So I actually went and stored a hash in a variable, and decided to check for it in an if conditional for it to evaluate as true. Needless to say, I feel kind of stupid now. But I just learned something new in the process, so thank you.
I'm in a much better mood about my game than I was 2-3 days ago. I keep switching between sideview and front because of the amount of assets needed for side (I'm drawing it all myself)... but I've decided to stick with front, for my own sanity. sidenote... people, planning is important. I've spent so long on just getting my game's ideas off the ground because I didn't plan ahead.