The process of modifying software to make some part of it work more efficiently or use fewer resources. Generally, this means it executes more rapidly, or will require fewer resources.

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How do I efficiently determine what objects are visible to a camera?

I want to call the rendering methods of only the game objects that are visible. How can I efficiently determine which objects or tiles are within the camera's rendered region?
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Peer to Peer world download

I am creating a multiplayer JavaScript game with a PHP central server. Each user will be able to move around in a 3D world, with other users and NPCs. It came to my attention that SQL is not going to ...
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One big Instance or One instance for every moving entity?

I am creating a multiplayer JavaScript game with a PHP central server. Each user will be able to move around in a 3D world, with other users and NPCs. These NPCs will be controlled by the central ...
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RTS: Unit sight in fog of war

I am making an RTS game, and like most RTSs, you can see what's going on in a part of a map only if you have a unit over there. I have few ideas how to accomplish this, but there are problems with ...
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How do I stop off-screen tiles of a 2D tilemap from being rendered?

I am seeing lag because I render all tiles in my map at once. How can I exclude off-screen tiles from being rendered? My tiles are 32×32 and my player is always in the centre of the screen. Here is ...
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How do I efficiently check if a point is inside a rotated rectangle?

Part for the sake of optimization, part for learning purposes, I will dare to ask: How can I most efficiently check whether a 2D point P is inside a 2D rotated rectangle XYZW, using C# or C++? ...
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How do I optimize 2D visibility cone calculations?

I'm creating a simple 2D game and got a little bit stuck with a visibility cone algorithm, influenced by walls and other obstacles on the map. The only issue I'm currently having, is that it's very ...
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How can I minimise memory thrashing when doing vector math in C# or C++?

I'm doing a lot of 3D math in my game engine loop using typical classes like Vector3D, Matrix4x4, Plane3D, etc. Currently every operation causes a new object to be created for the result value. The ...
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Optimize drawing “different” sprites in OpenGL ES 2.0 (batching?)

I started experimenting with OpenGL ES 2.0, and I'm trying to figure out a way to optimize/batch sprite drawing, where sprites only have the texture in common, but differ in the following properties: ...
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How can I optimise a Minecraft-esque voxel world?

I found Minecraft's marvelous large worlds extremely slow to navigate, even with a quad core and meaty graphics card. I assume Minecraft's slowness comes from: Java, as spatial partitioning and ...
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How can I make huge terrains in Unity?

How can I make extremely huge terrains in Unity? It seems like I can set width and length to large values. But the Heightmap resolution only goes up to 4097 and the Detail resolution only goes up to ...
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Calculating ln (natural logarithm) in games

I am developing a game for tablets using the Marmalade SDK and Cocos 2dX. In my game I have implemented a separation steering behavior in order to keep some of my characters separated from eachother. ...
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How to PRECISELY measure execution time of a code?

In order to compare algorithms speed, I measure execution time of a code part with a method similar to the one described in this question. I am not operating on Windows, but on Linux, so I use ...
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How to load a spherical planet and its regions?

I'm designing a game partially composed of planets exploration. I want to use pseudo-random generation for them, regenerating from a defined seed when I have to load them rather than store every ...
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Memory-Efficient, Optimized Terraria-Like 2D Lighting

I am working on a terraria-clone and I am aiming for it to be able to be run on most Android devices. I am able to generate a world, jump around, etc but I am not looking to add in some efficient ...
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How do I efficiently fill the background with a tiling image?

I'm learning Unity by developing a 2D game. It's similar to RimWorld and Prison Architect. I have a 32×32-pixel grass tile image that I want to fill the background with. Here's a screenshot from ...
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How do I avoid lag when dynamically loading a map chunk?

I have a procedural 2d game which extends in all directions, on the surface similar to Terraria. When a player moves their camera close to the edge of the currently loaded terrain, I trigger an expand ...
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GPU optimization question: pre-computed or procedural?

I'm learning shader program and need some general direction. I want to add noise to my laser beam. Which is the best way to handle it? I could pre-compute an image and pass it to the shader. I ...
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Optimizing a mesh for voxel cube landscapes

Playing around with creating minecraftish/lego world landscapes in Unity 3D (procedurally generated voxel landscapes with cubes), I'm finding that the meshes created for these landscapes take up a LOT ...
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Determine whether an object is 'visible' at a given distance automatically?

I am creating an environment using procedural content. To optimise performance, I am batching small meshes ahead of time. For efficiency's sake, I don't want to batch objects that make only an ...
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SerializeField vs GetComponent Efficiency

As far as I know, there are two built in ways to get an instance of a component in Unity. 1 - Serialize the field and drag in the component manually in the editor [SerializeField] private MyScript ...
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Speed up the DirectX game - how else can I boost the fps with typical triangle drawing?

I am writing my own c++/DirectX engine. I've made the basic framework and here comes the time for optimizations. I don't want to focus on optimizing the resources themselves right now (meshes, ...
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How to handle (0,0) in 2D game quad tree?

I am not sure how to handle situation when out objects (player) is in center (0,0) point of game which is crossing of four quads. How to handle that case? This image shows problem: Red rectangle is ...
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Best approach for level specific textures

TL;DR: Best way to handle level-specific textures without overkilling memory usage and killing performance and keeping things clean in OpenGL for mobile (also lower-end devices) and desktop using ...
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(Unity) Optimised networking solution for many moving objects

I've currently undertaking quite an ambitious project. In short, it's a real time multiplayer strategy game which has bacteria mechanics. Essentially, I have two remote players in the environment, ...
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Unity 2D Graphics Optimization For Mobile Devices

I want some advices on how to create graphical assets for mobile devices so that the game will have a good performance and not lag on mobile devices. I had 3 issues with my games and that is they ...
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What does D3DXOptimizeFaces function do?

I know that this function generates an optimized face remapping for a triangle list, but what actually this optimized remapping is? The triangle faces are remapped, but based on what?
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Using Java on mobile, should I avoid object construction to reduce GC overhead?

I new to both Java and game development and working on my first LibGDX game targeting mobile systems. How problematic is the garbage collector in a mobile environment? Should I try to reuse as many ...
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Effecient tilemap rendering

I have done mostly tile based games, but never really bothered with optimization. I always just rendered all the tiles that convered the viewport. I am currently working on platformer for a mobile ...
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Implementing a Render queue [closed]

I am currently in the process of re-writing my 3d engine, and I am looking at improving the renderer. I have read that organizing objects into a "render queue" and sorting is the best method. The ...
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What is the fastest way to work out 2D bounding box intersection?

Assume that each Box object has the properties x, y, width, height and have their origin at their center, and that neither the objects nor the bounding boxes rotate.
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What is the fastest way of reading an atomic counter?

I have an atomic counter in my fragment shader that my application reads after each drawcall. I am currently using glMapBufferRange with GL_MAP_READ_BIT set. This absolutely destroys my applications ...
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Endless Running Game - Changing Lane Function in JAVA

I am developing a kind of vertical endless running game, where the character has 4 possible lanes to be in. I am using libGDX and want the character to change lanes by adding a horizontal velocity to ...
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how change branching logic to math equivalent glsl? [closed]

im totally newbie and this just for fun afaik lot of best practice suggest to minimize usage of branching. can you help me optimize below glsl especially on branch part? ( target 120 ) the bgcolor ...
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Optimization for Normal maps with lots of wasted space?

I'm working on level/character assets where I'm finding that I use only very little amounts of normal mapping on them, resulting in 2048x2048 textures that are mostly blue/purple. Is there any method ...
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XNA Starting a parallel Thread during a draw loop is slower than doing the same task in the main thread in update loop

I'm using XNA and all of my drawing is done in the main thread. I am CPU-bound and I thought I could gain performance by moving some non-update logic (like animation update) from the update loop into ...
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Unity3D Directional lights vs Draw calls

I need 2 light sources looking at a different direction as per my design. This means, I cannot flag one of them as 'not-important'! I found that because I'm using 2 directional lights, drawcalls are ...
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Tile map optimization algorithm

I've read this artical on tilemap optimization https://www.scirra.com/blog/ashley/3/tech-blog-tilemap-tidbits and wondering what algorithm is used to achieve something like this. I'm wondering ...
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Is there a difference in the time taken to load one texture instead of many?

Is there a difference in the loading time of 16 256*256 textures versus a single 1024*1024 texture? Specifically for level loading time?
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How to assign texture to shader?

In OpenGL, most shader uniform variables are easy, a float or a vec3 or whatever is associated with a shader program. But samplers are different, we associate a texture unit to the shader program, and ...
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Client Tells Server What Gamestate Data to Send Back

I'm just stepping into the world of MMORPGs and how they function, so assume I know very little. in a game, a client doesn't see everything that the server does. For example, the client can't see ...
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OpenGL memory optimization and batching technique pitfalls

I'm studying OpenGL optimization techniques. What I'd like to achieve is to emulate as closely as possible Mantle/DirectX12 programming patterns (aggressive batching, flexible memory handling, complex ...
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How can I optimize these GLSL bitwise operations?

I need the following part of my vertex shader simplified. Sb=Sb|((gl_VertexID&(128+1))<<9); Sb=Sb|((gl_VertexID&(512+4))<<6); Sb=Sb|((gl_VertexID&(2048+16))<<3); ...
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Mobile game: Optimization only working on some devices / Render big texture causes stuttering after level load

I'm currently optimizing the rendering of the background of my mobile game. The background consists basically of many colored dots. Since the background is static I'm able ro render the whole ...
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Possible A* Optimizations [closed]

I have implemented A* in my game. However, I am not happy with the performance and need some help deciding what to do next. I have already done the following optimizations: Not having a closed ...
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How can I use a SharpDX.Toolkit.Game in multiple WPF controls?

I've implemented a Game class in a WPF app. It works and the animation renders. I have task to implement another several Controls with SharpDX in the same application window. Each new Game object ...
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What is the best way to keep track of time in a game?

I'm getting to the part in development where I'm noticing that timing is going to be an issue. If I put my movement update in the same function where I draw the scene, then a low FPS means slower ...
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Are there any resources about performance tweaks? [closed]

There are many optimization tricks that you can apply to your C++ code that can help speed up your program, and there are more game-related tweaks poping out every day. For example, I've just heard ...
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Why Reducing fragments by increasing geometry vertices turn out to be slow?

I am developing a ray-casting program by OpenGL. At first I made a large bounding box including the whole volume and render this box, which triggers the ray-casting. I'm trying to optimize this ...
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Cover system design considerations

I'm trying to plan out a cover system for a 3D game. The mechanic When the player approaches a surface they can take cover behind... A prompt appears indicating they can enter cover, and what to ...