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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What are the benefits of capping frames per second? (If any)

I am working on a simple game in OpenGL, using SDL for display initialization and input, and it appears in terms of timing I have two options available to me. Number one being just sleeping for the ...
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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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Make pygame's frame rate faster

By profiling my game, I see that the vast majority of the execution time of my hobby game is between the blit and the flip calls. Currently, it's only running at around 13fps. My video card is fairly ...
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Could frame interpolation like used by SmoothVideo Project be an option to increase the framerate of games without as big a performance hit?

The SmoothVideo Project uses frame interpolation to increase the fps of video from 24 to 60. The results are pretty impressive. I was wondering if this could be applied to, and whether it would look ...
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Large FPS vs consistent FPS

When optimizing the frame rate of a game, when should I focus on a large FPS and when should I focus on a consistent frame rate. This is often a hotly contested issue, so please note I'm not asking ...
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Framerate limitation

The most successful competitive game engines like id Tech, GoldSrc, Source and such allow for framerate limitations. You can play with 30, with 60, with 99, with 72, with 68 etc. In short, you can ...
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Separating logic/update from render/drawing code in a single thread using sleep

I've read that the speed of game objects should not be hindered by FPS but instead should be based on time. How can I seperate the update/draw code to maximize performance without limiting the drawing ...
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GL ES: Fragment shader optimization

Summary: I get FPS slowdown as soon as I try to tint the sprites (i.e: multiply texture with color in the fragment shader) Details: Hardware: iPod touch 4 I am drawing 700 sprites on the screen ...
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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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What are “frame rate” and “fps?”

Can someone give me a detailed explanation about frame rate and fps concepts?
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Framerate is affecting speed of object

I'm experimenting with building a game engine from scratch in Java, and I have a couple questions. My main game loop looks like this: int FPS = 60; while(isRunning){ /* ...
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Is it useful to monitor framerate over the course of an arbitrary (but long) period of time?

How useful is it to keep a measurement of framerate over the course of long times (such as an hour) spanning multiple scenes/data environments? I've had plenty of times where data throttling/pushing ...
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Android game loop's effect on cpu/battery usage - unexpected results

I will try to keep this question as concise and as readable as I can. I recently came across an odd problem with my Android game that I'm developing. It's an openGL ES 2.0 game and initially I was ...
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How to make game appear to run faster?

I believe I read somewhere that there is a technique which will make games appear more smooth than they are. I believe it is some visual trick, but I don't remember which one. (It is be something like ...
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Constant game speed independent of variable FPS in OpenGL with GLUT?

I've been reading Koen Witters detailed article about different game loop solutions but I'm having some problems implementing the last one with GLUT, which is the recommended one. After reading a ...
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What framerate should I aim for on a mobile phone?

The higher the framerate, the better the game looks, but the faster it drains the battery. What's a happy medium? (I'm making a relatively simple 2D game with sprites moving constantly. I want the ...
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Accuracy and frame-rate in a rhythm game

My question is related with Fixed time step vs Variable time step. But where a fixed frame-rate improve the consistency of a physics based game, is it the case for a rythm game, or wouldn't it be ...
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Unlocking XNA game update rate and preventing unnecessary Draw calls and heavy logic Updates

I had some input problems which can be partially solved by unlocking game update rate. Now the input updates as fast as possible, but the game also calls the main Draw method a lot too. I believe ...
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Is a frame-rate jump in my C++ iPhone game a show stopper and how do I find its cause?

Every 5-10 minutes there's a noticeable frame-rate hiccup in my game. Other than that my game runs very smoothly - again it's just one quick little jump every 5-10 minutes. Is this something I need to ...
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Game Loop Problem - Growth and Recharge as Integer Values

I have a question about game loops. I understand that you shouldn't have a static loop, say 100ms and set something's speed to 1px/frame so it moves 10px/sec. You should have a speed and multiple that ...
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Can a high FPS negatively affect how a program runs?

Yeah I know this is a broad question and will get down rated, I'm just hoping for some answer before it gets closed. Anyway, I'm using Slick 2D/Java to play around with graphics. I'm having some ...
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How can I make sure my game runs on older GPUs than mine?

My game must stay at 75fps to be playable (I'm developing for the Oculus Rift) and I'm optimizing with that hardware in mind. My mid-range Nvidia GTX 650 Ti struggles a little with some Rift demos, ...
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Problem of saturation of ram on XNA?

I developed a small xna games. For some time I have a problem with the saturation of RAM. In fact everything works perfectly, the game runs with a "Frame" of 60fps. But strangely I do not know for ...
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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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What is the ballpark GL framerate for iPad and iPhone 4?

Does anyone the GL frame rate for iPad and iPhone 4 under the follow conditions: Unlit Non supersampled GLSL texture mapped with two textures. Single quad, 4 vertices Thanks, Doug
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HTML5 game fps render lag

I am currently creating a flappyBird-like HTML5 game using Proccessing.js You can see current work here: http://files.tips4design.com/flappySlothRelease/ The problem is that even though the FPS is ...
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Framerate independence

I'm building a physics engine in OpenGL, and I'm a little bit confused on how framerate independence is achieved. At the moment I'm using glutTimerFunc to cap the framerate at 30 FPS. Is there a ...
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Why is the framerate (fps) capped at 60?

ISSUE I recently moved a project from my laptop to my desktop(machine info below). On my laptop the exact same code displays the fps(and ms/f) correctly. On my desktop it does not. What I mean by ...
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When using MVC, what is the proper way to handle a view refresh when the model isn't ready?

I'm about to start building a game and am having trouble understanding the proper course of action when it's time to refresh the screen, but the model hasn't finished its calculations. I assume this ...
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Is there a common way to execute a task at a certain pace, without relying on the task priority feature of the OS?

There is no cross platform way to set process priorities, and I don't want to use threads since there are no standard method of setting priority to certain threads, apart from the fact that threads ...
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How can I track the frame rate on a mobile device?

I am trying to track the frame rate when performaing certain actions on my mobile device. Scenario: I open my game via the device browser and run through specific actions. Preferably would like the ...
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Framerate control and physics engines?

I am reading this article on how to control the framerate and physics calculations. But in the game I am writing, I use a third party physics library and the only thing I do to update my physics is ...
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Is Update called based on screens refresh rate? MonoGame

My game is running 60fps (Because I'm using a 60hz monitor) but if I would use a 85hz monitor it would be running 85fps. My question is if update is called based on the screens refresh rate or if its ...
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Should I cap the frame rate in SDL?

I know this question has been asked a lot, but I never found an answer suitable for me. I have a game with a fairly big logic system and the movement system I am currently using is calling ...
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Why are my game ticks longer than expected?

I was working on my game, adding stuff to it, when I noticed my ticks were in the low 50's when I had set it to do a constant 60. This is my run method. public void run() { init(); long ...
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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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How do I calculate consistent frame timings at 60fps?

I'm writing an HTML canvas game that uses requestAnimationFrame and therefore runs at 60fps, although this is more of a question about failing arithmetic than about JavaScript. If I measure the time ...
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Is good practice to optimize FPS even when it's above the lower limit to give illusion of movement?

I started over 50 FPS on the iPhone, but now I'm bellow 30 PFS, I've seen most iPhone games clamped to either 60 or 30 FPS, even when 24 or less would give the illusion of movement. I've concidered ...
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First frame has a much longer delta time than other frames

I had a problem where my AI moved extreme at the first frame and then normal after that. I then figured out it was my delta. It's about 0.016 seconds (60 fps), but the first frame was about 19000 ...
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Optimal FPS for best user experience/battery life

I'm currently developing a game for Android. The "graphics" I'm using is not very CPU/GPU-expensive thus it runs with high FPS. Because on Android devices, saving energy is important, and I want to ...
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Frame independent acceleration

To make my game fps independent I move entities with pos += speed * time where time is the delta time since last frame. That works perfectly well with speed but how do you do that with ...
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Framerate-independent acceleration

Is this the right way, or at least a way that works, for dealing with accelerations in variable time steps evironments? // Pseudo-code void onUpdate() { mySpeed += acceleration * ...
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Should I worry about the refresh rate?

I'm working on an RTS and there is a lot of camera movement involved. The camera moves at a constant speed but it stutters (seems to jump/jerky movement) if I don't enable vsync. I understand why this ...
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Why am I having these weird framerate issues with OpenGL on Windows?

I'm using OpenGL on windows (have been for a while now), and I've come across a strange issue. Once every so often, the rate at which frames are presented on the screen drops to roughly 10 fps. ...
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What is a reasonable way to avoid GC issues in Unity?

I've been reading about how garbage collection is a big problem when programming games using C#, Java, and the like - if you have a large amount of objects, the GC will run sporadically and scan ...
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Is it possible to achieve a smooth sprite animation with a fixed 60 FPS using Java 2D?

I've seen a lot of different game loops, and before implementing anything complicated I decided to start with a capped 60 FPS. My run method looks like this in my game thread: /** * Fixed Frames Per ...