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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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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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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Cocos2d: Moving background on update: offsett issue

working with Objective C, iOS and Cocos2d I am developing a vertical scrolling shooter game for iPhone (retina display models with 640 width x 960 height pixel resolution). My basic algorithm works ...
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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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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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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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Game Logic Update Order

Is there a commonly-accepted general approach to the order of processing logic updates? My current 2D platformer has objects that implement different concerns, including the following: Notifiable - ...
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Should I use select() for networking in my gameloop?

I'm writing a simple networked game in C/C++. To keep things simple I'm using TCP. In my server's game loop I'm using a POSIX select() with a zero second timeout for two things: Discover incoming ...
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How to use C++11 chrono header for a clock

In first, sorry for my bad english. :) I'm making a game using SFML and C++11 new features, but I've got a problem with my custom Clock class (made to replace the SFML one). When I get the elapsed ...
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Game Loop on Server [closed]

I'm writing a simple mobile game with the following requirements: Server needs to update all active games at frequent and regular interval (i.e. I need a game loop running on a server but the update ...
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declaring variables in a render/game loop: good idea or bad?

I was just wondering how most of you like to declare your variables: for a variable you know will be used and changed frequently (i.e. every frame), do you declare those outside of the loop and simply ...
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Game loop on windows

I have seen different "basic" game loops both from books like "Introduction to 3D game programming with DX11" or online tutorial ( Rastertek ) and if we take off all the fancy stuff to control ...
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Implementing a time scale in game with fixed physics update

I'm currently putting together my game loop based on the "Fix Your Timestep" article at gafferongames.com. This is going fine, but I'm also trying to implement a 'time scale', i.e. a way to control ...
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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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How should I invoke a physics engine?

I'm new to writing games. I'm planning to write a 2D battle game which may require an physics engine. Suppose I've written one, but how can I combine it with the main routine of my game? Should I ...
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Mixing Objective-C and C++: Game Loop Parts

I'm trying to write all of my game in C++ except for drawing and game loop timing. Those parts are going to be in Objective-C for iOS. Right now, I have ViewController handling the update cycle, but ...
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How to implement the server-side game loop?

The server needs to handle the physics, because all the movement will be handled by it. So for that I need a game loop. The thing is that the server doesn't have the render part, it's just a console. ...
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either use a for loop or iterator for the List of sprites for loop Optimization in libgdx

I am making and there I am making a frequent use of java.util.ArrayList for enemies, coins and shots. Is there any other utility in libgdx better than this from the Performance point of view. ...
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Serious gameplay issue by spawning enemies according to elapsed time

EDIT: I have changed the title as I think that this is a general gamedevelopment question but, on a technical note, I am using Cocos2d v2.0 Some time ago I had asked a question on which was the most ...
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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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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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Android Loop : Draw Loop : How to pull off smooth FPS?

I am writing 2D side scrolling bullet hell-like game. I am at a point where I struggle to pull off smooth fps. I have separated loop that manages drawing. However I want update the position of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Java 2D game programming: Different approaches to make a game loop

I am new to Java game programming, but the more I read the more I'm confused, because I've seen several different approaches to make a game loop: 1. The standard approach, that uses the Timer class ...
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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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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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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 ...