Computer programming is the process of designing, writing, testing, debugging, and maintaining the source code of computer programs.

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Making 2D Games [closed]

I am starting out on making my own games. I am very interested in making 2D side scrolling games, such as SNES/Mega Drive games and eventually I want to create my own Metroid/Cave Story inspired game. ...
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Relevant file paths for reading in from a file?

Working on something in XNA, need to be able to read in data from a text file for something. Trying to figure out how I can shorten this pathname down, so instead of it always checking there, it just ...
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One job per method

I always hear things about that each method should only do one job. But lets say I got Update() method in my game that updates entities state, path finding, player position, etc. Should I refactor ...
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What's involved in resetting the graphics device?

I'm playing with XNA 4.0, VS2010. I've created a window (not maximized) and drawn some sprites. All is good until I resize the window, after which the sprites stop displaying or only partially ...
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Why does this LUA code not render any objects on the screen? [closed]

Did I mess up something somewhere? If i put a putsxy in the same box, it renders a string just fine, but for some reason this code hates objects. What this code is supposed to do is render a set of ...
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How can I update Display settings from an Options screen without restarting?

I'm currently creating a 2D RPG in C++11 with Allegro 5 and boost. My goal is to somehow update my game settings when an option is changed in the Options Menu. I don't want to force the user to ...
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How to handle a player's level and its consequent privileges?

I'm building a game similar to Mafia Wars where a player can do tasks for his gang and gain experience and thus advancing his level. The game is built using PHP and a Mysql database. In the game I ...
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adding space between each bricks in breakOut [closed]

i am trying to create breakout. code below loop though my 2d array(map) and creates bricks. the problem is that i want to add 10 pixels space between each bricks. i was thinking to add ...
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cost of Adding Social Feature to your game such Creating guilds/guild chat [closed]

I'm making a f2p game in unity C#. The game currently has no social features. I would like to have players to have their own accounts and also a guild tab. This tab is where they can create a guild ...
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Which features belong to the engine and which ones to a game?

Right now I find myself implementing and testing new features of my 2D game engine by directly coding them into engine. Simultaneously I have a showcase game (with scripting support) which should call ...
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Is it possible to earn money with GameMaker if your game is good enough? [closed]

I'm a graphic designer and will be graduated from school in 6 months. I would like to start developing my own game. I don't know any coding language but I'm familiar with the methods of it. When I ...
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How to I rotate a triangle by dragging the mouse in libGDX?

More specifically, I have rotation working in a way I don't like as follows: //Draw the triangle using this draw method //batch.draw(texture, x, y, ...
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Selecting and moving object in OpenGL Gameplay3D Engine

I'm using Gameplay3d as a game engine to develop a simple board game. PEG Solitaire I've come to the part where I've created a 2D grid for all the movable object, empty locations and also where it's ...
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Are interleaved vertex data formats better than non-interleaved formats?

I have been reading up on data formatting for 3D objects so that I can render my meshes as fast as possible in OpenGL. I am quite new to OpenGL so bear with me. The format for interleaving your ...
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Is there a 3d animation software that prioritizes working with code rather than GUI? [closed]

All of the 3D animating softwares I've faced are centered around using GUI to work: windows, menus, mouse clicks, mouse adjustments, keyboard shortcuts. As a programmer, I find that limiting. In order ...
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Augment an existing game with touch gestures

I want to enhance Homeworld 2 gameplay with touch gestures. The game is running on Windows. So, two questions: Is it possible to wrap the game with a program that would capture touch gestures, ...
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Deep copying or cloning in actionscript 3

I would like to make a mirror reflection of an entity in Flashpunk. So I would like to copy a spritemap from one Entity to another (reflectionEntity). If i use something like this ...
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How to setup a client to work with a remote server or a local included server?

I'm working on a Networked multiplayer game, but while developing and for testing I want to set up a local server that acts like the multiplayer server. My thought is to approach the server as a ...
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My SDL Game executable cannot run outside codeblocks

After compiling and running SDL programs successfully inside CodeBlocks, when I run them outside CodeBlocks (by clicking .exe file) my program does not run. Instead, it says that libstdc++6.dll is ...
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Need help with game development. (I know C++ and I need to learn an API) [closed]

I know C++ but I don't know an API looking at Directx. I can't find any good tutorials and really need some help to start 2D game development. I'm doing an game development focused Art course that ...
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Simulating flight dynamics in two dimensions

I have decided that in order to improve my math skills and game programming skills I am going to work on a two-dimensional space simulator. The view of the player or camera will be from inside the ...
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Looking for an elegant way to represent fixed parts of a randomly generated level map

I'm coding from scratch a small experimental game on a medium-sized random rectangular square tile map. (Say, a map of a dungeon.) There are several types of tiles (for example: floor, wall, monster, ...
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How to differentiate between instantiated objects in Unity?

I'm currently trying to solve a way to go about the following problem before I start writing any code (the old fashioned pen and paper way) but I'm not sure how I could achieve the following. I'm ...
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How to store different abilities in player class?

So, I have a player class with basic actions. During the gameplay he unlocks new abilities. I don't know how to store new actions within the player class. To be precise - I know how, but my method ...
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Keybindings in Unity

I need to know how to bind keys to actions through Javascript within Unity. When I develop web applications, I normally use this: var KeyBind = function() { if (document.addEventListener) { ...
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Retrieve outer most points on a 2d graph

G'day everyone, I have a 2d graph which has some points plotted on it. What I need to do is get only the outer most points so that I can connect them up (isn't really relevant). What I can't seem ...
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Catmull Rom Spline - Constant Speed

Given the equations found in the answer here: Determine arc-length of a Catmull-Rom spline How would one A) Apply this to a 3D Catmull-Rom Spline, and B) write A out programmatically (for the math ...
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How can I really master in game programming? [closed]

Game Programming is fun and interesting. To develop games I have to learn several languages, game engines and should have sound knowledge in Math. But what I'm really looking is how to be a master ...
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UDK Fixed AIController / Pawn Height

[I already asked this question on the UDK forums, without much success though.] I'm using a class derived from AIController to control my pawn in RTS-style. My problem is that the pawn does not have ...
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making a game in 2D(C++). SDL or openGL? Or, why not both? [closed]

I'm trying to make a platform game in 2D and I want to know what tool should I use to make it happen. I understand that I can use SDL with openGL. However, if I want to make a solid 2D platform game, ...
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Check key state or listen for event? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Polling vs event driven input I'm trying to teach myself a bit of game development using Pygame, and I'm unsure what's the best way to approach some of the fundamental ...
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Try-catch or ifs for error handling in C++

Are exceptions used widely in game engine design or it is more preferable using pure if statements? For example with exceptions: try { m_fpsTextId = m_statistics->createText( "FPS: 0", 16, 20, ...
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Is there any game engine using a functional programming language? [closed]

Is there any game engine using a functional programming language similar to Scheme, Common Lisp, Clojure or JavaScript? I've tried Unity3D but their "JavaScript" is not actually JavaScript, is ...
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Good way of handling class instances in game development?

I'm a new indie game developer, and I've made a few games, but often times when coding I wonder "Is this the way most people do it? Am I doing it wrong?" because I'd like to become a game developer ...
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Showing range on hexagonal grid

Here is the situation. I have hexagonal board,and a unit on it,with speed or move value 4.Diffrent terrain has a diffrent cost.When i click on the unit,game should show me a move range. My solution ...
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Is there an IDE that can simplify the process of creating a game matchmaking website? [closed]

Yes, I'm an old guy. And I'm well versed in "C" and have written several games which I have been selling on the web for a number of years. And now, I would like to adapt one of my games to be ...
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Should I wrap a template function with another template function, or…?

I'm currently making an Entity System, using C++, and I've questioned myself about how I should interface some methods. Specifically in my Entity and ComponentManager classes. The ComponentManager, ...
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How to Contact prominent game devs for discussion and queries? [closed]

What is the medium to contact and discuss problems with Game devs, and engine hackers? Any irc, forum, mailing list? Note : Somehow, I did not like gamedev.net
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Object oriented approach to debug mode

I'd like to introduce a way to turn off/on debug messages and in-game tooling (tweak menus, for example) without non-game related branches, e.g: if(DEBUG_MODE) { // show tweak menu // some ...
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Computer Games Technolgy or Software Engineering?

I'm in the last year of my college and going to university next year. Could you tell me what the difference between Software Engineering and Computer Games Technology is? I know a bit of both but ...
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Per fragment lighting with OpenGL 4.x tessellated model

I'm experienced with OpenGL 3+. I'm dabbling with tessellation shaders and have now got to a point where I have a nicely tessellated teapot/plane demo (quick look here) As can be seen from the ...
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Ray casting on a mesh using libgdx [closed]

I'm trying to perform ray casting on a mesh using libgdx. I found this code sample and it misses some explanations. What do these vectors stand for? What is globalIntersection and localIntersection?
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Game Asset Storage: Archive vs Individual files

As I am in the process of creating a 3D c++ game and I was wondering what would be more beneficial when dealing with game assets with regards to storage. I have seen some games have a single asset ...
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Getting into the details of game engine programming [closed]

I am interested in learning game programming, but I really have an interest in the lower level engineering in games. I have OpenGL experience, and I am really interested in learning more about ...
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just starting and cant find a place to learn a launguage to code games [closed]

Like i said im justing starting and it feals like it is impossible to learn a launguage. Id like to code games and would appreciate it if some one could direct me to a site where I could learn how to ...
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HTML5 point and click adventure game code structure with CreateJS

I'm a programming beginner. I made a tiny one scene point and click adventure game to try to understand simple game logic and came up with this: CreateJS features prototypes for creating bitmap ...
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Unity: how to apply programmatical changes to the Terrain SplatPrototype?

I have a script to which I add a Terrain object (I drag and drop the terrain in the public Terrain field). The Terrain is already setup in Unity to have 2 PaintTextures: 1 is a Square (set up with a ...
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Optimal way to learn DirectX? [closed]

I am finding it very difficult to learn DirectX 11. The MSDN website is just full of unorganized information that doesn't seem to help at all. I am particularly looking for something that explains ...
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is wisdom of what happens 'behind scenes' (in compiler, external DLLs etc.) important? [closed]

I have been a computer-fanatic for almost a decade now. I've always loved and wondered how computers work, even from the purest, lowest hardware level to the very smallest pixel on the screen, and all ...
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What kind of math should I be expecting in advanced programming? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What math should all game programmers know? And I don't mean just space shooters and such, because in non-3D environments it's obvious that not much beyond elementary ...