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N.A.N.Y. 2014 / NANY 2014 Release: Blasteroids
« on: October 30, 2013, 07:44 PM »
NANY 2014 Entry Information

Application Name Blasteroids
Version 1.141104.9 - Check the website below for more recent versions in case I forget to update this page.
Short Description Destroy the asteroids before you're overwhelmed.
Supported OSes PC/Mac/Linux/Web/Android
Web Page
Download Link Downloads hosted on
System Requirements
  • Windows XP or later; Mac OS X 10.5 or later. Android 2.2 or later
  • Pretty much any 3D graphics card.
  • WebPlayer runs on all browsers, including IE, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome, among others.
Version HistoryView most recent updates here: http://blog.deozaan....ategory/blasteroids/

NANY version history
1.140106.0 NANY
  • Quitting while in-game now takes you back to the main menu.
  • Death explosions no longer affect bullets.
  • Extra life awarded for ever increasing score amounts.
1.140101.0 NANY
  • Initial release for NANY 2014

Author Deozaan
Donate to Author

You control a point defense turret in space that is being bombarded with asteroids. Destroy them before they destroy you!

Amazing asteroid blasting action!
Infinite levels of increasing difficulty!
Compete against yourself and others with a (local) high score table.
The awarded score is based on how well you play.


Blasteroids Title Screen.jpg Blasteroids New Game.jpg
Blasteroids In-Game 1.jpg Blasteroids In-Game 2.jpg Blasteroids In-Game 3.jpg
Blasteroids Death.jpg Blasteroids Game Over.jpg

Unzip and run the executable. At least on Windows, and probably similar for OSX.
On Linux you'll need to set the permissions for the x86 or x86_64 files to allow them to run as executables before you can play.

Using the Application
Click the mouse to aim and shoot.
You can also press the spacebar instead of clicking.
Press Escape while in game to bring up the menu.

Delete the directory containing the game files (and all subdirectories).
Some information (high scores, volume settings, etc.) is saved to registry or equivalent, which on Windows is: HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Deozaan/Blasteroids

You get an extra life as your score increases. Lives are score multipliers, so try not to die much to maximize your score!
Try not to blast asteroids all willy nilly! Use some strategy. Each time you break a larger asteroid down into smaller ones, try to quickly destroy the smaller ones before breaking down more larger asteroids.
Don't die.

Known Issues

Living Room / DonationCoder & Cody themed art compilation thread.
« on: September 16, 2013, 08:08 PM »
Hi folks,

I'd like to gather all DC related art into a single thread so that it is easier to find. Here's what I've found so far:

How Tall Is Cody? Wallpapers Set 1 Wallpapers Set 2 Wallpapers Set 3
NEW Cody Wallpapers for Halloween (and old Halloween wallpaper)
Desert Island
Desert Island NANY Mug
Draw Cody Competition Games Division (and DoCoTo Defense images)
NANY 2011 MUGs
Cyber Cody & Zombie Cody

I know I'm missing the pictures of the Dalmation Snake and Cody's Uncle. Will you help me find any art that I'm forgetting/missing?

Hi folks,

In April 2012 I participated in the Ludum Dare 23 72-hour game jam and made a game called "Be Tiny, World!" within 72 hours. I'm not particularly proud of the result but it was a fun little exercise and I enjoyed the challenge of making a complete game within 72 hours.

Since the challenge, I used Be Tiny, World! as an opportunity to try my hand at porting a game to Android, and shortly thereafter made an Android release. And over the months I've occasionally made some improvements (mostly to the Android version) to the otherwise simple, dumb game that it is.

Recently Google launched their Google Play Game services to provide things like Cloud Saves, Leaderboards, Achievements, and Multiplayer. Once again I was itching to test some of these things out so I used Be Tiny, World! as the guinea pig this past weekend and added achievements and leaderboards to the Android version of the game, and in the process I also made some minor improvements to the desktop version of the game, and additionally, there is now a Linux build of the game available.

So for anyone who would like to try out the nifty new achievements and leaderboards on Android, you can get the game either from Google Play or a direct APK download here (using Google Play or the Google Play Games Services is completely optional). And for those of you folks who use Linux, I'd appreciate if you gave it a try and reported any bugs, since this is the first release available on Linux. The desktop builds for PC/Mac/Linux can be found on the Be Tiny, World! website:


Living Room / The Best Job Around the World
« on: September 10, 2013, 01:38 AM »
Hi folks,

My friend, Jess, made a video to apply for a job to travel the world, take photos and videos, and write about her travels. Take a look at her video and if you like it, show your support by clicking the like button.


We have begun the search for our Chief World Explorer who will travel the globe for one year visiting destinations, sharing experiences and creating content for Jauntaroo while earning a salary of $100,000.00!

We are not kidding – this is the real deal! Travel, explore, experience the world and get paid. How can YOU help people know where to go on vacation? Click here to view some of the destinations our Chief World Explorer will visit!


After reviewing video applications, we will narrow down and announce the Top 50 Candidates. We’ll see if everyone agrees with our selections.

Hi folks,

I recently got a new ZyXEL C1000Z DSL router (provided by my new ISP--I didn't get a choice) which unfortunately doesn't have NAT Loopbackw enabled by default. Through some Googling I've found reports that it is possible to enable NAT Loopback on the router, but so far I've failed to find any instructions that actually work. Can any of you fine folks with better Googlefu skills than me find a solution?

The reason why I want this feature enabled is so that I can use a service such as DynDNS to automatically update my IP address, then I can just type something like to get my IP from anywhere. This is also helpful to connect to my own computer even on my LAN for multiplayer games--but this where the IP loopback is required. With it disabled, the router does not allow to resolve to the router's (ISP's) IP address.

Any help or suggestions?


Non-Windows Software / ANDROID: What's a good recipe viewing app?
« on: September 02, 2013, 07:05 PM »
Hi folks,

I'm looking for an app for my Android tablet (Nexus 7) that will display my recipes so I can easily refer to it while cooking.

Note that I'm not necessarily looking for an app that gives me access to an online repository of recipes, though that would be nice. But what I'm really looking for is something I can enter my own recipes into to refer to.

I did a search on the Google Play Store and found an app for Big Oven which looks nice and I'll definitely be giving it a try, but I figured I'd ask the opinion of anybody else here who might already have done this search and tried out a few and come to a conclusion on a particular app.


DC Gamer Club / Boson X - Free, frantic indie game.
« on: August 30, 2013, 04:23 PM »
Build up speed inside a massive particle collider and generate high-energy collisions to discover strange new particles. Use precise timing and fast reflexes to navigate a subatomic world where floors and ceilings don't exist. Will you be fast enough to find the elusive Boson X?

Boson X is free for PC, Mac and Linux. iOS version coming soon!

Give it a try and see what score you can get. Here are my current high scores:

Boson X.png

Hi folks,

I have purchased a few eBooks in my time and after a very recent digital book purchase I realized that (to the best of my knowledge) I have never attempted to read an eBook in epub or mobi format on my Android device, with the possible exception of the books I've gotten on the Google Play store (most of which were free/public domain). I'm not sure what format those are.

So for all you Android users out there, what's a good Android app to use to read eBooks with?


Developer's Corner / The Danger of Naïveté
« on: July 11, 2013, 02:07 AM »
I recently thought it would be fun to program a simple card game and was wondering how to simulate a deck of cards being shuffled. I asked about it in the DC Chatroom and got a few helpful hints from people. Hamradio found this particular one from Coding Horror:

In my previous post on shuffling, I glossed over something very important. The very first thing that came to mind for a shuffle algorithm is this:

Code: C++ [Select]
  1. for (int i = 0; i < cards.Length; i++)
  2. {
  3.   int n = rand.Next(cards.Length);
  4.   Swap(ref cards[i], ref cards[n]);
  5. }

It's a nice, simple solution to the shuffling problem:

1. Loop through each card in the deck.
2. Swap the current card with another randomly chosen card.

At first blush, this seems like a perfectly reasonable way to shuffle. It's simple, it's straightforward, and the output looks correct. It's the very definition of a naïve algorithm:

A naïve algorithm is a very simple solution to a problem. It is meant to describe a suboptimal algorithm compared to a "clever" (but less simple) algorithm. Naïve algorithms usually consume larger amounts of resources (time, space, memory accesses, ...), but are simple to devise and implement.

An example of a naïve algorithm is bubble sort, which is only a few lines long and easy to understand, but has a O(n2) time complexity. A more "clever" algorithm is quicksort, which, although being considerably more complicated than bubble sort, has a O(n log n) average complexity.

But there's a deep, dark problem with this naïve shuffling algorithm, a problem that most programmers won't see. Do you see it? Heck, I had the problem explained to me and I still didn't see it.

He then goes on the explain the problem, using charts and graphs and things. Pretty interesting stuff.

I had found Jeff's original post on shuffling and thought it was useful, but Hamradio's link to The Danger of Naïveté was particularly insightful to a noob like myself.

DC Gamer Club / Humble Indie Bundle 8
« on: June 06, 2013, 10:10 PM »
The latest Humble Indie Bundle 8 includes 11 games:

Little Inferno
Thomas Was Alone
Dear Esther

Beat the average (under $6 as of this writing) to get:

Hotline Miami
Tiny and Big: Grandpa's Leftovers
Intrusion 2
English Country Tune
Oil Rush

Get the Humble Indie Bundle 8.

If you get it, let's play some Awesomenauts together! (It's like a 2D version of Dota/League of Legends)

If you have a WordPress site, you better check to make sure you've got a strong password on it. And also maybe install some plugins (linked to in the article below) to increase security/limit login attempts.

Security analysts have detected an ongoing attack that uses a huge number of computers from across the Internet to commandeer servers that run the WordPress blogging application.

The unknown people behind the highly distributed attack are using more than 90,000 IP addresses to brute-force crack administrative credentials of vulnerable WordPress systems, researchers from at least three Web hosting services reported. At least one company warned that the attackers may be in the process of building a "botnet" of infected computers that's vastly stronger and more destructive than those available today. That's because the servers have bandwidth connections that are typically tens, hundreds, or even thousands of times faster than botnets made of infected machines in homes and small businesses.

. . .

According to CloudFlare's Prince, the distributed attacks are attempting to brute force the administrative portals of WordPress servers, employing the username "admin" and 1,000 or so common passwords. He said the attacks are coming from tens of thousands of unique IP addresses, an assessment that squares with the finding of more than 90,000 IP addresses hitting WordPress machines hosted by HostGator.

DC Gamer Club / Starbound (Pre-Order) 4-Pack
« on: April 13, 2013, 12:04 PM »
One of the folks from Terraria has been working on a new game called Starbound, which is very much like Terraria, except in my opinion it looks like it is improved in almost every regard. It looks awesome! They've just started taking pre-orders for $15 (minimum) through the Humble Store to help fund the game, and are offering 25% off of a 4-pack. The pre-order includes:

Access to the beta (when the beta launches sometime this year)
Full game + Steam Key (when released)

Here's a video that shows off the building aspect of the game:

More Starbound media.

Anyone want in on a 4-pack? It would be $11.25 per person. I've already got one other person interested, so I'm looking for two more people to join up.

DC Gamer Club / A Valley Without Wind 1 & 2 - Four-Pack
« on: March 21, 2013, 12:39 PM »
Hi folks,

I've had my eye on A Valley Without Wind since before the first one was released, but wasn't convinced it was worth the full price. So while I was waiting for it to go on sale, the sequel came out! Apparently the first one didn't quite live up to the developer's standards/desires so they made a whole new game and gave/packaged it with #1 for free, which is why the two games are bundled in one pack.

The quality difference between the two titles is fairly apparent:

So now the bundle is on sale on Steam, and I'm wondering if anyone here is interested in going in with me on a 4-pack. I've already got someone else interested, so I need two more people.

The game: A Valley Without Wind 1 & 2
At $11.24 for a four-pack, that comes out to about $2.81 per person.

Who's in?

DC Gamer Club / Humble Store Weekly Sale
« on: March 19, 2013, 01:37 PM »
So the folks behind the Humble Bundle have started a new weekly promotion. Like the Humble Bundle it is pay what you want, DRM free, supports indies and charity.

One captivating game to rock your week. The Humble Weekly Sale features a new deal every Tuesday. Be sure to jump on this amazing offer before it’s gone! This week, pay what you want to get Bastion!

Finished Programs / SOLVED: Command Prompt to Tray
« on: March 17, 2013, 03:39 PM »
Hi folks,

Every now and then I will run a batch file or exe file that essentially just displays a command prompt window while it does it's thing (think game server). However, I don't like the command prompt window taking up space on my task bar. I also don't want to run it in headless more because then there's no way (that I know of) to cleanly stop the server and close it. The only choice I know of to end something in headless mode is to end the process.

So what I would like is some sort of utility or possibly even a wrapper utility that will run the batch file and give me the option to minimize it to the tray so it is hidden and takes up less space on my task bar.


Sometime during the past few months I noticed that when I boot up my computer the browser would sometimes launch to Thinking I'd unknowingly been infested with malware, I googled around for what could be causing it.

The best that I could discover is that the culprit is a program called MotionInJoy which I have been using for a couple of years which allows me to be able to plug in my Playstation 3 controllers to my PC and use them as PC gamepads. The problem is that I don't want to uninstall MotionInJoy because I want to use my PS3 controller as a gamepad, but I do want to keep it from launching when my PC starts. Does anybody have any idea how to accomplish this?

DC Gamer Club / Pick 5 of 20 Games, save 80%
« on: March 12, 2013, 10:56 AM » is having a deal right now where you can pick any 5 games from a list of 20 and buy them for 80% off. That makes some games as low as $2.

Take a look:

DC Gamer Club / Edge of Space - Free Beta Weekend
« on: March 09, 2013, 12:17 AM »
Edge of Space is a dynamic open-world sandbox with exploration, crafting, building, terraforming, survival game. Where you create, mold, and work to survive. Where free updates, multi-player, mod support, and community driven development will help drive the future of the game.

As one of the few, proud, and lucky men and women of ArkCo, you must go where no one has wanted to go or was technically “meant” to go. After an indeterminate time in cryo-sleep, you awake to find yourself in a lonely, Bermuda Triangle-like area in the depths of space. So get ready to explore, scavenge, build, survive, and fight rocket-powered, cybernetically-enhanced laser sharks wanting to feed on you.

They're still developing the game, so to raise awareness and test out their software, they're having a free weekend where anyone can play. Get your beta key here:


And if you pre-purchase (from any vendor), you'll get a free Steam key if/when the game is greenlit. Which by the way you can help out by voting for it on the Steam Greenlight page.

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DC Gamer Club / Humble Bundle 5 with Android
« on: March 05, 2013, 01:30 PM »
Humble Bundle with Android 5 is now live. Pay what you want and get:

Beat the average and you'll also get:

All DRM Free for Android, Windows, Mac, and Linux. (Redeemable on Steam, too.)

Plus a customizable portion of every contribution will be going to support the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Child's Play Charity. This promotion will only last 2 weeks so head on over to

Even if you don't intend to play it on Linux, if it's available for Linux as well as your operating system of choice, you can get a discount on it!


The sale is good until Feb 21.

DC Gamer Club / End of the World Sale
« on: December 19, 2012, 02:46 PM »
125 games are 75% off or more for about the next 18 hours:

DC Gamer Club / Humble Indie Bundle 7
« on: December 19, 2012, 02:31 PM »
Humble Bundle is back to its Indie roots:


Dungeon Defenders + all DLC (beat the average)
Legend of Grimrock (beat the average)
The Binding of Isaac + Wrath of the Lamb DLC
Shank 2
Indie Game: The Movie

The soundtracks for each of the games is also included.

I'd just like to note that the DLC for Dungeon Defenders alone costs about $60. So if you happen to own that game but none or very little DLC for it, this bundle may be worth it to you just for the DLC.

DC Gamer Club / Zeno Clash: $1 (Nov. 26, 2012)
« on: November 26, 2012, 12:06 PM »
I just noticed that Zeno Clash is on sale on Steam right now for $1.

The game takes place in a weirdly surreal setting with interesting characters and environments and creatures. I liked the story. Unfortunately I thought the combat wasn't that great, and IIRC that makes up about 95% of the gameplay, but maybe I just sucked at it?

I think it is worth $1, and the game is worth at least one playthrough (if you have the patience for it) just to get the story and to see how it all unfolds. Sometimes I want to play through it again so I can get a refresher on the story and experience it again, but then I remember how much I disliked the combat and decide not to. Such a shame. Maybe if I had some cheat codes. . .

Anyway, get it for $1 while the sale lasts.

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