This month's meetup will be held in Cambridge at Microsoft's NERD (New England Research and Development) Center.
Our speaker will be Tej Shah, presenting Dance, Dance QML Revolution:
Dance Dance Revolution was a very popular dancing/video game back in the late 1990's and early 2000's. Then, in 2005, an open source version of the game, called "StepMania" was released. This brought the popularity of Dance Dance Revolution back with a small but strong fanbase. However, StepMania was developed for the desktop environment and uses "SDL" which uses the desktop version of OpenGL, limiting its portability.
Therefore, a QML port has the following advantages:
- It can run on mobile devices like cellphones and tablets without having to worry about differences in capabilities
- It can natively handle things like multi-touch and other types of input easily
- It can also do things like video and animation natively
This presentation will go over what needed to be done to make this port, what issues arose and things to think about in game development and in general using QML.