I hesitated a long time before deciding to go with just a winzip self-extracting archive. Again feedback would be much appreciated whether or not I made the good choice.
From what I'm hearing, your game is as simple as my first one. For a small game like that, a self-extractor is fine. Mind you, self-extractors don't normally come with uninstallers, but if your game can be deleted by just deleting the directory, you don't need one.
I don't get this one. I used the shift key a lot for my controls. What's an unexpected Accessibility window? The shortkeys for shortcuts used ctrl+alt, what uses shift?
This is a windows annoyance - if you have Windows 2000/XP:
-Go to control panel -> accessibility
-Under StickyKeys, go to settings, and turn "Use shortcut" on.
-OK -> Apply
-Press one of the shift keys like mad.
The computer will beep, and will display a popup - this defaults to on on many Windows installations, and it can mess up your game. Not everybody knows how to turn it off, unfortunately .
To turn off, go back to settings and uncheck the "Use shortcut" checkbox.
I totally agree and would like to expand even more.
Other keys which should NOT be used;
Control: That brings up Google on some PCs
Shift: You've talked about
Function keys: F1 to F12, because they are not defaults on some netbooks. IE; you hold down function to get the F1 keys otherwize its controls things like Wireless and such
Tab & ALT (Gr); Similar reason to Shift and Control
Numpad keys you talked about but also include +, -, /, * and .
Esc, Scroll lock, pause, Print screen, Insert, Home, Page up, Page down, delete, and end: Not on Some laptops / netbooks, or do other thinks in the OS
Windows Key: It loads up "Start" Duh
No more than 2 key combinations as some old PS/2 Keyboards don't like it. Like mine
And that's them all. So in short, stick to letters and non-numpad numbers.
Now that's all the keyboards stuff sorted.
Now the mouse,
No middle mouse click
No mouse scroll
No right and left click combos
And that is all for the common user input devices.
Try to stick to them and them only. Not every one has a webcam to control the character and these games are coming more into yoyo lately.
Hope I helped some of you