Refers to a method of interacting with the game. This can be: mouse, keyboard, voice, motion.

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What algorithm is used to select a voxel (from a player's perspective)?

In first-person voxel games (like Minecraft, shown below) you can select voxels by going over them. What kind of algorithm is used to select a voxel? I haven't implemented it in my voxel ...
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Should input be per-frame or per-update?

I'm implementing a GUI system to look around a 2D tile-based world. At the moment, I'm updating it every time the mouse moves (which happens to be per frame, since that's when it polls for events). ...
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What are diegetic, non-diegetic, spatial and meta user interfaces?

Could anyone please explain to me the differences between "diegetic," "non-diegetic," "spatial," and "meta" user interfaces in terms of how they are represented in games and game development?
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I cant get my interface to work

This is my first time using interfaces so I imagine I'm doing something dumb. I have an interface called ILoadable inside ILoadable.cs; using UnityEngine; using System.Collections; public interface ...
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Have several classes with a common interface, but still able to access MonoBehaviour methods through that interface?

In our project we used to have a PlayerObject class and then Unit and Building derived from that class. We recently started taking a look at Bolt, which requires classes that define objects that may ...
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SDL2_ttf gradient

I want to render some text using a gradient instead of a solid color, but I can't figure out how to. I first load a gradient like this: SDL_Surface* gradient = IMG_Load("blue-cian.png"); then I ...
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Scaling an SDL Surface

I want to create a button for a game's UI. The background uses a gradient and then I blit a surface on top of the gradient and use SDL_SetColorKey to delete the unwanted pixels. The surfaces are not ...
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libgdx ScissorStack problem

Im making a user interface using libgdx I created a Window class & a Textfield class, that both use clipping. I use the ScissorStack class of libgdx for clipping. The Textfield is drawn inside ...
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Zbrush: how do you lock the camera down?

I'm trying to sculpt a tileable mesh on a flatplane and I keep inadvertently moving the camera when I go off canvas. Is there a way to lock the camera in place?
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Why do games ask for screen resolution instead of automatically fitting the window size?

It seems to me that it would be more logical, reusable and user-friendly to implement flexible, responsive UI layout over a 3d or 2d screen, which can then be run on any screen resolution. Some ...
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Render two images to an SDL_window

I want to create a menu for an SDL game, so I load an Image to an SDL_Window as the background, then I try to load the next image which will be a button but it doesn't display the button to the ...
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Background color gradient with SDL

I want to create a menu for a game using a color gradient as the background. Is there a way to create a gradient background instead of using an image for it (since I don't know what size the window ...
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Should I use inheritance or interfaces for an inventory system? [closed]

I'm about to start programmin an inventory, harvest and loot system. I will need enemies that drop items, harvestable environmentals that yield resources and an inventory system that takes items and ...
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Mouse Cursor Scaleform 4 / AS3

I just solved my issue in my object (on the stage) I forgot to name the element I'm trying to make workin a custom mouse cursor on my Scaleform menu. I have follow some tutorials but nothing ...
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C# XNA4 2D Collision Detection

I am working on a 2D engine in Xna and am running in a bit of trouble with Collision implementation. What I want to do is have an interface ICollidable that I can add to GameObjects that are ...
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Saving an interface instance into a Bundle

All I've have an interface that allows me to switch between different scenes in my Android game. When the home key is pressed, I am saving all of my states (score, sprite positions etc) into a ...
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Ignore specific key press in textbox

there is a text box on GUI in my application created using Unity3D. in the textbox user can input only the keys of "A-Z", "0-9" , "enter key" , "." and "," other key press should be ignored (not ...
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Problem with Widget Event Reporting in Libgdx

So I'm trying to test an ImageButton on an Android device. I can get the button to appear on the screen, but when I press it nothing happens or appears on the log. Here is what I have in the Show() ...
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Removing the titlebar while using slick2d?

I recently started using slick2D in my gaming programs and a problem I have is not having the ability to remove the border/titlebar. I usually do this to create my own cutom look/ interface but if I ...
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Is this an appropriate use of abstraction in my game engine?

I have been stuck in the design phase on my new game for a few weeks now because I keep finding new parts of the game engine that I could make more modular and neat. I did, however, run into a ...
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Is there a collection of images (GUI - interface) program or web page available for programmers / developers games? [closed]

I would like to add a GUI in my basic XNA games. Before starting work on "Photoshop" or "Illustrator". I wanted to ask you the following question: Do you know of a website or other resource program ...
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Does somebody know of a testcase(s) of libRocket [closed]

Today I implemented the interfaces for libRocket in my engine using OpenGL 3.3. I got a standard RML file and some fonts and images which where needed in this RML file. It seems that the page/RML I'm ...
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Game Engine Collision Handler

I'm making a collision handler for a Java game engine. I made an interface called Collidable. I have a method called onCollision which takes the parameter of my Engine Game Object. public void ...
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Hide individual regions on a territory map

I have a map of adjacent irregularly-shaped territories. It happens to be a county map, but that's not important. In the game, the player only sees a few to start, and as he progresses to new ...
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Best way to design a negotiation deal?

I'm currently coding a heavily text-based RPG game which requires you to do deals with characters or suppliers in the game, sometimes the deals are good/bad. Currently the way I'm doing it is that, ...
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Console-type interface in game

I am currently programming a very simple 2d game in C# with XNA. I was wondering how to implement a console-type interface in a game or graphical software like there is in Skyrim or Counter-strike or ...
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Separating logic and data in browser game

I've been thinking this over for days and I'm still not sure what to do. I'm trying to refactor a combat system in PHP (...sorry.) Here's what exists so far: There are two (so far) types of entities ...
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Creating a good looking interface for a Java CCG?

I would like to create a Java collectible card game. I have the logic down pat, but I am having some trouble with the interface. I would like to make it look nice. Rather than using the standard java ...
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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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Converting designs from photoshop/flash/after effects into code [closed]

I work as part of a two person team, I am the developer and my partner is the designer. We are currently having great difficulty working out the best way to convert his work into the actual app. We ...
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When should one use the Abstract, Implements, or extends keywords? [closed]

I'm just now moving from a beginner to intermediate level android programmer in the java language. i can successfully write a game framework of classes that work together to accomplish a task beyond ...
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Looking for a simple web interface with subversion support and ticket /issue tracker [closed]

I am working on a small project and we have a few programmers on the job. We are using subversion to commit updates and keep all developers up to date on their workstations. However, we have yet to ...
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Implementing IVertexType Interface

In XNA, I have created a new VertexType, called it VertexPositionTextureLight which inherts the IVertexType Interface, but apparently I need to implement the member of VertexDeclartion which I cleary ...
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Kinect: interaction pattern [closed]

I'm on kinect coding with OpenNI, and i'm really enthusiastic of this new device! I'm looking for some interaction pattern, like how to control movement of an actor in a 3d space. anyone have some ...
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What happens when I implement IUpdateable or IDrawable in XNA?

I've been fooling around with XNA today, attempting to develop a pure-component model game engine. I've been working on a GraphicsSubsystem class, and realized that it will need both an Update method ...
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Does there exist a library of animations for easing, skewing, bouncing, and squishing?

I'm specifically referring to the types of animations that are typical in 2D hand held games on the Nintendo platform, where menus slide in, bounce, squish, etc. I'm looking for something that is ...
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How to: create a 3rd person view, multiple layer 3d world

Imagine a game world like in Dungeon Keeper or Sim City with an (possibly rotatable) 3rd person view, where the game world can be accessed in all dimensions (in discrete steps). For example digging ...
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UI: Main Menu options for mobile games. What options should be listed? What do users want to see?

When a user arrives at your main menu on your mobile touch phone game. What do you want them to see? What do they need to see? Start, About, Load, Leaderboards, and Settings are just a few of the ...
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Using HTML for interface? [closed]

The game I've been working on uses opengl/sfml for graphics. I'm currently working on the interface and I've found determining all the proper offsets/positioning etc. to be a pain. To make it ...
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Common game controls/ User interface libraries or source code? [closed]

Sorry for the ackward title, but i don't know what to call it exactly. I'm looking for code or libraries that allow easy creation of commonly used user input devices, and code/libs that make gaming ...
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What is the purpose of a “press start” screen?

A lot of games start with their intros and vendor videos, and then show a "Press Start" screen before the actual main menu. I never quite figures out the purpose of this. Why not go to the main menu ...
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Manager game questions

(Sorry about the bad title, it's the best I could come up with) I've been planning a gladiator manager game for a while now. Something similar to Blood Bowl (or Football Manager, only with fighting ...
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How do you determine which object/surface the user's pointing at with lwjgl?

Title pretty much says it all. I'm working on a simple 'lets get used to lwjgl' project involving manipulation of a rubik's cube, and I can't figure out how to tell which side/square the user's ...
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Designing for multiple screen resolutions and aspect ratios, target one resolution then scale to meet others or use normalized values?

I feel like what I'm currently doing is stupid but would just like reaffirmation it is. Basically I'm writing games which target a certain screen resolution (800x480), so all positions, widths and ...
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Resources on expected behaviour when manipulating 3D objects with the mouse

In my animation editor, I have a 3D gizmo that sits on the origin of a bone; the user drags the mesh around to rotate the bone. I've found that translating the 2D movements of the mouse into sensible ...
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Graphical Interface Design

I have the following problem: Although I know some of color theory, and the interface design ideals (about how it must be usable, and etc...), my interfaces are REALLY ugly. fugly, eye bleed material, ...
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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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What is the name for the little numbers that appear over characters' heads when they lose health?

...you know the ones. Something like "value overlays" or "value pop-ups" describes them quite well, but I was thinking they might have a real name?
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Can a standalone WPF application create an interface that looks like a Flash interface?

It seems like WPF was created as the application answer to Adobe's Flash. Silverlight is used for creating web pages. But, can that same functionality be pulled into a standalone WPF application. ...
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Ergonomics studies on choosing keys on a keyboard?

I have the following problem: My game supports multiple powers, that you can use when you want, or even mix them, I currently assigned them to the numbers on the top of the keyboard. After so much ...