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It's been about 10 years of making games as a hobby, and 99% of that has been Flash or Flash-adjacent. But no more.

I've posted a few times about using HaxeFlixel, and it's probably the best all-around code library I've seen. But man, I fought with it every step of the way to get what I wanted done. I think my earlier games, which were all top-down pixel art FF6 looking, would have been a breeze with Flixel. But when you stray from pixels or try to do something too complex, it can be a bare-knuckle brawl. I was moving away from its intended use, which isn't a bad thing at all.

After Quarantine (the game, because... yea), I decided to stop using Flixel and go back to OpenFL. Basically Flash AS3 for the modern coder. (Flixel is built on top of OpenFL, and you interact with it a fair bit, so I consider it to also be Flash-adjacent.) We did Newgrounds Snowboarding for Pico Day, which was super cool but also highlighted that I don't really like OpenFL either. The AS3 API, my dear and problematic friend of 10 years, was being more annoying than helpful at almost every level. Adobe even felt that way, back when they pretended to care about Flash (sigh).

Since I only code as a hobby, I don't need to put up with not enjoying it. Flixel is amazing for beginners and great within its chosen limitations. OpenFL is just AS3 minus Flash. Leaving OpenFL now ultimately means I'm leaving AS3, which.... yeah ok bye ✌🏽.

I'm trying out Heaps now, written by the same guy who made the Haxe language that all you FnF modders hate so much apparently. It's lower-level and has less goodies, but it's so much easier to put code together. The internals are implemented better than OpenFL's are, which I sorta don't care about but also do if that makes sense. It seems like actually finishing games is what allows me to make these judgements, so I'll post something to NG made with Heaps and see how I feel then.

So. Keep making games (or mods) with Flixel, if you want to. If not, explore the other Haxe libs and see which one you vibe with most. Then make a game! Rinse, repeat.


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