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OT: Perlmonks Gamers?

by TedPride (Priest)
on May 26, 2005 at 22:55 UTC ( #460896=perlmeditation: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

A thread was started here (OT**2: PerlMonks Mechwarrior Clan) for purposes of finding Perlmonks gamers, but the thread seems to have scrolled off the bottom and there were few posters. What I want to know is, are there any Perlmonks who play Starcraft?

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Re: OT: Perlmonks Gamers?
by kvale (Monsignor) on May 26, 2005 at 22:59 UTC
    If there is a Perl binding to the Starcraft API, I might be interested :)


      Perl APIs for any sort of AI-based game would rock. A friend of mine rewrote the Quake3 AI from scratch using a modified C. I'd love to do something similar with, say, freeciv or Starcraft or whatever. But, since my language of choice is Perl, it'd have to be a Perl binding. :-)

      • In general, if you think something isn't in Perl, try it out, because it usually is. :-)
      • "What is the sound of Perl? Is it not the sound of a wall that people have stopped banging their heads against?"
        You might be interested in Coagula, my unfinished Perl SDK for Quake 3.


        Actually, with a bit of screen-scraping, most web-based games can be considered to have an "API". WWW::Mechanize and HTML::TreeBuilder will do enough of the work for you that you can concentrate mostly on coding the fun part: the AI. This rules out RTS games, though, unfortunately.
Re: OT: Perlmonks Gamers?
by simon.proctor (Vicar) on May 27, 2005 at 12:33 UTC
    I love starcraft. Just got a new gaming PC so I can play some more modern games. However, I love Civ3 the most :).
Re: OT: Perlmonks Gamers?
by gregor42 (Parson) on May 27, 2005 at 13:18 UTC

    Starcraft, all 3 versions of Warcraft & now probably 6 hours a week on World of Warcraft... Blizzard has gotten way too much money out of me over the last 10 years. Yes sir, guilty as charged.

    However, when you get into mixing Perl with these things then you're getting into the realm of bots. Bots are generally frowned upon as they have unintended effects on game economies as has been painfully illustrated in just about every MMORPG out there. Blizzard is particularly sensitive about this with regards to WoW since it's their flagship product these days.

    Hacker-oriented material has always been something that's been frowned upon here. So be careful. OTOH - I've personally written more than a few simulations using Perl to prototype primitive AI behaviors for games. I'd love to see more things like that done with Perl.

    Wait! This isn't a Parachute, this is a Backpack!

      WoW bots are verboten, but they're pretty cool in actually providing for user written UI modifications to help players. Granted it's Lua and XML, not Perl; but still pretty cool.

      Now if only I could find the time to write Perl to export auction house data from LootLink into a real RDBMS . . .

      We're looking for people in ATL

Re: OT: Perlmonks Gamers?
by cog (Parson) on May 27, 2005 at 08:28 UTC
    Yes, I admit it, I'm an addict to games like Starcraft, Warcraft, etc.
Re: OT: Perlmonks Gamers?
by dimar (Curate) on May 28, 2005 at 20:37 UTC

    What would be an appropriate way to co-ordinate SC matches through PM? Just send a /msg to individuals or post on someone's scratch pad or what? I would be interested in combatting any PM SC players myself. That's bound to be a source of interesting matchups.

Re: OT: Perlmonks Gamers?
by TedPride (Priest) on May 28, 2005 at 18:46 UTC
    I had a lot of fun with Warcraft 2 (two copies) and Warcraft 1 (one copy), and Starcraft is the best multiplayer war game of all time (probably like five copies), but I didn't like Warcraft 3 (one copy). Too much emphasis on heros and not enough on production and micro. You can't win without using heros. The only thing Warcraft 3 is good for is UMS games.

    I'll play any of you in Starcraft if you want to set a time and place.

Re: OT: Perlmonks Gamers?
by TedPride (Priest) on May 28, 2005 at 22:12 UTC
    Just have everyone decide on a server (I vote East) and time (evenings are good), and add all Perlmonks to your friends list in-game so you know who to msg.

    My primary name is Hammurabi. What's yours?

    I'll be in-game for a bit if you want to meet up.

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