Topics about games made for Microsoft Windows products. These include Windows 7, Vista, XP.

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Monogame crashes without any change

I've written a game in MonoGame, which works great on my desktop computer. It's running Windows 8, has a good graphics card and can be assumed to be up to date with everything. However, when I run on ...
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Large resolution differences

I want to develop a game on multiple devices such as PC, Android or IOS. Want it to be in 1080p, but that means a massive scale down for the smartphones. I know how to do that, just render everything ...
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Game loop on windows

I have seen different "basic" game loops both from books like "Introduction to 3D game programming with DX11" or online tutorial ( Rastertek ) and if we take off all the fancy stuff to control ...
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Do I need to ask Microsoft for permission to use their products logo?

I am currently making a trailer of my game for my college project, I would like to note that my game is cross platform. Do I need to ask for permission to use those images in such situation? - When ...
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Do I need to update my DirectX SDK in order to fix a crash with D3D10_CREATE_DEVICE_DEBUG?

I am currently using the DirectX June 2010 SDK. Everything was working fine with my installation until recently. Unfortunately I'm not sure what changed or when, but now when I create a device with ...
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What's the equivalent of wglShareLists for Mac OS?

I'm trying to share lists between two contexts on Mac OS but despite my research I couldn't come up with an answer so far. I've found that NSOpenGLContext was able to initialize a context with a ...
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Windows wchar_t to char conversion errors [closed]

I have been following this code from "Introduction to 3D Game Programming with Directx 10" and I am typing out the main class. While I was typing I noticed a few errors. I tryed googling them but ...
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How can I debug _why_ glDrawArrays is very slow?

I'm working on a game that uses CEGUI and Ogre. Recently, we've discovered that some of our customers with GeForce4 MX 4000's, performance is terrible. After a night spent debugging, I've tracked ...
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.NET in Windows ME [closed]

So I'm used to work with C# and I recently started studying C++. So I have a Vista computer, which I'm using right now, but I also have an old Windows Millennium Edition Computer, and I also wanna ...
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How can I access game instance data in a window procedure callback?

In the window procedure message processing function, I have come across a couple of things where I just have no idea what to do apart from declare a class globally so that my window procedure can see ...
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Installing PhysicsFS on Mingw

I am trying to install PhysicsFS (icculus.org/physfs/) on my Win 7 with MinGW. But I am having hard time doing it. I googled it as well but still nothing - I have used linux environment and make ...
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How to remove text from a command line box?

I'm currently writting a text based game and am currently having a slight issue where all of the text on the screen keeps going up and have had a couple of the testers complaining that it makes the ...
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Kinect for Windows Commercial License

Kinect for Windows SDK 1.6 is available for users to download. What I enquire is: Can I publish a commercial game with it? Do I have to apply for anything? I've searched through the Microsoft's ...
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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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DXGI and 2+ full screen displays on Windows 7

I am developing a program that needs two full screen Direct3D dispalys. According to the documentation I should create the swap chains in windowed mode and then switch to full screen mode. While this ...
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Using DirectX9 within Visual Studio 2012 in Windows 8?

Asking the question here simply because my PC is down for the count for a while and wasn't able to stave a curiosity before that happened. I picked up a few books about programming Games in DirectX, ...
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Packaging XNA game studio with project

I published an XNA game (for Windows only) using Visual Studio's publish feature which is supposed to handle dependencies and all that. When I installed it on myself it verified system requirements ...
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Moving the camera as in a first person shooter

I am trying to implement the movement of the camera with the mouse. The result I want to achieve is the same that you get when you move your aim in a first person shooter. Here is the code I wrote, ...
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XNA Games running on Windows 8

Will Games developed on XNA work under a Windows 8 environment? I know the XNA project was killed off, and you can't develop it on Windows 8 (apparently), but will they still work under windows 8? I ...
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Unity game onto Windows 8 store

I've been searching around the web to see if it is possible to submit a unity game onto the windows 8 store. All I have found so far are articles months old saying it is coming soon, can anyone give ...
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Why do most game devs prefer OGL for OS X and D3D for Windows? [closed]

Today I decided to check what Diablo 3 developers used to do graphics: OpenGL or Direct3D? My mind was completely blown: For Windows, they've used D3D and for OS X they've used OGL. I did some ...
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Help with Windows RawInput

I am having some trouble to receive and interpret mouse movement data from RawInput. Generally mouse input seems to work, I can query mouse buttons and receive updates of mouse movement. The problem ...
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Creating transparent image with localGraphicsConfig not always working

I'm trying to use GraphicsConfiguration.createCompatibleImage to create transparent images. This creates an empty image which I'm filling with a mosaic pattern later on in the code. This seems to ...
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D3D/DXGI handle fullscreen transition

I have a D3D11 application, and I want to add proper fullscreen suport. Now I can let DXGI switch my window to fullscreen for me, and I'm under the impression that DXGI will take care of everything ...
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DX11 application running on Windows XP using only DX9?

I'm developing an application that utilizes DX11. I know that DX11 is only available on Windows 7 (and Vista with SP). I wonder if there is some way to run the application on Windows XP and use only ...
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At this point in time, avoid XNA? [closed]

XNA seemed like a valid option a few years ago, but XNA was never a real success, and now it seems like a footnote, even Microsoft seems to treat it that way. Should I just go the DirectX route ...
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Does SFML render it's graphics using OpenGL internally?

By that, I mean that SFML has an abstraction for OpenGL? Sort of like SDL's blit functions, but using OpenGL internally? "Yes SFML uses OpenGL for all the graphical stuff. " Received this comment ...
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How to draw 2D images using OpenGL, in SDL?

After everything, I managed to find a simple piece of code that shows how to draw a 2D image with openGL: #include "SDL/SDL.h" #include "SDL/SDL_opengl.h" #include "SDL/SDL_image.h" ...
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How to disable and re-enable video card and keyboard drivers on Windows as part of program testing? [closed]

For my game I want to give the user full control. I am writing a hangman game where the user has the option of pressing the 'X' key on the keyboard to disable the keyboard driver completely, and 'G' ...
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Could the delta frame time be negative?

I'm following a tutorial about the time management and, the tutorial shows this function: double GetFrameTime() { LARGE_INTEGER currentTime; __int64 tickCount; ...
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DirectX 9.0c and C++ GUI

Well, I'm trying to code a gui for my engine, but I've got some problems. I know how to make a UI overlay but buttons are still black magic for me. Anything I tried was to compilcated ( if it goes big ...
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Game Timer In C++

I need to be able to find out how many milliseconds since that last update. Is there any way I can find it out with time rather then a thread that counts like I did below? #include <iostream> ...
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How can I make iPhone apps (games) on Windows?

I want to start making iPhone games, but sadly I'm a Windows geek.. Is there a way to make good profesional iPhone games without Xcode/owning a Mac computer? If not, what do you recommend, a Mac ...
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Sound not playing on Windows XP - SoundEffect or Song: Monogame

*Solution:* I have a RealTek ALC888. I solved this (OpenAL) by disabling hardware acceleration on my sound (Control Panel > Sound > Advanced, disable acceleration). I'm trying to integrate sound into ...
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Full screen blackout using allegro in codeblocks

I'm very interested in game programming and I'm taking my first steps alone. So I installed allegro. Although Dev-C++ didn't work, Code::Blocks compiled successfully. I started out with this basic ...
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Does Windows 8 still support DirectX 9?

Is Windows 8 supporting DirectX 9? Because I was looking through some samples written in C++ and DirectX 9 made for Windows 8. It wasn't that, like I know it ( look here ...
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How to give parallax backgrounds more depth

I have 3 tiled images of some sort of galaxy/space in the background of a 2D Game: The first one has an alpha of 100%, the second an alpha of 80% and the last one has an alpha of 60%. I scroll the ...
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Task Core dividing

How can I divide the tasks for diffrent cores? E.g. 4 Cores func1() -> core1 func2() -> core2 func3() -> core3 func4() -> core4 Is there special libary for this? Or do I have to use the old ...
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Architectural approaches to creating a game menu/shell overlay on PC/Linux?

I'm am working on a collection of games for a custom digital tabletop installation (similar to Microsoft Surface tables). Each game will be an individual executable that runs full-screen. In addition, ...
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Why is the framerate (fps) capped at 60?

ISSUE I recently moved a project from my laptop to my desktop(machine info below). On my laptop the exact same code displays the fps(and ms/f) correctly. On my desktop it does not. What I mean by ...
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How can I show a texture in a separate window in an XNA game?

I'm playing around with random map generation and what I want to do is: Input a command to generate a random map. A texture will be created resembling the generation, each pixel resembling each ...
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Game Server on Windows Azure

What do you guys think of using Windows Azure for deploying a custom built game server. It's being built in C#, and I want to get a few things down before stretching too far into the project. I like ...
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Thread.SetProcessorAffinity() equivalent for Windows?

I want to be able to use multiple cores in my XNA game, but it seems that Thread.SetProcessorAffinity() is only usable on xbox. That being said, is there any way to run a small chunk of my code on ...
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Best Way To Develop Robust Cross-Platform Application? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Any tips for creating cross-platform games? Windows C programmer here (going back to 1992 and Windows95 back when it was called Windows93). Can function in C++, but ...
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Application window as polygon texture? [closed]

Is there a way, or method, to have some application rendered as texture in 3D scene on some polygon, and also have full interactivity with it? I'm talking about Windows platform, and maybe OpenGL but ...
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Am I allowed to release an app I developed with Xcode on windows?

I want to develop an app for the iOS app store, but don't want to invest in a mac since they start very expensive. So I considered running Xcode via VMware using OSX Lion on my windows 7 computer. ...
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Unicode Usage in Video Games

When programming Windows games, do you use multibyte character settings or Unicode character settings? I'm under the impression that professional companies today use the Unicode setting to make ...
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Multithreaded game fails on SwapBuffers in render thread at exit

The render loop and windows message loop run on separate threads. The way the program exits is that after PostQuitMessage is called in WM_DESTROY the message loop thread signals the render loop thread ...
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Freeglut vs SDL vs GLFW

i need to port my game project from Android (written in C, OpenGL ES 2.0, thanks to NDK) to Windows and Linux platforms. Of course i will need to rewrite some platform depended code, but now i stuck ...
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Application to record sound effects for games

I'm having kids record sounds using their PCs (a few have Macs as well) for use in the games they create. The built-in windows 7 sound recorder is surprisingly poor, didn't older versions of windows ...