A way of organizing and storing information so that it occupies as small an amount of memory as possible while still retaining its full usefulness.

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OpenGL FBO to OpenCV image

I am trying to figure out the best way to share an image between OpenGL and OpenCV libraries. I perform a render to texture on OpenGL, so I have and FBO/texture that then I want to pass it OpenCV, ...
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Serverside memory efficiency and threading for a turn based game

Im programming on a turn based war-game for some years now (along with the engine) and Im having quite a hard time at figuring out what the games server architecture should look like, since most game ...
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Can glTexImage2D() use an already existing memory block?

Can I use glTexImage2D() and / or glTexSubImage2D() (or maybe there's some other method I don't know about) with an already existing block of memory, instead of always uploading the changed pixels? I ...
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How can I efficiently store tilemaps in work memory?

I've been working on different tile-based projects, but never really bothered with being efficient memory-wise. Each tile was represented by a tile class which would hold the following: X and Y ID ...
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How powerful is modern hardware for complex, intensive 2D graphics?

I am embarking on a massive (image quality, file size, high frame count) project. I am still working on the basic engine, but have a big question that I would like answered before I begin testing. (It ...
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How many update and draw calls can a windows phone suppport

I'm making a Windows Phone game (XNA 4.0) which requires a lot of activity on the screen. It's working well for now. But what I am concerned about is that it uses a lot of sprites and many of them as ...
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How to expose game data in the game without a singelton?

I'm quite new to cocos2d and games programming, and am currently I am writing a game that is currently in Prototype stage. Everything is going okay, but I've realized a potentially big problem and I ...
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Using allocators for different systems

I am going over the memory architecture for my game and even though I know my memory budgets may not be final, I at the point where I can start using them in a general sense. I know that I will need ...
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Custom allocators used in game development

I have been researching creating my own allocator methods (that will support things such as a memory pool and profiling), however, as I continue my research I have been looking for how this was done ...
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Correct texture format for Moai with TexturePacker

We are going to use TexturePacker to create our texture atlases for a Moai-based game. I'm wondering what the correct texture format and image format is to use specifically for Moai. Should I just use ...
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Storing large layered tilemap

My game consists largely of "sea" tiles and areas of tiles to form "islands". Each "sea" tile is exactly the same. The map is initially large and going to get larger. I'm trying to reduce the map ...
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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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iOS custom memory allocator

I'm about to start writing an iOS game and I'm going to use mainly C++/C for the core gameplay logic. I really like pre-allocating everything in the game and try to avoid any dynamic allocations as ...
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How'd they do it: Millions of tiles in Terraria

I've been working up a game engine similar to Terraria, mostly as a challenge, and while I've figured out most of it, I can't really seem to wrap my head around how they handle the millions of ...
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Is there any documentation comparing/contrasting C++ standard library implementations?

(This is not game programming per se, but I'm certain if I asked this on SO I'd get told not to prematurely optimize, even though history tells us every large game ends up worrying about these ...
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Animating Tile with Blitting taking up Memory

I am trying to animate a specific tile in my 2d Array, using blitting. The animation consists of three different 16x16 sprites in a tilesheet. Now that works perfect with the code below. BUT it's ...
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Creating addons for any game?

I want to be able to create addons for any game, the example I will use is League of Legends. With addons I mean, for example when my level integer changes I want to play a sound in the background. ...
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How to store 'dots and boxes' data?

I'm trying to explore a little as to how I could make a simple 'dots and boxes' game. The problem I'm facing is in what way to store which lines are allocated by who. The problem lies in the fact ...
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Best memory allocation strategy for iOS?

I'm debating myself about memory allocation on iOS. I write most of my code in C++ and I really like using ObjectPools, FreeLists, etc. In order to pre-allocate a lot of the stuff that I'll be ...
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How much memory usage is too much in a Flash game?

I'm developing a Flash game, and I can appreciate that the memory usage is a little high for a Flash game (I think). Let's say 100+ MB. So how much is too much when talking about memory usage in ...
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Dynamic Memory Allocation and Memory Management

In an average game, there are hundreds or maybe thousands of objects in the scene. Is it completely correct to allocate memory for all objects, including gun shots (bullets), dynamically via default ...
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opengl memory issue - quite strange

I have heard that textures consumes lot of memory but I am surprised how much.... I have 7 textures 1024 16 bit each. And while I will run my app it consumes 57MB of memory. I think that this is "a ...
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'Zoning' up areas on a large tile map, as well as dungeons

My game is having a map like that of Minecraft, in the way it's pseudoinfinite and randomly generated. And big. Say the user has explored a 1000x1000 zone (2D here), so that's 1,000,000 tiles. ...
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Efficient structure for representing a transform hierarchy

Can anyone suggest a memory efficient way to represent a tree of matrices, for example in a hierarchy model? I'm particularly keen to preserve data locality, and I suspect a structure-of-arrays ...