New toy, new projects

The toy
So I’ve finally gone & done what I’ve been saying I’m going to do for the last two years, I’ve splashed out & bought myself a MacBook Air. For anyone who’s known me for a long time will probably remember me being very much anti Apple so I’m officially a turncoat.

Although I’m very happy with it, I’m going to skim over the details of the Air so not to bore you. In all honesty, I don’t want to preach the way of the Apple like so many enthusiasts do, you know the type, if they had their way they’d be committing technological genocide as we speak. I think it’s good to have a choice and you should go with what works for you.

As for me, I’m a keen Flash / AS3 enthusiast and the enthusiasm has been suppressed the last few years seeing that Apple’s choice to snub Flash support so I’ve waited to see what the future holds. At this point it’s good to see that you can submit Flash based mobile apps to the App Store and it’s this which has rekindled my yearning to create a game in Flash and now, hopefully, be able to get it onto mobile devices.

 The projects
One of the biggest losses I feel moving from a Linux environment to the Mac is the loss of the repositories. If you’re after a specific type of app, you can search the repositories and there’d most likely be at least one app there that’ll do what you’re after, completely free. While the Mac does have the Mac store which does a similar task, you’ll be paying for the privilege. Don’t get me wrong, I’m more than happy to pay for apps if they do what they’re suppose to and they do it well, it’s just a case of being used to have a wealth of free and open source applications which are no longer a click away from being installed.

On the flip-side, this does make me ask the question “Can I recreate this app? Could I make it better?”. I know this at face value could look like reinventing the wheel to save a few quid (and I guess it partially is), it’s also a valuable learning experience. Besides, if you look close enough, you’ll see that everything’s a copy of a copy of a…….

I’ve also had a few ideas for games over the last few years but it’s only been recent that it’s become more focused on what I’d like to made. I’ve always fancied the idea of a zombie based RPG, it would be something that I’d enjoy playing but upon looking around, it’s slim pickings. Being that there’s not much existing for me to play, I’m going to give making my own a bash.