Questions about game development on Linux operating system, for Linux or any other OS.

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Why is there a lack of games for Linux? [closed]

What is wrong with the Linux/*nix family for games? What makes the development of games for this platform too slow compared to Windows or even OS X?
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Freeglut vs SDL vs GLFW

i need to port my game project from Android (written in C, OpenGL ES 2.0, thanks to NDK) to Windows and Linux platforms. Of course i will need to rewrite some platform depended code, but now i stuck ...
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How can one compile Darwinia under Linux? [closed]

Introversion is now offering the Darwinia+Multiwinia source for sale, stating Note: You will need Windows and Visual Studio 2008 to build the games. We have tested that the code compiles correctly ...
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Finding asset files in Linux games

What is the usual method of storing 3D models, textures, sounds and scripts (e.g. Lua files) during development and in a release? I am developing a game with my friends in mainly C++; in the ...
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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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How do game developers target multiple platforms (Xbox 360, PS3, PC and Linux)?

How do game developers target multiple platforms at once? For example, Xbox 360, PS3, PC and Linux. For 2D games, is it possible to also target the iPhone? I'm be interested in engines used (2D/3D, ...
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GLSL Shader Editors for Linux

Are there any good IDE's for linux that lets us edit GLSL shaders and visualize their effect? Note : Shader Designer By Typhoon Labs is a good option but I am looking for alternatives as this ...
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Why nearby triangles tend to disappear?

I've just enabled back face culling and I'm noticing a weird behavior: when all vertices of my triangle is outside the view and 2 of them is behind me (I think) the triangle disappears. So to see it, ...
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Getting OpenGL hardware acceleration with SDL on Linux

I'm trying to use SDL + OpenGL but I don't believe hardware acceleration is working because the framerate for around 18000 polys is about 24fps on a quad core machine but is a hopeless 1-2fps on an ...
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Architectural approaches to creating a game menu/shell overlay on PC/Linux?

I'm am working on a collection of games for a custom digital tabletop installation (similar to Microsoft Surface tables). Each game will be an individual executable that runs full-screen. In addition, ...
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Linux Game Engines [closed]

What Linux Game Engines are out there? Name, link, and intended use.
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Library to load images into textures, Linux, C and OpenGl

I am looking for simple, self-contained C library for Linux to load images from files into OpenGL textures. The licence should be quite liberal: zlib, bsd, mit or something. I have found SOIL, however ...
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What language and tools are good to start with for Linux game development? [closed]

I would like to start learning about game development and I would like to do it using Linux. My main experience has been with Java and a bit of C++, but that was for applications and not games. Now ...
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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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Is there a sprite sheet creator that satisfies these requirements? [closed]

I'm looking for a decent sprite sheet packer. Features: Command line interface for Linux. Effective packing algorithm. Configurable padding between sprites in the sheet. Configurable fixed sprite ...
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Linux OgreXML model viewer

Is there an OgreXML model viewer for Linux? I know about OgreMax but apparently that's Windows only.
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Build a Unity asset bundle on linux?

I'm trying to generate an asset bundle on a remote linux machine and stream the bundle to a running Unity instance. Is it possible to download the same libraries Unity uses and compile on Linux?
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First Person Shooter game agent development

I would like to apply (program) the Artificial intelligence methods to create a intelligent game bots for a first person shooter game. Do you have any knowledge from where can I start to develop as a ...
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How does one write to another process's OpenGL/DirectX context?

I want to write a short of chat client that display the messages in-game (OpenGL/DirectX), but I really don't know how to handle this. It is easy to write my client in my graphic context... but what ...
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What Java library provides a high-level communication interface suitable for use in an action-game server?

I need to write a server for an action game, which needs fast communication with the client. There will only be one server, and I'll split the world in zones. The client will be written in Java using ...
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Why does my GLSL 1.20 shader not work with an OpenGL 4.0 driver?

I'm just starting out with OpenGL on Linux. In order to write future-proof code, I explicitly wrote code for OpenGL 4.0 Core Profile in the first place, thus the shaders are GLSL 4.0. That worked ...
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Key events outside of an SDL application

I'm developing an app under C++ and SDL running in Ubuntu. I'm using the SDL events to handle the keypad buttons. My problem is that my app launch other programs and it should close they with a key ...
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Should the main game object be static in c++

I am creating a 2d platformer using SDL and I was thinking that my game object could be static, but I wasn't sure if this was a good idea. The pros (that I can see): Accessing settings options ...
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Linux Game Development Resources [closed]

Do you have any Linux-specific game development resources?
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small independent game development on a virtual machine

I've been learning about OpenGL and SFML with c++ now for about 6-8 months, and would like to work on a small little personal game to put some of my skills to the test. Now I want to kill two birds ...
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Getting started with cross-platform game development [closed]

I am looking for a starting place to develop a crossplatform OpenGL game that runs on Mac, PC and potentially Linux. The difficulty is that I don't want to use an existing graphics library. I've ...
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What is a reasonable terminal size across Linux distributions?

I'm working on a Curses-based roguelike; it should (and does) work in both Linux and Windows (various flavours of each). Currently, I'm enforcing a hard requirement of "your terminal size must be ...
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Packaging a Java game for Linux

I'm just about finished developing a small Java/Lwjgl-based game. For Windows users, I intend to use Launch4J to package the game into a nice .exe. For Mac users, I'll be using JarBundler to produce a ...
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How to hide assets from user? ( e.g.: a png file )

I think the title is quite self-explaining, still this is a big area I think, so let me drop a few words: I've got a simple experiment game project going, and I want to make sure, that the user isn't ...
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Monogame [Linux] cannot resize screen

While working on a Monogame project on Linux (Arch to be exact), I found that I could not change the screen height away from the default 800 px, while I could easily, perfectly change the width to ...
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How to make a simple escape the room game?

I want to make a very simple "escape the room" game. I was hoping for something that looks something like this. You would see images of some room and you click around to move or to add things to ...
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Web application interacts bi-directional with server program?

I want to write a web application to play chess against the engine Crafty. I'm not new to PHP and javascript, but must learn how to interact with a server process : how can a web application and/or ...
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A good beginners' game engine to run on linux [closed]

I am involved with a research that deals with 3D graphics. I am very new to 3D graphics. In my research I have to move a 3D object based on some information queried by processing a video. Viewer's ...
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How can I convert .X files from text to binary form?

Is there a tool for Linux (preferably a command-line tool) that can convert from the .x text format to the binary format? I wish to use this format with Irrlicht but the text format is loading very ...
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Flixel Development in Ubuntu/Linux

I've been trying to setup a development environment for Flixel on Ubuntu using this guide http://forums.flixel.org/index.php?topic=4545.0 but thus far have been unsuccessful mainly due to the guide ...
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Linux: find force feedback device for joystick device

Because SDL 1.3 is still a long way coming I implemented native force feedback (rumble) support for Aquaria: https://bitbucket.org/panzi/aquaria/ However, I could not find a way to find the according ...
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How to create a custom installer for my game for PC/Linux/Macs? [closed]

How can I create a custom installer that integrates a product key unlocking feature or tells the distributor that the customer was able to access the product like the BMT Mirco payment processor. Or ...
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opengl offscreen rendering in linux is slow [duplicate]

My opengl application runs at about 110 fps. The moment I add off-screen rendering, it slows down to 15 fps. I am using frame buffer objects and glReadPixels to render off-screen. I have searched on ...
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What kind of gaming platforms for Linux are available? [closed]

Which libraries/platforms are available on Linux to start game development?
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running GL ES 2.0 code under Linux ( no Android no iOS )

I need to code OpenGL ES 2.0 bits and i would like to do this and run the programs on my desktop for practical reasons. Now, i already have tried the official GLES SDK from ATI for my videocard but ...
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How can I fix these errors with Panda3D's sample projects?

I just installed the latest Panda3D packages on a Mint 12 32-bit virtual machine. Then I downloaded and configured Eclipse and tried to run the Asteroids sample project. The window is created ...
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How do I bind a display from XCB to EGL with eglGetDisplay [closed]

I have been trying to set up an EGL session with a window that I created using XCB. I am not having much success. I keep getting the error: An EGLDisplay argument does not name a valid EGL display ...
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Unity3d generating a file in iOS and saving it on a linux machine

I've done a little research and don't know if the following is possible. At the moment I have created a small application in Unity that generates an XML file. This file will be used to help set up ...
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optimal pixel-read back strategy

I need to render certain scenes and read the whole image back in main memory for further processing which is not suitable for rewriting into shaders of CUDA, and saving to disk. I've search for this ...
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Input processing performance

I'm building a game using SDL in Linux platform. Now I want to read user input with SDL_GetKeyboardState, but my doubt is wich is the best way using a thread or a timer. I tried both and I think ...
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GLX/X11 Changing the rendering resolution

I have made a simple application that creates a window with an OpenGL 4.2 context and takes user input. I have implemented making the window go fullscreen with XRandR and can change the display ...
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Appropriate 3D Framework for procedural game (linux and mobile) [closed]

I'm building a game where both gameplay AND assets are primarily based on procedural generation of rules. Asset features; like colors, meshes, and textures, are associated with game rules, which will ...
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Does anybody know any Twitch FPS games that allow you to extensively customize individual bot profiles (OpenArena is one example) [closed]

Specifically I would like to mess with the idea of giving each bot a specific "personality" so to speak. Open Arena provides this functionality, and I'm assuming that Warsow/Nexiuz (Xonotic?) may ...
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Setting up openGL on Linux

I am trying to figure out how to set up openGL on Linux based operating systems (Ubuntu 12.10) without using any *GLUT libraries. I don't have much experience with developing on Linux distributions. ...
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Why can't I load an image with a relative path in SDL2 on Linux?

When loading a texture in SDL2 the general procedure is this: SDL_Texture* texture = IMG_LoadTexture(renderer, "resources/images/image.png); However this doesn't work and I have to supply the WHOLE ...