Rhythm Quest Devlog 43 — Unpause Animation, Bugfixes

Unpause Countdown

There was a pretty sensible feature request for some sort of countdown when unpausing the game. Normally this would be pretty easy, just add a 3-second delay and some text that counts down “3, 2, 1” along with some tick/beep sounds before unpausing the game.

Input Buffering

I probably haven’t mentioned this before, but you can actually buffer input during a respawn. If you press jump or attack before you’re technically actionable, the Player class will store a flag and process the input on the first possible frame after respawning instead. With the added unpause progress bar, it seemed like it made sense to add that functionality to unpausing too. That wasn’t too difficult, just added a different (new) condition to the input buffering logic.

Bugfixing

I’ve also had some time to look at a few bugs, such as a lot of interaction sounds being completely missing if you disable sfx prescheduling (which I don’t recommend, and therefore don’t often test).

[Accessibility] TTS Error: System.ComponentModel.Win32Exception (0x80004005): ApplicationName='say', CommandLine='-r 175 "Start Game"', CurrentDirectory='', Native error= Success
at System.Diagnostics.Process.StartWithCreateProcess (System.Diagnostics.ProcessStartInfo startInfo)
m_VoiceProcess = new System.Diagnostics.Process();
m_VoiceProcess.StartInfo.FileName = "say";
m_VoiceProcess.StartInfo.Arguments = parameters;
m_VoiceProcess.StartInfo.CreateNoWindow = true;
m_VoiceProcess.StartInfo.RedirectStandardOutput = true;
m_VoiceProcess.StartInfo.RedirectStandardError = true;
m_VoiceProcess.StartInfo.UseShellExecute = false;
m_VoiceProcess.StartInfo.StandardOutputEncoding = System.Text.Encoding.UTF8;
System.Threading.Thread worker = new System.Threading.Thread(() => WaitForVoiceToFinish(m_VoiceProcess)) { Name = "UAP_TTS_Proc" };
worker.Start();

Still hanging in there

Yeah, this update probably wasn’t super interesting, and I haven’t had much in terms of Rhythm Quest content lately at all. This is probably going to be the case for the next few weeks as I finish my move, so you’ll just have to sit tight for now (sorry!). I have been seeing the demo pop up as something that people have been playing on twitch sometimes, so shoutout to anyone who’s streamed some footage of it! I do have a new idea for another character to add in, so maybe I’ll end up working on that next!

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