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

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Does SpriteKit follow the MVC pattern?

I am currently working on an iOS project called Old Frank that I have been trying to follow a MVC design pattern. The gist of it is. GameObjects(model) <- Scene(controller) -> Sprites "SpriteKit" ...
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Proper joystick input processing

Take for example, the Xbox One controller. XInput returns joystick input along 2 axis (x & y). I'm not sure if the hardware just measures voltage across 2 axis or not, I'm not very knowledgeable ...
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How can I do sprite batching in SFML?

I'm new to game dev and using SFML. I need to use lots of sprites at the same time, so I will probably need sprite batching. I know that sprite batching is used to draw multiple sprites with a single ...
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Does Unity 3d cost money? [closed]

So I installed an Unity engine and I want to develop games by that. I heard that it costs 1500$ to program the code and post the game. Is that true? Did some1 developed a game with it and uploaded it ...
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XNA/DirectX: Advanced 3D Sound

Im currently working on an xna game with c#. Ive been looking into 3D Sounds recently as this is the next objective on my list. Ive found several tutorials online and they dont work to the standards ...
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State system and animation of derived classes

I'm trying to get some kind of state system for my game objects. I have a base Actor class that is derived by classes like Policeman, Informant or Brawler. Each of those classes describes different ...
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Distortion problem with perspective projection

For various reasons – partly educational, partly technical – I'm writing a 3D game engine from scratch, using OpenGL 3.0; aiming for Core Profile, eventually, so of course I'm using a custom matrix ...
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Does level streaming in games load directly from the HDD?

I wondered if the level streaming loads directly from the HDD. My first thought was if that would not be to slow, or if the chunks are just loaded into ram and asynchronously processed if appropriate ...
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How do I let a game support different rule sets?

I'm making a MUD game engine that supports D&D , Pathfinder and other tabletop-RPG rule sets. I am starting to build out how characters interact with the world (e.g. dialog, battle, searching for ...
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What GameEngine to choose [closed]

I concider myself an amateur, but I have quite some experince in Unity3D. Over the course of the next three years - before I can quit my job and go to colledge - I want to make ONE game. Now the ...
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What are my options other than game engines? [closed]

I'm a programmer. I've experience in Java, python, and c++. I see that some big games are built using game engines (Crysis uses Cryengine). However, other don't (Bayonetta for example). what's their ...
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Cleanly and quietly passing decrypted gamedata to game engine executable? [duplicate]

What? I've been developing a fairly large game in the Blender Game engine (an open source GPL game engine) for a little over a year and a half now and have been struggling with a commonly used method ...
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Unity engine vs JS engine for browser game [closed]

I'm trying to do a browser based game and I don't want to create my own game engine, no sense in recreating the wheel. Should I use Unity as my game engine? Or should I focus on a more Javascript ...
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Game Programming Gems series still of value? [closed]

Former Nintendo dev Mark DeLoura wrote a series of books called "Game Programming Gems". (http://www.satori.org/game-programming-gems/) Do these books still contain valuable concepts, considering ...
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Should I use DirectX 11 for 2d games or should I stick to DirectX 9? [closed]

After two years now I wanted to continue working on my sandbox project which I actually used to learn and experiment with various C++ features and DirectX. So far I have simple elements for 2d ...
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At what scale do I need to make tools? [closed]

In making a game, if I'm writing my own engine, at what sort of scale of team should I invest time in making a level editor tool? If it's just me on my own will it be worth it? Or when there's a team ...
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Render system should know entity manager?

in an ecs based game architecture, I think the entity manager is a "high-level" system, and the render system a "low-level" system. When I move my entity (that means I edit the position component of ...
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If I released a game engine under GPL v3, can I specify what parts of their code can be released under their own license?

I have a few questions about what users of my engine could copyright in their own project. The way the engine would work would be that it would be a standalone program in Java that would load all of ...
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Implementing a Graph-Based Material System?

I'm trying to wrap my head around how material systems like this, this are implemented. These powerful and user-friendly, graph-like systems seem to be relatively common as a method of allowing ...
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How to compute matrix transform local/world on OpenGL

I'm developing an OpenGL program where each object / entity contains m_WorldPosition, m_WorldOrientation, m_WorldScale and m_WorldTransform (Vector3, Quaternion, Vector3 and Matrix4f). The problem is ...
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Collision detection algorithms with images (2-Dimensions)

Lately, I have been researching different Collision methods, how to deal with multiple collisions and different types of bounding shapes, circles, rectangles, polygons and ellipsoids. Some common ...
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Change one prefab without changing all prefabs

I have this code that will spawn in a lot of prefabs. It then edits the prefabs. The problem is that every time it changes a prefab it will reset and move all the other ones. Can you please explain ...
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Scripting APIs and scripting to make games

I am confused, what is scripting and what is scripting API? Is scripting the process of writing the game program? And is the scripting API (as in unity scripting API) the API provided by the game ...
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How to make sprites from multiple images using SDL2

Using SDL2 in C++ I can load textures with out problem however, I have sprites that are from about 15 different png's that I was hoping I could load them all up and for loop through them. However, ...
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Alternative to singleton based game class [duplicate]

Lets say I have my main game class: class Game { public GameLoop Loop; public Scene ActiveScene; } and in my implementation of a game that uses it I do something like: Game game = new Game;...
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How to spawn multiple enemies? [closed]

I can store it in an array, ok, but after how can i paint it? Because if i do enemy = new Enemy(); enemy2 = new Enemy(); i create two istances of the object, but afer how can i paint it? I use: g2d....
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How does one make games playable before they are fully downloaded?

Diablo 3 and StarCraft 2 have a nice feature: I can start playing before the full game/update has finished downloading. How does this work? How could I implement a similar feature? I guess Diablo 3 ...
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Xna 2d tile culling

I'm trying to make a simple 2d tile engine here, and I've got a problem with getting a proper cells from a tile grid map when I'm trying to cull off tiles which aren't needed to be drawn. I've got a ...
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How does making of games using game engines happen? [closed]

I am a complete beginner to game programming. I have decided to give a try on UDK game engine. I have some simple doubts. I searched Google for the answers but couldn't get my doubts cleared. This ...
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Do I have to compile Unreal 4's source myself in order to make games with it?

Now I understand the need for this if people want to make modifications to the engine itself, but if I want to use the engine as is and just program games with it, do I need to do all this? I figured ...
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Handle many objects to draw in XNA

in my 2D engine - using XNA 4.0 - I´ve an issue with handling many objects. The way my engine works is that I only draw visible sprites (base objects) and ignore those sprites out of the current ...
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Handling game-state updates in an MMO while the player is logged out

I have a plan to build MMO strategy game like Goodgame Empire or Travian for windows phone. I want program it in C# Monogame (because I have some good experiance with it). But I still can't figure ...
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Accessing the command line from in-game?

Is there a way to interact with the command line (Linux/Windows) from in-game using a game engine such as Unity or Unreal? I would like to have the user be able to jump on a console or even just ...
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Recommended approach for event system in Java

What are the recommended approaches for an event system of a turn-based RPG's battle engine? The system I'm currently working on has a runEvent method that sorts the actions queue based on their ...
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How do I convert a Source engine NPC model to a player model?

The Source engine's NPC and player models differ: An NPC model applied to the player has no animations. It cannot walk and holds its arms out to the side by about a foot. The weapon is held in the ...
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Fast determination of whether objects are onscreen in 2D

So currently, I have this in each object's renderer's update method: float a = transform.position.x * Main.scale; float b = transform.position.y * Main.scale; float c = Camera....
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How are entity systems cache-efficient?

Lately I've been doing a lot of reading on entity systems to implement in my game engine (C++/OpenGL). The two key benefits that I constantly hear lauded about entity systems are 1) the easy ...
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Do total conversion mods require absolutely no programming or scripting skills? [closed]

I tried to look up total conversion and other mods as examples (Counter-Strike, Defense of the Ancients, Gunman Chronicles, Dear Esther, Natural Selection) but it is a bit difficult to find out if ...
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How to run C++ functions from other files [duplicate]

I want to set up my game engine I'm making to essentially load C++ code from another file, and to load initialization variables from those files also. I was thinking a system that has files that store ...
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GLSL Processed Image to OpenGL

I've tried wording and rewording this question in various forms of search and can't seem to find an answer to it. If I'm wording it wrong and/or just not finding the right information, feel free to ...
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Gamemaker vs Unity2d - Speed of Development [closed]

I know coding, so programming is not a problem Money is not a problem at all, I can get both GameMaker Master Collection and Unity Pro I want to make a 2d game. So which one is better for speed of ...
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How to run physics simulation in the background for possible future outcomes?

I'm designing a physics-heavy game in 3d. The core mechanic of this game is that the user gets to choose his actions based on probable future outcomes. For example - the player has a choice whether ...
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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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Proper way for Player object to communicate with Map object?

I'm writing my first game (in javascript / node over websockets) and am running into a bit of chicken and egg problem, and am afraid how I'm doing it right now won't scale once the game gets more ...
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What is the optimal way to handle matrix internal data storage for interop with native graphics apis?

I'm writing a managed (c#) game engine and have stumbled on a bit of a crossroads in design/implementation regarding matrix types. Matrix types need to be optimized for marshaling to native graphics ...
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What types of matrices are needed for game and graphics programming?

I am writing a 3D math library for general game development and want to know what type of Matrix classes I should include. Is just a 4x4 matrix enough, or must I provide 3x4 and dedicated rotational ...
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Fire Delay Timers

I currently have a turret that can fire projectiles. I can control the delay between shots (fireDelay), and I can control the time needed to reload the magazine of the gun(reloadDelay). I do the ...
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Moving multiple hingejoints based on joystick input

I'm controlling a 2D side-viewed (facing right) stickman with a joystick. The movements are fairly intuitive: Joystick down -> Stickman crouches down Joystick up -> Stickman stretches out ...
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The sprite will not move in libGDX

When I ran the android application, The sprite image will not move when I press the input keys. I followed a tutorial based on input keys and wish to know what's wrong. Can anyone see what's wrong? ...
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What is missing from SDL for it to gain more widespread adoption? [closed]

As I understand, SDL offers abstractions that let you make windows, handle input and audio much easier than doing so directly with the low level APIs provided by several operating systems. However, ...