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How to compress game frame by frame animation to a minimum on disk

I developing a game like Age of empire (buildings on map) and for every building I have a sprite sheet for its animation. I am using frame by frame animation to animate the building ( not aware of any ...
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What is the most efficient container to store dynamic game objects in? [closed]

I am making a first person shooter and I know about about a lot of different container types but I would like to find the container that is the most efficient for storing dynamic objects that will be ...
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Ghost replay - storage and timing

I am working on a car race game and just implemented a ghost sprite for replaying past races. I use a physics engine and after much reading I came to the conclusion that the best way to store the ...
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How should a team share/store game content during development?

Other than Dropbox, what out there has been especially useful for storing and sharing game content like images during development (similar feature set to Dropbox like working offline, automatic ...
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Storing a Hex Grid

I've been creating a small hex grid framework for Unity3D and have come to the following dilemma. This is my coordinate system (taken from here): It all works pretty nicely except for the fact I ...
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How can I put my game on an NES cartridge?

How can I create an NES cartridge? Is there any tutorial? I need to put a game that runs in an emulator and put it on a cartridge. How to do that? Is this possible from scratch? Or at least could I ...
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How to store 'dots and boxes' data?

I'm trying to explore a little as to how I could make a simple 'dots and boxes' game. The problem I'm facing is in what way to store which lines are allocated by who. The problem lies in the fact ...
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Is there a cross-platform special directory I can use for game save files?

I'm developing with LWJGL and Java on a Windows 7 laptop. I've successfully set up saving to the %appdata%\gamename\saves\ or long form c:\users\user\appdata\roaming\gamename\saves\ folder by using ...
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How do I store level-data in Android?

I'm building a game where enemies come in waves. I want to create a file where I can define data about the waves (# of enemies, spawn times, speeds, etc.). I come from a background in iOS and would ...
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MySQL - Storing Character Inventory

What is the best way of storing the character's inventory (consisting of each item having a value for type and quantity). The only methods I can think of is to use the "text" type of field then parse ...
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Stored Textures in C++ Projects

I have executed the following command in order to store a texture (PNG) file in a C++ header file: xxd -i Texture.png Texture.h. How would I go about loading this texture into OpenGL? glEnable(...
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Storing large layered tilemap

My game consists largely of "sea" tiles and areas of tiles to form "islands". Each "sea" tile is exactly the same. The map is initially large and going to get larger. I'm trying to reduce the map ...
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How should I store levels in a C++ game?

I am writing in C++. I am storing game levels as a 2-dimensional int array. This may be a hacky way of doing things, but I am not ready to change it unless I have to. I store values in the array and ...
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storing user data for rpg

I'm creating a single player Web rpg that will store a decent amount of information about the player, items, map, npcs, etc. I have been developing html5, javascript, php, and the mysql database ...
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Game Asset Storage - Graphics, 3D Models, Sounds

I've recently started completing games and accumulating "assets" -- graphics, sound effects, textures, 3D models, etc. that I can build on and reuse from game to game. Is there a great, free place I ...
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Is std::deque the best option for storing my graphics objects?

I am currently implementing an object buffer, which stores all the objects used in the game at one place. All other components of the game, like the user interface, the level loader, etc, add objects ...
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How should I store grid-based character inventories in the database?

I used to encode the whole inventory data into binary but I'm thinking of doing something different now. The inventory has a 64 slots in an 8×8 grid. Large items like weapons fill up 6 to 8 ...
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How should we be storing procedurally generated behavioural code?

Me and a group of friends are developing a game and we've run into a road block. Before we describe that road block, here's a simplified explanation of our game: The game will be able to take in a ...
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Storing Type/Game Data Within A Unity 3D Game Using An Offline Flatfile Database

I've read several documents on how to manage game type data: Would it be better to use XML/JSON/Text or a database to store game content? How to choose how to store data? Im developing an offline ...
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SNES Limitations: Number of stored Graphics?

There are plenty of resources that tell you how many sprites can appear on a screen for a SNES game and how many per scanline. There is even answers for the number of tilemaps. But when I ask the ...
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RPG - storing player data

Given the following tree structure, where each player logged in can have data for current and completed levels, quests per level, NPCs per quest, and multiple tasks per NPC... I'm trying to figure out ...
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Storing visibility graph for path-finding: do redundant and non-visible pairs of points have to be saved?

Using C# in Unity, I have recently implemented an algorithm that determines during run-time the visibility graph of a given scene in my game project (visibility between corners of obstacles). Now I am ...
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How to keep the questions in Math game application ?

I would like to create a simple Math game application in android phone but I don't know what kind of data storage which I should use to keep the sets of numeric for the questions. At this time, I am ...
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iOS persistant storage with update function

im developing a game which has different levels and i need to store all levels and its elements (position, image, sounds,..) into a file/database. The levels will be updated so i need a function that ...
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How should I store a procedurally generated grid level of an infinite size?

I have a 2d grid level. It infinitely grows. If it was not of infinite size, a 2D array would be perfect, as I need to constantly have each grid talk to its neighbors. For example, with a 2D array,...
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Best way to store a large amount of game objects and update the ones onscreen

Good afternoon guys! I'm a young beginner game developer working on my first large scale game project and I've run into a situation where I'm not quite sure what the best solution may be (if there is ...
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Where to implement storable items

I'm creating a multiplayer online trading game. The things that are traded range from raw items to complex products. For example Steel is a raw item. Mechanical Assembly is a more complex item that ...
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HTML5 mobile game storing data

I am developing an mobile application (in HTML5) that will run on multiple platforms and will eventually have both single and multiplayer options. The current issue I have is the best method for ...
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XNA 4.0 storage framework not being recognized

This may be a silly question but, im unable to do any save game data because for some reason, this following namespace is unrecognizable: using Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Storage; All the normal XNA ...
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Implementing a large scale (planet-like) level in XNA 4.0

What is the best way to implement continuous level throughout the game, using XNA? Imagine that I have a level with the size of a whole city (like in MMORPGs) however, the game will currently be ...
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Paradigm for storing user data for iOS

Disclaimer: I'm not well versed in Game Dev best practices so this may be a trivial question. I'm developing an iPhone game in which I have to store a user profile containing such information as ...
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Storing game resources in the *.dat file format to reduce file size [closed]

How can I store sprites(png) or audio files(wav) in the *.dat file format?
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Save game on Android keeps disappearing

my company has developed an Android game using Cocos2D-X. Game works quite well except that for some unknown reason, save games keep disappearing. Users report that they play the game for several days,...
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most effective storage of logged information [closed]

I am currently implementing basic logging of information on my multiplayer game and I want to have the most effective method. To log when a player connects and disconnects to a the server it ...
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Storing huge 2D tiled map in a txt file

I'm working on a global startegy game that uses a 2D tiled map. The map is to be 8000x8000 tiles large (this size is fixed, the map stays the way it is throughout the game), since I'm covering a large ...
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Best practice to store level data in a rhythm based game

Setup: I'm planing to do a rhythm based game, where a level is a music score similar to Frets on Fire, but with real music. I've two options to store that level data, namely a MIDI file and a ...
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How to store tiles with different sizes?

in a tilegame, how can we use several tiles for 1 object? I thought I could add each tile in a json file, with the type and its coordinates, like : "line1: type1_xTile1_yTile1, etc." "line2: ...
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XNA Easy Storage XBOX 360 High Scores

To followup from a previous query - I need some help with the implementation of easystorage high scores, which is bringing up some errors on the xbox. I get the prompt screen, a savedevice is ...
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How flat-file and databases compare in games development? [closed]

Typically games built with a goal of being easily modded often store data in plain text documents, such as Rimworld. I can't see why an entire database system would be implemented just to read a few ...
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Saving Scores on iOS and Android Devices using MonoGame

Quick question, what is the best way to save a game score in a mobile device (iOS and Android) using MonoGame (example would be a Flappy Bird score). You can also list ways and approaches of saving ...
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Loading is not working after saving

I have difficulties to implement loading a savegame file in my Windows Phone project. I use EasyStorage to load and save files. I get the following exception when I try to load after saving a file. ...
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How can I store point voxel terrain in octrees

I am writing a voxel engine in LWJGL3 - binding for OpenGL 4 for JVM. Recently I implemented an octree storage of cubic voxels. In my implementation each leaf node of an octree has one voxel, voxels ...
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Concepts to store XNA textures

I'm working on a graphic library supporting XNA with some cool features. To do so I need direct per pixel access to textures (RGBA). I've been wondering what are the advantages of using those two ...
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How to setup Authentication Database and Game Database?

I'm playing around with creating a game in C# using the XNA Framework. I've decided to use technologies that I'm pretty much familiar with and create things from scratch. There are probably frameworks ...
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What''s easy extensible technique to store game data?

I'm looking for library/technique for storing my game resources - levels, object (effects,world info), items(price,effects,...), NPC(visual info, behavior), everything except graphics/audio stuff. I'...
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Most Efficient Way to Store player stats/data in Unity C#?

I am looking at storing player data in Unity from a script that I'm writing in C# and I would like to get an opinion on the best way to store the player's stats/data about the player like hours played,...
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1answer
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What is the recommended way to store compressed textures in files?

Uncompressed textures can be stored in lossy formats such as jpeg and it saves a lot of hard drive space. However for obvious reasons you cannot do the same on compressed textures. So what is the ...
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What tile storage method is best for tile-based game?

I am making a simple tile based game. The tiles are Ground and Wall. The entities (dynamic objects) are Box and Player. I am storing tiles as 2d array of enum variables and both Box and Player has own ...
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Safest place to store data [closed]

What is safest possible way to store data? Specific directory? (De-)hashing method? Specific permissions? Let say I have file *.txt file; the only *.txt file. I have there important data. What can I ...