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Unity3d Object reference error

Hi I am in a bit of a pickle, I keep having this error pop up after importing another scripts components. NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object ...
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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 can I can create a world that a player can easily get lost in?

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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Where the physics should be put

I'm studying a book of artificial intelligence applied to games. It shows several algorithms for each argument (movements, path finding.. ecc). Unfortunately (but obviously) it does not explains how ...
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Scripting: to block or not to block

Context: I'm making a little "program your robot army" sort of game in Java in which the player writes Lua scripts (which are then run by LuaJ) to program their robots to do stuff. So far there are ...
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RPG Game Graphics Help/Review

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 use custom font in Phaser ?

I am trying to load webfont in Phaser, I have seen the Phaser example but I cant understand, what asset do I need,what function I have to call....,what exactly look like the javascript file?. I am new ...
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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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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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Unity - Vector3.Reflect not reflecting correctly

I resolved the question on how to draw a line, so here is the result: https://www.dropbox.com/s/hvc9yr3jjbqdv7r/dc.jpg?dl=0 So, now I want to create a line that shows the possible bounce off the ...
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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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Daily quest system

I am creating a game for Android/iOS. The game has a server that communicates with my appengine database. I want to implement daily quests as motivation for the players to return every day, but I need ...
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single player game to team game [closed]

I'm trying to convert a single player game to a team game. That is one game can be played concurrently/collaboratively with multiple players at the same time. Obviously this is a significant change. ...
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Marketing PC/Android 2d Physics Game

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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How to make a 2d game using java netbeans? [closed]

I'm an IT student, but my problem is my professor is just giving us codes but not explaining what is it for. Now, in our finals, our finals exam is we'll be making a 2d game using java. And I have no ...
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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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Shooting at mouse in unity

I'm using unity and trying to get my bullet to shoot at a target. I am clicking the mouse and I'm wanting to fire my bullet in that direction. I have gotten the coordinates of the mouse click and ...
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When prototyping, how can I more easily explore game behaviour?

I build indie games myself, but I'm usually out of energy once I've taken a newly developed game to a level where it's possible to play with behavior, so I settle for refinement instead of ...
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Where can I take an idea for an original game to be developed? Do companies ever take just ideas/concepts? [duplicate]

I have very little experience with coding and such, but have a few ideas for games, that I believe have potential. Who/where do I share these ideas with for possible development? Is this a common ...
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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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Pool Game Physics General Settings in Unity

this question might have been asked before, not sure. I want to create a pool game using unity. I added the spheres as playballs and cubes as the walls. I added a rigidbody to all objects and Im ...
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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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Get reward for social sharing ? (free android game,Google Play)

! Is Getting reward for social sharing still accepted on google play ? I can't seem to find anything about it on the google developer rules but my english is bad so i'm not sure, also i read that on ...
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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 are the steps for creating level in Libgdx with Box2d?

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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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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Collision with 2 of the same objects

I'm looking to make a button that is activated by two of the same objects, but the code I'm using doesn't recognize the second object as a different instance. Not the best explanation but here's the ...
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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 ...
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Different damage systems?

I am designing a simple "Plant vs Zombies"-like game, but without graphics (just polygons) for class homework. I came to the point where I need to calculate damage to different entities. Por example, ...
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Can names of abilities or spells within a game be trademarked/copyright? [duplicate]

Okay, say I want to create an RPG similar to and takes inspiration from such games as Final Fantasy, The Elder Scrolls, Shin Megami Tensei, Pokemon, etc. and I would like to use familiar names in some ...
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A good way to prototype game ideas?

We, as in my 4 person indie group, have an entire whiteboard that looks like graffiti for prototyping our game ideas. We look at it every day and choose which idea draws us in the most when we near ...
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Simplest most effective way to rank and measure player skill in a multi-player environment?

I know of the Truskill algorithm, it's quite complex but effective. My question is there other algorithms/methods to determine a players skill for accurate measuring for multi-player competitive ...
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Java: Problems with Tile Collisions

I have created a tiled map using a BufferedImage (img) from a PNG. From that, I would like to detect the player's (peter) collisions with individual tiles on the map. However, my code will not run and ...
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Implementing The Command Pattern - Undo And Entity References

I am trying to implement a replay/undo system for a turn based strategy game I am currently working on. A sample move could go as follows: 1. A players select a pawn and gives it an attack command. ...