I can't seem to find out how to allow the user to type into the program, without completely pausing the program. I was wondering if you use a variant command of GET KEY, or if there is a special coding sequence after the GET KEY command.
The variation you can use is KEY INPUT. For example if you wanted an escape option within your program but only if the Esc key is pressed you might include
IF KEY INPUT THEN
GET KEY d
IF d = 27 then STOP
If the program itself is running a loop of any kind, then this segment would be encountered each time through, but other things could be executed in the meantime. If you want several exit points, make the above a subroutine and call it whereever you want to allow an exit. There are probably 'slicker' ways, but this works. You probably should be in a loop for this method to work well.
A similar example would be something I use often. I want to pause a program (to allow for an instructor to explain what just happened or what will happen) at which time I display a small 'P' icon (paused) with the following:
if key input then
get key d
if d= 27 then
which loops until it sees a keypress then tests to see if the user wants out of the program (the Esc key) but otherwise just moves on. I usually also have a mouse test within the do loop so a mouse click can also exit the pause.
This is a great help, and will work great in my game. I will probably take a month or two to make it, but I will finish it, which I couldn't have done without this. Once again, tahnk you.
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