Framework is an software abstraction where generic functionality can be selectively changed by user code, thus providing application specific behaviour.

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What's the difference between a Library and an Engine

I am working on a library to help 2D-Game development with Scala. So far it is a collection of helpful classes, file loading, collision detection, images, sprites... So when does it stop being a ...
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Are there existing FOSS component-based frameworks?

The component based game programming paradigm is becoming much more popular. I was wondering, are there any projects out there that offer a reusable component framework? In any language, I guess I ...
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What languages are used to develop MMORPGs like EVE Online and WOW?

As I understand it, MMORPGs are games that run on your computer like any other normal 3d video game but, with each action that happens with in the game, changes are made to the universe via HTTP calls ...
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Coordinate system handling for 2D UI

Following on from the aspect ratios question, I'm interested to hear what other people are using when working on 2D UI systems (most likely their own home-grown solutions). Specifically, how do you ...
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How to monetize and protect a engine's and its framework's copyrights and patents?

I created a game engine that handles: Rendering levels with 2d textured curved surfaces Collisions with curved surfaces Animationn paths on and navigation in 2d-sapce I have also made a framework ...
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What advantages does bare OpenGL provide over frameworks/engines to small developers? [closed]

I've noticed a trend of indie developers steering away from frameworks and engines, and moving towards using bare OpenGL, or using it combined with SDL/SFML2. As an indie developer, I can't see what ...
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What is a game framework versus a game engine?

What is the difference between a game framework (e.g. XNA with C#, SDL for c++) and a game engine? Do game frameworks USE engines? Does a game engine encapsulate sub-engines like physics engines, ...
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Entity Component Systems with C++ - Accessing components

(What I'm describing is based on this design: What is an entity system framework?, scroll down and you'll find it) I'm having some problems creating an entity-component system in C++. I have my ...
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Game Engine framework or library [closed]

I'm on the planning stages for an internal game engine I am about to start creating, which will be used for all my games going forward. But I'm struggling a bit with how it should be built. The ...
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Are there any narrative (or at least non-spatiotemporal) focused engines/frameworks?

EDIT (2): Since there are two answers and I haven't accepted any of them I figured I'd motivate what I'd consider an answer here: Either something strongly suggesting any such approach would be ...
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Is there any Card Game Framework? [closed]

Please let's avoid the discussion of creating/using a game framework or not. I would like to create a small framework for card games or use one if it exists. Does anyone knows one? Preferably ...
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What tools should I consider if my aim is to make a game available to as many platforms as possible? [closed]

We're planning on developing a 2D, grid-based puzzle game, and although it's still very early in the planning stages, we'd like to make our decisions well from the beginning. Our strategy will be to ...
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“Model Driven” Game Prototyping

Are there any known libs / frameworks / systems allowing to prototype a game based on a defined "model" of the game mechanics? Think all those match 3 games, i'm looking for "something" allowing to ...
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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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In XNA, should I use the built-in game component classes?

I'm just getting started on an XNA game for Window Phone 7. For my Flash games I have my own framework that I was just going to port from AS3, but I have just found the built-in game component stuff ...
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Where does the Framework (XNA) end and the API (DX) begin?

I have read alot of interesting questions asking about XNA vs. OpenTK vs. SlimDX vs. OpenGL vs. DX, and while it is really useful to get others general impressions from 100s of hours using these ...
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Need 3D RPG development library/framework recommendations [closed]

I’m currently planning to develop an RPG. It will be a project I do in my free time. No pres-sure behind it. I’ll probably be doing it together with a friend and it’s just supposed to be a fun ...
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Alternative to pyGame? [closed]

i'm learning something about game programming from a book about "pyGame". pyGame is simple, but... python is a little complex and different from my previous knoweledge about programming. I know ...
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Questions about XNA [closed]

I've read tons of different threads about XNA, but I still have some questions. First of all: I have 2 years of experience programming and C# is my main language, so XNA would fit perfectly for me, ...
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Is using multiple canvas objects a good practice?

We're developing a jump and run game with HTML5 and JavaScript and have to build an own game framework for this. Here we have some difficulties and would like to ask you for some advice: We have a ...
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What middle tier and backend libraries exist for handling player matching and out of game information? [closed]

Are there any libraries or frameworks readily available that handle player metrics, rankings, matching, tournaments, etc? Anything for managing the player community? (Please don't say DotNetNuke)
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Best Game Engine/Framework and Language for 2D actor/sprite intensive game [closed]

I'm new to the game dev world. I have a rather large project in mind (I learn by setting myself challenges :P ) and I'm wondering what the best engine/framework/language is for a 2D game with ...
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Why should I consider using the Source Engine? [closed]

I've always been a Valve fan, but now that I have the opportuninty to choose a game engine for a project I'm not sure I want to choose the Source Engine after watching this wikipedia entry. My options ...
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Where can I advertise my engine/library/framework to attract users?

[Hypothetically] I have just finished my game engine/library/framework. Now, I want to share it with people who may find it useful in their projects. Where can I advertise it to gain users? EDIT: By ...
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HTML5 without a framework

I am looking to get into game development, after a lot of searching I have decided to try with html5 and, while I can see the advantages of frameworks, I would like to learn the basics without a ...
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Any free 2D C\C++ framework that supports iPhone?

I'm looking for a C\C++ game dev framework that supports iPhone. It should have least Objective-C requirement to use it. The closest one I could find is Kanji engine. But that's not free. Other ...
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Music Rhythm Game Difficulty Question

I have curious question about music rhythm based genre while I'm making a code for the game. Is it really better if I set a random pattern encountered on every music played or there is a specific ...
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What are the advantages and limitations of using Qt for game development? [closed]

I know there is already a thread asking for example 3d games written using Qt. What I'd like to have a discussion about is whether or not Qt is a good framework for game development. In my experience ...
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MVC? patterns for game development? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: MVC-like compartmentalization in games? I am thinking of the best way to structure my project and was thought a MVC style pattern would be appropriate. Would be correct ...
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iPhone Game framework on top of cocos2d?

I am using cocos2d to develop iPhone game, however, it is just an 2D engine and developer is too flexible to use them - i.e. codes tends to be unmanageable. Are there any more high level framework ...
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What is the best online game framework for Python? [closed]

I want create online game with Python. Is there any framework or library to make it easier? I would like it if the framework provided things like character attributes, such as health.
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What are the basics in game architecture? How do you create your game skeleton such that it doesn't stay in your way?

There must be some best practices on how you create your game architecture/skeleton. One of the best resources that I found is: http://cowboyprogramming.com/2007/01/05/evolve-your-heirachy/ My ...
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What Scala-oriented game frameworks exist?

I'm looking into Scala game development, and wondering if there are any game frameworks oriented towards it, rather than Java. Java has Slick2D and LWJGL, but they do not take advantage of Scala ...
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Any good web frameworks for asynchronous multiplayer games?

I'm trying to craft a site for web-based (original) board games, and my client (currently written in Actionscript, but that's highly fungible) works fine - I can play solitaire games in the client - ...
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Which frameworks are system agnostic?

I'd like to have as little portability issues as possible but supports hardware acceleration. The main priority is on PC and having a game run on Windows, Linux and MacOS. Porting to consoles would ...
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handling errors in a framework

I'm writing a D3D11 framework and I'm trying to clean it up a little, and I'm unsure how to handle errors and return codes in my classes/code. What is the "best" and cleanest way to implement error ...
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Is there a library or a framework that handles networking in an RTS? [closed]

I'm aiming for making a(n) RTS game with networking so instead of doing tedious stuff like networking I wonder if there is a library/framework that will save me the effort. I intend to make that game ...
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anyone knows any open skeletal/bones 2d animations framework for java?

Some examples could be the animations framework used in Aquaria, or in Crimson Legend.
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Android/Java AI agent framework/middleware

I am looking for an AI agent framework to use as a starting point in an Android game I have to create for a university research project. It has been suggested to me to use JADE, but, as far as I can ...
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Distributing an Android game with plugins via the market

I'm new to Android development, and was wondering how the following could be achieved within the confines of the Android market as a distribution channel: One main application, which handles the ...
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Board Game Design in Cocos2d

I am going to start a chess like board game. And for that I have reviewed a number of things available. One is http://www.mapeditor.org/, using which you can create a grid base games. Another option ...
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How to create 2D textures from footage

I am new to game development but I heard, that already in the 80s with Prince of Persia, indie developers where capable to create textures from footage. I am developing a game and so far I get an ...
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What 2D game engines are there available for C++? [closed]

I just realized there are not C++ 2D Game Engines that I know of. For example, something like Pygame in Python, or Slick2D in Java. We have the following: SDL -> Too low level, not a Game Engine ...
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Application toolkits like QT versus traditional game/multimedia libraries like SFML

I currently intend to use SFML for my next game project. I'll need a substantial GUI though (RPG/strategy-type) so I'll either have to implement my own or try to find an appropriate third party ...
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Best platform for puzzle game development on the iPad

I have a series of hidden object and puzzle games mapped out that I want to develop for the iPad and although I have written programs before, it's been a while. I've been trying to find the best ...
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WPF or WinForms for Game Development and learning resources? [closed]

I'm looking to create a game framework for my own personal use... I want to use WPF, but I'm unsure if that is a wise choice... The games I will be writing should not require high performance ...
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How do I deploy my JavaScript/HTML 5 to desktop and smartphone?

I'm looking for framework that will let me code on JS for HTML5 canvas and then will let me deploy to desktop and Android. I'm not looking to learn new stuff like Haxe or Lua. I want to do it in plain ...
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Is there an open source rhythm / music game framework?

I'm trying to build a very simple rhythm game (as a one-off art installation, not a commercial project) demonstrating a novel controller, but I've got an extremely short timeframe to do it in. Are ...
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DirectX Effects Framework alternative [closed]

Now that the DirectX Effects framework has been axed, are there any other similar frameworks out there ? I now there's Nvidia CGFX, but does that work with the latest DirectX versions ? I'd rather not ...