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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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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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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How do programming skills aid a game designer [closed]

So many game designers are programmers as well nowadays. Is it so extremelly helpful for a game designer to have programming skills and in which ways programming skills aid a game designer?
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How can I design lots of different attack types that can be combined?

I'm making a top down 2D game and I want to have a lot of different attack types. I'd like to make the attacks very flexible and combine-able the way The Binding of Isaac works. Here's a list of all ...
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Can I use a translate function to implement a viewport?

I read this great question and its accompanying great answer about rendering a viewport in a top down 2D game: As for actually drawing the objects the camera can "see", you now draw all objects ...
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How do I choose the scaling factor of a 3D game world?

I am making a 3D tank game prototype with some physics simulation, am using C++. One of the decisions I need to make is the scale of the game world in relation to reality. For example, I could ...
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Do you plan before or improvise? [closed]

- Transferred to chat - Lately I have found myself browsing Unity3D's asset store and in the complete projects and I was thinking if it is more effective to get for example an infinite runner ...
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Java: See if Mouse is hovering/clicking Sprite

The game I am developing is in which you defend the Cell from the Viruses, and I need the sprites to have a MouseListener for when the mouse clicks on that sprite, it will get destroyed, and I cannot ...
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How can I make the “Strength” attribute more attractive to Wizard/Caster classes in a RPG game? [closed]

I have a game where, among many attributes, is Strength and Constitution. In Ultima Online, Strength was used for hit points. However, I would like to avoid this- as Hit Points are so incredibly ...
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Game design for lumosity type games

This must be a odd question. My company asked me to design some games similar type of lumosity (http://www.lumosity.com/). I guess someone already played those games. I fight with them, saying , the ...
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How should I distribute the values of equipment stats when I know the average value?

I am making a Diablo-like game and I want to randomly generate the stats of the loot that gets dropped. I'll use "damage per second" as an example. I've filled a spreadsheet with two columns of ...
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Is it legal to make a game out of a book?

I want to learn what legal constraints are on the copyrighted material. If I want to make a Quidditch (the fictional game in Harry Potter series) game, should I pay some kind of copyright to the ...
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When is Micromanagment in games considered fun/boring?

Some players (typically the developer types, but not exclusively) love to control intricate aspects of a game (typically a simulation game) such as how long traffic lights take, how much to tax ...
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How can I refactor “attack cooldown” into “attack speed”?

I'm building a game where the player's character can attack bad guys and vice versa. I built this with the concept of an "attack cooldown" because I don't want units to be able to attack each other ...
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What is the name of this game design style?

There is a style of game design which is shared by many mobile puzzle games where a game is divided into an small number (3-10) of main chapters and each one has a grid of a larger number of short ...
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Representing feelings such as temperature, pain, smell, taste, hunger, and thirst immersively

In a totally immersive, simulation-type role-playing game, the player should not look at bars or numbers to keep track of his or her stats, so another method of showing these stats is needed. For ...
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Different Attack Systems in RPG [duplicate]

I'm making a 2d rpg game with libgdx and java, and I'm wondering how I would organize different attack systems - magic, melee, etc. (it's not a turn-based rpg). I have a PlayerClass enum, a Player2D ...
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how to design and develop game level(stages) [closed]

I need some expert opinion about game level design. I've been developing android game(2D) using LibGDX framework inspired from below sample game. LibGDX sample Drop game I've customized this game ...
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Skill vs. Luck, the ratio and its measurement

Gamer buddies, is there a term to describe the level of variance in a game, in comparison to luck. The card game war would have 0 skill and 1.0 luck because the player cannot affect the game. I can't ...
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Spawning entities in groups on a 2d tile-based map

I have a 2d game that generates an "infinite" map of tiles based on a "noise" height map. Each time a new "chunk" of 16x16 tiles is loaded, I have code that randomly chooses a "creature" to spawn into ...
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Multiplayer matchmaking algorithm

I'm building a game in which there are tournaments. During the tournaments we want players to play against each other in an efficient way. What I'm looking for is a generic algorithm that will match ...
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When should I start designing levels? [closed]

I'm working on a puzzle game. I thought of a core mechanic, implemented it, tuned it and now I have something I'm happy with. I'd really like to build a few levels before I work on stuff like UI and ...
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What is the logic behind a 3D Projection 'Camera Perspective'? [closed]

Suppose I had a 3D Cube on a 2D plane (screen). And I wanted to use the keypad to move and rotate it. Without referring to a 3D Game Engine that could do this for me can you explain me the logic or ...
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Cartesian Coordinates & Layout [duplicate]

The way cartesian coordinations are presented and used is kinda confusing. When working with 2D the vertical axis is Y, though when working with 3D the vertical axis is Z and Y becomes the "depth" ...
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Setting a displacement or offset between Snake segements

I have a problem in maths or I do not know. I have drawn few circles that simulates the body of a snake, the head of the snake moves and others should follow. but the is no offset or displacement ...
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Languages to develop games [closed]

Hello I am a 10th grade student from India...I have been playing games since a very young age. I want to work in the game industry as a game developer...I have started learning the basics of C ...
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How should I architect my GUI for my HTML5 canvas cell phone game? [closed]

I'm making a game on the HTML5 canvas and my intent is to run or port this code to work on cell phones. Right now it only runs on my desktop computer. I'm trying to write my GUI code but I'm not ...
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is a good practice to orgnize MVC classes in diferent packages? [closed]

Im,working on a project where the classes are organized by subject like gameplay, menus, utilities etc... Basically this 3 packages. is a good practice to organize classes in controller, view and ...
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How to represent projectiles in video game?

I'm making a simple fixed shooter game (similar to Galaga) as part of a presentation I'm doing. I'm wondering, what strategies/data structures would people use for tracking projectiles (like lasers ...
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How to implement “identify item” feature in RPG

In many games there is an approach that you can't use item that hasn't been identified. And usualy you can't identify it by just using it. While this approach simplifies a lot of things it just ...
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Making a game for multiple platforms [closed]

I am making a game with web, iphone, and android front-ends. I want to make them all able to interact well through the back-end so that any user can play with any user. To do this I've decided to ...
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Web single player 2d top-down RPG - background image, sprites, and new level loading

I'm making a web single player 2D top-down rpg using JavaScript (create js library) and have a couple questions. For the background image, I've currently loaded a 1000x1000 bitmap to represent the ...
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Why do loot drops contain (mostly) useless items?

I was thinking about this and couldn't figure this out. In Diablo you kill enemies and they drop random things. But usually the drops are worthless to you relative to what you already have equipped. ...
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How do I represent walls in a 2D tile based map?

I'm trying to create a simple 3D(2D) Dungeon Crawler but I am going to be using simple flat images to show the user they are in a "3D" world. Now what I mean is something like Sword and Serpents on ...
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Human to Monster Morph on 2D graphics [closed]

A friend and I are writing a topdown RPG called NecroMonster. In the game when you defeat an enemy you can take its shape (basically morph into it) and we dont know how to make this look right. First ...
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libgdx: how to manage entity classes [closed]

Good day sirs, I know this is a newbie question but I really need to ask it. I've been reading a lot of sample codes on libgdx, and I have seen entities(player, enemy, boss,etc.). my question is what ...
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G-rated word lists in various languages for programming children's games [duplicate]

I'm programming a word guessing game that uses large lists of words (no definitions, just words). Word length is configurable. Parents could set the word length to be very short and let small children ...
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Methodologies for deciding the number of characters a design should have? [closed]

I need to identify a maximum number of characters in a game so that I can provide a high number of choices without overwhelming the player. How do I determine the optimum set of characters to use in ...
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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 ...