Lua is a powerful, fast, lightweight, embeddable scripting language. Lua is widely used as a scripting language by game programmers, perhaps owing to how easy it is to embed, its fast execution, and its short learning curve.

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Make an object follow the mouse pointer with LÖVE2D

I've been trying to make a picture follow the mouse pointer with LÖVE2D. I want that the object follow the mouse, and not just be the mouse coordinates, I did that. So I toked the distance between ...
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Phone crash when try to use vibration on Android

Im developing an app that when you click a button the phone has to vibrate, the issue is that the phone just chashes. Saing that I need permitions to vibrate. I've already set this permition in the ...
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Smooth moving on tile-based map, how to fix simple collisions?

I've already had some experiences about the work of 2 dimensional square-based playfields and moving a player on them. Though, when a square has multiple pixel sizes, and player moves e.g. 1 pixel per ...
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file:write restarts Corona app

I am attempting to implement an auto-save feature into a mobile game. I have the following code writing to the save file: function saveFunc(input) local saveData=input local file = io.open( ...
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How does Lua work as a scripting language in games?

I'm a little hazy on what exactly Lua is and how a game that is programmed in C++ would use it. I'm asking primarily about how it is compiled and run. For instance when you use a program written in ...
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Is it possible to develop web-based games using Corona SDK?

Some clients asked me to develop 2D web-based games and later on they might want to release those games on mobile platforms. I know Corona and I don't want to rewrite my code twice. Is it possible to ...
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How should I go about protecting my script files?

I am working on a small multiplayer game with a whole bunch of scripting components. I know I can't store my files in plaintext otherwise anyone would be able to change the functionality of core ...
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How do I lock drawn lines to be orthogonal to an existing one?

I'm making a 2D game in Corona for Android/iPhone that is similar to Volfied. In my game, the user has to touch the screen to draw a line for the character to move along. How can I force the lines to ...
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Using Lua for configuration and localization data

Since my game is already going to be scripted with Lua, I've decided to make all my configuration and localization data defined using Lua tables. For example, this could be a basic locale file: -- ...
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How should I organize Lua scripts so that some entities do not have access to functions they shouldn't?

For my game in C++ I'm using different objects (like player, enemy, et cetera) which will have to be controlled by a Lua script. My problem is that if I were to write a function in my player script, ...
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Checking if two lines are crossing [duplicate]

How can I check if two lines (created with function love.graphics.line) are crossing themselves? I may use this ability to create procedural maps via graphs.
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Perlin Noise Help

Okay so I have been trying to make perlin noise, fractal noise to be specific, with mixed success. What I do is I fill 5 arrays with white noise, basically just floating point values. Each array is ...
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Automatically triggering standard spaceship controls to stop its motion

I have been working on a 2D top-down space strategy/shooting game. Right now it is only in the prototyping stage (I have gotten basic movement) but now I am trying to write a function that will stop ...
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Determine required camera pitch/yaw change based on mouse movement and roll?

I'm sure this is going to be a pretty simple answer but I can't quite figure it out on my own. Each frame, I'm getting the mouse's distance from the center of the screen (left/up is positive) and ...
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Perlin Noise Variations

Currently I'm making a voxel survival game. About a month ago I embarked on procedurally generating terrain using Perlin noise. I understand how to use and apply it for the most part. However I do not ...
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How to set speed based on screen size

I am making a breakout clone for mobile and was wanting to make the ball speed to be related to the screen size. Larger screen would mean faster speed. Right now I have it set like so: ...
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How do I move an existing display object behind another in Corona Lua?

If I have two existing display objects in Corona, lets say do1 and do2. Assume do1 is drawn first then do2, so do2 will be on top. Is there a way to say "put do2 behind do1" in corona Lua? If yes can ...
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How to store generic data in game database?

To clarify things a bit: I want to create a kind of database for my game, that simply is a class that stores all game-state information like object positions, player scores, etc. The main problem I ...
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LUA - Keeping track of game state for a digital card trading game

I am building a card game. Let's say it's similar to Magic the Gathering, Hearthstone, etc. The problem I am trying to figure out is how to architect "auras" and how much damage each card takes. ...
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Breakout intersection logic issues

I'm learning Lua and thought I should try my hand at making a Breakout clone. It is pretty much playable, but there seems to be odd intersection logic at some points, specifically the ball-brick ...
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How to allow other games to communicate with my Lua scripts?

I am planning some small games that will all rely on a single system of Lua scripts to manage some unified data about: Some achievements that are common to each game. The player's progress in ...
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Overlay scene not showing [closed]

I have 2 scenes: One main scene with a button, and another scene with only 1 text. button action in Main Scene: local options = { effect = "fade", time = 400, params = { ...
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Verb+Noun Parsers and Old School Visual Novels [duplicate]

Hi I'm working on a simple old school visual novel engine in Lua. Basically I have most of the code set up besides one important feature. The Text Parser. Lets get into how words are generally ...
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Efficient tile maps in Corona SDK

I need to create a tile map based level system for Corona SDK that loads files created with Tiled [1]. It also needs to support user touch scrolling and zooming. I've searched the Corona forums for ...
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How to transfer a luabind::object between two lua states

I store an object by a function call from Lua to C++ in first script in my application and after that I'll try to pass that object to other scripts and vice versa. A part of script class in C++: ...
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Store voxel type data in XML or Java classes?

So, I want it to be very easy to create all the entities of my game and for other people to come in and do the same. I was thinking I could just let the users/myself create an XML sheet the stores all ...
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Viewport like Angry Bird in Corona

Not sure if that's the right name for it, but I'm looking for a way to implement zooming in my game. Essentially the game should zoom in on my character during the moving and shooting phase (its like ...
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Love2D engine for Lua; What about 3D? [closed]

Lua has been really awesome to learn, it's so simple. I really enjoy scripting languages, and I had an equally enjoyable time learning Python. The Love engine, http://love2d.org/, is really awesome, ...
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How to keep Lua bindings from cluttering up C++ code? [closed]

I'm writing a game engine that uses C++ and Lua (and Luabind). Currently, I'm writing all the bindings inside the constructor of the class being binded. I really don't like this because it's ...
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Starter love2d physics program not working

I am starting out with my first love2d (using LöVE 0.8) physics program. I am just creating some ground/floor, a car body and attaching two wheels with revolute joints and setting the motors a-go. ...
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Scripting a sophisticated RTS AI with Lua

I'm planning to develop a somewhat sophisticated RTS AI (eg see BWAPI). have experience programming, but none in game development, so it seems easiest to start by scripting the AI of an existing game ...
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Game state management (Game, Menu, Titlescreen, etc)

Basically, in every single game I've made so far, I always have a variable like "current_state", which can be "game", "titlescreen", "gameoverscreen", etc. And then on my Update function I have a ...
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how to link a c++ object to a local variable in Lua

I'm completing my scripting interface with Lua, but recently I've stuck at some point. I have several functions for my Entitiy events like Update(). I have a function called create_entitiy() which ...
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Game Development AI, NPC & Entities Definition using Scripting Languages

i am developing a Multiplayer(actually MMORPG) architecture for learning purpose. I do have some game developement background, but all my engines were very rigid and completly developed for the game ...
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How does one update the physical state of an object after scaling it in Corona?

I am new to Corona and Lua. I have the following question: I have an object cake with these physics parameters (doesn't really matters): ["cake1"] = { { ...
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Experience embedding javascript

I'm looking into scripting languages to embed in my game. I've always assumed Lua was the best choice, but I've read some recent news about embedding V8 as was considering using it instead. My ...
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Why does this LUA code not render any objects on the screen? [closed]

Did I mess up something somewhere? If i put a putsxy in the same box, it renders a string just fine, but for some reason this code hates objects. What this code is supposed to do is render a set of ...
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using lua in kobold2d to control parameters

Is there a tutorial on using LUA in Kobold2d? I want to know if its possible to use it to control the game behavior (like max speed decrease of timer, and bonus points) by uploading a new script to ...
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Overload C++ functions in lua [closed]

I have had a look around but I believe this to be impossible due to compile time of c++. However is it possible to have a class registered in lua and c++ that has a overload update function which I ...
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help animating a player in Corona SDK [closed]

Working on a game in the Corona SDK with Lua and I need help so the player animates on the line drawn. Right now he animates at the beggining and the end but not on the line. Here is the player code: ...
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How to generate an explosion? [closed]

I'm currently working in an Angry Bird-esque game, where the user flings a bomb at buildings and the bomb explodes. How do I create explosions in Corona? Essentially some sort of area of effect ...
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Love2D : Problem rotating image in a SpriteBatch

I'm working on a falling blocks type of game with triangular pieces. I'm using a SpriteBatch to accumulate and remember the pieces and their locations. The problem is that when I rotate a scaled ...
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How should I manage the AI using lua scripts?

My game is in C++ and I want to make AI being managed by lua scripts, but I have no idea how should the scripts look like and the integration in C++. Should the script be like if ...
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Game State Management using Lua

I want to be able to (only) define game states using Lua script, but I'm not sure how I should do it. Here's what I have in mind currently: For each state, I will create a .lua file that contains a ...
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What are the pros and cons of incorporating Lua into a C++ game?

I have a C++ game programming book and it has a Lua section in it. I've started to read the Lua section, and it sounds interesting, but I can't determine the pros and cons of using Lua in my C++ game. ...
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C++ formatted serialization [closed]

I've decided it's time to implement serialization in my simple engine but this has caused me many headaches for the past couple of days/weeks. My engine uses an entity/component based approach similar ...
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How to share Lua script between instances?

I'm doing an agent based framework with C++ and Lua. I want to use Lua to code the Agent behaviour having an AgentClass class that have the name and source code and an AgentInstance class that have ...
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How to use LuaJIT the same that Lua in a C++ program?

I'm using Lua in my C++ program, as an library. But I read that LuaJIT is a better implementation. Is it posible to replace with LuaJIT with little change? How?
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Platform independent replacement for LuaInterface

I'm currently working on a project in C#/XNA, however I'm planning to migrate this to MonoGame so that it can go onto more platforms. The problem is that I am currently using a lot of Lua, and for ...
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Does it make sense to use Lua scripting in a game developed in Python?

Well for C++ written games using Lua scripts for easy changing ai, quets etc is very reasonable and it's common. However now I'm going to write a game in pure python and I don't know if I should use ...