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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Moving a big set of box2d bodies in an iOS endless side-scroller game (such as Canabalt)

I am working on an iOS endless-running game (Robot Unicorn, Canabalt, etc). I'm using box2d for the Physics and Collision Checking and cocos2d for graphics. To achieve the notion of an endless level, ...
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Which should be faster: 10 flat shaded polygons or 2 with a transparent texture

I have particle system, and I want to the individual particles to take the shape of a star. Which should be faster: Drawing the 10 polygons using a flat shader, or 2 polygons (a square) with a ...
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Drawing a textured triangle with CPU instead of GPU

I understand the benefits of GPU rendering and such, but for a certain limited application I need to render textured triangles purely using CPU. I've built a 3D engine capable of object handling, ...
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How often to save player's state in persistent online games?

In online games, people prefer to log on and off whenever they want. Usually, their game achievements are seamlessly saved, on the server. That is not that difficult to achieve, but I am wondering how ...
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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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What early design decisions are important for creating “performant” multiplayer games?

I want to create online games and focus on the performance from the beginning. I searched on the internet, but didn't find any an particular answer concerning the design level or development level ...
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How many moves to think ahead for chess minimax AI?

I am thinking of making a chess game, and I read up on minimax trees. How many moves should the AI think ahead so that the player doesn't have to wait a long time? If there are 25 possible moves ...
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How to increase update speed of game?

I have a basic game, in which the player moves the environment around the screen, to give the gamer an impression that the player is actually moving. I want this game to be large and have an open ...
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How to handle multiplayer in JavaScript?

I'm just doing a bit of research into tech to use for a mobile multi-player game. It's more an experiment at present so for the moment, the only thing that Players need to be aware of is the other ...
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Better Way To Set Up an Event System

Event Systems are amazing, they make extremely unwieldy code tame and really allow for dynamic creation of games through easy communication of objects and the game loop. I am having a hard time with ...
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XNA game randomly drops to 40fps

I have a fairly straight forward 2D game written in XNA. I'm finding that it arbitrarily drops from 60fps to 40fps. I've tested this drop extensively and have concluded it's not related to graphics ...
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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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Game (X-Plane) boot/startup time / performance

I use X-Plane for my question but it also concerns probably every other flight-simulator or simulation game in general. When developing a plugin what bothers me most is the startup-time of the ...
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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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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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Best way to do a strategic map for a 4X space game on a web page?

I'm currently looking at the options regarding how to do a strategic map for a web application. My goals here are : a synthethic view of what's happening in a stelar system the ability to ...
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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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Which Database (RDBMS vs NoSQL vs BOTH) to use for a Realtime Multiplayer Game?

I'm working on a realtime multiplayer game that will require a database (for features such as player profiles, friends, unlocks, news, etc.) This is a standard PC game (not browser-based) and will use ...
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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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Where to start with hardware-specific low-level programming?

Seeing as today's machines have insane computing power and near endless memory, it's tough for a hobbyist programmer to actually hit the limits of his machine without doing something totally ...
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Why OpenGL provided with latest GeForce drivers is so extremely slow?

I'm writting a code in OpenGL and using two computers - an old and a new one. On the old computer (which I use for debugging/creating implementation for the old GL) I have GeForce 5500 FX. Before ...
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Is there any documentation comparing/contrasting C++ standard library implementations?

(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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optimal pixel-read back strategy

I need to render certain scenes and read the whole image back in main memory for further processing which is not suitable for rewriting into shaders of CUDA, and saving to disk. I've search for this ...
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Graphical Android game: Bad performance in some situations

I am developing a simple graphical game for Android (Java and OpenGL ES). There is no high-end graphics involved, basically a few (less than 10) sprites and some (about 10) dynamically drawn ...
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Regulating how much to draw based on how much was drawn last frame

[Edit: I found an answer - see below] I have a 3D game world on an iPhone (limited graphics speed), and I'm already regulating whether I draw each shape on the screen based on it's size and distance ...
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Java rendering performance bottlenecks

I've read a lot of forums about making 3D games in Java but I was unable to build a full picture of how it performs in video games. I know that it works smoothly for small and average size games, but ...
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Is nVidia's CUDA suited to performing pathfinding calculations?

I want to know if it would be worth executing pathfinding on the GPU (using nVidia's CUDA, or an equivalent) in certain situations, or whether it would be a wasted effort. The situation I imagine ...
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Network Game testing via Wireshark

How can i check/inspect the performance of my network game via Wireshark and specifically the Graphs available in Wireshark,i want to test the performance of my network game. which kind of graphs can ...
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Suitable Client Server setup for Network Game testing

I want to test my Client/Server game for which, currently, I am using localhost for both Client and Server. Obviously I'm not getting any fluctuation in data and measure idea of performance, and in ...
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Observing particular Port for measuring network game performance

How can I check/inspect the performance of some network application via observing the port it used, I want to test the performance of my network game. If my game is using port 1009, how can I check ...
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Fastest way to get all adjacent tiles?

What is the fastest way to get all adjacent tiles in a two-dimensional array of tiles, converted into a single-dimensional array? If you don't know the answer, then the fastest way to do it in a ...
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Multiplayer FPS server side performance

This is related to MMO Performance except that question is about bandwidth. This is about cpu load. I put together a simple FPS using node.js and webGL. It's extremely simple, a lot like the ...
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Fullscreen + Vsync = Stuttering

In my research for a stuttering problem in my game engine, I think, I have found the problem, but don't have any idea why this is happening, that's why I ask you if you have an idea ! The situation : ...
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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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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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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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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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Objective-C or C++ for iOS games?

I'm pretty confident programming in Objective-C and C++, but I find Objective-C to be somewhat easier to use and more flexible and dynamic in nature. What would be the pros and cons when using C++ ...
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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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How should I manage events in XNA on the Windows Phone 7 without impacting performance?

It's best-practice to not to create lots of short-lived temporary objects the heap as it'll eventually force a garbage collection during game-play. It is best to create short lived value objects. ...
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Python Performance vs Game Maker [closed]

I was originally thinking of creating a game with Python and SFML. I understand Python is slow compared to C++, but how is it compared to Game Maker? The main reason I ask is I recently played a Game ...
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OpenGL VBOs are slower then glDrawArrays

So, this seems odd to me. I upload a large buffer of vertices, then every frame I call glBindbuffer and then the appropriate gl*Pointer functions with offsets into the buffer, then I use glDrawArrays ...
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OpenGL Performance Questions

This subject, as with any optimisation problem, gets hit on a lot, but I just couldn't find what I (think) I want. A lot of tutorials, and even SO questions have similar tips; generally covering: ...
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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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How to improve batching performance

I am developing a sprite based 2D game for mobile platform(s) and I'm using OpenGL (well, actually Irrlicht) to render graphics. First I implemented sprite rendering in a simple way: every game object ...
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What does vsynched mean?

I'm always looking for ways to improve the smoothness of my games. When I read around the net I come across the term "vsynched" quite often. What does vsynched mean?
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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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Make OpenGL game perform better

I have programmed an OpenGL game which just contains one F1 car and a track. It is very simple and only uses around of 10'000 - 20'000 triangles. It should run on any PC but it won't, it needs a ...
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“Optimal” game loop for 2D side-scroller

Is it possible to describe an "optimal" (in terms of performance) layout for a 2D side-scroller's game loop? In this context the "game loop" takes user input, updates the states of game objects and ...
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why would you use textures that are not a power of 2?

In the early days of OpenGL and DirectX, it was required that textures were powers of two. This meant that interpolation of float values could be done very quickly using shifting and such. Since ...