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0answers
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Can the Shuriken particle system create particles with random shapes and sizes?

I want to create differently sized (but small, relative to the characters) dust clouds for player movement that move away from the player and fade away by shrinking. This animated GIF from Samurai ...
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1answer
453 views

How to implement fake 3D like distortion effects for a 2D side scrolling game?

I'm not certain of the proper terms to search on or even where to begin though I imagine it is some sort of post processing effect. I've seen games like I Wanna Be The Boshy and You Have To Win the ...
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0answers
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How to make good looking bullets with a trail for top-down shooter?

So I am making a TD shooter and was wondering how to make fancy bullets. Right now I have a giant sprite of a bullet trail that is the bullet as well but it doesn't look that good. I am using libgdx ...
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1answer
200 views

How do I make the screen shake when the player takes damage?

I am making a 2D game and I'd like a visual cue when the player gets hurt. Currently, I have a simple blinking red dot that shows up for 2 seconds after damage, but it's not very immersive. Many ...
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467 views

How do display a “mucus spreading” effect in a 2D environment?

Here is an example of such a mucus spreading. The substance is spread around the source (in this example, the source would be the main alien building). The game is starcraft, the purple substance ...
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1answer
238 views

Absorbtion 2d image effect

I want to create a specyfic 2d image effect. It consists in modifying a sprite so it looks like it is being zoomed to a point or "absorbed" by that point. I'm not really sure what is the technical ...
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1answer
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Computer generated 2d graphics for games - how to get started

I've seen a lot of nice 2d games recently, like Geometry wars that have really nice computer generated graphics. I would like to know how is it done so game looks really nice even if it is composed ...
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Examples of faking 3D

Does anyone know of any good examples of 3D being faked in 2D (not necessarily code, but games I could look up)? The player has the perspective that they are going 'into' the screen and things are ...
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3answers
703 views

Programmatically Modifying Images to Create Morning, Sunrise/Sunset and Night-Time Modes

I'm using RPG-Maker-XP-like sprites (any 2D adventure/RPG style sprites). I would like to tint them so that they look different at different times of day. Times of the day are the set of: Daytime ...
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2answers
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Creating an electricity/lighting/tesla coil effect in a 2D XNA game?

I'd like to create beams of electricity between two points very similar to this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMJ8-56L3Lc. The effect is so dynamic, with varying lengths and pseudo-random ...
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How is 2D lighting implemented?

I am wondering what the best way to approach a "lighting" effect in 2D games is. For instance, if my main character is glowing, what techniques can I use to complete the visual effect of the character ...