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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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Bevel outline algorithm in 2D

I'm writing a program that creates animated blobs in 2D, to simulate cells. In order to beautify these objects, I'd like to give them a 3D look by adding a bevel-effect. How can this be achieved? ...
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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 tile....
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Multi Threading In Update Loop

Okay so I am working on a game engine and this was my previous game loop: Game::Run() { While(!m_GameDone) Client.Update(); LocalServer.Update(); } but what I want to do is: ...
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How do I get XNA Game Studio 4.0?

I want to get started with XNA game development, and I have bought the Pro edition of Visual Studio 2010 so I have the required software to run XNA Game Studio. How do I get it? Is it released yet? ...
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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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problem loading Collada DAE model using Assimp in OepnGL 4.4

I am loading a model in my OpenGL application using Assimp library like this : bool CGameObject::LoadModelFromFile(char* sZFilePath) { std::string fn = sZFilePath; std::string td = "\\"; std::string ...
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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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Where do you put the game window in fullscreen mode?

My game, like most games, supports running in fullscreen exclusive mode. And I'd like to give my players the choice of which monitor the game will display on. In order to prevent the player from ...
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Is it possible to programmatically prevent a game from pausing when its window loses focus? [closed]

I'm playing Skyrim in windowed mode and I am trying to create a bot for this game for personal use. I would like to have the bot play the game in the background, while I do other things, the only ...
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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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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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How do I import my first sprites?

Continuing from this question (new question - now unrelated) So I have a thorough background in programming already (algorithms, math, logic, graphing problems, etc.) however I've never attempted to ...
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Bitmap to Texture2D problem with colors

I have a small problem with converting a bitmap to a Texture2D. The resulted image of the conversion has the red channel switched with the blue channel :/ I don't know why, because the pixel formats ...
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How do I make games that interact with desktop windows?

I want to know how games like desktop pet games like Sheep work, so I can make my own: In this game, the creatures are being rendered directly to the desktop or over top other windows. How do they ...
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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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MSG::time is later than timeGetTime

After noticing some timing descrepencies with events in my code, I boiled the problem all the way down to my Windows Message Loop. Basically, unless I'm doing something strange, I'm experiencing this ...
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WM_PAINT and Direct3D

I've seen people who've written in code where the graphics of a scene are rendered in response to WM_PAINT. I only ever rendered the scene once all Windows messages were done translating, and then ...
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How do I draw video frames onto the screen permanently using XNA?

I have an app that plays back a video and draws the video onto the screen at a moving position. When I run the app, the video moves around the screen as it plays. Here is my Draw method... ...
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WinAPI window taking 50% of CPU when idle

I'm currently working on a game that creates a window using WindowsAPI. However, at the moment the process is taking up 50% of my CPU. All I am doing is creating the window and looping using the ...
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Accessing DualShock 4 motion sensor in Windows (ideally Unity)

I'm trying to use a DualShock 4's IMU as a motion controller in Unity, under Windows 7. So far I've tried: DS4Windows (1.5.11): reads motion sensor data, but does not expose them to Unity as axes ...
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Finding the monitors orientation in XNA for Windows

Just to be clear this is not for Windows Phone 7. =) I've got some interesting requirements for a project and I'm having trouble trying to find the information I need. I have two monitors. The ...
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Getting started with cross-platform game development [closed]

I am looking for a starting place to develop a crossplatform OpenGL game that runs on Mac, PC and potentially Linux. The difficulty is that I don't want to use an existing graphics library. I've ...
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How to check Early Z efficiency on AMD GPU with Windows 7

I have a game using DirectX 9, and a development station using Win 7 x64. I am still able to get access to another station with Vista x64 / dual booted with WinXP x86. I wanted to check early Z ...
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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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How can I hook into OpenGL initialization on Windows?

I want hook all OpenGL games/applications. I want load my library only if application actually use OpenGL. Something like Direct3DCreate9 for Direct3D 9 or CreateDXGIFactory for Direct3D 10/11. I ...
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Pen tablet input for FPS

So in my FPS camera look code, I have something like this: window->camera->stepYaw( getMouseDx()*speed ) ; // mouseDx is mouse change since last frame window->camera->stepPitch( ...
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Separating rendering from HWND

I'm considering separating my game simulation from the message loop. It seems odd to me to have other systems tied directly to the window in which my game is running. Most examples I see are ...
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Why does glBindVertexArray sometimes fail (but mostly not)?

Quick outline: Test program that loads and displays big (3k x 4k) 16bit gray scale images (ca. 32MB). Using modern OpenGL (eg. 3.3 or so) with shaders VBOs VAOs etc. Running on Windows with OpenTK (...
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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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Why can't I import third-party modules I've installed in the python-ogre SDK's interpreter?

Background Information I'm using the python-ogre SDK, located here, under Windows 7. The SDK seems to have its own interface to the python 2.7 interpreter, judging from the fact that the generic ...
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How do I deal with timeout detection and recovery in D3D?

What is exactly measured when checking TDR in Windows? What do I need to do in my D3D11 app to tell TDR that long rendering is okay? I've already split the workload into smaller batches, but how do I ...
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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 Mini?...
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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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DirectX the same across platforms?

Various versions of DirectX are available on both Windows and Xbox. Are the libraries the same on both platforms? Obviosly I'm talking about the interfaces — such as the ones for working with ...
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How can I use ARB_debug_output with SDL on Windows?

I'm trying to port a small GL program that I've been working on from Linux to Windows. I have the following: window_ = SDL_CreateWindow(...); SDL_GL_SetAttribute(SDL_GL_CONTEXT_FLAGS, ...
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Loading textures with SharpDX in Metro

I have converted my C# game from OpenTK (OpenGL) to SharpDX (DirectX) and have it up and running from Visual Studio 2010. I also have it up and running from Visual Studio 11 in Metro, in the Windows 8 ...
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Why doesn't this ContentLoader project (VS2010 e) recognize Microsoft.Build.dll?

I am working with an XNA content loader sample. In the references for the project (VS 2010 Express) there are: Microsoft.Build Microsoft.Build.Framework //as well as the standard XNA framework and ...
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Saving Game Data In Windows Store App

I am creating a windows store game using unity . I want to save the current high score data . I most probably use StreamReader / StreamWriter for saving data but when i build the executable for ...
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OpenGL setup on Windows

I have been trying to use OpenGL for two days now. First on Mac, then on Windows. The problem with Mac is that it doesn't support the newer versions of OpenGL. I ran a tutorial that actually did get ...
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How to make OpenGL rendering resolution independent from its window context resolution?

Can the rendering resolution of OpenGL and the window size (at least for the Windows OS) be separated? For example, I may only want to render at 400x300 resolution, but I want my window size to be ...
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Game programming basics under Windows

I've been trying to learn some Windows programming using the Win32 API. Now, i'm used to working with the OS layer being abstracted away, mostly thanks to libraries like SFML or Allegro. Could you ...
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In Unity, how can I register a custom file type that is always opened with my game?

I want my players to be able to create their own scenes as custom levels, save them as files (say custom1.gamelevel), and open them directly in my game program by double-clicking the level file, ...
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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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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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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; QueryPerformanceCounter(&...
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Rendering output to arbitary quadrilateral

I want to render output on a device to an arbitary quadirlateral, i.e. project texture on to a quad. What are the possible ways I could implement it? Till now, I have investigated: Drawing textured ...
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Why is OpenGL using 100% CPU shortly after start up when wglSwapIntervalEXT is enabled?

I have a game which uses SFML, which in turn uses OpenGL. When I run the game, it will use 100% CPU for (usually) about 24 seconds, and then immediately falls down to normal usage. I can't figure out ...
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How do I get an xbox 360 controller to rumble?

I am interfacing with the controller using the windows HID API. It seems that its output report length, as provided by the HID driver, is 0, which means I can't send it anything (e.g. make the rumble ...