Simple DirectMedia Layer (SDL) is a cross-platform multimedia library designed to provide low level access to audio, keyboard, mouse, joystick, 3D hardware via OpenGL, and 2D video framebuffer.

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Logic For camera Movement

Every time I move the hero on my screen I increment a screenOffsetX and a screenOffsetY. These add 1 if you move right, -1 if left to the sceenOffsetX. Add the screenOffestY +=1 if down, -=1 if up. I ...
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Help Applying SDL_Surface on an array of SDL_Surface?

I'm trying to make a 4x4 blocks (50x50 px) with SDL Surface. Added another block (50x50 px, I wrote the variable as 'flag') that can only move within the 4x4 blocks, so I can select one of the blocks ...
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Map is rendering too slow

I have a basic 20x20 array that stores the map for my game. It either has a 1 or 0 to say a path and a non path. When I draw it on the screen, It seems to take to long to draw one at a time and looks ...
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How can I measure the execution time of some code?

How can I capture how long something takes to complete and log it to the output window (in Visual Studio)? Is there a special library for this? clock_t start, end; double cpuTime; start = clock(); ...
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My 2D collision code does not work as expected. How do I fix it?

I have a simple 2D game with a tile-based map. I am new to game development, I followed the LazyFoo tutorials on SDL. The tiles are in a bmp file, but each tile inside it corresponds to an internal ...
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How do I cap rendering of tiles in a 2D game with SDL?

I have some boilerplate code working, I basically have a tile based map composed of just 3 colors, and some walls and render with SDL. The tiles are in a bmp file, but each tile inside it corresponds ...
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SDL_BlitSurface segmentation fault (surfaces aren't null) [closed]

My app is crashing on SDL_BlitSurface() and i can't figure out why. I think it has something to do with my static object. If you read the code you'll why I think so. This happens when the limits of ...
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Key events outside of an SDL application

I'm developing an app under C++ and SDL running in Ubuntu. I'm using the SDL events to handle the keypad buttons. My problem is that my app launch other programs and it should close they with a key ...
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How to hide assets from user? ( e.g.: a png file )

I think the title is quite self-explaining, still this is a big area I think, so let me drop a few words: I've got a simple experiment game project going, and I want to make sure, that the user isn't ...
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How to pick a 3D object with known mouse coordinates if the camera is rotated 60 degrees?

I am making a simple game engine for a simple RTS game and would like to be able to pick a cube and move it around with the mouse coordinates. The problem is that my camera is rotated 60 degrees just ...
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SDL2 with OpenGL — weird results, what's wrong?

I'm porting an app to iOS, and therefore need to upgrade it to SDL2 from SDL1.2 (so far I'm testing it as an on OS X desktop app only). However, when running the code with SDL2, I'm getting weird ...
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SDL_image & OpenGL Problem

i've been following tutorials online to load textures using SDL and display them on a opengl quad. but ive been getting weird results that no one else on the internet seems to be getting... so when i ...
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How to implement the light trails for a tron game?

Well I was creating a TRON style game, but had an issue with creating the actual light trails for the game. What I'm doing currently is I have an array the same size as my window in pixel size, ...
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SDL_DisplayFormat works, but not SDL_DisplayFormatAlpha

The following code is intended to display a green square on a black background. It executes, but the green square does not show up. However, if I change SDL_DisplayFormatAlpha to SDL_DisplayFormat ...
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How to alter image pixels of a wild life bird?

Hello so I was hoping someone knew how to move or change color and position actual image pixels and could explain and show the code to do so. I know how to write pixels on a surface or screen-surface ...
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SDL for 3D game programming?

I have been studying SDL for a few weeks and I have succeeded in making a 2D Ping-Pong game, but I want to get started in 3D development, and I'd like to know if SDL is capable (and suitable) for 3D ...
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SDL blitting multiple surfaces at once

I'm trying to write a platforming game where the sprites for the level backgrounds are broken up into 512x512 chunks. I keep 3 chunks in memory at a time and I'm trying to write code to blit all three ...
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Generate texture for a heightmap

I've recently been trying to blend multiple textures based on the height at different points in a heightmap. However i've been getting poor results. I decided to backtrack and just attempt to recreate ...
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SDL: How would I add tile layers with my area class as a singleton?

I´m trying to wrap my head around how to get this done, if at all possible. So basically I have a Area class, Map class and Tile class. My Area class is a singleton, and this is causing some ...
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How do I multiply pixels on an SDL Surface?

Okay so I'm able to put blank pixels into a surface and also draw gradient pixels rectangles,etc But I don't know how to multiply the pixels on a surface so I was hoping someone could provide me ...
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What should I worry about when changing OpenGL origin to upper left of screen?

For self education, I'm writing a 2D platformer engine in C++ using SDL / OpenGL. I initially began with pure SDL using the tutorials on sdltutorials.com and lazyfoo.net, but I'm now using SDL to ...
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How to deal with OpenGL and Fullscreen on OS X

I do most of my development on OS X and for my current game project this is my target environment. However when I play games I play on Windows. As a windows gamer I am used to Alt+Tab switching from ...
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Data-driven animations

Say you are using C/SDL for a 2D game project. It's often the case that people use a structure to represent a frame in an animation. The struct consists of an image and how much time the frame is ...
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Turn-based JRPG battle system architecture resources

The past months I've been busy programming a 2D JRPG (Japanese-style RPG) in C++ using the SDL library. The exploration mode is more or less done. Now I'm tackling the battle mode. I have been unable ...
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Best way to distribute graphics, audio and levels with an SDL game?

I'm working on finishing up a game written in C++ with SDL I've been working on for awhile, and I'm starting to ponder how I'm going to distribute it. It has hundreds of images that are loaded and ...
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graphical interface when using assembly language

I want to learn a framework to use in assembly. I know that's not possible without learning the framework in C first. So I'm thinking of learning SDL in C and then teach myself how to interpret the ...
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Custom extensible file format for 2d tiled maps

I have implemented much of my game logic right now, but still create my maps with nasty for-loops on-the-fly to be able to work with something. Now I wanted to move on and to do some research on how ...
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SDL - Getting a single keypress event instead of a keystate?

Right now I'm working on a simple SDL project, but I've hit an issue when trying to get a single keypress event to skip past a splash screen. Right now, there are 4 start-up splash screens that I ...
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Lost transparency in SDL surfaces drawn manually

I want to create SDL_Surface objects for each layer of my 2d tile-based map so that I have to render only one surface per layer rather than too many tiles. With normal tiles which do not have ...
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How to use caching to increase render performance?

First of all I am going to cover the basic design of my 2d tile-based engine written with SDL in C++, then I will point out what I am up to and where I need some hints. Concept of my engine My ...
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How do I play music at half speed?

I'd like to slowdown music playback, say at half speed. I'm currently using SDLmixer. I assume I'd need to tell SDL that I have a 44KHz music and want to stream it at 22KHz, but when I pass in 22Khz ...
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Can't get simple OpenGL texture working using SDL2 and FreeImage3

I created a simple OpenGL program that display a quad with texture, but it doesn't seem to be working as it only displays a white quad. What could possibly be wrong? I checked everything I could think ...
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Problem with SDL_Mixer/MikMod playing XM files properly

Some of the music I've made for my game have note bends in them (1xx Portamento up)...The problem is that when they play in my game, the note bends and then goes right back to original note instead of ...
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Do SDL surfaces get reused?

In SDL, lets say I'm rendering text to a surface. Then I blit it with the scene's main surface to form a composite image to flip. I get the text surface into a class-level member called ...
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Does Macbook Air 2012 (Intel HD4000) support GLSL 1.3+?

I'm using SDL2 and GLEW on OSX Mountain Lion (2012 Macbook Air) to create an OpenGL context. Querying for the GLSL version, it reports GLSL version 1.2. I'm curious if this is a limitation of the ...
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Should I dedicate a single thread to each player in a split-screen game?

I was thinking about making multiplayer version of a game I am making with SDL and OpenGL. It would be a split-screen game. Do you think it would be a good idea to have each part of the screen (game ...
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SDL Parallax Scrolling along two axis

I'm trying to implement Parallax scrolling in two dimensions using SDL, but I've run into an issue using SDL_BlitSurface() to blit my layer images to the screen buffer. The images I'm using for this ...
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What features do basic particle engines have?

I created a basic particle system for SDL in C++. It has some basic stuff like an emitter, as well as a simple particle class. It can load a image, or create a dot of a color. And that's it. What ...
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SDL surface inside another GUI component?

Is there a way to host an SDL surface inside another GUI component so that SDL is not at the top-level? For instance, could I put an SDL surface inside a Java JPanel or other widget?
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Current library situation [closed]

Allright so I've been doing some searches, here what I got: SDL: It is a standard, very mature but very old. (I got posts of late 2009 where they were still waiting for the 1.3 to come up...we are ...
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SDL & Windows 8 Metro WinRT

I am just beginning to dip my tow into game programming and have been reading up on SDL, SFML, OpenGL, XNA, MonoGame and of course DirectX. (Needless to say there are a lot of choices out there) As ...
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Should the main game object be static in c++

I am creating a 2d platformer using SDL and I was thinking that my game object could be static, but I wasn't sure if this was a good idea. The pros (that I can see): Accessing settings options ...
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C++ and SDL Trouble Creating a STL Vector of a Game Object

I am trying to create a Space Invaders clone using C++ and SDL. The problem I am having is in trying to create Waves of Enemies. I am trying to model this by making my Waves a vector of 8 Enemy ...
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Trying to make a game with C++, using lists to store bullets and enemies, but they are not erased

I've been trying to make a pretty simple space shooter game with C++, and I have been having a lot of trouble trying to use lists to store enemies and bullets. Basically I followed the post here ...
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Can I create a SDL_Surface as I do with Allegro?

Using allegro I can create a Bitmap to draw just doing: BITMAP* bmp = NULL; bmp = create_bitmap(width,height); // I don't remember exactly the parameters I'm using SDL now, and i want create an ...
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SDL Bullet Movement

I'm currently working on my first space shooter, and I'm in the process of making my ship shoot some bullets/lasers. Unfortunately, I'm having a hard time getting the bullets to fly vertically. I'm a ...
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FreeType2 Crash on FT_Init_FreeType

I'm currently trying to learn how to use the FreeType2 library for drawing fonts with OpenGL. However, when I start the program it immediately crashes with the following error: "(Can't correctly start ...
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Splitting a tetris game apart - where to put time-management?

I am creating a tetris game in C++ & SDL, and I'm trying to do it "good" by making it object-oriented and keeping scopes small. So far I have the following structure: A main with some lowlevel ...
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Starting Game Programming in C++, where to begin for optimal cross-platform development? [closed]

I wish to begin learning game development in C++. I have knowledge in syntax and the console using Visual C++ 2010, however I want to begin programming. My only problem is that I want to be able to ...
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Defining and selecting an area from an image

I want to create a game, where the world is loaded from an image file, much like Paradox Interactive does it for their games. If I have this image: Then the red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, white, ...