The central code loop responsible for handling the running gameplay. At its most basic state, it accepts input, resolves the actions of entities, and renders the scene.

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Should actors in a game be responsible for drawing themselves?

I am very new to game development, but not to programming. I am (again) playing around with a Pong type game using JavaScript's canvas element. I have created a Paddle object which has the following ...
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Can someone provide a practical example of decoupling game world updates from frame redraws in iOS?

Please bear with me as I've been spending some time lately trying to get a better grasp of some game dev fundamentals. My specific issue is a direct result of trying to apply what I've read about ...
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Should FPS exceed ticks/second?

I was once told that you should never re-draw a frame if the game logic has not changed since the last draw. Assuming game logic is updated once every tick, and assuming a game runs at 40 FPS @ 20 ...
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Updating entities in response to collisions - should this be in the collision-detection class or in the entity-updater class?

In a game I'm working on, there's a class responsible for collision detection. It's method detectCollisions(List<Entity> entities) is called from the main gameloop. The code to update the ...
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Skipping a loop in foreach? [closed]

I'm trying to get Unity to filter through a list of nodes, but I am unsure on how to do so. This is what I have derived. foreach (TileNode z in map.nodes) { int num = TileNode z; ...
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Input processing performance

I'm building a game using SDL in Linux platform. Now I want to read user input with SDL_GetKeyboardState, but my doubt is wich is the best way using a thread or a timer. I tried both and I think ...
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Need some guidance implementing event based game loop in JavaFX card game

i tried to make the title as much informative as possible. Anyhow, i'll try to be brief - I'm fairly new to java programming and programming altogether, after learning the basics and some advanced ...
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Why cap game loop delta-time?

I was reading some game's source code on Github and saw this game loop implementation for the first time: var lastTime = 0; var maxTime = 1/30; /** * @param {DOMHighResTimeStamp} curTime ...
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Interpolating rotated objects

I've finally got interpolation working to 'smooth' out movement, however it doesn't seem to work for objects that are rotating (around their own center) - when I try to do this, the objects in ...
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Why does this game loop stop my process from responding?

I implemented a fixed time step loop for my C# game. All it does at the moment is make a square bounce around the screen. The problem I'm having is that when I execute the program, I can't close it ...
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What is the standard C# / Windows Forms game loop?

When writing a game in C# that uses plain-old Windows Forms and some graphics API wrapper like SlimDX or OpenTK, how should the main game loop be structured? A canonical Windows Forms application has ...
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Is there a good alternative to a world state data structure?

How do you avoid one big data structure containing all the current world state ? Let's pretend we're in a real-time strategy game, how would you code a skill that decrease mana of units around it ? ...
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Separate draw and physics loops

I there a point in updating the physics at a different rate than drawing / taking input? Is it just to exploit parallelism? I've heard that many engines update the physics at 15FPS but render at ...
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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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Trying to understand the XNA fixed time step game loop logic

I came across the blog post Understanding GameTime, and after lots of reading on fixed time steps in game loops this is the approach I would like to take. In summary, this is the logic from the post: ...
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Best practice for organizing the physics of objects?

Apologies because this is a long post and I am inexperienced. I would really appreciate the input from some experienced developers. These are my two goals for this project: To learn the best ...
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How to change from 60FPS to 30FPS while keeping things smooth?

Here is my current game loop: final int ticksPerSecond = 60; final int skipTicks = (1000 / ticksPerSecond); float dt = 1f/ticksPerSecond; while(System.currentTimeMillis() > nextGameTick ...
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Delta times and frame lag in the game loop

Let's say we have a standard gameloop like this, in pseudocode: while (true) { dt = GetDeltaTime(); Update(dt); Render(); } Here Update(dt) either uses a true variable timestep, or it ...
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Where should I put my game loop?

I've seen some tutorials on programming a good game loop, but none mention where (in the game code) I should call it. My guess is I should call it from the main() method. Am I right? Is there another ...
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How does this game loop actually work?

I read this playfulJS post, about ray-casting: http://www.playfuljs.com/a-first-person-engine-in-265-lines/ It looks really interested, so I decided to look at his javascript. I am no expert in ...
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How can I efficiently update only the entities that matter in a given frame?

I'm making a RTS, which can potentially have lots of units in one map (think Age of Empires). I'm looking for a way to update my units. I want to avoid calling a virtual Update() method every frame ...
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Frameskipping in Android gameloop causing choppy sprites (Open GL ES 2.0)

I have written a simple 2d platform game for Android and am wondering how one deals with frame-skipping? Are there any alternatives? Let me explain further. So, my game loop allows for the ...
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Why does my turn-based game loop allow the enemy to act repeatedly?

I'm trying to create a turn-based game in pyGame but hit a wall when trying to properly handle the main game loop. So I have something like this: def loop(self): while self.stategame==1: ...
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Limiting Rendering in my game loop (Not Game Updates)

My Gameloop (code below), limits the game updates to 60 ticks per second. However, it renders as fast as the device on which it is being run can handle. I'm using a fixed time step in my game and I ...
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Abstracting Game Logic from Game Engine [closed]

I've seen that the Quake 3 Engines uses QVMs and DLLs for the gamelogic. Unity uses some kind of Component-Entity system. My question is basicly: What's a good way to keep the engine seperated from ...
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Running state in Behavior Trees

What happens, in a behavior tree, when a priority node chooses another branch over a running branch? Small example: Priority 1: Fight Sequence: -Enemy near? -Fight! Priority 2: ...
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Multiple pipelined game loops

I am considering using the following game engine design pattern, but I am unsure if it's a good idea or not: Each major task (drawing, physics, logic, networking, disk I/O) will have its own ...
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What's the best way to set up an OpenGL draw loop in windows?

On mac os x, there's a way to pass the system a function pointer that is triggered at an ideal time to start your drawing code. These are the CVDisplayLink tools. I'd like to understand how to do ...
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Game Taking too long during render cycles [closed]

Firstly, I'm not asking anyone to read my code. It is only posted as a reference just in case you want to. I am asking for general tips on how to get my game running at higher FPS on android, for ...
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Make openGL program only update every 1/60 seconds

I'm learning C++ and openGL and have this program as a result from tutorials and playing around. The problem is that the main loop is running at "full speed", making the program unnecessarily cpu ...
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What happens when a character attacked in fighting game?

I went through many websites explaining fighting game systems, frames, hitboxes, but i couldn' find the answer so i ask here. Basically fighting game hitbox system works like this : 1.Player A ...
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Game loop in Javascript

I've been into javascript game programming with html5 and canvas lately. So far I've only been able to implement a game loop with setInterval, but I'm aware this means using fixed timestep. I've ...
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How can I implement a main menu?

I have been following the tutorials at http://lazyfoo.net/tutorials/SDL/index.php and although they are all very well written and I have learned more than I would have on my own, I am not sure how to ...
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Tips for writing the main game loop? [closed]

Can anyone recommend some good tips, articles, sites, etc. for writing the main game loop? What are some things that you should do in the game loop, and what are some things that you shouldn't do in ...
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Should game logic update per second or per frame?

I'm trying to wrap my head around how and when to update an entities position. My game loop updates logic at 25 FPS and renders at 50-60 (Depending on the computer hardware). So lets say I'm moving ...
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Pro's/Con's of separating game logic and render threads

Originally, I have thought that it is good practice to separate my game logic (updating) from my rendering thread. In this threading model, the rendering thread has no limitation on frame rate and ...
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Is a separate thread for game loop compulsory for simple games?

I am new to game development. In order to learn I am recreating this game on android platform. You can observe the game-play video at the above link. It is a simple game. I have read a lot of ...
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Game Update in Libgdx

In libgdx, the game loop is the render() method. But why is that, and is there a way where I can make an update() method that is called 60 times a second? As in the update() method, I would add the ...
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Why do my update and draw loops throw a concurrent access exception?

I've taken up the challenge of creating a basic 2D side-scrolling monster truck game for my little brother. It seems easy enough in theory, but jumping into Java out of XNA feels strange. My game ...
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Why is my FPS computation yielding higher numbers than I expect?

I have following code: void Game::execute() { isExit = false; init(); double dt = 1.0 / 60.0; boost::timer timer; double accumulator = 0.0; boost::timer fps_timer; int ...
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How can I avoid a busy-wait in this game loop implementation?

I've been developing a small framework for OpenGL and WinApi for some research purposes. My biggest problem right now is the game loop. Simplified I did something like this: Main thread: HANDLE ...
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iOS OpenGLES - Multithread Game loop - Render and Update

I am trying to implementing multi-threaded game loop in iOS. (Actaully, two thread - Render and Update) This is my structure. Update Loop Has logic and at the end of loop, save update state. ...
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How to implement a multi-platform Java 2D game engine's graphics?

I'm not sure whether this question should be posted here. I'm trying to make a basic generic game engine in Java. Here's what I have so far. public abstract class Device { public abstract void ...
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Games development with a game loop that's abstracted away [closed]

Most game development happens with a main game loop. Are there any good articles/blog posts/discussions about games without a game loop? I imagine they'd mostly be web games, but I'd be interested ...
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Why game loop should be running on a separate thread?

I am struggling to fully understand the responsiveness argument suggesting to run the game loop on a separate thread other than main thread. When OS sends a user event (touch, mouse move, etc.) it ...
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Physics in my game confused after restructuring the Game loop

I'm on my way with making a game in Java. Now I have some trouble with an interpolation based game loop in my calculations. Before I used that system the calculation of a falling object was like ...
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Dealing with interpolation and object creation/destruction

I've implemented a game loop similar to that in Glenn Fiedler's Fix Your Timestep! article. I have an update step running at 50Hz and a render step running at 60Hz (monitor refresh rate). To keep ...
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moving first person camera with the mouse on right click

I am new to game development and I am trying to get the game input working. I have successfully got all the movement keys for walking/running/looking around working; however, I am having a terrible ...
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Game Loop: Best way to limit the fps? [duplicate]

My game-loop looks like this: public void run() { init(); final double amountOfTicks = 60.0; double ns = 1000000000.0 / amountOfTicks; long ...
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Speed, delta time and movement

player.vx = scroll_speed * dt /* Update positions */ player.x += player.vx player.y += player.vy I have a delta time in miliseconds, and I was wondering how I can use it properly. I tried the ...