The quality, efficiency, and speed of running gameplay as a result of several factors in the design and structure of the game and its architecture.

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In OpenGL what's quicker, lots of smaller VAOs, or one large one updated each frame?

In my game engine, a mesh can be made of many submeshes. These submeshes may or may not share vertex data with the rest of the mesh, if they don't they have their own vertex data array. I've noticed ...
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XNA: How to capture precise time of button press?

I'm guessing the default XNA model encourages checking for button presses in Update(). However, I am developing a game-like application for research and need to measure reaction times as quickly as ...
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Draw multiple triangle strips in one draw call DirectX

I'm running into a bottleneck where I'm drawing many basic disconnected colored triangle strips in DirectX 9 (XNA). The problem comes with drawing them all in seperate draw calls, so I'd like to batch ...
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GPU Locality of Reference

Does locality of reference make as much of a difference to GPU performance as it does CPU performance? For example, if I send 200 draw commands to the GPU, will I see a (potentially) noticeable ...
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Alternatives to map of strings in regard to performance

I would like to start my first question here with a subjective question. I think it qualifies as constructive. To introduce the situation: I have a 2D tiled map. I also had different arrays of ...
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How can I make A* finish faster when the destination is impassable?

I am making a simple tile-based 2D game, which uses the A* ("A star") pathfinding algorithm. I've got all working right, but I have a performance problem with the search. Simply put, when I click an ...
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Why would it be faster to render using multiple canvas elements?

This video suggests that rendering using multiple canvas elements helps performance. How does this work? The idea was to use one for the player, one for the enemies, another for the background, ...
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How can I estimate the perfomance of graphics cards I don't have? [duplicate]

I'm developing a voxel game with OpenGL and want to optimize the number of rendered faces. How can I estimate how many faces at most a modern graphics card of a certain brand is able to compute, while ...
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Collision detection enhancement

I am developping a spaceinvader-like game. There comes the problem of how to handle collision detection. At first I was doing like that : forEach(fireBall : fireBalls) { forEach(stormTrooper : ...
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Optimizing Collision Detection in a 2D Game

I am optimizing my "little" Java (LibGDX) shooter game, and perhaps unsurprisingly, collision detection is a "bottleneck"; I've kind of reached my performance goals already, but I want to tweak the ...
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Phaser noob: Why is my Phaser game jittery? [closed]

I'm just getting started with HTML5 game development, and I'm very impressed with the quality of Run Pixie Run and bunnymark in both desktop and mobile, so I've started making a game using Phaser ...
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Java Graphics performance issue when drawing transparent shapes

I've started working on a game engine for fun with no external libraries. I've started creating a simple particle system and I've come to some huge performance issues. I have the following frawing ...
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How to profile CPU and GPU performance if I have a monster PC?

I'm going to upgrade my PC soon. I'm worried that I will no longer spot performance losses in my game because of the better specs. I can check memory usage easily, but how do I check and debug CPU ...
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Does Unity's “Compression quality” affect ETC2 compression?

In Unity I am using "Advanced" texture options on Android with ETC2 8-bit compression. There is an option for "Compression quality" as described here: ...
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Additive blend over camera preview

I am using SurfaceTexture to draw camera preview through opengl after applying blending but new camera preview frames overwrite my previous frames although i am not clearing my color buffer. I want my ...
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What is the fastest way to know if the current coordinate in screen-space is odd or even in GLSL/GLES2 frag shader?

I want to make a post-effect where every second column of pixels is colored differently, and I want to implement this as a GLSL fragment shader on GLES2. The question is what is the most effective way ...
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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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Issues with ECS performance

I'm currently implementing ECS in "classic" sense, as defined by this wonderful post, where we have Entities, Components and Systems. And I'm having a serious (for me) performance issues. They come ...
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How do I prevent receiving data from the network from dropping rendering frames in a multiplayer game?

I'm building an HTML5 massively multiplayer online game. I've been working on this project for awhile, but am having some trouble sorting through a couple of performance issues. Since this is a ...
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Heuristics used for determining device performance

Often times PC games offer an elaborate settings page which lets you turn 20 different knobs. Users can modify these settings at will in the pursuit of performance, or conversely, visual quality. ...
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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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Cache misses and usability in Entity Systems

Lately I have been researching and implementing an Entity System for my framework. I think I read most articles, reddits and questions about it that I could find, and so far I think I am grasping the ...
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LibGDX Box2D TileGame Efficiency

I am trying to implement Box2D into my top down tile game in LibGDX. Each world consists of a set of chunks, and each chunk is 16 tiles wide/long. The maximum/minimum chunks loaded at one time is 9 (a ...
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Large 2D Arrays Causing Garbage Collection

I've been working on a game in Java that, for this post's sake, looks like Terraria and has random world generation. I've been using Vectors to contain my tile/block objects, but recently due to the ...
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Traditional Chunk Loading vs. Chunk Swapping

I'm designing a voxel-based game (aren't we all?), and just yesterday implemented infinite terrain generation. I'd already had the terrain generation working off of simplex noise, so this wasn't a ...
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Why does accessing a uniform float make my shader more than twice as slow?

My fragment shader was significantly slowed down by a recent change, and I've been trying to understand why. I isolated the main slow-down to accessing a single particular uniform float. If I include ...
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Grants a Higher Texture downsized a better quality than a texture with the downsized resolution?

if i use a texture in a game with a resolution of 128*128 for a tile which is actually 64*64 on screen and both textures show the same image just in different resolutions. One in 128*128 and one in ...
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OpenGL - Drawing multiple meshes at once using VBOs and IBOs

I have been learning OpenGL 2.1 but using shaders, VBOs, IBOs, etc. I have gotten a rendering engine that can load and draw meshes, materials, forward lighting (no shadows yet), SceneNodes, and ...
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CSS Sprite position updates slow due to addition of 'px'?

I'm moving fewer than 10 position: absolute elements around the screen. An enormous amount of CPU time (profiled in Chrome as (program) i.e. native code) is used where I do the following: style.left ...
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Casting every received packet as struct?

What is the best performant solution to handle received data from socket, in a MMORPG game? Is it good to have something like: [StructLayout(LayoutKind.Explicit, Pack = 1)] public struct LoginPacket ...
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How to describe the performance requirements for a PC game?

System requirements describe the minimum specifications of the hardware and software required to play a game, in terms of performance and compatibility. Some requirements are clear-cut, like the ...
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Performance Difference Between Content.Load and Texture.FromStream xna

Is there any performance difference between Texture2Ds loaded using the content pipeline and Texture2Ds loaded using Texture2D.FromStream()?
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2D Game with a big block-based Map - Create for each block one block-object? [duplicate]

I'm working on a 2D game in Java which will be similar to Terraria (Mincecraft 2D). I want to generae the world-map random. The world (the ground) consists of 32x32 blocks. How I should handle all ...
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Impact of object's statistics on the rendering

Consider two 3D objects with n points and n triangles. One of the objects has a smooth surface such as a ball or a box, and the other object is like a fuzzy onion-layered object with large ...
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Why are huge polygon amounts bad?

It is always said that the polygon amount of a single modell must be as little as possible when it comes to realtime simulations such as computer games. (Or at least lower than when rendering a movie) ...
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glDrawElements vs glDrawArrays for polygons that do not reuse vertices

Is it better to use glDrawElements or glDrawArrays when not reusing vertices? There must be some difference, otherwise people would always use glDrawElements? I suppose the question could be ...
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Is there any harm in having the main game loop run uncontrolled?

I was wondering if there is any possible harm when my game loop runs as fast as the system allows? I currently have a loop, that, by measuring passed time in nanoseconds, runs the game logic and ...
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OpenGL ES 2.0 state management best practices [closed]

I use a game engine with dynamic sprite batching for 2D games on mobile platforms (MOAI SDK). It already handles redundant state changes pretty well - with the use of texture atlases it only flushes ...
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3D picking for mouse move event

I implemented color picking recently and I would like to use it as kind of highlight when mouse is over an object but I am concerned about performance. Color picking requires whole frame to be drawn, ...
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Add Objects in LWJGL without using glTranslationf function

It is possible to add an object in LWJGL without using translation function (glTranslatef) ? and if it is possible does this improve somehow performance ?
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Is it possible to create 3d games with good performance in java? [closed]

Recently i use Javafx 8 for creating small 2D games , but i think it can't manage memory and other things very well .I see Jmonkey jmonkeyengine as a game engine for Java and i see some videos of ...
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Best practice for organizing the physics of objects?

Apologies because this is a long post and I am inexperienced. I would really appreciate the input from some experienced developers. These are my two goals for this project: To learn the best ...
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OpenGL - Buffer Usage

I am currently working on a little OpenGL project. At the moment I am trying to find a good solution for rendering multiple objects. I have set up a terrain with its own buffers, which works just ...
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How can I profile the speed of my vertex and fragment shaders separately?

I'd like to know how I can check to see if either my vertex or my fragment shader is a bottleneck in my rendering pipeline. I've read about using glQueryCounter with the GL_TIMESTAMP target to get ...
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Slow uniform array in shader causing FPS drop

I'm trying to use an uniform array of matrices in my compute shader. However, it's really slow. I've narrowed it down to this lines of code: uniform mat4 someMatrixArray[64]; ... vec4 result = ...
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How to I coordinate a camera with the eyes of a model?

I am currently working on an FPS in XNA and I wanted to know how I would position the camera at the eyes of the model and whenever the model rotated or moved it's head (where the eyes are), the camera ...
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Manual occlusion culling with glDrawElements [duplicate]

How should I go about doing occlusion culling with glDrawElements? I am dealing with voxel-like terrain. I want to avoid drawing the faces that are facing another block. I just don't know how to ...
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Drawing and scrolling very large zoomed tilemaps

I've been working on my game editor and doing some performance tests. In the meantime I realized that my editors performance goes significant down if I draw a large map and zoom it. 100% zoom = 112 ...
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How can I can I reduce the write load on a database for an MMO?

I am considering using MySQL as a database for storing the character states or the world for that matter. The thing is if I will save the character data on an interval, thus giving rest to the mysql ...
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Multithreading issues - Frame skips [closed]

So I am trying to multithread a Voxel engine in C# made with Sharpdx and I am having a few issues: This is the class I have : #region using System.Collections.Concurrent; using ...