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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Are shaders always faster?

Will using shaders or some other way of talking directly to the GPU always be faster than drawing to the screen in whatever language a game is being (mainly) written in? I guess that code with lots of ...
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Websocket server thread per connection

I'm creating an html5 multiplayer game and am looking at how to create a websocket server. I've been looking at various libraries and one thing I noticed is that each one will create a new thread for ...
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Rendering Performance: num Draw Calls == num Texture Bindings

I'm making a game with Libgdx 1.6.4 and experience some lag issues on iPhone 4 and then discovered: // in the constructor GLProfiler.enable(); ... // in the render method Gdx.app.debug("draw ...
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Should I use textures not sized to a power of 2?

In the early days of OpenGL and DirectX, texture sizes were required to be powers of two. This meant interpolation of float values could be done very quickly, using shifting and such. Since OpenGL ...
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How many threads should I have, and for what?

Should I have separate threads for rendering and logic, or even more? I'm aware of the immense performance drop caused by data synchronization (let alone any mutex locks). I've been thinking of ...
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LWJGL 3 - Random Sprites Don't Blend

Some of my sprites don't "Blend" in with tiles behind them Z-wise. glEnable(GL_DEPTH_TEST); Depth testing is enabled and works. glEnable(GL_BLEND); glBlendFunc(GL_SRC_ALPHA, ...
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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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Does converting quaternion to matrix cause a lot of overhead?

This is related to rendering creating a model, view, projection matrix for opengl. While matrix are fairly standard there's a lot of talk about using quaternions for rotations but why would u go from ...
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Libgdx performance on old devices

I'm developing a game in Java for Android, using LibGDX. I'm using Nexus 5 to test my game most of the time and it works great (Minimum FPS it gets is 57 out of 60). Recently I ran my game in Galaxy ...
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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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Why do 100 rect contain 400 tris?

I am making a game targeted towards mobile, so I am experimenting around to know how I can boost performance. Now I have a rectangle with a road texture on it. This I made in Blender. And as expected ...
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Best collision algorithm for Axis Aligned Bouding Boxes [duplicate]

I have a number of quads (suppose like 20-40) and i want to quickly check the collisions between any of them. I would like to know if there's a quick algorithm to do that 60 times per second without ...
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CPU Usage and Available Ram in Unity 5

In Unity 5 I would like to be able to print out the CPU Usage and Available Ram left in MB. I followed the code posted on http://zamov.online.fr/EXHTML/CSharp/CSharp_927308.html and used it, however ...
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Unreal Engine for 2d in c++ [closed]

I was about to start my journey on unreal engine but currently all of the tutorials we're all about blueprints in 2D games. I really want to make 2d games since I am not good at 3d (not yet). My ...
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How can I render extremely large models?

I'm trying to build a game in Unity similar to the game Kerbal Space Program where there are large celestial bodies that the player can orbit. I'm running into a few problems though. My first issue is ...