A Game of Chance that Pirates like to Play


Ahoy there me laddies! Yarrrr you better be readin’ this blog then matey, or you’ll be feelin’ the lick o’ the cat come nightfall!


No, it’s not Talk Like a Pirate Day; it’s Let’s Post Another HDi Game Day. The other week I posted an HDi sample based of the old arcade game Space Invaders. Today it’s a (somewhat prettier) example that implements the old game Liar’s Dice. Some of you may wonder how I chose these two games to demo as HDi applications; the rest of you already know this is to show just how easy it is to get great interactivity on a next-generation high-definition optical disc without expensive replication, without expensive programmers, and without an expensive games console to play it on. This was all written by little old me in a couple of hours, is about 130k in size (most of which are PNGs), and will play on any sub-$300 HD DVD player without first running through a performance test application. [Ed: I am currently travelling without access to a real player so have been unable to test it properly; it works on HDiSim and if there are any issues with up-to-date players I will resolve them next week]


Here’s a screenshot of the game:


Screenshot of the Liar's Dice game


As with the last game, this was thrown together very quickly and doesn’t necessarily represent “best practices” (I know, I know, I should be demonstrating those too). Nevertheless the concepts should be pretty easy to understand. If not, post a comment! 🙂


The download is here. Enjoy.

LiarsDice.zip

Comments (7)

  1. Xavier Arnau says:

    i will download now!

  2. ptorr says:

    This is sad:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gQG4OFgrpA

    It takes almost 5 minutes for the disc to boot, so go to about 4:50 into the video if you want to see the actual game.

    But the intro is funny, too.

  3. Henry Roh says:

    I think I’ll stick with the Blu-ray version 🙂

    http://www.blueboard.com/bluray/movie_review_potc2.htm

  4. There have been a lot of JavaScript games created for the web. And, because HDi is based on web standards,

  5. Guippy says:

    I thought you might like to know that I ran this on a Toshiba player and it works fine.

  6. ptorr says:

    Good to know; thanks Guippy. Haven’t had a chance to test it yet (although I have heard that it works on the Xbox as well).

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