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    I'm makeing a game similiar to a mud and have a few questions, should I create a function that continually checks for input, and should each of my commands be a seperate function as apposed to a single function that does a strcmp to every command inputted.

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    If you don't continually check input, how else will you know what the player wants to do? For the second question, the first option would call for a menu of sort with the player pressing 1, 2, 3..etc depending on what action they want, while the second would have some sort of text command line like old school sierra games (if I understand what you're asking).

    The question is what will your game require. If all I can do is look, attack, and move, I would be ........ed if I had to type out those words all the dang time. But if I had to "look at box" or "use torch with magic flame to burn face of evil jaberwaki," a menu would have to be pretty extensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skorman00
    If you don't continually check input, how else will you know what the player wants to do? For the second question, the first option would call for a menu of sort with the player pressing 1, 2, 3..etc depending on what action they want, while the second would have some sort of text command line like old school sierra games (if I understand what you're asking).

    The question is what will your game require. If all I can do is look, attack, and move, I would be ........ed if I had to type out those words all the dang time. But if I had to "look at box" or "use torch with magic flame to burn face of evil jaberwaki," a menu would have to be pretty extensive.
    How else are you going to use a lit torch with magical properties to hideously deform a non-righteous jaberwaki?


    Mr. Skorman is right. But if you are doing a graphical adventure game, then you arn't really pushing the forefront of technology. Most of your background are static/pre-rendered so you don't really have to worry about a framerate. It all depends on what your game needs.

    For example, in a complex text game like Mr.Skorman suggested a database would be perfect. You'd basically just create queries like:

    SELECT result FROM Map2Area4 WHERE playerAction='Take Key from Pocket';

    You could then use the result as a look up into a database of result text output ("You took the KEY!"), and use it to see what items the player gained(if any).

    Just my suggestion.
    Last edited by ChaosPhoenix; 08-10-2005 at 06:31 PM.

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