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Another gaming site goes live

Woot, I’m starting to get real comfortable building new flash gaming sites.  Back before I got comfortable with PHP and Symfony it was always such a pain to launch a new site.  Go buy a script costing $50-$200 dollars, tweak/build/buy a template and hack the heck out of the code to get it to work how I wanted.  It always felt like such a mess, and when you finally got a site ready to go…I wouldn’t dare upgrade to a newer version of the script that ran the site.

Now, I write my own backend from the ground up.  Modular classes that I can simply access or ignore anywhere I need them.  If I build a new feature for one site, I can easily copy/paste or simply copy the file to the other project.  OOP programming is such a time saver in many cases.  The pages display exactly what I want and how I want.  It’s a magical thing to get comfortable writing your own applications.  I love it.

The latest site I’ve launched is another cooking game themed site, TastyCookingGames.com.  This site was pretty cheap and easy to build out.  Working with the platform I’ve previously built, I didn’t have much to do on the backend side of things.  Simply having my designer take a character to integrate into the logo, and used another template I had designed as the base.  I don’t know what it is about cooking games, but they’re hugely popular.  Literally one of the biggest flash gaming niches out there.  This site has minimal ads and lots of games.  New game added weekly until it starts to pick up in popularity.  Let’s hope this one really appeals to those girl gamers out there.

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Minecraft invalid server key fix

Update 11-24-2011: Minecraft server 1.0.1 has been released which fixes this bug.  You can get the latest Minecraft server here: http://www.minecraft.net/download.  You don’t have to update your clients.

I’ve been sucked into Minecraft.  It’s a game with a very simple concept but is incredibly enjoyable to play.  Recently the game moved out of testing/beta and was released as 1.0.0.

To my disappointment, one of the biggest bugs I’ve ran into is a head bashing “The server responded with an invalid server key” error on nearly every connection to a multiplayer server.  Very annoying issue to have go out in your 1.0 release.

A Minecraft mod developer has put out a client side fix for this issue here: http://www.minecraftforum.net/topic/801030-100-invalid-server-key-fix/

I thought I’d post the Mac instructions on how to apply this fix:

Load up Terminal.app and type the following commands:

cd Library/Application\ Support/minecraft/bin/
mkdir tmp
cd tmp
cp ../minecraft.jar .
unzip minecraft.jar
rm minecraft.jar
rm META-INF/MOJANG_C.*
wget -O abp.class http://www.sk89q.com/content/2011/11/abp.class
zip -r minecraft.jar *
mv minecraft.jar ..
cd ..
rm -rf tmp

What you do is goto the binary folder for your Minecraft install, make a temporary folder and copy the current minecraft.jar there.
Next you unzip the file, download the fix, delete some meta data, and pack up a new minecraft.jar. From there you just copy it back to the minecraft bin folder.

This should hold you over from going insane trying to connect to any server 10 times with errors until you finally get in.

You can download the patched minecraft.jar file here: minecraft.jar

If you run Windows or Linux, check the thread I linked above for instructions on how to apply the fix.

Thanks a bunch to sk89q for this fix.

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Stick gaming portal launched!

Woot!  Busy couple of weeks for me.  I just launched another gaming portal, StickGames.org.  This is a portal centered around the flash stick games.  There are a huge number of these games out there.  There are so many types of stick games out there, it’s hard to not be able to find a great game to burn some time playing.

With many of my other sites I’ve launched, I’ve struggled to find an interest in the games.  From the girl games to parking games, they just haven’t caught my interest.  Those are niches that I went in to fill, but weren’t really my thing.

That is not the case with stick games.  I personally love sitting down and looking through the scope of a sniper, to pick off some stick figure with a cool story line.  Huge splashes of blood come flying out when you make the head shot.  No harm done right?  They’re just stick figures ;)  Or picking up stick men and tossing them out of the way in some of the defense games.

I’ve always been a fan of the physics based games, and many of these games appeal to that interest as well.  Overall, I am very happy with this site.  It’s an awesome gaming niche that I finally have a passionate interest in.  Heck, I’m even considering trying to pick up ActionScript (flash) programming to see if I can build myself a flash game.

I’m very excited about this site, and hope anyone reading this would enjoy it as well.  So if you’re looking for a cool spot to play some fun games, StickGames.org has you covered.

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New Gaming Portal Launched

I just recently launched a new flash gaming site, KissingGames.org.  It’s a flash gaming site for online kissing games.  There’s a good chance you personally won’t be interested in playing these games, as they’re more targeted towards younger girls.  Online flash games have quickly exploded over the years, and new niches are popping up all the time.  Kissing games is the latest niche I’ve moved in to establish a quality online gaming site.

The kissing games genre originates from the games like Spin the Bottom which many will remember from their youth.

This is another website built on the same gaming platform I wrote for ParkingGames.org.  Working in Symfony to build build these applications has turned out to be lots of fun.  It’s so incredibly easy to add features, and essentially make the website work exactly how I want.  I feel this is a huge step up for me from running arcade scripts that you can buy. Those scripts are great, but I always find myself hacking the heck out of it in order to get it to work how I want.

I love to hear any comments or input of any kind on the new gaming site KissingGames.org.

 

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New Gaming Site Launched

WIth my latest work in Symfony, I am proud to announce I have launched ParkingGames.org, an online flash gaming site dedicated to parking games. This website is running on Symfony 1.4 and I have to say, I am very happy with how it turned out.

I’ve been working with other scripts for years now, and to finally have full control of all aspects of how the application works is great. No more ghetto rigging up other scripts to work how I want.

As for the website, it’s dedicated to parking games which are an interesting type of flash game. They are a branch off the car games category, where your goal is to simply park a car in a parking spot. Many games will add a twist to this basic idea, like traffic, pedestrians, trailers or even give you points when you crash.

I am definitely a big fan of Symfony. I’ve found working with it over the last few months, my productivity has made a huge jump. Overall I am very satisfied with Symfony, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a rock solid PHP framework.

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