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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Recursive dungeon maps as represented by an elastic 2d array

I came up with a method for recursively generating simple dungeon maps by starting with one room and recursively connecting new adjacent rooms randomly to it. Maps are represented as two dimensional ...
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How to implement zombie AI?

We need to make a zombie videogame for a semester project and I was wondering about what are considered nice algorithms/techniques for implementing zombie AI that don't take too long to implement. ...
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Where is a good place to learn how to develop games? [closed]

I'm brazilian and I want to learn how to develop a game in some college or something like that, but I don't know any place here to learn it. Here is not that good either to develop games, as we don't ...
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Where can I find a list of gameplays?

Long ago I found a website with a huge list of different gameplays; around 250 or so. I wanted to go back but right now I cannot find it (I've already spent some time on Google, believe me). The site ...
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Counting point for a recursive domino-like game: Carcassone

I have to build a 2D version of this game: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carcassonne_(board_game) counting scores for Towns and Roads seems easy enough (but I'm not sure), but for Lands I feel I ...
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Best strategy (tried and tested) for using Box2D in a real-time multiplayer game?

I am currently tackling real-time multiplayer physics updates for a game engine I am writing. My question is how best to use Box2D for networked physics. If I run the simulation on the server, should ...
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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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Is there an approach in creating an AI Framework?

I am creating a board game using Actionscript 3.0. I've finished it to the point of the game playable with (computer players making random decision). I'm now working to create an AI framework/module ( ...
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Developing interesting game mechanics when not an avid gamer

I've realized that though I like playing videogames, I find it much more entertaining to actually make them. This makes me wonder, if I'm planning to develop an [X]* game, do I need to be an avid [X] ...
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Can't figure get the conversion from cartesian to spherical(“polar”) correctly for my orbiting camera

The two angles from the polar coordinate system are defined as hRotation and vRotation This is how they are converted from polar to cartesian: // Get the distance between the object and the ...
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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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Is there a leveling guide somewhere?

I am designing a simple game and am looking for some help designing different level/ranks. For instance, starting from "Novice" to "Intermediate" to "Master". Is there are repository somewhere that ...
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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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Designing rules to fight smallpox in Civ-style TBS games

TL;DR: How do you design a ruleset for a Civ-style TBS game that prevents city smallpox from being a profitable or viable strategy? Long version: Civ-style games are pretty great. Bringing a ...
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Mental Image of the engine behind an RTS like SimCity/Settlers, what is it?

Disclaimer: I'm first a programmer and then an RTS gamer. This means I'm a complete and utter newb in terms of patterns, best practices and glossary of technical terms on the game dev world. Since I ...
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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 does pathfinding in RTS games work?

[crossposted from stackoverflow] In a game such as Warcraft 3 or Age of Empires, the ways that an AI opponent can move about the map seem almost limitless. The maps are huge and the position of other ...
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Game Programming [closed]

Are there any major/fundamental concepts that one should know about game programming versus control driven programming? Game Programming is event based? with a timer? An outer-infinite loop? I come ...
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Where can I find “magic numbers” for classic game play mechanics? [closed]

I'd like to find some "magic numbers" for the classic helicopter game. For example the numbers that determine how fast the helicopter accelerates up and down. Also perhaps the "randomness" of the ...
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Persistent Browser Based Game: To Captcha or not to Captcha?

I've been working (off-and-on) on a pbbg that's pretty old school. If you've ever played Carnage Blender then you get the idea. If not, it's a simple idea that's been done a lot: A player is ...
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A good place to learn about Game Programming with Mathematical Vectors?

I am looking for a place in the web where I can turn my current game development process into a vector based approach. I am sorry If this question has been asked once. According to my google search ...
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Level Implementation

I recently started to create a sidescroller game, for learning purposes. While creating several levels for it, i stumbled upon the question, how to implement these levels into my game. I made (and i ...
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Good examples of 'transferable game logic' across genres?

Do any of you have any good examples from two or more games that share some of the same game logic, but are of entirely different genres? Could very well be one of your own games. Take Warcraft 3 and ...
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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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A list of game mechanics

I'm trying to compile a list of game mechanics, by which I mean high-level/meta game mechanics like Cooperation, Resource Management, Chance and Time Manipulation rather than low level mechanics like ...