Framework or engine?

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Framework or engine?

Post by ntpspe » Wed Aug 10, 2011 4:48 pm

Hey guys,

First of all I would like to say I am really enjoying working with LOVE2D, it's a brilliant tool to learn programming, and I'm doing quite well with my projects now.

I just have a question, a really basic question, but the website kinda presents two different opinions.

Title of the website : LOVE - Free 2D Game Engine
Introduction on main page: Hi there! LÖVE is an *awesome* framework you can use to make 2D games[...]

So, this is why this question exists, and what I'm asking is:

Is love a Game Engine, or a Framework?

:P

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Re: Framework or engine?

Post by TechnoCat » Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:06 pm

It's up for you to decide! :crazy:
I tend to go with framework though. IT reminds me of XNA more than it reminds me of gamemaker.

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Re: Framework or engine?

Post by ntpspe » Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:09 pm

Yeah, personally I'd rather say I'm working with a Framework than an engine. If I were using an engine it makes it sound... more lazy, like I can't be bothered coding something so I'll get an engine to do it all for me xD

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Re: Framework or engine?

Post by Taehl » Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:30 pm

Love pretty much just connects some game-related libraries and exposes it all to Lua. Sounds like a framework to me.
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Re: Framework or engine?

Post by slime » Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:45 pm

Definitely a framework.

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Re: Framework or engine?

Post by ntpspe » Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:18 pm

Yeah that's what I thought :P
Therefore should'nt the title of the website be changed to "LOVE - Free 2D Game Framework" ?

A. It would make things clearer
B. It's what it is :P

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Re: Framework or engine?

Post by nevon » Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:43 pm

There used to be a snippet that explained how LÖVE is actually more of a framework than an engine, but engine sounds cooler, and so that's what they called it.

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Re: Framework or engine?

Post by Robin » Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:13 pm

nevon wrote:There used to be a snippet that explained how LÖVE is actually more of a framework than an engine, but engine sounds cooler, and so that's what they called it.
Yeah, where did that go? Ah, the old website...

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Re: Framework or engine?

Post by bartbes » Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:44 pm

Robin wrote:a period in time less than three years ago?
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Re: Framework or engine?

Post by BlackBulletIV » Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:04 pm

You can call it either. I personally go with engine, largely because its actually a standalone application and it uses a scripting language; its API is more like a framework though.

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