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How to find resources location regardless of working directory?

I am working on a resources loader for my personal C++/OpenGL ES engine. My resources are in a resources folder separated trough different sub-folders (shaders, textures, etc). I am currently giving ...
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What is a good way of handling shaders?

I'm currently reading this book and are at the chapter about the rendering subsystem of a game engine. Now, the book suggests that a material is a structure that provides information on how to shade ...
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Separating Game Engine from game code in similar games, with versioning

I have a finished game, that I want to decline in other versions. These would be similar games, with more or less the same kind of design, but not always, basically things might change, sometimes ...
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Database for a diablo 2 like item system?

Diablo 2 has a very sophisticated item system and I want to create something similar. But I am having a hard time getting the architecture right. In Diablo 2 most different kind of gear has different ...
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Getting a Specific Component in an Entity Component System

I've got component class: class Component { public: Component(); ... }; then my various components derive from the base Component class class VelocityCom : public Component { public: ...
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Animations with Model View Controller

I'm currently wondering how to properly structure game code. I have come across MVC (Model View Controller) method/approach, which seams to be a decent way to get a good extendable structure. ...
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How does a “debug console” handle dependencies/access objects?

I'm trying to get my head around how to create a debug console and have a hard problem to figure out how it access different objects in my game. Say for example I want the console to be able to: ...
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Good techniques for syncing gameplay actions to specific animation timings?

So I've come across an issue in the game I'm working on, but it seems to be a pretty fundamental thing that probably comes up in a lot of games. My game requires that some gameplay function occurs ...
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Which parts of game should belong to engine and which should belong to scripts?

Often, the game is splitted into engine code (i.e. C++) and scripts (i.e. Lua). The question is which parts / modules of game code should typically belong to engine, and wchich should belong ...
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Scene management [closed]

I viewed sources of rendering engines (ogre, irrlicht, openscenegraph) but I can't really grasp the the main ideas of their scene management systems. I also read many articles (including Game Engine ...
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How to cache resources in my homebrew rendering system

Background: I am designing a simple 3D render system for an entity component system type architecture using C++ and OpenGL. The system consists of a renderer and a scene graph. When I finish the ...
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How to avoid lots of ugly math code and constants-hoarding?

In a lot of the games I've (tried) making in the past, I often run into the problem of the code getting really heavy on ugly mathematical code. This happens especially frequently in setting up ...
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What type of networking archtitecture does Unreal Engine 4 have?

I am working on online multiplayer FPS on UE 4 with up to 16 players. I am now at the making architecture model, stage. I am doing research on possible server architecture model with respect for ...
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Inventory system does not behave correctly

I have a game with an inventory, you can pick up items by walking on them. When you walk on an item and if it isn't already in your inventory it is added to the next free slot. If it is already in ...
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Setting up an efficient OpenGL rendering loop

This is the code that I use to setup my shader char* vertexShaderSource = getResource("vert.shad"); char* fragmentShaderSource = getResource("frag.shad"); vshad = readFile(vertexShaderSource); fshad ...
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Using hard coded values for Items?

Is it a bad idea to use hard coded values for things like items (static data) that would change infrequently in an online game? I'm designing an online game in node js, and I'm trying to decide if it ...
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Implement Special Effects triggered at certain moments in game

In my turn based RPG/Puzzle game I planned to have different Special effects, which enemies, weapons and armory can have. So for example an enemy can have a "poison" effect, which has a certain ...
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What can I do to avoid one-off flags and checks throughout my code?

Consider a card game, such as Hearthstone. There are hundreds of cards that do a wide variety of things, some of which are unique even to a single card! For instance, there is a card (called ...
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Resource management questions

Say I have this Cache<typename Resource> class template, which is a resource cache that contains an std::map<std::string, Resource>, mapping strings to resources. I can many different ...
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How to architect input code to utilise state machine?

I have an InputController which currently handles all user input, so it looks at button states and updates entity intentions according to some simple rules. I'm looking to add a new state to the game ...
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Diversified Game Object List

Recently I started creating a game in java to hone my rusty java (I work primarily with cpp) and because I thought it to be a neat idea. To better illustrate the problem, let me explain a part of the ...
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How can I handle invulnerability in an entity system?

I currently have an entity component system with messaging. The messages are delivered to each subscriber, but each subscriber gets their own copy, basically meaning that altering a message doesn't ...
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Collectible card game, cards and effects

Based on Design of a turn-based game where actions have side-effects I am building a card-game where cards can have side-effects be triggered under different circumstances. I was given a good idea ...
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Handling AI with ECS in a turn based roguelike

I am trying to implement the Entity Component System pattern to use in a roguelike game. Right now, I have 3 systems. Input, AI, and Action. The input system basically is just a system used by the ...
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How to seprate the game from the game engine (specifically the game loop), into seprate projects?

I am trying to separate my game from game engine both written in Java. Currently they are in two separate packages but I would like to separate them into different projects. A main method in Project ...
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Swapping graphics engines

Is it possible, or even feasible, to have graphics engine completely decoupled from game logic? Why I ask is because I want to start working on a game (I'm a complete beginner in game development, ...
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How to manage state in a component-based game engine?

I'm working on a small, data-driven game engine with some friends. We use GameObjects (a.k.a. Entities, Actors, or whatever it is called in your favorite engine) to represent every entity in the ...
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How to make “Events”/ Scripted Scenes

I want to make cutscenes etc, in my game. I thought of a similar System like in the RPG Maker: If you enter a certain Area, a list of commands and arguments is played. E.g. like this: [Move ...
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How can I represent prerequisites of different type of game objects?

In a strategy game, I want to declare prerequisites for various types of game objects to limit when they can be acquired/executed: technologies, buildables, resources, actions, etc. Any of these types ...
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Efficient removal and adding of Components in ECS

i'm working with the Ashley Entity-Component-System (related to libGDX) to program a server-side simulation for an online game and i stumbled upon a serious performance drawback, that is probably ...
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entity component - get object from entity system without knowing it's ID

Ive been building a game using a Entity Component system, but im having a bit of an issue finding a specific object in my entity system without knowing the Entity's Id. My game is organized in ...
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Branching quest system

I've started working in a quest system for my game, but I stumble in a zone where I have to many, if/else conditions to handle a quest, whether you have X and Y item in your inventory, whether you ...
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Cram search results into viewport (of a search minimap)?

I'm no coder, nor do I try to be. I just had one of those "it's impossible" arguments with folks who love to argue with me before they even understand what the argument is about :) So I need to ...
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How do I add scripting logic to my dialogue tree? [closed]

I'm creating 2D RPG game and I want to implement branching dialogue system which can also change player stats, add items and so on. Also I want to implement conditions for some answers so player ...
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Sphere to plane collision never rearching resting contact

I have been trying to have a sphere to plane eventually lead to the sphere coming to a resting contact, but my sphere will end up always bouncing forever. It will bounce correctly for the first few ...
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Property replication vs RPC notifications

I'm not talking about something such as an object position, which changes very often. I'm talking about some object state that may be changed infrequently, such as a door opening and closing. Would ...
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How to setup animation based events without depending on an animation?

How can I have events based off animations without relying on them? Take for example reloading in a FPS game. You'd hit a button to reload your weapon, the animation will play, then animation will hit ...
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How does Unity's Entity-Component System Work In Practice? [closed]

On the surface Entity-Component seems like a good way to program games. Everything is a game object and those game objects are made up of components. The attraction is components are very flexible, ...
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Best way to deal with a large variety of items?

I am currently working on my first java game and I am having trouble figuring out how I should implement my classes that will have heavy variety. For example, I am considering having an abstract item ...
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Solitaire Game: Transferring Cards Design in C++

So, I'm working on a Solitaire game. I already created a the classes: Card, Pile, Stock. Each work as expected on it's own. My question is: What possible design for managing moving card(s) between the ...
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Browser Game - Model or not Model

I'm planing on making a browser game just for fun and to improve my skills, but I have an issue regarding the Software Architecture of the game: I will be using an ORM to communicate with my ...
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How should entities in a game reference each other?

I've been reading a lot about design patterns, but in using these patterns there's one question that I keep coming back to. How should my entities access information about each other? Let's say I'm ...
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Client code handling its own generics when returned by an engine

I'm writing a game engine in Java 8, and have prototype client code written in Groovy. New Game objects can be created with a builder which defines everything which fills in the blanks. To simplify ...
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Deal with double coordinates and graphics

I want to draw some vectors and few sprites in a 2D world.Problem is that they should be precise. For example a vector has position (5000000.65,556666). That depends on user. He might want to add ...
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Hiding actual IP of a Game Server [closed]

I've developed a game server which has 3 layers Login Server(That connects AI Server) AI Server(That connects game logic server) Game Server I want to prevent DDOS attacks as much as possible and ...
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How should my game characters store their abilities/spells?

I'm new to game development and a bit confused about how to effectively store an object's access to certain spells/abilities. The player and mob objects are all generated from the same class. ...
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Custom key binding/mapping

Currently I am starting to develop my first serious game. Before the games are all training, and learning how to do things in a good way. Unfortunatly, I've missed a big part in my preparation: Key ...
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Bubble shooter clone, structure for storing/adding of bubbles

Im having a few issues trying to figure out what the best data structure to use for storing bubbles on the grid, and how to connect new bubbles to the grid when a moving ball collides with a ball on ...
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Questions about property-centric game object runtime

I was reading Game Engine Architecture by Jason Gregory So according to him, I should use an array of entities, and arrays for each property, such as an array gameObjectsPosition, ...
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2D Drawing architecture

I want to create something like a game but I am going to use Direct2D and GDI for drawing API.My problem is that I want to separate drawing code from objects. For example lets say I have conduit ...