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How to determine an “Assists” statistic

My game is a top-down multiplayer shooter where you control a space pod with 4 different weapons that do varying damage. We have all the usual stats like Kills, Deaths, and Damage Inflicted/Taken, ...
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Random generation of interesting puzzle levels?

I'm making a Sokoban-like game i.e. there's a grid that has some crates on it you can push and you have to get the crates on crosses to win the level (although I'm going to add some extra elements to ...
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How do you determine the amount of moves/turns/lives that should be given to a player?

Let's take Candy Crush for example. The player is given 50 turns to complete a certain level. How is such number determined? Are there educated ways to reach such numbers? I also presume that these ...
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How to handle game objects in DirectX

Coming from XNA, I would use the content pipeline and create XML files for game objects. However, if I changed something in the XML, I would need to do a rebuild of the project so it will create the ...
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Are hidden stats a good idea? [closed]

I'm thinking of and RPG, FPS or a turn based game (does not really matter), where the player does not know his character(s) exact stats. Of course they exist as random variables of normal distribution ...
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Advice for implementing gear/effects/abilities [duplicate]

I've been struggling with this for about a month now so I finally turn to the masters for advice. I'm working on a platformer/rpg game and I'm trying to implement gear/effects/abilities as the title ...
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Are random generated mazes a nuisance? [closed]

To me, random generated maps such as in Diablo2 were often a nuisance. Many times, you find yourself in a dead end and have to find another way. However, Diablo2 became a very popular and addictive ...
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Are Tilesets more efficient than single pictures?

i want to program a 2D game and as i did lots of tutorials and read books about creating simple 2D games, nearly always tilesets were used for the graphics. But are tilesets really more efficient ...
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Ways to improve player retention

I've recently released my first free to play game on Android and I've spent a few £ on advertising to try and get players involved and see what happens. Below are my retention stats courtesy of ...
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How can I let new players effectively compete with long-time players?

When new players join my strategy game, they have 3 days of protection from other players attacking them, but that's not enough time to catch up to players who have been playing for longer. How can I ...
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Methods of player retention and conversion in MMO games?

What are other retention and conversion (free to play to paying to spender) strategies in MMOs? I know some like promotions, social viral, content generation, intentional imbalance, perks and ...
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How are boss battles important?

What are the point of boss battles in the current form? For most games, a boss encounter is usually: A puzzle of sorts, where you have to figure out when the boss' weak point is exposed. An enemy ...
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Making game textures from sample images - legal/copyright question [closed]

TL;DR version: Can I use samples from images online in a commercial game project? Hello, I have been learning to use blender and have gotten quite decent at making models and applying textures, but ...
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How relevant is the ability to move/rotate buildings post construction in city builders? [closed]

I am playing with the concept of a city builder and I have seen many around, but I am still fresh in the area of game design. I have seen city builders where, once you build a building, you have to ...
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Implementing traffic conditions in TORCS

I am working on a project about "Effects of Traffic conditions and Track Complexity on Car Driving Behavior". Is it possible to implement traffic in TORCS, or should I use another car simulator? By ...
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How to make an Actor follow my finger

I'm back with another question that may be really simple. I've a texture drawn on my spritebatch and I'm making it move up or down (y-axis only) with Libgdx's Input Handler: touchDown and touchUp. ...
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How to limit players to low-level content before they advance, if they can't die

I am making a game with the basic RPG elements: levels, xp, items, currency, stats, spells and monsters. The only different thing is that the player doesn't have hitpoints, you can't die. It's a ...
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How should I manage states in my game?

I can't understand what design pattern I can take advantage to build an intro screen, help screen, level select screen, game screen, game over screen, altogether. I can make one in AS3, but the code ...
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When do you give in-game advice? [duplicate]

I'm interested in the process of automatically generating advice when a player is consistently struggling through parts of a game. Suppose I already know what advice I want to generate (e.g., "Press ...
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Multiplayer FPS Gameplay: How to encourage players to dispense ammo?

In the Battlefield: Hardline beta, players can now obtain health and ammo directly from other players, without having to ask for it via the command rose. Here's two examples of how asking for health ...
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I'm a single developer making a game made of blocks. Can I make 3d characters made of blocks without looking like Minecraft?

I would like to differentiate the look as much as I can but yet it has to be within the limits of what is reasonable for a single programmer can do. I have alot of ideas that would make the game ...
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Tweaking incentives for lottery with a twist

I have been developing a game which is a lottery where your chance of winning is proportional to the square of your bet. To prevent people from overbetting the pot (optimal strategy shouldn't just be ...
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Resources for designing (not programming) 2D platformer mechanics [closed]

I've been making a 2D platformer in Unity and it's been going great. I have the fundamentals down (and as an experienced programmer, I know how to get the results I want; this is not a programming ...
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What is the point in using API such as Open GL or DirectX when there are game engines? [duplicate]

I was wondering why today programmers place so much emphasis on API like DirectX, and even OpenGl. As far as I know, you'd need thousands of lines of code to make a simple 3D game using one of the ...
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How can I manage complicated visual state over a simple model in puzzle games?

I've been encountering this design challenge making a few toys with Javascript (CreateJS, EaselJS) The scenario is that you've got some sort of puzzle game with a simple game model. For a simple ...
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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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Defensive statistic mechanics

There are many systems where attack statistics are opposed by defense statistics: Strict: HP -= (damage - defense) Threshold: HP -= (damage>defense? damage : 0) Reciprocal: HP -= (damage / defense) ...
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Fire Delay Timers

I currently have a turret that can fire projectiles. I can control the delay between shots (fireDelay), and I can control the time needed to reload the magazine of the gun(reloadDelay). I do the ...
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Ethical F2P monetisation methods [closed]

I am just starting out in indie game development and one thing that seems clear to me is that in the mobile space at least, unless you are already a famous developer, have a well known brand/franchise ...
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Are there many games involving the manipulation of water?

I'm in the very, very early brainstorming stages of a game which centers around the manipulation of water and the terrain around it. (i.e., changing the water's state between solid, liquid, gas; ...
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Fixing game loop to 60fps makes animation very jittery

ns is 1000000000 / amountOfTicks; long now = System.nanoTime(); delta += (now - lastTime) / ns; lastTime = now; if (delta >= 1) { tick(glad); updates++; ...
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Mathematics of difficulty acceleration in endless runners

I'm currently working on an endless runner and was wondering about the growth of difficulty in the game. Is the acceleration of difficulty highly specific to games or are there standard growth ...
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How does game creation software export to other platforms? [duplicate]

For example, how does Gamemaker, Game Salad, Construct 2, etc., make an executable that executes their code from their program. Do they have a runtime of "other" software the executable calls that is ...
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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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Designing Character Movement Need Advice

(This game is written in C++ with GDI+ It's a simple side-scroller.) I am having a problem deciding on how I should handle player movement. Currently it runs at 20 frames per second (I just chose ...
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Is it possible to use an image, sound or font without importing them externally? [SDL2]

It's hard to explain my question, but I will try my best. When loading sounds, images or fonts in SDL2 (with SDL_image, SDL_mixer, SDL_ttf) you need to load them from an external source path. For ...
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Game code difference between consoles (PS3/PS4) and PC [closed]

I'm interested in game development and have some very curious questions. Im a newbie in game dev so pardon my silly mistakes and question and repetition if any. I hope biggies here will guide me and ...
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How should I plan RPG battle mechanics?

I'm working on two RPG battle mechanic ideas. I haven't chosen a game engine yet. Before starting to write code, how should I plan their details? Should I draw and write on paper? Should I write a ...
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How should I implement the “Observer” pattern with respect to a game world?

I'm thinking of ways to implement the Observer pattern in a game I'm developing at the moment. I can have a Game World (local map) with Game Objects (player, NPCs, monsters etc...) inside of it. Other ...
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How do Action RPGs make different weapon types feel unique?

I'm getting feedback on my game which has Action RPG elements (think Diablo, Torchlight, etc.) but you control a team of heroes. When you kill enemies sometimes new weapons will drop. In my game the ...
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What is the purpose of adding non-gameplay elements to a game?

As an example, I'll reference scientists in Jetpack Joyride. I do understand there are achievements that involve scientists, that you can kill them or you have a nerd repellent, but I am not asking ...
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How can I make new strategies viable?

I am making a 2D platformer where the player has to reach the end of the level as fast as possible. I would like the player to be able to find new ways to reach the end of the level faster. Making ...
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Scoring system (3 Variables)

I'm writing a mobile game where the player has a limited number of clicks to direct their avatar to the bottom of the map into a bronze, silver, or gold basket land on his/her feet, head, or side. ...
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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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Pitfalls in designing a coop dialog system [closed]

I like the complex, branching structure of games like visual novels and RPGs like Mass Effect. But I also like multiplayer cooperative games. So I thought, "What if there was a multiplayer dialog ...
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Why do most FPS games have a machine gun, shotgun, and sniper rifle?

Most folks who've played FPS games would have noticed that the same weapons tend to reappear again and again, such as machine guns and shotguns. There was once a lot of innovation in the types of ...
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Practical balance of “chance” video game mechanics

I've been a small games developer and designer for years, and I've recently begun working on more serious design documents for bigger projects. A common theme I'm running in to is imbalance when it ...
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What are the reasons for MMOs to have level caps?

In many MMOs players character progression is artificially capped, e.g. by level 60 or 90 or 100 or whatever. Why do MMOs have these level caps in the first place? Why not just allow characters to ...
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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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How to design the attack class in an RPG game?

I am in the planning phase of a small RPG style game. The character will have have a set of attributes, like strength, agility, etc which are represented as integers. The character also will have a ...