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Is it legal to make a clone of a game? [duplicate]

first time on the gamedev stack exchange and I was wondering if fighting mechanisms can legally be cloned and be used in a game. For instance, like in the earthbound series, the rolling hp counter or ...
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Is it possible to design a multiplayer game which can be played from different devices?

I want to design a online multiplayer game for all gaming devices e.g. Desktop PC, Internet browser, Android phones, Android tablets, iPhone, iPad, XBOX 360 etc. Now my main requirement is that, I ...
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What are the reasons for MMOs to have level caps?

In many MMOs players character progression is artificially capped, e.g. by level 60 or 90 or 100 or whatever. Why do MMOs have these level caps in the first place? Why not just allow characters to ...
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Detecting collision of multiple moving objects

I have wrote a simple game that has a 100 balls bouncing off the borders of the canvas. Each ball is an instance of ball class function that has the following definition: var cnv = document....
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How to break the feeling of busywork in a game

I don't know if this topic has been explored before but in a handful of games I've played there comes a point where trying to explore everything, doing sidequests, or even trying to get gear starts ...
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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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What does 'Discretizing Space' mean in the context of paper prototyping

I was browsing some lecture slides by Eric Anderson for his Cornell course CS 4154 (Analytics-driven Game Design). In a series of slides he mentions discretizing space as a way of paper prototyping ...
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Can I use feature creep to my advantage?

Can I use feature creep to my advantage? Every time I prototype a game, features are inadvertently added. This happens either through coincidence, or it happens to be easy to add based on existing ...
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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 models/animation/...
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How to decide between strafing, turning etc for lateral character movement? [closed]

I have been studying the character movement of many 3rd person games. But just when I think I have come to understand the conventions or found a pattern, it seems I come across another game which does ...
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Tips on thinking of a good game mechanic? [closed]

I am trying to make a turned based rpg and I really want to know how can i make original game mechanics like Undertale with it's sparing system.I am not really that creative to think of a good game ...
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Highlighing and hit detection on a geographic game [duplicate]

I'm developing a geographic game where you select a country and it highlights. At first I thought about using 196 images (1 for the world, 195 for each country highlight) with the same size, and the ...
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Masters in Computers Science OR Game Design and Development? [closed]

Hey guys so I've been very confused on what path to take in terms of education. I'm a soon to be computer science graduate with a BS in Computer Programming. My hope is to one day land a job in the ...
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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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Direction buttons for Android game

I am new to Android development and i am trying to develop a game. I have a basket which is used to catch different objects which are falling down randomly. Now to catch those objects, i am currently ...
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Libgdx - changing tiledmap smoothly, Tween engine maybe?

First question here, so bare with me if I make a mistake or two. Long story short I'm currently developing a side scroller game in java with libgdx, which uses tiledmaps from the tiledmap creator ...
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Quill18 Tutorial broken or Have I broken something?

Busy following a Quill18 Tutorial for a Tower defence game and It keeps giving me an error(NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object Solution 'TowerDefence') Now I ...
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LibGDX simple button with image

I want to make two image buttons (play, restart) in my main menu screen but I dont know how to do it. I tried this: Texture playTexture = new Texture(...) Image playImage = new Image(playTexture) ...
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Ways to present levels overview [closed]

I'm working on a game that will have lots of (more than 100) levels. The player has to finish a level before she can play the next one, but also can play levels again that are already finished. Now I'...
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Making a game as a tutorial? [closed]

I am in charge of a game development club at my school and I'd like to work on a project this summer that I could use as a tutorial next semester. I have never done anything quite like this so I was ...
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Where to start learning OpenGL with C++? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are some good learning resources for OpenGL? I have learnt C++ and made some cool text based games and such but I would love to start graphical programming. I'm a ...
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Good game design books? [closed]

I have some experience in creating, however I like to have some well written reference material to help me produce better products. Are there any game design books that are not aimed at a particular ...
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Do we need tutorials? [closed]

Children learn through play, which by it's core nature is subversive. In digital games we can enforce and feedback any arbitrary rules and do not require "conceptual rules" like don't step outside the ...
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EdTech game development [closed]

I'm creating an RPG / Adventure game with an educational foundation aimed at 7th-12th grade. I'm having trouble balancing quests and storyline with the foundational nature of learning. Meaning, ...
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Turn Radii and speed calculations

Ok guys I'm an aspiring game designer and I'm trying to develop a racing board game using real life as a basis for my mechanics. The problem im having is I'm not very mathematically inclined I found ...
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Does a Standard Exist for Game Entity View Frustums

I was just recently adding the ability for my in-game entities to have their own Frustums, with the intentions of making them able to see enemies later down the road of my development cycle. My custom ...
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10 weapon types, 2 proficiencies, rock-paper-scissors relationship?

I want to make a game where there's a total of 10 general weapon types. I want any given character to be able to be proficient with 2 of the weapon types. Looking at the fact that 10 is an even number,...
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How to scale bitmap font without having it pixelated

How do i increase the size of a bitmap font without having it get pixelated, in libgdx?
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Tile base Farm Simulation in Unity

I am thinking of creating a sprite base 2d top down farm simulation game. The game uses tiles and I was wondering (conceptually) what is the best way to handle the farm tiles. Each tiles should have ...
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Multiplayer through blocked Firewall Ports?

im currently trying to develop a little game. I thought it would be a great idea to implement coop multiplayer, only lan. So i took kryonet and created a server. On my home wlan it works great im able ...
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Why have the player pick up loot manually?

From a game-design perspective, I was wondering what the mechanic of manually picking up items off the ground does for the player. Keep in mind that items that fall on the ground can most likely be ...
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What game mechanic can I use to show that the player character is bored?

I'm designing a part in my game where the player must notice that his character feels bored about a certain mundane task he is doing, without being boring for the player. By observing the game ...
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How to limit and direct player's view in VR?

We are making a VR game where the player will look at the world through the eyes of his character who sometimes moves on his own, so the player is only observer. The character will rotate his body ...
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What should be contained in a game scene graph?

Would you help me to clarify, please, what what exactly should be contained within a game scene graph? See the following list, please: Game Actors? (obviously yes, all the objects changing state ...
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How to prevent players from getting lost during the onboarding phase of an RPG?

I've created a new RPG and tested it with some players. They like it, but get lost at certain points. For example, I'm using hotkeys to open modals, T to talk, and other buttons that do various ...
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Android Studio:ive desing my game to fit 1080*1920.how to scale it to different sizes? [duplicate]

all the bitmaps in my app are scaled for 1080*1920,so when i run my game on a smaller or larger screen it breakes...i know i can manually scale each one of the values to fit the screen size,but it ...
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How to desing an RPG system with regard to PVP [closed]

When you design a RPG system focused on PVE, one usually goes "mob of level X has Y hp and Z damage". How about when we do PVP with multiple classes? Lets say we go Diablo, so we have STR/DEX/INT/VIT,...
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Visual cues in a full 3D game to help the player to identify the location of each object

I am working on adding some visual cues to the player to help identify where each objects are in 3D. In many space games, there is usually an indicate on the edge of screen that reflects the direction ...
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Authoritative Server Movement and Collision

I am attempting to write a proof of concept in preparation to do my first networked game. I have decided to do an authoritative server with client side prediction. I am trying to implement my ...
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Unity - Vector3.Reflect not reflecting correctly

I resolved the question on how to draw a line, so here is the result: https://www.dropbox.com/s/hvc9yr3jjbqdv7r/dc.jpg?dl=0 So, now I want to create a line that shows the possible bounce off the ...
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What can be a game-play element in a game with Shakespeare's plays as the main theme? [closed]

I was thinking of learning about making games, so I thought of an idea about making a game on a play, since the content is already there. I actually found well parsed XMLs of Shakespeare's plays. I ...
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Packing a load of irregularly shaped textures with UV bounds into a single texture

I'm developing a 2D game that uses a very large and varied set of high resolution tiles. Some of the shapes are large and diagonal, so when when it comes to batching all of the images into a single ...
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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 ...