Inspiration

This was a follow up to my Hack CU IV project; I really enjoyed doing it, but hated how laggy it was after a while, and wanted to test Cocoa to see if it wasn't as laggy. It isn't as laggy, and I'm super happy.

What it does

100 "bubbles" spawn. With a cursor, you have to pop those bubbles by moving the cursor with the arrow keys (or WASD) and popping the bubbles with space (or enter). If you do, you're rewarded with a black screen! (And control of your desktop again...)

How I built it

XCode, Cocoa, and OpenGL; I used an OpenGL view on a window that was borderless and had opacity turned off, and so the clear color was allowed to be a transparent color, which shows everything that's behind the window.

Challenges I ran into

I've never used Cocoa before, so writing everything in Objective-C++, wrapping OpenGL, and finding a replacement for every glut function that I've used like glutIdleFunction was difficult to figure out.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

I'm proud that this runs at a steady frame rate. I'm also proud that I was able to do this in less than 12 hours!

What I learned

I (mostly) learned how to use Cocoa, and I learned how useful GLUT is to using OpenGL.

What's next for Local Hack Day 2018 - An Cocoa Experiment (+OpenGL)

This was a proof of concept for something that could end up being really weird. This project probably won't be touched much, but many of the techniques I learned to get this working with Cocoa could be used for other weird projects.

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