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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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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How to discourage micromanagement in strategy games?

When designing a strategy game (or one in a similar genre), how do you avoid having your players focus almost entirely on micromanagement? What should be done and what avoided in gameplay mechanics?
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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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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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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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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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Lag compensation of projectile shooting game

I'm thinking about an algorithm for firing projectiles with lag compensation. Now I did find only one descent solution: Player hits fire button. Client sends input "fire". Client waits for server ...
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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 ...
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Is this feature copyright infringment? [closed]

Say there is a card game and they have a feature that allows setting join requirement when hosting a game. These are: Only people I like, No one I Dislike, Invite Only, Everyone. If I created a card ...
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How do they made Pokémon games so flawlessly balanced?

I find it hard to believe how well balanced the Pokémon games are. Not just within the games, where you'll find amazing balance from the very beginning to the very end, but, surprisingly, even when ...
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Bubble shooter search alghoritm

So I have a Matrix of NxM. At a given position (for ex. [2][5]) I have a value which represents a color. If there is nothing at that point the value is -1. What I need to do is after I add a new ...
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Building different game objects (EG Spells, Items,) for an rpg game

I believe the best way to manage item data would be to use xml? For spells would the best option be to create a class (EG Fireball) and define all of the parameters inside of that class? Like ...
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Interaction between engine parts

I want to ask a question about how the information exchange between game engine parts should be implemented. The engine is separated in four parts: logic, data, UI, graphics. In the beginning I made ...
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Moving from A(x,y) to B(x1,y1) with constant speed?

I currently have something like: float deltaX = point0.getX() - point1.getX(); float deltaY = point0.getY() - point1.getY(); And every 0.01 seconds I refresh my objects position like this: ...
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Resizing a dynamically resizable widget with a fixed aspect ratio?

I've been trying to figure this out for hours. It is a bit tricky to explain but I'll try to explain it. I'm making a game where I have a Window with 3 panels in it. The 3 panels must always be ...
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How can I determine how much I need to rotate an object to face a point?

I have an object located at (208,608) in my 480x800 screen (portrait orientation). I can touch anywhere on the screen (where y < 608) and I will get touchX and touchY. What is the angle I need to ...
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A streetfighter-style combat system [closed]

I have a small hobby side-viewed platform game that I want to improve the combat in: http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/minild-31/?action=preview&uid=10313 What technical approaches can be ...
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Move Sprite from A(x,y) to B(x1,y1);

I have a sprite with an UpdateHandler that can change it's position every 0.1 seconds. My Question is , given the Sprites current position, how can I move it to another position(like from 10,10 to ...
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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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IRC channel about game development? [closed]

I'm looking for some IRC channel to talk about game development. Anyone know some?
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How do i calc what side the ball is of the rect?

I have this nice drawing: http://bildr.no/view/1085283 I know the ball's center and the rectangle's center, but how do I know (programming C#) what side of the rectangle the ball is? By my drawing, ...
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Open source component-based game engines? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there existing FOSS component-based frameworks? What open source game engines with component-based design of game objects do you know? And which best of them? I mean ...
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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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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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What games benefit strongly from using motion controls?

A lot of games use motion controls, be it Wii, Kinect or otherwise, but for most of them, this control scheme seems forced. What are the games that benefited the most from using motion controls (as ...
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How can I know how big my game “world” should be?

here is the world map (randomly generated) for a game I'm making: The green rectangle corresponds to the size of one screen. Each pixel represents 3x3 tiles in my game, this makes the whole map be ...
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Pokemon Battle System A.I

For my newest project, a Pokemon fan-edition, I need to collect much information on the game mechanics. So I need to know a few things about the A.I. implemented in the games. For the sake if ...
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Attack Vs Defense in text based games

I'm trying to come up with a formula for the computer to determine who should win a match between an attacker and a defender, in a way that would improve how engaging the battle rules would be in a ...
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How does this animation work?

This project "Locomotion Skills for Simulated Quadrupeds" creates an animation for the dog model in the program. However if you go into the project's files the dog's skeleton is made of individual obj ...
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How to create a mathematical mechanism in order for a game to be balanced?

For example, in a game like Diablo, how did they decide how much damage each skill does? Is it the amount of clicks that the player needs to do? Or maybe the expected lifetime of a player? Maybe ...
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Silverlight player centered viewport example

I am new to game development and i want to use silverlight for it. First of all i want to learn the logic of player centered gameplay. Something like this; Player character moves in large scaled map ...
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Creating slot reels

Is there any automated way to calculate the slot machine reels icons based on the LIMITS: # of reels # of lines % that is returned to player Include free spin icon or not Include bonus game or not ...
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how to script a match 3 game without waiting for matches to finish

I have developed a full match 3 game without the ability of making another move until all cascading is finished. I was stuck trying to figure out how to do it with the ability of making moves even if ...
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Licence to use RPG systems like Pathfinder

I am sketching out my 2012 programming project, and Im planning to make a classic fantasy RPG game. The world design, plots, characters and all that I can make, but being a avid tabletop role-player, ...
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How should I actually enforce the effects of components?

I asked a question about implementing components here: Am I on the right track with this component architecture? But I had more questions I'd like to ask. What's the best way to actually enforce ...
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How to evaluate a user against optimal performance?

I have trouble coming up with a system of assigning a rating to player's performance. Well, technically there is is a trivial rating system, but I don't like it because it would mean assigning ...
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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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Is it possible to calculate or mathematically prove if a game is balanced / fair?

This question is not focussed on video games but games in general. I went to a boardgame trade fair yesterday and asked myself if there is a way to calculate the fairness of a game. Sure, some of them ...
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Beginning RTS game student project

I have experience with XNA and Unity3D. I have also built my own engine with Tao and C#. I am in last year of college and I want to make a small RTS game demo, nothing fancy I won't bother much with ...
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Is it correct to assume that behavior trees work for AI, but the player character and static entities still need state machines?

When I read discussions about state machines vs. behavior trees, it is often in favor of using one over the other. However, this seems odd to me that you wouldn't still need a state machine to manage ...
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Is there a design flaw when an entity's state doesn't fully utilize enter(), execute() and exit()?

I'm following Mat Buckland's Programming Game AI by Example, and I find that I don't always have use for enter(), execute() and exit() on an entity's state. For example, in an RPG, a weapon may have ...
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How can I spawn multiple monsters in my game?

I made a little iPhone game in which I want to make multiple monsters spawn. I have one UIImageView called enemy that spawns at beginning of the game. But I want it to spawn many more monsters until ...
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How can I spawn monsters at random locations?

I made a little 2D shooter game for my iPhone. I want monsters to spawn at random locations. But I don't have any clue where to start to make them spawn. I already made the monster image and ...
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Physics in a 2D oblique perspective game

So, just to clarify, because I'm still fuzzy on the terms for perspectives in older games myself, examples of an oblique perspective can be seen in many older RPGs (Earthbound, Final Fantasy, Secret ...
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Are there any top down view sources available for SLICK/LWJGL? [closed]

I've been working with java for a few months now with my girlfriend and we're moving along at an expected rate. I understand the concepts of OOP, we've built many pseudo code starter games from ...
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Does this constitute as copyright infringement?

Say there is a card game, and it has cards that arc out, and has certain types of memberships with certain features such as premium members being allowed to chat, or use private game rooms etc. If I, ...
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Vector fields and game engine

It exist a game developed with a vectorfield game engine? What I mean is that instead of calculating intersections, one could calculate the vector field generated for example by gravity, and for ...