Game Design is the practice of creating and balancing systems and the mechanics which the player uses to affect those systems. This is not to be used for programming questions about the "design" of features, engines, etc.

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Clay Jam continuous path/tap

I saw this game Clay Jam, that the user can create a path in the sand. The path is a continuous one, and it can varies from a single point to curves. How one can develop smooth and continuous paths? ...
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How can I introduce time pressure on the player's decisions?

I am designing a hacking game, in which the player usually can take his time thinking about how to overcome the obstacles that he/she currently faces. However, I decided that besides coming up with ...
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What is a Game Design Document? [duplicate]

I'm starting out making my first game with some friends and I've read that it really helps to keep an organized GDD. The most I can think of is this is where you would put in all of your finalized and ...
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What makes puzzle games addictive? [closed]

I'm currently developing a puzzle game for Android that is sort of along the lines of Alchemy. I was wondering what makes games like Alchemy or Bejeweled so addicting? How do I keep players ...
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An evaluation of game UI, based on certain usability criteria?

Is there a resource online which has made the effort to evaluate game user interfaces and estimate their usability (by genre)? (something like what Nielsen does). In-game reviews in magazines ...
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Is there already an accepted way to measure the “enjoyment/entertainment value” of a certain game?

I don't know if the question is legit, but I've tried my best. I've found this post here about measuring the creative/entertainment value of video game requirement. I've done some reading but I can't ...
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Investigation stage before starting a game [closed]

I was thinking about how to organize the stage about getting informed about whatever game is needed to develop, what would others do. For example, if I wanted to develop a game about car racing, I ...
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Ads in mobile game [closed]

I have a game with a menu screen, game screen, game over screen. Do you recommend to use ads in all of them? Is it good for user experience?
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I need an enemy spawning algorithm for a 2D tower defense

I need an enemies spawning algorithm for a 2D tower defense game. I have 4 maps, each has 4 stages and each stage has 40 rounds. I need to create an algorithm which will instantiate waves, increase ...
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board game card spacial events handling [closed]

im implementing a not so simple board game, i have a way to do most stuff (start game handling,turn handling,combat system,movment etc). im having a problem with spacial cards that players draw,the ...
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How to target an entity that is moving

I want my arrow to chase the minion that I just rightclicked on. I have a Minion Class and an Arrow Class. These are the constructors: /// <summary> /// Constructs a minion /// ...
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How can I reuse animated meshes?

When creating meshes, I made a mesh class and then used that one as base model and redrew that same mesh for each instance of an object with that mesh. (For eaxmple, one rock mesh, many rock objects.) ...
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QuadTree treeNode design question

I'm a programming newbie. I have a Quadtree. I created a TreeNode class that the Quadtree will use as nodes. I have spriteNode that inherits from TreeNode. However, I also have several sprite ...
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Why do modern games not feature extra lives? [closed]

In the late 80s and early 90s, most games had an extra life mechanic. The player started with limited lives (often three) and dying depleted one of them. If they still had some remaining, they would ...
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How to prevent the “Too awesome to use” syndrome [closed]

When you give the player a rare but powerful item which can only be used once but is never really required to proceed, most players will not use it at all, because they are waiting for the perfect ...
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How can I distribute powerups “fairly”? [closed]

I'm implementing a Bomberman-esque game in which players try to eliminate each other on a square tile-based arena. I'm currently implementing powerups that give the player who collected them a bonus ...
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Why would one have “waves” in each stage of a tower defense game?

For example, in Plants vs Zombies, the zombies come in waves. If I recall, there's always at least two waves. The first and easier wave and then when you get 90% through the stage there's a "final ...
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Is it possible to calculate or mathematically prove if a game is balanced / fair?

This question is not focussed on video games but games in general. I went to a boardgame trade fair yesterday and asked myself if there is a way to calculate the fairness of a game. Sure, some of them ...
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what is the best way to eliminate grinding in games? [closed]

This is a very persistent question in game design, especially in games where you need to hold/retain players like MMO or social games. (On a side note grinding can easily calculated so its easy tool ...
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Game Structure in depth [closed]

I've been curious about game structure for some time now. Does everyone who is a game programmer come up with there own approach to structure there game, or is there like some sort of defined layout. ...
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Enemy Spawning method in a Top-Down Shooter

I'm working on a top-down shooter akin to DoDonPachi, Ikaruga, etc. The camera movement through the world is handled automatically with the player able to move inside of the camera's visible region. ...
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Does the protagonist's age matter in a 3rd person shooter? [closed]

There have been very young characters in modern games that wield weapons including firearms before. Two good examples include Ellie from The Last of Us, and Clementine from The Walking Dead. Whilst I ...
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Space invaders 2d array to represent scene [duplicate]

For code optimization purposes, I want to create a 2d array that contains 40 equal squares (10x10px). Each square represents 1\40 of the displayed window (400x400px). I populate the 2d array with the ...
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Game Design: Faction/Player circular relationship

For a Java game, say I have two classes: Player, representing a player in the game. Faction, representing a faction of players in the game. When the game starts up, all factions are loaded into some ...
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How can I scale the number and challenge of enemies in an attack wave as the game progresses?

I'm currently making a defense game where enemies will spawn and attack the player's army. It's similar to a Tower Defense game, except there is only one level. The enemies will keep spawning until ...
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Multiplayer game sdk for ios and android [closed]

I am working on a multiplayer game supporting Android and IOS. For IOS Game-Center seems promising. But its IOS only. OpenFeint could be a option, but now GREE has stopped supporting it. Is there ...
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xna 2.5d gravity system

i currently developing a game using the xna API. now the game i am developing is 2.5d. by 2.5d i mean the character or object can move left and right and a up and down(not just by jumping) that it ...
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Java High-Resolution Timer for a simple game

I want to work on a model of some kind of simple shape shooter game I would develop for either the desktop or the Android, using the libGDX library. There's something I want to incorporate into the ...
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What is the term for the level progression paradigm in Bejeweled?

Looking at the various level progression paradigms for my puzzle game, I decided to rule out the common ones such as 3-star per level, linear campaign-like story, etc. I like the idea of Bejeweled's ...
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Level Editor for iOS Games [closed]

What would be the best way to design "Angry Birds" - levels. I wanna develop my own Angry Birds but I don't know how I should design the levels. Is there any good tool/level editor for that? The app ...
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Game development Blogs [closed]

What are good game development/design blogs to follow? Please one blog per answer (make sure to provide a link) and give a brief summary as to the content of the blog posts. If you can, pick a ...
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Could I make my own pokemon game without running into a copyright issue?

I've always wanted to make a video game that criticises pokemon. I want to know if I could use pokemon as the characters in the game without running into copy right laws. The game itself will have ...
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How should I determine the bounding rectangles for frames within a sprite sheet? [closed]

I have a spritesheet for a character. The spritesheet has several rows, and each row represents an animation. The elements within a row might vary in width. How can I load the different sections of ...
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Fight with creativity burnout [closed]

I have big creativity burnout :/ Do you have any ideas how can I fight with it ??
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LibGDX with Android UI

Hello I want to combine between android UI and libGDX. I want to have half of my screen with libgdx engine (animated sprite) and the other half of the screen with android UI buttons. Does anybody know ...
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What concepts are there for interactive water?

I want water to be a gameplay object in my game. The player should be able to take in in a bucket and tip it out somewhere in the world. Water should flow in some way so that it can be used to build ...
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How to remove a circular dependency as pointed out in a libgdx tutorial

In this libgdx tutorial, the author says he's not happy with the circular dependency between the game and the screens. How can this diagram: be improved to remove that dependency?
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How can I tell the player that a key or other item can be discarded?

We're working on a survival horror classical Resident evil (1, 2, 3, 0, REmake) type of game - link. I'm using Unity3D with C#. There's something that's kinda puzzling me - more a game design ...
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Alternates to scratch damage to solve combat deadlocking

Scratch damage is a game mechanic whereby any successful attack always does some minimal amount of damage. This is often used in subtractive combat systems, where the defense is subtracted directly ...
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Sprite rotation algorithm [duplicate]

I'm making a game where you have to plot a function to hit certain objectives. I already made the plotting function and the animation to display a tiny missile that travels above the function. My ...
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Why should I separate objects from rendering?

Disclamer: I know what an entity system pattern is and I'm not using it. I've read a lot about separating object and rendering. About the fact that the game logic should be independent from the ...
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A number of teams playing against each other: what is a fitting game term? [closed]

Basically I am looking for the right expression for a specific set (usually 2-6) of teams (a team is a group of individuals controlled by one player) in a tounament-like game. The team-set is a subset ...
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When to use class/objects for graphics [closed]

I am fairly new to game development, but I have a good programming background with object oriented programming. But with games, I do not know when I should use an object (or class) for an entity on ...
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How or why are major video games programmed so reliably? [closed]

It seems like every five minutes, you come across yet another installer which fails to install certain components, another .NET application that throws up an unhandled or semi-unhandled error message, ...
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How to create RPG game message dialogue in Java? [closed]

as per the title, I'm looking for a way to implement message dialogues just like old Dragon Warrior(GameBoy). When the player talks to a clerk at a shop, message dialogues such as "Buy" and "Sell" ...
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In a ES system, how one would implement/ deal with Modifiers?

Given the normal entity-component-system architecture, lets say we a component that give the entity Strength. Now on the game flow I want to give +4 strength do to the wielded weapon. What would be ...
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What is the name of this power or value-oriented gameplay mechanic?

I would like to identify the name of a certain gameplay mechanism. It is fairly commonly seen but probably best illustrated with card games: A game played with a pack of cards usually has card values ...
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How to play a video file within a game using my own video rendering software? [closed]

So I am not going for anything crazy here ... just a simple few second .flv animation I made. I would like it to be rendered, decoded, and played right when I start my game (using my own written ...
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Cross Game Engine Compatibility - Multiple Game Engines for one Game

I am new to Game Development, infact getting started with it, so reading as much as I can. I came across game engines. Now atleast I have an idea of what a game engine is, and what it does. In order ...
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What is a Game Engine? [duplicate]

I am new to Game Development, All I have developed is some 2d Games, using Game Maker by YoYo Games. There game development is much more easy, just as simple as Drag and Drop. But, Now I wish to ...