Game resources separate from the software (code) and hardware (platform). The most common assets are graphics and audio.

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How to import the .fbx scene with multiple objects in XNA so that the objects retain their scene position?

I have a scene that contains mutiple objects. How can I import it in XNA and maintain each object position? Right now I export the scene in .fbx and load it in a model like this: cube.model = ...
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Content.Load() throws ContentLoadException when loading a texture in SL XNA

I've developed a while back in XNA but I'm a bit rusty. I've started working on SL XNA but have a problem I can't explain while trying to load content (model -fbx- or texture). I place the image ...
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Load XNA Content Type from File

I'm writing my own level editor and recently got the exporter working so now I'm working on the importer. My save file structure looks essentially like this: [ObjectType] Property=Value ...
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What is the state of the art at shipping game graphics such as lots of small BMP files?

We have lots of small BMP files which I think would be easier to copy if we had them combined in a big TAR/ZIP/whatever. What is the state of the art at shipping game graphics? We are using C# and ...
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How to use particle editor for libgdx?

In the libgdx wiki, this particle editor is recommended. And this blog was helpful. But the problem is that I am not sure yet how to use it for my game. Let's say I want to have a fire-effect in my ...
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Do you need resource manager for HTML5 games?

Usually, resource manager is needed for desktop/mobile games. But is it needed for HTML5 (browser) games? Resource manager's main responsibility is to make sure there is no clone of a resource in ...
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Quarter turn sprite sheets?

I'm having trouble finding sprite sheets that have the characters turn in 8th movements, so that you can see back, front, left, right, and in between. What would be a good term to search for when ...
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Software/Hardware options for game music

I have some friends who want to make the music for a game I'm developing. We have no idea where to start. I've seen software like Reason (way too expensive at $450). I've also seen stuff like ...
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Where can you buy/license game art for small projects? [closed]

I'm looking for a marketplace of some kind where I can buy small sets of art, probably 2D mostly, a mix of backgrounds, tiles, and animated sprite sets. As a solo mobile developer, I'm really lacking ...
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Where can I find free motion capture footage? [closed]

Are there any repositories of free motion capture footage? Or maybe just libraries of animations.
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using blender to generate a 3D skybox

Is it possible for me to use Blender to generate a 3D skybox? The concept is fairly simple: I create a scene that I want to display on the skybox (mountains, clouds, water, etc). Then, couldn't ...
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How do you manage your game resources in XNA?

In the past I have used Content.Load<type>("filename"); all over the place. This quickly becomes a nightmare to manage and worse you start having multiple copies of the same asset loaded in ...
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Is there a game oriented graphics or image editor?

I remember looking a few times over the years for an alternative to Photoshop for editing images. I've tried using Gimp too, and that's also not quite sufficient. There are some problems that have ...
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Are there any top down view sources available for SLICK/LWJGL? [closed]

I've been working with java for a few months now with my girlfriend and we're moving along at an expected rate. I understand the concepts of OOP, we've built many pseudo code starter games from ...
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Are there any good tilesets for hex-based maps that are available for free use? [closed]

Does anyone know of any good tilesets for hex-based maps that are available for free use? The tiles from Battle for Wesnoth seem to be under a license that would allow others to use them in their ...
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Finding asset files in Linux games

What is the usual method of storing 3D models, textures, sounds and scripts (e.g. Lua files) during development and in a release? I am developing a game with my friends in mainly C++; in the ...
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Help streaming resources (maps, sounds, music, etc) from many files for contiguous world

So I'm creating a game and I would like to know how to perform resource streaming (rather than loading the whole file into the buffer) for things such as my maps, sounds, music, etc. I'm using C++ and ...
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What common spritesheet formats for 2D Top-Downish Games are there?

For 2D top-down style sprites, what commonly used spritesheet formats are available? By a sprite sheet format, I mean this: for any RPG Maker sprite sheet, you can count on all the walk animations ...
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Stop rendering to lessen amount of resources used?

Also posted on StackOverflow, hope this isn't a problem. Recently I've been writing a bot for a game which uses a DirectX backend for its rendering. I have managed to 'hack' the game into allowing ...
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What are some great and useful resources for an Isometric game built on the XNA Framework? [closed]

I'm currently working on an isometric game using the Microsoft XNA Framework. I'm looking of resources that would be of use for making this a successful project, such as isometric engines, physics ...
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Locomotion-system with irregular IK

Im having some trouble with locomtions (Unity3D asset) IK feet placement. I wouldn't call it "very bad", but it definitely isn't as smooth as the Locomotion System Examples. The strangest behavior ...
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Explicit resource loading in Ogre (Mogre)

I am just starting to learn Mogre and what I would like to do is to be able to load resources 'explicitly' (i.e. I just provide an absolute path instead of using a resource group tied to a directory). ...
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Loading resources in a portable manner

I've been looking at ways to load data into a game. I even asked a question on stack overflow about reading binary data in a portable manner . The gist of the answer seemed to be that you can use ...
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Accessing archived assets - what are the options in C#?

We are looking to add an archiving system to our game, where the assets (textures, scripts, sounds, etc.) will be located and directly accessed from memory. The main requirements are: Files must not ...
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Texture resources [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find free sprites and images? Can anyone recommend any resources for free images that can be used as textures - sky boxes/spheres, dirt, gravel, bark, etc? ...
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Determining the location of installed/on disk game assets

I've been thinking a lot about the best way to store and load assets in your filesystem. By this I mean where in the file system to store them, and how to retrieve them when loading etc., as opposed ...
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Sanity checks vs file sizes

In your game assets do you make room for explicit sanity checks, or do you have some generally expected bounds which you assert? I've been thinking about how we compress data and thought that it's ...
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Which is better, one big level model or multiple smaller level models?

I am writing a game in XNA 4 and I want to have something like a corridor. Do you think that is better to use one big and solid model, or to use multiple small parts (window, stairs, door...)?
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What is the best legal way to get game assets? [closed]

I'm researching game development, and I know that there are two options for asset creation: create them yourself, or outsource the assets(by getting them custom made, or finding them on sites such as ...
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Should I package and sell my game on the unity3d asset store?

I'm trying to figure out if I should refurbish and refactor a game I and some friends have made. It's released on kongregate and wasn't a super hit but I feel there's a lot of interesting techniques ...
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What research areas exist in game programming? [closed]

I'm currently in a group that researches network optimizations and various distributed applications, I'm much more interested in games but more from a research side.Is there a resource that focuses on ...
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Game Asset Storage - Graphics, 3D Models, Sounds

I've recently started completing games and accumulating "assets" -- graphics, sound effects, textures, 3D models, etc. that I can build on and reuse from game to game. Is there a great, free place I ...
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Rent-a-Coder style site for artists [closed]

My Google-fu is failing me: is there a site in the same vein as Rent a Coder, but for hiring artists? In particular, I'm looking for a site which fits the following criteria: Allows me to specify ...
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stock/free artwork & graphic assets [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find free sprites and images? Open-source 3D models easily usable in OGRE3D/jMonkeyEngine Are there any sites that offer quality graphical assets to use in ...
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What kind of data structure should I use for a resource container?

I am curious what kind of container would be the best choice for a resource container. BTree, binary search tree or something else? What like is the priority of the operations over it? So best ...
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How were art assets created in the late 16-bit/early 32-bit era?

How were 2d and 3d art assets typically created in the early-to-mid 1990's (16-bit and 32-bit eras?)
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Building 2D Assets for a Game Targeting Multiple Framerates

To make a real-world example, lets assume I want to build an animated sprite for an explosion. The duration of the animation should last ~1 second, and we'll say exactly one second to make the math a ...
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What are good sites that provide free media resources for hobby game development? [closed]

(Note : This question is being transfered from stackoverflow to gamedev.stackexchange where it belongs) I really suck at graphics / music / 3D modeling / animation and it's a must-have when you have ...
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How to separate production and test assets during development?

this is like a complement for Assets Management, database or versioning system?. I am wondering about how to separate development, specially programmers assets from production assets? For example, ...
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Daz3D for creating game assets

Are the Daz products viable for 2D/3D game asset creation or are they geared more towards creating art? I am thinking of the products: Daz Studio 3D, Bryce and Carrara. If you have used any of ...
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Useful resources for beginning AI

What resources are available, including both free articles/ebooks and physical books and things, for game developers looking to begin simple AI programming/design? Note: I know of this question, but ...
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Where to find designers for independent projects? [closed]

Let's say I'm a programmer, I know some artists, we've got a game engine and fun prototype done, and we're ready to enter the indie equivalent of "production". But the game is full of "programmer ...
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Is semantic games a good idea?

I wish to address the low re-usability of game technology (at least provide a theoretical solution). I'm considering an approach using a semantic game format, effectively decoupling the story and ...
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As an indie game developer, how can I have (quality) music/sound done? [closed]

Besides the story itself, a game needs code, graphics and music/sound effect. I can program and I knew a few graphics designers in the web app era. However, I don't know whether to find music and ...
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How to create complex Physics scenes with the Havok Content Tools

For example, Havok Content Tools allows you to define physic bodies, properties, connections, etc in Maya, 3d Studio Max, etc. For creating full scenes/levels is this really the correct approach or ...
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Who kept a blog for a year with a new game idea every day, and where is it?

There's this indie game developer who tried to come up with a new original idea for a game every day for a year - and he put all his thoughts on his website. +200 ideas so far, if I remember ...
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Where can I find a free dictionary of words? [closed]

Hi I'm writing a game where the player has to connect a group of letters to form words. Something like bookworm but it will be very different I hope. The point of the question is that I need to ...
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Programatically loading fonts, textures, and media in XNA

So far, in my rhythm game, I've been using XNA's Content Pipeline for loading static resources in my app (videos, sound effects, etc). However, down the road I'd want to allow users to create their ...
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Style/technique to focus on for creating visual art assets efficiently

I'm mostly a programmer, but I'd like to be able to do competent work on other parts of games I make when working on solo projects. What I'm specifically asking here is what sort of techniques or ...
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Cross-Platform Audio API Suggestions

I'm currently looking into adding sound to my game. I have seen OpenAL and SDL, but I would like to know what else is out there. Can you recommend any good cross-platform Audio APIs for game ...