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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 ...
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Adversarial Search AI having problems with too many choices

I'm a game designer working with a set of coders trying to create a card game. Currently we're trying to implement a drawing mechanic in which you choose which card you draw, but the Adversarial ...
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How do I deal with scale of the universe when generating a simulated universe?

I have a dataset of 100,000 actual stars. I wish to create a game where I can fly between the stars and fly up to them and click on them etc. How do I go about dealing with the problem of the scaling ...
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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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Resolving A counters B, who is countered by C, who could be… in an ATB

There are 4 player character slots and 8 enemy slots. I'm using a combat system that's similar to ATB from FF4; You select a move, there's a waiting period depending upon the move, during which other ...
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how are rules about placing contents to the game being develop is being concered? [duplicate]

currently developing a game where there's plenty of educational information. is it alright to copy information got from wikipedia or other sites and paste it as content of the game and then place a ...
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Attack vs Defence and who is the winner? [closed]

I am in the process of creating a new simple game in mobile and I've spent several days on the following part. For simplicity, let's say that I have two fighters. The only attribute of them is ...
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Unity 5.3 C#: How to disable multiple game objects with one collision?

I'm making a top down perspective game with a gunner automatically moves on a pre-set path, and you shoot and destroy targets to remove barriers. The idea is that you control the bullet's direction ...
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How to deal with (bad?) player suggestions

Every game which builds a community while still being in active development will soon be confronted with players who post suggestions for new features on its forum. Most of these suggestions, however: ...
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How to visually represent a time span?

I am making a puzzle game. The puzzle in question needs to be solved in advance, with the final solution being given as a series of commands which will instruct an object to navigate a maze. This ...
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How to reduce polycount for game objects?

I am an intermediate in Blender and I have always noticed that as the polycount increases to more than 20k polygons, blender starts to slow down and I am not able to sculpt properly.(My PC is pretty ...
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Slick2D Simple StateBasedGame not working

I recently started trying to work with outside Java libraries like Slick2D. This is my first time doing so, so I basically have no clue what I am doing. I tried making a simple StateBasedGame that ...
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Game Design Lexicon: terminology for gems etc [closed]

When a Hero picks up gems or coins or other "collectibles" that add to his wealth in a game, what are those things (gems and coins etc) commonly called and how are they generally referred to in game ...
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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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What is the best way to represent a large field of objects while using minimal resources?

I have recently started to plan a project in Unity that will be for android. I have a database that consists of over 150,000 stars (may trim this down if I/O cripples the overhead). The game will ...
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How to make inputing large inputs more engaging [closed]

I asked this question on another exchange "Encrypted content in games" and it made me wonder about game design. The basics of that question is that you are using user-input, either directly or ...
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Java - Component Based Architecture applied to Entities

I've recently been getting my game a lot more of functions for the entities: growing, IA, colours depending of season, position, magic, teleportation an d a lot more. The problem was that for ...
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Do I restart the service?

I have a long running service in my game, that consists of two threads. //MY SERVICE: if(userEnabledProcessOne) //Shared preference value that I'm getting from the settings of my app based on a ...
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Why do characters only move in 4/8 directions in top games? [closed]

In many top down games, like Zelda (4 directions) There are only 4 or 8 possible directions. Why is this? Is it a design choice or a technology limitation? I can't think of any reason that even ...
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Create a new layout?

After the user gets to a certain score in my game, I wan't to display a medal next to the users name. Doing this pro grammatically will make the image disappear after the user leaves the app. How can ...
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Preferred option for indicating movement choices for player on a hexagonal grid on Touch [closed]

I'm building a prototype turn-based game and I'm considering the best approach for user interaction with the game board. It's a hexagonal grid, where the user can select units and move to other cells ...
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How to make difficulty progression in my endless-runner game?

I want to further develop this game I created for a game jam. Currently spiders chase squirrels with the same speed. Tree branches are randomly generated. Even if you perfectly time your jumps the ...
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How to give the player the feeling of being chased by enemies and force him/her to rush

I have already asked a question about the difficulty progression in my endless runner game: How to make difficulty progression in my endless-runner game? Now I have to decided that it is a good ...
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How can I evoke a sense of dislike/hate for a character through game mechanics?

In my game there is a villain who I would like the player really despise from the moment the character is first encountered. I want the player to hate the character so much that it affects (and ...
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How to compare different states of my game? (rpg)

I'm working on a rpg, the battle system. I want to compare different scenario with each other. For example, what if I play move A then move B ? or two times move A ? or ...? I'm using a ...
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Transform components in ECS

Many game engines I've seen which are based on an Entity Component System. It has some kind of a Transform Component as a necessary component attached to all of their entities. While this does seem to ...
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Websocket Scalability w/ Player Skills

About 8 months ago I made this thread. And received a lot of valuable information from the community. I have switched to nodejs since then and am finishing up my game, but am deeply concerned about ...
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Games where the story continues via progeny [closed]

In Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom for the Sega Genesis you periodically marry and then the story carries on through your sons/daughters. In Rogue Legacy when you die you again play on through ...
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When do I copyright a game? [closed]

I don't know how to copyright a video game idea. I don't know if I should make a game document and get that copyrighted first or make the game then copyright it. The main gist is.. I am lost.
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What should be the code design for interactions management in a game with lots of object?

I'm writing a 2d game for Android in Java using LibGDX. The game consists many interactions between different types of objects. Most of them happen between enemies and bullets. At the beginning, I ...
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Decoupling input from game states / entity behavior

I'm looking for a way or general best practice advices for decoupling the architecture of my game, in the example below the input from the current game state workflow / entity behavior. While I'm all ...
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Should I store game settings in my game data class?

I'm working on a small-ish 2d fixed shoot 'em up for iPhone. I have a master Game object that stores lives, score, current level, etc... The game will have some other persistent attributes like ...
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Is flowchart correct way to visualize gameplay?

I made the following flowchart in draw.io. it's just a simple arcade shooter. cardboard zombie pops up, bang, or not. I don't have any official education in game production. So, are there other ...