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How would you define this mechanic in narrative based games?

I'm a researching a certain game mechanic that seems very commonplace in modern narrative-based games. The mechanic is defined (by me) as a user action that the player can take while in a dialogue or ...
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Unity PhotonView - Ownership problems when synching objects

Im creating a billard game where one white ball will be controlled by two online players. I have set my object photonview to ownership takeover: https://www.dropbox.com/s/kq79lfh4clerx7q/no.jpg?dl=0 ...
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Unity Photon Networking - Cant understand OnPhotonSerializeView

in all tutorials I see that an object sends data over the network and receives the data for sync in the same method: Code (csharp): void OnPhotonSerializeView(PhotonStream stream, PhotonMessageInfo ...
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Java (libGDX) - Inheritance problems

I'm having some issues with inheritance for one of my libGDX projects, I'm making a game similar to (very stripped down) Terraria or Starbound and I am using the TiledMap to load the world, ...
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What is the best way to render a 2d game map?

I know efficiency is key in game programming and I've had some experiences with rendering a "map" earlier but probably not in the best of ways. For a 2D TopDown game: (simply render the ...
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Drawing 2D Images “3D-Like”

So, I want to use textures for weapons in my FPS game instead of actual models. However, if I just draw the texture onto a square in the game, it has the rotation and stuff, but it looks "2D". How ...
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A* Pathfinding math for 2D, oblique style game

I'm making a 2D, oblique-styled RPG game and am implementing A* pathfinding for NPCs. The game is on canvas, using melonJS engine and sprites not confined to a 'grid'. I'm having a hard time ...
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A Star pathfinding on oblique map

I'm making an RPG and want to make npc ai to navigate the city. I am using polylines for collision detection, and my map is 2D, but oblique styled. I am considering using the A* algorithm to help them ...
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Designing Drops system - How and where chance of drops are defined?

Just found a related topic but I have different/extended questions I was wondering how the implement the drop system. I have to start designing the DB model for this so I was wondering whether what I ...
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When should we save our game data?(Before quit game or just when some data changed?)

For standalone game, what's the best time to save game data, such as player's coin, player's level, skill data and so on. Save data before we quit game.So we just save data to file just one time, ...
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Paper-based prototyping: simulating real time

I was messing around with this game idea where players race along a dangerous road in trucks to deliver their cargo. As they travel along the road (especially if they decide to go at speed) they will ...
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Using Similar Mechanic Names For Attributes

I am working on a pen and paper game and I am wanting to use three core attributes that everything else is based off of. These three attributes being Physique, Skill and Will. However, if you're ...
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Making Save and Load Windows using SDL [closed]

I've been working on a world builder project recently and I've finished most of the work but there is just one thing I can't think of how to do. For example in a strategy game's world builder when ...
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How do I come up with the game mechanics for a puzzle game?

I want to make a puzzle game, but I don't know how to start. I have observed that each puzzle game has a core mechanic that enables opportunity for numerous puzzles. I'm not sure how to think of ...
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Soccer national teams uniforms and copyright when developing a soccer game

I have a project to be accomplished in a distant future about a soccer game. I´ve read that you can´t feature the actual national teams uniforms without getting permission from FIFA. Is this only for ...
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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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Linking maps in Java game

In my Java game, I've got a number of randomly-generated maps made of tiles. I'm struggling with writing the code to handle the entering/exiting of the maps. Originally, I only had Ascend and ...
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What are the steps for creating level in Libgdx with Box2d? [closed]

I have been trying to learn game programming for a week, although I have a good knowledge of programming. I don't understand some steps of game design. I'm recently working to clone the iSlash ...
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Polar movement towards cursor sfml and c++

I got smooth movement down moving based on the window but I wanted to see if I could move my sprite to my cursor when I pressed w instead of just in the -y direction but everything went wrong right ...
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RPG Game Graphics Help/Review [closed]

I've been working on an simple RPG game and I'm having troubles figuring out how my graphics should look. I'm wondering if any of you could give some advice on how they are/could be more pleasing to ...
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How to make a 2d shooter game interesting? [closed]

Im asking what can i implement in a online multiplayer 2d shooter to make it more interesting the idea i have(i know how to make it) doesn't seem so fun what can i add to a lastman standing 2d shooter ...
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What is the best way to manage 'state' in Phaser?

I have heard that this is not the best way to manage state in phaser var game = new Phaser.Game(800, 600, Phaser.CANVAS,'YourGameName'); game.state.add("Boot", Boot); game.state.add("Preload", ...
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is there a formula to know how many enemies i can place before jumping character?

My game is very similar to the hidden game in chromes web browser. I have a character that needs to jump over incoming enemies. Is there any way i can know when to send an incoming enemy? Some of the ...
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How to develop RPG Damage Formulas?

I'm developing a classical 2d RPG (in a similar vein to final fantasy) and I was wondering if anyone had some advice on how to do damage formulas/links to resources/examples? I'll explain my current ...
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How can I can create a world that a player can easily get lost in? [closed]

I am a 3D environmental artist and I'm currently planning an independent passion game project of mine. I have the concept of crazy hallways that lead to the rooms that the player has already visited, ...
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Character controller passes through mesh collider

I need a little help figuring out what's going on with an NPC's character controller. Here are the character controller settings for the NPC. The problem I'm running into is that the NPC isn't ...
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Personal Custom Card Game [duplicate]

I had the idea, to make a custom card game based off an Anime i like. I was wondering if it would be legal to have such printed out (using a custom card/board game service) for personal use. I would ...
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2d character generator for android games

I am a developer, and not an artist. is there a 2d character generator that i can feed one picture and it will generate the proper files to be displayed for a running animation?
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Should input be per-frame or per-update?

I'm implementing a GUI system to look around a 2D tile-based world. At the moment, I'm updating it every time the mouse moves (which happens to be per frame, since that's when it polls for events). ...
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Marketing PC/Android 2d Physics Game [closed]

I've been working on a game for couple years now, its fairly original, has definite potential within an indie market, and appeal for the masses also. I want to deploy on Android and PC, green-light ...
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What you think about Digital-Tutors? [closed]

I want to ask if there is any one try Digital-Tutors site as content i see it's very good but i want to make sure before i rush into it .
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How can I come up with a simple diminishing return equation?

There are formulas out there for a diminishing return equation; however, those usually involve exponential. What other ways are there for coming up with such an equation? Take, for example, the ...
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Can I do Sound Mapping in unreal Engine 4?

I am currently a student trying to build a game for my final year project and I am wondering about a few things when it comes to sound in unreal 4 Is it possible to have sound map out the outlines of ...
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Calculating damage reduction of armor parts

I am currently implementing a turn-based puzzle/RPG game. The situation now is the following: The player can have up to 4 armor parts: Helmet, Gloves, Trousers and upper-body-armor. I actually planned ...
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Predict ball movement after Collision in Pool Game?

Im trying to draw lines that predict the movement after the colliosn of 2 balls in a pool game. How do I do that? I heard it can be done via Raycasts, but how do I draw a line? Any tutorials, ...
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Moving camera, or camera with discrete “screens”?

I'm making a game with a friend, but having trouble deciding on a camera style. The basic idea for the game, is having a randomly generated 2-dimensional world, with settlements in it. These ...
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Move Ball to clicked direction

I have a ball as a sphere in my game and Im viewing it from top down view (birdseye). The ball is a rigid body. I want to achieve when I click somewhere on the screen, that the ball moves toward ...
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Android multiplayer via bluetooth [closed]

How do I transfer game commands between 2 android devices via bluetooth first of all is possible to do this??If possible then someone please help in doing so.Thank u
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Create ROI tools for analysis

I want to create some ROI tools on my game for personal analysis. Let's say that I have 3 different level of special powers with a recursive cost and certain bonus. So, I want to see when certain ...
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Why does Unity increase the size of image when I use the image in Unity?

I try to make a game in Unity 2d. But when I drop the image in Unity the image size increases 3 or 4 times. Can I fix that or is this normal?
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2.5D Game design principles [duplicate]

I want to make an isometric game like in the picture. At point "1" character must be visible and the train car drawn behind the character. At point "2" the train car should cover the character so ...
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Per-Frame Function Calls versus Event Driven Messaging in Game Design

The traditional game design, as I know it, uses polymorphism and virtual functions to update game objects states. In other words, the same set of virtual functions are called in regular(ex: per-frame) ...
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Ranking system for “offline” game?

I'm currently developing a game where players will be able to battle each other, not in real time, but offline, in a way where both players doesn't have to be online. This might seem like a bad idea, ...
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How to develop and optimize the illusion of meaningful character development between the player and NPCs? [closed]

How to develop and optimize the illusion of meaningful character development between the player and NPCs? It's very hard for a game developer to create unlimited dialogue options for just one NPC for ...
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Dual Currency vs. One Currency in social games economics and monetization

Not a programming question but game development related. I am creating an iPhone online game which I wish to be free-to-play where in-app purchase is used for monetization. The important point is to ...
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What is a game mechanic?

I am trying to understand exactly what defines a game mechanic, and whether it is the same as a gameplay mechanic. There are many different sources online that try to define this but they appear to be ...
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2d Platformer Player with set of Items [duplicate]

I need some help on what is the easiest way to implement this feature. I had created a 2d platform game. the main character has a sword. so I had some set of frames for its animation. currently I need ...
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What's the economical design difference for a global auction house or seperate auction traders?

I'm playing The Elder Scrolls: Tamriel Unlimited and there we have local auction houses. (Thy don't have auctions, but I keep the term to not get confused in the following text.) I can see the ...
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A deterministic game loop

I want to make a game loop that is deterministic sort of like a physics engine but it's for game update and rendering. I've done a lot of reading and I still was a bit confused. I've read these ...
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Security-minded design patterns / paradigm for client/server application

I am working on a client/server application and am starting to take it from proof-of-concept to actual implementation. The client is an Android application and the server is in PHP. In similar ...