Game Design is the practice of creating and balancing systems and the mechanics which the player uses to affect those systems. This is not to be used for programming questions about the "design" of features, engines, etc.

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Is a responsive dimension game worth it? [on hold]

I'm in the process of creating a Wario-Ware-like game that will be created for browsers first then likely ported to mobile. Here are the different ways I've considered setting up the dimensions of the ...
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How much does it cost to license vehicles for a racing game? [closed]

I've looked and looked, and even contacted some companies but I never got anywhere. Does anyone know? I just need to see if I can do it financially.
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Player & Level class structure in 2D python console game?

I'm trying to create a 2D console game, where I have a player who can freely move around in a level (~map, but map is a reserved keyword) and interfere with other objects. Levels construct out of ...
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Preventing Collusion

Over on Code Golf Stack Exchange, competitions are run where multiple programmers compete against one another. One particular class of challenges is "King of the Hill". Here is an example of a King of ...
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How do I prevent clicking at the end of each sound play in OpenAL?

I have put together a basic sound handler class for use in my game. It uses OpenAL. It's a simple method at the moment to play sounds - here's an extract from a switch block: case "EATEN_PILL": ...
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How to make game menu in Unity using only the editor?

I am trying to implement a game menu screen in which all the levels are locked initially. Just like Angry Birds. When user scores he'll be promoted the level unlocks.
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Java Game Gravity Collision Detection Working Incorrectly

I have searched for this question but was unable to turn up any results - I am making a Java platform game (I have created many top-down games, but nothing with gravity like a platformer) and I have ...
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Adding a new highscore before or after an equal score?

I'm making a highscores list for my 2048 replica. An entry in the list consists of a name and a score (e.g. "John" and 2100.) When I add a new entry, the code runs through the list and inserts the new ...
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How do they made Pokémon games so flawlessly balanced?

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 do I summarize a game idea into a short document?

I have a lot of game ideas, but never the time to work on them. I don't want to lose these ideas, so I want to 'store' them somewhere to come back to in the future. Sometimes an idea isn't really that ...
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How to design reward and points system?

There are few events in my game, like complete levels , complete puzzles , kill enemies and so on. Each such event will reward the player points and bonus powers. Now each "master" task (for example ...
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How to make loss of control acceptable?

Let's say the game we're talking about is some kind of platformer. With all the puzzles, mini-challenges and mechanics aspects it is very, very important to have good control over the character. A ...
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What's the name of the “Candy Crush” style of game?

I'm currently creating an engine trying to auto-play games with a chess board, and I'm writing a report about it now. However, I found it hard to properly describe it -- for the games like Candy ...
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Do I need a company name to publish on Google Play?

I'm going to upload my Android mobile game on Google Play. But it seems like all games are developed by companies(such as Zynga, and King) and I don't see individual's names as developers. Do I need ...
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What can make a peaceful game successful? [closed]

Today, the most successful games are action games like FPS, RPG, MMORPG... I'd like to make a peaceful game, but I don't know how to attract people. I can make good graphics, but that's not the main ...
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Clay Jam continuous path/tap

I saw this game Clay Jam, that the user can create a path in the sand. The path is a continuous one, and it can varies from a single point to curves. How one can develop smooth and continuous paths? ...
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Managing and rendering bullets

This question is language/framework (etc) agnostic, but if you think it makes a difference, I'm using OpenGL ES 2 on Android. I'm developing something similar to Galaga and I'm not entirely sure how ...
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How can I introduce time pressure on the player's decisions?

I am designing a hacking game, in which the player usually can take his time thinking about how to overcome the obstacles that he/she currently faces. However, I decided that besides coming up with ...
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What is a Game Design Document? [duplicate]

I'm starting out making my first game with some friends and I've read that it really helps to keep an organized GDD. The most I can think of is this is where you would put in all of your finalized and ...
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What makes puzzle games addictive? [closed]

I'm currently developing a puzzle game for Android that is sort of along the lines of Alchemy. I was wondering what makes games like Alchemy or Bejeweled so addicting? How do I keep players ...
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An evaluation of game UI, based on certain usability criteria?

Is there a resource online which has made the effort to evaluate game user interfaces and estimate their usability (by genre)? (something like what Nielsen does). In-game reviews in magazines ...
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Is there already an accepted way to measure the “enjoyment/entertainment value” of a certain game?

I don't know if the question is legit, but I've tried my best. I've found this post here about measuring the creative/entertainment value of video game requirement. I've done some reading but I can't ...
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Investigation stage before starting a game [closed]

I was thinking about how to organize the stage about getting informed about whatever game is needed to develop, what would others do. For example, if I wanted to develop a game about car racing, I ...
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Ads in mobile game [closed]

I have a game with a menu screen, game screen, game over screen. Do you recommend to use ads in all of them? Is it good for user experience?
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I need an enemy spawning algorithm for a 2D tower defense

I need an enemies spawning algorithm for a 2D tower defense game. I have 4 maps, each has 4 stages and each stage has 40 rounds. I need to create an algorithm which will instantiate waves, increase ...
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board game card spacial events handling [closed]

im implementing a not so simple board game, i have a way to do most stuff (start game handling,turn handling,combat system,movment etc). im having a problem with spacial cards that players draw,the ...
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How to target an entity that is moving

I want my arrow to chase the minion that I just rightclicked on. I have a Minion Class and an Arrow Class. These are the constructors: /// <summary> /// Constructs a minion /// ...
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How can I reuse animated meshes?

When creating meshes, I made a mesh class and then used that one as base model and redrew that same mesh for each instance of an object with that mesh. (For eaxmple, one rock mesh, many rock objects.) ...
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QuadTree treeNode design question

I'm a programming newbie. I have a Quadtree. I created a TreeNode class that the Quadtree will use as nodes. I have spriteNode that inherits from TreeNode. However, I also have several sprite ...
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Why do modern games not feature extra lives? [closed]

In the late 80s and early 90s, most games had an extra life mechanic. The player started with limited lives (often three) and dying depleted one of them. If they still had some remaining, they would ...
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How to prevent the “Too awesome to use” syndrome [closed]

When you give the player a rare but powerful item which can only be used once but is never really required to proceed, most players will not use it at all, because they are waiting for the perfect ...
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How can I distribute powerups “fairly”? [closed]

I'm implementing a Bomberman-esque game in which players try to eliminate each other on a square tile-based arena. I'm currently implementing powerups that give the player who collected them a bonus ...
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Why would one have “waves” in each stage of a tower defense game?

For example, in Plants vs Zombies, the zombies come in waves. If I recall, there's always at least two waves. The first and easier wave and then when you get 90% through the stage there's a "final ...
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Is it possible to calculate or mathematically prove if a game is balanced / fair?

This question is not focussed on video games but games in general. I went to a boardgame trade fair yesterday and asked myself if there is a way to calculate the fairness of a game. Sure, some of them ...
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what is the best way to eliminate grinding in games? [closed]

This is a very persistent question in game design, especially in games where you need to hold/retain players like MMO or social games. (On a side note grinding can easily calculated so its easy tool ...
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Game Structure in depth [closed]

I've been curious about game structure for some time now. Does everyone who is a game programmer come up with there own approach to structure there game, or is there like some sort of defined layout. ...
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Enemy Spawning method in a Top-Down Shooter

I'm working on a top-down shooter akin to DoDonPachi, Ikaruga, etc. The camera movement through the world is handled automatically with the player able to move inside of the camera's visible region. ...
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Does the protagonist's age matter in a 3rd person shooter? [closed]

There have been very young characters in modern games that wield weapons including firearms before. Two good examples include Ellie from The Last of Us, and Clementine from The Walking Dead. Whilst I ...
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Space invaders 2d array to represent scene [duplicate]

For code optimization purposes, I want to create a 2d array that contains 40 equal squares (10x10px). Each square represents 1\40 of the displayed window (400x400px). I populate the 2d array with the ...
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Game Design: Faction/Player circular relationship

For a Java game, say I have two classes: Player, representing a player in the game. Faction, representing a faction of players in the game. When the game starts up, all factions are loaded into some ...
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Does game development have its own types of modeling?

In general computer science there are modeling "languages" (read: standardized diagramming techniques) such as UML 1,2, in databases there are things like ERD3, in business there are other types such ...
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How can I scale the number and challenge of enemies in an attack wave as the game progresses?

I'm currently making a defense game where enemies will spawn and attack the player's army. It's similar to a Tower Defense game, except there is only one level. The enemies will keep spawning until ...
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Multiplayer game sdk for ios and android [closed]

I am working on a multiplayer game supporting Android and IOS. For IOS Game-Center seems promising. But its IOS only. OpenFeint could be a option, but now GREE has stopped supporting it. Is there ...
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xna 2.5d gravity system

i currently developing a game using the xna API. now the game i am developing is 2.5d. by 2.5d i mean the character or object can move left and right and a up and down(not just by jumping) that it ...
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Java High-Resolution Timer for a simple game

I want to work on a model of some kind of simple shape shooter game I would develop for either the desktop or the Android, using the libGDX library. There's something I want to incorporate into the ...
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What is the term for the level progression paradigm in Bejeweled?

Looking at the various level progression paradigms for my puzzle game, I decided to rule out the common ones such as 3-star per level, linear campaign-like story, etc. I like the idea of Bejeweled's ...
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Level Editor for iOS Games [closed]

What would be the best way to design "Angry Birds" - levels. I wanna develop my own Angry Birds but I don't know how I should design the levels. Is there any good tool/level editor for that? The app ...
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Game development Blogs [closed]

What are good game development/design blogs to follow? Please one blog per answer (make sure to provide a link) and give a brief summary as to the content of the blog posts. If you can, pick a ...
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Could I make my own pokemon game without running into a copyright issue?

I've always wanted to make a video game that criticises pokemon. I want to know if I could use pokemon as the characters in the game without running into copy right laws. The game itself will have ...
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How should I determine the bounding rectangles for frames within a sprite sheet? [closed]

I have a spritesheet for a character. The spritesheet has several rows, and each row represents an animation. The elements within a row might vary in width. How can I load the different sections of ...