Development is undertaken by a game developer, which may range from a single person to a large business. Mainstream games are normally funded by a publisher and take several years to develop. Indie games can take less time and can be produced cheaply by individuals and small developers. The indie ...

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When does “proper” programming no longer matter?

I've been building an android game in my spare time. It's using the libgdx library so quite a bit of the heavy lifting is done for me. While developing, I carelessly selected datatypes for some ...
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Should extension scripts be run in a sandbox?

In particular, this is about game extensions written in lua (luajit-2.0). I was contemplating whether I should restrict what these scripts can do, and arrived at the conclusion that I probably shouldn'...
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Real-Time Multi-User Gaming Platform

I'm considering developing a real-time multi-user game, and I want to gather some information about possibilities before I do some real development. I've thought about how best to ask the question, ...
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Does the windows 8 store only support windows RT?

I'm in a project for creating a game engine and eventually a game, and we need ideas on how to get our game out into the internet. I had an idea with putting it onto the windows 8 store at a low cost(...
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MVC Can the model know ANYTHING about the view?

I'm working on a game, and without getting into any details I am using MVC "patterns", "rules" or whatever you want to call it to make the game. The view includes everything needed to draw things on ...
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Generic rule parser for RPG board game rules - how to do it?

I want to build a generic rule parser for pen and paper style RPG systems. A rule can involve usually 1 to N entities 1 to N roles of a dice and calculating values based on multiple attributes of an ...
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Is there any kind of established architecture for browser based games?

I am beginning the development of a broser based game in which players take certain actions at any point in time. Big parts of gameplay will be happening in real life and just have to be entered into ...
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What does (Lua) game scripting mean?

I've read that Lua is often used for embedded scripting and in particular game for scripting. I find it hard to picture how it is used exactly. Can you describe why and for which features and for ...
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Identifying languages used by particular industries [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What technologies are used for Game development now days? I am new to programming and I don't know the differences between the major languages. I desperately want to get ...
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What is the relationship between OpenGL, GLX, DRI, and Mesa3D?

I am starting out doing some low-level 3D programming in Linux. I have a lot of experience using the higher level graphics API OpenInventor. I know it is not strictly necessary to be aware of how ...
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HTML5 and gaming practices [closed]

I am trying to build an app with HTML5. Is there a certain syntax to follow when making objects for games? Anyone tried that and what are good practices to follow?
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What technologies are used for Game development now days? [closed]

Whenever I ask a question about game development in an online forum I always get suggestions like learning line drawing algorithms, bit level image manipulation and video decompression etc. However ...
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Is it possible to implement a completely-stateless multiplayer game?

I'm facing a challenge understanding how to program a web version of a card game that is completely stateless. I create my object graph when the game begins and distribute cards to PlayerA and ...
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Using UML and Use Cases in Game Design

In the Use case you need to make all the activities the user can do. And then in the Activity diagram I need to explain the Use cases, show the steps that it handles. But if this is all correct, ...
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Best approach for writing a chess engine? [closed]

I'm a chess enthusiast and a programmer. I recently decided to start making a chess engine using my chess and programming knowledge. So here's my question: What language (I'm familiar with Java, C++ ...
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What is the structure of a team developing a computer game? [closed]

I wanted to ask if there is a typical structure for a team developing a computer game and, if so, what are the specific roles of the team members. Also, what is the size of such a team (in terms of ...
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How do game programmers design their classes to reuse in AI, network and play and pass mode?

For a two player game where, your opponent could be on the network, CPU itself or near you where you would play turn by turn on the same machine. How do people design classes for re-use ? I am in a ...
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Are scheduled job servers the right choice for a time sensitive game engine?

I am currently architecting and designing an exciting new web application that will be entering into some areas that I have very little experience in, game development. The application is not ...
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2D Image Creator for a video game

I need to make a few images for an arcade video game I'm making in Java. As of right now, I have drawings that animate, but there are two problems. The drawings are horrible, and as a result, the ...
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Test a simple multi-player (upto four players) Android game in single developer machine

I'm working on a multi-player Android game (very simple it is that it doesn't have any game-engine used). The game is based on Java Socket. Four devices will connect the game server and a new thread ...
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Challenges in multi-player Android Game Server with RESTful Nature

I'm working on an Android Game based on Contract Bridge, as a part of my college Summer Internship project. The game will be multi-player such that 4 Android devices can play it, so there's no BOT or ...
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Which class to start TDD of card game application? What's the next 5-7 tests?

I have started to write card game applications. Some model classes: CardSuit, CardValue, Card Deck, IDeckCreator, RegularDeckCreator, DoubleDeckCreator Board Hand and some game classes: Turn, ...
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Efficient ways to model cars moving along a road

This has never come up, so I've never thought how a data or programming model should work that simulates (a) bird's eye view of cars moving and some rudimentary physics, (b) how the cars would follow ...
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How should I build the data structure for a dynamic, unlimited-size “maze”?

I'm not actually sure that "maze" is the correct term. Basically users start in a single Room that has 4 doors (N, S, E, and W). They can go in any direction, and each subsequent room is contains ...
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Starting an HTML canvas game with no graphics skills

I want to do some hobby game development, but I have some unfortunate handicaps that have me stuck in indecision; I have no artistic talent, and I also have no experience with 3D graphics. But this ...
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Polymorphism and passing

I am writing a text based RPG, and I have three classes that inherit from a super class, they all have special attacks that they can perform, at the same time I have a class that holds the function ...
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Getting to the big leagues & managing time as a novice game developer? [closed]

I'm a 23-year-old novice game developer who just got his first job in the industry a year ago. Unlike most programmers I know, I started programming pretty late, during my second year in college, and ...
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Open Source Licenses

I'm independently developing a physics-based game using HTML5 canvas and JavaScript; I've used no external code at all (including physics or game engines), and my code is about 5000 lines in length. ...
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Need help with clarifying the design of an Android game

I'm going to develop a Kakuro (Cross-Sums) game for Android, and have got the algorithm right. But I can't seem to get the user-interaction part right- i.e. The puzzle is very large. So only a ...
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Functional Programming approach for a simplified game using Scala and LWJGL

I, a Java imperative programmer, would like to understand how to generate a simple version of Space Invaders based on Functional Programming design principles (in particular Referential Transparency). ...
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Are tree structures inherently bad for mark-and-sweep garbage collector performance?

I'm implementing a bounding volume hierarchy in F#. Since it would be for a game, I want the garbage collector to be as quick and infrequent as possible. It seems though that I may have to pull some ...
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A free game-development language? [closed]

So, I'm trying to teach my much younger cousin a little bit about programming. My initial thought was something like Scratch or Alice, but there were a few downsides to that. Everyone seems to be ...
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I want to write a 2-player web-based board game. Which framework should I use? [closed]

I am a C# software developer. I was recently approached by a client to develop a multiplayer board game (max 4 players). I fiddled around with WCF, WPF and EF 4.1 to get something going but I keep ...
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Developing a feature which sole purpose to be taken out? [closed]

What is the name of the pattern in which individual contributors (programmers/designers) developed an artifact for the sole purpose is to serve as a diversion so that management can remove that ...
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Is Java a good choice for cross-platform games? [closed]

I'm looking to create a game in Java and would like it to work on Windows, Linux, and Mac. I'm pretty sure C# is a bad choice for this, and I don't have enough experience in C or C++. I want to stay ...
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design of 'game engine' for small javascript games?

I'm making a group of two or three simple javascript games for fun. After someone finishes one game, they'll be presented with a harder or easier version of another game depending on whether the ...
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Solutions for implementing a full-duplex game server?

I am designing a game server which would be used for Android terminals. I've been searching for products or frameworks to use for two-way socket communication but haven't found anything worth ...
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Is the Product Owner also a developer on your team?

I'm confused about the PO's responsibility here. I was a developer on a Game Feature Team, but also a PO. The daily work of the developer is almost full time, so I have to work over time to take care ...
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What are the available tools for creating cross-platform, cross-browser multiplayer online commercial games? [closed]

HTML5+Javascript is not viable as the client-side code will be visible and, thus, stealable. Flash is not viable since it's not supported on ipads and thus not cross-platform. Said that, what are the ...
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is c or c++ necessary for game programming? [closed]

Do you need to learn c or c++ for game programming? I am very good with java. Is it true that most game engines are in c or c++.should i learn c or c++ or start making games in java.Can you suggest ...
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How can I manage my ViewControllers in my game?

I'm building a very simple iOS game that doesn't require any fancy OpenGL; I'd like to stick with Core Graphics & Core Animation. I'd like to make this a fullscreen game, and my question is of ...
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Should I start developing code before planning out the interface?

I'm starting a gaming project on the side of my normal school/work projects and I'm wondering if I should start planning out the user interface before starting an actual project in code. I see some ...
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What's the proper way to organize ViewControllers and XIB?

I am developing a very simple iPhone game with this view hierarchy: Main Menu View └> New Game View | └> Player vs Computer Game View | | └> Pause View | | └> End ...
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How would you quantify quality? [closed]

What should be the core functions of games which represents an excellent game? What quality goals it should achieve to become successful game? Any concise formed answer will get me on track.
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Using Quadratic Bezier Curves to generate a cave that stays within certain bounds

I'm working on a project that generates a series of quadratic bezier curves and connects them together, maintaining slope from the end of one segment to the beginning of the next to make the ...
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Most efficient way of finding entities in a grid?

I'm working on my first game; a tower defense. So far It's coming along nicely. The only issue I am having (so far) is I can't figure out a way to effciently discover if an entity has entered a towers ...
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Whether to open-source gigantic idea

So, I have this idea for a huge game that would take years to develop if I did it on my own (with help from friends) I've learned a lot about game programming, but nowhere near enough to start coding ...
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Create a behavior/Component based system for games

Background I do game development as a hobby, and am looking for a better way to design them. Currently, I am using a standard OOP approach (I have been doing enterprise development for 8 years so it ...
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I made an HTML5/Javascript game. Do I have to license it?

So I created an HTML5/Javascript online game. I host it on my website for anyone to play for free. I am still currently working on it. Do I need to license my game? And if so, what license do you ...
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Why do game developers prefer Windows?

Is it that DirectX is easier or better than OpenGL, even if OpenGL is cross-platform? Why do we not see real powerful games for Linux like there are for Windows?