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Gideros 2018.3 - Facebook Instant Games

hgy29hgy29 Maintainer
edited March 2018 in Announcements
Hi ladies and gentlemens, and dear Gideros users,

Did you ever heard about a thing called 'Facebook Instant Games' ? Well, if you do, then maybe you'd like to know that we've been working hard to make Gideros compatible with these. Don't believe us or don't know what it is all about ? Read here: https://developers.facebook.com/blog/post/2018/03/14/instant-games-platform-open/ and notice your favorite SDK is listed here: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/games/instant-games/engine-recommendations

Hurry up and develop the next great instant game for facebook messenger with Gideros.

Get the new version now!

With this new release you'll also get:
- Procedural sound effects plugin (Thanks to Paul Carter)
- Steam plugin (Thanks to @totebo)
- Huge speed improvement on HTML5
- Rendertarget accepts an autoscale argument to match screen resolution
- Desktop export now can be synced to vertical screen refresh (vsync)

Not that there are a few things that still doesn't work correctly regarding instant games, we'll try to fix them ASAP with Facebook's help:
- setClip() doesn't behave correctly on mobile messenger (works ok in desktop browser)
- rotating the device causes layout issues, again on mobile messenger only
- procedural sounds don't work in HTML, we are investigating...

Thanks to all people involved who made this possible, including Facebook team!
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  • while i won't use this possibility soon, i think it's great that gideros is among the first sdk's supporting facebook instant games. perhaps this will make even more people realize how good and fun gideros is.
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  • Here is the official press release, if you have a blog, twitter account, facebook, etc please spread the news:

    PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT - MARCH 15th 2018
    Issued by: GiderosMobile (press@giderosmobile.com)
    Create Facebook Instant Games Using Gideros!
    Leading open source games development kit, GiderosMobile, has added the ability to export to the popular Facebook Instant Games platform in their latest 2018.3 update.

    Gideros allows you to code your game for multiple platforms using the same API and enhanced Lua programming language. One of the key features of Gideros is the ability to code, then quickly test your game live on the target platform – with Gideros you can make code changes then instantly test how the changes affect your Facebook Instant Game!

    The process of adding the new export to Gideros started in early 2018…

    “The first task was to get in touch with the right people to speak to at Facebook that would allow us to join the platform. I went to London games week in January to track them down – luckily, I was successful. The Facebook team have been great at providing us with enough information to create the export.” said Anthony Ball, one of the contributors to Gideros.

    To make it suitable for the new platform, Gideros had to be made more efficient - both in terms of size and speed - that job became the responsibility of Nicolas Bouquet, the main Gideros coder and responsible for the original HTML5 export.

    “When I began working on Instant Games for Gideros, I thought the work would be merely to package a standard HTML5 export for new platform - I was both right and wrong!” says Nicolas.

    “Gideros has had HTML5 export for years, but Facebook Instant Games brings both a deployment framework and specific gaming services, for this Gideros had to make use of specific Facebook APIs. First, I had to modify our HTML5 apps loading system to play nicely with the Instant Games launch screen, then make a ‘player’ to ease further development. This allowed me to quickly code and test integration with instant games API. Then I had to put it all together and have gideros tools export projects specifically for instant games. All this work has allowed us to greatly improve gideros performances in HTML5 – now twice as fast as it used to be!”

    Gideros brings some unique features to creating Facebook Instant Games:
    o Live asset and code uploading from the studio directly into your Facebook Instant Game for quick and easy development (both on desktop and Android).
    o Direct feedback from your game into the studio to help debug your code.
    o Support for Facebook ads and other Facebook Instant Game features.
    o Go from code to a fully built Facebook Instant Game in seconds, no compile time!
    o Fully open source development kit with regular updates and a great support community.

    Download now from: http://www.giderosmobile.com

    Product and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective companies.

    Likes: Atavismus, oleg

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  • antixantix Member
    Awesome stuff!
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  • That's some serious business!
    So much good news!
    Congratz to the team!
    And thanks again for that even greater tool now!
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  • olegoleg Member
    how are you doing with monetization?
    my games:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=razorback456
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    Слава Україні!
  • totebototebo Member
    edited March 2018
    This is a great addition to a game engine already brimming with features and export options. Well done Team Gideros!

    @oleg, Facebook adverts and Facebook IAP are included in the API.
    My Gideros games: www.totebo.com
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  • totebototebo Member
    edited March 2018
    The full Facebook Instant API is here: http://docs.giderosmobile.com/reference/fbinstant
    My Gideros games: www.totebo.com
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  • Apollo14Apollo14 Member
    edited March 2018
    OMG! This is f*cking awesome guys please pardon my french I have no other words to describe!

    Likes: SinisterSoft

    > Newcomers roadmap: from where to start learning Gideros
    "What one programmer can do in one month, two programmers can do in two months." - Fred Brooks
    “The more you do coding stuff, the better you get at it.” - Aristotle (322 BC)
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  • One word of warning with Facebook Instant Games, you have to keep your assets to a minimum. What I'm doing is making a second project and pointing the source code to the original code from one of my games but using different assets. I then use the FBInstants variable as a switch to use different monetisation and bring in the multi-players stuff specific to Facebook Instants. I don't include the music or any really large assets and use the FBInstant variable to avoid loading them.

    This way I can update the code and both my facebook instant version and my regular version of the game get their source updated and they use the same level data, etc.

    I also put the loaded % to 70% (you will see this when exporting) and call a progress() routine every so often when loading the game assets, working stuff out to move that percentage up as the game initialises. I added an example to the docs to show how to do this:

    http://docs.giderosmobile.com/reference/fbinstant/fbcore/setLoadingProgress

    I suggest you do something similar rather than leave the % at 100% otherwise it will look like you game has locked up.

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  • A second thing, I think (but not too sure) that you need an Apple account to actually publish. I have no idea why, but when publishing they will ask you for your Apple account number!

    This is the Apple dev team number that can be found on one of the Apple backend systems (possibly I connect or the actual dev account). @hgy29 has already submitted a game for approval so maybe he could clarify this.

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  • hgy29hgy29 Maintainer
    Yes, as @SinisterSoft said Facebook will ask for your Apple Team ID, as shown under 'membership' section in your apple developer console (developer.apple.com). Only a guess there, but since apple explictly forbids custom stores, they would have allowed facebook to propose its own on iOS provided that they ensure instant developers actually own an apple dev account.
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  • Apollo14Apollo14 Member
    edited March 2018
    Google introduced 'Google Play Instant', currently it's in closed beta.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/collection/promotion_300308f_instantgames
    http://www.businessofapps.com/google-play-instant-lets-players-try-games-without-downloading-and-installing-an-app
    “Google Play Instant is still in closed beta and we look forward to opening it more broadly later this year. It provides a collection of extensions to the instant apps framework that better support the needs of game developers; including a higher APK size limit to 10MB, progressive download support for executable code and game assets, and support for NDK and game engines using existing tool chains. We’re also working with popular game development platform Unity, and others including Cocos, to add IDE support making it easy for developers to build instant apps.

    Developers interested in working with Google on Google Play Instant can sign up on the dedicated page here, and wait for more information when the program expands.”
    > Newcomers roadmap: from where to start learning Gideros
    "What one programmer can do in one month, two programmers can do in two months." - Fred Brooks
    “The more you do coding stuff, the better you get at it.” - Aristotle (322 BC)
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  • I hope you were sitting down when you read that @hgy29!
    My Gideros games: www.totebo.com
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  • antixantix Member
    Google was always going to be making their own system like that I suppose.

    Likes: oleg

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  • Very nice release!

    Likes: totebo

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  • hgy29hgy29 Maintainer
    Gideros 2018.3.1 is now out, bringing a few fixes and enhancements.
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  • Apollo14Apollo14 Member
    edited March 2018
    Cool release, many thx!
    hgy29 said:

    Gideros 2018.3.1 is now out, bringing a few fixes and enhancements.

    There is a line:
    [gfx] Fix TTBMtextField wrong coloring when changing texts

    What is TTBMtextField?
    > Newcomers roadmap: from where to start learning Gideros
    "What one programmer can do in one month, two programmers can do in two months." - Fred Brooks
    “The more you do coding stuff, the better you get at it.” - Aristotle (322 BC)
  • hgy29hgy29 Maintainer
    TTBMTextField is a TextField using a TTBMFont, and a TTBMFont is a TTFont turned into bitmap at runtime, that is one you pass a character list to it (even empty) at creation.

    Likes: antix

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  • SinisterSoftSinisterSoft Maintainer
    edited April 2018
    It is very important that the only the following API calls are made before startGameAsync has resolved:
    FBInstant.getSDKVersion()
    FBInstant.initializeAsync()
    FBInstant.getPlatform()
    FBInstant.setLoadingProgress()
    FBInstant.getSupportedAPIs()
    FBInstant.quit()
    FBInstant.onPause()
    FBInstant.player.getID()

    To help do this you could create a variable called FBInstantAPI and set it to true once startGameAsync has been resolved - then only call other API commands if FBInstant is true and then if FBInstantAPI is true.
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  • @SinisterSoft From the docs:
    https://developers.facebook.com/docs/games/instant-games/getting-started/quickstart
    I see they loading assets inside FBInstant.initializeAsync(). In your example do you mean using getSupportedAPIs is equals to initializeAsync?

    I also wonder why you put the loaded % to 70% (when export), is this the time that Facebook need to load and unzip pakage.zip? And 30% remain we use to present the preload game assets process?

    Thanks!!!
    Coming soon
  • SinisterSoftSinisterSoft Maintainer
    edited April 2018
    I just put loaded to 70% because that's about average for me - 70% of the time is taken before Lua gets control and my game takes over initialising things, loading, etc. For you it will be different.

    It looks like Facebook have fixed a few issues over the weekend, they emailed me this morning to let me know that problems are caused if you use other facebook API commands (other than those in the list above) before startGameAsync has called the callback function. You can still do things like load assets and setLoadingProcess(), etc.

    Any in that list can be used at any time.
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  • @hgy29
    hgy29 said:

    TTBMTextField is a TextField using a TTBMFont, and a TTBMFont is a TTFont turned into bitmap at runtime, that is one you pass a character list to it (even empty) at creation.

    Just for sure, I do not see TTBMFont nor TTBMTextField in document and Gideros class itself.
    So how to use the feature: "turned into bitmap at runtime"

    local font = TTFont.new("Roboto-Regular.ttf",60);
    local label = TextField.new(font, "Clicked 0 time(s)")

    Is this feature enable as default when using TTFont?
    Thanks!
    Coming soon
  • hgy29hgy29 Maintainer
    @vitalitymobile, those TTFont which are turned into bitmap fonts at runtime is those for which you supplied a character list at creation (TTFont.new("font.ttf",20,"ABCD"), even (and that's relatively new) if you actually supplied an empty character list. In the latter case, Gideros will add characters to its internal bitmap on the fly as needed.
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  • hgy29hgy29 Maintainer
    2018.3.2 is out now, again with a set of fixes and small enhancements.
    This is probably the last 2018.3 series release.
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  • Facebook had closed instant platform temporarily.
    Did they open it already or it's still closed?
    > Newcomers roadmap: from where to start learning Gideros
    "What one programmer can do in one month, two programmers can do in two months." - Fred Brooks
    “The more you do coding stuff, the better you get at it.” - Aristotle (322 BC)
  • hgy29hgy29 Maintainer
    They have reopened it just yesterday
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  • Apollo14Apollo14 Member
    edited April 2018
    It could be nice if this guy joined team, uh?
    https://github.com/SSYGEN/blog/issues/31
    he knows so many interesting things about unity :D
    But I guess probability is like zero if he's posessed with idea to build own engine from scratch. :)
    > Newcomers roadmap: from where to start learning Gideros
    "What one programmer can do in one month, two programmers can do in two months." - Fred Brooks
    “The more you do coding stuff, the better you get at it.” - Aristotle (322 BC)
  • This camera system he made is pretty nice:
    https://github.com/SSYGEN/STALKER-X#following-a-target
    Coder, video game industry veteran (since the '80s, ❤'s assembler), arrested - never convicted hacker (in the '90s), dad of five, he/him (if that even matters!).
    https://deluxepixel.com
  • antixantix Member
    His camera system is pretty cool but very unpotimised and has a bug in it :D
  • @Apollo14 , this seems to be pretty off-topic but i think you should let the guy know about gideros, it would solve some of his issues with love and other engines. yet evidently it won't solve many others so he will most probably built yet another engine for his use.
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