A set of rules that govern an in-game experience. Game design is an effort to come up with game mechanics that allow for players to have a fun and engaging experience.

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Algorithm for optimal control on space ship using accelerometer input data

Does someone have a good algorithm for controlling a space ship in a vertical shooter game using acceleration data? I have done a simple algorithm, but works very badly. I save an initial ...
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Implement an action “while” touching event

I'm making a game using Xcode for iOS. This is a segment of code I have that makes the sprite jump up when the screen is tapped: //tap/touch to jump (& play sound) -(void)touchesBegan:(NSSet ...
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What's the optimal balance of story and combat in a game? [closed]

A good movie must balance the action and storytelling so that it keeps the pace without boring the audience with too much story. Now the questions is how should the action and story be balanced in a ...
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Logic level representation that distinguishes “<<under>> and <<above>> the bridge”

I have an logic level/map representation for a 3D game that uses vector<Area> where: class Area{ vector<Point2D> bounding; //determines the shape of the Area, its borders ...
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Collision detection algorithms with images (2-Dimensions)

Lately, I have been researching different Collision methods, how to deal with multiple collisions and different types of bounding shapes, circles, rectangles, polygons and ellipsoids. Some common ...
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Collision detection Libgdx

I'm trying to implement Collision detection using Rectangles for my game but can't seem to get it to work. Bullets are updated when pressing space every frame so they move across the screen. ...
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Stat Multipliers: from Base Value or Iterative

I'm aware similar questions have been asked before but this time I'm asking about a specific issue with the maths of stat modifiers. I have a stat system that applies a list of modifiers to a stat, ...
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Game Development Books [duplicate]

I am looking to expand my C# knowledge and am looking into a fun, long term project to help expand my knowledge. I've been studying programming for about a year, but I would still consider myself a ...
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Slots Machine Matching feature

I'm designing a slot machine. I need to find the number of combinations that two matching icons will appear side-by-side in a 3X5 window (3 rows, 5 reels (columns)) A match gives the user some ...
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2D character controller in unity (trying to get old-school platformers back)

This days I'm trying to create a 2D character controller with unity (using phisics). I'm fairly new to physic engines and it is really hard to get the control feel I'm looking for. I would be really ...
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Dynamic Crafting Systems [closed]

I have been toying with the idea of having a game that is based purely around crafting. That on its own is not much of a big deal. The way the crafting would work is the problem. The idea I have is ...
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Recommended list of games to develop at the beginning? [duplicate]

I am looking for simple games that I should develop to learn the basics of how different game mechanics work. I have read in many places that it is good to make Pong. Is there a recommended list of ...
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Using L-Systems to procedurally generate cities

I'm currently making an app that focuses a lot on procedurally generated content. So far, I've successfully implemented the procedural generation of the terrain and shape of a map using simplex noise. ...
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Add a Countdown Timer that increments in JavaScript and resets per level(Resovled)

I am currently developing a Simon says type game using jquery and javascript. I have linked a fully copy of the game on github Github download and unzip to see the game fully ...
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What are the common techniques to translate game ideas into game mechanics? [closed]

I would like to know of methods, ideas, etc... that game designers use to dissect a game idea and convert it into FUN game mechanics and integrate in a game. This necessity comes from my own and ...
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Random Placement of Objects on a Tilemap

I have read many topics on random world generation on this site and others, and I roughly understand most of it. What I can't see is how to randomly place objects on the generated tile map I get. Say ...
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Designing a weather system for biomes in a roguelike

I'm making a roguelike game similar to dwarf fortress. So far, I have an average temperature map and average yearly precipitation map generated with simplex noise. Now, I'm trying to implement a ...
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Tower Defence game scoring system

I am in the process of developing my first game on android mobile platform, it’s a tower defence game and I am currently busy designing the scoring system. At the end of the stage when the user has ...
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How do I maintain game balance while promoting interaction between dead and alive players? [closed]

How do you motivate players to be content with randomly selected roles that are often complex to play and differ drastically in playstyle (AND to stick around till the end of game)? Some background: ...
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How do you determine the amount of moves/turns/lives that should be given to a player?

Let's take Candy Crush for example. The player is given 50 turns to complete a certain level. How is such number determined? Are there educated ways to reach such numbers? I also presume that these ...
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Displaying range around a unit [duplicate]

I'm looking to highlight a set of square tiles around a unit to signify its movable range. The concept should be quite familiar to those who have experienced the Fire Emblem series of game. I have ...
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Originating direction of shots in an FPS problem

Recently I have been asked on the interview about a maybe simple task to solve a problem. We have a player, that looks in some direction, and a shooter, who already is shooting the player. I must ...
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Letting the user draw a Polygon Body and Image

In my game, I want to provide the user with a drawing feature. By free hand drawing, the user creates a polygon shape. Then, in my game implementation, I have to create a body for the found vertices ...
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Map scrolling around the world

I am developing an TBS (turn based strategy) game. I have created a simple canvas renderer to render hexagonial map. I already implemented scrolling on the map. My current problem is that I want to ...
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Elevation model for hexagonal game grids

TL;DR: Where should elevation be anchored on a civ-style hexagonal grid? Center, side or vertex? (Or more complex?) Question proper: Consider for a moment a classic game we all know and love ...
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How to handle network game [closed]

I'm currently building my own game using LIBGdx in JAVA but i'm facing some trouble. My game is base like this : A player have a position and some other parameters that are float, int types. He also ...
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Ways to improve player retention

I've recently released my first free to play game on Android and I've spent a few £ on advertising to try and get players involved and see what happens. Below are my retention stats courtesy of ...
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LibGdx Triangle Collision

I'm back with another question. I'm trying to get a collision between an actor and a sprite. With the actor, which only moves upwards and downwards, I've got no problem since it's shape is a ...
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How To Approach 360 Degree Snake

I've recently gotten into XNA and must say I love it. As sort of a hello world game I decided to create the classic game "Snake". The 90 degree version was very simple and easy to implement. But as I ...
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How relevant is the ability to move/rotate buildings post construction in city builders? [closed]

I am playing with the concept of a city builder and I have seen many around, but I am still fresh in the area of game design. I have seen city builders where, once you build a building, you have to ...
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Get stick analogue XY position using Jinput in lwjgl

I want to capture the movement of the analogue stick of the gamePad. is there any equivalent function to this? public void mouseMoved(MouseEvent mouseEvent) { mouseEvent.getX(); //return the X ...
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How to increase the acceleration of an object on the Y axis? [duplicate]

So far I am able to make the character fall at a constant rate but I am unsure how to make the character accelerate while falling. When the character is falling I have a line of code as such: ...
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How to limit players to low-level content before they advance, if they can't die

I am making a game with the basic RPG elements: levels, xp, items, currency, stats, spells and monsters. The only different thing is that the player doesn't have hitpoints, you can't die. It's a ...
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making a monster encounter method

I'm currently making my own little 2d text based game and I've got a 11 / 11 grid where a monster spawns in the middle and when i stand on it's position and it brings me to another 11/11 grid where i ...
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“The Game Object” - and component-based design

I've been working on some hobby projects the last 3-4 years. Just simple 2d and 3d games. But lately I have started a bigger project. Soo in the last couple of months I've been trying to design a game ...
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Multiplayer FPS Gameplay: How to encourage players to dispense ammo?

In the Battlefield: Hardline beta, players can now obtain health and ammo directly from other players, without having to ask for it via the command rose. Here's two examples of how asking for health ...
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What is the appropriate way to implement wobble/balance mechanics in Unity 3D?

We are trying to implement a minigame where the player character sits on a bouncing ball, and needs to a) hit forward to move forward and b) hit left/right to adjust against the the ball's natural ...
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Resources for designing (not programming) 2D platformer mechanics [closed]

I've been making a 2D platformer in Unity and it's been going great. I have the fundamentals down (and as an experienced programmer, I know how to get the results I want; this is not a programming ...
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Defensive statistic mechanics

There are many systems where attack statistics are opposed by defense statistics: Strict: HP -= (damage - defense) Threshold: HP -= (damage>defense? damage : 0) Reciprocal: HP -= (damage / defense) ...
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Are there many games involving the manipulation of water?

I'm in the very, very early brainstorming stages of a game which centers around the manipulation of water and the terrain around it. (i.e., changing the water's state between solid, liquid, gas; ...
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Mathematics of difficulty acceleration in endless runners

I'm currently working on an endless runner and was wondering about the growth of difficulty in the game. Is the acceleration of difficulty highly specific to games or are there standard growth ...
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How should I plan RPG battle mechanics?

I'm working on two RPG battle mechanic ideas. I haven't chosen a game engine yet. Before starting to write code, how should I plan their details? Should I draw and write on paper? Should I write a ...
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How to Simulate Height in a Tiled Top-Down Game

How can I simulate height in a top-down tiled 2D game? One way I thought was to make tiles which are supposed to be higher brighter, but I was wondering if there was a standard or better ...
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What are the reasons for MMOs to have level caps?

In many MMOs players character progression is artificially capped, e.g. by level 60 or 90 or 100 or whatever. Why do MMOs have these level caps in the first place? Why not just allow characters to ...
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How can I encourage players to “talk to” to each other in team-based games?

With the goal of attracting a certain kind (highly sociable, that is) of players, I have wondered what game mechanics require, or at least encourage, players to verbally (I'm assuming an advanced text ...
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Successful Elements to a 4X Game

4X games (That is, Xpand, Xplore, Xploit and Xterminate) like Civilization, Sins of a Solar Empire, and other top Strategy games, all seem to have the same addictive hook. I'd like to know what ...
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Can a behavior tree represent the same logic as a finite state machine?

So I was just learning about Behaviour trees and I thought they're really cool. So I decided to use them in my games. But what I don't quite understand is: Short: Can everything done in an FSM, be ...
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Can these game be fully coded in html5/javascript? [closed]

I mean the mechanics of the game. Would it be possible? -Pokemon GBA series, rendering the world would be easy, but what about battle mechanics? -MapleStory, after seen dragonbound.net which is an ...
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Are there any good html 5 mmo design tutorials? [closed]

Hey all. I got a rather inspired after playing gaia online's zOMG and wanted to revive an old project idea I've had laying around for a few years now. I'm looking to work with html5 (ie canvas, svg ...
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How to manipulate 2d image as different objects

Hello Im very new to this so I don't even know what this process is called exactly. Im posting image of flappy bird here in which it consist all the objects day, night, birds, font etc Here : So how ...