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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Does use of simple shaders improve performace/battery life?

I'm making OpenGL game for Android. Till now i've used only fixed function pipeline, but i'm rendering simple things. Fixed function pipeline includes a lot of stuff i don't need. So i'm thinking ...
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Designing a flexible tile-based engine

I'm trying to create a flexible tile-based game engine to make all sorts of non-realtime puzzle games, just as Bejeweled, Civilization, Sokoban, and so on. The first approach I had was to have a 2D ...
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GL ES: Fragment shader optimization

Summary: I get FPS slowdown as soon as I try to tint the sprites (i.e: multiply texture with color in the fragment shader) Details: Hardware: iPod touch 4 I am drawing 700 sprites on the screen ...
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Automating XNA Performance Testing?

I was wondering what peoples approaches or thoughts were on automating performance testing in XNA. Currently I am looking at only working in 2d, but that poses many areas where performance can be ...
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Why do games run so much better in Windows than in OSX?

For example, on my Mac Mini with Bootcamp, Team Fortress 2 runs at about 20fps in OSX and 80fps in Windows. This seems to be a common case. Why is this?
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Which opcodes are faster at the CPU level?

In every programming language there are sets of opcodes that are recommended over others. I've tried to list them here, in order of speed. Bitwise Integer Addition / Subtraction Integer ...
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How do OpenGL's texelFetch and texture differ?

I understand the main differences between texelFetch and texture, but have some questions about the details: Does texelFetch involve a performance penalty? Such as not using a cache or such? Are ...
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Multi threaded game - updating, rendering, and how to split them

From the StackOverflow post (it was recommended I move this): So, I'm working on a game engine, and I've made pretty good progress. However, my engine is single-threaded, and the advantages of ...
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Java single Array best choice for accessing pixels for manipulation?

I am just watching this tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwUnMy_pR6A and the guy (who seems to be pretty competent) is using a single array to store and access the pixels of his to-be-rendered ...
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Do Octrees, Kd-Trees, BSP only make sense for static geometry?

I'm still implementing my scene graph (see this question). Now, I wonder if a spatial representation such as a Kd-Tree or Octree to do View Frustum Culling (VFC) only makes sense with static geometry. ...
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Voxel Face Crawling (Mesh simplification, possibly using greedy)

Edit: This is just for my own learning experience, it is NOT for performance reasons that I ask this question. This is in regards to a Minecraft-like terrain engine. I store blocks in chunks ...
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How to efficiently store and display a tile map on the web?

About These are actually two questions in one. First of all I am looking for a way to efficiently store large amounts of tile data. The other aspect deals with querying the data set and displaying ...
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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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Windows Phone Performance Analysis makes game run faster. Possible reasons?

A XNA game I was making was running slowly on my WP7 device. However when I started it in Windows Phone Performance Analysis to find the bottleneck, the game ran smoothly on the same device. I ...
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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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Is it useful to monitor framerate over the course of an arbitrary (but long) period of time?

How useful is it to keep a measurement of framerate over the course of long times (such as an hour) spanning multiple scenes/data environments? I've had plenty of times where data throttling/pushing ...
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How do C# and JavaScript differ in Unity development? [closed]

Other than the obvious language differences, how do JavaScript and C# differ when developing games in Unity3D? Is there a noticable performance difference? Is the JS code packaged as-is? If yes, ...
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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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Small, High-Speed Object Collisions: Avoiding Tunneling

EDIT/UPDATE: My biggest question right now is whether step 3's "t=..." equation is a good idea or there a better way to do it. Most other issues have been partially or fully addressed, but no ...
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Fixed Function vs Programmable Pipeline performance with many batches

In OpenGL 2.0 I can easily make 10,000 draw calls per frame (with state changes in between each call). However, if i try to do this in either OpenGL ES 2.0 or DirectX9 with shaders, my peformance is ...
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C++ and OpenGL ES: glDrawArrays calls are time consuming

Currently, I'm profiling my iOS. All the calls to glDrawArrays are expensive. For example, here is a screenshot of the rendering part of a particle system: As you can see, the glDrawArrays call ...
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Path planning for volumes in games

How would you path plan a volume for a game? For example a 1 km cube with tunnels and caverns. Also the terrain is destructible. You have walking and flying modes. I would separate it into phases. ...
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How many shadow casting lights are in modern games?

I'd like to know how many shadow casting lights are supported in modern games, such as Uncharted 2, Crysis 2, Modern Warfare 2, Halo: Reach, etc. Do they all limit themselves to just a couple of ...
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Adding a simple mix() destroys the framerate

I have a very simple shader and added linear fog via mix like this: finalColor = mix(finalColor, vec3(0.5, 0.8, 0.95), vUVoutAndViewZ.z); Note that the view Z distance is in the variable that also ...
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Best way to determine surface normal for a group of pixels?

One of my current endeavors is creating a 2D destructible terrain engine for iOS Cocos2D (See https://github.com/crebstar/PWNDestructibleTerrain ). It is in an infant stages no doubt, but I have made ...
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An odd performance problem rendering a simple scene (less than 14k vertices) in OpenGL using two vbos with LWJGL

Problem I have been having a strange degrading performance issue rendering a simple scene containing two "chunks" of 4x4x4 cubes each. Video of problem This is a screen capture showing my console ...
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Implementing algorithms via compute shaders vs. pipeline shaders

With the availability of compute shaders for both DirectX and OpenGL it's now possible to implement many algorithms without going through the rasterization pipeline and instead use general purpose ...
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Computing volumetric light effects analytically

In my previous question I have asked about an effect on how to visualize light spheres. The question resulted in a very nice formulated answer which described pretty well how to achieve this by adding ...
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How to find the bottleneck in a typical OpenGL game?

I am working on a little game engine. All major features are implemented yet, despite game logic which I assume not to be such a computational effort. The framerate is at least around 40 FPS, most of ...
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Timestep schemes for physics simulations

The operations used for stepping a physics simulation are most commonly: Integrate velocity and position Collision detection and resolution Contact resolution (in advanced cases) A while ago I ...
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OpenGL profiling with AMD PerfStudio 2 [closed]

I'm rendering just a really small amount of polygons for my UI but however I still tried to increase the FPS. In the end I removed redundant calls which increased the FPS. I really don't want to lose ...
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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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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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Do associative array data structures have a place in game development?

Is it a bad idea to use a map data structure (an associative array or dictionary) in game development? According to this flowchart, the ideal container for storing game object's container would ...
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Can Flash games packed for iOS and other mobile devices achieve reasonable performance?

I was thinking of developing a game in Flash, as a hobby/educational project. However, I was hoping I could make it run on a smartphone, but a friend who develops in Flash says that in their ...
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Use a SQL Database for a Desktop Game

Developing a Game Engine I am planning a computer game and its engine. There will be a 3 dimensional world with first person view and it will be single player for now. The programming language is C++ ...
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What are some low-level performance tweaks for iPhone games written in c?

I'm interested in some performance tweaks for a relatively simple OpenGL ES based 2D iPhone game. What performance tweaks have you found? The performance of the game is pretty good on most devices ...
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what options do I have for rendering “large” terrains?

I am trying to design a game with some interesting features but one question I have is regarding terrain. I want a terrain that will make for a very large game world, and I want to be able to have ...
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Per frame: Many draw calls with fewer total vertices vs fewer draw calls with more total vertices?

Is there any chance draw calls like XNA's Graphics.DrawIndexedPrimitives has an extremely low overhead and performance issues are more than likely due to the complexity of the meshes? If I had a ...
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Automatically generate low detail collision meshes

I lately integrated Bullet Physics into my little game engine, but for now I only use basic shapes as spheres or boxes for collision checks. For more realistic physics I need collision meshes for all ...
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Implementing fog of war in opengl es 2.0 game

Hi game development community, this is my first question here! ;) I'm developing a tactics/strategy real time android game and I've been wondering for some time what's the best way to implement an ...
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VBO and gl*Pointer management practises?

I'm aware it's not a simple yes/no question and for the moment I can't tell if it can be simply answered, or is it a topic for a long discussion which is not suitable for our Q&A format. I want ...
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How to insert and remove blocks quickly in a Minecraftian world?

I currently have volume data for the world stored as an array of booleans. I then check each empty block and if it has non-empty neighbors the faces get drawn. This prevents me from sending a bunch ...
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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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How do collision meshes work in games like Zelda on the N64?

I was recently reading about the technology of Ocarina of Time/Majoras Mask and discovered that world collision is done using a single triangle mesh (vertices, normals, etc) for an entire area. There ...
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GLImpl.gldrawelements longer than usual

I'm developing a little game engine for the Android platform and I'm trying to improve the performance of this one. (I'm not an OpenGL expert) I can see a framerate drop sometimes, when using DDMS ...
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Libgdx optimization of big arrays

I am working on a game using libgdx and I have the following code that I want to optimize. Array<Bullet> enemyBullets = Enemy2.getEnemyBullets(); for (Bullet bullet : enemyBullets) { ...
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Improving SpriteBatch performance for tiles

I realize this is a variation on what has got to be a common question, but after reading several (good answers) I'm no closer to a solution here. So here's my situation: I'm making a 2D game which ...
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Can I leverage the fact that my scene is often static to improve OpenGL (JOGL) performance?

My scene is drawn based on the location of several (often several million) vertices (kept in VBO's) and a camera. I can easily tell in my code when my scene has changed and when it hasn't. There are ...
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Javascript Canvas Drawing Efficiency

I have just recently started some experiments with game development in Javascript/HTML5, and so far it has been going pretty well. I have a simple test scene running with some basic input handling, ...