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How do I keep my character centred on screen?

I am making a game similar to Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past (top-down 2D action-adventure). I want the character to stay centred on the screen when he moves. Currently, whenever the player wants ...
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How do I make a 2D character aim their gun toward the mouse?

Heli Attack is a perfect example of the shooting mechanic I'd like. The character aims perpetually toward the mouse. What's going on here? From what I've read so far, you could separate the arm and ...
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Rendering SVG art directly in XNA

Suppose I have a bunch of 2D art in some vectorized format such as SVG. Is there an easy-ish way to render that directly without having to implement a full SVG renderer myself? Of course I could ...
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Vehicle physics with skid

How would I go about creating vehicle physics for a car that can loose traction? I want it to seem like the driver has a flat foot, so when you press the gas, they cars driving (rear) wheels loose ...
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Terrain Generation for Tile-Based 2D Platformer

I'm currently working on a tile-based 2D platformer similar to Terraria in some ways, although I'm having difficulty with the terrain generation. I have some basics done, although they do not come out ...
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2D Level design/editing/saving questions [closed]

I thought about making a simple 2D Sidescroller game like SuperMario. Then i wondered about how to save, load or create the levels for the game. The first thing i thought of was drawing a simple ...
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Quick 2D sight area calculation algorithm?

I have a matrix of tiles, on some of that tiles there are objects. I want to calculate which tiles are visible to player, and which are not, and I need to do it quite efficiently (so it would compute ...
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How can I generate random lakes and rivers in my game?

I have a 2D block building game and am trying to make randomly generated lakes and rivers. I have looked into the Perlin noise algorithm, but, I couldn't get it to generate random and nice results. I ...
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2D Planet Gravity

I'm trying to make a simple game where a spaceship is launched and then its path is effected by the gravity of planets. Similar to this game: http://sciencenetlinks.com/interactives/gravity.html I ...
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How to calculate shot angle and velocity to hit a moving target?

I am developing a 2D Android game and I am making an aiming algorithm for AI projectiles to hit enemies either following a path, or free moving. At the moment it just calculates where the target will ...
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Angle of Reflection

I have this "Breakeout style" game. I have a cannon at the center, blocks around the cannon and pads around the blocks. This is how the game looks like: I've managed to get the collision per ...
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What is a good book to start programming a 2D C++ game?

I have a degree in Computer Science and while I was in college, I created a simple 2D game in Game Maker. I would like to recreate this game in C++ as a start to learning how to create games in C++. ...
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2D Tile-based Collision Detection

I've been planning an indie game project for a while now. I'll summarise it for you so I can get right to the question. It's done entirely using the latest version of XNA through Visual Studio. ...
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How to deal with corner collisions in 2D?

I'm writing a top down 2d XNA game. Since its my first I'm trying to write the physics and collision stuff myself to learn it. Whenever my player sprite character attempts to move into a position ...
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How are “2.5D” art assets created?

By "2.5D" I mean the art style in games such as Roller Coaster Tycoon, Age of Empires 2 or Fallout 1 and 2: Everything in the games appears to be created with a "pixel art"-like tool. Am I correct? ...
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Pathfinding with 2D, non-grid based movement over uniform terrain

I'm looking for the best solution to pathfinding in my game. The map is ultimately grid-based, but entities are positioned using floats, and can move in any direction to any point on the map. The ...
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Sidescroller variable terrain heightmap for walking/collision

I've been fooling around with moving on sloped tiles in XNA and it is semi-working but not completely satisfactory. I also have been thinking that having sets of predetermined slopes might not give me ...
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How to create a 2D region where sprites are automatically wrapped?

Edit Finally managed to get this to work, after two separate questions! Here's a video demonstration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ7e0jegvs0 Will write an article about it later when I have a ...
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Arc'd jumping method?

Okay, so I'm making a platformer, and I wanna know how I can make a arc'd jump easily. Like what Mario does in super Mario Bros 1. Any ideas on a simple way to accomplish this?
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Appropriate level representation / data stucture for a 2D platfrom game?

I'm about to program a copy of Mario in Java. I'm thinking on 2 representations/data structures for the levels but I'm not sure which one should I choose: A 2D integer array. A quadtree to divide ...
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Collision Detection with SAT: False Collision for Diagonal Movement Towards Vertical Tile-Walls?

I'm developing my first tile-based 2D-game with Javascript. To learn the basics, I decided to write my own "game engine". I have successfully implemented collision detection using the separating axis ...
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How to store 2D tile-map

I want to create a 2D map composed of small tiles, that should look like voxels (eg. this just from side). I think I can make a structure like Voxel2D, that have int X, Y and some Color, and every ...
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Friction in 2D game

I'm developing a 2D platformer, although this question could probably apply to just about any 2D type physics; What is the equation for friction? I have sort of a hacky type of friction set up in my ...
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Can you help me find resources for developing a top-down 2D game in Java? [closed]

I just started reading about games, and I'm going to develop a game where a person is moving around on a 2D map. My preferred language is Java. Is that suitable to develop games? I'm going to ...
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Scrolling background loop

I'm trying to scroll my background forever and so I'm using the background image twice. When the first one goes off screen, it should relocate to the end of the second one. However, there seems to be ...
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How to create 2D shadows [duplicate]

I'd like to create lights and shadows in a 2D environment, like in the image below: I did several searches but got no results. Do you have any hint?
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Triangle - Rectangle Intersection in 2D

I had previously asked this for 3D but now I changed my strategy and would like to do the intersection in 2D. The Rectangle is axis aligned and will always be in a fixed position, and has a constant ...
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How to randomly place rectangle inside a larger bounding rectangle without intersecting other rectangles inside

Let us consider the case: there is an overall bounding rectangle (call this Rb) which contains a number of rectangles within it (call this set SRo). Now I would like to randomly position a new ...
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What to consider when deciding on 2D vs 3D for a game?

How much "harder" is 3D than 2D in terms of: Amount/complexity of the code Level of math skills required Time involved in making art assets Original title: How hard is 3D game development versus ...
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How to render 2D particles as fluid?

Suppose you have a nice way to move your 2D particles in order to simulate a fluid (like water). Any ideas on how to render it? This is for a 2D game, where the perspective is from the side, like ...
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Creating an electricity/lighting/tesla coil effect in a 2D XNA game?

I'd like to create beams of electricity between two points very similar to this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMJ8-56L3Lc. The effect is so dynamic, with varying lengths and pseudo-random ...
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How do I make a character capable of walking on walls?

I am trying to get a character to move like a spider: Given a rising slope which a ball would normally not be able to roll up, the spider would slowly crawl up. Similarly, given a mid-air rectangular ...
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Procedural Generation of Infinite Level

What are some good approaches to procedurally generating an infinite 2d level? The level could be constrained in either dimension but not necessarily. The approach that makes most sense to me so far ...
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What's the most efficient way to find the intersection point of a missile and a bitmap terrain?

Following up on my earlier question about finding the slope of a 2D bitmap terrain I now need to know the best way of finding the point on the 2D terrain that the missile hit. Obviously, I can see if ...
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(Where) Can I learn to create art for my 2D games?

I'm currently bad at drawing. If I want to create something looking acceptable, it usually takes me hours and hours to fiddle around just to get the basic looks right. I think that I'm not completely ...
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Mega Man-style screen scrolling design

The NES classic Mega Man series uses a very specific scrolling technique that I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around implementing. Essentially, the level is divided into "screens" which are ...
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Best way to store game-wide variables

I have an options screen for things like difficulty, resolution, full-screen, etc., but I'm struggling to find the "best" way to store/obtain these variables at run-time. Currently, I've implemented ...
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C# Perlin noise - generating “endless” terrain chunks?

I'm currently writing a little side scroller in C#, to both learn C# and have fun. Right now I have a simple random number generator generating the world but it isn't exactly all that great - so with ...
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Are high powered 3D game engines better at 2D games than engines made for 2D

I'm a software engineer that's new to game programming so forgive me if this is a dumb question as I don't know that much about game engines. If I was building a 2D game am I better off going with an ...
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2D Game dev and Java. Other possibilities than OpenGL?

I recently startet to programm some basic OpenGL stuff in Java, but OpenGL and DirectX is to much to handle and to understand for me and i'm getting bored really fast. Now i am wondering if there are ...
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Map with 20 million tiles makes game run out of memory, how do I avoid it?

While loading extra huge maps, the loading method throws out of memory exception where a new instance of map tile is created. I'd like to have whole map processed at least on server app (and on client ...
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2D Top down view maps

I was wondering how this works. Do you load the complete map when the game starts up, or do you load parts of the map at runtime? And how would you save the maps? Would it be in XML or some binary ...
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Slopes in 2D Platformer

I'm dealing with Slopes in a 2D platformer game I'm developing in XNA Game Studio. I was really tired of trying without success, until I found this post: 45° Slopes in a Tile based 2D platformer, ...
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2D Platformer Collisions

I've basically asked this question before, and I know it's been asked probably a billion times, but I still can't seem to do it. All I want to know is how I should go about doing basic 4-way, ...
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The Physics behind 2D Platformer Games? [closed]

Is there any good book or tutorial that explains the physics behind creating a 2D Platformer game? Such as tile rendering, tile map reading, collision detection, camera movement etc.?
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Android game scrolling background

I'm just trying to figure out the best approach for running a scolling background on an android device. The method I have so far.... its pretty laggy. I use threads, which I believe is not the best ...
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How do you handle uneven tiles while rendering a tile map?

Here is what I want to do with my tile map that I am unsure of. As you can see the top walls are way larger then the bottom and side ones (this is also an issue with my corners which are odd shapes ...
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Tile sizes in 2D games [closed]

While developing a small game using tile-mapping method a question came to my mind: I would develop the game on Windows but wouldn't exclude adapting it to another platform. What size(in pixels) ...
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Free to use resources for 2d platformer Sprites [closed]

I've looked at a couple other questions about Sprites but most seem to apply to Isometric or RPG related sprites. So I'm wondering if there is a decent place for 2D side scrolling plat-former type ...
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2D lighting theory: day-and-night cycle, spot lights at night

I am writing a rogue-like 'zombie' management game. The game map will be similar to Prison Architect. A top-down 50 X 50 grid. I want to implemented a day night cycle and during the night I would ...