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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Correct order of operations in a platformer game loop

I've run into an issue with my Mega Man engine, and the structure of my game loop is making it very difficult to fix. With Rush Jet, or any falling platform, Mega Man needs to stay attached to the ...
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Constant game speed independent of variable FPS in OpenGL with GLUT?

I've been reading Koen Witters detailed article about different game loop solutions but I'm having some problems implementing the last one with GLUT, which is the recommended one. After reading a ...
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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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iPhone 3GS - can't ever seem to hold 60fps with CADisplayLink

So I've switched from NSTimer to CADisplayLink and I'm still seeing unexpected variation in my frame counter - it fluctuates between 59-60fps, even when I'm not rendering much. Has anyone else seen ...
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Tetris Movement - Implementation

I'm developing a Tetris clone and working on the input at the moment. When I was prototyping, movement was triggered by releasing a directional key. However, in most Tetris games I've played the ...
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A good way to build a game loop in OpenGL

I'm currently beginning to learn OpenGL at school, and I've started making a simple game the other day (on my own, not for school). I'm using freeglut, and am building it in C, so for my game loop I ...
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Game actions that take multiple frames to complete

I've never really done much game programming before, pretty straightforward question. Imagine I'm building a Tetris game, with the main loop looking something like this. for every frame handle ...
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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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“Optimal” game loop for 2D side-scroller

Is it possible to describe an "optimal" (in terms of performance) layout for a 2D side-scroller's game loop? In this context the "game loop" takes user input, updates the states of game objects and ...
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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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WinAPI window taking 50% of CPU when idle

I'm currently working on a game that creates a window using WindowsAPI. However, at the moment the process is taking up 50% of my CPU. All I am doing is creating the window and looping using the ...
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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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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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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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Designing the Update system (read very basic game engine) for an XNA game

I am trying to determine the best way to implement the "update" system or engine for a simple XNA game. Description of situation I have a few classes, lets call them Player [will be an ...
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Finite state machine in C++

So, I've read a lot about using FSMs to do game state management, things like what an FSM is, and using a stack or set of states for building one. I've gone through all that. But I'm stuck at writing ...
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How should I structure my menu / game loop?

I'm trying to decide on how to structure my main game loop - every example I've seen of the game loop looks a bit like this: while (true) { UpdateGame(); DrawGame(); } i.e. it ignores the ...
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Handling game states for Android

Currently developing a game for Android. I went through a tutorial to get sprites, loop, etc. up and running, and it all works fine. The way it is currently set up is that Main creates a canvas, the ...
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Deal with mini states in game

Hi :) I want to ask what is the best way to deal with "mini-states" in game? For example I making game like Simcity, i can build buildings, roads, rails, or I can change something in economy. 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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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 ...