The structure of data files and how they are stored.

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Human-readable text file format for game parameters

Basically what I want to do is put a lot of different parameters in a text file I edit by-hand, to avoid recompiling. I'm using Ogre3D, so I'm using configfile, but it gets messed up, and I'm looking ...
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Public format for 2D animations

What public animation file formats are there available for 2D games? I'd like to know about both formats for procedural/skeletal animation, as well as traditional animation.
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2D game editor with SDK or open format (Windows)

I need 2d editor (Windows) for game like rpg. Mostly important features for me: Load tiles as classes with attributes, for example "tile1 with coordinates [25,30] is object of class FlyingMonster ...
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How to Export Flash Animation Data

I'd love for my partner, the artist, to be able to animate using flash movieclips and timelines. Then I, the programmer, would like to read the raw Flash info and re-program it into my engine of ...
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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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Which is better for mobile games, PNG or SVG? [closed]

I want to make several 2D games for mobile platforms, mainly using Qt for iOS, Android, Symbian, MeeGo and whatever supported by Qt. I've made one game already using PNGs. Now I'm thinking of making ...
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Support of multiple 3d formats in engine

What is the best practice to add support of loading models from multiple file formats (.obj, .3ds ...)? What class hierarchy should I use (now I have Mesh class( containing vertex, data ) and ...
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What are the pros and cons of these voxel data file formats?

.VXL .VOX .KVX .KV6 .V3A .V3B I am trying to decide whether it's worth going with any of the above, or some other, or if I should roll my own. The deciding factors in order of importance are: ...
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Why hasn't OBJ been extended to support skinning?

Out of every format I know, the only one that works accross all applications perfectly is OBJ. I think it is an excellent format and I would use it for everything - except it does not support ...
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How can I convert .X files from text to binary form?

Is there a tool for Linux (preferably a command-line tool) that can convert from the .x text format to the binary format? I wish to use this format with Irrlicht but the text format is loading very ...
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How to create a game save file format in c++ using STL

Hey so i just learned about the i/o part of the STL, more specifically fstream. Although I can now save binary info and classes i've made to the hard drive, i am not sure how to define how the info ...
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Loading resources in a portable manner

I've been looking at ways to load data into a game. I even asked a question on stack overflow about reading binary data in a portable manner . The gist of the answer seemed to be that you can use ...
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C++ SDL, Opengl 3D Game

I have been learning C++ for long time (but only learning game development for eight days) and I have made a simple game using 2D textures. I was thinking of starting on 3D game development. I wanted ...
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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 ...
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Understanding .obj file

I downloaded a 3d model of a car. By judging by the skins and images available model treats wheels and car body as separate nodes. I want to access its child nodes (wheels) to specify animation. But ...
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How to load .max files to Panda3D [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to convert .max files to .egg on linux Is there a way to load .max files directly to Panda3D engine? I am running Panda3D on linux so converting them using 3ds max ...
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Animation file format

I'm trying to make a simple 2D animation file format. It'll be very rudimentary: only an XML file containing some parameters (such as frame duration) and metadata, and some images, each representing a ...
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How to design a replay system

So how would I design a replay system? You may know it from certain games like Warcraft 3 or Starcraft where you can watch the game again after it has been played already. You end up with a ...
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Whats the point of all these Surface Formats

I am relevantly new to Graphics Programming. I have written some basic games in xna in the past but I am trying to understand what the point of all these surface formats is. For instance Xna and DDS ...
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iPhone image asset recommended resolution/dpi/format

I'm learning iPhone development and a friend will be doing the graphics/animation. I'll be using cocos2d most likely (if that matters). My friend wants to get started on the graphics, and I don't ...
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Custom mesh format - yea or nay?

In the process of writing my game prototype, I have found the OBJ format to be insufficient for my needs - it does not support any sort of animation, it doesn't support triangle strips (I'm targeting ...
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Examples of TIN-based terrain formats in FPS games

Do you know of any terrain formats for FPS games that use a triangulated irregular network (TIN) instead of a grid for elevation representation? Or at least a game whose development tools accept a TIN ...
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Converting a Google Sketchup file to 3DS?

I have a couple models that I've made or found in Google Sketchup, and I want to be able to use them in some programs I have that only support 3DS. What is the best way to convert, without paying for ...
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What external 2d animation formats can I use in android?

For an artist who won't be dealing directly with the code, what formats for 2d animation could they use that would be portable into an android game? In my particular case there are no collision ...