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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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Text-based game based on progress, lottery, collecting and achievement dynamics [closed]

I'm playing with an idea for a game I want to develop for a text-only, turn-based environment (think instant messenger). The game will be driven by the progress, lottery, collecting and achievement ...
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Having 1 button for multiple purposes

Consider the following: you have a space invaders game. The 'hero' has 2 abilities - a normal attack which shoots standard bolts of whatever and a special attack which hits harder. The special attack ...
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Game Map Implementation

I want to know how I can create a virtual town or city (like skyrim towns or gta4 liberty city) Should I create something on paper and copy coordinates? (Building1 floor corner coordinates are these, ...
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How many levels should I make?

One issue I grapple with across many of my games is trying to decide how many levels to put in my game. This is across genres and platforms. In general, constraints that may decide -- although they ...
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Handling intro and title screen

What is the best way to handle the intro, title screen, and menus? I am contemplating that each of these could be a "scene" object of sorts. Perhaps in the game loop based on what needs to be done, a ...
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Spell design and comunication with Player

Im trying to design Spell class that can modify almost anything, Player, Units, other spells, etc. I figured out two ways of doing it, but none of this seems proper for me. Thats mainly because of ...
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How complex should enemy AI be in a dnd-alike?

I'm writing a text-mode (python + ncurses), turn-based rpg based loosely on 3rd edition D&D and Neverwinter Nights (the PC game) rules. It's not going to be a full implementation, but 'in the ...
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Did Badland introduce the concept of “swarm”, or is it already present in earlier games? [closed]

I've noticed the concept of swarm (there called "clones") in Badland, and I've never seen anything like it. Here's a video showing it. I'll describe it: you start with one guy, and going on through ...
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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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Manage user input and diffentiate it between the player and the app

I hope the title makes sense. Basically, I am trying to figure out how the app will know I the input I am sending it is meant for the app and not the player, and vice-versa. (It is very similar to ...
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Kickstarter “last minute cold feet”

today I scheduled the publication of a video on Kickstarter requesting approximately $5,000 in order to complete the iPhone shooter game I started 1 year ago after quitting my job. I invested more ...
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Edge Detection on Screen

I have a edge collision problem with a simple game that i am developing. Its about throwing a coin across the screen. I am using the code below to detect edge collisions so i can make the coin bounce ...
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How to create a legally valid timestamp of unpublished game artwork

Before publishing promotional material of my first indie game I wanted to mark all my artwork with a legally valid timestamp. There are two ways I know to do this: 1 go to a sollecitor/lawyer and ...
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Random/Procedural vs. Previously Made Level Generation

What the advantages/disadvantages of using random/procedural generation vs. pre-made levels? There seems to be few that I can think of, other than the fact that items may be a problem to distribute ...
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What benefits does a game design degree have for a hobby game programmer?

I am interested in studying game design, not because I want a job in the games industry, but because I am interested in the subject itself. I read the following questions, but they mostly deal with ...
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What should I consider when selecting a field-of-view (FOV) for a space game?

I am making a space game (like the game Freelancer). You control a space ship in third person. What are some gameplay considerations that I should weigh when selecting a field-of-view (FOV) for such ...
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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 ...