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I'm currently tying some things to an Animation. A player can pick something up and they bend down and are set as uncontrollable, when the animation ends I figured I could use an animation event handler to set and unset the "controllable" property that I'd place inside the config file. What I'm wondering is whether it would be too much overhead to constantly pull config file information to see whether someone can actually move or not, or whether I'm better off creating a struct with the "controllable" bool and placing the orxObject inside the struct.
As a side thought I was also hoping to make a server/client architecture in the future, and was wondering whether its a terrible idea tying things to animations in this case, and how much having the server not actually display the animations on the screen will affect its animation routine.
There is definitely a cost to fetching config data, but it's very likely to be negligible in your use case.
To give you an idea, on my 5-6 years old CPU, fetching a config value takes around 0.1 microseconds.
I don't know much about the details of your game, but having a server doesn't mean you can't have the animation running on it, even if you do not display anything in the end.
As for setting your
controllablestatus, you can also do it by using a command that would be executed directly by the animation (you can tie to to specific frames), which would help reducing the amount of code handling events.
For example, let's say you want to set your
controllablestatus to false at the first frame of your
pickanim, you can simply do something like:
Those are just example, but it should give you an idea of how easy it is to tie logic to animations in a data-driven way.
Oh beautiful, I should have checked the creationTemplate better before posting, its like theres already something for everything.
Again I appreciate the help.
I'll post a video of my game once I get some more art done for it.
My pleasure, don't hesitate if you have any other questions!
I found the useful eventhandler guide which allows you to tie an OrxObject to its parent Struct, which seems to work well and is an easy way to do things. In case anyone wants to do something similar in the future and manages to find this.
Then I think its easy enough to watch those animation events as in the other guide:
Then the animation config file of course needs this
PickupAnim-> = IdleAnim
Yes, that's the intent for the
That's also what Scroll does (in C++) as well, though the binding is semi-automated and follows inheritance: https://wiki.orx-project.org/en/tutorials/orxscroll/binding-orxscroll
Thanks. I've been trying to learn C. Its been pretty difficult but rewarding so far, function pointers are a hard thing to wrap my head around.
Think I've got Orx Timers working well enough:
The one thing I'm wracking my brain with is passing the time, I'd need to read the config file for the animation, and then multiply it by the number of frames of the animation. Yet I'm having a hard time reading specific configs; is there a way to target this specific player config in a generic way so that this works for multiple configs, or does every animationSet and animationTemplate need to be named differently?
Hi @sacked, I'm afraid I don't understand your current question.
Do you think you could give me a detailed example of what you want to achieve and the hurdles you're facing, to help me understand?
Sure, I apologize, I realize I'm all over the place. I got it working with the animation just fine, however I thought it may be better to perhaps use timers, since not every animation ending should allow an object to be controllable, and not every object will have a controllable variable attached.
So when I push a button an animation starts and the player becomes uncontrollable, I figured I could use a timer event to initiate when the player becomes controllable again, the timer event being set to the animation time being frametime * number of frames.
So my script above was what I was doing with there. However I was hoping to read the config file to pull the animation time, and I was hoping to make it generic. So I've got a Player1 object which inherits the playerobject, is there a way to possibly drill down from the Player1->PlayerObject->PlayerAnimationSet->PickupAnime?
No worries, and thanks for the details, I can now understand the situation much better.
I can think of three alternatives, from the top of my head:
I tend to prefer data-driven approaches, but beside personal preferences here, I think they're all valid paths.
Ah nice, I clearly didnt fully understand key events. I see now that its available in the event handler as orxANIM_EVENT_CUSTOM_EVENT. I figured it was localized entirely to the config files. This looks like it will work great, thanks again!
My pleasure! You can use commands directly in the
KeyEventproperties, or have your own data that you'll use in your event handler. Both should work correctly.
If you haven't seen it already, this video might help, especially the last part:
Holy cow thats very powerful. Are there any simpler resource to learn all these things, such as what the ^ is doing, and where the name Object is coming from? Whats the best way to learn these key events?
Yep, everything should be available from the wiki.
Regarding commands, I'd suggest reading the top links found with: https://wiki.orx-project.org/doku.php?do=search&id=commands
If you look at the tutorial
04_Animthat ships with orx, you'll see a simple example of key events, though it's not executing any commands there.
Ah perfect, thanks.