I have gone back and finally done some more work on my xGameConsoleXNA library for the XNA platform. The next release will be Release 2 and will mainly contain updates to how the user interacts with the console.

  1. It can now do things like scroll through the text that was written out to the console
  2. Pressing the left and right arrow keys on the keyboard you can set the insertion point for typing text
  3. If you type a really long line of text in the entry line that is too long to fit within the console the text will now gracefully scroll left or right depending on where the insertion point is
  4. More comments in the code as well as xml 'summery' comments for the methods
  5. Made a number of optomizations so some parts of the code are more simplified
  6. There are some breaking changes such as some properties have been renamed to better more understandable names. I also moved a few methods and properties out of the console class and into the ConsoleComponent class because they really were more suited being in the ConsoleComponent class.
  7. I also added a WordWrap property to the ConsoleComponent class so that text that gets written to the console will now wrap to the next line if it does not fit.
I should hopefully upload Release 2 within the next week. I would also like to mention that I noticed some of the xGameConsoleXNA code may not be 360 compatible, even though I cannot test it on the 360 because I do not have a creators club subscription. For example the LoadAlias command was using the IO.File.ReadAllLines method and the 360 xna api's do not contain the ReadAllLines method. I will try to keep an eye out for more code like that. I modified the code so that it no longer uses the ReadAllLines method but I will not be able to ensure that xGameConsoleXNA will seamlessly run on the 360 until I get a creators club subscription.

It is my intention to eventually get the xGameConsoleXNA working on the 360 but I promised myself that I would only purchase a creators club subscription after I had completed or had come close to completed a working game. So yeah, being more of a tool developer it might take me a while to get a subscription. :(

The first release of the xMessages component was really just a introduction to what I was working on. I have yet to see any other components out there that does what the xMessages component does. Anyway I updated the code (Release 2) so that it now supports a interface driven modal so that text effects and image effects can be created and applied to the message. I am still no where close to being done. There are still some minor bugs here and there, and I put a little more comments in my code. Future releases will continue to improve the code as well as provide better documentation.

Eventually I hope to write some content pipeline processors so that an entire conversation can be created and stored in a xml file and then use the content.Load method to load that whole conversations in one line of code rather then having to write many lines of code by hand to get it to do stuff. i am also thinking of writing a tool for authoring conversations and saving them out to xml files so that you do not have to write the xml files by hand. But that will not be for some time.

If you watch the updated video you can start to see what the end goal for the xMessage component is trying to achieve.

I have posted a video of the xMessage component in action to give people a sense of what it can do. You can find the video here.

I have added a new XNA based project to the XNA page called xMessage. The xMessages component is designed for in game chararacter dialog to be displayed similar to games like Final Fantasy for the NES. This component makes use of xFripperyXNA and StreamContentProcessor. Both are included in the download.

Being the first release ther are some minor issues that still need to be worked out, such as when the component is typing out text if the word being drawn will not fit within the rectangle, the partly drawn word will dissapear from the end of the line and reappear at the begining of the next line.

Other then that the component allows an image to be displayed with the text, and the text is also dynamically changes acording to the size of the dialog. When running the demo use the left mouse button to move the dialog and the right mouse button to resize the dialog.

Future editions will have support for animated images so your game could have a picture of a talking head for example. As well as better text drawing support, and the ability to display the image on the right hand side. Also planning on adding more text drawing animations.


I just uploaded a new XNA content importer/processor library to the XNA page called StreamContentProcessor. The StreamContentProcessor allows you to use simple stream based importer and/or processors, so you can read your content files as a stream using content.Load("AssetName");

I thought it would be cool having 3 computers. Boy was I wrong. I have been spending the last few months consolidating all my files down to a more manageable level. I just got a new HP nx9420 laptop and am trying to move all my files from my three old computers over to it. Little did I know I had about +500,000 files to transfer. Yikes. Not to mention I had numerous duplicate files and trying to sort through the old duplicates from the new is a serious time waster, but at least I can start to see light at the end of the tunnel.

I have also posted a new image browsing application on the projects page called xImageSV. It's not actually new, I have been using it for some time but I have decided to post it on the site in the off chance anybody wishes to use it.

I was browsing through google video and came across this cool video that describes how to create a computer game that can be used to harness a humans ability to do image recognition and intern use that collected data to help make computer image recognition programs better. If you have any interest in image recognition or how to use computers on a large scale to solve problems ala Seti@Home, Folding@Home etc you should find this video very interesting.

You can find the video here.

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