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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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 calls:...
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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 2....
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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 ...
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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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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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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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How can I stop Substance's runtime texture caching?

Procedural textures with the Substance Engine seem to update very quickly if you turn off caching, modify one exposed variable at a time, modify it frequently, and even then only after you've ...
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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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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 fine....
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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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Grouping entities of the same component set into linear memory

We start from the basic systems-components-entities approach. Let's create assemblages (term derived from this article) merely out of information about types of components. It is done dynamically at ...
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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 ...
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Bad performance using VBO with OpenGL ES in Android

I'm making an Android app and I need to draw some polygons using OpenGL ES. I'm able to render them but I'm disappointed with performance. I updated the code to use VBO but I didn't notice any ...
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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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Browser game - small models with tileable textures vs one big model and one big texture

I am few years behind in terms of browser capabilities. I plan to combine 3D with pixel art, and I am going to use Unity to make a browser based game. I have made a stage that is one model and has ...
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Recurring stalls in SwapBuffer

I am currently doing measurements on a test scene implemented in OpenGL 4.5 with different "setups". I noticed that in case I have a very high amount of FPS (1550 in this specific case), SwapBuffer ...
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How many LoD versions of a model should I have? [closed]

Many games facilitate better performance by increasing/decreasing the number of triangles/polygons that are drawn, depending on how close the camera is to said object. Mountains, viewed from far away, ...
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How to achieve best performance in DirectX 9.0 while rendering on multiple monitors?

I have read this article, and I am making use of some pixel shaders to achieve some effects. At most four shader effects can be applied at same time. What are the best practices to achieve best ...
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Why are games locked at a certain frame per second?

A lot of PC games are locked at 60 frames per second. I know that this is because a high frame rate can cause glitches/bug in a game and mess up the physics but is there another reason? Should anyone ...
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In Monogame, why is multiple tile drawing slow when rendering in “windowed fullscreen”?

I have this drawing function (recommended as a solution here). It draws tiles on the whole window with no problem but my game slows down to ~30fps after maximizing it to "windowed fullscreen", which ...
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Polygons requirement on mobile devices, around 3000 vertices?

I read on the unity documentation that a character should be between 300 to 1500 "polygons" on mobile devices to have good results. In Blender, we have "tris" or "faces", does "polygon" stand for the "...
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How to efficiently render a large terrain mesh?

Recently I've been stuck on a problem thinking about the best way to generate a terrain into my game. In another projects I normally used heightmaps, so all the core-work was based on the engine used, ...
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SFML drawing Tiles low fps

int main() { sf::RenderWindow window(sf::VideoMode(800, 800), "SFML works!"); sf::VertexArray Tquad(sf::Quads, 40*40*4); int size{ 20 }; int width{ 40 }; for (int x = 0; x < width; x++) { for (...
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How should I improve my game world? [closed]

I'm in the process of teaching myself game development, and I'm trying to learn 3D, and started on a basic 3D game. The actual problem I've encountered is with level design, I'm using cubes all over ...
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Should I worry about variable time step for simple mobile 2d game

After going through some articles on framerate independent game design, i found that its not an easy task to implement in variable time steps(it is difficult compared to fixed frame rate, and ...
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How does a loop work in game engines? [duplicate]

Recently I started working on a game with the spritekit engine. My question is not about spritekit in specific though, but generally about game engines. When I write a loop and run it (eg while i &...
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Is there a difference in the time taken to load one texture instead of many?

Is there a difference in the loading time of 16 256*256 textures versus a single 1024*1024 texture? Specifically for level loading time?
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What variables change the number of lightmaps

I need to know what changes the lightmap size. For example what changes the lightmap from being 2*1024*1024 to 4*1024*1024 - having larger textures or having larger quads (having more models) or ...
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What are the performance difference between unsigned and signed integers? [closed]

I am aware of the performance hit when mixing signed ints with floats. Is it any worse to mix unsigned ints with floats? Is there any hit when mixing signed/unsigned without floats? Do the ...
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Unity sprites are no longer batched after the object rotates/moves

With Unity 5 and access to the profiler, I'm running our game through some stress tests so I can find where our performance issues are. While testing having 1024 units on the screen with 4 selection ...
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When should I load assets for optimal performance?

I'm writing a game using LWJGL and Java, and was wondering if there were best practices for when to load resources. I have seen examples that load all resources when initializing the game (XNA), ones ...
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OpenGL memory optimization and batching technique pitfalls

I'm studying OpenGL optimization techniques. What I'd like to achieve is to emulate as closely as possible Mantle/DirectX12 programming patterns (aggressive batching, flexible memory handling, complex ...
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Is there a way to manipulate a pixel Array on the GPU?

I'm currently working on a 2D-Game and i want to draw and calculate the whole screen myself through a pixel array. I'm programming in C++, using SDL 2 and OpenGL specifically a OpenGL Texture which is ...
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Mobile game: Optimization only working on some devices / Render big texture causes stuttering after level load

I'm currently optimizing the rendering of the background of my mobile game. The background consists basically of many colored dots. Since the background is static I'm able ro render the whole ...
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Drawing the same model multiple times

I am looking ways to improve the efficiency of my draw method in XNA/Monogame and understand how things work. I have just a group of 4 models (bricks), (red, green, blue, yellow) I am drawing multiple ...
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Are lightmaps also considered textures?

I want my game to support phones with max texture size of 1024 so my texture atlases are 1024. My question is: are lightmaps also considered textures and their max size must be 1024? Or they can have ...
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What is the performance impact of rendering a larger quad?

Lets say I have two planes and I textured them in blender with a 512*512 tiled texture. One plane is bigger than the other (for example, one plane tiles the texture 60 times but another only six times)...