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What's a way to implement a flexible buff/debuff system?

Overview: Lots of games with RPG-like statistics allow for character "buffs", ranging from simple "Deal 25% extra damage" to more complicated things like "Deal 15 damage back to attackers when hit." ...
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Game State 'Stack'?

I was thinking about how to implement game states into my game. The main things I want for it are: Semi-transparent top states-being able to see through a pause menu to the game behind Something OO-...
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In 2D, how do I efficiently find the nearest object to a point?

I have a sizable game engine and I'd like a feature for finding the nearest of a list of points. I could simply use the Pythagorean theorem to find each distance and choose the minimum one, but that ...
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Several classes need to access the same data, where should the data be declared?

I have a basic 2D tower defense game in C++. Each map is a separate class which inherits from GameState. The map delegates the logic and drawing code to each object in the game and sets data such as ...
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Any tips for creating cross-platform games? [closed]

Do you have any tips/recommendations when creating a cross-platform game in C/C++?
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What are some programming design patterns that are useful in game development? [closed]

I have a few books on Design Patterns, and have read some articles, but cannot intuitively figure out which programming design patterns would be useful in game development. For example, I have a book ...
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How to lead a moving target from a moving shooter

I saw this question: Predicting enemy position in order to have an object lead its target. My situation is a little different though. My target moves, and the shooter moves. Also, the shooter's ...
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How to create adjustable formula for RPG level up requirements?

I'm trying to create a formula that can be modified simply by changing two values: number_of_levels, and last_level_experience. This is to enable people modding the game to change the levelling ...
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Is Java viable for serious game development? [closed]

Ever since I was a little kid, my dream has been to develop games. Well, now that I am older, more mature, and have some programming experience, I would like to start. However, I would like to turn ...
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Implementing a camera / viewport to a 2D game

What is the most practical way to implement camera/viewport to a 2D-game? I've read, that I should store the object world position instead of position relative to the screen? Current situation: I ...
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Fast, accurate 2d collision

I'm working on a 2d topdown shooter, and now need to go beyond my basic rectangle bounding box collision system. I have large levels with many different sprites, all of which are different shapes and ...
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Is it safe to use Sleep() in game loop (on Windows)?

Is it safe to use Sleep() function on Windows in game loop (C++)? I want to have fixed frame rate.
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How should I rotate vertices around the origin on the CPU?

I have tried using glm::rotate and such. glm::translate works fine, but rotate doesn't work (if I rotate before/after a translation). Here is my current setup: glm::vec4 Off = glm::vec4(0, 0, 0, 1); ...
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C++ low-level optimization tips

Assuming you already have the best-choice algorithm, what low-level solutions can you offer for squeezing the last few drops of sweet sweet frame rate out of C++ code? It goes without saying that ...
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How can you put all images from a game to 1 file?

I've just finished a basic RPG game written in C++ SFML, I've put a lot of effort into the game and I'd want to distribute it, however I've ran into a small issue. Problem is, I have well over 200 ...
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What C++ GUI library can you suggest? [closed]

I'm building my own game engine in C++ and I'm currently deciding on what user interface I should use. Should I use a library? Should I make my own?
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Should collision detection be done server-side or cooperatively between client/server?

I am working on an online game that will have very heavy collision detection processing. Player models will collide with other players, mobs, structures, terrain, and solid objects that only exist ...
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How do I calculate how an object will move from one point to another?

Here's the problem: A player starts the game in the 0 coordinate (x=0,y=0). When the user clicks on the screen, it returns the coordinates of the destination. Now the player has to move from its ...
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Optimized rendering of a cube mesh world

I want to render a cube-mesh (a.k.a. Minecraft-style) world. If I render each existing cube it will eat up FPS pretty quickly. How can I optimize it? I understand that the point is to not render ...
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Good GUI for OpenGL [closed]

I am starting to learn OpenGL with FreeGLUT using the Superbible and the knowledge i have from my elementary graphics to brush up on my skills. To get more from this experience i want to integrate a ...
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How are deterministic games possible in the face of floating-point non-determinism?

To make a game like an RTS networked, I've seen a number of answers here suggest to make the game completely deterministic; then you only have to transfer the users' actions to each other, and lag ...
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Interaction between engine parts

I want to ask a question about how the information exchange between game engine parts should be implemented. The engine is separated in four parts: logic, data, UI, graphics. In the beginning I made ...
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When should vector/list be used?

I can understand when to use lists, but I don't understand when it is better to use vectors than using lists in video games: when it is better to have fast random access ? (And I understand why it's ...
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RTS Engine or DotA-like game [closed]

Is there any good documented and simple Game engine for RTS games, especially for building DotA-like game? I know I can use Crystal Space, Irrlicht or another Game Engine. But I need most similar ...
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how to detect same keyboard key press only once

I am designing a keyboard class that can detect the keyboard key press only one time but I still cannot figure out the way to do it. My goal is just check and perform the action only once when the ...
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STL for games, yea or nay? [closed]

Every programming language has its standard library of containers, algorithms, and other helpful stuff. With languages like C#, Java, and Python, it's practically inconceivable to use the language ...
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Easy to use cross-platform 3D engines for C++ game development? [closed]

I want to try my hand at writing a 3D game. However I don't want to start at such a low level of drawing individual triangles and writing my own 3D object loader and so on. I've heard of things like ...
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What are the common rendering optimization techniques for the geometry pass in a deferred shading renderer? [closed]

I have been developing a game engine using OpenGL 3 and C++ (and glfw for window management). I have advanced so far, got most of the things done except sound entities and optimizations. The engine ...
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game story event programming

I have developed a game engine in c/c++ and DirectX. I have a tile engine for the maps, animated player/npc sprites, talking to the npc, menus, and level changing but there is no game, it just feels ...
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Custom Content Package for Files

I am about to purchase quite a few model packs from a website for prototyping my game. In the contract it states that I must protect them as to prevent the public from gaining access to them. I ...
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Starting out with OpenGL when most tutorials are out of date [closed]

I'm sure there are already a bunch of questions like this asked, but the constant updating of the OpenGL library throws them all away, and in a month or two, the answers here will be worthless again. ...
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Should an object in a 2D game render itself?

I'm making a 2D street fighter-like game that is not tile based. Usually people recommend that entities be given to a renderer that render them, not them render themselves, but it seems the inverse is ...
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Programming a climbing system like tomb raider

I was wondering if anyone knew or had knowledge of how to program a climbing system like the one found in tomb raider/uncharted. I had thought of just having bounding boxes at all the climbable ...
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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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Normals vs Normal maps

I am using Assimp asset importer (http://assimp.sourceforge.net/lib_html/index.html) to parse 3d models. So far, I've simply pulled out the normal vectors which are defined for each vertex in my ...
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Game loop, how to check for conditions once, do something, then not do it again

For example, I have a Game class and it keeps an int that tracks the player's lives. I have a conditional if ( mLives < 1 ) { // Do some work. } However this condition keeps firing and the ...
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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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Proper way to handle destruction of game entities

Imagine a game world where loads and loads of entities are dynamicly loaded all the time, I would represent that as a list of entities perhaps, but what about removing them? While when adding i ...
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Toggle Fullscreen at Runtime

Using the library GLFW, I can create a fullscreen window using this line of code. glfwOpenWindow(Width, Height, 8, 8, 8, 8, 24, 0, GLFW_FULLSCREEN); The line for creating a standard window looks ...
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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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How can I create a pack file / archive for game data files, and then load them? (zlib?)

I'm starting to think about how I'm going to go about loading models, images, sounds, etc for my game. I have two competing lines of thought to deal with: If possible, it would be nice to make use ...
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Collision detection - Smooth wall sliding, no bounce effect

I'm working on a basic collision detection system that provides point - OBB collision detection. I have around 200 cubes in my environment and I check (for now) each of them in turn and see if it ...
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Why is C++ used for game engines? How about its future in game engines? [closed]

C++, as I have seen, is being heavily used in 3d video game engines.... Is it because of the performance issues, legecy code or libraries such as DriverX? If performance, libraries and code ...
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Entity Component Systems with C++ - Accessing components

(What I'm describing is based on this design: What is an entity system framework?, scroll down and you'll find it) I'm having some problems creating an entity-component system in C++. I have my ...
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How do I create a save file for a C++ game?

I am coding my final for a Video game Programming course, and I want to know how to create a save file for my game, so that a user can play, and then come back later. Any idea how this is done, every ...
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Separating game data/logic from rendering

I'm writing a game using C++ and OpenGL 2.1. I was thinking how could I separate the data/logic from rendering. At the moment I use a base class 'Renderable' that gives a pure virtual method to ...
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Input management techniques in large games

Is there a standard technique for managing input in large games. Currently, in my project, all input handling is done in the game loop, like so: while(SDL_PollEvent(&event)){ switch(...
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Best C++ Math Library for Game Engine? [closed]

I'm looking for a fast opensource C++ math-library for my game engine with the following features: fast (sse?) vectors matrices quaternions suitable for both opengl and directx
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Which is the best LOD method for planet rendering?

I'm currently working on my thesis, it is an engine to render terrains of planetary size. I'm still finishing my research and I have encountered a lot of stuff about this subject, the problem is that ...
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Quad tree vs Grid based collision detection

I'm making a 4 player co-op r-type game, and I'm about to implement the collision detection code. I've read a lot of articles and stuff about how to handle collision detection, but I'm having a hard ...