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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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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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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Add Objects in LWJGL without using glTranslationf function

It is possible to add an object in LWJGL without using translation function (glTranslatef) ? and if it is possible does this improve somehow performance ?
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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How many threads should I have, and for what?

Should I have separate threads for rendering and logic, or even more? I'm aware of the immense performance drop caused by data synchronization (let alone any mutex locks). I've been thinking of ...
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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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LibGDX Box2D TileGame Efficiency

I am trying to implement Box2D into my top down tile game in LibGDX. Each world consists of a set of chunks, and each chunk is 16 tiles wide/long. The maximum/minimum chunks loaded at one time is 9 (a ...
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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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submeshes and dynamic batching doesnt work as expected

I'm duplicating one object with submeshes frequently, and assigning a random material from five materials to each submesh. There is batching happening, but it's not quite as efficient as I would have ...
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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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Game lags when my player collides with a specific object (solution known, unsure how to implement)

I'm developing a game in Android using LibGDX (although this is more of a JAVA problem than an engine problem). My aim is to have my player bounce off one spring onto another that will eventually take ...
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Raytracing in OpenGL

I've been looking through some raytracing information recently and I have a question. I think the only way to do raytracing in OpenGL is to use the compute shader, right ? But does it have the luck of ...
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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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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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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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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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GPU Locality of Reference

Does locality of reference make as much of a difference to GPU performance as it does CPU performance? For example, if I send 200 draw commands to the GPU, will I see a (potentially) noticeable ...
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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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Sprites power of 2 are better? [duplicate]

I was starting a Unity project, and wanted to have tilesets of 20x20, but the graphic designer mentioned that tiles like 8x8 or 16x16 are better, because it being power of 2. I asked what was the ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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Should I handle mobile collision from the mob or projectile? [duplicate]

I have a fast tile collision setup and quadtrees for collision between mobile entities. I have been back and forth in my other games for if I handle projectile-mob collisions in player or mob ...
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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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Accessing variables from non-neighbouring classes specifically in game development (Android) [closed]

Edit Using direct access while breaking the law of demeter looks like this: res.sprite.drawQuad(res.sprite.xScreen,res.sprite.yScreen, mMVPMatrix); Using proxy methods / getters / setter looks ...
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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 ...