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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How to better isolate JOGL or LWJGL3 dependency from game clients?

I'm currently working on a project to develop a relatively small framework with the goal of supporting game development efforts for students in a course. The scope of this project is an OpenGL-based ...
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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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How to allow for custom Rules in a Entity Component System designed game engine?

So I've been doing a lot of research into game engines, and Entity Component System (ECS) seems to be the most flexible and extendable design to use. Just to summarize, in ECS the basic idea is that ...
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User browser, WebSockets, server C#/MVC, game

Moving a windows desktop game to a web server based one. User will use a modern web browser and communicate with the server via WebSockets (SignalR). Server runs .Net4.5/MVC - ie stateless. Game ...
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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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Polygon simplification that encloses original set of points

I have been trying to implement an optimization for 2D sprite rendering to fight the problem of limited fillrate on mobile devices. The idea is to render textured polygons instead of quads that will ...
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Libgdx texture and sound disposing

I'm writing a game and in the game, I use an asset manager that is in a singleton class, which holds my textures and sounds. If I create several enemies (lets say 4) which call upon my asset manager, ...
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Scheduling/suspending embedded interpreters

Let's say that I want to embed a scripting engine inside some other program, to allow users to create custom behaviours for objects. For example, when a particular event happens, the server would ...
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Is it reasonable to build applications (not games) using a component-entity-system architecture?

I know that when building applications (native or web) such as those in the Apple AppStore or Google Play app store that it's very common to use a Model-View-Controller architecture. However, is it ...
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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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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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Java Game. Preload objects and reuse vs create objects at runtime [closed]

I'm currently developing my first game in Java language. The game is an endless runner with obstacles to avoid and enemies to kill. Unfortunatelly im still not experience enough and many times im ...
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How to convert a possibly ever-increasing number to a finite scale?

This is common in games, specially management games like Sim City, Civilization, etc: you have actions which provide additional integer bonuses to a metric, but the metric itself remains in a finite ...
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What design pattern best suits managing handles to objects, without passing handles or Manager around?

I'm writing a game in C++ using OpenGL. For those that don't know, with the OpenGL API you make a lot of calls to things like glGenBuffers and glCreateShader etc. These return types of GLuint which ...
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Passing a list of choices with different arguments for each choice

I am writing a card game, in which I separated the "Core Logic" of the game from the UI. Communication with the player from the core logic part is done via callbacks which the UI implements and ...
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Is it a good practice to develop a video game for many platforms at once (using e.g. Unity)? [closed]

Multi-platform development tools like Unity offer us an ability to quickly deploy games to many platforms at once. However, I'm concerned about whether the final product will be any worse compared to ...
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Best approach to implement multiple levels of difficulty to a minimax AI [closed]

I'm programming a game (turned base, in a grid) for which I implemented an AI using the minimax algorithm (with alpha-beta prunning). It's all fine and working, but the AI is too good and I can't win ...
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Efficient 2d per pixel lighting on Android [closed]

I am trying to create a simple 2d game to learn on my own. My current task is creating a lighting scheme. My goal is to make the screen appear dark except where I create lights. I have a light class ...
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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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How to use custom fonts in my game? (License question)

I would like to use Roboto font in my libGDX game, but it's licensed under Apache license 2.0. Do I have to include the font license file in my game if I want to use it? I am using internal storage ...
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Best techniques for an AI of a card game

I’m trying to develop an AI for a card game and I’m a bit stuck about the technique/algorithm I should use. Here are a few assumptions about the game: After the cards are distributed to players, ...
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in trouble making a card game with pygame

I am designing a card game playable against the computer. The rule is very simple Both player and CPU gets 10 cards of 1 to 10. Player and CPU plays a single card at the same time, every round. The ...
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Is this OOP class hierarchy too deep?

So I am making a Super Mario Bros NES clone in pygame and for all enemies that are drawn to the window, I have a class hierarchy that is 5 classes deep. Going in the order of: Object (A base class ...
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Is there a better pattern than multiple inheritance here?

I'm working on a server implementation for a large game with many gametypes. There are several kinds of interactable entities: players, monsters, objects, vehicles. All entities share the same base ...
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Algorithm for calculating a bullet path to a target with max. 2 ricochets

Sorry for the poor title but I didn't have a better way to phrase it... So there's this amazing game by Nintendo (yes!) on Wii called WiiPlay. There're 9 minigames in it, and my favorite one is ...
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How should keypoll functions be designed in games?

So I'm making a clone of Super Mario Bros in pygame. As of now I am in the middle of making my keypoll function, to check all the keys that are currently being pressed. I am wondering which would be ...
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Algorithm and data structure to match groups of users (1-5 each) into 2 balanced sets of 5 users

I'm building a matchmaking queueing service for a 5v5 team-based game. I have a large set of users that are grouped into unique lobbies comprised of 1-5 users each. Each user has an integer based ...
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How should one modularly implement related objects?

I tried to make the question title as generally applicable as possible, but I'm not certain I worded it so well. It was brought about by a very specific problem I'm having, and for the remainder of ...
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How to pick a random move/action/element non-probabilistically?

I am trying to create a simple AI that can play Go using Monte Carlo Tree Search. This question, however, is valid for all games where players take turns doing some action that, on average, reduce ...
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What's the proper way to model this real-world activity that seems to need circular references in OOP?

I've been wrestling with a problem in a Java project about circular references. I'm trying to model a real-world situation in which it seems the objects in question are interdependent and need to ...
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How to handle overlapping classes

I'm putting together a program to try and recreate a board game. My goal was to keep the rules and actually actions of the game separate from its presentation, so I am creating a library that contains ...
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Design: Bridge Game [duplicate]

I'm making revisions to a Console version of contract bridge I made in Java. The source can be found here: Bridge So most of the code is terrible and I've been trying make improvements wherever ...
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Synchronizing content between web-based app and game server

I have a MUD server, written in C, that I'm trying to move from file-based storage to MongoDB. Eventually, I'd like to offload administration of game content and settings to a web console, written in ...
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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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Share some fields but others unique to owner of instance

I've been programming for many years and this is sort of a strange need and I've never seen anything like this but I have a game where there are abilities that you can do. There is an ability class ...
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Is studying algorithms important for game development? [closed]

I am fairly new in the programming world, I have a 1-year experience and I learned by watching online courses, and I made few iOS apps. Now I am moving into game development and I already ...
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Duplicate Account Detection - New Approach?

So I'm working on a web based game, and need to deal with the age old issue of duplicate account detection. Players often create multiple accounts to farm money/items etc to their main account, or to ...
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C#/MonoGame - Programming enemies and levels in external script files

I'm writing a little game using C# MonoGame and I have idea of scripting enemies in external script files (not necessarily in C#, maybe in lua?). So for example I have class Enemy in C#. And I want ...
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Weighted (Perlin?) Noise generation

Is there a way I can "Weight" a noise generation algorithm to a specific point i.e the center of the generated "image" or one of its corners, assuming the generated "image" is square? I have been ...
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Line intersection detection algorithm

I'm trying to detect if a line drawn by the user intersects itself. I'm using a line intersection detection algorithm that goes through each waypoint of the line and checks if intersects with any ...
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What architecture is suitable for players matchmaking?

The system should match players to game rooms. When the room is ready it moves to a game server. Each game start request can have a list of prefered game servers and specifies exactly game mode ...
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Choosing a javascript framework for a massively multi-player game : React vs Ember 2 vs other better option

I'd like to add to my Ruby on Rails app a javascript front end using basically Rails a json api sending data to the front end. The question for me is: React or Ember 2 (or maybe another viable ...
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2D Game Data Structure in OpenGL ES 2.0

I'm trying to come up with some data structures for rendering my map on OpenGL. It is going to be ~ 100x100 blocks(squares) total, with each block being around 100 pixels. However, the screen will ...
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Physics/Game Engine in C++ for mobile app [closed]

First post so be gentle. I am a junior seeking a Comp Sci major and was looking into making a mobile game. I wanted to use this for my thesis project next year, and possibly a way to pay back college ...
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Enemy AI for classic game Bubble Bobble [closed]

I am building a similar game to Bubble Bobble. This is the scenario: where E represents enemies, and P represents the player. If a user falls through the lower hole, it reappears through the ...
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Game architecture - connecting different parts of the game

I do a bit of solo game development and always get stuck on some part of the architecture where I can't decide what the best way to tackle a problem is. I've just run into a good architecture problem, ...
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What algorithm can be used for a more complex version of the bin packing problem?

I'm currently developing a plugin for World of Warcraft in LUA to help optimize a recently introduced part of the game, namely Garrison missions. A Warcraft Garrison (basically a player fortress) has ...
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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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Is there a good way (pattern) for adding a state to a finite state machine

So I'm working on a roguelike, and planning to represent the monsters using a finite state machine spot PC wander------------------->move ^ ^ | | \ ...
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How to design multiplayer online game with a battlefield?

I'm designing a simple game where all players use one battlefield via browser. I'm using websockets. So I'm wondering should I always send all data about battlefield to every user when smth is being ...