Library is a collection of functions and/or classes which usually simplifies usage of an API, framework or a more complex and/or low-level library. If possible use a more specific library tag if possible.

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What C# libraries can be used to support game development? [closed]

As games are based on many different subsystems things like graphics (DirectX, OpenGL, ...), sound (OpenAL, Ogg Vorbis, ...) or physics (collisions, ...), what libraries do you know that are useful ...
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Easy to use cross-platform 3D engines for C++ game development? [closed]

I want to try my hand at writing a 3D game. However I don't want to start at such a low level of drawing individual triangles and writing my own 3D object loader and so on. I've heard of things like ...
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What scripting language would you recommend for a C++ game project? [closed]

By scripting here I mean not just putting config data in a script, but scripting parts of the project like some class methods, test specific game loop, etc. This would be not just to accelerate ...
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Where do I begin if I want to write a C++ 2d game? [closed]

Clarification: I'm not asking for the best place to start. I'm just asking for a place to start. I am a C# web developer and I want to expand my skillset and have some fun while doing it. I know some ...
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Is there an XNA-like library for Java?

I'm curious to know if there is an XNA-like library for Java; that is, a library that Handles the game loop - i.e. you just implement an existing method, and it will get called every frame. Handles ...
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Developing for iOS on Linux

I am looking for an engine or library to develop a game for iOS on Linux. High level, low level, GUI, no GUI, does not matter too much. I am really looking for anything. I'm not actually talking ...
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Using Editline for an in-game console

I'd like to add an in-game console to a C++ game that I am creating. Although rendering the console and parsing the commands I'm fine with, the text input and editing aspect (e.g. handling left / ...
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Video playback in Unity

I'm not satisfied with the quality of video playback in Unity (Movie texture which I run after converting video with Miro converter and importing it to Unity),... so, is there any chance that there is ...
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Game Engine framework or library [closed]

I'm on the planning stages for an internal game engine I am about to start creating, which will be used for all my games going forward. But I'm struggling a bit with how it should be built. The ...
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What to consider when evaluating libraries/engines for making a game?

I'm going to make a game, but I've noticed that there are a lot of game engines/libraries/frameworks available out there, and I'm having a little trouble deciding which one I want to use. I'm already ...
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What is the necessary know-how to write an animation library ( IK & FK ) ? - in C++

I can't find any good library for animation, the ones that i found are just really old and discontinued, but i have noticed that this library are relatively small, so I'm thinking about coding one on ...
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Is gameswf usable? [closed]

The project page indicates that it's pre-alpha code, and suggests the actionscript support is weak. Flash UIs are nice, so I was wondering if anyone has experience getting gameswf to the point where ...
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SIMD C++ library

I've use Visual Studio with the DirectX XNA math library. Now, I use the GNU compiler collection. Can anyone advise a SIMD math library with a good documentation?
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“Model Driven” Game Prototyping

Are there any known libs / frameworks / systems allowing to prototype a game based on a defined "model" of the game mechanics? Think all those match 3 games, i'm looking for "something" allowing to ...
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Are there any dedicated rules/scoring libraries/frameworks/engines? [closed]

Note that this is not about graphics/physics/2D/3D/etc.! Rather I'd like to know whether there are dedicated solutions available for implementing custom rules/scoring on top of an existing framework, ...
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Which c/c++ model animation library for OpenGL [closed]

I'm fairly new to game development, played around with xna before and just learning OpenGL & c now and I'm interested to know which c/c++ based model animation libraries are out there and which ...
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Character Animation Library

I am looking for character animation library which can be included in my game engine. I prefer FOSS but, paid is good if it's price is reasonable. So, far what Ive found is Cal3d.But it looks dead. ...
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Need 3D RPG development library/framework recommendations [closed]

I’m currently planning to develop an RPG. It will be a project I do in my free time. No pres-sure behind it. I’ll probably be doing it together with a friend and it’s just supposed to be a fun ...
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How do C# and JavaScript differ in Unity development? [closed]

Other than the obvious language differences, how do JavaScript and C# differ when developing games in Unity3D? Is there a noticable performance difference? Is the JS code packaged as-is? If yes, ...
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Is there a sound library for C to generate sound samples from code? [closed]

I'm working on an engine for a retro-style game in C. I'm looking for a sound library that would produce chip sounds from code...I want to make my own simple chiptune tracker for the engine to create ...
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Are there any good UI widget toolkits for Pygame? [closed]

Are there any good, modern widget toolkits for Pygame? I've looked at PGU, but it's apparently unmaintained.
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Abstracting multiple math libraries with C++

I would like to create some level of abstraction above math in my code. I mean I don't want to be dependant on the implementation of math operations or even on class names, which are provided by some ...
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Which network engine/library/system to use in a .NET turn-based game?

I'm developing an abstract strategy turn-based game in C#. Being so, high network load is not expected. The players don't even have to be connected all the time. The host could wait for the current ...
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Are there existing software frameworks for traditional “Roll dice and move pawn” boardgames?

I am looking for a library or framework for creating software versions Roll and Move board games -- games where the basic play centers around players rolling a dice and advancing a pawn along a path. ...
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What middle tier and backend libraries exist for handling player matching and out of game information? [closed]

Are there any libraries or frameworks readily available that handle player metrics, rankings, matching, tournaments, etc? Anything for managing the player community? (Please don't say DotNetNuke)
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XNA 4.0 Post-Processing Libraries?

Are there any free XNA 4.0 post-processing libraries that are easy to hook into projects? I am looking specifically for a glow effect (although anything is great), and I should also mention that I'm ...
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Is it legal to pack LibGdx libraries in my jar file? And to obfuscate them?

I'm using LibGDX and deploying a runnable jar file, using the Eclipse feature, with libraries extracted into it. There are also .so files and .dlls inside. 1 . Is it legal to do so? I didn't find ...
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Most useful free third party Android Game libraries?

Since I have started finding a good third party libraries for game development on android platform, Im getting confused. So want to know from the people who are already using some of the game ...
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How do I read input from multiple keyboards/mice on one computer?

I want to be able to read inputs from multiple keyboards and still differentiate them. It's for split-screen. I know it's possible, because Serious Sam 3 allows it. Edit : Well a whole lot of my ...
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Can anyone recommend a 3D model viewer with shading? [closed]

I am looking for a simple real-time OpenGL based render engine to show a 3D model on screen. I prefer using 3DS Max's 'shader' materials (real-time materials) for editing. Do you know any good ...
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Can I use p/invoke in libraries loaded as assets in Unity Free?

I am interested in using utilising third-party libraries in Unity Free. I know Unity can use managed libraries as assets, but only the Pro version supports using native libraries (DllImport within ...
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C# graph library to be used from Unity3D [closed]

I'm looking for a C# graph library to be used inside Unity3D script. I'm not looking for pathfinding libraries (I know there are good one available). I could consider using a path finding library ...
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Tiled/TMX C++ Library/Parser

Where can I find an easy to use and up to date C++ parser/library for the .tmx map format (used by the Tiled Map Editor) ? EDIT: David's comment, 'Unless you want to build your game around the format ...
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How can I create a pack file / archive for game data files, and then load them? (zlib?)

I'm starting to think about how I'm going to go about loading models, images, sounds, etc for my game. I have two competing lines of thought to deal with: If possible, it would be nice to make use ...
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What should be taken into consideration when choosing a math library for games?

I'm currently selecting a C++ math library to use for a project. There are several questions here and on SO concerning the 'best' library available and many answers with different suggestions, but I ...
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Video Encoding library for C++ game [closed]

I'm looking for a video encoding library in C++ that I can use to record game footage. It can not be an external application like Fraps, it must be a library. Ideally the encoding can be done in ...
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What is the simplest way to render video into memory (for drawing to a texture) in .NET?

In my project I would like to be able to play back video on surfaces in the world. I intend to do this by having the video frames rendered to a block of memory, then use this to update a texture each ...
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Realistic Trajectory of a Projectile

When simulating an airplane and a missile, to get them moving in the air we apply a force in one direction. Now an airplane has wings that keeps it afloat while a missile can have fins to stabilize ...
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Reuseable Platform For Custom Board Game

Is there a generic platform to allow me to customize the rules to a board game. The board game uses a square grid, similar to Checkers or Chess. I was hoping to take some of the work out of creating ...
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FMOD (C++) Wave Data of a whole sound

I'm using FMOD (with C++ syntax, not C) and I'm having trouble getting the wave data of a whole sound file. Channel::GetWave() only gets the wave data of the area on which it is currently playing. ...
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Is there a good cross-platform C++ vector graphics library out there? [closed]

I'm making a game and want to use vector graphics. I started re-coding it using Cairo and the performance is horrific. So, I'm looking for a different library. It needs to be for C++ and ...
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Is there any game-oriented virtual machine out there?

I'm investigating about virtual machines and their use in Games. I'm looking for something cross-platform (at least win/mac/linux, mobile and consoles are a nice to have but not mandatory) and it ...
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Simple 2D Collision Detection Algorithm Library

I'm building a simple OpenGL game and I was looking for some simple collision detection library for objects like squares, triangles and circles. Any suggestions? PS: Preferably a library that is very ...
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Is there any reason why there isn't a cross-platform implementation of DirectX?

Similar to how Mono can compile C# to various platforms, why isn't there an API that conforms to DirectX's specifications but can produce binaries for all platforms? I understand that there is OpenGL ...
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How do I use music analysis in a game?

I'm thinking of writing a game in the vein of BeatHazard (where the music you're listening to affects the game), and after researching the subject of music analysis in programming, I know enough to ...
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How do games use libraries?

I've always wondered how games handle libraries. What if you want to use a dynamic library in a game, let's say OpenGL. You could just put it inside the /lib folder on Linux(-like), and have ...
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What are the performance and size tradeoffs of Eigen::Transform versus Eigen::Matrix4f?

We finished migrating from DirectXMath to the Eigen math libraries for our 3D-Game Engine last week for portability reasons. After implementing transformations with matrices as we know them, we found ...
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Analytics for PC games: is there anything similar to localytics, flurry, etc?

I would like to know if there exists any service such as Localytics or Flurry but for PC? These ones are mobile focused. It would be really great if they had support for PC too. In the case there's ...
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OpenGL ES 2 on Android: native window

According to OGLES specification, we have the following definition: EGLSurface eglCreateWindowSurface(EGLDisplay display, EGLConfig config, ...
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How should I organize content that is shared across several projects?

I have an XNA library that uses several custom effects. These effects need to be accessed by: A content pipeline project (models are built with the effect) and Projects that use my game library ...