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Splitting into files - how much splitting?

If I say I have a hierarchal entity framework, rather than a component model. Something like: (Yes, this is made up) Weapon->Gun->AutomaticGun->MP44 Or, more of a classical example: ...
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Different shaders for different objects DirectX 11

I am learning Direct3D 11, and in all basic tutorials I found on shader writing, Vertex and Pixel shaders are written so they transform whole scene same way. Tutorials like render cube with texture... ...
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Game Asset Storage: Archive vs Individual files

As I am in the process of creating a 3D c++ game and I was wondering what would be more beneficial when dealing with game assets with regards to storage. I have seen some games have a single asset ...
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How do I load textures with SFML for OpenGL?

I'm looking at NeHe's texture mapping tutorial. It looks overly complicated for just loading a texture. Is there a way to load a texture in SFML and then use it in Open GL? I use SFML for my ...
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Game programming: common methods and design patterns

I begun writing a very simple game engine so that I can learn OpenGL 3.x better but since my inexperience and my sparse knowledge of how a 3D game should be designed, I usually get into problems where ...
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Is it possible to write a game that doesn't require a GPU?

I already know many computers today have a GPU that supports DirectX and OpenGL. But what about computers that don't? Can I write a simple 2D game that does not rely on the GPU, so that it works even ...
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Any learning/studying material for C/C++ that use game programming as learning context out there?

As most of game programming is done - I read on this very site - in C/C++ I was wondering if there is any learning/studying material for C/C++ that would target specifically game programming. I am ...
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How to handle a Block World like Minecraft

I want to write a simple game with a block world like in Minecraft. My theoretical question is what is the best way to handle this block informations during playing. My first Idea was a huge array but ...
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Best practices with Vertices in Open GL

What is the best practice in regards to storing vertex data in Open GL? I.e: struct VertexColored { public: GLfloat position[]; GLfloat normal[]; byte colours[]; } ...
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Where to start the coding of online leaderboards?

I NEVER, EVER did ANY sort of network code in C++, I don't know even the libraries that exist, but a popular demand for my game is online leaderboards... So, what sort of libraries I should research ...
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How should I implement a first-person camera?

I'm a beginner programmer and I'm creating a project which allows me to walk around rooms via a first person camera. So far, I have the buildings drawn and on, but now I'm stuck and don't know how to ...
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How to create a game save file format in c++ using STL

Hey so i just learned about the i/o part of the STL, more specifically fstream. Although I can now save binary info and classes i've made to the hard drive, i am not sure how to define how the info ...
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Example of Data Oriented Design

I can't seem to find a nice explanation of the Data Oriented Design for a generic zombie game (it's just an example, pretty common example). Could you make an example of the Data Oriented Design on ...
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Turn-based JRPG battle system architecture resources

The past months I've been busy programming a 2D JRPG (Japanese-style RPG) in C++ using the SDL library. The exploration mode is more or less done. Now I'm tackling the battle mode. I have been unable ...
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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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Interleaving Arrays in OpenGL

In my pursuit to write code that matches todays OpenGL standards I have found that I am completely clueless about interleaving arrays. I've tried and debugged just about everywhere I can think of but ...
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Floating Point Precision (fp:precise vs. fp:fast)

In C or C++, does the compiler option of floating point precision really make a difference in real world (small/indie) games? From my observations, setting fp:fast is many times faster than ...
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Do I really have to write my own optimized model format?

So I'm a brand new noob to the world of game dev and I'm starting off by trying to write my own game using C++ and openGL. I'm getting into loading models etc and while searching around for "the best ...
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Smooth terrain rendering

I'm trying to render a smooth terrain with Direct3D. I've got a 50*50 grid with all y values = 0, and a set of 3D points that indicate the location on the grid and depth or height of the "valley" or ...
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Binding C++ and V8 Javascript from Google

The examples are quite challenging to grasp if you are still getting your head around other things, so the simplest example would be great. Is there a simpler example?
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Which c/c++ model animation library for OpenGL [closed]

I'm fairly new to game development, played around with xna before and just learning OpenGL & c now and I'm interested to know which c/c++ based model animation libraries are out there and which ...
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C++ entity component system framework [closed]

I have found several entity system frameworks for other languages besides C++, like Ash and Rush for ActionScript and Artemis for Java and C#. My question is whether there exists a framework like one ...
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Better animation of elements in SFML/C++

This is not about animating individual characters or elements, I'm happy with spritesheets for that. What I'm looking for is the animation of elements on screen. For example my game starts and the ...
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Enabling multisampling in Irrlicht?

I'm working on a little game that uses Irrlicht. I'm pretty new to Irrlicht and I was wondering how I could enable multisampling. The device driver is EDT_OPENGL initiated as such: IrrlichtDevice ...
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C++ Game Library for SVG Based Game [closed]

I'm looking into building a cross-platform opensource 2D RPG style game engine for ChaiScript. I want to be able to do all of the graphics with SVG and need joystick input. I also need the libraries ...
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Hotplugging Joysticks And Gamepads On OSX

I've tested the cross platform joystick support features on GLFW, SDL2 and SFML. SDL2 appears to be the most complete, but it can't detect when joysticks have been unplugged on OSX. To me, this is a ...
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D3D/DXGI handle fullscreen transition

I have a D3D11 application, and I want to add proper fullscreen suport. Now I can let DXGI switch my window to fullscreen for me, and I'm under the impression that DXGI will take care of everything ...
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Character Animation Library

I am looking for character animation library which can be included in my game engine. I prefer FOSS but, paid is good if it's price is reasonable. So, far what Ive found is Cal3d.But it looks dead. ...
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Bringing a Box2D, Physics Enabled game Online?

Lets say, to simplify the problem of online games a bit, my goal would be to run a near identical simulation on multiple computers in sync. Would sending commands be a good idea? Now if only sending ...
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Graphics module: Am I going the right way?

I'm trying to write the graphics module of my engine. That is, this part of the code only provides an interface through which to load images, fonts, etc and draw them on the screen. It is also a ...
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Huge slowdown when running Lua as statically linked lib versus stand alone interpreter

I'm developing some algorithms in Lua which are run mostly in Lua (few calls to C++) and I'm noticing a huge slowdown when I'm running them from my app rather than the default Lua interpreter. The ...
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Profiling and containing memory per system

I have been interesting in profiling and keeping a managed memory pool for each subsystem, so I could get statistic on how much memory was being used in something such as sounds or graphics. However, ...
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How can I organize render and transformation data in a scalable fashion?

I am writing for OpenGL 2.0 and in the future porting to OpenGL ES 2.0. I only use VBOs and shaders (no immediate mode, no vertex arrays). I already have working solutions, they just... feel wrong. ...
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How do I calculate collision response between a sphere and a plane?

I'm trying to create a simple 3D game and need to constrain the player within the limits of the game world. When the player hits the sides of the world I want the player's ship to bounce off slightly. ...
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OpenAL - alGetSourcei and AL_BUFFERS_PROCESSED gives junk

Posted this question on SO but got no answers. Maybe somebody can help me here. I recently had a well-working program which streamed WAV and Ogg sounds with OpenAL. I then decided to abstract the ...
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AABB - AABB Collision, which face do I hit?

To allow my objects to slide when they collide, I need to : Know which face of the AABB they collide with. Calculate the normal to that face. Return the normal and calculate the impulse that to ...
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Terrain & Multi-Texturing

I'm using OpenGL (Version 4.4) (and C++ if that matters). I've created a terrain renderer, the terrain is stored as a 3D scalar field (isosurface/voxels). It uses a slightly modified version of ...
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How would I setup fog to follow a players coordinates?

I'm wondering if its possible to setup a fog to a player's coordinates (where there is fog around the player to make it more third-person) the main reason I ask this is because I have my player more ...
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Need 3D RPG development library/framework recommendations [closed]

I’m currently planning to develop an RPG. It will be a project I do in my free time. No pres-sure behind it. I’ll probably be doing it together with a friend and it’s just supposed to be a fun ...
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Game Clock Precision

I'm reading a fantastic article about game timer precision and here is a quote about 2/3 of the way into the article: If you start your game clock at about 4 billion (more precisely 2^32, or any ...
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Alternative to 2D array in a tiled-map structure

After searching for a long time, I'm surprised this question was not asked yet. In a 2D, tiled-map game, how do you handle the map ? I'd be glad to have your point of view in any languages, though I'm ...
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How can I handle inventory in an object-oriented way?

I'm trying to think of the best way to handle player inventory following an object oriented approach. For example, sword and axe are two different classes, both inheriting from weapon. Weapon and ...
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2D Platformer Collision Handling

I am trying to create a 2D platformer (Mario-type) game and I am some having some issues with handling collisions properly. I am writing this game in C++, using SDL for input, image loading, font ...
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I am looking to create realistic car movement using vectors

I have goggled how to do this and found this http://www.helixsoft.nl/articles/circle/sincos.htm I have had a go at it but most of the functions that were showed didn't work I just got errors because ...
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Implementing a skybox with GLSL version 330

I am trying to get a skybox working with OpenGL 3.3 and GLSL version 330. I could not find a completely modern OGL skybox tutorial anywhere on the web, so I modernised an older one (using ...
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Object-oriented Snake game design

I'm going to make a snake remake with SDL library and right now I'm thinking heavily about the object-oriented design. I can imagine that I will have classes like GameEngine, Snake, Board and Food, ...
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Abstracting multiple math libraries with C++

I would like to create some level of abstraction above math in my code. I mean I don't want to be dependant on the implementation of math operations or even on class names, which are provided by some ...
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What's the largest “relative” level I can make using float?

Just like it was demonstrated with games like dungeon siege and KSP, a large enough level will start to have glitches because of how floating point works. You can't add 1e-20 to 1e20 without losing ...
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Rotating vector3 by a quaternion

I am attempting to rotate a vector3 by a given quaternion. I know that this is true v' = q * v * (q^-1) I know that q^(-1) is the inverse which just -q/magnitude(q), but how do I map the ...
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What data should I use to track the player position on a world at the same size of the earth in a multiplayer game?

I guess this kind of game or simulator already exist somewhere, but I'm not sure... Let's imagine I'm making a game where the proportions of the planet earth and the humans beings on it are the same ...