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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Performance differences: one empty GameObject with multiple child objects vs. single GameObject formed by pre-merging the former child objects

Imagine a robot game where robots are made of pre-built blocks. Therefore, each block is a separate GameObject, with one mesh each. I am trying to understand the conceptual differences behind the ...
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Most optimal way to load 2D world

I am creating a 2D car racing game. (Yes, a Hill Climb Racing clone) What I am doing right now is load 10% of the map every time the user gets to 7%. For example: Imagine the map has 10km. (10000m) ...
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Animated Typing Memory Usage with Immutable Strings

Right now I'm programming a game that has an animated typing effect typically seen in older 1980's and 90's role-playing games. An example can be seen here. The typing effect is generated by taking a ...
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Cossacks game pathfinding

Cossacks (released in 2002) is an RTS game where you can build huge (few thousands men per player) armies on a really big maps. Imagine Age of Empires 2 for few players on Ludikris map with no lag, ...
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GLES2 rendering performance for different iPad generations

I'm using C++/GLES2 for iPad only (no iPhone). The only device I own is an iPad2 and I do not plan to support iPad 1. Can anyone help me understand realistic goals/limits on iPad 2/3/4 in terms of ...
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Is * calling *= (or *= calling *) slower than writing seperate functions (for math library)? [closed]

I have some vector classes where the arithmetic functions looks like this: template<typename T, typename U> auto operator*(const Vector3<T>& lhs, const Vector3<U>& rhs) { ...
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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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Know if you're fully utilizing the GPU

I render ~17.000 VAOs each frame. 2.840.386 triangles. Only applying texture, nothing else. I have three computers and the performance across them is not as expected. Cheap laptop(i3-4010U & ...
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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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Most efficient way to convert Vector3 to Vector2

What is the most efficient and fastest way to convert a Vector3 to a Vector2? Casting: Vector2 vector2 = (Vector2)vector3; Initailizing a new Vector2: Vector2 vector2 = new Vector2(vector3.x, ...
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Culling And Optimization in a 2D Orthographic Game

I'm currently developing a 2D top-down space themed RTS game. I'm building the space procedurally from a seed. At the end of generation of all space objects, if i don't apply any optimizations I end ...
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Java 2D Game Development - Best Performance With Rendering

I have seen two different rendering methods. One of them is rendering multiple bufferedImages like g.drawImage(image1 to imagexxx, x, y). Like in my game I have to render, on each tick, 880 buffered ...
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Why is my game freezing?

Ok here is what I have done. I have made a simple test game where you move a character around. I built it and installed the app onto 2 different devices (as it will be a multiplayer game later). ...
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How to avoid cost comparison each and every frame?

I'm toying around with a ticker(incremental game) for JavaScript. The basic idea is that you have buttons that represent buildings, each building provides a certain amount of resource per 'tick'. ...
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Why not draw a custom font with lines and/or polygons?

Reasons/advantages I see: More flexible procedural animation. Completely custom font. Performance (no texturing or high-poly)? No assets (unless data-driven). Multi-resolution compared to sprite ...
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What is the fastest way of drawing simple, textured geomtries and keeping the depth test?

I'm looking for a fast way to draw simple 3D geometries - that will consist of up to 10 vertices. Each of them will have a texture (though varying between geometries). I also want to store the ...
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Ideal draw order - sort primarily by distance or material?

When it comes to pre-sorting the draw calls for a given frame, I am aware of two different methods for optimising. The first is to batch draw calls by their material. This minimises shader changes ...
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Transitioning through menus in Unity: what is the best option performance-wise? [closed]

I'm making a menu manager and I'm not sure what should I do to make a transition from one menu to the other. What is better to be used performance wise? Here is the step in my mind. Simple enable or ...
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Is there any documentation comparing/contrasting C++ standard library implementations? [closed]

(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 things.)...
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Is Carmack right about PC performance? And does Windows 8 address his concerns?

Here John Carmack claims that PCs are still slower that current gen console hardware because of the overhead. "A lot of it's driver overhead issues, where there's so much that we do in the game, ...
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What is Sprite Kit capable of? [closed]

I am messing around with Game Maker in my free time. I learned some Java at school but never really understood the object oriented principles. When I got to know Game Maker I was surprised that game ...
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Can frequent state changes decrease rendering performance?

Can frequent texture and shader binding decrease rendering performance? "Frequent" binding example: for object for material in object render part of object using that material "Low count" ...
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How to occlude lights in Unity3D?

First off, I own Unity Pro. I've been looking in to occluding lights when they aren't being viewed for a while now to improve performance. The main methods I ran in to were using BecameVisible() and ...
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Add navigation obstacles during runtime lags

Please watch this short video. http://screencast.com/t/vw2a5FdOOT It shows the problem. It's using the build in Unity navigation and followed the guide to build the demo in the video. Everytime I ...
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Efficient Per-Tile Lighting Technique

Quite a few of the 2D games that I have seen use per-tile lighting, where each tile has a set brightness (continuous scale of 0 to 1, for example). One way of calculating the brightness of any one ...
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unity lag while moving a sprite

I'm trying to build a 2D game for android and after I finished developing the game I noticed that there was lag present when moving objects around. I tested it on a phone much more powerful than my ...
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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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Techniques of graphics rendering with single CPU core? [closed]

I am interested in methods of 2d and 3d rendering using single thread on an average CPU (e.g. for programming games for old and low-end PCs). While I usually have no performance problems when using ...
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Giving values to uniform in OpenGL

First thing is that I know how to give values to uniforms in OpenGL. Second thing is that it is a question related to optimization and performance. The habit for changing the uniforms, we preferred ...
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Low performance from unordered_map when accessing elements in member template function in derived class

I'm trying to implement a component based architecture on a game engine project. Each GameObject has an unordered_map that holds a pointer to Component base class. At this point, I only have one ...
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Logging library for (c++) games

I know a lot of logging libraries but didn't test a lot of them. (GoogleLog, Pantheios, the coming boost::log library...) In games, especially in remote multiplayer and multithreaded games, logging ...
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Distance travelled by gameObject and behavior depend on device's performance?

The distance travelled by my gameObject and behavior depend on my device's performance. If the device is slow for example, it takes longer to accomplish a specific task, thus travels at a smaller ...
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Is this the typical approach to modern OpenGL UI & Text rendering, for mobile?

I'm implementing GUI in OpenGL ES 2.0 to fit with my application framework's existing structure. I'd like to have the UI rendering eat as little mobile processing capacity as possible. So to confirm......
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Performance of instantiating many prefabs as children of one prefab in unity

Is there any performance difference between [instantiate multiple prefabs] and [put all prefabs under a single parent prefab and then instantiate that parent prefab] in scene. Hope you understand what ...
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How can I minimise memory thrashing when doing vector math in JavaScript or ActionScript?

Please note that a similar question has been asked before in the context of C#. Say I'm building a 3D game in Javascript or Actionscript, and doing a lot of 3D vector math. In current libraries, ...
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Collaborative Diffusion vs. A* for loose armies combat: any clear winner?

Collaborative Diffusion (CD) takes a lot of the work that A* does and combines (writes) it cheaply for multiple agents to read cheaply. This is because the majority of CD's processing works via a ...
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How can I improve the efficiency of my procedural terrain generation and smoothing?

I'm developing an algorithm that generates infinite procedural terrain. It is currently inefficient. How can I improve it? The algorithm starts by generating a 16×16 height-map with simplex noise per ...
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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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What are the common methods for achieving dynamic asset destruction? [closed]

I am trying to determine the most appropriate destruction solution for an online desktop game. There are two main factors here that I am considering; 1) the performance of the approach taken and how ...
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Is it normal for a game to use 100% CPU?

I just implemented multi-threaded input handling in my game engine where the code that polls the OS to gather input from it and time stamps them is in a separate thread and each frame in the main ...
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What is the optimal texture size?

I recently added a texture packager to my project that will pack a certain amount of textures into a single one, like this: So for example this one is 582x1023 pixels in size. The goal of adding ...
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Extrapolating performance on cheaper devices

I am in the final stages of developing a game with XNA and MonoGame and am planning to release it on Windows Phone and Android. I personally have a Blu Win HD LTE and my father and sister have a Nexus ...
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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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Keep track of VoxelData/NPC in parallel Level

Background I'm tring to make a First-Person-Shooter Game in a Voxel-World (Finit Size) with Unity3d. The Player has some kind of a Base that he has to protect against Enemy units. There are also ...
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Is is better to have multiple smaller or one big polygon

My game has some kind of minecraft (voxel) graphic and I have the opportunity to decide whether I want to render multiple smaller polygons or one big polygon. Which is better for performance?
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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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tilting image for mode7 game in HTML5

I'm making a mode7 game like mario-kart and I need to tilt the image before I draw it, I have tried using a buffer canvas to tilt the image then draw it on the games canvas but this makes it laggy (...
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Is GPU locality of reference worth worrying about?

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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For iteneration + if statement - bottleneck [closed]

in list I have objects of 1, 2, 3 type and I must every frame refresh next list where I need only type 2 and 3. - via calculating in Vector3.. This statement consume a lot of time and slow down ...
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Is Frustum culling still needed today?

I'm reading about efficient Frustum culling algorithms. I found an article about a smart method that first use the Frustum AABB (Axis Aligned Bounding Box) to eliminate most of the scene before check ...