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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Turning a board game idea into a browser based, slow paced gameplay

Suppose I want to create a strategy game with global mutable state shared between all players (think game board). But unlike a board game, I don't want it to be real time action and/or turn-based. ...
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iOS + cocos2d: how to account for sprite's position for the different device dimensions in an universal app?

All the questions I've seen regarding iOS universal apps (with or without cocos2d) deal with the "how to add graphics to a universal app". My question is, how does the code need to be written to ...
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Trying to develop a game with android for cracking glasses in different dimensions

I am trying to develop a game in android where I will have to punch a hole to get through the glass but not shatter the glass completely. The glass will show up in different forms of polygons and ...
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What makes a game a game vs something else like a puzzle or a toy?

Famously the Sims and similar games have been described by some designers as Toys and not "really" games. I'm curious if there is a good answer to what makes something a game. For example many ...
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How to calculate production when player is offline [duplicate]

What is the best way to do for example food growth based on how many food buildings you have? Lets say I have a webbased game where you can build a farm wich generates 60 food units per hour. A ...
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What's it like being a game developer? [closed]

I am a 6th grade student and I would like to be a video game designer. In class, we all had to choose a career that we would like to have and interview someone with that career. Finding a game ...
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Random/procedural generation of puzzle-platform levels

I have an idea for a puzzle-platform game where the levels would be randomly generated. Creating a random generation is relatively simple. What's not easy is checking that randomly generated level to ...
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Managing and rendering bullets

I'm developing something similar to Galaga and I'm not entirely sure how to "manage" the bullets i.e. what data structures/algorithms/approaches to use when rendering them on the screen. Let's forget ...
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Should I use more than one panel in a java game ?

I' m creating a game in java, and it has this schema: I use the main class to launch my game and I create a frame to add a panel, that is defined into GamePanel class. public class MainFrame { ...
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Which Design Patterns Should I consider for Quest Management? [closed]

I am working on an fantasy RPG and I would like to get some ideas about how I am implementing Quests. Quests in my game are very generic. The quest goal can be almost anything in the game. The goal ...
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who turn a moving agent to the specific coordinate

i have a moving agent in gis map that is going to the special Coordinate . with assumption that maximum angel of rotation is predefined, i want the agent turn into specified coordinate (in moving) and ...
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How can I find the valid words in a grid of characters?

I am creating a game similar to Tetris, with two main differences: the screen already begins filled with tiles (like in Puzzle Quest for Nintendo DS and PC) and each individual tile has a letter in ...
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How to deal with raw values and percentages?

What is the standard practice for dealing with attribute modifiers in games where units have attributes, such as RTSs, MOBAs and RPGs? Specifically, in which order are "buffs" given to the unit? ...
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Low dexterity game development

I am tasked with developing a game for kids with low dexterity (as a college project). I am stuck trying to find examples of similar games to generate ideas about game play and overall function. The ...
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Game Design vs Game Development

What is the difference between a video game developer and a video game designer?
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what is the ducking ability? [closed]

In my game framework I have this property: canDuck : Boolean = true Determines whether or not the hero's ducking ability is enabled. What does it mean ? regards
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What are easing functions?

I found this cool website for game development and it has a list of easing functions: Although the site contains a description of what they're for, it goes over my head. What are easing ...
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Using the MVC pattern in games [duplicate]

I saw a lot oft tutorials about the mvc pattern, but always it was only a small example/Situation explained. There was always only one model, one controller and one view. But what if I have a lot oft ...
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creating an html5 game [closed]

I am working on a really simple online version of the parachute shooters game that was preprogrammed on old iPods. I'm pretty new to game development and so at first I tried to build the whole game ...
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Is a game like Subway Surfers suited for 2D or 3D?

I imaginated a mobile game and now I'm getting doubts as to whether its possible for my idea to be developed in 2D. Here's a crude illustration of the game scene: It's pretty much like Subway ...
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Is a responsive dimension game worth it? [closed]

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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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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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 ...