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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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 gameloop logic not being restricted to 60 per second?

Here is my gameloop (taken from http://www.koonsolo.com/news/dewitters-gameloop/) which is supposed to limit the game (logic) updates to 60 per seconds and render as fast as the device allows: long ...
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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 ...
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does order of updates and renders matter?

I know in a game loop there needs to be an order like physics should update before rendering. So, I have created two separate functions: update and render and the game loops like below: ...
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Physics engine deltaTime and force acceleration

I am working on a physics engine that uses basic Euler integration to compute forces. So, here is the thing: function applyForce (rigidbody, force) { rigidbody.forces.add(force); } function ...
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Server Character Movement calculation

I am creating the movement function for an 3D MMO game server. It seems that I cant no get the position calculation to match the client and was wondering the best way to do this. Let me explain. The ...
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Problem with Scanner class in Java [closed]

I'm pretty new here (as though to a game development). So here's my question. I'm trying to organize a really simple game cycle in my public static main() as follows: Scanner sc = new ...
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Implement an upper FPS limit in the gameloop

I implemented my game-loop as described in deWiTTER's article, using the last approach with an unlimited FPS and a constant game-speed. My problem is, that the unlimited FPS cranks up my CPU usage to ...
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Should the game update loop compensate for slowness

I am building a game engine and considering the design for the core game loop that will drive the game. In the most basic form, the implementation looks similar to this (in pseudo-code): while ...
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Framerate and game loop on mobile

I'm searching how to manage game framerate on mobiles devices, here is my problem: On a computer with got something like that: void main() { while(game.isRunning()) { ...
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When updating a mesh, does glBufferSubdata belong in the update or render function?

When updating a mesh does the glBufferSubdata call belong in the update function or render function? I'm trying to organize my game appropriately and knowing this would help me. This is my first ...
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Python game loop approach?

I intend to write a game in Python and, later, if needed, offload any performance-critical sections of code to C++. I want to use Python basically because I am really familiar with the language and I ...
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why are there draw rate and update rate in fixed time step game loop?

http://www.gameprogblog.com/generic-game-loop/ Java boolean onLoop( Game game, GameState state, GameInput input, Graphics2D gr ) { long nanosElapsed = state.tick(); updateTime += nanosElapsed; ...
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LUA - Keeping track of game state for a digital card trading game

I am building a card game. Let's say it's similar to Magic the Gathering, Hearthstone, etc. The problem I am trying to figure out is how to architect "auras" and how much damage each card takes. ...
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How to manage sleep/awake state of physics body

I have a loop, which updates all the physics, inside the loop I'm updating the position of the objects, first thing is the gravity, which pulls all the objects to the bottom. Now my question is, how ...
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What is the point of “delta” in this code? Does it reflect a standard thing in game dev?

I know very little about game programming but would like to learn more. I am trying to understand the code for this game. I am trying to understand why the code is passing a "delta" to ...
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HTML5/JS - Choppy Game Loop

I have been experimenting with HTML5/JS, trying to create a simple game when I hit a wall. My choice of game loop is too choppy to be actually of any use in a game. I'm trying for a fixed time step ...
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Input of mouseclick not always registered in XNA Update method

I have a problem that not all inputs of my mouse events seem to be registered. The update logic is checking a 2 dimensional array of 10x10 . It's logic for a jewel matching game. So when i switch my ...
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Delay command execution over sockets

I've been trying to fix the game loop in a real time (tick delay) MUD. I realized using Thread.Sleep would seem clunky when the user spammed commands through their choice of client (Zmud, etc) e.g. ...
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Am I doing this node.js game loop wrong?

I have 2 arrays of JSON objects, actions and game objects. At any time a user can make a request from the client which can add an action to the actions array. I have a setInterval(function(){ }, ...