Generally getting assets off disk and into memory.

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How to reduce/handle image loading times?

I'm working on a 2D game that has very high resolution images (so that things look good on Retina MacBooks and such), and am seeing a noticeable lag caused by image loading. I notice the strongest ...
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Displaying animations during loading screens

Games like Karateka (which uses UDK) seem to be able to asynchronously load GL assets as well as display animation. The splash is incredibly short, then presumably their glView shows up. I can think ...
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Implementing multithreaded loading screens

Ok, I have fairly little multi-threading experience, but i have done a similar thing before without issue...but this has me stumped. This is in C++, Directx9 Visual Studio... My game basically runs ...
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How can I access bitmaps created in another activity?

I am currently loading my game bitmaps when the user presses 'start' in my animated splash screen activity (the first / launch activity) and the app progresses from my this activity to the main game ...
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How do I manage multiplayer login?

How is the typical login, loading the level and spawning handled? For example: Client sends "iwanttologinwithcharacterx" Server does some validity checks and instantiates characterx Server sends ...
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rpg 3d open world map & entity loading-streaming

Hello I'm a web developer and recently I started reading about game development. I followed some tutorials regarding c++ and openGL (whatever I could find online because as you know not many up to ...
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How to load images on startup

I want to load all my game's images on the game's startup and have a loading bar to show it's progress. I already know how to create and display the loading bar, but I can't figure out how to load the ...
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In Unity, can I load a local (/Resources folder) website to safari on an ipad

In Unity, can I load a local (/Resources folder) website to safari on an ipad? This works fine on a Mac, opening up a wepage from my Resources folder. string path = ...
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Loading files while running game

I am curious as to what technique(s) are used to load files in while a game is running. For example, Minecraft will load chunks as you get within a certain range of them. How is this achieved without ...
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Apply bone tranforms when importing FBX in XNA

Preconditions: I have some models, that does only contain some meshes and one texture. There is no animation within the model. An example: a model of a table. I want to draw the Model with a custom ...
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Terrain square loading

Games like Skyrim, Morrowind, and more are using quads or square to divide the terrain if im correct. The player is always at #5 1 | 2 | 3 4 | 5 | 6 7 | 8 | 9 So whenever you cross the border you ...
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Saving and Loading the Game (Automatically or Manually) via Internal Storage Only (Tablet PC Issues)

Here is my question. When making a game app for Android, I considered first the device. It's no problem to save progress everything (from levels to records) on a smartphone because it has an SD Card ...
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Asset missing problem XNA

I'm using VS2010 with XNA 4.0 and I'm trying to load an FBX model with texture on the screen. The problem I'm having is this error: Missing Asset: C:\Users\ChocoMan\Documents\Visual Studio ...
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Logic / Render phases with a single thread

The question I have may generate different opinions from different developers, but I'd still like to have an answer on this. Its all about the updating and rendering steps of the game loop, and their ...
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How do I load textures with SFML for OpenGL?

I'm looking at NeHe's texture mapping tutorial. It looks overly complicated for just loading a texture. Is there a way to load a texture in SFML and then use it in Open GL? I use SFML for my ...
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How to load data for specific level at runtime?

I'm trying to create a game with many levels loaded from XML files. In my game I have many objects in each level. At present my game contains 20 levels, and I load all the textures at once on ...
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Dynamically load images inside jar

I'm using Slick2d for a game, and while it runs fine in Eclipse, i'm trying to figure out how to make it work when exported to a runnable .jar. I have it set up to where I load every image located in ...
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Hidden Loading with UDK

I was wondering, how would I go about creating hidden loading scenes with UDK? For example, a character walks in to an elevator, the elevator fakes movement, whilst the previous floor is destroyed and ...
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Optimization and Saving/Loading

I'm developing a 2D tile based game and I have a few questions regarding it. First I would like to know if this is the correct way to structure my Tile class: namespace TileGame.Engine { public ...
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DevIL image library isn't loading my image

This is the first time I've had this problem, my code just won't load the images I need it to. Here is my first function for loading the image into data: void ...
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Loading content (meshes, textures, sounds) in the background

In my game, I am aiming for a continuous world, that is, a world where you can go anywhere without breaking the immersion through load times and "virtual seams". My world is broken up into regions, ...
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Clever way to do the Sonic 2 Bonus Stage effect saving memory

What would be a good way to save memory to achieve an effect like this one? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K89LkvL9JZ0 We're using pre-rendered 3D. I'm asking this because this naive approach of ...
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How to get this wavefront .obj data onto the frustum?

I've finally figured out how to get the data from a .obj file and store the vertex positions x,y,z into a structure called Points with members x y z which are of type float. I want to know how to get ...
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Loading files during run time

I made a content pipeline extension (using this tutorial) in XNA 4.0 game. I altered some aspects, so it serves my need better, but the basic idea still applies. Now I want to go a step further and ...
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Android Loading Screen: How do I use a stack to load elements?

I have some problems with figuring out what value I should put in the function: int value_needed_to_figure_out = X; ProgressBar.incrementProgressBy(value_needed_to_figure_out); I've been ...
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Xna Loading Screens

I'm making a 2D XNA game. I'd like to implement loading screens when stuff has to load for a while. Like when I login to an account, connect to the server, and generate worlds. I'm pretty sure it ...
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Loading SpriteFont through a different class than Game.cs

I am trying to load up a single SpriteFont to print some debug information. In our current game, we load up both Textures and Music through a ResourceManager. They are both loaded with a filestream, ...
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How do I make a progress bar with letters that get “filled in”?

I want to make a progress bar made of text! I have two images: One with the text in gray, the other coloured: As my game is loading, I want the letters to "fill up" with color: They would start ...
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Using NinePatch in libGDX for Loading Bar

I am trying to create images for a loading bar in libGDX. I came across the NinePatch class and I was hoping to use it for this loading bar, since stretching images with a plain Texture or Sprite ...
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As3 Random movieclips from an array to the stage

For a game with orders and clients I was trying to create the following situation: Every half minute, a client should appear at the counter. In this case I have an array with 4 movieclips (4 ...
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Pre game loading time vs. in game loading time

I'm developing a game in which a random maze is included. There are some AI creatures, lurking the maze. And I want them to go in some path according to the mazes shape. Now there are two ...
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Using the AssetManager in LibGDX

I am trying to use the AssetManager class in LibGDX and I understand how it works but I am trying to implement a loading screen. I have followed the AssetManagerTest.java file here, but I am having a ...
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Why does using multithreading during my load screen increase my load times? [closed]

OK, I added a loading screen to my game, and in order for the game able to update and show a loading screen and load stuff in the background I came to the concludsion that I needed to host the loading ...
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How to create a splash (loading) screen in cocos2d for Android?

How to create a splash (loading) screen in cocos2d for Android? I need a loading screen that shows my app name and after that the next scene will show automatically. Thanks
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Load XNA Content Type from File

I'm writing my own level editor and recently got the exporter working so now I'm working on the importer. My save file structure looks essentially like this: [ObjectType] Property=Value ...
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What is the logic behind the 'Loading' scenes in games?

I'm making my first game, it's a tower defense type of game, using Unity game engine and taking Fieldrunners as a reference. I would like to know more about the functionality behind 'Loading' scenes ...
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How does a game without loading times work?

We're talking about an expansive game that is not divided in levels or checkpoints. A 3D adventure, for example.
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Game Loop: Should resources be initialized in the game loop or in the respective classes? (both?)

For example, lets say we have an enemy class in my Android game project. I am initializing the enemy bitmap to be used with certain sprites in my game loops init. I am then calling the respective ...
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Loading tilemaps, entering buildings, chopping big maps

I´ve got some questions regarding the loading of tile maps. I´ve got a world with several buildings in it that guide the user to a new map. This map can be a small room, but also a big area. To change ...
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C++ Model loading API?

I'm looking for the most capable C++ model loading API. So far I've found tons of ply, obj, and other such file format loaders. But the libraries I've found tend to load just one model type, and ...
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Are there any open source Source engine VTX/VVD viewers?

I've been playing with loading and displaying Source Engine models (TF2, specifically) and have had mild success, but there are some aspects of it that are eluding me still. I've been primarily ...
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Zelda LttP (Super Nintendo) room changes?

I'm trying to make a tile-world adventure game on iOS similar to Zelda Link to the Past on SNES, and one issue I've run into is having my camera move beyond walls revealing the rooms on the other ...
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XNA: My bullets lag the game the first time they're fired, but not after

I'm working on a SpaceWar-esque project to get comfortable with XNA. I have a Ship DrawableGameComponent and a Bullet DrawableGameComponent. The player's Ship is created at the start of the game, and ...
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Problem while loading an image for a texture

I have built a slideshow in slimDX and is scrolling a text at the bottom of the images. But I am running through a problem that when my new image is loaded in by the help of Texture.FromFile() ...
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Switching between levels, re-initialize existing structure or create new one?

This is something I've been wondering for quite a while. When building games that exist out of multiple levels (platformers, shmups etc) what is the prefered method to switch between the levels? ...
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File caching on the PC

Is it a good move to disable windows' file-caching capabilities (via I/O completion ports) for resource loading in a game environment? Most games will do their own resource management and caching ...
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What is the general strategy to pre-load game data(entities/map)

I'm new to games programming and am wondering what tactics games use to pre-load entity and map data. Will a game initialise with the fundamental map data stored in memory?
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When should a bullet texture be loaded in XNA?

I'm making a SpaceWar!-esque game using XNA. I want to limit my ships to 5 active bullets at any time. I have a Bullet DrawableGameComponent and a Ship DrawableGameComponent. My Ship has an array of 5 ...
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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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Making a game preloader (Flash) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you create a single/internal pre-loader for a Flash game written using Flex? Hi guys, Im trying to make a preloader in a Flash game. Thing is, I need some ...