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Player fatigue for tablets?

I'm thinking about making games for tablets. Coming from a PC/console background, I'm keenly aware of the huge differences in the user interfaces, and that I need to design it with the target platform ...
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How do you create a game overlay that makes the underlying graphics inactive?

I've created a simple game, and I drew a large rectangle in photoshop with faded edges that I want to use to overlay the game until the user presses "Begin" (on the overlay). The problem I'm currently ...
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Algorithm for optimal control on space ship using accelerometer input data

Does someone have a good algorithm for controlling a space ship in a vertical shooter game using acceleration data? I have done a simple algorithm, but works very badly. I save an initial ...
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Should an NPC shop provide a unique or shared inventory for each player?

I am working on a browser-based text game. I have implemented NPC shops where the players can buy items in exchange for coins. Currently, the inventory of the NPC shop is shared among all players. ...
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How to match font size with screen resolution?

So I'm working on a game using LibGDX, and I have a problem. To make my game fit most resolutions, I created a base asset for each aspect ratio, for example, a main menu background image, I made it ...
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Why do games ask for screen resolution instead of automatically fitting the window size?

It seems to me that it would be more logical, reusable and user-friendly to implement flexible, responsive UI layout over a 3d or 2d screen, which can then be run on any screen resolution. Some ...
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How can I assist players navigating narrow grid junctions?

I'm looking for a technique to help the player navigate a narrow path while the character is in constant motion. When changing direction in junctions, it's pretty hard to time the direction change for ...
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How to make loss of control acceptable?

Let's say the game we're talking about is some kind of platformer. With all the puzzles, mini-challenges and mechanics aspects it is very, very important to have good control over the character. A ...
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An evaluation of game UI, based on certain usability criteria?

Is there a resource online which has made the effort to evaluate game user interfaces and estimate their usability (by genre)? (something like what Nielsen does). In-game reviews in magazines ...
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implementing different users in XNA - XML

So I am making a simple 2D game in XNA, and I want to implement different users (players), so each person playing can have their own high score, can only play levels they've already played, can only ...
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How can I provide access cheat codes or diagnostics for a tap-only mobile game?

I'd like to build several cheat-like commands into my game, mainly for debugging problems that could only be reproduced on the end-user's side. For most games this would be trivial: just listen to a ...
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Controls: Rolling on a ceiling

Currently I'm writing an iOS game where the basic movement is rolling. Technically you make the player turn clockwise or counterclockwise. When you tilt the device to the right, you will rotate ...
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How do I start the process of looking for playtesters for an iOS game? [duplicate]

How does an independent developer typically go about finding a group of people to playtest their iOS game in 2013? Is it through Reddit? College campuses? Steam Forums? For example my game is ...
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Is there a expected set of button mappings games commonly use?

I am making a game that will support a XBox 360 controller but I would like to try and keep the default button mappings to be what is expected from a user's past history from playing other games. Is ...
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Gyroscope handset (e.g. mobile phone): Method to control player using Gyroscope

I am using gyroscope data (pitch, rool) to move the player space ship. It works perfectly until you play in a standard position (e.g. sitting down). Once you start using it lying (e.g. in the bed) the ...
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Does research exist on the impact of vibration in mobile games?

I've implemented vibration for various player collisions in my mobile game, but I feel like this is not a common thing on mobile even though it is on consoles. Is there any research on the positive ...
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Candy crush saga popup-like messages

I was wondering how could I make in Android something like the popup messages seen in Candy Crush Saga, those messages like "Delicious!", "Tasty!" or similar: As well as the score of each movement, ...
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How do you determine where the user wants to place a block in a 3d scene?

I am still in the think-ahead-and-plan stage of a project where I'll want the player to be able to drag-out blocks - tiles but a minecraft-like 3D block-world. So my question is: how can you ...
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Serious gameplay issue by spawning enemies according to elapsed time

EDIT: I have changed the title as I think that this is a general gamedevelopment question but, on a technical note, I am using Cocos2d v2.0 Some time ago I had asked a question on which was the most ...
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Playing Time and value for purchases [closed]

I realize this is a nebulous question with no hard and fast answer. Just curious if there are any rules of thumb regarding playing times for a game/puzzle mobile app. Of course, value cannot be judged ...
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How wise is this multithreading architecture?

I'm rewriting a game engine I wrote in an attempt to parallelize as much as possible. I'm considering making properties which may be accessed from multiple threads all use accessors which use boost ...
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Tech Tree layouts for games?

I'm trying to do a tech tree GUI for my game, but i have limited width and the tree has alot of branches, the problem is if I make them small to fit the width, the tech tree is too small to read. For ...
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How to Change default Mouse pointer on emulator in Android?

I want to change default mouse pointer in Android emulator. I want to change it for my game to use different type of cursor.I am using AndEngine for my game development. Is there nay way to change ...
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How to discourage micromanagement in strategy games?

When designing a strategy game (or one in a similar genre), how do you avoid having your players focus almost entirely on micromanagement? What should be done and what avoided in gameplay mechanics?
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Is “forcing the user” to accept the terms an acceptable design in a smartphone/iPhone game?

I am about to release my first iPhone game, has been a long project and I involved several people. My lawyer strongly recommended me to add a "terms and conditions" page at the beginning of the app ...
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music for an arcade game?

I'm thinking about music for my brick breaker game, but I don't know how to choose any. If I'd make a loop from a few seconds, I think it would get annoying very quickly. I also found some longer ...
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Before multiplayer match setup

I am implementing a before-match setup in following way: Users request a multiplayer match (click "New Game" button or similar) After enough users request the match – connection is established Users ...
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Introducing generic commands in text-based interactive fiction game

Writing a compact text-adventure engine I was thinking about possible commands a player could use. For each location i have special commands described in the text but what about generic commands like ...
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How to cull liquids

I use culling on my Tiles in my 2D Platformer (XNA), so only ones needed are drawn on screen. Thats easy to do. However, My Liquid tiles (Water, lava, etc) require an Update Method aswell as the ...
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Intuitive way to handle dragging outside the Arc Ball?

So I'm writing a game (or toy, rather), which involves manipulating a 3d object with the mouse. I'm trying to get the most intuitive control that I can. I've implemented the "Arc Ball" mouse control. ...
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Is there evidence that downloading assets on first use rather than bundled with a game download makes a mobile game more popular?

I've noticed quite a few mobile games on the Android platform recently that prompt you to download their assets package when you first run the game. As an example, The Sims 3 is available for iOS and ...
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Does inflating scores make players happier? [closed]

I realize that this will depend on a game-to-game, situation-to-situation basis and that this is not a very technical question, but I remember hearing in a tech podcast a few years ago that inflated ...
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Algorithm for Randomized Weather

I'm having a hard time modeling weather. Modeling a single aspect is trivial - some sinusoidal pattern + random noise. However more than 1 is blowing my mind. I cannot have wind, falling leaves, ...
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How to achieve realistic fake physics?

In my opinion, games that are most entertaining to watch and play implement fake physics, the difficult issue is how to implement the fake physics and still allow it to appear realistic. Most popular ...
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Can an iOS application have an explicit quit button?

I've heard a rumor that you cannot have an explicit quit button on your app when it goes to the Apple App Store, can anyone verify this? It seems that most applications do not have one, and there is ...
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Do players like holiday events? [closed]

I remember back when I played runescape, they always had these really interactive holiday events. And players would be squirming all around trying to find where it was. After you would complete it (it ...
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What standards should designers/artists follow when giving UI assets to coders?

How do you or your company require designers to deliver their assets to coders? Do they deliver a PSD? A series of 24-bit PNGs? If you are a coder, what would you include in a best-practice ...
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How can I give the player the impression of speed? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Effects to make a speeding spaceship look faster I am currently developing a racing game akin to F-Zero in that the race is held at very fast speeds. The player is ...