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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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corona sdk scale images

How to scale images to full screen on all devices, i want to use % The method I've seen so far is to define pixels image_variable_name = display.newImage( "testimage.jpg", 100, 300 ) I want to do ...
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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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How to bind std::map to Lua with LuaBind

Is this possible in lua to achieve? player.scripts["movement"].properties["stat"] = "stand" print (player.scripts["movement"].properties["stat"]) I've done getter method in c++ with this approach: ...
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2D and 3D Perlin Noise Terrain Generation

I'm using 2d perlin noise to generate a heightmap and then adding 3d perlin noise to the heightmap to create overhangs and ridges. But it's not turning out like I would like it to. There are too many ...
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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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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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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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why is Lua so important ( frequently used ) in game development [duplicate]

I have written some small games for fun myself, but never used Lua myself. I have seen people discussing Lua's use in games everywhere. The question is: What benefit can I get from using Lua in game ...
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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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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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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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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 : How can I keep up with lots of small sprites' collision data?

So I'm using a SpriteBatch to keep up with lots of small pieces for a falling-piece puzzle game. I have an array of Quads (for different color blocks), and they are randomly added to the ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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update image properties

Is there a way to update the location of an image? I'm currently calling my image dynamically using: itemImage = display.newImage(inventory[t.ID][1]) t. being my target ID. But in order for ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...