# Tagged Questions

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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### Sweep and prune vs quad tree when all objects are dynamic (moving)

As I understand it there are 3 popular strategies for spatial partitioning: sweep and prune, quad/oct tree and uniform grid. Uniform grid is problematic for me because I have not set an upper limit on ...
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### Create player rankings?

I recently created a tournament system that will soon lead into player rankings. Basically, after players are done with the tournament, they are given a rank based on how they did in the tournament. ...
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### Given seams, how do I unfold a mesh?

If a user marks a seam on a mesh, how do 3D modelling programs (like Blender or Maya) unfold the mesh on to a 2D surface? I can only find papers trying to automate the seaming for you. Given ...
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### Raycast algorithm fails to collide with diagonal walls in specific locations

I'm having a problem with my ray-cast algorithm in a 2D tile-based universe. I feel the situation would be best explained with a picture, so here it is: The ray, represented by the blue line, is ...
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### Algorithm/ Logic of identifying a circle in Go game

I'm trying to create a 2 players Go-like game. Unfortunately I can't get the capturing system to act correctly. At the moment the system is half done, however I cannot think of a perfect way for it to ...
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### What is the fastest way to know if the current coordinate in screen-space is odd or even in GLSL/GLES2 frag shader?

I want to make a post-effect where every second column of pixels is colored differently, and I want to implement this as a GLSL fragment shader on GLES2. The question is what is the most effective way ...
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### Static evaluation function for Checkers using Minimax

I have correctly implemented Minimax for my checkers AI till depth of 3 ( well at least that is what I think ). However I am confused on evaluating my game boards at depth 3 with heuristics. Currently ...
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### Collision detection in 3d

what is the simplest algorithm for collision detection that respects the following requirements: The collision is only between cubes that are always aligned with the axis of the world (not rotated). ...
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### Finding next AI move using MinMax algorithm for Checkers [duplicate]

I am currently working on a Checkers game using Unity ( human vs computer ) I am done with the base architecture of the game ie defining the rules, moves, jumps etc. I am currently stuck in ...
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### Voxel sparse octrees for indirect illumination

I don't understand the use of voxel sparse octrees for indirect illumination calculations. First of all, what exactly is happing? We're rendering the scene as usual with diffuse lighting. In the ...
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### Rotate an arrow on a plane?

I'm creating a display for a GPS-based embedded system and would like to have an arrow indicating the current bearing. I'd love the arrow to have a 3d appearance by rotating it on a plane tilted up ...
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### How to write an adjacency algorithm that compares position data?

I have a list of indexed triangles for which I need to generate adjacency data. I've already written a brute force algorithm that creates 3 edge data structures for each triangle and then compares the ...
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### Fighting Game Camera Positioning in SDL

I'm working on a 2D fighting game (using SDL) much like the original Killer Instinct on SNES. I want the camera to keep both players an equal distance from the left and right sides of the viewport. ...
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### Swarm Algorithms [closed]

I have been asked to deliver a presentation for my university course on ant, bee and particle swarm algorithms. Therefore I am attempting to learn more about swarm algorithms and their uses within ...
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### How to implement a hint-system for nearby matches (in a Match-3 puzzle game)?

Taking Candy Crush as an example: In a Match-3 game, how would you figure out which nearby tiles are 1 move away from creating a match? Do you basically have to do it by trial-and-error on every ...
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### Point to coordinate function

I am working on a game in which I need an enemy ship to point towards the player. Here is the equation I came up with: angle = sin-1(abs(y1 - y2)/√(x1 - x2)2-(y1 - y2)2) This essentially takes ...
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### How can I do a weighted cascade down a path in a 3D environment?

I am trying to perform a weighted cascade down a path in a 3D environment. Now, what I am trying to do is have one object(a cube) in the environment scan from its coords 1 in every direction for ...
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### Displaying range around a unit [duplicate]

I'm looking to highlight a set of square tiles around a unit to signify its movable range. The concept should be quite familiar to those who have experienced the Fire Emblem series of game. I have ...
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### A Star pathfinding algorithm, multiple node set optimization

I'm trying to determine if this is an optimization I should pursue or if this is way to complicated to be worth my time. I've successfully implemented the A Star Algorithm for my video game. I used ...
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### Need help with algorithm for generating connected bricks in Pick A Brick clone

I want to make a clone of an Amiga 500 game, Pick A Brick, a 2D game where the goal is to clear a table of bricks by matching them up, following certain rules. I am getting nowhere when it comes to ...
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### Quick algorithm to identify undrawn rectangles inside a map

I already have a working algorithm for this but it's home-made and there is some redundancy in the things it checks, so I'm looking for a fast algorithm (or the name of it) that would detect undrawn ...
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### Calculate required resolution

Lets say I have a rectangle with width x and height y. Then there is transformation matrix T. Now, how using only those data can I estimate minimal resolution of texture (that is its width and ...
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### Algorithm for staying “alive” forever

I am implementing a game where the player is playing(sliding) the little red rectangle and the purpose is to not hit the black rectangles and to not move out of the inner blue rectangle. The black ...
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### Smooth path/direct movement

I have a tile based isometric map and an A* algorithm that returns a path. I am looking to smooth this path efficiently but with good aesthetics. Basically i am using my grid for building the map and ...
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### Algorithm to find average position

In the given diagram, I have the extreme left and right points, that is -2 and 4 in this case. So, obviously, I can calculate the width which is 6 in this case. What we know: The number of ...
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### Timed player collision

I'm trying to make the player loose one heart then cool down for a second after being hit. For an example if(a.overlaps(b)) { p.health--; } would lower the health while being touched. In my old ...
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### Can GJK be used with the same “direction finding method” every time?

In my deliberations on GJK (after watching http://mollyrocket.com/849) I came up with the idea that it ins not neccessary to use different methods for getting the new direction in the doSimplex ...
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### Efficient way to calculate “vision cones” on 2D tile map?

I'm trying to calculate which tiles a particular unit can "see" if facing a certain direction on a tile map (within a certain range and angle of facing). The easiest way would be to draw a certain ...
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### Algorithm to make entities closely follow one another?

I have a group of entities that I want to follow a leader very closely. A good example would be how the player's soldiers move in Cannon Fodder. Any suggestions for achieving movement like this?
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### How can I implement a percentage chance to perform some action? [duplicate]

Let's say that there is an X% chance that a character will shoot a target, or some other action. How do I determine if the action should be taken or not (how do I implement the percentage chance)?
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### Algorithm to modify a color to make it less similar than background

I'm creating a demo of 20 balls bouncing each other, with a background filled with a solid color. Color for each ball is chosen randomly with randint(0, 255) for each R, G, B tuple component. Problem ...
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### How to represent a map in a top-down perspective game with low algorithm complexity?

This is the first time I develop a video-game, and I am kind of lost. I would like to know about ways on representing 2D maps on a top-down perspective game... (Like this one: ...
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### Surface creation algorithm using points cloud

I am looking for a realtime algorithm to create a 2D mesh using points. But I am quite confused. It seems that Delaunay triangulation can help me create mesh using point clouds, but Meta-balls seems ...
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### How do I generalise Bresenham's line algorithm to floating-point endpoints?

I'm trying to combine two things. I'm writing a game and I need to determine the grid squares lying on a line with the floating-point endpoints. Moreover I need it to include all the grid squares ...
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### Determining a sensible gear-like hierarchy for a series of connected objects

I would like a series of objects to behave in similar manner to a series of connected gears. This means that each black object in the diagram below will rotate at a speed based on the ratio of their ...
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### Can I use an AI engine written in C++ in my Unity game? If yes, how can I do this?

I am studying some chess and others AI algorithms and the majority of these implementations are made in C and C++, my question is, if I make a chess board and all the graphic thing in Unity, can I ...
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### Hash Distance & Angle To Produce Unique Value

I have many vertices drawn on my Unity3d C# application window (thousands). I am attempting to come up with a fast way to detect which vertex has been clicked. My idea is to use a sorted list. The ...
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### Detect which object conceals another one

I've searched for a while for a good solution and if I'd have found one I wouldn't be here. So there are the details: I have been working on my 2D game using XNA, and I'm aware of the way XNA renders ...
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### Bounds Queries for Simplex Noise Function

How do I construct a Bounds Query for 3D Simplex Noise? [This is more or less a follow-up to my last question] Simply put, for an arbitrary octree node (cube) in my volume (a section of Unity3d ...
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### Best practice for organizing the physics of objects?

Apologies because this is a long post and I am inexperienced. I would really appreciate the input from some experienced developers. These are my two goals for this project: To learn the best ...
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### Efficiently detecting objects inside multiple radius

I would like to create a game for mobile that require to calculate multiple time by seconds which moving objects are in the radius of moving points. The game is highly inspired from Gratuitous Space ...
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### match 3 Shuffling

I'm interested in hearing about to implement similar functionality to Candy Crush's shuffling. I have an algorithm to determine if there are any matches available and if there aren't, I want to ...
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### Procedural terrain generation

Currently I have a procedurally generated planet using multiple octaves of perlin noise. The thing is, that I don't generate heightmap, but rather get the values of perlin function and apply them ...
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### How can I determine the extreme color values in a texture?

I am looking for a way to determine the most extreme color values for all of the texels in a texture. So for a texture consisting only of black and white texels, the extreme values should be (0,0,0) ...
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### Is it more efficient to use an A* algorithm or a line system drawn in pathfinding in C#?

I was recently introduced to the A* algorithm when I asked a friend about making AI/NPC's in video games move to certain points and it sounded very interesting. I am building an FPS and it has AI that ...
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### GA - Genetic Algorithm for Enemy

So I'm starting a project which aims to make a good AI for my game monsters. So far I have set up the GA and got some results. There's two genes, with one chromosome each. The monster either ...
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### Is there an equation to determine when to invoke extrapolation in response to lag?

I've implemented interpolation to smooth character drawing in my networked game. But now I want to fall back on extrapolation if too much time has passed from a user sending an update and the ...
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### How can I simulate the sun's position for 3D lighting?

I'm using a directional light as a light source. It dosn't have a positon, only a direction, represented by a vec3. I'm trying to figure out how to make the light direction to simulate sun movement ...