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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Application of Game trees in AI

My specific area of interest is designing the AI of real-time multiplayer games, for example, RTS games. Moves by players happen simultaneously, so I was wondering whether or not it would be modeled ...
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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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Game concept sketching [closed]

I am looking for 2D game concept sketching software(not engine). Something that will let me put sprites, backgrounds together and maybe do some minimal animations. The ultimate goal is to design game ...
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Valid gameloops

I've got a thread (gameloop) in my game that is super complicated, and is built with the help of tutorials when I was still a beginner. But now that I understand a bit more, I find myself wondering ...
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What are the pros and cons of skill trees versus skill lists in RPGs? [closed]

What are the pros and cons of skill trees versus flat skill lists in role playing games? In what situations would the usage of one be more appropriate than the other? Here is an example of a ...
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How to determine the demographics of a game after release?

I am interested in demographics of people who actually play my game. Here are few assumptions I made: Players, especially the younger ones, are often not the buyers (or downloaders in case of ...
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Serious gameplay issue by spawning enemies according to elapsed time

EDIT: I have changed the title as I think that this is a general gamedevelopment question but, on a technical note, I am using Cocos2d v2.0 Some time ago I had asked a question on which was the most ...
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Data driven tool for gamedesigner [closed]

I'm looking for a software my gamedesigner can use setting monster characteristics. Like one row of all monster types (and ability to add new ones) One column of all 'templates' (normal, small, big, ...
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Designing interface for interacting with game objects

I'm making a roguelike (-like) game, somewhat like Project Zomboid or Don't Starve. In my game, there are many different object in the world that the player can interact with; there are also many ...
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What tools/software are used to make the environments/levels/maps in games? [closed]

This question has probably been answered before but I've not been able to find the answer, since I'm not able to frame the question with brevity. So the whole question is :- The worlds/levels that ...
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Best way to keep track of game objects

I'm not exactly sure how I should ask this question, and so the title may be misleading - I am not asking if I should use a list or a stack or a vector or a queue - but how I should go about keeping ...
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Making a game “resize-safe”

It's one thing to get the graphics aligned perfectly, it's another to do this for every single resolution and not take too much time and/or make the code unreadable due to size. Games like Battlefield ...
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Recommended graphic software for creating great graphics in game? [closed]

I came across a game called Trine2. It has a great graphics here is one image i captured here. Forgive me but I need 10 reputation to upload image so i use external sites. How did they create that ...
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Why do most video game guns reload without losing unused ammo in the magazine?

If I have picked up 500 spare ammo and I 73/100 bullets in my current gun, why will I end up with 473 spare ammo instead of 400 (losing the 73 unused rounds in the previous magazine)? Is this just to ...
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Score system for “little bit more complex” snake game

I have created snake game. I can't think of good score system so that is is fair. There is only one highscore list for all modes. Player can choose any size of board - Let's call that param "Board ...
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Newbie game programmer - Where do I start? [closed]

Okay, so I have been really inclined towards game programming this past few weeks. I have primarily been a web programmer and know a fair number of lanugages like PHP, Java, javascript, python, etc. I ...
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Colors for villains, good guys and neutrals

I am looking for 4-6 color schemes for three factions, good, evil and neutral (in a space strategy if that matters). I'd like the player to choose which side they want to play and each side will have ...
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When should I hard-code data versus load external data?

I'm a thousand or so lines of code into making my own 2D space-based game, which creates networks of randomly generated star systems and populates them with a random selection of planets, stations, ...
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Level Pacing in a Mobile Game [closed]

I've been creating a small little mobile game on and off for a while now. Having got all the game mechanics in place I'm now trying to figure out how to organise these into levels to get satisfying ...
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How do I elegantly teach players how to play?

I've been thinking about how puzzle platformers teach players how to play. I like Super Meat Boy, particularly the way in which it teaches you without noticing you are being taught. It kept me ...
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How do I implement a programming system in my game that is both accessible, powerful, and fast to code in?

I'm currently working on a space-based sandbox game which will heavily feature the ability to custom program your systems. I want to implement this in a way that is both accessible, powerful (bare ...
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What underlying character stats would you put into your “character” object in an RPG engine

basically I'm making my own RPG/TBS engine named Uruk (making an rpg themed about the epic of gilgamesh) and I am thinking of a combat system similar to the Disgaea franchise or the Super Robot Wars ...
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Handling Block Collisions

The title isn't great, but let me try and explain my problem. I'm working on a little game at the moment the gist of which is that you're an entity in this 2-D world and you have to dodge obstacles. ...
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cocos2d-x - object creation and management in game design

How do others keep track of everything going on in their games? I am working on a new game and I am quickly realizing everything that I need to keep track of. Example: Maybe a layerManager that ...
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Android TCG structural design [closed]

I started developing tcg for android, using ADT bundle. What is the right approach/way for making/storing cards/game info, local sqlite, some kind of data file? some service? or something else?
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How to make a Socially Conscious Game? [closed]

I'm working on a 4x, turn-based space game. It's currently in the design phase. Because I'm the Director of Technology for Gamers Against Bigotry, I'd like it to be socially conscious. In other ...
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How to break the feeling of busywork in a game

I don't know if this topic has been explored before but in a handful of games I've played there comes a point where trying to explore everything, doing sidequests, or even trying to get gear starts ...
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What's a good alternative to colored tiles to account for color blindness?

I have a game with tiles. Each tile is a number, and each number is one of six colors. The color is important to the game play, and I want to make the game available to those who are color blind. ...
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Get distance between the edge of screen and a moving sprite

How to get the distance between the edge of the screen and a vector moving sprite? I want to get the distance between my moving sprite and the edge of the screen so that when my sprite touches the ...
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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 do I approximate the result of battle between two armies with known strengths?

I need a simple algorithm to calculate the outcome of two differently sized armies battling. Each army has 1-100 troops and every troop is the same value on the battlefield. The troops do not have ...
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What does a typical game designer do every day? [duplicate]

I am doing a project in class and i need to know what a person in the game designing career does every day. I have been looking and i can not find anything. If you answer this that would be greatly ...
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Correct utilisation of gameloop (Android)

When using a gameloop like (much simplified)............ updateLogic(); render(); How does one perform 'single' operations? I mean, things like triggering sounds (which will only be played once), ...
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How can I use remote playtesters?

I'm working on a website for asynchronous two-player games (mostly board games); as part of the site's development I'm hoping to use it to playtest new games I design. The good news is that this ...
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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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How to handle a player's level and its consequent privileges?

I'm building a game similar to Mafia Wars where a player can do tasks for his gang and gain experience and thus advancing his level. The game is built using PHP and a Mysql database. In the game I ...
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Specifying 3D objects in a game [closed]

I have hands on experience in OpenGLES 2.0 , OpenGL and wish to apply the same in a 3D game development in Android. My idea is to develop a Combat game having fighter planes. I am trying to create a ...
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Game programming books? [closed]

I need a book that's beneficial for me and not something that contains what i have already read. I have a strong maths,physics background and I have good c++ programming skills and i want to start ...
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Real cash gambling app

I am making a cash game like deal or no deal for use as an android app, using adobe software. The idea is player wagers 50 pence through Paypal plays the game wins, say, £10 pounds and then cash out. ...
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What beginner level game should I practice developing that has all the basics of game development? [duplicate]

I am a fresh graduate of Computer Science and am very nervoud for my skills test next week. So I have only about 4 days left till the exam and I really want that job which is game development. They ...
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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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Sprites: Are there any tools to scale sprites individually without using Photoshop/GIMP? [closed]

I am using TexturePacker as tool to pack my 2D sprites, it is good but it doesn't provide the possibility to scale individual sprites to a specific scale. I am wondering whether there is any good ...
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Generate slot combinations

How do you generate combinations in slots to achieve a wanted probability of the user winning? Say, you decide that he should win $200. How do you generate combinations that'll cause winnings ...
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Is it worth having AI opponents step in for disconnected players in an online multiplayer card game

I have an online multiplayer card game resembling spades/bridge and I want to implement a system that autoplays when a client disconnects. Right now, there is a client and server. In the new system, ...
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How to develop multi-player game without involving server side code?

There have been lot of cloud based frameworks released in past few years. They provide real-time communication among users but does not allow developers to write server side code. So, how can we use ...
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Java 2D game programming: Different approaches to make a game loop

I am new to Java game programming, but the more I read the more I'm confused, because I've seen several different approaches to make a game loop: 1. The standard approach, that uses the Timer class ...
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Storing data for a pokemon like game

The game I'm developing is close to Pokemon. How should I store the data? I am currently thinking of text files where I save the map and have a corresponding textfile for the trainers and their teams ...
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What to do with old data?

I have a game - virtual soccer manager. It is browser based game. It is split into 'seasons' each of them takes around a half of a real year. The central game element is a soccer match, each team ...
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Simultaneous game states

I think I understand the basic idea behind a Finite State Machine-based game loop. But I'm trying to write a little game in which the same object can simultaneously be in multiple, independent states. ...
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How to write a good functional spec for a game?

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 ...