The frequency which an imaging device produces unique consecutive images. It is most often expressed in frames per second (FPS).

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When should I use a fixed or variable time step?

Should a game loop be based on fixed or variable time steps? Is one always superior, or does the right choice vary by game? Variable time step Physics updates are passed a "time elapsed since last ...
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How'd they do it: Millions of tiles in Terraria

I've been working up a game engine similar to Terraria, mostly as a challenge, and while I've figured out most of it, I can't really seem to wrap my head around how they handle the millions of ...
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Should frame rate affect the speed in a game engine?

I am writing a 2D game engine for fun. I am able to perform animation using the engine. However, if I change the frame rate (frames per second) the speed of the animation changes. I have never used ...
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Frame Independent Movement

I've read two other threads here on movement: Time based movement Vs Frame rate based movement?, and Fixed time step vs Variable time step but I think I'm lacking a basic understanding of frame ...
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How do I enable higher FPS in XNA 4.0?

I created a FpsCounter DrawableGameComponent (linked to code, it's longish). It works great: It displays 60.0 fps normally. If I artificially slow down the game loop, it drops. My 'game' at the ...
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How can I get my objects to move at the same speed regardless of frame rate?

I tried using the methods on lazyfoo's site for frame rate independence. One problem I'm having though is that my game is running at different speeds on different computers. The differences are ...
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Working with lots of cubes. Improving performance?

Edit: To sum the question up, I have a voxel based world (Minecraft style (Thanks Communist Duck)) which is suffering from poor performance. I am not positive on the source but would like any possible ...
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Time critical events based on framerate

Problem Description Basically, I've made a "programming game" in which I've made my own scripting language. It is a completely standard Lunar Lander game, though instead of directly controlling the ...
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Options available to a programmer on the Main Game Loop [closed]

Could someone please give me some insight into each one of the four topics listed below. I have a good idea about what passive and active rendering are, and that the use of active rendering is more ...