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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What strategies can one employ to do real-time path finding on a server?

In a server where multiple path finding algorithms might be going at once (especially when a mobile might be chasing a player) for several entities at once -- what can we do to speed up path-finding ...
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Optimizing parallax effect with multiple transparent layers?

I have a parallax effect in MonoGame that consists of multiple semi-transparent layers of textures. The effect is really simple but rendering multiple transparent layers on top of each other is rather ...
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HLSL: using “?” operator in Technique section produces branches?

I recently found that you can do this: int AnotherShaderConstant = 0; float4 PixShader(VSOUT input, uniform bool Direction) { float4 color; if (Direction) color = GoLeft(); else ...
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Really weird peaks when profiling a simple scene with Unity3D

I need some help optimizing my game. I have spent last 3 days digging around with no luck. I have noticed really odd results in the unity profiler so, I have created a simple scene with just a cube ...
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Compute world position by walking N units along spline?

My goal is to move ahead along a spline 'x' world units, unfortunately there is no way to map spline points to world points. What I do is I iterate along the spline by a small alpha amount (say ...
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Handle movement with QuadTree

I currently have a QuadTree that contains all my Entities. It works well and I've optimized it pretty decently, but the one thing that hurts is that I am removing from and inserting to it almost ...
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Level of Detail/Load on Demand for crowds: replace groups of objects instead of individual ones?

I have been thinking of using level of detail to make rendering crowds easier. The idea is to replace a group of meshes with a single one representing a group. For example, you have 1 individual cube ...
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Android and OpenGL, single thread vs double thread

I'm trying to optimize my Android OpenGL ES 2.0 application, and I find myself being CPU bound. After googling, I've found this, which suggest to use a thread for updating objects, and a thread for ...
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How do I merge quads to simplify a heightmap?

I'm trying to improve my frame rates. My map has an area of 200 * 200 vertices, where each vertex has a height. 200 * 200 = 40000 vertices per frame. I'd like to create a method to simplify the ...
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OpenGL drawing 500k triangles [closed]

I want to render big, izometric 2d map (using ortho projection). I am using OpenTK and aiming for OpenGL 3.3. Perfect option would be to draw 512x512 map of tiles, which is 262144 blocks -> 524288 ...
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How do you prepare for out of memory conditions?

This can be easy for games with well defined scope, but the question is about sandbox games, where the player is allowed to create and build anything. Possible techniques: Use memory pools with ...
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Run menu in gameloop or as activity?

Currently I am running my menu (with buttons "new game" and "choose level") as an xml view of an activity, that then starts my gameactivity with custom view run on a gameloop. But Im starting to see ...
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Speeding up point-in-polygon for Python

In researching collision detection methods for non-Rect-like objects I came across point-in-polygon -- specifically, the even-odd rule. The one presently on Wikipedia claims it is written in Python, ...
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Tower Defense Search Enemies Efficiently

I had a problem with the build of a TD. I got a slow - non efficient search for towers find targets to shoot. PD: enemies[] got all the active & non-active enemies (death and alive) ->Im using ...
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Which code is faster to convert -1 to 0 and 1 to 1?

I'm writing a shader for rendering the sides of triangles with different colors. I have a value mediump float back = dot(V, N) which is positive if the normal faces away from the camera and negative ...
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What are the possible techniques to optimize the lighting pass in a deferred shading renderer? [closed]

I am toying around with "modern" OpenGL (this is my first attempt, I am new to this) and I have been developping my own deferred shading renderer as an exercise. I am using an FBO with the following ...
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What are the common rendering optimization techniques for the geometry pass in a deferred shading renderer? [closed]

I have been developing a game engine using OpenGL 3 and C++ (and glfw for window management). I have advanced so far, got most of the things done except sound entities and optimizations. The engine ...
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Integer linear program solver based AI

Is Integer Linear Programming a viable solution for a turn based game AI? My current AI solution uses an ILP solver. If you are unfamiliar with ILP, it uses a collection of Booleans to find most ...
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How to optimize the distance function?

While developing a reasonably simple RTS-like game, I noticed my distance calculations were causing an impact in performance. At all times, there are distance checks to know if a unit is in range to ...
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Is there a way to optimize this 2D lighting effect shader? [duplicate]

I'm doing a little 2D game in C++ with Direct3D 11. In the game I want to render a sort of shadow that covers part of the screen: To do this I am using this pixel shader: float4 PS_Main( PS_Input ...
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How can I optimize this flood fill algorithm?

I'm creating a sprite and animation editor like this one. I'm having performance issues with my flood-fill algorithm. Basically, I open an image with the different modules that are part of a frame of ...
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Rendering a lot of Models at once with XNA

In an hexgrid based game, I render all terrain tiles as a separate model, reusing the same texture objects on all similar tiles. The tiles is a pretty simple model. When the terrain is set to be at ...
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Will function-local objects affect my performance over time?

This is a very simple question. Let's say my render loop runs at 60Hz, in each call to render(), I draw all my game's buildings, characters and scenery to make the current frame ready. Each of these ...
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Triangulating a point mesh at runtime

I'm familiar with various methods of triangulation (eg Delaunay), but since I have hundreds of thousands of regularly spaced points that may need to be revisited like this on each physics frame, I'm ...
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Optimising meshes

The game MegaGlest uses a MD3-like mesh format, which is keyframe-based vertex animation. One of the challenges moving forward is to continue to support lower-end hardware. We know some users have ...
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How to improve Minecraft-esque voxel world performance?

After playing Minecraft I marveled a bit at its large worlds but at the same time I found them extremely slow to navigate, even with a quad core and meaty graphics card. Now I assume Minecraft is ...
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Optimizing an XNA 2D game

Does it make sense to implement the logic to skip rendering objects outside the viewport or should I not care about it and let the Framework do it?
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XNA mesh.Draw() takes the longest CPU time

We have a problem. Our game steadily slows down as we increase the number of models we draw. When the number reaches 100 - FPS is dead. Our humble tests showed that the reason is not GPU. This is what ...
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How to optimize my A* algorithm

I'm working on a roguelike, and I think my A* algorithm is insufficient. My general algorithm for building the dungeon is: Place rooms Figure out which rooms should connect by a relative ...
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How to generate AABB, OBB & Sphere from polygon soup

How can I generate AABB, OOBB and Sphere from a polygon soup, where the bounding volumes are defined as follows: AABB should be specified by min(x,y,z) max(x,y,z) OOBB should be specified by ...
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How can I remove branches from a fragment shader function?

I have a fragment shader, when I've carefully managed to remove most branching decisions, as I have found out through research here that they are bad. But I have one function that I just can't work ...
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A*, Tile costs and heuristic; How to approach

I'm doing exercises in tile games and AI to improve my programming. I've written a highly unoptimised pathfinder that does the trick and a simple tile class. The first problem i ran into was that the ...
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Displaying possible movement tiles

What's the fastest way to highlight all possible movement tiles for a player on a square grid? Players can only move up, down, left, right. Tiles can cost more than one movement, multiple levels are ...
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Multiple render targets: Output target format performance questions

This is probably API independent (more dependent on hardware implementation), but just in case, I'm using OpenGL. The question is restricted to PC hardware. I have a couple of questions concerning ...
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How to generate portal zones?

I'm developing a portal-based scene manager. Basically all it does is to check the portals against the camera frustum, and render their associated portal zones accordingly. Is there any way my editor ...
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Emulated vector scaling with raster graphics?

this is a fairly loaded question. I'm looking to develop a Tech Design Document with my programming team and we're now on the fence about a major 2D graphical engine decision. What we would like to ...
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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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Unity3D draw call optimization : static batching VS manually draw mesh with MaterialPropertyBlock

I've read Unity3D draw call batching documentation. I understood it, and I want to use it (or something similar) in order to optimize my application. My situation is the following: I'm drawing ...
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For loop optimisation [closed]

Here are some variations of for loops: 1) Standard: for (int i=0; i<limit; i++) 2) Using preincrement for (int i=0; i<limit; ++i) 3) Inverting the loop for (int i=limit-1; i>=0; i--) ...
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Ways to make my game world bigger without slowing users CPU

I've been developing my first game for a little while now, but I've found that I want to make the game world MUCH bigger. It's currently about 300*300 tiles, but has creatures and bad guys running ...
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Is Kip R. Irvine's claim of Assembly being practical for game development accurate?

Kip R. Irvine's book, Assembly Language for x86 Processors, sixth edition, begins by comparing the Assembly language against high-level languages. One of the pros for Assembly, was game development: ...
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Optimization Question about Singleton [closed]

I am using Unity with c#. I have two objects and one needs to call a function from the other which is a Singleton. For this I have two solutions. But what's the best thing to do : - Call for : ...
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Early Z-test / depth-test in DirectX 11

As a DirectX noob i'm trying to wrap my head around depth buffers and specifically how pixel shaders are called for obscured pixels. From what i understand, the rasterizer calls the pixel shader for ...
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Optimize a vertex buffer and generate its associated index buffer

I need to generate a 64*64 grid with each cell being 32*32 wide. The following code works perfectly but I was wondering whether it can be further optimized when creating the index buffer for it. ...
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Recasting and Drawing in SDL

I have some code that essentially draws a column on the screen of a wall in a raycasting-type 3d engine. I am trying to optimize it, as it takes about 10 milliseconds do draw a million pixels using ...
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Optimizing collision engine bottleneck

If this is your first time on this question, I suggest reading the pre-update part below first, then this part. Here's a synthesis of the problem, though: Basically, I have a collision detection ...
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2D sort for inventory items?

I asked this question some time ago. Now I ended up with just a sorter method that will sort the items based on their bulkiness/nSlotsRequired. Here's what I'm doing: I store all the items I have in ...
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How to optimise mesh data

So i have some procedurally generated mesh data and i want to reduce it down to its minimum number of verts. In case it matters this is a unity project. Working on the basis of a simple example, ...
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The most efficent ways for drawing lines all day long with OpenGL

I'd like to put a computer screen that is running an OpenGL programs in a room. It has to run all day long (not in the night). I'd like to draw lines that are slowly fading in the background. The ...
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Are collision detection always O(n^2)?

Are physics engine able to decrease that complexity, for example by grouping objects who are near each other and check for collisions inside this group instead of against all objects ? (for example, ...