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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Picking game entities

What is the preferred methods for doing so, performance-wise? For example I want to pick certain objects in an area around a given point. What I have thought off so far is using invisible objects as ...
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Game loop delta, factoring execution time?

Was thinking this morning, I 99.9% of the time, only see a main game loop, looking like this, just as much so where the delta is passed into update(): while running getDeltaTime() ... f(deltatime) ...
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How to add difficulty levels to a Guess The Number game using rand()? [closed]

User guesses a random number (between 1 and 100 or 5000 and 25,000 depending on difficulty) that the computer picks. User selects difficulty from list, difficulty (1, 2, 3, 4) is assigned to int ...
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Removing drawn Allegro texts and primitives

I'm working on a game with Allegro 5 that has a loop. I'd like to make the program write onto the screen, how much time the loop has ended. These are the rounds of a turn-based game, obviously. I use ...
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Accessing variables from non-neighbouring classes specifically in game development (Android) [closed]

Edit Using direct access while breaking the law of demeter looks like this: res.sprite.drawQuad(res.sprite.xScreen,res.sprite.yScreen, mMVPMatrix); Using proxy methods / getters / setter looks ...
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Android game loop's effect on cpu/battery usage - unexpected results

I will try to keep this question as concise and as readable as I can. I recently came across an odd problem with my Android game that I'm developing. It's an openGL ES 2.0 game and initially I was ...
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Get distance between the edge of screen and a moving sprite

How to get the distance between the edge of the screen and a vector moving sprite? I want to get the distance between my moving sprite and the edge of the screen so that when my sprite touches the ...
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Avoiding constant IF checks for loops

As an example, I have 3 different loops that are executed in certain conditions. I want to know if there's any way short of something like this: if(day) x++; else if(night) y++; else z++; ...
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Why are my game ticks longer than expected?

I was working on my game, adding stuff to it, when I noticed my ticks were in the low 50's when I had set it to do a constant 60. This is my run method. public void run() { init(); long ...
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Correct utilisation of gameloop (Android)

When using a gameloop like (much simplified)............ updateLogic(); render(); How does one perform 'single' operations? I mean, things like triggering sounds (which will only be played once), ...
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how to restart in java japplet? [closed]

how to restart a game? problem with my code is that when it restarts it double the enemy. so there are 10 enemies and lets say player dies than user restart and now there are 20 enemies and so on..... ...
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Gamemaker Loop Question

How often do loops repeat in game maker? Is it every step, or as fast as it can handle? I need it to loop every step, is it possible to do that? I'm talking about in code, I have a do until loop. Just ...
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Lockstep Game Loop

I have an XNA game using a basic lockstep update loop. The client sends all commands to the server, and updates only if it has received the next turn's commands from the server. When does a turn end? ...
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Simultaneous game states

I think I understand the basic idea behind a Finite State Machine-based game loop. But I'm trying to write a little game in which the same object can simultaneously be in multiple, independent states. ...
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simple win32 window wont show [closed]

The program compiles and runs successfully but does not show a window, it simply ends immediately. #include <Windows.h> LRESULT CALLBACK WndProc( HWND hwnd, UINT message, WPARAM wParam, ...
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Behavior Tree Iteration Rate

How is a Behavior Tree iterated in a game? For example, let's assume you have an extremely large Behavior Tree with about a hundred Actions/Conditions. If we were to run one action or condition ...
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Whats an elegant implementation for 2D collision detection in a block based game?

to make things clear, i do not want to know HOW to implement collision detection mathematically. What i am looking for is an elegant way to check for collisions without having to manage seperate lists ...
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The most efficient and accurate game loop?

Obviously for a game to work you need a game loop... Normally, my game loop would consist of something like this: while(running){ update(); render(); Thread.sleep(10); } This seemed to ...
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Generic Class Name for RTS [closed]

Hopefully this will be a nice easy question :- I am building an RTS as a way of learning OOP techniques. Currently the code has the following classes Class MustInherit GameUnit Class MustInherit ...
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Behavior Trees :: Actions That Take Longer Than One Tick

From what I understand on Behavior Trees, each Behavior should be a short goal oriented Action that could be done in a few iterations. So for example, below is an image of a Behavior Tree: Now let ...
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CPU usage, game loop and sleep()

I've read about this topic on numerous discussion sites, but I can't seem to find a clear definitive (up-to-date) answer, and hopefully this will me some more insight: I've read the excellent game ...
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Server fixed timestep not running at 30Hz but way way too fast [closed]

I'm trying to make my game's server thread run at a fixed 30Hz but can't figure out how. Basically, before I just had a stupid while(1) { //do everything as fast as you can} which means that for my ...
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Weird stuttering with fixed-timestep, variable-framerate game loop

I've been trying to set up fixed-timestep loop for my game, using the technique from here. I have no need for the interpolation step as I intend to run the logic at or above vsync speed. Here is a ...
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Drawing multiple sprites with clear screen for every frame

I googled with best of my skills, but I cannot find any relevant answer to my problem. I'm making a game with an isometric view. I need to draw multiple sprites on the screen and before switching to ...
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Selecting the entities needed for rendering [duplicate]

Currently I'm sorting and looping every entity on my level but I really don't need to. Only a small subset would be on screen. If I could extract a list of entities from my main list that are on ...
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Synchronizing input, update and rendering threads

How do you synchronise the input-handling, state-updating and rendering threads? If a sprite position is modified due to input, the wrong position of the sprite might be drawn to the screen if the ...
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EXTREMELY Confused Over “Constant Game Speed Maximum FPS” Game Loop

I recently read this article on Game Loops: http://www.koonsolo.com/news/dewitters-gameloop/ And the recommended last implementation is confusing me deeply. I don't understand how it works, and it ...
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How precise should timers in update loops be?

What is the suggestion of "enough precision" in a timer for a fixed game update loop? Currently I'm testing with this code, but it sometimes misses 1-2 updates @ 50hz. While at 30hz it seems to work ...
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How do I calculate consistent frame timings at 60fps?

I'm writing an HTML canvas game that uses requestAnimationFrame and therefore runs at 60fps, although this is more of a question about failing arithmetic than about JavaScript. If I measure the time ...
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Android game scrolling background

I'm just trying to figure out the best approach for running a scolling background on an android device. The method I have so far.... its pretty laggy. I use threads, which I believe is not the best ...
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Online card games: game loop or event based?

The only games I've made have been the game loop variety. I'm just starting to think about building an online poker game where people could meet up in a lobby, etc. Cards seem event based... is the ...
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Creating the concept of Time

So I've reached the point in my exploration of gaming where I'd like to impliment the concept of time into my little demo I've been building. What are some common methodologies for creating the ...
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XNA - moving the 3rd person camera

I'm having following problem: Can't set my camera to follow object from behind and rotate when I use left/right arrow. I've tried different tutorial and examples but it still doesn't work for me. ...
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Design of a turn-based game where actions have side-effects

I am writing a computer version of the game Dominion. It is a turn-based card game where action cards, treasure cards, and victory point cards are accumulated into a player's personal deck. I have the ...
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SDL2 focus lost = massive gain in FPS

Whenever I lose focus from my game window, I go from ~60FPS to 6000+, then when the window gains focus again, I go back to around 60 frames per second. And yes, this happens every time I run my game, ...
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Game loop, how to check for conditions once, do something, then not do it again

For example, I have a Game class and it keeps an int that tracks the player's lives. I have a conditional if ( mLives < 1 ) { // Do some work. } However this condition keeps firing and the ...
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Simultaneous events in a realtime system, where processing order causes different outcomes

I am working on a realtime dungeon crawler, focusing on a relatively complex and flexible skill system. Somewhat similar to MMORPGs with many compound spells, area effects, buffs/debuffs, ect. I am ...
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How do I best remove an entity from my game loop when it is dead?

Ok so I have a big list of all my entities which I loop through and update. In AS3 I can store this as an Array (dynamic length, untyped), a Vector (typed) or a linked list (not native). At the moment ...
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Server side game loop

Many java games use thread.sleep() to controll fps. Since the server does not display graphics, should the server game loop keep running just calculating delta time? Like this example: long ...
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Should I redraw every pixel?

For my first game I implemented a tetris clone in javascript. My "canvas" and an HTML <table> with every <td> representing a single block. Instead of having a gameloop redraw every single ...
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Calculating Delta time , what is wrong?

For 2 days now i am trying to calculate the correct delta time for my game , I am starting to getting crazy since i tried all the solutions that i found on the 5 first google pages... What is wrong? I ...
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Triggering State Changes with Health Counter

I'm developing a game where the player changes states as their health decreases. Below 50, it should trigger animation1. Below 30, it should trigger animation2. The problem is, I only want to trigger ...
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How to slow down a sprite that updates every frame?

I am going through a Allegro 5 tutorial which has a game loop. There is also a variable "active" which determines if a key is being held down. Thus if the left key is being held down active is on and ...
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Networking Client Server Packet logic (How they communicate)

I want to know what is the logic behind server client communication through packets for a real time game. for example the server sends x packets then the client receives x packets and processes them.. ...
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2D Game Help In XNA

I'm making a game in XNA called The Adventure Of The Very Hairy Princess Fairy. The game is a "Sidescroller/Platformer" like mario but there is a problem. How do I attach a weapon to the player ...
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How to make this game loop deterministic

I am using the following game loop for my pacman clone: long prevTime = System.currentTimeMillis(); while (running) { long curTime = System.currentTimeMillis(); float ...
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Multi threaded game - updating, rendering, and how to split them

From the StackOverflow post (it was recommended I move this): So, I'm working on a game engine, and I've made pretty good progress. However, my engine is single-threaded, and the advantages of ...
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Passing elapsed time to the update function from the game loop

I want to pass the time elapsed to the update() method as this would make easy to implement the animations and time related concepts. Here's my game-loop. public void gameLoop(){ boolean running ...
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javascript game loop and game update design

There is a main game loop in my program, which calls game update every frame. However, to make better animation and better control, there is a need to implement a function like updateEveryNFrames(n, ...
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What technology would you use to communicate between an iOS game and a Lua-based AI server?

What technology would you use to communicate between a two-player,turn-based, board game (like checkers or Othello) running native on iOS, and a remote game server The remote game server is just the ...