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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AI for enemy in 2d game [on hold]

I need an AI algorithm for enemy in 2d game for aiming at player and shooting. This is a j2me game. The enemy first comes from top and waits few seconds and then moves to left and then goes to ...
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Professional game design involving game play algorithms [on hold]

I have been involved in a few independent game projects and unfunded start ups as the guy that designs game logic. I don't really have the programming chops that the other guys did, but I'm good at ...
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Match-3 Shuffle Required?

How can I detect if there are no more potential matches possible and therefore a shuffle is required?
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What path finding algorithms are there? [closed]

I'd like to read up on path finding algorithms. Is there a primer available or any material or tutorials on the Internet that would be a good start for me?
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How do I convert a partially transparent image into polygons?

I'm using GLEE2D, a level editor allowing me to import images, scale them, rotate them, and position them onto layers and export the data into XML format. However, it does not tell me objects' ...
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How do I know when a player has crossed a point threshold?

I’m needing help figuring out logic when adding a time bonus to my game. I only want to reward the player with extra time if they level up. Currently when the player’s score is less than 100 no ...
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best way to implement movement after A* pathfinding? tile-based movement vs pixel-based?

I was able to implement the A* pathfinding algorithm to calculate a path from the enemy to player. After trying to do movement well, I realized I ran into all sorts of problems. I was able to add ...
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What is the actual formula to find the vertices of an animation frame in using a BVH file?

I've read this tutorial and tried many formulas to build the skeleton. I am able to build it without the rotations, but those break everything. This, for example, is a simplified code for one of my ...
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Pipe connection game algorithm - Java/Andengine

I am creating a game based on Pipe Dream/Pipe Mania using java/andengine for android. I have a square grid of tiles each representing a type of pipe. The player needs to swap tiles to connect the ...
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Dynamic Dijkstra

I need dynamic dijkstra algorithm that can update itself when edge's cost is changed without a full recalculation. Full recalculation is not an option. I've tryed to "brew" my own implemantion with no ...
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Carve river beds into existing 3d procedural generated terrain

Ok, I've read many threads around about procedural terrain generation with rivers and roads but they suggest approaches from zero to result. I'd like to know if exists an algorithm to apply to an ...
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How do I avoid pathfinding characters getting stuck in corners?

I used A* pathfinding to return a list of Tiles to get from an enemy to the player. After that, I wasn't sure how to actually move the enemy. What I ended up doing was get the first Tile in the path. ...
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Texture packing algorithm

What is a good texture packing algorithm? Technically, bin packing is NP-hard, so a heuristic is what I'm really after.
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Finding the nearest object

I have a sizable game engine and I'd like a feature for finding the nearest of a list of points. I could simply use the Pythagorean theorem to find the distances. I know I can't simply add x and y, ...
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How to reduce n^2 complexity when checking for collisions and attacks? [duplicate]

I have a snake clone game, but each element can attack enemies and enemies may attack elements in snake. They all have range of attack, and what I do is every time my update loop triggers (60 times ...
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How do I generate a torus mesh?

I'm trying to programmatically generate vertices and indices for a torus. I found this piece of code somewhere, and it looks like it works, but I'm not certain it is correct. With my little knowledge ...
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How simulate the return effect of the wheel of fortune needle

I am trying to create a spinning wheel which slows down after a specific time. I managed to simulate the slowdown of the wheel but I need also to put a needle which go up and down with an angle of ...
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Hearthstone suggest a card algorithm [closed]

Does anyone have an insight of the suggest a card algorithm in hearthstone deckbuilding? I would like to try to see it that same suggestion can be applied in MtG, having for example to choose your ...
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Minimum number of vertex moves to un-intersect a polygon with itself [migrated]

In my game, I have n points that form a self-intersecting polygon. The points can be moved by dragging them. How can I form a non-intersecting polygon this way, in the minimum number of moves?
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Field of view determination with partially opaque cells

I'm currently implementing the field of view of a player in a 2D-grid based game. I've chosen a standard ray tracing algorithm because he really fits the features needed in my game. However, the ...
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Astar optimalization (A*) [closed]

So I have written own implementation of AStar (A*) algorithm to find paths around my 2d tile based map. My problem is that if I call it each frame (I need to do it) and I'm searching path from corner ...
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Match-3 algorithm to fill empty space left from removing matches

I am currently creating a match 3 game. I am at the point where I have objects dropping down in the column when only one item is removed. So if an item is removed, the above item moves into its old ...
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How to combine vertex, normal, UVW arrays optimally?

In Unity, meshes have multiple arrays for various vertex components (Normal, Position, UV coord, etc), and triangles consist of three indices that define the (same) offset into each array to build the ...
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Goalkeeper Jumping Algorithm?

This may be a "best way to" question, so may be susceptible to opinion-based answers (which is ok for me). But I would also like if there are any tutorials , research papers , etc. I'm trying to make ...
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Pathfinding avoid a list of polygon

i'm working on a 2D RTS project, no tile-based map. I have a problem on building map data structure & algorithm for that. I already think of a naive algorithm to solve that. Of course it's very ...
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How can I add and subtract convex polygons?

I have two 2D convex polygons overlapping each other. I am looking for an algorithm to subtract and add them. The result must be a single concave polygon or (even better) a set of biggest convex ones ...
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Tower Defense Search Enemies Efficiently

I had a problem with the build of a TD. I got a slow - non efficient search for towers find targets to shoot. PD: enemies[] got all the active & non-active enemies (death and alive) ->Im using ...
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How can I generate a lightning bolt effect?

Is there an algorithm to generate a lightning bolt? I would like an algorithm that generates a list of segment or point objects specifying where the bolt will land. The method would need a start ...
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How do you parameterize turn based AI?

I would like to create/find an AI algorithm/process that can be parameterized such that a change in the parameters causes a change in the AI behavior. I am specifically looking to apply this to a turn ...
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Constrained/penalized distance function

Assume a character is located on a n by n grid and has to reach a certain entry on that grid. Its current position is (x1,y1). Also on the same grid is an enemy with coordinates (x2,y2). Each step ...
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Java Angle Math: Calculate how near the player looks to an entity [duplicate]

I am programming a Minecraft Bukkit plugin and need a way to calculate an input number from 0 to 360 for displaying a custom compass / radar. So if the player directly looks at the object (shouldn't ...
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How to create a grid based on random shapes?

How to create a "grid" using actionscript like the image below? Basically you have an area of 1100x615 which should be filled with shapes that could be rotated and scaled... Collision detection ...
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Filling in gaps in a grid

I have a set of terrain sprites available to represent terrain: Flat North-South Straight Cliff (x 2 allowing for slope direction either way) West-East Straight Cliff (x 2 allowing for slope ...
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How can I generate Sudoku puzzles?

I'm trying to make a Sudoku puzzle generator. It's a lot harder than I expected and the more I get into it, the harder it gets! My current approach is to split the problem into 2 steps: Generate a ...
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Canting of track in a racing game

I am trying to create a small racing game in which the track would be modeled using a BSpline curve for the path's center line and directional vectors to define the canting of the track at each point. ...
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Scanning a 2D tile map and detecting regions?

I have access to all points/tiles on the map with top-right most point being (0,0). Simplest way to traverse the map would be using for loops, one nested within the other to traverse the x axis, and ...
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How to find a free patch of area in a tiled map?

I've been trying to formulate the question and try to find some information on Google, but didn't managed to, so here it is... We've got a nice tropic-themed game that is about to be released soon, ...
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Verify which bubble is connected to top using DFS

I am working on a bubble shooter game in this game i have implemented searching using DFS as suggested in this link, and this is working fine. Update Here is my code for DFS ...
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Angular velocity from 2D Collision

I have been working on a 2D physics engine for my A Level computing project and I am having trouble calculating the angular velocity from a collision. I have managed to workout each objects linear ...
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Random/Procedural vs. Previously Made Level Generation

What the advantages/disadvantages of using random/procedural generation vs. pre-made levels? There seems to be few that i can think of, other than the fact that items may be a problem to distribute ...
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How control probability of win-lose in tile-matching games?

In a random puzzle game, such as a match-three game, how can you control the probability of a winnable starting condition?
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Pathfinding Search for Path of Specific Length

I am creating a roguelike. This question applies to random map generation. First, I generate areas using a BSP algorithm, where I randomly divide the map into areas. Then, I generate a graph of the ...
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How do I avoid obstacles on a predefined path?

I want is a character to walk along a path defined as a waypoint sequence. For example, a soldier patrolling around a castle. However, I want the soldier to avoid (dynamic) obstacles, without ...
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How can I cut a graph representing 2D positions into two sub-graphs?

I have a graph where each node is associated with a 2D position. I would like to use a finite line to "cut" this graph into two halves, as shown below: Note that the cutting line does have a ...
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Exists a dedicated non-O(n²) Algorithm for avoiding to have overlapping elements?

I am generating positions in a random fashion. In the game world, instantiated elements have a radius, and shouldn't overlap. The problem is that they will overlap because I use a usual random ...
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How can I adapt “random walk” generation to very large maps?

The random (or drunkard's) walk is a great, simple algorithm that can generate very organic-looking maps, such as this: Unfortunately it seems to have poor scalability, making it unsuitable for ...
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How do I shuffle cards for a card game?

I am trying to develop an card game for Android Can anyone suggest me how to write code for effectively shuffling the playing cards?
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How does A* pathfinding work?

I would like to understand on a fundamental level the way in which A* pathfinding works. Any code or psuedo-code implementations as well as visualizations would be helpful.
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How does the Simple Stupid Funnel Algorithm work?

Working with the funneling algorithm shown on Digesting Duck I'm not sure how the detection of the funnel works. Can someone explain the method clearly to me or suggest an alternative way of ...
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How can I optimize this flood fill algorithm?

I'm creating a sprite and animation editor like this one. I'm having performance issues with my flood-fill algorithm. Basically, I open an image with the different modules that are part of a frame of ...