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ANSI console game - in Java!
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I didn't think this was possible until a week ago, and now here I am showing off a game that is really a way to demonstrate more interesting ANSI console output tricks in Java.

Really what this means to me is that I can now do more interesting projects with my AP Computer Science students, since our district has Chromebooks and we need to do all our work in online environments. I know, Swing is also an option. But I think we can all agree that the Swing implementation is not a great place to learn to code, with its long load times and challenging feedback mechanisms. Plus Swing programs are often much larger than console programs, making them harder to use in the classroom.

Thank you Repl.it for using a shell environment capable of ANSI and raw character input mode. Enjoy the game, and I'd love to work with anyone that wants to create a simple Repl.it-compatible, single-file ANSI helper system to use with future projects. (Or if anyone can show me how to use existing solutions like JANSI in jar form, that'd be great too.)

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MrLane

Hello @OrionSmith
I am a CS teacher in Ontario Canada and due to the pandemic had to switch to cloud based programming so all of my students could work on whatever device they had available. In the past we used eclipse and I created a game engine for them to work in there.

Sadly, repl doesn't allow for such things. I was trying to find some middle ground but could not get around the wait on key input issue. Then I came across this program you built and in particular the two input commands that Start and Stop character input in raw mode.

It was just what I needed to get over the hump. I have built a pretty detailed Console based game engine in the two weekends. There are still a few kinks mainly due to handling multiple simultaneous keys and the unbeatable device level repeat delay when holding a key.
These are things I have come to terms with, which will limit the types of games that can be made, but that is alright.

In any case, I wanted to put an attribution in my Input class to you, and wanted to know how you would prefer I do that.

Thanks for your efforts and sharing.

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OrionSmith

@MrLane oh my goodness, I hadn't checked back on this page in a long time and finally saw your post when I noticed a different comment notification more recently. I'm thrilled that someone found it useful! In my school district we switched over to Chromebooks three years ago and I guess you could say I was a little more ready for 2020 from that perspective than some. Anyway, I'd love to see what you made!