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How are vertices determined complex geometries in an ever changing game state

For example say you wanted to draw a 3D cube you can define an array of hard coded vertices using float3, here is an example. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/jj552949.aspx But ...
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Component based game engine and dependencies - singletons [closed]

I am thinking about how to create component based game engine. I understand that all things should be very similar as in Data Oriented Design (each object is a collection of various structures as ...
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Event-driven Communication in a Game Engine: Yes or No?

I am reading Game Coding Complete and the author recommends Event Driven communication among game objects and modules. Basically, all living game actors should communicate with the key modules ...
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When entities don't draw themselves, who actually does?

There are countless questions here about whether entities should draw themselves or not. The answer is almost universally no, there should be a renderer. And I do see a point in having a single place ...
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How do I code a 2D tile map? [closed]

I'm new to game development and I want to know how to create a tile map. The map should be divided into squares, such that each square represents a location like x : 10, y : 10. The width and height ...
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How to avoid “Blob-Systems” in an entity component system?

Currently I am facing the following problem: I am trying to write a pong clone by using an entity component system (ECS). I wrote the "framework" all by myself. So there is a class which manages ...
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Adjusting server-side tickrate dynamically

I know nothing of game development/this site, so I apologise if this is completely foobar. Today I experimented with building a small game loop for a network game (think MW3, CSGO etc). I was ...
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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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I need an enemy spawning algorithm for a 2D tower defense

I need an enemies spawning algorithm for a 2D tower defense game. I have 4 maps, each has 4 stages and each stage has 40 rounds. I need to create an algorithm which will instantiate waves, increase ...
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Is having a master builder object a bad idea?

I have wondered about using the following approach to creating Entity objects in a personal project. What I want is to be able to keep track of all Entity objects that get created, so whenever an ...
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Should the content pipeline tools be embedded in the engine?

How minimal should a games engine be? How much of the content pipeline should be embedded in the engine? Some use cases where the super engine might be useful: When loading user content, the user ...
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Circular dependency when creating entities

I have the following problem: I have a a class called Stage, that keeps an list of entities, which it iterates over every update loop, and updates them. One of these entities might be a weapon (PEW ...
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How do I implement Breakout's “multiball” powerup?

I'm just starting out and making a breakout clone as my first game. I'm implementing all kinds of powerups, but I'm stuck on multiball. The powerup adds additional bouncing balls to the game. So far, ...
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How should I handle animation states in Mecanim?

I did a tutorial which associated an integer to each state and manually set transitions from one state to another based on that integer, but that seems really sloppy. Is there a more elegant way? I ...
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How to architect collision detection in SFML

I have a pretty simple game engine that I'm making for a 2d platformer game. I don't want it to be super advanced, but it does have some basic properties. Most important to this question is a class ...
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Representing multi-tile objects in a tilemap

I'm building an isometric tiled game, where the terrain and objects are represented by a 2-dimensional array of lists. Depth of objects on the map is derived from the tile (and a per-tile sorting ...
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How can I position different size creatures in a group automaticly

I'm doing a game (in xna) on my free time, as I'm not in the game market, I'm pretty sure I'm missing something that would help me get this right. Think of Ogre Battle. A group of unit moves, and ...
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Why game loop should be running on a separate thread?

I am struggling to fully understand the responsiveness argument suggesting to run the game loop on a separate thread other than main thread. When OS sends a user event (touch, mouse move, etc.) it ...
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How to make a game without OOP? [closed]

I am currenty studying game development and practicing making games. I use a lot of OOP in my games. For example, each missile that is shot is an instance of a Missile object, and added to a list of ...
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Event/Trigger System Architecture

The Plan I am up to write write an own Trigger/Event System, an event engine or how you call it. I would like to achive something similar to Blizzard's most level editors, like Starcraft 1-2, ...
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Materials and Mesh association

I'm trying to implement a Material system in a small engine for training and I've got questions about materials. Currently I've got that: Material: A Material with array of Technique Technique: ...
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Where should the collision response/resolution code go?

I've got a collision response/resolution function that does the same for any pair of two entities. It's is in the World class right now. But right before that function is invoked, I have some ...
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Manage shader parameters

I'm making some test with OpenGL and I've got a problem with my application design. Currently, I've got something like that in pseudo code: // Ask to draw a given scene. renderer->drawScene( ...
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Designing & Implementing a generic actions & communication system [closed]

I'm currently in the process of redesigning the action/communication/sound system of some small game. This part currently handles characters speech and emotes. The game itself allows for a lot of ...
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Swapping function definitions at runtime

I am developing an cross-platform game-engine with a friend using C++, OpenGL ( 2 + 4 ) and some other Low Level API provided by the platform. So far we've finished window initalisation and some ...
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How to implement status-changing effects for attack class in turn based RPG?

I'm implementing "On Attack" and "On Receive Damage" within my game and from these two answers(Implementing flexible buff system,Implementing attack class in RPG ) I got that I will be implementing ...
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How do I keep user input and rendering independent of the implementation environment?

I'm writing a Tetris clone in JavaScript. I have a fair amount of experience in programming in general, but am rather new to game development. I want to separate the core game code from the code that ...
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How do I implement references or relations for entities within a serialized savegame?

I have a 2D tile based RPG for which I'm developing save game function. In particular, I'm trying to save this structure: A caster can have multiple buffs that he maintains. Each buff can have ...
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Should widgets be part of a scene in a 2D game?

I'm in the middle of separating logic and drawing of a 2D game, i.e. I'm moving from scenes/entities that draw themselves to scenes/entities that merely store and update data, getting drawn by a ...
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How can I organise the code for an episodic game?

We're working on a game that's going to be split into three episodes, which we'll release one after another as they get finished. I'm worried that our typical somewhat monolithic architecture is not a ...
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Should references between assets be handled by name or ID or something else?

How should content or asset items be referenced in their serialized form? For example, a material might need to reference several textures. The simplest way would be to use a path, relative to the ...
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Game editor architecture [closed]

I'm looking in to developing a game editor - essentially a level editor for my game but a little more advanced i.e edit menus and loading screens and what not. So far, I have come up with a ...
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Should the game update loop compensate for slowness

I am building a game engine and considering the design for the core game loop that will drive the game. In the most basic form, the implementation looks similar to this (in pseudo-code): while ...
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How do you deal with loot in an RPG where all mosters drop their full inventory? [closed]

I currently have a system where both players and monsters in an RPG use equipment. This means that when an enemy is killed, I can technically drop everything they have. These are armor and weapons ...
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How to create a Ghost Replay feature in a game?

When you set a personal best lap time in a console racing game, you have the option to compete against your ghost. How can this feature be created for a single player casual type game?
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How to centralize stat/feat/equipment related changes in an RPG?

I have a game with an RPG system where derived stats, like HP,armor, etc depend on a variety of components: armor, stats and feats. I'm running into an issue where the code to change derived metrics ...
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How to implement a property with a base value and a changed value? [duplicate]

I have a number of stats and effects in game that are subject to change, they have some kind of base value and the current value. For stats, I implemented this in a dynamic way, but for less important ...
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Writing Game Engine from scratch with OpenGL [closed]

I want to start writing my game engine from scratch for learning purpose, what is the prerequisites and how to do that, what programming languages and things you recommend me? Also if you have good ...
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How to implement expiring and self-refreshing buffs in an RPG?

I have a turn based RPG with buff system where buffs are always on, and the player has an option to cancel them at any time. An exception to this system is buffs like "Effect lasts until the end of ...
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Architecture - how to refer to skills/abilities internally within code?

I have about 60 skills within my game, which are loaded from a JSON file. Each skill is a subclass of a skill object and has attributes like range, cost, target type, etc. Currently each skill has an ...
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Material System

I'm designing Material/Shader System (target API DX10+ and may be OpenGL3+, now only DX10). I know, there was a lot of topics about this, but i can't find what i need. I don't want to do some kind of ...
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How to implement special weapon and armor effects (ex: vampiric, holy, damage shield, thorns)?

I'm working on the inventory system for my game, and am interested in how do I implement additional weapon and armor properties that are not just damage or armor? If all I have is damage and armor, ...
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How do I generate paylines and pay dots for a slot game?

I'm working on a HTML5 slot game and am completely stuck on the pay lines and the dots that produce the lines from 1 end to the other. What's the logic behind generating a random number of dots ...
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How to use Bullet physics with Entity Component Systems?

I have an Entity Component system and I want to have a Physics Component that would add the given object to the physics simulation. My problem arises because the Bullet API requires me to add each ...
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Collision Shapes Abstraction Design

Straight to the facts. I have a base CEntity class for different entities in my game: Static entities ( those do not move, simply props and items ) Dynamic entities ( these move, jump ) Each of ...
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Gluing libraries together into a 3D engine [closed]

As I read about people wanting to write their own 3d engine from scratch and people recommending using existing engines, it occurred to me that a middle-ground exists between developing your own ...
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Passing data between engine layers

I am building a software system (game engine with networking support ) that is made up of (roughly) these layers: Game Layer Messaging Layer Networking Layer Game related data is passed to the ...
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How or why are major video games programmed so reliably? [closed]

It seems like every five minutes, you come across yet another installer which fails to install certain components, another .NET application that throws up an unhandled or semi-unhandled error message, ...
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Entity component systems and DDD: violation of encapsulation?

I'm using a hybrid of DDD (domain-driven development) and an entity-component system. That is to say: I have an Entity class with a list of Components, and the ability to add/remove/get components I ...
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In a ES system, how one would implement/ deal with Modifiers?

Given the normal entity-component-system architecture, lets say we a component that give the entity Strength. Now on the game flow I want to give +4 strength do to the wielded weapon. What would be ...