Algorithms are used for calculation, data processing, and automated reasoning. More precisely, an algorithm is an effective method expressed as a finite list of well-defined instructions for calculating a function.

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Procedural… house with rooms generator

I've been looking at some algorithms and articles about procedurally generating a dungeon. The problem is, I'm trying to generate a house with rooms, and they don't seem to fit my requirements. For ...
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Complex Scaling

I've been trying to figure this thing out for weeks now, but with no luck.So, I am creating this program in WindowsForms and Xna, that allows users to create a 3D room. By draging and customizing ...
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Using circles to create a sphere

I've been working on creating spheres in a 3D space recently, and have successfully created cylinders. I've just run into a little problem. For some reason, my "Spheres" end up looking like very thick ...
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Retrieve outer most points on a 2d graph

G'day everyone, I have a 2d graph which has some points plotted on it. What I need to do is get only the outer most points so that I can connect them up (isn't really relevant). What I can't seem ...
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Tongue pull effect

I've been searching on the net for several days and can not find nothing about this effect. Even a name for this effect. I want to make a character that can use his tongue to pull objects objects it ...
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Catmull Rom Spline - Constant Speed

Given the equations found in the answer here: Determine arc-length of a Catmull-Rom spline How would one A) Apply this to a 3D Catmull-Rom Spline, and B) write A out programmatically (for the math ...
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How should I go about randomizing levels in a “runner” game?

I'm working on a runner type of game (basically it's a never ending run through hordes of enemies and platforms and whatnot). 2d platformer view. Should I random a bit of map every now and then? Few ...
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Elegant autotiling

I'm looking for information about how people implement autotiling in their tile-based games. So far I have always improvised it with a bunch of hardcoded "if ... else ..." statements, and now I ...
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simple escape algorithm: enemy escapes when hero approches

I need some clues on a "escape" algorithm. My scene a 2D rectangle (0,0,1000,1000) I have enemy sprites on this scene. They are immobile until distance from hero <100. If distance<100, enemy ...
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Iterating 1D array and getting 2D tile position

I know I'm missing something very obvious here, but I have a 1D array that contains integers.I have a map that is 30 x 30 and the center coordinate is 0,0 (This is actually 3D, but I'm essentially ...
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Efficient path-finding on 2D tile-based multilevel map

It's a question I've been thinking about for some time... How do you effiently find a path on a 2D tile-based multilevel map? The map I use, for example, is 2048 on 2048 tiles wide. It has 14 levels ...
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Storing huge 2D tiled map in a txt file

I'm working on a global startegy game that uses a 2D tiled map. The map is to be 8000x8000 tiles large (this size is fixed, the map stays the way it is throughout the game), since I'm covering a large ...
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How to do score systems, combos, multipliers, chains, etc

I am designing a game, but I am having some trouble implementing a decent score system. Basically I have nodes with two different possible characteristics: color and shape. Since the player click from ...
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Syncing game states in a multiplayer RTS game

I'm working in a group with 2 friends on our Gr. 12 final project for programming. We're making a multiplayer RTS game. I've been assigned to the networking section of the game, and none of us have ...
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Ideas for attack damage algorithm (language irrelevant)

I am working on a game and I need ideas for the damage that will be done to the enemy when your player attacks. The total amount of health that the enemy has is called enemyHealth, and has a value of ...
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2D/Isometric map algorithm

First of all, I don't have much experience on game development but I do have experience on development. I do know how to make a map, but I don't know if my solution is a normal or a hacky solution. I ...
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Matchmaking by user-supplied parameters

I'm looking for matchmaking algorithm for a 1 vs 1 online game. Players must not be matched by their skill level, but instead by some specific filters set by the players. Each player sends a request ...
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Keeping the meshes “thickness” the same when scaling an object

I've been bashing my head for the past couple of weeks trying to find a way to help me accomplish, on first look very easy task. So, I got this one object currently made out of 5 cuboids (2 sides, 1 ...
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Reversi/Othello early-game evaluation function

I've written my own Reversi player, based on the MiniMax algorithm, with Alpha-Beta pruning, but in the first 10 moves my evaluation function is too slow. I need a good early-game evaluation function. ...
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Performance issues with visibility detection and object transparency

I'm working on a 3d game that has a view similar to classic isometric games (diablo, etc.). One of the things I'm trying to implement is the effect of turning walls transparent when the player walks ...
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Showing range on hexagonal grid

Here is the situation. I have hexagonal board,and a unit on it,with speed or move value 4.Diffrent terrain has a diffrent cost.When i click on the unit,game should show me a move range. My solution ...
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isometric drawing order with larger than single tile images - drawing order algorithm?

I have an isometric map over which I place various images. Most images will fit over a single tile, but some images are slightly larger. For example, I have a bed of size 2x3 tiles. This creates a ...
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Basic modelling of radar

I'm currently researching how to model/simulate radar for my naval simulation. Since the emphasis is on modelling ASW or submarines in general, I need only a basic radar model - at least for the ...
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Build a view frustum from angles

I have 4 angles, left, right, top & bottom. These angles are in degrees. They define the angle between the forward vector and the corresponding side. I am trying to use these to calculate the ...
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Prevent collisions between mobs/npcs/units piloted by computer AI : How to avoid mobile obstacles?

Lets says we have character a starting at point A and character b starting at point B. character a is headed to point B and character b is headed to point A. There are several simple ways to find the ...
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How do display a “mucus spreading” effect in a 2D environment?

Here is an example of such a mucus spreading. The substance is spread around the source (in this example, the source would be the main alien building). The game is starcraft, the purple substance ...
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trapped inside a Graph : Find paths along edges that do not cross any edges

This is a graph based platformer level and the round shapes are creatures. I am looking for a path traveling along edges that does not cross other edges(To simulate the creature crawling on the ...
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Help with Collision Resolution?

I'm trying to learn about physics by trying to make a simplified GTA 2 clone. My only problem is collision resolution. Everything else works great. I have a rigid body class and from there cars and ...
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What is the best way to implement collision detection using Bullet physics engine and a track generated from a curve?

I am developing a small racing gam, the track is generated from a curve. As said above, the track is generated, but not infinite. The track of one level could fit with no problem in memory and will ...
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What's wrong with this turn to face algorithm?

I implement a torpedo object that chases a rotating planet. Specifically, it will turn toward the planet each update. Initially my implement was: void move() { vector3<float> to_target ...
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How to correct shooting in touch-screen shooting games?

Assume a shooting game for iPhone that the character shoot toward where player has touched. But as we know, There may be fault in touching screen by player and it conclude to bad game play and low ...
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Detecting long held keys on keyboard

I just want to ask if can I check for "KEY"(keyboard) that is HOLD/PRESSED for a long time, because I am to create a clone of breakout with air hockey for 2 different human players. Here's the ...
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Rotating multiple points at once in 2D

I currently have an editor that creates shapes out of (X, Y) coordinates and then triangulate that to make up a shape of those points. What will I have to do to rotate all of those points ...
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Algorithm for approximating sihlouette image as polygon [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there any heuristic to polygonize a closed 2D raster shape with n triangles? I want to be able to analyze a texture in real time and approximate a polygon to ...
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Having a list of rooms with theirs connection to each other, how do I find isolated room groups?

I'm trying to create a small roguelike and went as far as random generating rooms and corridors. Each room is an instanced object and contain an arraylist of the others rooms connected by a corridor. ...
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Polygonal Triangulation - algorithm with O(n log n) complexity

I wish to triangulate a polygon I only have the outline of (p0, p1, p2 ... pn) like described in this question: polygon triangulation algorithm and this webpage: ...
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How can I generate a navigation mesh for a tile grid?

I haven't actually started programming for this one yet, but I wanted to see how I would go about doing this anyway. Say I have a grid of tiles, all of the same size, some traversable and some not. ...
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how to calculate intersection time and place of multiple moving arcs

I have rocks orbiting moons, moons orbiting planets, planets orbiting suns, and suns orbiting black holes, and the current system could have many many layers of orbitage. the position of any object ...
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Data structure for bubble shooter game

I'm starting to make a bubble shooter game for a mobile OS. Assume this is just the basic "three or more same-color bubbles that touch pop" and all bubbles that are separated from their group ...
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Finding shapes in 2D Array, then optimising

I've just been allowed an image...The image below from my game shows some darkened blocks, which have been recognised as being part of a "T" shape. As can be seen, the code has darkened the blocks ...
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Game window systems and internal frames

I don't know if this is a valid question, but: What kind of window manager do games use which have internal frames (Frames inside frames)? Does this differ between the programming languages (Are e.g. ...
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How do I generate a smooth random horizontal 2D tunnel? [duplicate]

I'd like to create a smoother version of the navigable and quite natural-looking random tunnel found in this classic helicopter game. It should ideally be... infinite, so more can be generated as ...
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Object detection in bitmap JavaScript canvas

I want to detect clicks on canvas elements which are drawn using paths. So far I have stored element paths in a JavaScript data structure and then check the coordinates of hits which match the ...
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AI Game Programming : Bayesian Networks, how to make efficient?

We know that AI is one of the most important part of Game Programming. Bayesian networks is one of the core part of AI at Game Programming. Bayesian networks are graphs that compactly represent the ...
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Ideas for 2d fire simulation [closed]

I want to simulate a fire in a flat and non flat* surface (fire spread modelling). I've seen that cellular automata is one of the algorithms that can be used. Are there other algorithms that would be ...
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Diamond-square terrain generation problem

I've implemented a diamond-square algorithm according to this article: http://www.lighthouse3d.com/opengl/terrain/index.php?mpd2 The problem is that I get these steep cliffs all over the map. It ...
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Negamax implementation doesn't appear to work with tic-tac-toe [closed]

I've implemented Negamax as it can be found on wikipedia, which includes alpha/beta pruning. However, it seems to favor a losing move, which should be an invalid result. The game is Tic-Tac-Toe, ...
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Low CPU/Memory/Memory-bandwith Pathfinding (maybe like in Warcraft 1)

Dijkstra and A* are all nice and popular but what kind of algorithm was used in Warcraft 1 for pathfinding? I remember that the enemy could get trapped in bowl-like caverns which means there were ...
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What kind of shader is this?

Cube World uses a pretty good looking shader, I especially like the shading of the characters: Is this soft shading? I'd like to achieve this effect in Unity 3D Free, but since the free version ...
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How to decompose sprite sheet

I have a lot of spritesheets that are poorly formatted that I want to decompose, or split out into many small images, one for each sprite. If I can do that, I can use my custom texture packer tool to ...