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Why no night sky with realistic star constellations?

As an amateur stargazer I noticed that many games which have night scenarios use textures for the night sky where the stars seem to be arranged entirely randomly. It seems like they were created by an ...
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Do complementary shadows make sense for games?

According to color theory, shadows work better if they don't use pure blacks or grays, but instead use a color that's complementary to the color of the object casting that shadow. That is, if you ...
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How can I design good continuous (seamless) tiles?

I have trouble designing tiles so that when assembled, they don't look like tiles, but look like a homogeneous thing. For example, see the image below: Even though the main part of the grass is ...
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How can I make this style of 2D “glowing” graphics?

I'm comfortable with the basics of building a 2d sprite based game in XNA, where all my objects are simply .png images that I move around. What things do I need to learn next to be able to develop a ...
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How do 2D art assets (eg. sprites) work?

I have an idea on a game and planning on developing a 2D game using XNA for Windows Phone 7. I've started off today by free hand drawing some concept art of what I want some of the characters to ...
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What makes game sound effects “good”?

I'm making a small game, and I've found some free sound effects that I'd like to use. The issue is that I can't get the sound effects to sound like they "belong" in my game. I don't know what to look ...
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Where to hire graphic designers for mobile games?

I need to find someone talented to create a series of 2D graphics a la cart for my mobile games. My graphics are just not impressive enough, but the game play is solid and fun. This is sort of a ...
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What is the name of the perspective style of games like Final Fantasy 6, Chrono Trigger or Alundra?

What is the actual term for the 'top-down' style of the Super Nintendo games such as Final Fantasy 6, Chrono Trigger, et cetera. I'm looking for the equivalent term of: 'isometric' - (Jaggered ...
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Bright colors versus duller colors

I was talking to a friend the other day and we got onto the discussion about colors in videogames, relating to actual in-game graphics/art. He told me that even though it's easy to see things when ...
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Re-create 2D side-on wave effect from Worms game

I'm trying to recreate the waves/water effect from Worms ( see here http://youtu.be/S6lrRqst9Z4?t=31s ) From what I understand its not actually a sprite, its procedurally generated by something like a ...
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How can I modify how my scene is drawn to make it look like it's taking place at different times of day?

My game has a day-time association with the scene, that the morning light will be different from the afternoon and the night. But I don't know how to make this difference. Here is an example in ...
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Issue with distinguishing levels in isometric game [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I change this isometric engine to make it so that you could distinguish between blocks that are on different planes? I'm working on an isometric game however I ...
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How can I make orange/lemon skin normal map?

What would be the easiest way to make a bump map of the dimples on a citrus fruit such as an orange or lemon in gimp/photoshop without using pictures of it? e.g:
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2answers
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Any technical references for game-oriented icons and symbols?

To make localizing easier, I'm using icons to show in-game information like achievements and bonuses. Coming up with good designs isn't easy, especially when it has to be integrated into the rest of ...
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3answers
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I need a professional icon for my Android/iPhone game: how should I proceed? [duplicate]

I need a great looking icon for my mobile game. I have a few questions regarding the process of hiring a graphic designer to do it: Which is (are) the best website to publish the Request For ...
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Tech Tree layouts for games?

I'm trying to do a tech tree GUI for my game, but i have limited width and the tree has alot of branches, the problem is if I make them small to fit the width, the tech tree is too small to read. For ...
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2answers
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How can I determine an appropriate frame count for various fighting game animations?

I am currently starting to outline a fighting game I'm doing with a friend. The biggest obstacle for me now is determining frames for every move. How can I determine how many frames should a quick ...
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Good Book or Resource for 2D Game Art [closed]

I have a very clear idea for my first Game . I have immense Experience in Coding Games in LibGDX but i am very poor at game art . So far I've been hating all the characters I've drawn . Are there any ...
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Where can I find free game assets? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find free sprites and images? I am making a 2D isometric game and I want to know where to get some free resources of buildings, avatars, cars, and ...
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Customiazable graphical weapon models [closed]

I'm new to game dev. I need 2D or 3D models of real weapons for an app I'm writing. But I'm no 2D/3D graphics genius ;) Is there any place where I can get such things? For free or commercially. Both ...
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How can I display an image larger than the screen and allow the user to scroll to see more? [closed]

I am new to development and trying to understand my options. I have found no info or threads on this idea so I was hoping some of you folks could weigh in. When developing for Android, I know that ...
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2answers
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How common is arachnophobia among gamers?

I am currently designing a spider as a monster for my game. During my research I found that there seems to be a surprisingly large amount of players who suffer from extreme arachnophobia and get panic ...
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What strategies can I use to update the visuals of my game to be more modern? [closed]

I'm making a browser strategy game. Now my problem is that I have a feeling that my design is dated. For now I have only used background colors and borders to make things look nice, but I have ...
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0answers
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Graphic Design Resource for Indie Game Dev? [duplicate]

I'm creating my first game and want to improve upon the graphic design aspects of my game. By graphic design I mean layout, font, spacing, etc.. Is there a good resource for learning graphic design ...
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App: My game is ugly. Advice on making it less ugly [closed]

Following is the main screen you see when you start the app. After touch, you get directed to the two options. You can either start from the last puzzle you solved or select from the list This ...
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Is it possible to earn money with GameMaker if your game is good enough? [closed]

I'm a graphic designer and will be graduated from school in 6 months. I would like to start developing my own game. I don't know any coding language but I'm familiar with the methods of it. When I ...