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

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Scripting a game engine

I'm kinda new to scripting and combining languages with each other so i have a question about something that confuses me about it. If you want to script a game engine, do you embed the script in the ...
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Why XNA is not considered a game engine?

I'm just wondering what XNA is missing to be considered as a game engine? It does all the things a game engine should do (except the physics part); it also has support for every aspect defined on ...
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AAA Games and OpenGL?

What modern AAA games on the top of the market used OpenGL? If applicable, what engine did they use?
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The Game vs The Game Engine?

I was wondering if somebody could tell me how the game and the game engine fit into game development. Specifically what I mean is, the game engine does not actually have a game. So where I'm unclear ...
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Effects of collisons: broken glass, damaged cars, how are they created?

My question is related in particular to achieving the effects of collision in game engine, how is this done? I have searched a bit, read from the internet and went through a few tutorials, and saw ...
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Tile editor for flash based games?

I am trying to make the age-old version of pacman. And only then that I realized that I need to spend a heck lot of time for making the tile matrix itself. It gets messy more and more. I've also ...
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Is “pure” OpenGL productive enough?

I know that this is a difficult question and I hope I can convey my meaning. Over time I've used many different engines from XNA over Unity to Panda3d and even tried native directX once. My final ...
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Why do we use physics engines for collision testing or raycasting?

There is a thing I don't understand about game engines: why it is so common to use physics engines to do raycasting or collision testing? Say that you have a 3D scene loaded in your scene manager (...
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Calculating game map changes overtime when user is not even online e.g. farmville

With a game like farville, there is both processing during gameplay and when the user is offline (plants are growing, etc.) So many of the elements on the game map depend on time. Is there a trick ...
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Which of these two particle generator lifetime management techniques is better?

What would be better: An explosion class which gets created when needed, does it's stuff, then is deleted. (one instance per explosion) An explosion class which persists through the whole game, and ...
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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; recipe:...
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CPU usage, game loop and sleep()

I've read about this topic on numerous discussion sites, but I can't seem to find a clear definitive (up-to-date) answer, and hopefully this will me some more insight: I've read the excellent game ...
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Do Playfish and Zynga use Flash game engines? [closed]

I'm very interested to learn how to make 2D and 3D games, but I'm very new to this field so I am wondering if companies like Playfish, Zynga and other producer of games on Facebook are using publicly ...
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What tools/software are used to make the environments/levels/maps in games? [closed]

This question has probably been answered before but I've not been able to find the answer, since I'm not able to frame the question with brevity. So the whole question is :- The worlds/levels that ...
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What 2D game engines are there available for C++? [closed]

I just realized there are not C++ 2D Game Engines that I know of. For example, something like Pygame in Python, or Slick2D in Java. We have the following: SDL -> Too low level, not a Game Engine ...
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How to provide a fully programmable pipeline for rendering?

I am writing a game engine and I want people who use it allow to define the rendering pipeline. Just they can define the scene geometry, characters, items, light sources, and so on. So the term ...
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How should I setup my minecraft-like world rendering for the best performance?

I want to know what technique will give me most fps in game. I have minecraft-like world and I need to display it. Now I have only one cube, created as VBO and if i need to display cube I just display ...
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What is the difference between an API, Framework, IDE, and Game Engine?

I am just starting out trying to learn to develop games. At first I thought c++ and Opengl were the tools a beginner would start out to make a game, but quickly found out the Opengl was just a API for ...
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Is there C++ library for packaging and reading multiple files to/from one file

Is there some small library for C++, or would be too much of a trouble to create one that "packs" (not compress) multiple game files into one bigger file (something like Valve .gcf) and reading from ...
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Math major as a viable degree [closed]

While I realize there are many topics about CS vs software engineering vs game school programs, I haven't found anything relating to whether pure math degrees (with CS minor and electives) would also ...
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GPL Game Engine - What needs to be released under GPL?

I'm hoping I can clarify this issue. Note, a similar question has been asked here, but it doesn't really give a specific enough answer that I can comprehend at this point! :- How does one escape the ...
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Why does UDK require .NET 4.0? [closed]

UDK engine requires that end-users install .NET 4.0, but what about Windows XP users? Is there any way to get rid of that requirement, by perhaps disabling certain features?
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how to add fog to a model instantiated in Xna? [closed]

I work on a small XNA games. I generate a large map type voxel. a floor of 1000 cubic long by 1000 cubes wide. This is why I use the method "MODEL instancing" with hardware instancing to generate a ...