This represents the direction Rubygame will be going in, but keep in
mind that plans and details may change over time.
2.X (possible minor releases before 3.0)
Focus: Surface & Rect
- Surface improvements
- Make Surface instances copyable and marshalable
- Support for palettes on 8-bit Surfaces
- Export as OpenGL-ready 32bit pixel data.
- To Fix: New Surfaces never have alpha channels
- To Add: Surface#pixels= (set pixel data directly)
- To Add: Surface.load_from_pixels (create from pixel data)
- Optimize Rect for speed
- New sprite system
- New Sprite, Scene, and Camera classes.
- More powerful and simpler to use.
- Integration with the Chipmunk physics library?
3.0 (next major release)
- Backwards compatibility is broken:
- Deprecated classes / methods retired:
- Change Sprites::Group#collide_group to scrap the ‘killa/killb’
stuff, take a block instead.
Possible future developments
- Switch from SDL_gfx to SPriG for graphics primitives.
- SPriG provides more functionality and flexibility, and a more consistent
- How does speed compare?
- Is it buggy?
- Alternative back-ends:
- OpenGL (faster rendering, better Mac support)
- Polygon, circle, and other geometric primitives
- Drawing, with styles?
- OpenGL drawing?
- Collision detection?
- Physical shapes w/ Chipmunk?
- Generate bounding Polygon from an image automatically?
- Path (Curve?) (graphs/plots for tracing position and other uses)
- Can find the position N units along the path.
- Can draw a line showing the path.
- LinearPath (connect the dots, linear interpolation)
- BezierPath (chain of continuous cubic Bézier curves)
- CodePath (calculated from a code block)
- Effect (Action?)
- “Attach” to an instance, does something over time.
- E.g. moves a sprite from point A to point B over N seconds.
- Many types of effects, easy to define custom ones.
- Takes parameters: start/end time, others depending on effect.