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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Balancing game difficulty against player progression

It seems that the current climate of games seems to cater to an obvious progression of player power, whether that means getting a bigger, more explosive gun in Halo, leveling up in an RPG, or ...
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3d transformation of game world keeping gameplay 2d - COCOS2D 2.0

Using: COCOS2D + iOS. I want to rotate the game world, may be loading another .tmx file for another dimensions when user want to switch dimension. the effect what I am looking for is something like ...
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How do I choose the scaling factor of a 3D game world?

I am making a 3D tank game prototype with some physics simulation, am using C++. One of the decisions I need to make is the scale of the game world in relation to reality. For example, I could ...
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2D game with 3D collision?

How do they do this bounce? Looks awfully complicated in 2D.
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Character progression through leveling, skills or items?

I'm working on a design for an RPG game, and I'm having some doubts about the skill and level system. I'm going for a more casual, explorative gaming experience and so thought about lowering the game ...
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I'm not sure why my shape is not moving

So I am trying to teach my self how to my develop games with java by cloning older games. At the moment I am cloning Pong, and I can not figure out why my paddle is not moving. The move method should ...
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Logic for selecting random rewards [closed]

I am making a RPG game and I am seeking a bit of information on how to grant players random rewards, such as game items, weapons, gold, etc... after defeating a monster, or a NPC of some kind. The ...
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How to handle a player's level and its consequent privileges?

I'm building a game similar to Mafia Wars where a player can do tasks for his gang and gain experience and thus advancing his level. The game is built using PHP and a Mysql database. In the game I ...
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Dynamically editing a movieclip at runtime

I am trying to make a flash game(actionScript-3 if it matters) to test what I learned so far. And, in the game, I want to make the character(a robot?) customizable. The first solution I found was to ...
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Creature experience gain RPG [closed]

Imagine some creatures that fight and gain experience when they win. After some experience, they level up. Im trying to define a well balanced fair model. I Designed 3 types of growing (Slow Medium ...
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Should I code game logic separately from game engine scripts

I'm developing a game in Unity3d, economic strategy. I wonder if I should code logic inside unity scripts, or write it as an external module/library? By game logic I mean game model, which describe ...
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Setting a displacement or offset between Snake segements

I have a problem in maths or I do not know. I have drawn few circles that simulates the body of a snake, the head of the snake moves and others should follow. but the is no offset or displacement ...
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How could I figure out the shortest way to turn, and whats the angle? [duplicate]

I'm creating some robots for my tank game. I want them to find each other and shoot each other down, so I'm trying to implement a way for them to turn towards each other, and turn the shortest way. ...
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Logic behind a bejeweled-like game

In a prototype I am doing, there is a minigame similar to bejeweled. Using a grid that is a 2d array (int[,]) how can I go about know when the user formed a match? I only care about horizontally and ...
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Reward volatility of League of Legends matchmaking system

According to this article in league of legends matchmaking there's an average of 50/50 chances of winning or loosing a game based on how system ranks a specific account (player skill). However this ...
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watching for changes in object state

I'd like to know what others do to watch for changes in object states while the game is running. Say you have an object and that object has a timer. The timer completes. What is the best way to know ...
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Scaling a game world both for realism and for mechanics

I am currently working on a turn-based 4X game, and one of the things I quickly ran into was a question of scaling. On one hand, I want things like realistic sizes (having some idea of what each tile ...
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Reverting the view SDL

So in my SDL application, which I setup for OpenGL, if I were to do the following code: glBegin(GL_QUADS); glVertex2i(0, 0); glVertex2i(50, 0); glVertex2i(50, 50); glVertex2i(0, 50); glEnd(); The ...
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How to synchronize actions like jump in multiplayer?

I am a newbie game developer and I have been researching about multiplayer games. I observed that there's always some latency, the players always get updates from past actions. But there are ...
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Human to Monster Morph on 2D graphics [closed]

A friend and I are writing a topdown RPG called NecroMonster. In the game when you defeat an enemy you can take its shape (basically morph into it) and we dont know how to make this look right. First ...
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libgdx: how to manage entity classes [closed]

Good day sirs, I know this is a newbie question but I really need to ask it. I've been reading a lot of sample codes on libgdx, and I have seen entities(player, enemy, boss,etc.). my question is what ...
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Text-based game based on progress, lottery, collecting and achievement dynamics [closed]

I'm playing with an idea for a game I want to develop for a text-only, turn-based environment (think instant messenger). The game will be driven by the progress, lottery, collecting and achievement ...
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Serialization of objects problem

i have a problem with serialization (saving and loading game variabiles), when i save evreything seems to be saving correctly but when i try to load it only detects first 3 objects i saved and the ...
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Should I use delta time (elapsed time between frames)?

Unfortunately I cannot recall where but I definitely read it somewhere, that the use of delta time should be avoided for some reason. Is there really a scenario where controlling animation or other ...
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Game mechanics patterns database? [closed]

Do you know http://tvtropes.org ? It's a kind of wiki/database with scenaristic tropes, patterns that you can find in tones of stories, in tv shows, games, books, etc. Each trope/pattern have a ...
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Undefined fireball movement behavior

Demonstration video I try to do after the player shoot 10 times of fireball, then delete all the fireball objects and recreate a 10 new set of fireball objects. I did it but there is a weird bug ...
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How do I make good guy attacks only hit bad guys and vice versa?

My game has many different type of good guys and many different type of bad guys. They will all be firing projectiles at each other but I don't want any accidental collateral damage to occur for ...
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How do I render terrain in a 2.5D perspective, like in the game Don't Starve?

I have experience in making 2D side scroller games such as Terraria, but now I want to challenge myself and make a game that has a 2.5D perspective. The game I am trying to mimic is Don't Starve. ...
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Making a game “resize-safe”

It's one thing to get the graphics aligned perfectly, it's another to do this for every single resolution and not take too much time and/or make the code unreadable due to size. Games like Battlefield ...
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About making damage between units

I am making my own Tower Defence game engine. I havent built one before and I don't know lot of stuff how games work. I will take Starcraft as an example. You have a marine shooting a zergling from ...
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Java game: jumping glitch on multiple collisions

I need help with checking for intersections in a game I'm creating. When a character collides with a single obstacle on the screen everything works as intended, but when multiple obstacles are added ...
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XNA GameDefaults Class Settings

Are items such as the GameDifficulty enum, game settings, and other things in the GameDefaults class used for a lot? If so, is there a way to edit them or anything of the sorts?
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Time/duration handling in strategic game

I'm considering developing a space opera game, having already done some game design. Technically, though, I'm coming from a business applications background. Hence I don't really know how I should ...
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Cocos 2D - Hold down CCMenuItem

I am using the following code to move a CCSprite left and right. -(id)init{ CCMenuItemImage * moveLeftButton = [CCMenuItemImage itemFromNormalImage:@"Move Left Button.png" selectedImage:@"Move ...
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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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How to properly handle equipment enchants

In my game, the player starts with a set of equipment and unlike many other hack-and-slash RPG's, this base set of stuff never changes - the player never acquires a new weapon or armor. The only way ...
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Path finding in games

I am writing my term paper about Path finding algorithms in games, and i've got a couple of questions, hopefully you people could help me out with those ;) So, i've done a little bit of searching ...
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Java - Best Implementation KeyListener For Games

I am working on a game using only the swing and awt packages. Note I can only use the default Java libs. Meaning I have to use KeyListener. I have imported KeyListener properly, however, it is still ...
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Replay on game like “impossible game” [duplicate]

So I am making a simple game like "the impossible game" where the character just moves forward(from a 2D prespective) and the only thing you have to do is press the screen to jump at the correct time ...
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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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Hill-jumping game mechanic like Tiny Wings

I'm a huge Tiny Wings fan and I'd like to understand the game mechanic at a deeper level. What are some good resources for the basic Box2d (or similar) physics behind the hill-jumping game mechanic? ...
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Pokémon character turning / facing: How is it achieved? Movement is already done though [closed]

You know that when the player playing Pokémon games want to change the facing of the main character, one would simply tap on the directional pad (D-pad) on the Game Boy (Color/Advanced/Advanced SP) or ...
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Steering behaviour [closed]

So I found this steering behaviour code in a book but i dont really understand the last part of the code what exactly is he doing because im unfamiliar with c++. Why would you need to ...
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Story line implementation in a game

Say I have the general engine working and the only thing missing is a story line. Let's take the Pokemon games as an example: How would I implement surfing if I don't want to check wether the next ...
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Game mechanics based on similar game [duplicate]

I want to make an iOs game that is based on an online flash game. There will be quite some differences, but the game mechanics will be extremely similar. Do I have to worry about getting sued by the ...
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Collision detection logic

Edit 2 In the following picture sprite1 (the red square) is hitting the platform from the left, so: sprite1_rightEdge>platformSprite leftEdge would be true, so I can simply reposition ...
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Pygame: circular motion with Bresenham's algorithm

I'm trying to figure out a way to move an object in a circular path. I read about Bresenham's circle algorithm, but all the codes available online draw an entire circle. For my game, I want it so ...
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Specifying 3D objects in a game [closed]

I have hands on experience in OpenGLES 2.0 , OpenGL and wish to apply the same in a 3D game development in Android. My idea is to develop a Combat game having fighter planes. I am trying to create a ...
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Follow behavior with randomization factor

I'm trying to make enemy follow player as in picture below, the code below is code for following player with steering behavior ( i'm not sure it steering works tho but it does follow player ), how ...
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Fruit Ninja Swipe

I now have nearly completed a Cut The Rope type game. I need only a swipe mechanic to cut the rope, both the logic and the visual effect. Suggestions would be most welcome. I only need a concept for ...