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Expandable 2d environment by spawning and controlling individual tiles

what is the best way to implement an environment that is "expandable" in every direction so that when the player moves in any direction a new row or column of tiles that can be manipulated ...
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User vs Player Model

A lot of the online games out there have this concept of "User" or "Profile", and the concept of "Player". The "User" has username, password, lifetime stats, ... etc. The player concept is per game ...
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How should I structure my code to add enemies?

So I am currently making a 1942-style game in Sprite Kit. I've reached the point where I am finished implementing pretty much everything (movement, shooting (also recognizing a hit and exploding an ...
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Decoupling the entity from whatever controls it

In a lot of games the player can choose whether an entity will be controlled by the AI or by the player. For example in the game Little Fighter 2, the player can choose how many of a maximum of 8 ...
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Game AI Implementation

I'm very new to game development, but an experienced software engineer. As an introduction to game dev, I'm making a 2D zombie game in Python, using pygame. The game is almost done, but I still have ...
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Separate instances vs singletons and ids [closed]

I am making an RPG-type game which will have, among other things, NPCs which walk around and can be interacted with. The most obvious way to do so would be to just make each NPC be an object - an ...
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What is missing from SDL for it to gain more widespread adoption? [closed]

As I understand, SDL offers abstractions that let you make windows, handle input and audio much easier than doing so directly with the low level APIs provided by several operating systems. However, ...
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Server Side : How to manage “delay” action/event like attacking?

at the moment I'm writing a game server, so I made an event "handler". I mean, if a player send to the server "I move" it fire a function, so I think I'm doing well at the moment. But there's a ...
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How should I implement the “Observer” pattern with respect to a game world?

I'm thinking of ways to implement the Observer pattern in a game I'm developing at the moment. I can have a Game World (local map) with Game Objects (player, NPCs, monsters etc...) inside of it. Other ...
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Entity Component System for HUD and GUI

This is a very rough sketch of how I currently have things designed. It should, at least, give an idea of how my ECS is currently designed. If you notice in that diagram, I have basically split ...
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Use a SQL Database for a Desktop Game

Developing a Game Engine I am planning a computer game and its engine. There will be a 3 dimensional world with first person view and it will be single player for now. The programming language is C++ ...
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game mod security question

So I'm in the process of building a game in C++ for the engine and Python for behavior and moddability. One of the planned major features is that when the game client connects to a game server with ...
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Game Engine Entity/Component with Services Architecture

I'm currently working on my first game engine and decided to use the entity/component model with services. Background: My GameEngine class is an Entity and has multiple services that are Components, ...
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Is it acceptable to mix simple physics logic with gameplay logic?

In my 2D game I have a PhysicsEngine class. It currently does two things: Called every frame to apply global forces on all entities (e.g. gravity). Called by the CollisionDetector to do the physics ...
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How can I manage complicated visual state over a simple model in puzzle games?

I've been encountering this design challenge making a few toys with Javascript (CreateJS, EaselJS) The scenario is that you've got some sort of puzzle game with a simple game model. For a simple ...
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Entity System with C++

I'm working on a game engine using the Entity System and I have some questions. How I see Entity System : Components : A class with attributs, set and get. Sprite Physicbody SpaceShip ... System ...
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Driver inversion

I have a GUI game, which is driven by user every time it clicks the mouse. Every time user clicks a square on a board, the board state is updated (we re-compute the score, the player to make next move ...
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How can I avoid type checking in the physics side of collision handling?

I have a class responsible for handling the physics side of collisions. When the collision detector spots a collision, it notifies both entities in the collision to take care of gameplay. It also ...
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Where should I put my game loop?

I've seen some tutorials on programming a good game loop, but none mention where (in the game code) I should call it. My guess is I should call it from the main() method. Am I right? Is there another ...
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How are game menus logically structured?

I've been struggling with making a game menu system in Unity for some time now. I spent time developing a way to help myself understand how game menus are connected together. Right now, I'm calling it ...
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How and when to choose which objects to run collision tests on?

This might be problem with plenty of good solutions, but it's all not very clear to me, so I though I could ask and probably get some good hints. I'm having trouble figuring out how to handle ...
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Should entities store other other entities that they spawned?

How should a game entity add another game entity to the game world? For example, an entity shooting a missile (which is another entity), means the new Missile will need to be added to the entities ...
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Without using a pre-built physics engine, how can I implement 3-D collision detection from scratch? [closed]

I want to tackle some basic 3-D collision detection and was wondering how engines handle this and give you a pretty interface and make it so easy ... I want to do it all myself, however. 2-D ...
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Best resources to learn Game Development from a Java background? [closed]

I'm an enterprise Java programmer, however something I've been interested in and what got me into the whole programming thing was the idea of being able to create a game. Just wondering if anybody ...
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Pure functional programming and game state

Is there a common technique to handle state (in general) in a functional programming language? There are solutions in every (functional) programming language to handle global state, but I want to ...
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Best way to store a large amount of game objects and update the ones onscreen

Good afternoon guys! I'm a young beginner game developer working on my first large scale game project and I've run into a situation where I'm not quite sure what the best solution may be (if there is ...
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Implementing movement on a grid

I have a simple snake game, where I have other NPC snakes on the field. How do I calculate the movement of those other snakes so that they did not hit walls, and each other? So far I have it like ...
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Why does my turn-based game loop allow the enemy to act repeatedly?

I'm trying to create a turn-based game in pyGame but hit a wall when trying to properly handle the main game loop. So I have something like this: def loop(self): while self.stategame==1: ...
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Object-Oriented OpenGL

I have been using OpenGL for a while and have read a large number of tutorials. Aside from the fact that a lot of them still use the fixed pipeline, they usually throw all the initialisation, state ...
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How to store and use different AI behaviours

I'm coding a space shooter on three.js (WebGL) and since the game I'm doing is rather simple, plus I want to keep controll of the structure, I'm not using a game engine. I'm using oop classes and ...
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How do I implement space partitioning in entity component system?

My systems work on components without needing to now anything about entities. I want to implement simple grid partitioning, so each entity will be given a cell based on its current position. But how ...
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storing user data for rpg

I'm creating a single player Web rpg that will store a decent amount of information about the player, items, map, npcs, etc. I have been developing html5, javascript, php, and the mysql database ...
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Resource Managers - Are they any good?

I've seen many a time in source code, things like this [well, this is more of a pseudo C++ idea of mine] typedef shared_ptr<Resource> ResourcePtr;// for ease ResourcePtr sound1 = ...
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Abstracting Game Logic from Game Engine

I've seen that the Quake 3 Engines uses QVMs and DLLs for the gamelogic. Unity uses some kind of Component-Entity system. My question is basicly: What's a good way to keep the engine seperated from ...
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How to edit key-value pairs (like a Dictionary) in Unity's inspector?

I have a spell system I am creating, the principle is as follows: Each spell is an autonomous prefab. It contains a script with some properties (base damage, duration...) that can be modified in the ...
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Mixing old and new state of game objects?

If I have a group of game objects that are being updated each frame, and some of them query each others data like position and such, is it common practice to not care that a game object might get ...
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Entity System creating Components

Over every entity system I see implemented in C++, or even in Java/C# (e.g. the Artemis framework). I see components not allocated via a new operator (or something similar, e.g. std::make_shared). For ...
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How can I set up a flexible framework for handling achievements?

Specifically, what is the best way to implement an achievement system flexible enough to handle going beyond simple statistics-driven achievements such as "kill x enemies." I'm looking for something ...
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How can I avoid duplication of jBox2D physics attributes?

I'm using jBox2D for physics and collision detection in a game engine with an entity-component system. It works, but I'm unsure how to structure my code with respect to the values represented in the ...
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Component based architecture: “pure” or some inheritance?

(I asked a similar question, but it had more questions inside it and I feel it wasn't clear enough, so I'm opening a new one). Until recently I implemented all my games using an inheritance ...
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Component systems: No inheritance hierarchy at all, or a basic one? [duplicate]

(I asked a similar question, but it had more questions inside it and I feel it wasn't clear enough, so I'm opening a new one). Until recently I implemented all my games using an inheritance ...
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How do AI agents access information about their environment?

This might be kind of a trivial question, but I am having trouble understanding this. Would very much appreciate your help. In game development using object oriented design, I want to understand how ...
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What is the advantage of wrapping D3D in a class versus a namespace?

Almost all the tutorials and books use a class wrapper for Direct3D. But I haven't found any scenario in which using more than one instance of Direct3D system (the "device" and state, et cetera) is ...
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Does Unity have existing support for Timelines?

I am planning the development of a game in Unity3D, and trying to come to terms with what the engine has already provided, and what I must code myself. The game itself is going to be a rhythm game, ...
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How to benefit from cpu cache in a entity component system game engine?

I often read in the ECS game engine documentations that is a good architecture for using cpu cache wisely. But I can't figure how we can benefit from cpu cache. If components are saved in an array ...
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Best practice for handling “dead” objects and their particles

I'm developing a side-scrolling run'n'gun game (but with planes! :P). I'm an experienced coder, but new to game development. When an enemy plane collides with a friendly missile, I start an explosion ...
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Distributed Multiplayer Game Server Architecture [closed]

I'm programming a multiplayer game for mobile phones.I'm working on a distributed server architecture for handling lots of concurrent players. Here is my architecture on my mind: Some questions ...
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Optimize state changes within a render queue

I am refactoring some parts of the game engine I am working on. This engine is made in C# with XNA. The part I have trouble with is shader/material and the render queue. In the new version I will ...
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Tips for writing the main game loop? [closed]

Can anyone recommend some good tips, articles, sites, etc. for writing the main game loop? What are some things that you should do in the game loop, and what are some things that you shouldn't do in ...
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What is Java missing that might make it difficult to develop fully-featured 2D games?

Without using any external libraries, does Java, including all officially supported APIs give you enough to develop fully-featured 2D games? The reason I ask is that I hear a lot of "bad-mouthing" ...