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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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 ...
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Turn-based Strategy Loop

I'm working on a strategy game. It's turn-based and card-based (think Dominion-style), done in a client, with eventual AI in the works. I've already implemented almost all of the game logic (methods ...
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random spike in delta time

The title pretty much sums it up. I'm using delta time to move my objects and every few seconds the delta time will spike and all the objects will jump forward. Should I just Interpolate the delta ...
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what is the best way to use loops to detect events while the main loop is running?

I am making an "game" that has pathfinding using pygame. I am using Astar algo. I have a main loop which draws the whole map. In the loop I check for events. If user press "enter" or "space", random ...
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Best practices on separating Update and Draw on game loop

I've been working on my first HTML5 prototype and I found a good model that uses the regular Update and Draw loop we see in game dev. My question is, where does one end and the other begins? The ...
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Why is the framerate (fps) capped at 60?

ISSUE I recently moved a project from my laptop to my desktop(machine info below). On my laptop the exact same code displays the fps(and ms/f) correctly. On my desktop it does not. What I mean by ...
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Why does my game loop speed vary on different platforms with the same hardware?

I've got a serious issue with my game loop. This loop varies in time with the platform and with the same hardware. This is a list of FPS achieved: - Windows ======= 140 to 150 - Linux ...
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Android, how important is deltaTime?

Im making a game that is getting pretty big and sometimes my thread has to skip a frame, so far I'm not using deltaTime for setting the speed of my different objects in the game because it's still not ...
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Explaining Asteroids Movement code

I'm writing an Asteroids Atari clone, and I want to figure out how the AI for the asteroids is done. I have came across that piece of code, but I can't get what it does 100% if ...
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how to get started with a game engine [closed]

I'm a 3rd year Computer Science student and I would like to get started with building a game engine or at least tinkering with making one. I am curious if there are any good resources to use to get ...
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Negative timeout value in Variable Timestep loop

I was working on my game loop and I came across an odd problem. The loop was working fine, my states could render, received updates, etc. I then proceeded to create my Input system, which, also works. ...
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How to precisely limit fps

I am having trouble making my game's main loop to run at exactly N fps. Let's say i want game to run at constant 60 fps. Here is part of my code: int ticksPerSecond = 60; int skipTicks = 1000 / ...
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Java2D Game Flickering

I'm in the process of trying to get familiar with making games in Java, using the Swing library. Coding my Snake game however, I've got to a point where the game is flickering/ghosting and I haven't ...
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User input in game loop

I am building a simple multi-player fly-around-a-3D-world game in Javascript/webGL/websocket (Chrome, Firefox mostly). How should I handle and process user input? My preliminary design (untested) is ...
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Rendering Loop Problem (Java)

I'm not new to programming, but I am relatively new to game programming. I am trying to create a version of Breakout, as a good basic game to get myself introduced to 2d game programming. I currently ...
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Benefits of implementing systems like classes instead of just functions

In an Entity System I am making, there is a central class called World, which stores all component instances. It's a dictionary-of-arrays, and entity ids are indexes for the arrays. To access a ...
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Game loop alternatives for efficiency

Understand where I'm coming from - I've been taught that a game is implemented something like this (pseudocode): while (!win_condition) { waitforinput(); updategraphics(); //etc.. } exit(); ...
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Replay system: record inputs or events?

I read this: How to design a replay system But it don't really answer my question. My game is built with the client "view" of the game as a separate program from the server "model" and "controller". ...
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What would be the problems with using a singleton design pattern for my engine?

I'm desiging an HTML5 2D game engine in Javascript, and currently, I use the singleton pattern. There is only one global object in the namespace called simply Engine. All other objects are ...
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My rhythm game runs choppy even with high frame rate

EDIT: [SOLUTION] I posted a possibly explanation for my issue below to anyone who has a similar problem. Hope it helps. I'm coding a rhythm game and the game runs smoothly with uncapped fps. But when ...
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Is using a dedicated thread just for sending gpu commands a good idea?

The most basic game loop is like this : while(1) { update(); draw(); swapbuffers(); } This is very simple but have a problem : some drawing commands can be blocking and cpu will wait ...
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Handling various frame layouts in Android

I am trying create a Contra or the old TMNT game (but a simple one) like game for Android. For the game I decided to divide my main screen in three parts - upper for stats, mid for the game and lower ...
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Issues with networking in my Java game, Client crashes when I try and read from the server input

A buddy and I have been programming a code game over the last 2 weeks, it is intended to be a multiplayer game with the ability to have 2 players play against each other. I am running into an issue ...
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C++ Game engine time scale

i have begun creating a very simple game engine and i am trying to work out how to create a time scale for the game.by time scale i mean some way of increasing and decreasing the speed of the game(not ...
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AS3 Calculating Delta Time In Seconds

Here is how I've been trying to implement delta time based on different internet resources. var startTime:Number = getTimer(); game.Update(deltaTime); deltaTime = Number(getTimer() - startTime) * ...
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Framerate control and physics engines?

I am reading this article on how to control the framerate and physics calculations. But in the game I am writing, I use a third party physics library and the only thing I do to update my physics is ...
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Most effective way to manage a gamestate system that is easy to use?

I just started working on my game, mostly the game management. I plan and using game-states to make the menu's and other stuff easier. My main idea for implementing the game-states is creating a game ...
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XNA game loop Update and Draw

I'm confused on how the game's methods are called and when. So I read that the sequence is: Initialize LoadContent Update Draw UnloadContent Where 3 and 4 are the game loop, so after Update is ...
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In some games, we just let the main() loop be the Player object or Table object?

I was thinking that let's say if there is a game of Blackjack or MasterMind, then we should have a class called Dealer or ComputerPal, which is how the computer interact with us (as a dealer for ...
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Managing game state / 'what to update' within an XNA game 'screen'

I'm trying to figure out how best to manage state within my game screens - please bare with me though! At the moment I'm using a heavily modified version of the fantastic game state management example ...
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How to chain actions/animations together and delay their execution?

I'm trying to build a simple game with a number of screens - 'TitleScreen', 'LoadingScreen', 'PlayScreen', 'HighScoreScreen' - each of which has it's own draw & update logic methods, sprites, ...
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How do I consolidate the differences between iOS and Android update loops?

I'm currently working on moving some Android-ndk code to the iPhone. From looking at some samples it seems that the main loop is handled for you and all you've got to do is override the render ...
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What are the pros and cons of a non-fixed-interval update loop?

I am studying various approaches to implementing a game loop and I have found this article. In the article the author implements a loop which, if the processing falls behind in time, skips frame ...
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When to detect collisions in game loop

My game loop uses a fixed time step to do "physics" updates, say every 20 ms. In here I move objects. I draw frames as frequently as possible. I work out a value between 0 and 1 to represent the ...
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How do I do a game loop in c99?

I'm having trouble with how to structure a game using c99. I've seen a few tutorials on making a game loop, but they are all done with c++ and classes. My main problem seems to be moving data around ...
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Game Loop Problem - Growth and Recharge as Integer Values

I have a question about game loops. I understand that you shouldn't have a static loop, say 100ms and set something's speed to 1px/frame so it moves 10px/sec. You should have a speed and multiple that ...
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way to implement a menu -pratical

i do my first game and already read alot about design strategie, programming style, design .. and so on theoretically it works perfect but in practice i dont know if i do thinks "right" i have three ...
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What can be the cause of sudden lag spikes in my Android game?

My Android game has sudden lag spikes sometimes. I know this is due to something going wrong. My phone has a 1GHz processor so there shouldn't be a problem. Basically I use the Canvas class to render ...
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Cocos2D-iPhone, how does the Game Loop work in Cocos2D?

Could anyone theoretically explain how the game loop works in Cocos2D and Objective-C? If you need me to be more specific about what I'm asking, please read on. I've got a rudimentary understanding ...
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Using idle time in turn-based (RPG) games for updating

If you take any turn based RPG game there will be large periods of time when nothing is happening because the game is looping over 'wait_for_player_input'. Naturally it seems sensible to use this time ...
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how should i develop my android game efficiently?

I have attached a image of a flow chart that i made in paint. The image shows how i want to develop my game. I want a game that runs great with smart coding that is easy to update and ad features ...