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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 ...
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Algorithm for dynamically calculating a level based on experience points?

One of the struggles I've always had in game development is deciding how to implement experience points attributed to gaining a level. There doesn't seem to be a pattern to gaining a level in many of ...
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Creating a seamless open world 2d game map

I'm creating an open world game similar to Pokemon. Should I load the full map, or divide it into chunks and load only the the nearby area? I don't want my user to get to a point where it will ...
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Articles about a plot in an open world [closed]

There are plenty of articles about open world game design and writing plots. But have you guys come across articles or blog entries about designing an engaging plot in an open world game? What i mean ...
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What is the line between a serious game and an application with points? [closed]

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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Literature about Open World Games, Freedom to Choose [closed]

I'm doing a diploma thesis about the development of games with freedom to choose or open world. Topics will be i.e. development issues in programming and the design itself, mechanics etc. For that I ...
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Do open world games need less backstory? [closed]

I've played a few open-world games and really enjoyed them, though the ones I've really enjoyed have generally received complaints about how little story there is to them. The Saboteur is one example ...
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How can I find the valid words in a grid of characters?

I am creating a game similar to Tetris, with two main differences: the screen already begins filled with tiles (like in Puzzle Quest for Nintendo DS and PC) and each individual tile has a letter in ...
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how can i make my game more intuitive without a tutorial?

i am currntly working on a mobile game app. the game details a tree with several branches on which diffrent types of birds fly and land on. every bird has a diffrent weight and the purpose of the user ...
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How do I make players believe they're doing something wrong even when they're not?

You're doing it right. …right? In the game Cart Life, you are led to consider this, even though you are doing fine. This effect is created by making you do mundane jobs, earn little money, and have ...
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How can I avoid having many singletons in my game architecture?

I use cocos2d-x game engine for creating games. The engine already uses many singletons. If someone used it, then they should be familiar with some of them: Director SimpleAudioEngine ...
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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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How to get the absolute position of the sprite in the renderview regardless of the pos of PIXI.Container?

I implementing panning on an infinite platforming game I developing but this is messing up with my current setup and structure of the game world (collisions, player location, etc.). Though I figured ...
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How would I tell the player what options they have without explicitly telling them?

I'm writing a script for a game story which starts with a bombing of a school. You spawn in a room at the second floor. You play as a child and his 2 best friends and you have 2 options: Hide in the ...
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My Simple Score System Isn't working please help [closed]

using UnityEngine; /// Handle hitpoints and damages public class HealthScript : MonoBehaviour { /// Total hitpoints public int hp = 2; /// Score System public int score; /// ...
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In terms of Game Design, is the definition more of designing the ENTIRE game, or can it be limited to contributing to the artwork?

I am a person who desires a job in the artwork development of a video game, but the exact term for the general career often confuses me. What I want to do is Character Design, but what general career ...
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Orbital mechanics: orbit as a function of time. Universal variable formulation?

I am trying to model a two dimensional orbit for a two body Kepler problem but have gotten stuck when introducing the time variable. For a satellite with known semi major axis (a), eccentricity (e), ...
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The new android studio? [closed]

I got the new android studio, and I noticed one thing when creating a new activity. The layout that corresponds with the java for the activity is made twice, once as a content: This new layout ...
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Different screen sizes? (landscape)

I want to make a separate landscape layout for each size of my original layout I have activity_main.xml. I have adapted it to be able to fit multiple screen sizes: Now, I want to create a ...
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Comparing the images

I have a drawable, which I want to compare to. I created a drawable object with it, and when I log it with toString, I get: android.graphics.drawable.BitmapDrawable@41f95548 I am randomly selecting ...
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Unity - Random Spawned Enemy Is Not Moving

I want to make an enemy spawner with random rotation left and right in unity. Its an 2d platformer. The random rotation is working, but the enemy is not moving after it's spawned. I put the rigidbody ...
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Repeat a bit of code? [closed]

I want to complete a task, which assigns the variable randomButton a value. At the end, I want to check the value of randomButton If it is something I don't like, I want to re do the task where I ...
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How do RPGs balance linear damage formulas?

I'm developing a damage formula for an RPG. I've checked many popular titles formulas for reference (Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Golden Sun and Castlevania) and most seem to use linear functions. ...
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Effectively implementing a game view using java

I am writing a 2d game in java. The game mechanics are similar to the Pokémon game boy advance series e.g. fire red, ruby, diamond and so on. I need a way to draw a huge map maybe 5000 by 5000 pixels ...
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What is unit slotting?

I was watching the "Devs Play" S01E05 where JP LeBreton sat down with John Romero and played through Doom, while Romero would explain some of the game/level design choices they made. There are loads ...
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Armor VS Weapon types

I have these armor types: LEATHER MAIL PLATE which are, basically, light, medium and heavy, and these weapon types: BLADE PIERCE BLUNT I need a sensible 3x3 table which tells what armor type ...
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How to model an Attack( ) action? How to model combat? In general, how objects communicate?

I never understood how would you elegantly describe two people talking in OO. I think this question extends to how similar objects communicate in general. I am designing a game now and Units have to ...
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Is There A Self Uploading/Downloading Game Management Software? [closed]

I am currently not in the game development industry and develop my own games using GameMaker, but as a high school student I don't really have the time to make proper titles and actually make money ...
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Movement with Vector Math

After reading This SO post on Vectors, I'm still pretty confused on how to use vectors to move my entities at any angle. The SO post assumes only 90 degree angles: if up pressed: direction = ...
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Game Design - Challenging a player in an RPG-like game without removing easy cards

I'm designing a card game that I'm implementing on the computer that mirrors some gameplay aspects of dungeon crawlers and RPGs. The player's object is to survive as long as possible from the ...
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Check whether a game object is inside the boundary

I'm developing a small children game similar to Paperama. Here the player can scale rotate and move the object anywhere in the screen and the player should fit it in the boundary. I'm okay with ...
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Term for coordinating design elements to produce larger possibility spaces?

The concept is when content elements work together in such a way to produce more possibilities, playable content, or engagement than the relative amount of added content. Mathematically: A content ...