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Roblox and the Unreal Editor for Fortnite sure are popular, but you know what would be better? An open source project, where creators can actually own what they make rather than being attached to Roblox and Fortnite. The Mirror wants to change that.

From the GitHub:

Akin to "Figma" for game development, The Mirror is both tool and editor that let's you edit a game with friends in real-time. It's intended use can be extended because you have the source code. It can be used as a complete game base, to build what you want on top, you can use this to accelerate your game, get it built and released. This saves you time: imagine not having to write pesky things like infrastructure, backend code, asset management, and various systems from scratch.

The extra fun part? It's made with Godot Engine!

Considering that Roblox recently blocked Wine+Linux, and Fortnite has never worked on Linux, this is interesting. Hopefully people will actually take a look into it and give it a go, as a platform like this is only as good as the people building experiences for it.

And now, The Mirror itself has been made open source and you can check it out on GitHub (MIT License). The app is available to download via itch.io for Linux and Windows.

See more on the official site.

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benstor214 Mar 18
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What's with the words popping up in the video? Am I supposed to karaoke along?


Last edited by benstor214 on 19 March 2024 at 12:06 am UTC
scaine Mar 18
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Yeah, that's pretty distracting. I thought it was a new YT captioning thing and tried to turn it off!
elmapul Mar 19
Quoting: benstor214What's with the words popping up in the video? Am I supposed to karaoke along?
they tried to provide their own captions with some tech, i think (the tech) is open source, i remember that someone was developing an great tool for that, but the fact that they let one word at the time instead of one line or two make it harder to read, not to mention this tool dont know the word godot and write it differently each time this word appear.

they should soft sub it instead of hardsubing it.


Last edited by elmapul on 19 March 2024 at 1:55 am UTC
hm11 Mar 19
interesting...
Quoting: benstor214What's with the words popping up in the video? Am I supposed to karaoke along?

Probably more like what has become popular with YouTube Shorts and Tik Tok. For ppl with muted audio I would guess. It's pretty common over there.


Last edited by Vortex_Acherontic on 20 March 2024 at 7:32 am UTC
benstor214 Mar 25
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Quoting: Vortex_AcheronticProbably more like what has become popular with YouTube Shorts and Tik Tok
Probably, but I’m going with elmapul. Showing one word at a time makes it useless and borderline stupid. YouTube provides the possibility to just upload the subtitles with the video.

Sometimes, people are adamant to solve a problem, that has already been solved, in a bad way. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Quoting: benstor214
Quoting: Vortex_AcheronticProbably more like what has become popular with YouTube Shorts and Tik Tok
Probably, but I’m going with elmapul. Showing one word at a time makes it useless and borderline stupid. YouTube provides the possibility to just upload the subtitles with the video.

Sometimes, people are adamant to solve a problem, that has already been solved, in a bad way. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Maybe they just don't know how to do this. It's not like Kdenlive (and probably any other major Video editor) would allow for subtitles embedded in a video for multiple languages and I am pretty sure YouTube can process them. 🤔

But yeah reading single words even without sound is kinda hard. I am honest, I need the sound of the guy talking to properly read the single words and not skip some. 😅
Hey all! We'll make the subtitles optional for Youtube next time :) Yes, it's quite common on TikTok/YT Shorts to have the captions hardcoded since people scroll through videos on their phone without always having audio available.

Thank you for covering this Liam! Happy to answer any questions.
a0kami Mar 25
Quoting: jareddmccluskeyHey all! We'll make the subtitles optional for Youtube next time :) Yes, it's quite common on TikTok/YT Shorts to have the captions hardcoded since people scroll through videos on their phone without always having audio available.

Thank you for covering this Liam! Happy to answer any questions.

This was perfectly fine, don't listen to the grumpy old people. I'm baffled that's all they got to comment on.

Congrats! The scope of the project looks bottomless but there's already a solid ground to build up on, account creation is quick and easy as to launch a local server. There's some getting used to launching the project through a custom Godot built but again quick and easy. I just had some player controller issues when I initially tried a week ago, the player was floating in some kind of fall animation, likely fixed by now anyway. Can't remember if there's auto update, and can't test now, connection ain't too cooperative atm, but if not that'd be gladly welcomed I guess!

Thanks a lot, going at Roblox and Fortnite seems tricky but I'm so glad there are people to do it the Godot way! I'll keep checking on the project growing and I assume you guys welcome contribution right ?
Anyway thanks, and best of luck! Go get them!


Last edited by a0kami on 25 March 2024 at 5:43 pm UTC
win8linux Mar 25
Quoting: jareddmccluskeyHey all! We'll make the subtitles optional for Youtube next time :) Yes, it's quite common on TikTok/YT Shorts to have the captions hardcoded since people scroll through videos on their phone without always having audio available.

Thank you for covering this Liam! Happy to answer any questions.

Are there any plans to provide low-poly or more stylised assets? It may be a good idea to have these to allow for people with lower-specced computers to be able to start creating with The Mirror.
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