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Game engines are a collection of libraries and tools that provide a framework to create games.

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Searching for the right engine for a simple FPS [closed]

With some holiday time coming up I thought it might be interesting to look to try and make a game that's been in my mind for a while now. I'm a professional programmer so I have experience with most ...
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c++ light 3d graphic and physics engines [closed]

I am working on a 3D simulator and looking now for a good graphic and physics engines. The main comparison params should be the RAM and CPU usage taken by the engines as my simulator should be ...
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Why would I support multiple rendering engines simultaneously?

I've seen some games from the early 2000s that had a launcher where you could select the rendering engine you wanted to use: DirectX or OpenGL. Maybe I haven't looked hard enough, but I haven't seen ...
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How can I assign entity IDs in a robust way in a network game?

I'm working on an entity system for a networked game and I'm assigning each entity a unique 32-bit integer id that I can use to serialize references to entities and the entities themselves. Currently ...
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What tool should I use to make this game? [closed]

A little background info: I'm just about to graduate university with a software engineering degree. I have a fair amount of experience with more "serious" programming languages (C++/Java/C#), plenty ...
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Best way to verify client files are same as server

In a client server game architecture, what are the possible ways to verify that the client has not modified things like gfx assets or client side scripts? Obviously no solution is perfect, but I ...
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What should I be considering when designing an Event Manager System?

I have been puttering around with the fundamentals of a Java game engine, and I've reached the point where I'm ready to add in an Event Manager system. I know, in theory, what an Event Manager should ...
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Best open-source 3D game engine for a first person shooting game? [closed]

What is the best opensource 3D game engine suitable for 1st person shooting game? This engine should be script-able with lua.
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Where do I begin if I want to write a C++ 2d game? [closed]

Clarification: I'm not asking for the best place to start. I'm just asking for a place to start. I am a C# web developer and I want to expand my skillset and have some fun while doing it. I know some ...
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Beginning RTS game student project

I have experience with XNA and Unity3D. I have also built my own engine with Tao and C#. I am in last year of college and I want to make a small RTS game demo, nothing fancy I won't bother much with ...
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Engine programming, is it supposed to be enjoyable? [closed]

Now this might sound like a silly question and I apologize if this sort of question is not suited for stackexchange. But I am genuinely wondering this, and I feel like I get alot more proffesional ...
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How can I get a list of all available entities in a Source engine game?

How can I get a list of all available entities in a Source engine game? There is only one exported function in server DLL - CreateInterface, so it's not an option. In GoldSrc games server DLL ...
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Writing a wrapper vs not writting a wrapper?

So the question is I am going to use Ogre3D as the rendering engine for our 3D software, I am not sure if I need to use the engine as it is vs writing a wrapper for the parts I want to use, what are ...
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How to add energy ball which disappears when touched by player in UDK?

I am new to UDK and learning game development. I want to know about how to add a ball to the game world with the following effects/actions: Glowing effect Physics-like object (just having gravity) ...
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Is it correct to assume that behavior trees work for AI, but the player character and static entities still need state machines?

When I read discussions about state machines vs. behavior trees, it is often in favor of using one over the other. However, this seems odd to me that you wouldn't still need a state machine to manage ...
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OpenGL lighting engine for BSP geometry

I am trying to figure out the best way to go about creating a lighting engine for an old game format with BSP based geometry. I have all the relevant information about the light, ...
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Is there a design flaw when an entity's state doesn't fully utilize enter(), execute() and exit()?

I'm following Mat Buckland's Programming Game AI by Example, and I find that I don't always have use for enter(), execute() and exit() on an entity's state. For example, in an RPG, a weapon may have ...
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What do potential employers look for in a good portfolio? [closed]

A buddy from work and myself are wanting to get into the indie scene for game development. I've done a few tech demos demonstrating different ideas and approaches for various problems. Now, I feel ...
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Better Way To Set Up an Event System

Event Systems are amazing, they make extremely unwieldy code tame and really allow for dynamic creation of games through easy communication of objects and the game loop. I am having a hard time with ...
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what are the specific Mathematics and physics concepts a programmer should know to develop a game engine?

Being a programmer (web applications and DB centered applications) I got knowledge in data structures (lists, trees, graphs etc.,). Honestly I used very little of these data structure algorithms in ...
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Should scripts interact with an abstraction of the engine?

I'm using Java and Jython, and after some research I discovered giving scripts direct access to the engine interface could be a mistake, as it would tightly couple the two. It looks like most ...
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Is there an all inclusive c++ game engine that is free [closed]

I would like to know if there is a c++ game engine that I can use for free to prototype some ideas I have. I have experience in c++ and have spent some time now playing around with different ...
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Object updates, internal vs external?

The title is a bit confusing, but I couln't think of how to explain my question in a short phrase. So here it is: Whenever I'm writing game engines, wheter it's physics/tilebased etc, I always get to ...
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How to make simple-graphics game [closed]

I just played minecraft and its awesome. I wanted to make game for years. I'm just not very interested in visual part and very interested in programming and making smart stuff. Mostly i make ...
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How can I implement shader lookups for my material system?

I have been working on a material system and for the most part everything works just fine, however, I hard code the shader that will be used. Obviously this causes a problem when I want to have the ...
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Vector fields and game engine

It exist a game developed with a vectorfield game engine? What I mean is that instead of calculating intersections, one could calculate the vector field generated for example by gravity, and for ...
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Crafting recipes: storage and quering

Consider following situation. In a game you can perform crafting: i.e. create new items from existing ones (like in Minecraft). I have following game entities (simplified): item: atomic part; ...
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Best Android gaming engine for Billiards game? [closed]

What is the best engine/way to go with when implementing a 2D billiards game? I am thinking about Emini Physics Engine, which is free for use and stuff, but maybe you can give me some pitfalls about ...
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XNA: Questions regarding games architecture

So I've finally got around to playing around with XNA and have been toying around with making a 2D game (I have a bunch of art assets from a friend who developed it on iOS) A lot of things seem to be ...
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Porting games made for PC to console in UDK/Unity3d

I am now trying to learn game development in UDK and Unity3d, just trying both out, and try to get an idea how they work, and for now im mostly focusing on the PC games.. I want to know, how ...
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Tile based game engine for WP7?

I showed my friend a demo of what I was doing with the farseer physics engine on the windows phone and he wanted to know if farseer would be good for a game he wants to develop. It's a tile based game ...
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Which platform and what strategies can I use

There's this game, that I've been wanting to make for quite some time. It's a project that I've started and had to abandon in the middle a couple of times. However, this time I'm determined to finish ...
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What is the best engine for my first serious 2d game? [closed]

What game engine/graphics engine should I use for my first indie game? I'd like to add that this is not my first game, I've previously used Allegro for 2d development (pong, chess and stuff). I am ...
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What should I keep in mind while developing a game for Steam?

I recently did the programming on a game that was just released and i've decided that for my next project I want to do something a little bigger scale. I plan to develop a game to be sold on Steam, ...
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OSX 2D game engine

Are there any other OSX game engines out there similar to Torque from Garage Games? I looked into Torque awhile back but the current version 2D version hasn't been updated in a long time and there are ...
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Dynamic audio score/music

I'm interested in developing a game who's background music changes with the mood and scenario of the game's action. Of course many existing games do this (halo for example), but I was interested in ...
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What are the pros/cons of using a 3d engine for 2d games?

What pros or cons should a beginner be aware of when deciding between a 2d game engine (like Slick2D/Flixel/FlashPunk) and a 3d engine (like Unity) for 2d game development? I am just getting started ...
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What are the technologies used to create Metal Gear game?

What are the technologies (programming languages and engines for example) used to create "Metal Gear : Snake Eater" and "Metal Gear : Guns of The Patriots"? Is it usually to keep those things secret? ...
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How'd they do it: Destructible environments in BF:BC2 and BF3

How did the folks at Dice create the destructible environments in the more recent Battlefield games? Did they just assemble the buildings out of predefined sub-regions that break apart when there is ...
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Find all Game Objects with an Input string name (not Tag)

I'm trying to mimic FindGameObjectsWithTag with FindGameObjectswithName. I know using tags is faster, but I'm trying create a way to search for objects I spawn with a child object I name on ...
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Is my “engine” development process ideal?

I was thinking about a game engine development, I understand as engine the main program that can develope next duties: Receives parameters. calculates what is needed. Delivers results. As an ...
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Avoiding singleton pattern for Event Scheduler?

I want to make an Event scheduler for my Game, I basically want to be able to schedule the triggering of a Game Event. This can be a one time trigger, or a periodic trigger (trigger event ...
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Need advice for 3D BSP based graphics engine

I have coded myself a OpenGL BSP viewer for an old game format. It is very similar to the Quake 3 file format. Because my interest is developing graphics engines, I want to be developing while looking ...
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implementing multi pass rendering in a game engine

I have done multi pass rendering before and understand how it works. I did a simple example which rendered a basic scene with shadows. This was all done in one file. Now I am trying to figure out is ...
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Whats the best cross-platform game engine that supports Linux? [closed]

What is the best cross-platform game engine, being the most commercially supported, there is for free available for development on Linux? I'm planning on creating multiple, non-commercial, fps games ...
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Best approach to simple per-fragment lighting - OpenGL

I am programming a graphics engine for an old game. The game uses a BSP geometry which I have rendering perfectly. For it's lights however, it simply has light instances with the standard x, y, z, ...
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Engine Design for Rendering Reflections

I have a very simple game engine. A GameObjectManager stores a collection of all the GameObjects. When I want to render, I just call GameObjectManager.render() from the rendering context. This works ...
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N64 SDK and Coding

Recently I've been looking into developing games for N64 emulators and modding existing ROMs and I wanted to know if there are any tools out there which can be used to write the code for the emulators ...
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Are the Marek-knows tutorials any good or still relevant? [closed]

Anyone have any experience with this? This hasn't been refereed as mush as it 'looks/sound' like. http://www.marek-knows.com/index.php5 Among many other products, the site provides game engine ...
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Which 3D file format should my engine use if I don't want to have to change it later?

Is there a de facto format for exporting a 3D model from modeling software to a game engine? I know it varies by engine and situation, but what is the general idea that comes to a skilled game ...