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

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Arc'd jumping method?

Okay, so I'm making a platformer, and I wanna know how I can make a arc'd jump easily. Like what Mario does in super Mario Bros 1. Any ideas on a simple way to accomplish this?
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Time critical events based on framerate

Problem Description Basically, I've made a "programming game" in which I've made my own scripting language. It is a completely standard Lunar Lander game, though instead of directly controlling the ...
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How do I implement a programming system in my game that is both accessible, powerful, and fast to code in?

I'm currently working on a space-based sandbox game which will heavily feature the ability to custom program your systems. I want to implement this in a way that is both accessible, powerful (bare ...
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Newbie game programmer - Where do I start? [closed]

Okay, so I have been really inclined towards game programming this past few weeks. I have primarily been a web programmer and know a fair number of lanugages like PHP, Java, javascript, python, etc. I ...
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Best way to gain C++ working experience for a job in games (coming from C#) [closed]

I am a software developer, experienced with C# (5 years experience) alongside a few other languages. My "dream job" is working in video games as a developer. Most jobs require knowledge of C++, ...
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What libraries and tools does LISP have that's usefull for games? [closed]

LISP is my favorite language and i don't wanna use c++ or any other language, but i don't know if there are much support for tools for game making, and i cant find much on the internet, anyone care to ...
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How much memory usage is too much in a Flash game?

I'm developing a Flash game, and I can appreciate that the memory usage is a little high for a Flash game (I think). Let's say 100+ MB. So how much is too much when talking about memory usage in ...
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Implementing a wait function in a game script

I have been implementing behavior for enemies in my game and so far I have been doing it sort of like below: public void update() { if (frame > 60 && frame % 30 == 0) { ...
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Giving the update function a history

I am using Unity but this is an issue, that can be applied to every programming language. I only have one Update-Function. function Update () { } This function runs each frame. If I want to ...
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How to start graphics programming? [closed]

I'm trying to find a complete guide for OpenGL programming but all i can found is some blogs with non-finished lessons and old books. I don't want to just make a game, i want to develop my own game ...
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Killer Game Programming [Java 3D] outdated?

I'm thinking of picking up the book Killer Game Programming by Andrew Davidson, but its pretty old now. I know Java, and I've been messing with jMonkeyEngine for a few days now, but I'm curious to see ...
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How to handle and make animations?

I just finished a game for my design class and I ran into a problem that I always have but this time I'm going to learn the right way to do it. I was making the background animation for my menu in ...
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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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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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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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Does an indie game developer really need to know graphics programming beyond the basics?

I've been working on a 2D game for the iPhone and learning a lot about game design in the process. I've looked at some of the most popular games for the iPhone ( angry birds, cut the rope, doodle ...
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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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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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How could you parallelise a 2D boids simulation

How could you program a 2D boids simulation in such a way that it could use processing power from different sources (clusters, gpu). In the above example, the non-coloured particles move around ...
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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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Actionscript 3: Which side of object is hit?

I have a two objects colliding with each other. I am testing for the collision with if(ob1.hitTestObject(ob2)){//do something }. Is there a way to determine which side of the object was hit, i.e. if ...
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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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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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Simple game engines / development tools made with artists in mind? [closed]

I've been working in the 2d art side of games for a while now, and my full time job keeps me very busy on the art side of things, but I'm becoming more and more interested in learning to prototype my ...
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Implementing powerups for my Breakout clone

I'm making a simple Breakout clone in Python that will have very many powerups/powerdowns (so far I came up with 26). Some will affect the paddle (paddle missile, two paddles, short paddle, etc.), ...
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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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How to wire finite state machine into component-based architecture?

State machines seem to cause harmful dependencies in component-based architectures. How, specifically, is communication handled between a state machine and the components that carry out state-related ...
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Complete Math Library for use in OpenGL ES 2.0 Game? [closed]

Are you aware of a complete (or almost complete) cross platform math library for use in OpenGL ES 2.0 games? The library should contain: Matrix2x2, Matrix 3x3, Matrix4x4 classes Quaternions ...
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Are there any good UI widget toolkits for Pygame? [closed]

Are there any good, modern widget toolkits for Pygame? I've looked at PGU, but it's apparently unmaintained.
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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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What tools should I consider if my aim is to make a game available to as many platforms as possible? [closed]

We're planning on developing a 2D, grid-based puzzle game, and although it's still very early in the planning stages, we'd like to make our decisions well from the beginning. Our strategy will be to ...
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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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Does Big O really matter?

In academia worst case Big O is taught over everything else. Compared to space complexity, normal case analysis, simplicity over complexity, etc. In particular to game programming and industry, what ...
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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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C++ entity component system framework [closed]

I have found several entity system frameworks for other languages besides C++, like Ash and Rush for ActionScript and Artemis for Java and C#. My question is whether there exists a framework like one ...
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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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Persistent game where you program your own bot(s) [closed]

I'm looking for an online game with a persistent world where you are allowed to code (and add) your own 'players' (it can be in any language / script). A sort of RTS but for bots. Does that even ...
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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 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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How important is Programming for a Level Designer?

I'm currently attending school in a Level Design program, and I was wondering how important programming really is in being a Level Designer? I'm apparently incapable of learning programming (despite ...
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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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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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Programming Paradigm for Games [closed]

Which programming paradigm resembles or best suits the Game design or game engine programming? by paradigm I mean the Imperative, Object oriented, Functional, etc. I came to know that functional ...
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Novice prototyping a massive multiplayer webpage based gaming system [closed]

I'm trying to build a website based game in which various pages of the site act as different areas of the game. I am wondering what you would recommended as a design structure. Which languages would ...