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Using Corona Labs SDK [on hold]

Has anyone tried out the corona sdk? Thinking of using their sdk to make something similar to Fun Run
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Rendering a distant star field in Unity using a separate camera for near stars

I'm currently working on a hobby project which is a universe simulator (exclusive to stars) built in unity3D. In order to deal with the raw scale of the universe I'm trying to implement two ...
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What are your tips and tricks to successfully finish a hobby game project in your freetime? [duplicate]

How can I effectively manage a hobby game project?What are your tips and tricks to successfully finish a hobby game project in your freetime? How do you motivate yourself to keep it up and drive ...
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NodeJS timed update approach

My game has users building buildings, recruiting units, trading resources and sending attacks. All of this functionality takes a certain amount of time to happen and I'd like help with deciding on the ...
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Turn Radii and speed calculations

Ok guys I'm an aspiring game designer and I'm trying to develop a racing board game using real life as a basis for my mechanics. The problem im having is I'm not very mathematically inclined I found ...
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Libgdx, actor touchlistener not working

public class Main extends ApplicationAdapter { SpriteBatch batch; OrthographicCamera camera; Stage stage; Image greyback; Image circle; private float width; private float height; @Override ...
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Does a Standard Exist for Game Entity View Frustums

I was just recently adding the ability for my in-game entities to have their own Frustums, with the intentions of making them able to see enemies later down the road of my development cycle. My custom ...
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Scripting: to block or not to block

Context: I'm making a little "program your robot army" sort of game in Java in which the player writes Lua scripts (which are then run by LuaJ) to program their robots to do stuff. So far there are ...
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10 weapon types, 2 proficiencies, rock-paper-scissors relationship?

I want to make a game where there's a total of 10 general weapon types. I want any given character to be able to be proficient with 2 of the weapon types. Looking at the fact that 10 is an even ...
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game artist interview question - teamwork skills [closed]

What the interviewers expect an interviewee to answer in a game artist position when they're asking teamwork skills? If someone could give an example about this. Thank you.
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Best programming language and software for game designer? [closed]

I want to start designing games for digital platforms - PC, mobiles, consoles and since I dont have professional programmer at my disposal I want to start programming my game concepts myself. So I ...
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How to scale bitmap font without having it pixelated

How do i increase the size of a bitmap font without having it get pixelated, in libgdx?
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Java Slick2d lighting using Raycasting

I am trying to make a top down view game in java using the Slick2d library, for lighting I wanted to do something like this : http://www.redblobgames.com/articles/visibility/. I was wondering if there ...
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Tile base Farm Simulation in Unity

I am thinking of creating a sprite base 2d top down farm simulation game. The game uses tiles and I was wondering (conceptually) what is the best way to handle the farm tiles. Each tiles should have ...
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Multiplayer through blocked Firewall Ports?

im currently trying to develop a little game. I thought it would be a great idea to implement coop multiplayer, only lan. So i took kryonet and created a server. On my home wlan it works great im able ...
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Why have the player pick up loot manually?

From a game-design perspective, I was wondering what the mechanic of manually picking up items off the ground does for the player. Keep in mind that items that fall on the ground can most likely be ...
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What game mechanic can I use to show that the player character is bored?

I'm designing a part in my game where the player must notice that his character feels bored about a certain mundane task he is doing, without being boring for the player. By observing the game ...
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How to limit and direct player's view in VR?

We are making a VR game where the player will look at the world through the eyes of his character who sometimes moves on his own, so the player is only observer. The character will rotate his body ...
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What should be contained in a game scene graph?

Would you help me to clarify, please, what what exactly should be contained within a game scene graph? See the following list, please: Game Actors? (obviously yes, all the objects changing state ...
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Modularization in a project

I'm writing a C# game in Mono, and I want the game to be as modular as possible. I've started by writing the whole Item (inventory) System of the game in a seperate .dll library But I've hit a ...
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How to prevent players from getting lost during the onboarding phase of an RPG?

I've created a new RPG and tested it with some players. They like it, but get lost at certain points. For example, I'm using hotkeys to open modals, T to talk, and other buttons that do various ...
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Collision with 2 of the same objects

I'm looking to make a button that is activated by two of the same objects, but the code I'm using doesn't recognize the second object as a different instance. Not the best explanation but here's the ...
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Android Studio:ive desing my game to fit 1080*1920.how to scale it to different sizes? [duplicate]

all the bitmaps in my app are scaled for 1080*1920,so when i run my game on a smaller or larger screen it breakes...i know i can manually scale each one of the values to fit the screen size,but it ...
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keylistener and synchronization

i have this code: public final class PlayerInput implements KeyboardInputHandler{ public static final int INVERTED_AXIS = 0; public static final int NORMAL_AXIS = 1; private Sprite sprite; private ...
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How to desing an RPG system with regard to PVP [closed]

When you design a RPG system focused on PVE, one usually goes "mob of level X has Y hp and Z damage". How about when we do PVP with multiple classes? Lets say we go Diablo, so we have ...
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Terrain rendering using Geometry Shader

my idea is render an entire terrain based on heightmap using geometry shader, i am parsing only one point per quad of terrain with the heights of the corners, however for some reason i am not being ...
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Implementing traffic conditions in TORCS

I am working on a project about "Effects of Traffic conditions and Track Complexity on Car Driving Behavior". Is it possible to implement traffic in TORCS, or should I use another car simulator? By ...
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Visual cues in a full 3D game to help the player to identify the location of each object

I am working on adding some visual cues to the player to help identify where each objects are in 3D. In many space games, there is usually an indicate on the edge of screen that reflects the direction ...
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Authoritative Server Movement and Collision

I am attempting to write a proof of concept in preparation to do my first networked game. I have decided to do an authoritative server with client side prediction. I am trying to implement my ...
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Unity - Vector3.Reflect not reflecting correctly

I resolved the question on how to draw a line, so here is the result: https://www.dropbox.com/s/hvc9yr3jjbqdv7r/dc.jpg?dl=0 So, now I want to create a line that shows the possible bounce off the ...
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What can be a game-play element in a game with Shakespeare's plays as the main theme? [closed]

I was thinking of learning about making games, so I thought of an idea about making a game on a play, since the content is already there. I actually found well parsed XMLs of Shakespeare's plays. I ...
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Packing a load of irregularly shaped textures with UV bounds into a single texture

I'm developing a 2D game that uses a very large and varied set of high resolution tiles. Some of the shapes are large and diagonal, so when when it comes to batching all of the images into a single ...
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Libgdx: more efficient way of using Vector 3?

I currently use if(cam.frustum.pointInFrustum(new Vector3((float)posX, (float)posY, 0))) To check if my sprite is in the camera's view. I have to make a new Vector3 every frame wich is very ...
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Ads are loading, but not showing?

TL;DR: My interstitial ads in my game are successfully loading, but when I call .show() on them, they don't show up! I have followed these directions, and the ads load succesfully, but don't show ...
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Calculate values in a game, which depends from stats and balance them

So, I am basically lost at this point, trying to balance things. In design phase; I did assign certain values to stats (imagine a standard set of any RPG you ever playe, to make things streamlined). ...
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Using GLFX.js on a full HTML page

I have a friend who is developing a game for HTML, and wants me to implement GLFX into the site page. The problem is GLFX was designed specifically for use with the HTML5 Canvas, which he isn't using, ...
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Manage user input and diffentiate it between the player and the app

I hope the title makes sense. Basically, I am trying to figure out how the app will know I the input I am sending it is meant for the app and not the player, and vice-versa. (It is very similar to ...
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How to map changing stances (southpaw/orthodox) to gamepad controls?

I am developing a third person hack n slash style game which features a variety of melee and projectile weapons as well as unarmed combat. The player will be able to dual wield any combination of the ...
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How can I plot points and generate a list of coordinates?

Is there a program that lets me draw, a la pixel art, a map, and give me a list of coordinates and their corresponding colors? For example, I'd like to use a point and click interface to draw this ...
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How can I discourage camping while still supporting a “sniper” style of play?

I am trying to add features into a third person shooter that suit a sniper style of play, in addition to the current rush/deathmatch style it was designed for. The current gameplay is similar in style ...
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How do they made Pokémon games so flawlessly balanced? [closed]

I find it hard to believe how well balanced the Pokémon games are. Not just within the games, where you'll find amazing balance from the very beginning to the very end, but, surprisingly, even when ...
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How can I apply effects to a character based on the tiles it occupies?

A mechanic of my game is that when a Character (Actor) steps on some specific tiles, they should be affected by status effects like slow, poison, burn, etc. These effects lasts only while the ...
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2D Game Development Software that can release your game on Steam [closed]

Im looking for a game development software that can also publish to steam, I know most can but some come with an additional fee and some without, I think the Cryengine allows you to publish to ...
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2D Animated Tile rendering

The current game I've been working on needs to have animated tiles. I have a code for Tile and TileMap from my previous game that I recycled. However, it does not support tile animations. The tile ...
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Programming strategy to handle big programming project in Unity3d [closed]

Almost three months ago! We started a big Tough project and still it is continue almost done, some bugs, some logic issues and some redundancies in code. Its a Unity3d Project. Every ...
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What is the difference between “stealth” and “social stealth?”

I was recently researching the stealth mechanics of several games and I stumbled across the distinction of "stealth" (eg. Splinter Cell series) vs "social stealth" (eg. Assassin's Creed series). What ...
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How to start encouraging team collaboration?

I am working on converting a single player game to multiplayer, but I am concerned that if I simply do a 1-1 conversion, even in modes with "multiple players" there won't be any incentive for team ...
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Suggest me a degree for Game development [closed]

Which degree I pursue to become a game developer and from where? I have done BCA and now i want to become a Professional Game developer to work in companies like ubisoft or ea games.
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How To generate spiky terrain in 2D?

I am learning game design, and wanted to know how one can automatically generate spiky terrain (something like this: Cavernaut, notice, the terrain at the sides?). I have heard about midpoint ...
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Efficient way to store entities in javascript

I am trying to design a game from strach with Javascript. It's a 2D game (a kind of Zelda on old devices). I am trying to find an efficient way to store my data because I know I will have to face ...