[plt-scheme] game libraries

From: Dave Griffiths (dave at pawfal.org)
Date: Tue Jul 3 12:31:45 EDT 2007

> I/m considering a project that uses Debian, the allegro game library,
> OpenGL, and the allegro plugin for OpenGL (which I haven't yet found in
> Debian -- help welcome).  I plan to work in an exploratory style --
> try something, see what's fun about it, refactor, build on what works
> and discard what doesn't.
> Of course I'd like to try all this using Scheme.
> Has anyone done this combination before?
> Does Scheme talk to the OpenGL plugin for allegro?  I've been told
>      Scheme talks to allegro and OlenGL separatels, but together?
> Even 3D graphics should be fast enough if I have OpenGL doing the
>      heavy lifting.  Any dissent?
> Have you any advice as to how I should go about this?

I don't use allegro (I used to ages ago though), but I've been working on
something like this with OpenGL for a while:
Which is capable of making games like this:
I've recently added a lot more to the engine, such as shadow mapping,
skinning and skeletons for character animation.

But yes, Scheme is great as a scripting language for this sort of thing,
it even has a history of use in top selling games:

The interesting part is how to present imperative graphics states to
Scheme nicely, I haven't yet figured out a nice way to do this - I'm doing
some very non-functional things in my Scheme API, lots of state and side

It would be good to discuss this with another Schemer! :)



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