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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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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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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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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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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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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PhysicsJS on mobile devices: how to optimize for speed

I'm (physics n00b) developing a small animation (gamification) in a mobile HTML5 app (PhysicsJS, HTML5, Cordova, Ionic, JavaScript). This animation is derived from Basket of verlet constraints. This ...
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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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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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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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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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How can I efficiently render to multiple screens?

I know XNA is long dead, but I need it to update an old project. (I would have ported to MonoGame, but can't get multi-monitor support in it.) My game does the following: Wait for some objects ...
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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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Are hard coded “rooms” better than dynamically generated on a smart phone, from performance point of view

This question pertains to a type of platform/maze game (made with Unity 5) for typical smartphones (iOS/Android). This game has following characteristics: 1. an upper limit (about 100) on the amount ...
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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 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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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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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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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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How should I store dynamic game entities for efficient area-based selection?

In my 2d block-based game I'm trying to implement a data structure that would store entities entities in a way that's capable of: Direct selection based on coordinate. Iteration Iteration limited ...
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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 calls:...
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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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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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Animator.SetBool: am I supposed to call it only when its value changes?

I've searched around the web for a while, but didn't manage to find anything about it. Despite using Animator in several projects so far, I've never been in this exact situation, so I'm unsure what ...
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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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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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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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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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Efficient Collisions Iteration?

My project has upwards of 3000 2D objects but not all of them collide with each other. Between each object that can collide, a CollisionPair is created and stored inside a flattened array. Currently, ...
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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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Efficient modification of Texture2D at runtime for a 2D painting game in Unity3D

I have spent some time looking for different solutions to be implemented in a mobile painting game I'm creating. At this time, everything is working but I have some serious performance problems on ...
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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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Evil Genius styled building system

I'm currently playing around with a base builder/manager-esque type of game similar to Evil Genius. To build a room I would like to have the following process: 1. Select room type 2. Click and hold ...
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Bullet btGImpactCollisionAlgorithm

I have a question about Bullet and in particular GImpact. When, the collisiontestpair(a, b) is called where GImpact pair check algo will be called on the btGImpactMeshShape, does it do a AABB tree ...
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Are the prefabs stored in RAM or in the Hard disk? (Unity3D)

I have many prefabs objects (65 MB) in an Unity3D project. My game use 100 different levels with combinations of the prefab objects. What is better create 100 scenes or create only one scene where ...
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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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Performance of programming languages and frameworks [closed]

I want to program an online 2D MMORPG with graphics like in this game. Since I develop in javascript and python mainly I chose python for my first games and the game library pygame which is pretty ...
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Performance and HotSpots

Usually, when discussing on performance in games, cache misses and localities come like the real problem. But i feel like videogames are too focus optimization in that way. For example, the author of ...