Notepad Weekend

After talking to my friend Rob and sort of randomly coming up with the idea of a game of snake that looks like Notepad, I made it – it’s the first link. I then got curious about the idea of using SendMessage to set the text of an actual Notepad window, and made the second program; inspired by the Sub-7 trojan (my friend got me with it at a LAN party in grade-school) it pops up a fake error message, appears to close, but will then play the Star Wars ASCII video from www.asciimation.co.nz in the next Notepad window to open. By this time, it was pretty clear to me that I needed to make a game using this new-found technology: the dehydrated game! (It’s a vertical space shoot-em-up, mind you.)

Download snake.txt
Download StarWars Notepad
Download Dehydrated Game

snake.txt - A game written in SDL that looks like notepad. dehydrated vertical space shoot-em-up - A game that plays in a REAL notepad window.

5 Comments to Notepad Weekend

  1. maathieu's Gravatar maathieu
    October 2, 2008 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    What a cool game! I’d love to see the source :) .

  2. Jiminy's Gravatar Jiminy
    January 7, 2009 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Game does not appear to work on Vista x64.

  3. mzx987's Gravatar mzx987
    August 12, 2009 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    How do you make something like that?

  4. Zach's Gravatar Zach
    August 13, 2009 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    You can download the framework I wrote to make the dehydrated game here:
    http://www.zachtronicsindustries.com/images/notepad_hijack_framework.cpp

  5. September 13, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    This game is fun, but the controls are a little off. XD