Game Design is the creation and balancing of game systems and mechanics. Not for programming questions about "design" of features, engines, etc.

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What is a game mechanic?

I am trying to understand exactly what defines a game mechanic, and whether it is the same as a gameplay mechanic. There are many different sources online that try to define this but they appear to be ...
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Anyone who can make an Android game and sell it to me? [on hold]

I am just wondering if I can find an experienced Android developer who can make a 2d or 3d game for me? The person will just sell the game to me and I will take care of publishing and advertising it. ...
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2d Platformer Player with set of Items [duplicate]

I need some help on what is the easiest way to implement this feature. I had created a 2d platform game. the main character has a sword. so I had some set of frames for its animation. currently I need ...
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A deterministic game loop

I want to make a game loop that is deterministic sort of like a physics engine but it's for game update and rendering. I've done a lot of reading and I still was a bit confused. I've read these ...
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Ranking system for “offline” game?

I'm currently developing a game where players will be able to battle each other, not in real time, but offline, in a way where both players doesn't have to be online. This might seem like a bad idea, ...
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Security-minded design patterns / paradigm for client/server application

I am working on a client/server application and am starting to take it from proof-of-concept to actual implementation. The client is an Android application and the server is in PHP. In similar ...
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Why unity increase the size of image when i use the image in unity?

I try to make a game in unity 2d. But when i drop the image in unity the image size increase 3 or 4 times. Can i fix that or its normal?
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What's the economical design difference for a global auction house or seperate auction traders?

I'm playing The Elder Scrolls: Tamriel Unlimited and there we have local auction houses. (Thy don't have auctions, but I keep the term to not get confused in the following text.) I can see the ...
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Can names of abilities or spells within a game be trademarked/copyright? [duplicate]

Okay, say I want to create an RPG similar to and takes inspiration from such games as Final Fantasy, The Elder Scrolls, Shin Megami Tensei, Pokemon, etc. and I would like to use familiar names in some ...
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What modelling technique would people recommend for Rugby Management game? [closed]

What modelling technique would people recommend for a task like this? I have been looking at agent-based model (ABM), but not sure how well that would come handle the complexities of rugby.
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The design of a soccer ball without a rectangular margin that we see in Windows Photo Viewer and remove it to pass the soccer ball from goal line [closed]

if you use in Photoshop and or Illustrator and when you save the your design and you see your design in Windows Photo Viewer, you see the image in the rectangular margin. So, you will be in trouble ...
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Java: Problems with Tile Collisions

I have created a tiled map using a BufferedImage (img) from a PNG. From that, I would like to detect the player's (peter) collisions with individual tiles on the map. However, my code will not run and ...
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Preventing inflation in virtual econmy? [duplicate]

With your typical MMORPG, players can usually farm the world for raw materials essentially forever. Monsters/mineral veins/etc are usually on some sort of respawn timer, so other than time there ...
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Quest/Dialog Tree XML template

I'm looking for a good XML template, so I can create my quests/dialogs easily. It should be something which permits: multi-staged quest/dialogs with branching. ask user for some choice, to traverse ...
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Implementing The Command Pattern - Undo And Entity References

I am trying to implement a replay/undo system for a turn based strategy game I am currently working on. A sample move could go as follows: 1. A players select a pawn and gives it an attack command. ...
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Different damage systems?

I am designing a simple "Plant vs Zombies"-like game, but without graphics (just polygons) for class homework. I came to the point where I need to calculate damage to different entities. Por example, ...
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Editing sprite shading to change perspective?

I'm currently developing an RPG in Java with some of my friends, and one of my tasks is to do the pixel art. I'm a beginner at it, but I know that I'll get better in time. I recently finished the ...
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Unity Change Sceneview to camera view

On selecting camera, I get the camera preview. In Unity, while editing the scene, I wish to switch in such a perspective view that is exactly visible by the main camera. Is there a short cut to ...
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Is there such thing as a hybrid View that combines SurfaceView and GridView in Android?

I am trying to develop several Android games that work on a grid system. I will need to update the game surface frequently, so using a GridLayout does not seem to be a good option. The frequent ...
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Flash Icons do not show up with Android Lollipop

I am working on a few games based in Adobe Flash, and the Air Runtime. In Android KitKat and below, when doing local tests on devices,everything was perfectly fine. However, upon upgrading a testing ...
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Progression in a Sandbox Game (to xp or not to xp) [closed]

I'd like to know the strengths and weaknesses of different progression methods through a game (or a part of a game), where they're suited best, and where they should never appear. I have several ...
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Square Based or free movement [closed]

What are the pros and cons of using a 'square' or 'space' based character movement mechanic vs using a free movement mechanic? Square/Space - Movement on a ridged grid using 'squares', 'hexagons' ...
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Are accelerometer based games a bad idea because it limits playability? [closed]

I'm making a mobile game where the main control mechanism is tilting the phone to control movement. I'm worried that this is a bad idea because it limits how a user must be positioned in order to ...
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What are the steps for creating level in Libgdx with Box2d?

I have been trying to learn game programming for a week, although I have a good knowledge of programming. I don't understand some steps of game design. I'm recently working to clone the iSlash ...
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New Game Idea - Where to find game devs [duplicate]

I come from a different industry (IT security) but I am a long-time gamer and I am still waiting for the game of my dreams. I'm tired of waiting and I want to produce it, I believe the idea is good. ...
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Hinting at Steganography

I'm working on an ARG which will be implemented mostly through a standard website. I'd like to give some of the images on the site steganographic content (hidden content stored in an image, e.g. an 8 ...
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Should UI be part of the game-loop?

I can't really find a good answer to this anywhere, I have never worked on games in a proffessional environment and I am wondering; Do these games render their UI in the main game-loop? That is, do ...
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How to design AI to understand its selling decisions?

I am programming a game where there are 4 competitors (players) who have finished goods that they can then sell to given markets for which they have (at most a single) contracts for. Any finished ...
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Easy SpriteKit question on creating a function

The following code is what I'm working on to animate characters in a SK scene class. I can run the code without building, no problem, but I can't build it and run it; I get one error message: Binary ...
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When prototyping, how can I more easily explore game behaviour?

I build indie games myself, but I'm usually out of energy once I've taken a newly developed game to a level where it's possible to play with behavior, so I settle for refinement instead of ...
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How many resources are too many?

I don't know if this question is too broad but I am finally working on a game I want to release and I find that questions like: "can I really add another 10 frames?", "Do I really need that ...
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Update function - design patterns [closed]

I started reading about game development design patterns and from my experience there are 2 options for update methods. The first one receive from the game loop and delta time of this update and ...
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FPS issue between computers results in slow down of animations and moving

I have been developing my game on two computers. I recently got a new computer and have noticed an issue that seems to be happening in my game. When computer 1 runs the game at 60 FPS everything ...
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Replicating a “dark outline” on models [duplicate]

I am looking at several different art styles at the moment, so that I can better decide the general art style of my game. I was thinking that the game will be 2.5D, or even full 3D but with a ...
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How to find damage per second using Average Damage, Accuracy and Fire Rate Per Second? [closed]

I was wondering if anyone could help me establish a DPS equation using the variables 'Average Damage', 'Accuracy (%)', and 'Fire Rate Per Second'. Here is my table: Note: These numbers are ...
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2D Box Collision Trouble

Hello I am trying to handle some simple box collision (axis-aligned) in my top-down 2d game, but running into a problem. My game is running at a fixed time step, and checks for player-wall collision ...
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Finding mathematical formula for balancing items

We are working on a game that is glorified rock-paper-scissors. You can play prototype here: http://duelgame.tryadgames.com/ Here is expaneded version with better balance of numbers (at least I ...
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Choosing Language on Mobile Game

Currently I'm trying to localize a mobile game into popular language. Apart from technical stuff (like how to store string and including supporting fonts), I'm a bit confused about designing two ...
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How did Blizzard implement replay like in Warcraft 3 with not consistent data(attack damage)? [closed]

Units in wc3 has range of attack damage and it isn't consistent most of the time e.g critical hit and so on. Yet, they managed to make a replay that could even reconstruct bugs scene. I am just ...
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Looking for some insight on programming design for attacking and attack types in a game

So, I'm starting to introduce attacking to our 2D space RTS (This is in Unity, so it's component driven). Initially it was as simple as "enemy in range, damage applied". However there will be multiple ...
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How are win conditions handled in a turn based game?

Turn based games sometimes have different win conditions for different maps and mission. For example, control some structure for X turns, last X turns without losing a single soldier. They usually ...
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Rogue Door Connection logic

I'm having a bit of trouble developing code to figure out which doors connect in Rogue which is written in c. Not the actual path making. I just dont understand how they link to each other. If rooms ...
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What is the difference between framerate independent vs framerate dependent?

What is the difference between framerate independent vs framerate dependent? Can you please give an example.
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What is the relationship between FPS and a game loop?

What is the relationship between FPS - Frames Per Second and a game loop? I'm confused how my book is using theses terms.
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Why don't game developers change game stories after launch? [closed]

Game developers have shown willing to remove and add game features, change art assets and remake parts of their games in following updates, but why don't they ever change the plot? Some times parts ...
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How do game companies handle DLL resources?

This question is based solely on curiosity. I have played a great many games on my PC over the years, and just now realized a trend across all games(most if not all). In the resources of the game, or ...
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Insert 3d text to the front face of a cube GameObject

I want to add a text to a cube in Unity. I have a cube which has a 3d text as a child. I am using the below javascript to write on the 3d text: #pragma strict function Start () { } var countdown : ...
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Designing AI/NPC Task System

I am designing a game in Unity which has NPCs (Non-player controllers). I have worked out the path-finding but I need some help with how to implement tasks. I need the task system to be flexible and ...
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What would be a good way to implement a large 2d map? [duplicate]

I'm thinking of a way to implement a large 2d map which can be easy to handle a certain area of the map to update. I've seen many 2d map using double array like int[][] gameMap = { {#,#,#,#,#}, ...
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legality of certain game elements [duplicate]

I am considering working on a particular concept, that would involve use of terminology from the particular series and mini-game from which I gained inspiration. I am curious as to the potential legal ...