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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2.5D Game design principles [duplicate]

I want to make an isometric game like in the picture. At point "1" character must be visible and the train car drawn behind the character. At point "2" the train car should cover the character so ...
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Per-Frame Function Calls versus Event Driven Messaging in Game Design

The traditional game design, as I know it, uses polymorphism and virtual functions to update game objects states. In other words, the same set of virtual functions are called in regular(ex: per-frame) ...
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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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How to develop and optimize the illusion of meaningful character development between the player and NPCs? [closed]

How to develop and optimize the illusion of meaningful character development between the player and NPCs? It's very hard for a game developer to create unlimited dialogue options for just one NPC for ...
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Dual Currency vs. One Currency in social games economics and monetization

Not a programming question but game development related. I am creating an iPhone online game which I wish to be free-to-play where in-app purchase is used for monetization. The important point is to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A good way to prototype game ideas?

We, as in my 4 person indie group, have an entire whiteboard that looks like graffiti for prototyping our game ideas. We look at it every day and choose which idea draws us in the most when we near ...
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Simplest most effective way to rank and measure player skill in a multi-player environment?

I know of the Truskill algorithm, it's quite complex but effective. My question is there other algorithms/methods to determine a players skill for accurate measuring for multi-player competitive ...
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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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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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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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Using buttons on Smartphone shooter games [closed]

Just a simple and probably stupid question. I noticed that many iOS and Android shooter games tend to avoid using traditional buttons in favour to autofire. The very first reason to do so is 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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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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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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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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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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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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Skill vs. Luck, the ratio and its measurement

Gamer buddies, is there a term to describe the level of variance in a game, in comparison to luck. The card game war would have 0 skill and 1.0 luck because the player cannot affect the game. I can't ...
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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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When should I use skill trees versus skill lists in an RPG? [closed]

What are the pros and cons of skill trees versus flat skill lists in role playing games? In what situations is one more appropriate than the other? Here is an example of a skill list, taken from ...
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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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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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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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Java: See if Mouse is hovering/clicking Sprite

The game I am developing is in which you defend the Cell from the Viruses, and I need the sprites to have a MouseListener for when the mouse clicks on that sprite, it will get destroyed, and I cannot ...
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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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Turn-based strategy games where action happens in real-time?

Okay, this idea has come up for the 3rd time in conversation now, and it's been bugging me for years. The idea is a game where all players make decisions/issue orders to units while the game is in a ...
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How should I structure a design document?

Should the design document be a continuous line of text, with real sentences, more like a description of the entire game, or should I structure it in simple points? What are the benefits, and are ...
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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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memorizing button tap code iOS game

I'm using a single view app in Xcode 6.1 for my game with Storyboards. Not unity or sprite kit. It's a small game not even 3MB. Anyways, I created un-lockable characters with a BOOLEAN. ...
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What is the line between a serious game and an application with points?

Gamification has become a buzz word lately and is being applied to everything from applications to meetings. In many cases it is being done as an afterthought and sort of game-washing. What are the ...
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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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What is “game state?”

The terminology "game state" is a bit vague to me. Could anybody clarify what is included in the game state, please? Is it a state of all the variables and objects within the game at particular ...
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How to implement “bullet time” in a multiplayer game?

I have never seen such a feature before, but it should provide an interesting gameplay opportunity. So yes, in a multiplayer/real-time environment (imagine FPS), how could I implement a slow ...
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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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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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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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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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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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MMORPG design for time-limited players

I believe that there is a significant market of players who would enjoy the exploration and interaction aspects of MMORPGs, but simply don't have the time for the endless grinding marathons which are ...