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 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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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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On Android, How can I avoid FPS drops during sensor listener setup/tear down?

When I open my Android app after 5 or 10 seconds it sets up the sensor listener, during which I see clear stuttering and the FPS drops for a second to 40 instead of 60. Is there a way to avoid this? ...
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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 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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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 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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How do I dynamically grow a voxel world in all directions with chunks?

I've organized a Voxel world already but the problem is that it can only "grow" outwards. As a result, there is a single corner where it grows from, then outwards from there on. I want to be able to ...
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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 Grid Layout causing multiple draw calls

We are developing a game in Unity 4.6.6 for both Android and iOS. Currently I am building the game UI with the new Unity UI system. In particular I am building a button list to create kind of ...
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Optimization for lots of UV coordinates update for tilemap animation

In my game, I procedurally generate tile map mesh and modify it when travelling around the "world". Each tile is a quad. So they each, have their own UV points. (Obviously) I am using Unity for this, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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submeshes and dynamic batching doesnt work as expected

I'm duplicating one object with submeshes frequently, and assigning a random material from five materials to each submesh. There is batching happening, but it's not quite as efficient as I would have ...
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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); Sb=...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Texture Packer - Any way to make it combine intelligently

I am making a Pokemon Clone, using libgdx. I have the different types of sprites: e.g. Back, front, back shiny, and front shiny. The current way the Texture Packer combines the textures seems to be ...
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Tetris rotation without using arrays

I am making a Tetris clone. Is there any way that I can avoid using a 2D array for storing a Tetris block? EDIT: Suppose I have an array to store an L-shaped piece: 1 0 1 0 1 1 But for the sake of ...
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How can I make sure my game runs on older GPUs than mine?

My game must stay at 75fps to be playable (I'm developing for the Oculus Rift) and I'm optimizing with that hardware in mind. My mid-range Nvidia GTX 650 Ti struggles a little with some Rift demos, ...
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For Vertex Buffer Steaming, Multiple glBufferSubData VS Orphaning?

I was learning OpenGL recently. In games, we need to update the position of game objects frequently, and they will come in & out of screen constantly. So it means in rendering we need to update ...
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Location of “units” in Code

So, I've been playing around with the concept of a game, mechanically think of the Civilization games(Tile, turn-based strategy) but I am quite uncertain about where I should store the units location ...
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Avoiding memory allocation in Android game development

For obvious reasons, allocating memory on the fly in Android game development is not recommended. For example: http://developer.android.com/training/articles/perf-tips.html: There are two basic ...
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Swarm Algorithms [closed]

I have been asked to deliver a presentation for my university course on ant, bee and particle swarm algorithms. Therefore I am attempting to learn more about swarm algorithms and their uses within ...
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Store values or calculate values [closed]

We're talking about fairly anal levels of optimisation here that I wouldn't really worry about in anything other than mobile games. Let's say for example you were drawing a texture to the screen in a ...
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Efficiently tracking active instances

I'm creating a game with lots of instances. On each iteration of the game loop, I only want to deal with the ones that are near the player. Currently, I do this by constructing a list of all the ...
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A Star pathfinding algorithm, multiple node set optimization

I'm trying to determine if this is an optimization I should pursue or if this is way to complicated to be worth my time. I've successfully implemented the A Star Algorithm for my video game. I used ...