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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Poor performance in android when running APK, runs fine in browser

I have created a small game project in HTML5 using Phaser engine (tried both 1.1.5 and 1.1.6). Then to port it to mobile platform, used Phonegap/Cordova for Windows Phone 8, Android and iOS. In my ...
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How can I make A* finish faster when the destination is impassable?

I am making a simple tile-based 2D game, which uses the A* ("A star") pathfinding algorithm. I've got all working right, but I have a performance problem with the search. Simply put, when I click an ...
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Alternatives to map of strings in regard to performance

I would like to start my first question here with a subjective question. I think it qualifies as constructive. To introduce the situation: I have a 2D tiled map. I also had different arrays of ...
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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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Is it more efficient to render full size with AA, or scaled down with no AA?

Which is more resource-efficient (given a typical modern 3D game scene): Rendering it at 100% scale with anti-aliasing, or Rendering it larger and scaling it down to fit the screen, but without AA? ...
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Why would it be faster to render using multiple canvas elements?

This video suggests that rendering using multiple canvas elements helps performance. How does this work? The idea was to use one for the player, one for the enemies, another for the background, ...
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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 can I estimate the perfomance of graphics cards I don't have? [duplicate]

I'm developing a voxel game with OpenGL and want to optimize the number of rendered faces. How can I estimate how many faces at most a modern graphics card of a certain brand is able to compute, while ...
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Collision detection enhancement

I am developping a spaceinvader-like game. There comes the problem of how to handle collision detection. At first I was doing like that : forEach(fireBall : fireBalls) { forEach(stormTrooper : ...
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Optimizing Collision Detection in a 2D Game

I am optimizing my "little" Java (LibGDX) shooter game, and perhaps unsurprisingly, collision detection is a "bottleneck"; I've kind of reached my performance goals already, but I want to tweak the ...
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iOS: OpenGL ES 2.0 render texture with glScissor performance

I have drawn image with OpenGL and will redraw tile of its texture (non filled area). Which case will work faster? Set glViewport with full texture's rect, draw full texture and use glScissor ...
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Java Graphics performance issue when drawing transparent shapes

I've started working on a game engine for fun with no external libraries. I've started creating a simple particle system and I've come to some huge performance issues. I have the following frawing ...
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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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Is there any harm in having the main game loop run uncontrolled?

I was wondering if there is any possible harm when my game loop runs as fast as the system allows? I currently have a loop, that, by measuring passed time in nanoseconds, runs the game logic and ...
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Does Unity's “Compression quality” affect ETC2 compression?

In Unity I am using "Advanced" texture options on Android with ETC2 8-bit compression. There is an option for "Compression quality" as described here: http://docs.unity3d.com/Manual/class-...
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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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What is the fastest way to know if the current coordinate in screen-space is odd or even in GLSL/GLES2 frag shader?

I want to make a post-effect where every second column of pixels is colored differently, and I want to implement this as a GLSL fragment shader on GLES2. The question is what is the most effective way ...
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Avoiding memory allocation in Android game development

For obvious reasons, allocating memory on the fly in Android game development is not recommended. For example: http://developer.android.com/training/articles/perf-tips.html: There are two basic ...
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Issues with ECS performance

I'm currently implementing ECS in "classic" sense, as defined by this wonderful post, where we have Entities, Components and Systems. And I'm having a serious (for me) performance issues. They come ...
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Grants a Higher Texture downsized a better quality than a texture with the downsized resolution?

if i use a texture in a game with a resolution of 128*128 for a tile which is actually 64*64 on screen and both textures show the same image just in different resolutions. One in 128*128 and one in 64*...
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Heuristics used for determining device performance

Often times PC games offer an elaborate settings page which lets you turn 20 different knobs. Users can modify these settings at will in the pursuit of performance, or conversely, visual quality. But,...
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Store values or calculate values [closed]

We're talking about fairly anal levels of optimisation here that I wouldn't really worry about in anything other than mobile games. Let's say for example you were drawing a texture to the screen in a ...
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Cache misses and usability in Entity Systems

Lately I have been researching and implementing an Entity System for my framework. I think I read most articles, reddits and questions about it that I could find, and so far I think I am grasping the ...
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Large 2D Arrays Causing Garbage Collection

I've been working on a game in Java that, for this post's sake, looks like Terraria and has random world generation. I've been using Vectors to contain my tile/block objects, but recently due to the ...
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Traditional Chunk Loading vs. Chunk Swapping

I'm designing a voxel-based game (aren't we all?), and just yesterday implemented infinite terrain generation. I'd already had the terrain generation working off of simplex noise, so this wasn't a ...
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OpenGL - Drawing multiple meshes at once using VBOs and IBOs

I have been learning OpenGL 2.1 but using shaders, VBOs, IBOs, etc. I have gotten a rendering engine that can load and draw meshes, materials, forward lighting (no shadows yet), SceneNodes, and ...
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CSS Sprite position updates slow due to addition of 'px'?

I'm moving fewer than 10 position: absolute elements around the screen. An enormous amount of CPU time (profiled in Chrome as (program) i.e. native code) is used where I do the following: style.left =...
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Casting every received packet as struct?

What is the best performant solution to handle received data from socket, in a MMORPG game? Is it good to have something like: [StructLayout(LayoutKind.Explicit, Pack = 1)] public struct LoginPacket {...
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How to describe the performance requirements for a PC game?

System requirements describe the minimum specifications of the hardware and software required to play a game, in terms of performance and compatibility. Some requirements are clear-cut, like the ...
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Optimizing collision engine bottleneck

If this is your first time on this question, I suggest reading the pre-update part below first, then this part. Here's a synthesis of the problem, though: Basically, I have a collision detection ...
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Performance Difference Between Content.Load and Texture.FromStream xna

Is there any performance difference between Texture2Ds loaded using the content pipeline and Texture2Ds loaded using Texture2D.FromStream()?
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Why are huge polygon amounts bad?

It is always said that the polygon amount of a single modell must be as little as possible when it comes to realtime simulations such as computer games. (Or at least lower than when rendering a movie) ...
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Impact of object's statistics on the rendering

Consider two 3D objects with n points and n triangles. One of the objects has a smooth surface such as a ball or a box, and the other object is like a fuzzy onion-layered object with large ...
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Why is chunk size often a power of two?

There are many Minecraft clones out there and I am working on my own implementation. A principle of terrain rendering is tiling the whole world in fixed size chunks to reduce the effort of localized ...
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Frustum culling vs draw calls

In a more performance-sensitive environment than a desktop CPU/GPU (namely a mobile device) is there really a point in determining whether or not to skip drawing non-visible objects vs reducing the ...
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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 = vec4(...
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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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Is it possible to create 3d games with good performance in java? [closed]

Recently i use Javafx 8 for creating small 2D games , but i think it can't manage memory and other things very well .I see Jmonkey jmonkeyengine as a game engine for Java and i see some videos 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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Best practice for organizing the physics of objects?

Apologies because this is a long post and I am inexperienced. I would really appreciate the input from some experienced developers. These are my two goals for this project: To learn the best ...
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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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How can I profile the speed of my vertex and fragment shaders separately?

I'd like to know how I can check to see if either my vertex or my fragment shader is a bottleneck in my rendering pipeline. I've read about using glQueryCounter with the GL_TIMESTAMP target to get ...
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How to I coordinate a camera with the eyes of a model?

I am currently working on an FPS in XNA and I wanted to know how I would position the camera at the eyes of the model and whenever the model rotated or moved it's head (where the eyes are), the camera ...
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Manual occlusion culling with glDrawElements [duplicate]

How should I go about doing occlusion culling with glDrawElements? I am dealing with voxel-like terrain. I want to avoid drawing the faces that are facing another block. I just don't know how to ...
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Drawing and scrolling very large zoomed tilemaps

I've been working on my game editor and doing some performance tests. In the meantime I realized that my editors performance goes significant down if I draw a large map and zoom it. 100% zoom = 112 ...
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Multithreading issues - Frame skips [closed]

So I am trying to multithread a Voxel engine in C# made with Sharpdx and I am having a few issues: This is the class I have : #region using System.Collections.Concurrent; using System.Collections....
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How can I can I reduce the write load on a database for an MMO?

I am considering using MySQL as a database for storing the character states or the world for that matter. The thing is if I will save the character data on an interval, thus giving rest to the mysql ...
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Polygons vs sprites rendering performance in Unity for windows phone 8

I'm currently building a windows phone 8 game with unity, having 111 (no more no less) sprites being updated each frames. I have a strong overhead in the profiler (70% to 90% minimum) I tried the ...
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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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storing user data for rpg

I'm creating a single player Web rpg that will store a decent amount of information about the player, items, map, npcs, etc. I have been developing html5, javascript, php, and the mysql database ...