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Object orientated design for RPG character creation

This question may not be helpful to some but I'll ask anyway. I've hit a bit of a object orientated design issue. Making a RPG and the user gets to choose their own class i.e warrior/rogue/etc. ...
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What parts of gameplay can be copyrighted? [duplicate]

I am thinking of developping a game and my inspiration largely relies on an existing game (with not many similar existing). Which parts am I allowed by law to replicate (in my own way of course) and ...
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Why are character-classes used in game design?

We had a long discussion in my company about character-classes. We are building a skill based game where you will eventually need to select 8 to enter a battle. I am a fan of classless systems, I have ...
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Questions about property-centric game object runtime

I was reading Game Engine Architecture by Jason Gregory So according to him, I should use an array of entities, and arrays for each property, such as an array gameObjectsPosition, ...
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Visual studio and Unity does not sync

I'm pretty new to Game Development world. I'm using Unity 3D (4.6 - Latest version I think) and Visual Studio to code the script and something when I edit the script un VS 2013 and go back to Unity ...
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I have an array of blasts and an array of zombies, how can I efficiently detect collisions? [duplicate]

I have an array of blasts, and an array of zombies, but I'm struggling to find a way to efficiently detect collisions and remove both the blasts and zombies that have collided. Any suggestions? ...
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Can Java be used for developing games for Android in Unity3D [duplicate]

I only know Java Programming Language and no other. Can I develop games for Android in Unity3D using Java?
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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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Character Models: Single Mesh vs. Individual Parts

I was looking up 3D character models from various games (Battlefield 3 and DMC to be specific), just as research work and upon importing the model into Blender3D, I found that every part of the model ...
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Collision detection in JavaScript Canvas game - Issue with 'if' statements [duplicate]

I am currently developing a simple browser-based game and seem to be on the cusp of collision detection that doesn't just return the player to where they were before, but actually will slide them ...
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how to close lua file call luaL_dofile?

i created tool that generate lua script on each level which contain lot function, and they named based on the object+id format. ex : trigger1(), etc; so every level may have same function name, what i ...
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How do you manage a crowdfunding campaign for an indie game?

I am a programmer and I recently started creating small games in C++. It was to practice my skills and learn more about game development and the techniques used to program a game. Recently I got the ...
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Methods to remove horizontal world slices of voxels in a 3D voxel world

I've recently been working on a hobby voxel world recently. I'm currently interested in ideas or solutions which would enable me to basically step up and down the Y-axis 1 horizontal block slice at ...
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How to write a good functional spec for a game? [closed]

I am basically (shamelessly) copying a question that has appeared on SO few years ago. The answers are good, but I would like to get more on this topic, so I'm trying a more specialized subreddit ...
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Is a game like Subway Surfers suited for 2D or 3D?

I imaginated a mobile game and now I'm getting doubts as to whether its possible for my idea to be developed in 2D. Here's a crude illustration of the game scene: It's pretty much like Subway ...
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How to make a game from the ground up [closed]

I've been using unity to make 2d indie type games for a while now. However, i've tried to branch into different genres and unity cant do some of the things that i want it to do(although it is still ...
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Should cooldown be time or tick based?

In the past I've done cooldowns as a specific time in ms, but I was thinking isn't having tick based cooldowns better. This would be more accurate and efficent(not sure). The bad side I can think ...
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How to show my XNA game in form C#

I have a game in XNA, I want to connect this game with WindowForm to show for example the distance and the position. I tried to apply many tutorials that talking about this. but here is my problem : ...
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What is “convexity” in the context of game design?

I have overheard game designers mentioning something called convexity in games. This seems to be a game-design-specific concept, different from (although possibly related to) that in geometry or game ...
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AI to help player by suggesting upgrades

Suppose I'm creating a racing game.. I would like to implement an awareness system AI, that will suggest to the player that he can buy that booster or some other upgrade, .. etc. How should I start ...
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How to have coins burst out in random directions after destroying an object in unity?

I want coins to burst out of an obstacle in random directions after I destroy it, kind of like the rings in sonic. I have everything else done: the physics, bouncing, instantiating to coins. I just ...
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Google Developer Console Error message

i received my first crash report of on Google Developer Console yesterday and im completely lost. Did anyone receive this error before and how can i go about fixing it? Any help would be greatly ...
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Do players like holiday events? [closed]

I remember back when I played runescape, they always had these really interactive holiday events. And players would be squirming all around trying to find where it was. After you would complete it (it ...
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Does inflating scores make players happier? [closed]

I realize that this will depend on a game-to-game, situation-to-situation basis and that this is not a very technical question, but I remember hearing in a tech podcast a few years ago that inflated ...
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Which approach is better: Frequent small updates, or occasional large ones? [closed]

I recently released the first publicly available free Alpha for my top-down shooter: Dread I'm trying to decide whether a weekly / bi-weekly small update release schedule is better than the more ...
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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 does a game developer get feedback from gamers (not developers) or start a forum community without paying for advertising or hiring Q&A teams?

I am familiar with a lot of game developer forums, but I'd assume this is much less likely to attract more casual commentators. I also fear that feedback from a gamer's perspective would often be ...
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As an indie game dev, what processes are the best for soliciting feedback on my design/spec/idea? [closed]

Background I have worked in a professional environment where the process usually goes like the following: Brain storm idea Solidify the game mechanics / design Iterate on design/idea to create a ...
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Coins don't show up in game in Unity

I have a 2D game I'm making with Unity, and I want the player to be able to collect coins that I place all over the game. I used the coin prefab with a 2D circle collider and an animation to make it ...
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Why table in libgdx game give wrong position

Can anybody guide me, I am creating a table in libgdx game on menu screen to set different buttons on my screen. here is the code for table draw table.setBounds(0, 0, Gdx.graphics.getWidth(), ...
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Access Entities components via the Entity that holds them, or via a separate System?

Now, I'm implementing a component based game engine and I came to a thought: Which way should I access my components? Have a list of Entities, which have a list of Components, and access them by ...
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How important is music to mobile phone (smart PDA) games? [closed]

Specifically iPhone/iTouch, Droids, and the new Windows Phone 7? I don't know how to quantify this, or if any research has been done. I am wondering how important the music is to the gaming and what % ...
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Unity engine vs JS engine for browser game [closed]

I'm trying to do a browser based game and I don't want to create my own game engine, no sense in recreating the wheel. Should I use Unity as my game engine? Or should I focus on a more Javascript ...
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Where does game logic belong? [closed]

I've always had a hard time wrapping my head around the 'high levels' of game logic and where/how large components, such as collision detection/physics, rendering, and user input, interact with one ...
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Allow Pushing|Boosting in free browser MMOGs? [closed]

There seems to be a set of rules (or game design criteria) common to free MMOGs, to encourage fair competition. One such rule is that each player may have only a single account (despite the difficulty ...
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Environment collision in a pseudo-3d 2d space

The game is a 2D brawler with depth movement in the vein of Golden Axe, Final Fight, Castle Crashers etc. Characters and environment are all 2d sprites as well. I've had no real issue setting up ...
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When do you have inflation and when deflation in a virtual economy

In a virtual economy, you can calculate all the income and all the costs (money that sinks) from every user in the game. You can calculate the percentage of the new money on the system or the money ...
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Game numbers and meaning

Each game has it's own "maximum number". One question that comes into mind every time I play a(nother) game is how are these maximums determined and how do these affect gameplay? To explain, here's ...
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Game Programming Gems series still of value? [closed]

Former Nintendo dev Mark DeLoura wrote a series of books called "Game Programming Gems". (http://www.satori.org/game-programming-gems/) Do these books still contain valuable concepts, considering ...
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In-development technologies for improvements in video game graphics and design [closed]

Video games have evolved through the ever changing technologies in the past two decades. The advances in search algorithms improved the early AI systems, the introduction of 3D, introduction of ...
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Is it possible to create sqlite database only for android in LIBGDX game? [closed]

I want to know if I can just implement sqlite database for android in libgdx game? Also if this is not possible then may I know the simple way to integrate libgdx game to just store scores in sqlite ...
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how to remove game objects after on overlap in LIBGDX game

I have gold stars in my game that give score to game hero if the hero overlap with the star. What I want is to remove star once it overlap with hero object. I give score by checking overlap with this ...
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Improving Click and Drag with C++

I'm currently using SFML 2.0 to develop a game in C++. I have a game sprite class that has a click and drag method. The method works, but there is a slight problem. If the mouse moves too fast, the ...
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What makes a game a game vs something else like a puzzle or a toy?

Famously the Sims and similar games have been described by some designers as Toys and not "really" games. I'm curious if there is a good answer to what makes something a game. For example many ...
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Plot and Story design basics [closed]

I have made several games but they have all been space invaders or mario style. Following my last question (thank you for all the great answers) I am trying to write out a plot line and a plan for ...
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How is a Game Manager supposed to be constructed?

I'm a beginner developing games on Unity3D and now that I've become a little bit familiar with GameManagers I've been wondering about certain aspects. How do you contruct a GameManager in the most ...
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Tiling 2D textures in random order

I am wondering what the best way to make a random set of 2D textures. Currently I have tried the follow code but I am aware that when this comes to collisions that would be an issue. Therefore I would ...
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LibGdx Exception

Here is the exception: Exception in thread "LWJGL Application" java.lang.NullPointerException at com.mygdx.test.excav.game.WorldRender.renderTest(WorldRender.java:34) at ...
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How to do an infinite torus topology battlefield for over-the-shoulder perspective

I'm currently prototyping a simple two-player adversarial game, where the players are able to move around and shoot at each other with cannons. I would like the playing area to feel essentially ...
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How crucial is 3D terrain in a classic RTS game? [closed]

My love of RTS games is from the days of Warcraft II, C&C, etc, when top-down/isometric views were king and terrain was generally tiled and flat. More modern games - as CPU/GPU power increased - ...