AIGE/PWLib Casemaker Developer
Rank: Ace Attorney
Joined: Sun Mar 09, 2008 3:38 am
Since we are so close to pwlib's release, I think i need to give some background on how AIGE and PWLib came to exist.
AIGE's first idea is dated from 2002/2003 when a friend on IRC came with the idea of making a graphic novel engine using mircscript. Indeed, he did one. But I thought I could do one too, and thus I started working on it. By that time I didn't knew those games were called "graphic novel", so I gave the name of "Anime Image Game". Since it was an egine of it, Anime Image Game Engine was the decided name. But that AIGE version was too limited (it even had script interpretation!), so I decided to work on one in a real programming language. With that, I chose VB.NET, and a version grew over it, using GDI++ as render. As it was inefficient, I decided to move on to C++ and make something better. The first one that came with it was using DirectDraw. The second used Direct3D (and is the previous version of AIGE to the current one). With that starting to get complicated to edit, add functionality, I started over in mid-2007, and quickly got a better manageable system and it grew fast in the first month (to the point of surpassing all previous engines by a large mark). Thus, a little time later, with AHLSL basics running, a friend showed me PW series. I found it a pretty good game, and a little time from that he mentioned about making a pw game. By that time I knew about MB's CM2.1, but I thought of using AIGE to beyond its original idea: could it make a complex game like a pw game? Only with AHLSL? The project started as PWLib, from Phoenix Wright Library for AIGE, and the first module worked on was the court record. But I stopped development a bit because I found no "urging need" to develop it (my friend was kind of lazy on stuff, and I didn't had a strong idea for a game). Then, I researched for MB CM 2.1 and found the New Casemaker topic on CR. So, a new casemaker? Why now revive PWLib and release it? With tihs motivation, PWLib work restarted. well, the rest is story up until now. We can say KanadaKid was the reason for PWLib's release, indirectly.
Now I was just wondering: what if PWLib wasn't announced? What could be different? What did it "changed" in the casemakers community? What was its importance?
AIGE would be a lot less powerful than it is now, that's for sure, but what did PWLib "did" for the community?