Term 'resource' represents a game content item: an audio file, video clip, sprite animation image, etc.

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Game development Blogs [closed]

What are good game development/design blogs to follow? Please one blog per answer (make sure to provide a link) and give a brief summary as to the content of the blog posts. If you can, pick a ...
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Free ebooks about game development [closed]

Are there good free ebooks on game development? I don't care if they are theoretical or technology specific, I want to start reading one free book that worth it.
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How can you put all images from a game to 1 file?

I've just finished a basic RPG game written in C++ SFML, I've put a lot of effort into the game and I'd want to distribute it, however I've ran into a small issue. Problem is, I have well over 200 ...
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Good resources for learning modern OpenGL (3.0 or later)? [closed]

I stumble upon the search of a good resource to start with OpenGL (3.0 or later) . Well, I found a lot of books but none of them can be considered a good resource! Here two examples: OpenGL ...
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Is it unprofessional to leave game resources to the open eye?

I'm still having problems packing my resources, after going through complicated APIs and basically just zip files which are exhausting my brain, I thought I could also pack the game with the resources ...
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Multi-threaded game (engine) design resources?

What are the best resources on multi-threaded game or game engine design and development? As this is obviously where computers are headed, I intend to study this topic and I'd like to know what ...
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Who kept a blog for a year with a new game idea every day, and where is it?

There's this indie game developer who tried to come up with a new original idea for a game every day for a year - and he put all his thoughts on his website. +200 ideas so far, if I remember ...
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Resource Managers - Are they any good?

I've seen many a time in source code, things like this [well, this is more of a pseudo C++ idea of mine] typedef shared_ptr<Resource> ResourcePtr;// for ease ResourcePtr sound1 = ...
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As an indie game developer, how can I have (quality) music/sound done? [closed]

Besides the story itself, a game needs code, graphics and music/sound effect. I can program and I knew a few graphics designers in the web app era. However, I don't know whether to find music and ...
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Useful resources for beginning AI

What resources are available, including both free articles/ebooks and physical books and things, for game developers looking to begin simple AI programming/design? Note: I know of this question, but ...
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Rent-a-Coder style site for artists

My Google-fu is failing me: is there a site in the same vein as Rent a Coder, but for hiring artists? In particular, I'm looking for a site which fits the following criteria: Allows me to specify ...
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Avoid double compression of resources

I am using .pngs for my textures and am using a virtual file system in a .zip file for my game project. This means my textures are compressed and decompressed twice. What are the solutions to this ...
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How should I handle missing resources?

Your game expects a certain asset to be loaded, but it isn't found. How should the situation be handled? For example: Texture* grassTexture = LoadTexture("Grass.png"); // returns NULL; texture not ...
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What research areas exist in game programming? [closed]

I'm currently in a group that researches network optimizations and various distributed applications, I'm much more interested in games but more from a research side.Is there a resource that focuses on ...
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Graphic Engine/Programming/Etc resources?

Posting this question here rather than SO because of it's relevance with game development. My dilemma is this: It is currently my summer vacation after my first semester of CompSci and I have learned ...
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What are some great and useful resources for an Isometric game built on the XNA Framework? [closed]

I'm currently working on an isometric game using the Microsoft XNA Framework. I'm looking of resources that would be of use for making this a successful project, such as isometric engines, physics ...
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Where to find designers for independent projects? [closed]

Let's say I'm a programmer, I know some artists, we've got a game engine and fun prototype done, and we're ready to enter the indie equivalent of "production". But the game is full of "programmer ...
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How do I load graphical resources asynchronously?

Let's think platform-agnostic: I want to load some graphical resources while the rest of the game is running. In principle, I can load the actual files on a separate thread, or using async I/O. But ...
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Why use asset manifest files?

Sometimes you'll see people recommend that rather than using graphics/sound files/etc. like this... // Game code Image myImage = new Image("path/to/image.png"); ... you should use a manifest file ...
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How do you manage your game resources in XNA?

In the past I have used Content.Load<type>("filename"); all over the place. This quickly becomes a nightmare to manage and worse you start having multiple copies of the same asset loaded in ...
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Programatically loading fonts, textures, and media in XNA

So far, in my rhythm game, I've been using XNA's Content Pipeline for loading static resources in my app (videos, sound effects, etc). However, down the road I'd want to allow users to create their ...
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Do you need resource manager for HTML5 games?

Usually, resource manager is needed for desktop/mobile games. But is it needed for HTML5 (browser) games? Resource manager's main responsibility is to make sure there is no clone of a resource in ...
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How do you pack resources in a game when you have too many of them?

I've recently made a basic space invaders clone in C++ using the Allegro 5 framework. It took me a long time, but after I finished, I realized I had about 10 sprites, and 13MB worth of DLLs (Some of ...
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Why do mesh classes still contain vertex arrays if VBO's exist?

I find I'm a bit confused about the practical use of resource management in combination with memory not tied to the CPU. Correct resource management is often recommended in game tutorials, books and ...
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How can I embed music in my XNA .exe?

I'm trying to embed music in my XNA game's .exe (with resources) but compiling them as a sound effect stores the music in uncompressed form, which results in a 16 MB .exe. I can compress my music ...
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Explicit resource loading in Ogre (Mogre)

I am just starting to learn Mogre and what I would like to do is to be able to load resources 'explicitly' (i.e. I just provide an absolute path instead of using a resource group tied to a directory). ...
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When should I load my resources?

I'm making a game, and right now I'm working on the user interface. I'm just wondering when I should be loading my resources. Should I do it in small pieces at a time? Load resources for part 1 of ...
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Texture resources [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find free sprites and images? Can anyone recommend any resources for free images that can be used as textures - sky boxes/spheres, dirt, gravel, bark, etc? ...
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What are good sites that provide free media resources for hobby game development? [closed]

(Note : This question is being transfered from stackoverflow to gamedev.stackexchange where it belongs) I really suck at graphics / music / 3D modeling / animation and it's a must-have when you have ...
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Help streaming resources (maps, sounds, music, etc) from many files for contiguous world

So I'm creating a game and I would like to know how to perform resource streaming (rather than loading the whole file into the buffer) for things such as my maps, sounds, music, etc. I'm using C++ and ...
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Vertex Buffer Sharing between DirectX11 and Directx9

In my d3d9 engine i want to take benifit of compute shader of d3d11. So firstly I created a vertex buffer in d3d11 with D3D11_BIND_UNORDERED_ACCESS and then tried to create the d3d9 vertex buffer ...
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Where do I store (or how do I refer to) textures for custom blocks?

I'm making my first foray into Minecraft modding on Ubuntu using Minecraft Forge. I'm finding it a little hard to get started as many of the tutorials seem to refer to older versions of Minecraft ...
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In Unity, can I load a local (/Resources folder) website to safari on an ipad

In Unity, can I load a local (/Resources folder) website to safari on an ipad? This works fine on a Mac, opening up a wepage from my Resources folder. string path = ...
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How can I write data to a file that users can't easily edit? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I protect my save data from casual hacking? While working on game saving and loading I figured I could just write all the variable values to a file and then load ...
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Naming conventions for external resources?

While we develop games, then we have utilize several external resources, for example Image Sound Animation Sprite Sheet Is there any good naming convention regarding these external resources?
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Advantages And Disadvantages Of Resource Serialization

A good example is let's say I'm making a pong game. I have a PNG image for the ball and another PNG image for the paddles. Now which would be better, loading the PNG images with a PNG loader, or ...
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Should I be worrying about limiting the number of textures in my game?

I am working on a GUI in XNA 4.0 at the moment. (Before you point out that there are many GUIs already in existance, this is as much a learning exercise as a practical project). As you may know, ...
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D3D11 Can only Pixel Shader and Compute Shader stages write to buffers?

I am reading Practical Rendering and Computation with Direct3D 11. In the book the D3D11 pipeline is often described with this image: In the Chapter about resources, Paragraph about buffers, I ...
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Java getResourceAsStream as local resource

Before using LWJGL, I used the Graphic method, and there I displayed imageicons, and I had the picture file located in the resources. I used: ImageIcon tcard = new ...
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How can I use Cinema 4D models in Android and iOS games? [closed]

How can I convert Cinema 4D animation or models to use in games for Android and iOS SDK?What kind of format is required for developing games for these platforms? If I make a dancing character, do I ...
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To what extent it is legal to declare support of third party commercial products' assets?

Is it legal to say that MyGame supports other (specific) games' textures, sounds and models? I'd like to get involved into an open source game project and implement support for Quake's weapon models ...
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Is semantic games a good idea?

I wish to address the low re-usability of game technology (at least provide a theoretical solution). I'm considering an approach using a semantic game format, effectively decoupling the story and ...
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Reducing APK File Size by using JPG instead of PNG for game background images

I've just finished my (openGL ES 2.0 Android) game and it's almost ready for Alpha-testing. When I export the application to an APK File, the file is taking up 16MB and I would like to reduce this as ...
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Dealing with binary data and endianness

When distributing my game, I am going to compile all the resources and level data into a single binary package file, which is loaded from by the game. Do I have to worry about my machine being a ...
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The right way to start out in game development/design [closed]

Greetings everyone I'm a 19 year old student looking for some help in the field of game development. This question may or may not seem a bit overused, but the fact is that game development has been ...
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Ways to describe resouces [closed]

I have one way - xml and code like this: <Texture file="file_name.jpg"> <Sprite id="ID_SPRITE_1" coordinates="0 0 64 64"/> <Sprite id="ID_SPRITE_2" coordinates="64 0 64 64"/> ...
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Simple Android loading screen when using OpenGL

My game uses openGL ES 2.0 on Android and it's got to the point where the pause (while loading resources) has become noticeable. All I'm after is to show a static screen (probably via an XML layout ...
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What are some free online game design courses?

I have an MComp in Computer Science. I would like to specialize in game programming. What online free video game design courses are there? I as thinking something similar to coursera.org
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Are there any top down view sources available for SLICK/LWJGL? [closed]

I've been working with java for a few months now with my girlfriend and we're moving along at an expected rate. I understand the concepts of OOP, we've built many pseudo code starter games from ...
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Fast resource management

So I'm working on one thing that I can't figure it out at this moment. Lets say that I have my all game data compressed into zip archive. There's a scripting system in the game that lets you to do ...