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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Where to put graphic representation of game entity?

I am working on simple 3D version of Snake game. I created classes like snake and grid so far. My concern is, putting all render logic (draws cubes - to show snake, and lines to show the grid) in ...
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Tiling 2D textures in random order

I am wondering what the best way to make a random set of 2D textures. Currently I have tried the follow code but I am aware that when this comes to collisions that would be an issue. Therefore I would ...
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Modifying a game such as Space fortress,

What features can be modified in a game such as Space fortress? Like adding a start button etc Space fortress http://images.sciencedaily.com/2011/01/110113213058-large.jpg ...
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How can I avoid having many singletons in my game architecture?

I use cocos2d-x game engine for creating games. The engine already uses many singletons. If someone used it, then they should be familiar with some of them: Director SimpleAudioEngine ...
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XNA tiling a sprite with a camera.viewmatrix in the Draw method

I'm looking for help fixing a small problem that I have with my XNA game project. I currently have: spriteBatch.Begin(SpriteSortMode.Deferred, BlendState.AlphaBlend, null, null, null, ...
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How do I know if my game's average game session time is too small?

My game has only one life, and the aim is to stay alive as long as possible to get as many points as possible (it's an endless runner). Using Google Analytics I found that players are staying alive ...
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Help! text based game [on hold]

my game is supposed to be a simple text based game, using the scanner object. I would like the game to output the users input from an array and into a txt file as soon as the user dies. Please help! ...
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What's the best way to build a game with kids? [on hold]

I work at a not-for-profit organization and we've been thinking about building a game with the kids we help everyday. We'd use their art, voice and ideas to power a simple enough PC game they can ...
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How can I make backtracking interesting?

When a player navigates a space for the first time, it is very interesting: the content is new, the dangers are unknown, paths need to be found. However, various situations force the player to ...
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For what type of tutorial should i give my money for? [closed]

i am starting with game development, and there are a lot of tutorials out there. I want to learn some coding before starting some engine. My game will be RPG, with turn based battles, so suggestion on ...
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What kind of gaming experiences does hiding game play stats and formulas cultivate?

There are varying degrees of providing players with information on their characters abilities - including but not limited to showing players their character's stats and how they tie into formulas such ...
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How to determine an “Assists” statistic

My game is a top-down multiplayer shooter where you control a space pod with 4 different weapons that do varying damage. We have all the usual stats like Kills, Deaths, and Damage Inflicted/Taken, ...
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Random generation of interesting puzzle levels?

I'm making a Sokoban-like game i.e. there's a grid that has some crates on it you can push and you have to get the crates on crosses to win the level (although I'm going to add some extra elements to ...
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How do you determine the amount of moves/turns/lives that should be given to a player?

Let's take Candy Crush for example. The player is given 50 turns to complete a certain level. How is such number determined? Are there educated ways to reach such numbers? I also presume that these ...
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How do you prevent inflation in a virtual economy?

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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what was the mass of super-mario [closed]

I'm trying to make a super-mario clone,( for educational purpose), I'm trying to do that with gosu game engine and chipmunk physics engine, for that I want to know what was the mass and moment of ...
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How to move around in a map and remember position?

I am working on sound labyrinth game. My game is about a person getting trapped in the basement and the only way to navigate and get out is through sound. I have created a map over the basement and ...
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basics of game development [closed]

Friends, I am absolutely Clumsy in Game development, But Curious to learn game development, I have never made any game, i have learned C/C++/Java and Android Prog. I am good in programming, physics ...
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FreeGame Development Engine for Android [closed]

I know the same question has been asked several times, but the answers were not always up to the requirement, I am searching lot since last 2-3 days, but my requirement is not getting complete, ...
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Digital Tutors supply the programs needed [closed]

Does Digital tutors supply the programs needed for the tasks or do they expect you to have it? Thanks from a Nub
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Building a portfolio in Game Development while pursuing a Masters in Computer Science [closed]

I'm about to apply to a few universities in the US/Canada/UK(Probably going to be the former 2 unless someone knows a few good schools in the UK) to do my Masters in Computer Science. I wanted to ask ...
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How to handle game objects in DirectX

Coming from XNA, I would use the content pipeline and create XML files for game objects. However, if I changed something in the XML, I would need to do a rebuild of the project so it will create the ...
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Adding advertising to GameMaker: Studio game

How can one add advertising to a GameMaker: Studio game? It seems to be the only thing left before I can publish my game and start promoting it. Your help will be really appreciated.
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Why are character-classes used in game design?

We had a long discussion in my company about character-classes. We are building a skill based game where you will eventually need to select 8 to enter a battle. I am a fan of classless systems, I have ...
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Are hidden stats a good idea? [closed]

I'm thinking of and RPG, FPS or a turn based game (does not really matter), where the player does not know his character(s) exact stats. Of course they exist as random variables of normal distribution ...
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Parallelism and Functional programming

I have had a recent interest in functional programming and found it to be most appealing to me. However, coming from a OOP background i can't seem to wrap my head around some problems. The main ...
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Advice for implementing gear/effects/abilities [duplicate]

I've been struggling with this for about a month now so I finally turn to the masters for advice. I'm working on a platformer/rpg game and I'm trying to implement gear/effects/abilities as the title ...
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Are random generated mazes a nuisance? [closed]

To me, random generated maps such as in Diablo2 were often a nuisance. Many times, you find yourself in a dead end and have to find another way. However, Diablo2 became a very popular and addictive ...
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Are Tilesets more efficient than single pictures?

i want to program a 2D game and as i did lots of tutorials and read books about creating simple 2D games, nearly always tilesets were used for the graphics. But are tilesets really more efficient ...
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Ways to improve player retention

I've recently released my first free to play game on Android and I've spent a few £ on advertising to try and get players involved and see what happens. Below are my retention stats courtesy of ...
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How can I let new players effectively compete with long-time players?

When new players join my strategy game, they have 3 days of protection from other players attacking them, but that's not enough time to catch up to players who have been playing for longer. How can I ...
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Methods of player retention and conversion in MMO games?

What are other retention and conversion (free to play to paying to spender) strategies in MMOs? I know some like promotions, social viral, content generation, intentional imbalance, perks and ...
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How are boss battles important?

What are the point of boss battles in the current form? For most games, a boss encounter is usually: A puzzle of sorts, where you have to figure out when the boss' weak point is exposed. An enemy ...
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Making game textures from sample images - legal/copyright question [closed]

TL;DR version: Can I use samples from images online in a commercial game project? Hello, I have been learning to use blender and have gotten quite decent at making models and applying textures, but ...
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How relevant is the ability to move/rotate buildings post construction in city builders? [closed]

I am playing with the concept of a city builder and I have seen many around, but I am still fresh in the area of game design. I have seen city builders where, once you build a building, you have to ...
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Why do most 2D platformers start off in the left and progress in the right direction?

In almost all 2D platformers I've played, your avatar always starts off on the left side of the world, and continues on to the right. Is there something designers gain by doing this?
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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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How to make an Actor follow my finger

I'm back with another question that may be really simple. I've a texture drawn on my spritebatch and I'm making it move up or down (y-axis only) with Libgdx's Input Handler: touchDown and touchUp. ...
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How to limit players to low-level content before they advance, if they can't die

I am making a game with the basic RPG elements: levels, xp, items, currency, stats, spells and monsters. The only different thing is that the player doesn't have hitpoints, you can't die. It's a ...
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How should I manage states in my game?

I can't understand what design pattern I can take advantage to build an intro screen, help screen, level select screen, game screen, game over screen, altogether. I can make one in AS3, but the code ...
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Is there any harm in having the main game loop run uncontrolled?

I was wondering if there is any possible harm when my game loop runs as fast as the system allows? I currently have a loop, that, by measuring passed time in nanoseconds, runs the game logic and ...
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When do you give in-game advice? [duplicate]

I'm interested in the process of automatically generating advice when a player is consistently struggling through parts of a game. Suppose I already know what advice I want to generate (e.g., "Press ...
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Multiplayer FPS Gameplay: How to encourage players to dispense ammo?

In the Battlefield: Hardline beta, players can now obtain health and ammo directly from other players, without having to ask for it via the command rose. Here's two examples of how asking for health ...
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I'm a single developer making a game made of blocks. Can I make 3d characters made of blocks without looking like Minecraft?

I would like to differentiate the look as much as I can but yet it has to be within the limits of what is reasonable for a single programmer can do. I have alot of ideas that would make the game ...
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Tweaking incentives for lottery with a twist

I have been developing a game which is a lottery where your chance of winning is proportional to the square of your bet. To prevent people from overbetting the pot (optimal strategy shouldn't just be ...
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Resources for designing (not programming) 2D platformer mechanics [closed]

I've been making a 2D platformer in Unity and it's been going great. I have the fundamentals down (and as an experienced programmer, I know how to get the results I want; this is not a programming ...
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What is the point in using API such as Open GL or DirectX when there are game engines? [duplicate]

I was wondering why today programmers place so much emphasis on API like DirectX, and even OpenGl. As far as I know, you'd need thousands of lines of code to make a simple 3D game using one of the ...
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How can I manage complicated visual state over a simple model in puzzle games?

I've been encountering this design challenge making a few toys with Javascript (CreateJS, EaselJS) The scenario is that you've got some sort of puzzle game with a simple game model. For a simple ...
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Creating a seamless open world 2d game map

I'm creating an open world game similar to Pokemon. Should I load the full map, or divide it into chunks and load only the the nearby area? I don't want my user to get to a point where it will ...
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Defensive statistic mechanics

There are many systems where attack statistics are opposed by defense statistics: Strict: HP -= (damage - defense) Threshold: HP -= (damage>defense? damage : 0) Reciprocal: HP -= (damage / defense) ...