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Creating a top-view racing game, do I have the right ideas, any suggestions?

I am creating a top-view, multiplayer, arcade-ish racing game, and I want to know if you guys think that I am on the right track, or not. It will work basically like this: -There are 3 races, and one ...
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MUD Games ideas

I am a huge MUD games fans. Though, MMORPG's rising popularity gives text-based games a strong opponents that they can't match. I started my own MUD engine (codebase) a while ago and I'm now looking ...
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What are the makings of a good Character

What properties make the main character of a game such that players can easily identify with it? Can the same set properties be used when designing the NPC characters players interact with, or should ...
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Is there a leveling guide somewhere?

I am designing a simple game and am looking for some help designing different level/ranks. For instance, starting from "Novice" to "Intermediate" to "Master". Is there are repository somewhere that ...
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Drawing to create game drafts

Man, I'm really bad at drawing... I feel myself really ashamed because I cannot draw even a little nice sword... :( The problem is, on game development (I will be on the programming part, relax!) I ...
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Server-client communication: Quick and verbose or involved and compact?

TL;DR: Does the short development time required for HTTP/XML offset its size issues compared to developing a custom protocol? As some of you might have divined; I'm currently working on a turn-based ...
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How to make the button rollover by a keyboardEvent

Hey Guys . I'm designing a game calculator . My problem is how to link between the keyboard event and the button. **When I click no.2 button on my Keyboard the button doesn't roolover . I want the ...
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Usage of standardized syntaxes in gaming: yea or nay?

TL;DR: Using CSS as an element in defining rulesets in Civ-style turn-based strategy games: Madness or just plain old insanity? Real question: Designing ruleset parse rules is a pain. Every single ...
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What is the story of game programmers beside gaming history?

Nowadays, game programming is like a big business-ish, technological, academical, programming havoc. There are dozen of engines, free or not, don't-reinvent-the-wheel dos and don't, plenty of ...
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What makes Minecraft so great? [closed]

I believe everybody has heard of Minecraft. It is a deceptively simple game, that was made by a single indie developer, and sold more than 500k copies - despite having no active marketing and being ...
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Mental Image of the engine behind an RTS like SimCity/Settlers, what is it?

Disclaimer: I'm first a programmer and then an RTS gamer. This means I'm a complete and utter newb in terms of patterns, best practices and glossary of technical terms on the game dev world. Since I ...
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Applications programmer - Where to start?

So far I've done web design/development and applications programming and of course video games has always been one of those things that I've wanted to take a stab at but never tried outside of a few ...
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Best Way to Create A Map for a 2D Game?

I apologize for the subjective "best" keyword. My friend and I have started creation of a 2D adventure game. It will be top-down in the style of pokemon or zelda (just the perspective). We have been ...
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Resolving Diplomatic actions in a RISK-style board game [closed]

I'm working on a board game called Farlanthia: Lords of War. And I need some help with resolving diplomacy during play. My original idea was to have Diplomacy be a form of "attack" like in RISK. This ...
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Who kept a blog for a year with a new game idea every day, and where is it?

There's this indie game developer who tried to come up with a new original idea for a game every day for a year - and he put all his thoughts on his website. +200 ideas so far, if I remember ...
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Multiplayer Implementation, Can I implement it later if I chose to?

I plan to use XNA to build a game project. I'm not entirely sure at the moment if I want to add multiplayer functionality or not, bearing I have a lot of other problems to solve that I'm still new at. ...
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Advice for a first year CS major

I'm coming to the end of my first year of CS which has been primarily a Java based course. I'd like to get my feet wet with some game development but I'm not sure where to start. Some people have ...
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Discussion about Serious Games : Their lacks and forces

I would like to start a little discussion about serious video games. Do you think serious games DO have their place in today's world ? What kind of serious games do you think the most interesting in ...
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Balance in online PvP games

I don't know if there's an accepted solution to this wicked problem. I'm thinking about the design of an online PvP game. A key aspect of the game, something that is just a given, and not my choice, ...
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How do you choose the right price of items in your games?

I have a game in which the player earns money for wining races and, then, he can spend that money to unlock new levels or to improve his vehicle. Now, I am choosing the money you earn and the prices ...
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How to make a simple escape the room game?

I want to make a very simple "escape the room" game. I was hoping for something that looks something like this. You would see images of some room and you click around to move or to add things to ...
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What type of document for game design? [closed]

What type of support/format do you use to store and diffuse your game design documentation? Wiki? Doc files? Files in Repository? Shared folder? Google Doc? Please provide pros and cons for each one. ...
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How to “repeat” a sprite in the gameworld in a random fashion?

I have a platform flash game which includes a level with just two backgrounds which are flipped side by side so that a looping background effect is created. In this I have to include Obstacles. ...
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Taking Physics into account for AI Planning

What I've seen in most Game Engines and game engine design is that the Physics Engine is the be all end all system. Basically, AI for example may want to travel to some position, but it simply ...
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When should design give way to marketing and vice versa?

When should a Designer draw the line in design decisions when marketing does step in? Where should the bounds be set? (For most part I know this is might mostly be situational. Gut feel like thing. ...
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What do you do when you are at an impasse in the design phase?

I own a small web dev shop, and in our down time, I plan on having my guys work on a game (I will be paying them anyway, right?). A few buddies and I started talking about this game, and have been ...
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Where can I see example sell-sheets for a game?

So my long term one-man indie project is turning into a two-man indie project, and I feel I need to take a step back and at least have a "sell-sheet" as a basis for the game design. Does anyone have ...
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Making a character move along a curved slope in a World with gravity

I have seen this game Fancy Pants 2 . And the thing I noticed apart from the physics and beautiful animations is that the character is moving along slopes , even curved slopes. I have little ...
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OpenGL ES 2.0: Setting up 2D Projection

This article describes in general, how to draw sharp OpenGL 2D graphics, using fixed function pipeline. http://basic4gl.wikispaces.com/2D+Drawing+in+OpenGL Because OpenGL ES 2.0 has some ES 1.x ...
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How do I build games with scripted actors?

The idea I have an idea for a game. A few games, actually, that can built on top of the same general design. There is a game world that the player and the other actors exist in. The player can get ...
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How to draw a charts by flash cs5

Hey all , I want to make something more interesting in my game some thing like a charts Analysis for a flash game. When THE PLAYER FINISH THE GAME . The score appears in charts . I want to integrate ...
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Custom Content Package for Files

I am about to purchase quite a few model packs from a website for prototyping my game. In the contract it states that I must protect them as to prevent the public from gaining access to them. I ...
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How can I design an effective game object interaction scheme with a component-based architecture?

This is a design question... I'm sure this could be generalized more, but I'm having a hard time with it. I am wondering about design for game object interactions - here is my example (2D ...
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Most Efficient way to read a Settings Configuration File

I have been working on a game for quite a while, and I am using Ogre3D for the rendering engine. It is getting to the point I need to move adjustable settings to a configuration file such as video ...
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How does one measure and reward social aspects in virtual worlds?

Well this sounds like a pretty vague question but please bear with me. I know of how Gaiaonline gave gold to people who participated in forum posts. I'm curious if in theory these could be applied ...
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what should the size of a flash game in Facebook be

I'm developing a flash game and i want to put it in Facebook ,My question is the Proper maximum size for it. 500 KB 1 MB ??
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Can someone provide a simple algorithm for calculating an outcome based on User characteristics?

In these online games, say you are a person who has characteristics like: level strength experience defense ... And now you walk into a room of 'others' that you want to e.g. recruit, how would ...
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Collaborations with colleges? How do you make them work?

I am a graphic artist and not a modeler or a programmer. For the last few months I have been developing the concept for a game, but could not find a proper team of collaborators to make a demo. Then, ...
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Level Implementation

I recently started to create a sidescroller game, for learning purposes. While creating several levels for it, i stumbled upon the question, how to implement these levels into my game. I made (and i ...
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How do you decide when your feature list is long enough?

I know a bit about this question but I find that there are quite a lot of diverse opinions on the subject? I know from a players perspective that more options is almost always good. But on the other ...
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Good examples of 'transferable game logic' across genres?

Do any of you have any good examples from two or more games that share some of the same game logic, but are of entirely different genres? Could very well be one of your own games. Take Warcraft 3 and ...
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Is story more important or the gameplay more important?

Read this Slate article. In particular, the following struck me: When he looks at video games from a critical distance, Bissell is concerned mainly with their lack of narrative meaning. Games ask ...
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Programmers/Designers: working with artists

Expanding on this question, what information do I need to communicate my artistic goals for a game to a professional artist? Assuming I'm an indie programmer. and I've found or hired an artist to for ...
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Who has ownership of publicly developed projects?

After seeing the comments on selling an idea to developer for a game, the general concencus is that without a game, or atleast a demo, it’s not going to happen. So…someone (yes, Noctrine, I am looking ...
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what are the essential things to be looked upon in game design

I've made a couple of games now. Starting from basic hobbyist projects like snake , I advanced into platform based games, board games, turn based games. While doing the latter of these projects I had ...
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The Thin Red Line. What to present to get interest without showing too much?

I am Dalilean and I am a gamer. There I have said it. Damn, feels like a weight is lifted from my shoulders… They say the first step is to admit the problem. Now the second step is doing something ...
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Mahjong solitaire - navigating between open tiles

I am looking for an algorithm to help me navigate between 'open' tiles in a Mahjong solitaire game. The game is to be played on a limited device with only left-right-up-down buttons and I want to ...
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Agency versus story

What are good ways to reconcile a desire to allow the user to have freedom of choice and have their choices affect the world, with the desire to be able to have a story without the player 'ruining' ...
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what options do I have for rendering “large” terrains?

I am trying to design a game with some interesting features but one question I have is regarding terrain. I want a terrain that will make for a very large game world, and I want to be able to have ...
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How do/should MMOs handle disconnection during PvP?

In an MMO (not even necessarily an MMORPG) what are some techniques for dealing with players disconnecting in the middle of PvP? In particular - how do you avoid adversely affecting people who get ...