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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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 much does it cost to license vehicles for a racing game? [closed]

I've looked and looked, and even contacted some companies but I never got anywhere. Does anyone know? I just need to see if I can do it financially.
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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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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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Does game development have its own types of modeling?

In general computer science there are modeling "languages" (read: standardized diagramming techniques) such as UML 1,2, in databases there are things like ERD3, in business there are other types such ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Anyone know the frames per second that IOS apps run?

Anyone know the frame rate that iphones, ipads, and even android mobiles run?
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Circle-Rectangle collision velocity adjustment

I created my circle vs. rectangle method based on this algorithm: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/401847/circle-rectangle-collision-detection-intersection Currently, I have a dynamic ball with ...
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What would be a suitable way to model projectiles in an action game?

I'm designing a 2d fighting game in which characters can shoot out some projectiles like arrows, ninja knives, Hadouken (like the one in Street Fighter), etc... My current character design is ...
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What should the data structure of a flexible ability system look like? [duplicate]

Hi guys I am currently working on a turn-based RPG that will require me to create numerous abilities with little overlap. I've been looking to other games to see how their ability and combat system is ...
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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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Game economy for a tower defense game

I am currently working on a tower defense game, and I am having trouble figuring out how to implement the cost of turrets, upgrades, and the gain from completing a level, killing an enemy. Below is a ...
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directional lightning

I have managed to get a point light working, but I am facing problem with directional lightning. Fragment shader uniform vec4 lightColour ; uniform vec3 lightPos ; uniform float lightRadius ; ...
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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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How to do a multishot in xna?

I am trying to simulate a gun in which shoots multiple bullets at the same time(similar to a spread out shot). I am thinking I have to create another bullet array then do the same as I have below but ...
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how to stop enemies from moving to one point when lots of them are chasing one object [duplicate]

i am making a top down game which lots of enemies are chasing one guy. then,enemies would move to one point without any collision,they just overlay each other. so ,is there any simple way to make ...
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What makes games responsive to user input?

Many games have been praised for its responsive gameplay, where each user action input correspond to a quick and precise character movement (eg: super meat boy, shank...) What makes those games ...
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How to make something happen every N seconds in game?

I want to have something happen every N seconds, how would I do that? Maybe use a timer but how?
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How do multi-platform games usually store save data?

I realize this is a bit of a broad question, but I was wondering if there is a "standard" in the industry when it comes to storing save data for games (and is it different across platforms - ...
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Complex, yet simple crafting system model [closed]

I'm working on some arcade shooter/slasher, and the main logline is "Kick'em with everything you want". There's not so many enemies in GDD, main focus is on tons of weapons and gadgets to cause ...
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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 Type of Options should be on the Game Settings Menu? [closed]

I have seen a post about the main menu options here: UI: Main Menu options for mobile games. What options should be listed? What do users want to see? But I want to know what kind of options ...
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How do I know if my game's average game session time is too small?

My game has only one life, and the aim is to stay alive as long as possible to get as many points as possible (it's an endless runner). Using Google Analytics I found that players are staying alive ...
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Beta testers - where to find them [duplicate]

I would appreciate if you could point out ways of getting Beta testers for a freemium iPad game. Where do we find beta testers?
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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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How can story and gameplay be artfully merged? [closed]

Let me give some context. Three of my friends and I have a pretty good game idea cooking. It's based off of a prototype I made that's evolving into a cool game mechanic. The mechanic itself is a toy ...
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Do you need to make a tileset for a platformer?

I've been tasked to make a platformer, I've never made a tiled game before, is this necessary? I.e. can I just make different child classes of a Sprite class and add place them on the map, adding ...
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How can I plot points and generate a list of coordinates?

I'm trying to make a game which involves drawing a map. I drew out such a map, with coordinates, in a pixel art program: Now I would like to get all the coordinate points of the black squares. I ...
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Game Development Blog Aggregators [duplicate]

I'm a big fan of link collection blogs like Alvin Ashcraft's Morning Dew, Jason Haley's Interesting Finds, and Chris Alcock's The Morning Brew for aggregating interesting blogs on .Net related ...
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How to promote an indie game on Google Play? [duplicate]

We're currently on the Alpha stage and searching through possible ways to promote our game. Hope you can help with advice.