100 Bubbles Fly Across the Screen
Popping Some Bubbles While Other Bubbles Bounce Around
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.