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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What should the data structure of a flexible ability system look like? [duplicate]

Hi guys I am currently working on a turn-based RPG that will require me to create numerous abilities with little overlap. I've been looking to other games to see how their ability and combat system is ...
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How can I tell the player that a key or other item can be discarded?

We're working on a survival horror classical Resident evil (1, 2, 3, 0, REmake) type of game - link. I'm using Unity3D with C#. There's something that's kinda puzzling me - more a game design ...
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Game economy for a tower defense game

I am currently working on a tower defense game, and I am having trouble figuring out how to implement the cost of turrets, upgrades, and the gain from completing a level, killing an enemy. Below is a ...
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directional lightning

I have managed to get a point light working, but I am facing problem with directional lightning. Fragment shader uniform vec4 lightColour ; uniform vec3 lightPos ; uniform float lightRadius ; ...
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Why would one have “waves” in each stage of a tower defense game?

For example, in Plants vs Zombies, the zombies come in waves. If I recall, there's always at least two waves. The first and easier wave and then when you get 90% through the stage there's a "final ...
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How to do a multishot in xna?

I am trying to simulate a gun in which shoots multiple bullets at the same time(similar to a spread out shot). I am thinking I have to create another bullet array then do the same as I have below but ...
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how to stop enemies from moving to one point when lots of them are chasing one object [duplicate]

i am making a top down game which lots of enemies are chasing one guy. then,enemies would move to one point without any collision,they just overlay each other. so ,is there any simple way to make ...
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What makes games responsive to user input?

Many games have been praised for its responsive gameplay, where each user action input correspond to a quick and precise character movement (eg: super meat boy, shank...) What makes those games ...
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How to make something happen every N seconds in game?

I want to have something happen every N seconds, how would I do that? Maybe use a timer but how?
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How do multi-platform games usually store save data?

I realize this is a bit of a broad question, but I was wondering if there is a "standard" in the industry when it comes to storing save data for games (and is it different across platforms - ...
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Complex, yet simple crafting system model [closed]

I'm working on some arcade shooter/slasher, and the main logline is "Kick'em with everything you want". There's not so many enemies in GDD, main focus is on tons of weapons and gadgets to cause ...
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Improving Click and Drag with C++

I'm currently using SFML 2.0 to develop a game in C++. I have a game sprite class that has a click and drag method. The method works, but there is a slight problem. If the mouse moves too fast, the ...
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What Type of Options should be on the Game Settings Menu? [closed]

I have seen a post about the main menu options here: UI: Main Menu options for mobile games. What options should be listed? What do users want to see? But I want to know what kind of options ...
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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? [closed]

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 ...