Retro Gaming Expos for 2014

Written by Adrian Killens on .

If you went any Retro Gaming expos last year then there's a good chance that you played Dean's Lunar Panda arcade machine! Well it's now 2014 and the list of expos seems be getting longer by the month, which is great news for people like myself who love nothing more than drinking beer and playing the video games of yesteryear.

Anyway! We haven't actually got any plans to have Lunar Panda on display this year (as yet) but I'll still be in attendance at multiple expos enjoying the freedom that comes with not having to man a stall. So feel free to drop us an email if you're heading to any and want to catch up or if you have any other events to recommend.

Play Blackpool
3/4 May 2014
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Revival, Wolverhampton
8/9 Aug 2014
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CGE, Vegas
12/13/14 Sep 2014
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An XNA Message Logger

Written by Dean Edis on .

Whilst developing Lunar Panda we wrote a very simple logger for capturing messages from the application. They would be written using Debug.WriteLine(), allowing us to examine them using a debugger. This was fine until, during beta testing, we wanted a simpler way for beta testers to be able to describe any issues they might find.

In comes a new message logger, built on top of our powerful ‘Layers’ code.

The implementation is still fairly simple, but the messages can now be accessed at runtime even without a debugger. We use SCROLL LOCK to toggle the visibility of the messages using a ‘layer’ on top of the main game screen.

Here’s an example. Notice how the layer is slightly transparent, allowing us to ‘dim’ the background and make the message text clear to read.

Retro Video Game Night Is Back

Written by Adrian Killens on .

I'm going to be helping to organise another Retro Video Game Night at The Centre For Computing History on Friday 21st February 2014. We got some great feedback after the one we did last year and so we're doing it all again! Dean and myself will both be there and we'll hopefully have the latest version of Lunar Panda Deluxe available for you to play along along with everything else the museum has to offer.

There'll be a whole load of different games, consoles and computers for you to play on but if you're after something specific then feel free to get in touch and we'll see what we can do. Once again it's bring your own booze (so over 18s only) and a burger van is going to be parked outside.

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Crazy Horse Gaming Beta Playtest

Written by Adrian Killens on .

The guys over at Crazy Horse Gaming have kindly done a Playtest of Lunar Panda Deluxe as part of their Throwback Tuesday this week. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank them for helping us get the word out about Lunar Panda they've been extremely supportive of the whole thing and they even introduced us to the highly addictive world of Minecraft. Go and check their site out if you get a chance they've got some awesome content for gamers.