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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Designing Drops system - How and where chance of drops are defined?

Just found a related topic but I have different/extended questions I was wondering how the implement the drop system. I have to start designing the DB model for this so I was wondering whether what I ...
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Android 2D game, shooting and getting animation to stop

I'm developing a game as a learning-process, and since everything I do is new to me, I have alot of problems, usually I can fix it myself but right now I'm stuck and need help. Link to a recording of ...
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Victory rewards in digital CCG

I am currently polishing a digital CCG where people can play against friend and random opponents in a classical Magic the Gathering-like duel CCG. I plan to award the players with 20 ingame currency ...
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RPG combat and gold/exp reward equations

I have a game that I'm creating, but I'm running across issues in keeping the ratios between high and low level players similar in the battle and reward equations. Obviously a higher level player ...
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Improving the monster tamer battle mechanics: 2 choices

I'm developing a new monster taming/hunting game and I wanted to make some changes to the battle mechanics. Which would you find more fun and can you offer any suggestions to improve on what I've ...
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Interpolate and collisions

Lets take the simple example of a ball bouncing off a wall. The physics is separated from the display. The physics is set to run at say 20 frames per second and the display is running faster than this ...
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Does a basic game engine prototyping tool exist, for common game types?

There are a lot of classic game engines out there (Real Time Strategy, Turn Based, etc), of which you can find countless variations. All of them have a basic starting point which involves units, ...
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How to balance damage dealt by opponents in a strategy game?

Consider the following situation: you are developing a RTS, with different races opposing each other, with different kinds of abilities (e.g. Starcraft). How should I go about in balancing the damage, ...
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What is the MTV (Minimum Translation Vector) in SAT (Seperation of axis)?

What is the MTV (Minimum Translation Vector) in SAT (Seperation of axis)? and how can i use it? Im trying to create my first game, where a ball can hit a a static brick (rectangle). Now if a ball ...
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Separation of axis theorem implementation

I have been following the this guide to implement this. My current implementation is the following: class SAT { SAT(); bool collides(Rectangle rect1, Rectangle rect2){ var axises = [ ...
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Collision detection between circle and rectangle in 2D

In a game im developing in 2D, im have one or more circles (balls) that can collide with several rectangles (bricks). Im trying to figure out a collision detection strategy, and have come up with ...
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How to do simultaneous action without it being real time?

This is really a pacing question, but there's no tag for that: The general concept is that the players are working in a team and need to be able to react to eachother's movement and observations as ...
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Simplified trajectory equation to identify Time Taken(t) by a protectile to travel Distance(d), under gravity?

I am building a game, where I have to plot a trajectory of a ball in 3D space, launched with an inital velocity Sx, Sy, Sz. [I am using OpenGL and Android-NDK] Lets assume Sz is always 0. And Sx ...
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How to get xy coordinates along a given path

Say i have two points (x,y), (0,0) and (10,10). Now i wan´t to get coordinates along the line by stepping through values of x and y. I thought i solved it with the following functions: fy = startY ...
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How do I interpolate air drag with a variable time step?

So I have a little game which works with small steps, however those steps vary in time, so for example I sometimes have 10 Steps/second and then I have 20 Steps/second. This changes automatically ...
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How do I design a game framework for fast reaction to user input?

I've played some games at cca 30 fps and some of them had low reaction time - cca 0.1sec. I hadn't knew why. Now when I'm designing my framework for crossplatform game, I know why. Probably they've ...
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Logic behind greedy Spider game?

What will be the best algorithm or logic that can be used for game like greedy spiders. As far as I can think it is based on A* algorithm ? Where the shortest path has to be a search between the ...
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Different methods of ammo resupply

I'm writing a small game at the moment. Presently, I have one or two design elements that aren't locked down yet, and I wanted to ask for input on one of these. For dramatic effect, the player's ...
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What are examples of games with “minimalist” models/art assets [closed]

When teaching game development, my student's obsess about building realistic or complex art/models/animation. And spending wayyy to much time trying to get accurate collision detection between two 3D ...
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Handling game states like Braid's timeshift or Shooter's Killcam

me as very unexperienced game developer, I wondered how I could achieve something like re-winding the time in my game or jump back to a special moment (killcam) and replay it for the user.
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Effectively implementing a game view using java

I am writing a 2d game in java. The game mechanics are similar to the Pokémon game boy advance series e.g. fire red, ruby, diamond and so on. I need a way to draw a huge map maybe 5000 by 5000 pixels ...
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Game programming course materials: What should it include?

I am tasked to create the course materials for a game programming class, and I’d like your opinion on what aspects and areas of game programming, such as game state management, game object storing or ...
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Turn-based tile game dynamic item/skill/command script files

I want to create a mechanism that could read text script, for example some kind of custom script such as ".skill" or ".item", which maybe contain some sort of simple script like .item Item.Name = ...
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Calculating an experience formula

I'm having trouble working out a formula using this experience curve to get the total exp after each level. I bet its easy and im just over thinking it. maxlvl = 10; increment = 28; baseexp = 100; ...
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How can I Implement KeyListeners/ActionListeners into the JFrame?

I'll get to the point: I have a player in my game that you control with the keyboard yet the key methods in the player class and ActionListener w/ KeyAdapter in the Board class don't seem to fire. ...
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Alternatives to a leveling system

I'm currently designing a rough prototype of a mecha fighting game. These are the basics I came up with: Multiplayer (matchmaking for up to 10 people, for now) Browser based (HTML5) 2D ...
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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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improve Collision detection memory usage (blocks with bullets)

i am making a action platform 2D game, something like Megaman. I am using XNA to make it. already made player phisics,collisions, bullets, enemies and AIs, map editor, scorolling X Y camera (about 75% ...
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Reasons to disable game save during combat (e.g. Mass Effect 2)

So I've been playing Mass Effect 2 (PC) and one of the things I've noticed is that you can only save your game when you're not engaged in combat. As soon as the first enemy shows up on your radar, ...
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Pathfinding using nodes/waypoints without connecting them?

I've been doing some research on pathfinding lately because I want to code a game modification for a game (won't say which exactly) and what I've done is defined a huge list of 3D vectors where a ...
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Time reverse mechanism in games

I am wondering about how time manipulation mechanisms in games are typically designed. I am particularly interested in time reversing (sort of like in the latest SSX or Prince of Persia). The game ...
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Specific Physics Lessons and Reference for Game Development

What "Physics stuffs" should I learn in game developments? I'm reading about Verlet Integration, and I'm wondering what other lesson should I learn and if there are available resources can you please ...
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Feasible 4D first person gameplay [closed]

I put together a quick demo of a 4d first person environment last night in XNA. It uses 3d cross-sectioning instead of projection. (Use A and O to move in and out from 0 to 1 in the W axis.) In my ...
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Designing AI in a 1 on 1 battle similar to Pokemon

I am designing a game where the battle system is similar to Pokemon. That is, a 1 on 1 battle with only a few (4-6) moves to choose from. As the game is taking shape, I'm starting to think about some ...
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Designing 1 on 1 battle: improving on Pokemon's model [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Designing AI in a 1 on 1 battle similar to Pokemon I am developing an android game that uses a similar battle style to Pokemon. Essentially you are going 1 on 1 against ...
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In-Game Tutorial Decisions

I'm working on a game with confusing mechanics such as energy storage and the coolant temperature. What is the best way to get a new player learned quickly? What are the pros and cons of different ...
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Word list for use in commercial game

I need a word list to use in a commercial game (even though the game will be free to download) Something like this http://www.puzzlers.org/pub/wordlists/ospd.txt Would be perfect (needs to be ...
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How to accurately score moving averages (indepenent of sampling window)

I'm developing a puzzle game, and coming up with a little trouble how to accurately create the 'score' for a particular player's solution. In this game a player creates a machine which generates ...
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Bubble shooter falling algorithm

To complete this question about the same color search algorithm, I would like to know if someone knows which is the best implementation for making other bubbles fall when they are no longer attached. ...
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How do I implement a racing clock that shows elapsed time?

I'm wanting to make a old school timer like the picture below. How would I go about doing this in VD? I have tried it doing it with code bellow. The problem with this is that it starts with just ...
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What's an appropriate difficulty scale for weapon efficacy vs difficulty to obtain?

I'm writing up a design document for a voxel based adventure game, similar to minecraft, but fixing a lot of fundamentally broken game mechanics, or at least updating those mechanics to be more suited ...
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Games with rubbing/scratching as interaction?

I'm brainstorming a game aimed for touchscreen. Its primary interaction involves a lot of rubbing and scratching with the finger to the on screen objects, sort of like Fruit Ninja, but a bit more work ...
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Adding cards to a vector for computer card game

I am writing a Card game that has a deck size of 30 cards, where each card has to be a unique object, stored in a vector. Right now, my plan is to add them to a vector one at a time, with four ...
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How to make a scrolling background

I'm making a Shooter game like "1943" and "Jamestown". I am Using Visual Basic 2010. I was wondering how I would make the background scroll up to simulate moving forward. I would also like it to ...
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How to add a sound that an enemy AI can hear?

Given: a 2D top down game Tiles are stored just in a 2D array Every tile has a property - dampen (so bricks might be -50db, air might be -1) From this I want to add it so a sound is generated at ...
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Bomberman clone, how to do bombs?

I'm playing around with a bomberman clone to learn game-developement. So far I've done tiles, movement, collision detection, and item pickup. I also have pseudo bombplacing (just graphics and ...
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Open trading card game rulesets?

Got pitched a project where we need to make a trading card game to promote a clients project. I don't have any brilliant ideas for rules, but was pondering if any "open-source" rulesets existed, or if ...
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need to create formulas for stat, level progression etc. What tools will help the not-mathematically-literate?

I want to create some of the fundamental guideline formulas for a game I am working on. I am following on from sirlin's advice in that I am starting with some assumptions and working back from there. ...
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Intellectual rights to game concepts

For a client I might be making a small puzzle game about getting a item out of a puzzle. The concept will strongly resemble this game : ...
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Are there games already including detailed psychological/social modeling?

I have this project that have been running in my head for some time, and was surprised to realized I have never seen it in an existing video game. So I thought I might be wrong. Most of current video ...