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Examples of good Javascript/HTML5 based games [closed]

Now that Flash is largely being replaced with HTML5 elements (video, audio, canvas, etc.) are there any good examples of web-based games built on completely open standards (meaning Javascript, HTML ...
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How can I develop Flash games without expensive software?

I've been playing with writing flash games in my spare time, but up to this point, I've just been using a trial version of Adobe Flash Professional. I'm aware of FlashDevelop, but their documentation ...
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Ways to earn money through Flash games

If you like developing flash games just for fun, why not make money through them? There are different ways you can monetize your flash game: In Game Ads: Some common examples: Mochi Ads gamejacket ...
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Where should I host my flash games? [closed]

I'm looking at hosting my flash game on a site like Kongregate or NewGrounds, but with so many choices, I'm left wondering what are the pros & cons of the various options? I'm interested in: ...
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How do I determine the draw order in an isometric view flash game?

This is for a flash game, with isometric view. I need to know how to sort object so that there is no need for z-buffer checking when drawing. This might seem easy but there is another restriction, a ...
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What libraries do you use for developing games in Actionscript?

There are a couple of libraries I have used myself when developing games in Actionscript: Flixel: Created by Adam Atomic, well known as the library created for Cannabalt. Very special for pixel ...
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AS3/Flash Game Dev: Looking for good & current step by step

Flash tutorials and examples have been around so long it is hard to know what sites to actually read for good, current AS3 game dev. I'm looking for a good start to finish for flash game development, ...
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Will the same Flash game business model work for HTML5 games?

One of the best ways to earn money with Flash games is by making sponsorship deals. The developer puts the sponsor's logo and a link to their site in the game and lets the game spread around the web. ...
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How do you make money from html5 games (i.e sponsorships)?

I make games with flash and I am interested in making games in html but I haven't seen any companies or websites which are willing to buy these games (i.e game sponsorships). I was hoping somebody ...
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Rendering performance for Flash games

I was reading on SO about native flash rendering vs building a custom BitmapData frame buffer and some of the answers were a bit conflicting, so I was wondering: Is it generally best practice to go ...
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How much memory usage is too much in a Flash game?

I'm developing a Flash game, and I can appreciate that the memory usage is a little high for a Flash game (I think). Let's say 100+ MB. So how much is too much when talking about memory usage in ...
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How do I ensure an appropriate payout ratio for a slot machine?

I have done a lot of research into random number generators for slot machines, reel stop calculations and how to physically give the user a good chance on winning. What I can't figure out is how to ...
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How to build a bones animation engine?

I want to develop a flash game. It would draw a stick man, and edit his pose. I think what I need to learn are bones animation and physics engine. Can anyone introduce some good resources to learn ...
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Making a character move along a curved slope in a World with gravity

I have seen this game Fancy Pants 2 . And the thing I noticed apart from the physics and beautiful animations is that the character is moving along slopes , even curved slopes. I have little ...
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Now that Device Central is dead, how can I test my Flash Lite applications?

I'm trying to use Flash Lite to make a simple game for my girlfriend, who only has a Nokia 5530, but I just realized in CS6 Adobe killed Device Central, so there's no way for me to test it without the ...
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Slow performance on an A* implementation in a tower defense game

I'm making a Tower Defense game in Flash with no predefined path. Although my grid is 40x40 (small?), A* is struggling when recalculating every time. So I made my own modification to ease the ...
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What pattern is this, and should I do it?

I'm making a game in as3 using flash develop and flash cs5. Everything is object oriented. I was wondering, should I have one "gateway" class that has a property-reference to all instantiations of ...
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Easing Functions

I started to involve myself with easing functions (Flash AS3), came about in trying to understand TweenLite and Robert Penner's website: http://www.robertpenner.com/easing/ The question I have is ...
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What type of dashboard should I create to understand how my game is performing?

This is a two part question. Let's say I release a new Flash game to the web. Once players start playing I want to understand how it is performing: What common performance criteria do people track? ...
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Networking in Flash games. Socket or Stratus?

Working on a prototype for a Flash game that will use networking communication. It would be better to use Peer 2 Peer connection, since it will be a multiplayer game. Has anyone used Stratus or tried ...
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What implications does JIT (javascript/canvas) vs. AOT (Flash) have in terms of browser based game performance?

In my experience, even till this day, I still see more of a visual lag in entity movement / animation in JavaScript (Canvas) based games than I do in Flash based games. Why is this - what exactly is ...
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Is gameswf usable? [closed]

The project page indicates that it's pre-alpha code, and suggests the actionscript support is weak. Flash UIs are nice, so I was wondering if anyone has experience getting gameswf to the point where ...
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Flash, Java, Unity plugin install penetration?

Is there data on how many users have Flash, Java, or Unity plugins installed?
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Internationalization (i18n) in Flash games? Is there an easy way?

I want to internationalize some texts in a flash (not flex) game I'm working on and I can not find an easy way to achieve that... I have found some libraries and other solutions, but I expected ...
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what should the size of a flash game in Facebook be

I'm developing a flash game and i want to put it in Facebook ,My question is the Proper maximum size for it. 500 KB 1 MB ??
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Network Multiplayer in Flash

Flash has come a long way in the last decade, and it's a well-kept secret getting a Flash game to connect to a multi-client server for chat and/or basic avatar movement in real time. Why has the ...
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Documentation/Spec for Flash's XFL layout?

Has anyone found an official spec or documentation on the XFL file layout? Are there any design tools in existence or planned that can create XFL files? (Besides the official Adobe Flash Professional ...
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How to enable GPU for flash player 11?

I just install Flash Player 11 and SDK 4.5 (hero), and test it with a small program. But I find it is still using "software" to simulate 3D API, and trace("driver info: " + _context3D.driverInfo); ...
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How public should you make your betas? [closed]

I am approaching the point where I can release a playable beta of a very complex game I am making in Flash/AS3. It is fairly involved and the deepest game Ive made so far. I plan on hosting it on my ...
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Implementing top view physics using box2D

How can top view physics games be done in box2D? One idea I have is to set the linear velocity of an object manually or to alter the linear and angular damping as my object moves over different ...
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Beginner flash game development: Start with framework or from scratch?

I want to write some simple flash games (as a hobby). I have a lot of programming experience, but no experience with Flash/ActionScript. My question is: As a beginner, is it a good idea to start with ...
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Water simulation in Isometric game

I'm creating a game in Flash AS3 in which the player needs to modify land in order to direct the water in the right direction. However, water simulation is a new topic for me and I'm kinda stuck. It ...
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What is the standard way of delivering HTML5 games to portals and such?

Let me explain what I mean by "standard way of delivering"... Think about Flash games sites. Flash games can be delivered as a single file, either hosted by the site, or, I guess, provided by someone ...
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Why does my FPS drop gradually over time?

I'm working on this game: yt alpha preview I came into a huge game-breaking problem - after 10-15 min of gameplay the FPS drops from 60 to 30 and is very unstable. I'm using tons of physics and ...
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How can I put Google Ads in a flash game?

What I want to do is put Google Ads in my flash game. The first question is how can I do that? The second question is the best place to put it; while loading, after finishing the game?
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Convert Flash game to work on Android devices

Is there any way to convert a Flash games(file with .swf extention) to work with android devices? I want the game to use Android device native controls like sensor, accelerometer, etc.
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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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What standards should designers/artists follow when giving UI assets to coders?

How do you or your company require designers to deliver their assets to coders? Do they deliver a PSD? A series of 24-bit PNGs? If you are a coder, what would you include in a best-practice ...
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How to properly protect a flash game?

If I understand correctly, the main point of protecting a single player flash game is to keep it sitelocked. How to do this right and are there any other reasons to do this?
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Is frustum culling necessary in a Flash/AS3 game?

I'm making a 2D game where the map will be scrolled frequently, and only a small part of it will be visible at any time. Which implementation would run faster? The naive way: Make the map a single ...
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How does flash store (represent) movieclips and sprites?

When we draw any object in flash and convert it into a movieclip or a sprite, how is it stored or represented in flash. I know in vector art it is stored or represented as line segments using ...
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What is a good technique for 2D tile-based terrain generation meeting these requirements?

As a summer project I decided it would be fun to make a Flash game. Right now I'm going for something like the look of Terraria. It's been a lot of fun, but today I've hit a snag. I need a way to ...
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Polygon/Shape definition changes in Box2D 2.1

I was going through a pretty good tutorial on Box2D here, but I ran into a problem when he made a b2PolygonDef, because the tutorials were made in 2.0, and I'm using 2.1. I could download 2.0 I guess, ...
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What would be a good game making engine supporting Vector images?

I want to create a simple platforming game, in which you are a square in a wonderful world. I would like this game to be able to be played in browsers. Basically I am searching for something similar ...
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Is flash game development not considered 'proper' game development? [closed]

I've come across this a couple of times. That flash game development is not 'proper' game development when compared to XNA or even Unity. Mentioned here: Need guidelines for studying Game Development ...
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Can Flash games packed for iOS and other mobile devices achieve reasonable performance?

I was thinking of developing a game in Flash, as a hobby/educational project. However, I was hoping I could make it run on a smartphone, but a friend who develops in Flash says that in their ...
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How to implement line of sight restriction in actionscript?

I have a problem with a game i am programming. I am making some sort of security game and i would like to have some visual line of sight. The problem is that i can't restrict my line of sight so my ...
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How to eliminate screen jitter in Flash game?

We made a flash game with a big screen size(1000x600), and the terrain graphic will jitter while the screen scrolling(that's, camera moving with player) continuously. What's the root cause? Or if you ...
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Game networking topology - dealing with host leaving

I am working on a P2P game in Flash and I'm wondering what network topology would be most robust for dealing with people randomly joining/leaving. I was thinking the first user to join could be the ...
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More profitable: Android apps or Flash games?

Which market (that of Android games or that of Flash games) is more profitable and will give me a better chance of success? Where can I find the relative market shares of these markets, globally?