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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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 ...
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How might I script the creation of CLR objects?

I am looking for a method to script the creation of entities (arrays of components) for delivery through my entity factory, i.e scripted creation of .net objects. I have looked into Lua but it seems ...
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How can you implement Lua into your game? [closed]

I am trying to implement Lua into my game, but am having trouble. Say I have a weapon class, which is just a hollow shell, lacking real functions. I was thinking of creating an onFire function, which ...
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Rotating and pitching a turret

I am new to game development and I was trying to build a turret model, and control it through lua script in shiva3d. I can rotate it around the y axis which is no problem, but when it comes to ...
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Is it efficient to use lua to store game data?

I'm new to lua and I'm wondering, is it efficient to use lua to store game data (such as monster's description, spells). My problem is, when I try to create a monster object every second, I have to ...
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Find connected hex of same color

I'm using Lua. I have a hex map. It is randomly generated into an table. hexmap[y][x].color = "red" I wish to find each "group" of hex's. i.e. all hex's of the same color that connect to each other ...
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Is it possible to have the main callback functions in different files with love2d?

Is it possible to have love.load(), love.draw() and love.update() in different files? and if so how would I go about doing that?
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Twitter integration

My computer game is powered using Love2d in Lua, there is dead space in the menu of my game and I'd like to fill it up with something. So I'll like to put a twitter feed there, how can I receive all ...
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How to protect Lua scripts in IOS game?

I'm developing an iOS game and was considering putting level info and monster info in a Lua script for ease of use. However, since I'm using Game Center for multiplayer I'm concerned users will ...
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Lua or C++ in Cococ2d-x

I am going to use Cocos2d-x to make a game for Android and ios, but my question is, do I use the Lua integration or only c++, I see Lua useful here because the compilation thing. Or do I use only Lua ...
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What technology would you use to communicate between an iOS game and a Lua-based AI server?

What technology would you use to communicate between a two-player,turn-based, board game (like checkers or Othello) running native on iOS, and a remote game server The remote game server is just the ...
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Lua GameDev iOS - Code on win and mac

I am searching for a simple framework like http://getmoai.com where you can simply code a game in lua for iOS. I want to build it along with a friend. I am using a Mac, he prefers windows so the fw ...
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How should I share variables between instances/classes?

I'm making a game using LOVE, so everything is programmed in Lua. I've been experimenting with using classes and object orientation recently. I've found out that a nice system to use is having most of ...
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Dynamic libraries are not allowed on iOS but what about this?

I'm currently using LuaJIT and its FFI interface to call C functions from LUA scripts. What FFI does is to look at dynamic libraries' exported symbols and let the developer use it directly form LUA. ...
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What is the recommended library for using Lua from C++? [closed]

I am currently planning how to integrate Lua scripting in my 2D Game Engine, and i would like to go straight to the most adequate solution for having C++ classes and objects exposed. I've read this ...
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Basic procedural generated content works, but how could I do the same in reverse?

My 2D world is made up of blocks. At the moment, I create a block and assign it a number between 1 and 4. The number assigned to the nth block is always the same (i.e if the player walks backwards or ...
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Drawing an outline around an arbitrary group of hexagons

Is there an algorithm for drawing an outline around around an arbitrary group of hexagons? The polygon outline drawn may be concave. See the images below, the green line is what I am trying to ...