Corona Geek #52 – Making a Character Jump in Corona SDK

During this week’s Corona Geek Ed Maurina, developer of Corona SDK game templates at Roaming Gamer, walked us through a Corona SDK code snippet that makes your game characters jump. Using Corona’s built in physics engine, we applied force to a single character and then added a second character to show how easy it is to handle touch events for multiple objects using the same function.

Corona Geek Snippets – HID Support, Ouya, GameStick Support

During Monday’s Corona Geek Hangout we shared that Corona SDK now supports HID controllers, which means you can now target Ouya, GameStick game controller, MOGA Pro, PS 3 controller, NVIDIA Shield, along with Bluetooth keyboards and mice (all HID devices). Here’s a snippet from the Hangout where Snake Head Software Founder, Gerald Bailey, raised the important question of what do these controllers mean for mobile games. Roaming Gamer, Ed Maurina, responded with a answer that offers up some good perspective.

Corona Geek #51 – Ouya Support, Nexus 7 Tips, and 16bitLabs

During this week’s Corona Geek, we shared that Corona Simulator now has Ouya and GameStick ‘View As’ options, Corona SDK now supports all HID controllers, tips for side-loading apps on Nexus 7 and Andrea Zanetti from Italy shared his adventures as a 16 year old app developer.

Tip: Using setLinearVelocity versus transition.to to move objects in Corona SDK

During Monday’s Corona Geek Hangout, Dr. Brian Burton and Ed Maurina shared some great tips for moving objects around using Corona SDK’s built in physics engine versus a straight transition. One method allows objects to continue to be affected by physics while the other does not. They also discussed how you could use both methods together to come up with some interesting results.

Corona Geek #50 – Creating A Simple Game – Code Walkthrough – Part 2

This week we walked through part two of the game code from That’s So Panda’s game tutorial series. The tutorial covers many game dynamics like the use of the physics engine, collision detection, spawning enemies, D-Pad implementation, score keeping, and health meter implementation. Be sure to watch part one of this two part series. In part one we touched on overall game design concepts like story development.

Corona Geek #49 – Creating A Simple Game – Code Walkthrough

This week we walked through game code from That’s So Panda’s game tutorial series. The tutorial covers many game dynamics like the use of the physics engine, collision detection, spawning enemies, D-Pad implementation, score keeping, and health meter implementation. We also touched on overall game design concepts like story development. This week’s hangout is part one of a two part series.

Building A Brand Around Mobile Apps

During this week’s Corona Geek Hangout, David L. Hoyt, the world’s most syndicated daily game creator and now puzzle app maker, shared his thoughts on why it’s important to build a brand around a mobile app and how that plays into the app’s long term marketing strategy.

Corona Geek #48 – Hangout with David L. Hoyt, The Man Who Puzzles America

This week we hung out with David L. Hoyt, the world’s most syndicated daily game creator, to discuss his latest hit puzzle app. David is well-known for his nationally syndicated puzzle games and brain teasers including USA Today’s Up & Down Words, Jumble Crosswords, and TV Jumble and has recently released Just 2 Words, a Corona-built game for iOS and Android. During today’s Corona Geek Hangout, David shared many insights into how he comes up with new puzzle ideas as well as his approach to app marketing.

Corona Geek #47 – Working With Data in Corona SDK

During this week’s Corona Geek Hangout we discussed using data in Corona SDK. Dr. Burton walked us through an excellent code example of how to check for and connect to a local database file, and display the returned data in a TableView using SQLite and Corona SDK.

Corona Geek #46 – Using Particle Candy In Your Games

This week we hung out with Dr. Brian Burton, Gerald Bailey, Greg Pugh, Jen Looper, Matthew Chapman, Mohammed Bennouf, Pedro Ramos, and Theo Rushin, Jr. to discuss using Particle Candy in Corona SDK based games. We also discussed a few favorite cloud services, game design, and even touched on using Ruby on Rails with Corona SDK.