

You should get this kind of URL: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1o_GUk-5fJS66xM9ONCkvGN4rKvrenLe17lz0zqzQUQI/viewform?entry.1008521465&entry.890117275&entry.1551109339=Version&entry.566074336=OS

Use you own IDs:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/[ID_OF_FORM]/viewform?entry.[ID_OF_THE ENTRY]=[ANY_VALUE]&entry.[ID_OF_THE ENTRY]=[ANY_VALUE]

You can generate an URL to this live form inside your game to get additional informations about player devices. When players open the web page all additional informations will be pre-filled.

Notifications: Receive emails when players post messages

  • Re-open your Google Form
  • Click on View responses

Responses

  • Create a New Spreadsheet

New spreadsheet

  • Click on View responses again

View responses

  • You should see a blank spreadsheet
  • Tools > Notifications Rules

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  • Set a notification rules and Voilà! :)

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You are welcome to share your ideas to improve this Feedback form. :)

In the second tutorial I will show you how to get all device informations in Flash, Unity and iOS.

Kmembert – game developed in 17h – Post mortem – Ludum Dare 28


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PLAY KMEMBERT on LudumDare.com

Game description

Kmembert (Camembert: A delicious french cheese) is a puzzle/infiltration/action game :). The gameplay is quite simple: You are a cheese and you have to kill all nazi mice in one shoot. Get the cannon bullet and trick the mice in order to kill them all in a single shoot. 9 levels are playable. HAVE FUN ^^!

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Post mortem

It was my first Ludum Dare compo. I just be informed of the event 4 days ago. My weekend was busy but I was motivated to create a simple game saturday morning with the theme “You only get one”. I already participed to the “Global Game Jam” twice, but the Ludum Dare is a different challenge.
I cumulate 17 hours of work for this game.

Gameplay

I found the idea in the first minutes: Get the only one bullet, trick the enemies to manage to kill them all in a single shoot.
The controls are simple and the top view allows to create less graphic assets and less code. I’m a big fan of “Metal gear solid” and I recently played “Hotline Miami”. So I unconsciously designed game mechanics with this game in my mind. I always wanted to design a game like Metal Gear Solid :). Therefore mice can run after you if they see you and you can play with the doors.

Level Design

I modified the mouse behaviours 2 hours before the deadline. So I redesigned the levels accoring the modifications.
I tried to design 9 levels with interesting challenge. I think the levels are fun and you also can understand all puzzles quickly. But I had no time to playtest the levels to another players. That’s why the game needs different mice with different behaviours and more balance.

Graphics

I didn’t want to use human characters, zombies, aliens or monsters. So I decided to imagine a coherent situation with uncomon characters according to the game mechanics. A humanoid cheese against nazi mice ? Why not  :). I’m not a 2d artist but I tried to design simple characters and animations quickly. A pen tablet is a good tool :).

Sounds

Unfortunatly I didn’t have the time to play on my guitar some cool riffs for the background music. The sound fx are just simple homemade sounds of my mouth :).

Tools

I’m a Flash game developer since 2004 so I create all assets, animations and code with Flash. I used the World Construction Kit library. It’s the Box2D physic engine with a WYSIWYG layout, very usefull to design levels. I also used simple libs : TweenMax, Flint. I used “Flash Develop” and I created some assets with Photoshop and Audition.

Conclusion

It was a great experience! Sometimes I watched streams of few developers around the world. I also earn some skills in code with box2d and in graphic design. I found my game interesting but it needs improvements :).

Windows 7 64 bits Boot Camp very slow on boot ? Optimize boot time

I installed Boot Camp 4 and Windows 7 64 bits on my MacBook Pro 2011 in 2011. The first boot time are really acceptable but after installing some softwares the boot time was really slow: aout 6-8 minutes. Now I can boot Windows 7 64 bits in less 1″30. :)

1. Windows Registry

  • Start menu
  • Search > Regedit > OK
  • Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Dfrg\BootOptimizeFunction
  • Modify the value of OptimizeComplete to Yes (it’s worked for me)

2. MSConfig

  • Start menu
  • Search > msconfig > OK
  • Boot  tab  > Avanced options > Select all your CPU
  • Services tab > Unselect all useless services
  • Startup tab > Unselect all useless software at startup

3. Services

  • Start menu
  • Search > services > OK

And set useless services to Manual. Use this list : http://www.askvg.com/windows-7-services-that-can-be-safely-set-to-manual/ Good luck ;). Please comment if my tips work.

List of independant game contests, showcases and game jams for indie game developers

Here the non exhaustive list of all independant game contests & Jams: UPDATE: 03/01/2015

Contests:

Showcases:

EDIT: All showcases http://www.promoterapp.com/calendar

Festivals:

Jams:

EDIT (02/12/2014): you can find all jams here: http://compohub.net

Please comment and send feedbacks to update this list ;).

EnigmBox: Finalist of the European Indie Game Days awards (EIGD), category: Originality

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The EIGD was on the 24th and 25th of October in Montreuil, France, near to Paris. Here the website: http://www.eigd.org/.

Unfortunately I couldn’t assist to the EIGD meetings but I’m sure it was very interesting.

Here the category lists:

  • The Student Awards – a category exclusively for vocational school students. We hope to find a crazy pearl!
  • Originality Award – For the most original in terms of gameplay, the theme or narrative European game
  • The Innovation Award – For the most innovative gaming technology or use of technology.
  • The Price of Artistic Consistency – For the game which the graphic is more consistent, but also the most original!
  • And the Grand Prize will be selected from the winners of the previous categories.

Enigmbox was finalist of the EIGD awards, category Originality.

There was 5 different catogories: http://www.eigd.org/en/content/eigd-awards. You can find all finalists here: http://www.snjv.org/eigd-awards-finalistes,814.html

The awards ceremony was the 24th October near to the “Le café salé” in Montreuil.

The other finalists for the originality category were: Mush from Motion Twin and Type: rider from Agat Films & Cie / Ex Nihilo.

Here the results:

  • SerpenteS won The Student Award
  • Mush won the Award. Congrats to the Montion Twin team.
  • Strike Vector won the Innovation Award
  • Type: Rider won the price of Artistic Consistency
  • One Life remains won the Grand prize, congrats guys ;).

Unfortunately EnimgBox didn’t won any prize but I’m still proud to compete with big projects. A big thanks to the EIGD team ;).

See you next year.

ActionScript: hide, remove the context menu items, right click in Flash

If you do a right click above a Flash animation you will open a context menu.

You can remove all context menu items in Flash with this code:

Flash tutorial: creating a simple button with Flash ActionScript 3.0

Today : How to create a simple button in Flash with AS3.

Example

Sources

You can find the .fla and with the ActionScript source code inside.

Download the source code here: Simple_button_benoitfreslon.com.fla

Let’s start

  1. Open Flash > Create a new Flash ActionScript 3.0 document
  2. Insert > New Symbol
  3. Name : Btn
  4. Type > Button
  5. Click OK

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  1. Draw a button in the Up state (when the button is released)
  2. Draw a different button in the Over  state (when the mouse cursor is over the button)
  3. Daw a different button in the Down state (when the button is pressed)
  4. Draw a simple shape in the Hit state (The Hit area of the button)
  5. It’s done. Back to the stage now.

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  1. Then select the MovieClip on the stage
  2. Set an instance name “mc_btn” in the Properties pannel like this

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  1. Create a new Layer with this name: Actions
  2. Select this new layer
  3. Open the Actions Pannel: Windows > Actions or hit F9

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Copy and paste this code:

FlashDevelop: Color scheme and syntax coloring with all ActionScript 3 keywords

For all developers who love Flash Develop like me, you probably NEED to colorize all ActionScript 3.0 keywords.

Here a screenshot of the syntax coloring:

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You can download Flash Develop 4 here.

Download my AS3.xml file and replace the AS3.xml in the Languages folder.

C:\Program Files (x86)\FlashDevelop\Settings\Languages

or

C:\Users\XXXX\AppData\Local\FlashDevelop\Settings\Languages

The xml file is compatible with Flash Develop 4.X.X.

ActionScript: Move object with smooth acceleration and deceleration with inertia

Today a simple sample of code to create an inertia effect in ActionScript 3.0.

The character will start to move with smooth acceleration if you press an arrow key.

You can download the source code here : Flash_acceleration_benoifreslon.com.fla

Fleury Michon : Jump’box – advergame – jump and jump and jump and win prizes

vignette_150x150Here the new game I developed and designed: Jump’Box on Facebook. I create this game for a french agency Castor & Pollux for the french brand: Fleury Michon.
I worked as game designer, level designer and sound designer.

It’a simple but addictive platform game. You have to jump in the “Box” on the top of the tower.
The gameplay is really simple based on the “Mr Crab” game. The hero always runs around the tower and only can change direction against walls. Only one input can make the hero jump. You can jump to avoid obstacles and kill enemies.
You can play on 18 levels on 6 differents worlds with 6 different characters.
And you can win several prizes like an iPad mini, a Sony PS4, a Camera, etc.

Play Jump’Box on Facebook.

It’s a fake 3D game but a simple 2D game engine with lot of effects: parallax, scrolling, smooth moves, shadows, etc. The final render is espacially beautiful.

I used the Starling Framewok and the CitrusEngine framework to develop a Flash game with Stage3D.