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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Building a portfolio in Game Development while pursuing a Masters in Computer Science

I'm about to apply to a few universities in the US/Canada/UK(Probably going to be the former 2 unless someone knows a few good schools in the UK) to do my Masters in Computer Science. I wanted to ask ...
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What licenses will I need for publishing a game? [on hold]

Me and a friend have started developing a game in unity and now it's time for getting models for our games, and the question is, if we want to use for example 3ds Max for making the models for our ...
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help in xcode for creating ios game [on hold]

How can I make the top part of an object (for example a small square platform) allow my character to bounce but the rest of the object (bottom and sides of the square) have my character die on impact. ...
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Is it possible to create a complex browser game and how [on hold]

I've recently had an idea for an story driven 2D game. I don't exactly know what format it will be in (point and click, top-down rpgish, left-to-right etc.) but I know that it will need to have ...
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How to handle game objects in DirectX

Coming from XNA, I would use the content pipeline and create XML files for game objects. However, if I changed something in the XML, I would need to do a rebuild of the project so it will create the ...
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What makes a game jam worth participating in? [on hold]

I'm looking to start my own game jam competition which would encourage people to actually finish a game (I've read a lot of game devs often procrastinate, or never finish a game because they have ...
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What kind of gaming experiences does hiding game play stats and formulas cultivate?

There are varying degrees of providing players with information on their characters abilities - including but not limited to showing players their character's stats and how they tie into formulas such ...
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Adding advertising to GameMaker: Studio game

How can one add advertising to a GameMaker: Studio game? It seems to be the only thing left before I can publish my game and start promoting it. Your help will be really appreciated.
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Why are character-classes used in game design?

We had a long discussion in my company about character-classes. We are building a skill based game where you will eventually need to select 8 to enter a battle. I am a fan of classless systems, I have ...
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Text based game help [closed]

I'm looking to make a text based game, it will be about vampires vs werewolves and online browser based. But I have some problems First of all I have 0 budget besides server costs so cannot afford to ...
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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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Parallelism and Functional programming

I have had a recent interest in functional programming and found it to be most appealing to me. However, coming from a OOP background i can't seem to wrap my head around some problems. The main ...
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Advice for implementing gear/effects/abilities [duplicate]

I've been struggling with this for about a month now so I finally turn to the masters for advice. I'm working on a platformer/rpg game and I'm trying to implement gear/effects/abilities as the title ...
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Looking for a massively light 3D rendering solution for Prizm [closed]

I would like to dabble in programming 3D games for a nifty device called the Casio Prizm. however, I don't neccesarily want to "reinvent the wheel", so to speak, and would like to try and use an ...
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Are random generated mazes a nuisance? [closed]

To me, random generated maps such as in Diablo2 were often a nuisance. Many times, you find yourself in a dead end and have to find another way. However, Diablo2 became a very popular and addictive ...
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Are Tilesets more efficient than single pictures?

i want to program a 2D game and as i did lots of tutorials and read books about creating simple 2D games, nearly always tilesets were used for the graphics. But are tilesets really more efficient ...
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Ways to improve player retention

I've recently released my first free to play game on Android and I've spent a few £ on advertising to try and get players involved and see what happens. Below are my retention stats courtesy of ...
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How can I let new players effectively compete with long-time players?

When new players join my strategy game, they have 3 days of protection from other players attacking them, but that's not enough time to catch up to players who have been playing for longer. How can I ...
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Methods of player retention and conversion in MMO games?

What are other retention and conversion (free to play to paying to spender) strategies in MMOs? I know some like promotions, social viral, content generation, intentional imbalance, perks and ...
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How do you determine the amount of moves/turns/lives that should be given to a player?

Let's take Candy Crush for example. The player is given 50 turns to complete a certain level. How is such number determined? Are there educated ways to reach such numbers? I also presume that these ...
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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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Making game textures from sample images - legal/copyright question [closed]

TL;DR version: Can I use samples from images online in a commercial game project? Hello, I have been learning to use blender and have gotten quite decent at making models and applying textures, but ...
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How relevant is the ability to move/rotate buildings post construction in city builders? [closed]

I am playing with the concept of a city builder and I have seen many around, but I am still fresh in the area of game design. I have seen city builders where, once you build a building, you have to ...
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Why do most 2D platformers start off in the left and progress in the right direction?

In almost all 2D platformers I've played, your avatar always starts off on the left side of the world, and continues on to the right. Is there something designers gain by doing this?
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Implementing traffic conditions in TORCS

I am working on a project about "Effects of Traffic conditions and Track Complexity on Car Driving Behavior". Is it possible to implement traffic in TORCS, or should I use another car simulator? By ...
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How to make an Actor follow my finger

I'm back with another question that may be really simple. I've a texture drawn on my spritebatch and I'm making it move up or down (y-axis only) with Libgdx's Input Handler: touchDown and touchUp. ...
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How to limit players to low-level content before they advance, if they can't die

I am making a game with the basic RPG elements: levels, xp, items, currency, stats, spells and monsters. The only different thing is that the player doesn't have hitpoints, you can't die. It's a ...
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How should I manage states in my game?

I can't understand what design pattern I can take advantage to build an intro screen, help screen, level select screen, game screen, game over screen, altogether. I can make one in AS3, but the code ...
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Is there any harm in having the main game loop run uncontrolled?

I was wondering if there is any possible harm when my game loop runs as fast as the system allows? I currently have a loop, that, by measuring passed time in nanoseconds, runs the game logic and ...
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When do you give in-game advice? [duplicate]

I'm interested in the process of automatically generating advice when a player is consistently struggling through parts of a game. Suppose I already know what advice I want to generate (e.g., "Press ...
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Multiplayer FPS Gameplay: How to encourage players to dispense ammo?

In the Battlefield: Hardline beta, players can now obtain health and ammo directly from other players, without having to ask for it via the command rose. Here's two examples of how asking for health ...
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I'm a single developer making a game made of blocks. Can I make 3d characters made of blocks without looking like Minecraft?

I would like to differentiate the look as much as I can but yet it has to be within the limits of what is reasonable for a single programmer can do. I have alot of ideas that would make the game ...
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Tweaking incentives for lottery with a twist

I have been developing a game which is a lottery where your chance of winning is proportional to the square of your bet. To prevent people from overbetting the pot (optimal strategy shouldn't just be ...
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Resources for designing (not programming) 2D platformer mechanics [closed]

I've been making a 2D platformer in Unity and it's been going great. I have the fundamentals down (and as an experienced programmer, I know how to get the results I want; this is not a programming ...
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What is the point in using API such as Open GL or DirectX when there are game engines? [duplicate]

I was wondering why today programmers place so much emphasis on API like DirectX, and even OpenGl. As far as I know, you'd need thousands of lines of code to make a simple 3D game using one of the ...
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How can I manage complicated visual state over a simple model in puzzle games?

I've been encountering this design challenge making a few toys with Javascript (CreateJS, EaselJS) The scenario is that you've got some sort of puzzle game with a simple game model. For a simple ...
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Creating a seamless open world 2d game map

I'm creating an open world game similar to Pokemon. Should I load the full map, or divide it into chunks and load only the the nearby area? I don't want my user to get to a point where it will ...
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Defensive statistic mechanics

There are many systems where attack statistics are opposed by defense statistics: Strict: HP -= (damage - defense) Threshold: HP -= (damage>defense? damage : 0) Reciprocal: HP -= (damage / defense) ...
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Fire Delay Timers

I currently have a turret that can fire projectiles. I can control the delay between shots (fireDelay), and I can control the time needed to reload the magazine of the gun(reloadDelay). I do the ...
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Ethical F2P monetisation methods [closed]

I am just starting out in indie game development and one thing that seems clear to me is that in the mobile space at least, unless you are already a famous developer, have a well known brand/franchise ...
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Are there many games involving the manipulation of water?

I'm in the very, very early brainstorming stages of a game which centers around the manipulation of water and the terrain around it. (i.e., changing the water's state between solid, liquid, gas; ...
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Fixing game loop to 60fps makes animation very jittery

ns is 1000000000 / amountOfTicks; long now = System.nanoTime(); delta += (now - lastTime) / ns; lastTime = now; if (delta >= 1) { tick(glad); updates++; ...
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Mathematics of difficulty acceleration in endless runners

I'm currently working on an endless runner and was wondering about the growth of difficulty in the game. Is the acceleration of difficulty highly specific to games or are there standard growth ...
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How does game creation software export to other platforms? [duplicate]

For example, how does Gamemaker, Game Salad, Construct 2, etc., make an executable that executes their code from their program. Do they have a runtime of "other" software the executable calls that is ...
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Player fatigue for tablets?

I'm thinking about making games for tablets. Coming from a PC/console background, I'm keenly aware of the huge differences in the user interfaces, and that I need to design it with the target platform ...
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Designing Character Movement Need Advice

(This game is written in C++ with GDI+ It's a simple side-scroller.) I am having a problem deciding on how I should handle player movement. Currently it runs at 20 frames per second (I just chose ...
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Is it possible to use an image, sound or font without importing them externally? [SDL2]

It's hard to explain my question, but I will try my best. When loading sounds, images or fonts in SDL2 (with SDL_image, SDL_mixer, SDL_ttf) you need to load them from an external source path. For ...
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Game code difference between consoles (PS3/PS4) and PC [closed]

I'm interested in game development and have some very curious questions. Im a newbie in game dev so pardon my silly mistakes and question and repetition if any. I hope biggies here will guide me and ...
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How should I plan RPG battle mechanics?

I'm working on two RPG battle mechanic ideas. I haven't chosen a game engine yet. Before starting to write code, how should I plan their details? Should I draw and write on paper? Should I write a ...
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How should I implement the “Observer” pattern with respect to a game world?

I'm thinking of ways to implement the Observer pattern in a game I'm developing at the moment. I can have a Game World (local map) with Game Objects (player, NPCs, monsters etc...) inside of it. Other ...