A 3D or pseudo-3D action game genre categorized most famously by its first-person perspective and a bias towards ranged projectile combat.

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Mouse aim in an FPS

I would like to make a First Person Shooter and move the camera with the mouse. The problem is that when the cursor reaches the limits of the screen, the camera won't turn anymore. How can I keep the ...
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How to implement “bullet time” in a multiplayer game?

I have never seen such a feature before, but it should provide an interesting gameplay opportunity. So yes, in a multiplayer/real-time environment (imagine FPS), how could I implement a slow ...
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What's the best head-bob formula?

Given a point in space, a direction of travel, and a time since start, what's a convincing, non-sickening formula to simulate head bob? What's been successful in previous games? Has there been any ...
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What to send to server in real time FPS game?

What is the right way to tell the position of our local player to the server? Some documents say that it is better to send the inputs whenever they are produced. And some documents say the client ...
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How does Halo draw projectiles?

I am trying to draw projectiles and doing billboarding. A projectile consists of a bill-boarded "particle" and a "tracer". When I billboard a projectile, it cannot be seen when the player's viewing ...
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Implementing network smoothing

We are making a multipler first person shooter. The client sends it's position to the server at a fixed rate (currently at 10Hz). The server sends a single message contatining all player's positions ...
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Gravity strength in first person games

In our game, we set the acceleration due to gravity to the appropriate value of 9.8 m/s^2. Although physically correct, it feels more like moving around on the moon.. It feels about right at a value ...
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Multiplayer FPS server side performance

This is related to MMO Performance except that question is about bandwidth. This is about cpu load. I put together a simple FPS using node.js and webGL. It's extremely simple, a lot like the ...
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Prevent players from wallhacking in an online FPS?

Why do we still moan on wallhackers in multiplayer first-person shooters? Isn't it possible to perform occlusion culling for all players server-side? For example, send player xyz information to ...
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What makes aiming in a console first person shooter feel good?

I think it's pretty much universally agreed that simply mapping the analog stick to rotational speed of the character is not good enough to make console first person shooter feel good. So what are ...
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Shooting the bullet out of the gun instead of the camera, yet keeping it accurate with respect to the reticle

I'm working on a first person game, and I've ran into a problem. In my game, there's the player's gun being rendered, as well as a reticle in the center of the screen - like this: First, Let's ...
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How do I create good looking plasma explosion effects?

Is this just a billboard quad with a bloom shader?
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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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How to implement mouselook in the browser?

I am currently creating a 3D first-person shooter game in the browser using WebGL. How would I implement mouselook/free look for such a game?
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Is Xbox Live suitable for a multiplayer FPS?

I'm working on a basic first person shooter. I would eventually also like to publish it on Xbox Live. If I do this, will I still have access to parties (invite and chat)? Does Microsoft provide ...
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FPS Collision detection and movement

How is collision detection and movement typically handled in a FPS, particularly handling slight changes in ground height such as stairs (both on incline and decline)?
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Is there any game engine capable of true binaural positional 3D audio? [closed]

I am by no means a game designer, so I apologise in advance if I fail to use the proper jargon. Feel free to correct my mistakes. My understanding is that, at the moment, in most if not all ...
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How to keep my Quaternion-using FPS camera from tilting and messing up?

I am using an FPS-like camera, and it uses quaternions. But, whenever I try looking up and then sideways, it tilts, and sometimes it can turn upside down. How can I fix this?
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In FPS's what is the primary reason for unused ammo in a removed magazine returning to the ammo pool?

All FPS's I know of return unused ammo in a removed magazine back to the users overall ammo count. For example, I have 3 magazines with 30 rounds in each, I fire off 25 rounds and do a magazine ...
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FPS games: don't they have unrealistic one-eyed view? What are the causes?

I have played many fps games, and noticed that the camera perspective is similar to the 'one eyed view' of the surroundings. It does not feel like bilinear. :/ Is it because of the single flat view ...
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Techniques for bot movement in (first person) shooter games

I was wondering what kind of technologies were used in FPS games to move bots around the level. I know the pathfinding is done using waypoints or navigation meshes but how do the bots actually rotate ...
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FPS networking with server sending input instead of gamestate

Why do all fps games have the server send gamestate instead of input which is smaller? One reason I can sort of see is that if the server sends input to the clients and a packet gets dropped then the ...
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How can I implement view wobble when my player is running?

I'm creating a FPS in XNA. So far its' going great. What I'm looking at doing is replicating the camera movements that you see in Modern Warfare. So, if you are walking the camera stays pretty ...
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Recommended 3D camera settings and model sizes for an FPS

I'm making a simple FPS and I can't decide on the size of my models and my camera settings. Could someone please recommend a good combination of: camera field of view near and far planes model ...
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What makes aiming on a PC first person shooter feel good?

I liked this question: http://gamedev.stackexchange.com/questions/1083/what-makes-aiming-in-a-console-first-person-shooter-feel-good So here it is for PC (and its not a dupe because a mouse is hugely ...
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How does one develop a first person shooter with a one man team? [closed]

I have an idea for a first person shooter game and I have plenty of free time to work on it. I know java and objective-c very well and I also know autodesk inventor (which is similar to 3ds max). ...
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Why do most FPS games have a machine gun, shotgun, and sniper rifle?

Most folks who've played FPS games would have noticed that the same weapons tend to reappear again and again, such as machine guns and shotguns. There was once a lot of innovation in the types of ...
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Implementing recoil in a realistic and balanced way?

To clarify, I've seen this post already I really like the idea that the chosen answer suggests, yet when I go to implement it the recoil still doesn't "feel" right. The problem is mainly the fact ...
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Perfect FPS camera angle

I am making a multiplayer FPS and I am in search of some helpful tips on the perfect FPS camera angle. Because it is a multiplayer, I am making a full body model holding the gun, I find, however, that ...
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How to handle walking into walls?

Say we have a player who's walking around in first person perspective. He would like to walk forward, but that would put him inside an object, and that's no good. Right now what I do is... ...
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Improving first person camera and implementing third person camera

I want to improve upon my first person camera implementation and extend it to, so the user can toggle between third person/first person view. My current setup: draw():: glPushMatrix(); ...
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3d Model Scaling With Camera

I have a very simple 3D maze program that uses a first person camera to navigate the maze. I'm trying to scale the blocks that make up the maze walls and floor so the corridors seem more roomy to the ...
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Need help for weapon models for Unity

I've been working on this FPS game and I've gotten to the point where I need to start adding the weapons in and have been having trouble creating (unsure of what engine to use) them. Is there an ...
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How many UDP ports for an MMOFPS

I'm designing an MMOFPS. I'm not sure whether to use one UDP port for all clients or one UDP port per client. Or is there another alternative? Currently UDP is only being used for position data ...
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Where can I download the Doom Classic source code, the iOS port?

Doom classic source code for iOS was released by id software, and has a download link on this page: http://www.idsoftware.com/doom-classic/. The issue is that the url doesn't work, I sent an email to ...
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How can a team work together to assemble a large world map?

I recently played a open world FPS game with a large and dense game world, in a single map like this. It contains many objects, roads, rivers, trees, houses, rocks, hidden places, NPCs, etc... all ...
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How to achieve 'forward' movement (into the screen) using Cocos2D?

I'm interested in creating a 2.5D first-person shooter (like Doom) and I currently don't understand how to implement the player moving forward. The player will also be able to browse around the world ...
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What is the proper term for “permanent world”?

How to name the fact that for a MMO game there's one big session, the same things are happening for all the players, you log out and after two days log in to the same place as the same person ? I'd ...
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Is it possible to make/translate a 3d engine to ruby on rails?

I am looking to make a 3D FPS that runs inside web browsers. I looked into using WebGL, but it didn't seem far enough along into development. I decided on using RoR because Ruby was a language I knew. ...
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Automatic weapon recoil with that “Counter Strike”-feel

How would you do it? I already found this function for an impulse (helped by math.SE). It works for single shots, but not for automatic weapons. Any ideas?
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How can I model a “weapon overheating” mechanic?

I want to create a weapon overheating system very similar to the plasma rifle in Halo. You can watch a video of the plasma rifle firing. What I want to do is to create a flexible logic that can be ...
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How to create a view looking down the sight of the gun

I am in the midst of creating an FPS game using XNA. I am using the camera class from the First Person camera demo from dhpoware.com, and everything is working great. What I'd like to implement is ...
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How can I customize an FPS game?

I want to create a customized (modded) fps game where I can change the look and feel of the game to match my intended theme. Some of the things I would like to do: Create a custom map (terrain). ...
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Multiplayer FPS Gameplay: How to encourage players to dispense ammo?

In the Battlefield: Hardline beta, players can now obtain health and ammo directly from other players, without having to ask for it via the command rose. Here's two examples of how asking for health ...
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What's the term for the “vertical looking angle” in FPSs?

I guess the "vertical angle" of looking in an FPS could be called the pitch of the camera, but surely there is another term for it? (I'm trying to mod ArmA II, but I can't find anything in their ...
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XNA Framework and looking around relative to the world instead of camera?

So I've been toying around with creating a game in the XNA framework. A great place to start is simply being able to move and walk around. I kinda have looking around... I start off with the camera ...
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How can I achieve a bullet tracing effect similar to the one in Planetside?

I've noticed that bullet tracers in Planetside 2 don't show up close -- every time I see them, it came from a barrel a ways away. I don't believe Planetside traces every bullet either, because then ...
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Is it worth it, to try and prevent cheaters?

Perhaps one of the biggest issues that plague FPS-games are cheaters. If you use a server-authoritative model, you will prevent some level of cheating. But why do this if people can still aimbot?
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How are red dot/reflex/holographic sights implemented?

In first-person-shooters like Call of Duty, the hologram only appears when it is behind the glass portion of the sight. In OpenGL, would it be implemented by rendering the glass to the stencil buffer ...
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How do I have to take into account the direction in which the camera is facing when creating a first person strafe (left/right) movement

This is the code I am currently using, and it works great, except for the strafe always causes the camera to move along the X axis which is not relative to the direction in which the camera is ...