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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 ...
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SignalR Monogame Lag

I'm creating a C# multiplayer game in Monogame using SignalR to update the enemy players positions. This is my proxy.invoke: proxy.Invoke("UpdateEnemy", LocalShip.Position, ...
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Looking for a clever way to differentiate objects [closed]

I have a lot of cubes in my game (2d squares) and I decided to add some skins to them. However the colors that they have don't really make them look appealing. For example, I have this sprite: ...
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Player fatigue for tablets?

I'm thinking about making games for tablets. Coming from a PC/console background, I'm keenly aware of the huge differences in the user interfaces, and that I need to design it with the target platform ...
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Different layouts?

I have had trouble in the past with optimizing my game for different layouts, so that the players don't see the game in different ways on different screens. Someone told me that the normal directory ...
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How does a car earn nitrous in racing game?

Take the case of Need for Speed, why would a car earn nitrous gas by drifting or by flying in the air? What's the rule of collecting nitrous in other racing game? Is there a general formula within ...
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Checkpoints in a racing game?

The game would be a race from A to B through several checkpoints. I think there are two approaches for the concept of time. The game starts with some time and player has to make it to the finish ...
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When prototyping, how can I more easily explore game behaviour?

I build indie games myself, but I'm usually out of energy once I've taken a newly developed game to a level where it's possible to play with behavior, so I settle for refinement instead of ...
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Show 3D elements on 2D background

I'll make a navigation menu in my game and had the good idee to this the enemies to start games or go to the gun store. The problem is when I look in game mode, the enemy named ZomBear in hierarchy ...
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Why is the alpha value of a Sprite in LibGdx 0.99607843 and not 1?

I'm developing a game in LibGDX and one of my problems is related to the alpha value of a Sprite object. If I create a new Sprite sprite object then sprite.getColor().a is equal to 0.99607843 and not ...
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good and free 3D modeling programs for implement into Unity [closed]

I'll make some objects that are not easy to make in Unity, but on my previous question Making holes in 3D objects (Unity) was there an answer that said that I can make it whit an other 3D modeling ...
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How to Create levels in game in libgdx [closed]

I am create trying to create a Android game using Libgdx. I want to Create levels in game . So what i do. Which classes i need to use and how to create them explained. Plz help.Also i want to add ...
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What makes a good jump scare?

I am working on a game and would like to include a few jump scares. So here is a rather simple question — What makes a good jump scare and when and how should they happen?
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Styles of games that work at low-resolution

I'm taking a class on compilers, and the goal is to write a compiler for Meggy Jr devices (Arduino). The goal is just to make a simple compilers with loops and variables and stuff. Obviously, that's ...
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Obstacle spawn constraints in Jetpack Joyride

Jetpack Joyride: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KENMuzsras tl;dr What's the best way to add constraints to obstacle spawning (algorithms) or how to design obstacle spawning to allow constraints? ...
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Verifying game completion knowing players id

I work at a school and I am producing a simple game for language learners via RPG Maker. All students have a unique student # that their processor has access to. At the moment, I am imagining an ...
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My game has messed up layouts!

Earlier, I asked this question: Landscape mode for game? Where I had a directory for each and every layout, but the layout in the layout-land directory wasn't showing up when positioning my layout in ...
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Xna: Texture2D from a png file

I'm making a tile based game, and I'm working for support of tilesets. I'm trying to make it so that a Texture2D is set as a chosen PNG file. I can do this with no problem f I load the image into the ...
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Unity Physics Trouble with Platform Objects

Hi Game Development Community! I'm new to designing in unity, and I'm having some issues with my player game object traveling through platform game objects. Several of my game objects (pink in ...
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Can I use hawaii state in my game commercially? [duplicate]

I want to make game more realistic, for that I need a state . So, I decided to take hawaii state, as it can be seen through google maps with street view, 3d view and much more and will help me a lot ...