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Unveiling ForTheLoss.org, Version 3.0


Wow, man.  Just wow.  This time last week I wasn’t even thinking of designing a new theme for this site.  One crazy week later, I have a pretty sweet new home for all of my creations.

Edit: For comparison, here’s a screenshot of the old version.

What’s New?

Nothing is terribly new, per say, I mean, I’m still running off of WordPress with the same old plugins.  However, I have added and tweaked a few things.

  • Nested comments, finally.  I’ve always been deathly afraid of the WordPress comments.php file (still am) but I finally got around to (somewhat) conquering it.  I’m awaiting Paul to find an error within the CSS or whatever, though.
  • I’ve generally cleaned up the layout and have a more presentable area for my current projects / completed games located at the top of the content area.  I also created a simple randomizer to give each of my games a chance in the spotlight.
  • I’ve slightly cleaned up and tweaked the Animations and Flash Games pages.  I’ve also added a Portfolio page which I haven’t filled in yet (give me a break, okay?).  I’ll populate it with a list of my games, animations, websites, banners, etc I’ve created within the week or so.
  • Cleaned up the sidebar area, added a Twitter widget!

And that’s about it in terms of new additions.  I’m eager to never have to look at CSS for another year or so when I feel like updating to version 4.0 or something.

Game News

Alright, so you remember I make Flash games, right?  I know, weird.

Anyway, I haven’t been able to work on my current project over the past week because of this whole site design thing, and I don’t intend to make a terrible amount of progress in the next week either.  Why, you ask?  I’ll tell you.

Galaxy Nexus SI finally own my first smartphone.  As of this past week, I am the proud owner of a new Samsung Galaxy Nexus S.  Why do you care?  Well, for one, I can now take pictures of my food  the squirrel on my walk to class the sun as it sets outside my window my cat and immediately upload it to Twitter while I’m out and about!

Oh, and I can also start developing Android apps.

I’ve been very eager to get into the mobile game market, but because of the facts that I’ve only ever owned an iPod Touch before and that I hate Apple with a passion (lol?), I never looked into it.

I already have an idea for a game that I originally thought up while looking into the free Blackberry Playbook offer and I intend to follow through with it over the course of the next two weeks.  It’s small enough to not be overwhelming but big enough to lend itself to helping me learn the ins and outs of mobile game development.

After that’s out of the way, I expect to try something new and give developing games for toddlers / kids a shot.  I have a few ideas floating around for that, so it seems promising.

What About Flash?

AndroidWell, I’ll still be using Flash to develop my apps, so it’s not like I’m ditching it or anything.  I intend on using Adobe Air to deploy my games onto the marketplace, at least until I get a good idea of it’s capabilities / limitations in comparison to native Android development.

And no, I’m not abandoning the online Flash game market either.  I just really want to focus on solely Android stuff in the immediate future.

So yeah, that’s that.  It should be a very interesting next couple of weeks, it seems.

In the meantime, I had enough.  I’m sure there are a few bugs and annoyances in the new design that I’ve overlooked, and I’m sure you’ll point them out (Paul) in the comments.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I haven’t played Battlefield 3 in an unhealthy amount of days…

  1. Paul D'Amora says: February 18, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Hehe, yeah you are a little rusty with the whole web design thing.

    • Paul D'Amora announces: February 18, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      Also, there’s a javascript file you have to include in the header after wp_head to have nested comments fully functioning. I forgot what it’s called, but you should be able to figure it out.

      • Ralph blathers: February 19, 2012 at 11:11 am

        Well, the nested comments do kinda work…as you can probably see. So, what are you saying about a Javascript file?

  2. Paul D'Amora says: February 18, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    And your “permalink to this comment” thing doesn’t work at all. You should be able to just do a “#” type of thing.

    • Paul D'Amora says: February 18, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      Also I just spent at least ten minutes looking around in my bookmarks bar for your favicon so I could get back here. What is that, a cup of coffee? You’re branding yourself as a cup of coffee?

      • Ralph utters: February 19, 2012 at 11:12 am

        I have this caramel coffee I have most mornings. It tastes awesome. I was drinking it when I made that favicon.

    • Ralph proclaims: February 19, 2012 at 11:11 am

      Yeah that appears to be botched at the moment.

  3. Paul D'Amora utters: February 18, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Also, I realize I am at the point of going overboard on the comments, and it would make a lot more sense to have thought this out instead of just spamming continuous comments, but I really like how the “proclaims, says, utters, ect…” thing changes on reload. I’m not quite sure how you did that. I’m assuming you just wrote a simple function that chooses a random word from an array and then echoes it? Either way I like it and it’s creative.

    • Ralph remarks: February 19, 2012 at 11:13 am

      Yeah, simple php function to choose a random word. An array would probably be cleaner than the 10 if-else statements I did, but whatever.

  4. Ralph says: February 19, 2012 at 11:15 am

    So I see I have 5 comments. I’m like “alright, let me try and guess who they’re from.”

    I figure at least one is from Paul, one from Brandon. Maybe even one from FlashMush. Sean has fallen off the planet, so it’s not him – I guess the remaining 2 are from Paul, too.

    …Boy was I wrong.

    • Paul D'Amora states: February 19, 2012 at 3:02 pm

      So I see you have 10 comments. I’m like “alright, let me try and guess who they’re from.”

      I figure there are 5 from me, at least two from Ralph, one from Brandon, one from Sean, and one from some random asshole.

      …Boy was I wrong.

  5. Brandon states: February 20, 2012 at 3:06 am

    Before this gets any more depressing, here I am. The theme looks really nice and professional, but I probably don’t have to say that it’s not really my taste lol. I would like more color. That being said, everything is well designed and it looks good though. It’s just a personal preference.

    • Ralph blathers: February 20, 2012 at 9:25 am

      Thanks, I was obviously going for a much lighter / cleaner design than what I had before, the last one just felt too dark and cluttered.

      • Paul D'Amora proclaims: February 20, 2012 at 2:22 pm

        Yeah, this one honestly looks like complete shit.

        • Ralph says: February 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm

          I don’t like either of you any more.

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