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

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What's the best engine for a procedural game that doesn't compromise on graphics? [closed]

We have a very interesting idea for a new game mechanic that would allow us to make our game procedural and entertaining. To bring this game to life, we need the ability to generate the game world on ...
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Using an Entity System Architecture with Task Based Parallelism

Background I have been working on creating a multithreaded game engine in my spare time and I currently trying to decide the best way to work an entity sytem into what I have already created. So far, ...
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Emulated vector scaling with raster graphics?

this is a fairly loaded question. I'm looking to develop a Tech Design Document with my programming team and we're now on the fence about a major 2D graphical engine decision. What we would like to ...
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Preferred way for game to interface with game engine [closed]

I've been trying to find some mention of how ones game project should interface with a game engine, to no avail. This is my question: You use different engines in different ways, some examples: The ...
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How to implement input handling in a C game engine?

I am starting to learn C programming (though I have a lot of experience using higher-level languages). I want to write a game engine using C and OpenGL. I think I understand the graphics rendering ...
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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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Game Engine Design for the LWJGL [closed]

I'm about to begin on the engine for the game I am making. However, I am quite uncertain how I should design it. I have heard lots about threaded games, component and asynchronous systems. I'm ...
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Source Engine not clearing back buffer?

In the Source Engine, when the map has got no skybox, I can see that typical "no-back-buffer-gets-cleared-artifact". I just want to know, why the source engine does that. Does it have any performancee ...
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syncing multiple audio tracks on Android

I'm trying to create a music based game (similar to "my singing monsters). the idea is that I have a scene where I can place and remove a few different characters from the scene, each character has a ...
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2D engine that uses Flash Platform classes? [closed]

I want to develop a 2D game for Android, but, I want to use Flash Platform's framework APIs, ex: Sprite, Shape, Graphics, Bitmap .. etc as I have already wrote my game in AS3 .. Is there a 2D engine ...
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Should i use a graphics engine or do the low level graphics myself? [closed]

programming is more of a hobby for me right now as i'm still in highschool. when i get to college i plan to make it less of a hobby and more of a profession. but for now what would you guys suggest ...
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How to handle Gameflow and Progression

Iam building my own 2D Engine and i try to handle the Progression of my Character. For Example when the Player got an special Item an Door opens or when he talks with someone and got an Item the ...
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What do I need to get an independent developer license for CryENGINE 3?

I have searched Google and CryEngine forums and I can't seem to get a solid answer to this question. I have seen threads where developers are complaining that they can't sell their game because they ...
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How would one store global context data in an entity component system?

My question is this: How would one store global context data, ie. world data information, current world time, etc in an entity component system? I'm think of working towards building a Dwarf ...
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How to represent projectiles in video game?

I'm making a simple fixed shooter game (similar to Galaga) as part of a presentation I'm doing. I'm wondering, what strategies/data structures would people use for tracking projectiles (like lasers ...
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What advantages does bare OpenGL provide over frameworks/engines to small developers? [closed]

I've noticed a trend of indie developers steering away from frameworks and engines, and moving towards using bare OpenGL, or using it combined with SDL/SFML2. As an indie developer, I can't see what ...
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ParallaxBackground AndEngine

I'm new to game development andengine. I want to add ParallaxBackground but I don't know how to change background on player move. I'm using arrow for moving a player. Now my question is where I write ...
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Correct way to use a GameObject.Find method in Unity C#

I have been following along with a Lynda.com video course to familiarize with Unity. I am currently attempting to grab a reference to a scene's First Person Controller's transform as follows: ...
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Correct way to update my physics frame rate

I've searched around here and Google and at last I looked at Fix your Timestep! article on the web which most of the people suggest. In according to that article I came up with an update method like ...
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How to program dynamic touch events that scale according to device?

When using openGL to build a UI for my prototype I find that that I am still required to use pixels to capture touch events. To make matters worse the Android Docs make this subject slightly ...
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How to scale openGL textures by a ratio based on height/width (or alternative)

I have been able to successfully allow my UI to extend over edges of my game on higher resolutions by using the Android Guide and by implementing this code on the GL10 object: ...
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Human to Monster Morph on 2D graphics [closed]

A friend and I are writing a topdown RPG called NecroMonster. In the game when you defeat an enemy you can take its shape (basically morph into it) and we dont know how to make this look right. First ...
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How can I maintain a rectangular formation when units are added or removed?

I've got bots in a rectangular formation with rows and columns. A problem arises when a bot is added or removed from the formation. When this happens, the bots have to rearrange themselves so that the ...
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What is an acceptable input delay?

It is common knowledge that if the framerate of a game is over 25-30 fps, we humans perceive it as running smoothly (more is better but if it is above that it at least doesn't lag). Is there any ...
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What is data-driven design? [closed]

I've been reading up on a lot of articles covering data driven design for games. It seems to come down to: No hard coding No game-specific code in the engine Scripting for AI, cutscenes, et cetera. ...
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How would I detect if two 2D arrays of any shape collided?

Say there's two or more moveable objects of any shape in 2D plane, each object has its own 2D boolean array to act as a bounds box which can range from 10 to 100 pixels, the program then reads each ...
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C++ FBX Animation Importer Using the FBX SDK

Does anyone have any experience using the FBX SDK to load in animations. I got the meshes loaded in correctly with all of their verts, indices, UV's, and normals. I am just now trying to get the ...
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Managing resources

I have a resource manager that loads and returns resources. Currently I just return shared_ptrs for the resources I create, but I'm thinking about going over to using something like simple handles, ...
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Node.js/V8 as a Platform for High End Local PC Game Development?

As a Web/UI dev rapidly expanding into more wide-open generalist territory, the more I learn about how its done in other languages, the more I love JS for architectural and basic ...
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Programming atmosphere for game

I've recently started making game and I want to implement there an atmosphere. My plan is to include in game many compartment, tubes and ventilations. For example if I open and airlock from room with ...
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Positioning sprites in a Component-Entity engine

I'm building my first component/entity engine and I'm not so sure about some of my choices. I'm here asking suggestions on my first doubt. I draw objects with 2 different behaviours: 1) Position ...
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When should I represent points and sizes as structures?

As part of my simple Ruby 2D game development framework, my game objects have position (x and y values) and size (width and height). class MyGameObject attr_accessor :x attr_accessor :y ...
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Why is it that the majority of npc character models are roughly the same height in video games?

In the majority of video games I play, I notice that NPC's are the same height. What's up with that? It kinda takes me out of the experience, when I see ten people in a row that are 5 foot 8. Anyone ...
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Chunks - Drawing in a randomly generated and infinite world

I am working on a platformer that is going to have a map that is randomly generated and infinite in 3 directions: left, right, and down. I've figured out that I will need to separate this world into ...
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Sub-systems in game engines

So here's the problem- I'm writing my own engine library, and it works fine with stuff like menus and the actual game screen. The thing is, I can't really figure out how to integrate something like an ...
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Game Engine Design – Ubershader - Shader management design

I want to implement a flexible Ubershader system (with deferred shading). My current idea is to create shaders out of modules, which deal with certain features (FlatTexture, BumpTexture, Displacement ...
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How are 3D models created in video games?

As the title says, how are 3D models in games designed and displayed? Is it all-code? Drawn on paper, then on a 3D graphics software, then... what? Of course, game programmers won't define every ...
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LibGDX with Android UI

Hello I want to combine between android UI and libGDX. I want to have half of my screen with libgdx engine (animated sprite) and the other half of the screen with android UI buttons. Does anybody know ...
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About making damage between units

I am making my own Tower Defence game engine. I havent built one before and I don't know lot of stuff how games work. I will take Starcraft as an example. You have a marine shooting a zergling from ...
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What are the benefits of using a game engine for a voxel game?

I'm learning and developing a Minecraft like game. I've seen many games being made without a game engine, so I'm worried using a game engine will end up having performance issues. If I was ...
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Starting off C++ games development? [closed]

I've just finished my 2nd year of college, and now that I have time on my hands I want to start working on a 3D game, though my stumbling point is trying to find the resources to learn C++ games ...
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Endless terrain in jMonkey using TerrainGrid fails to render

I have started to learn game development using jMonkey engine. I am able to create single tile of terrain using TerrainQuad but as the next step I'm stuck at making it infinite. I have gone through ...
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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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How do I create a cel-shaded cartoon look?

I am interested in everything related to this kind of effect (modeling, game engine, animation). What sort of stuff is needed? Here are some sample images of what I mean:
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Combining 2D and 3D in game engine

I've implemented basic 3D functionality and made little "2.5D" demo in orthographic projection using OpenGL ES 2 and Box2D. Now I want to make completely two-dimensional game (using sprites) and ...
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Recommendations for / issues with implementation of composite sprite system for beat 'em up game [closed]

I am currently working on a 2D Double Dragon style beat 'em up game project. We are working with DirectX 9 and are looking at implementing a composite sprite system for all our characters as explained ...
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How to make a character “jump” when leaving an up slope?

I have developed a game in Android using a tile-based system. I´ve implemented 22º, 45º and 67º up and down slopes and everything works (almost) perfect. The problem now is that, when the character ...
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Component based architecture - Rendering approach?

I'm planning to use a component based architecture for a new 3D game engine I plan to work on, however I don't know how to approach the rendering side of things. I can see two options here: Every ...
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Singletons & Entity Component Model, Global Engine Class

I am in the process of writing an entity component model game engine and I wanted to ask you a bit about the best way to lay out the code. I have run into an issue that I know will quickly cause me to ...
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OpenGL / Assimp oddity or error?

A friend and I are working on developing a game engine in C++. He doesn't live anywhere near me, so we use Dropbox to sync our files. I opened his project to test his code, and I kept getting errors ...