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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 does Blizzard manage to support Mac OS and Windows in their games?

I've always thought, that using Direct X for Windows was the most powerful, easy and modern method to create games with modern graphics nowdays. And knowing, that it's only Windows I thinks it's ...
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How detect which OpenGL texture formats are natively supported?

For example, how detect if my videocard doesn’t support "bgr8" and convert it to another format, such as "rgba8" in software mode. UPDATE: Sorry for the confusion. This question more about situation ...
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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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Can we develop a game for iPhone on Windows platform?

Is it possible by any means to have a game developed for iPhone using the iPhone sdk on Windows?
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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 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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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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How to get more than one window in Java LWJGL

I'm trying to write a game in Java LWJGL. And I need more than one (multiple) display window. By default I've got one display window where I can draw everything. But I'd like to split some data to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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3D game engines for XNA games

Before I start development of an XNA game, I need to choose a 3D game engine to develop upon. Is this belief unfounded? Does XNA have basic object transformation, lighting and mesh/texture importing ...
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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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Is the new windows 8 sdk usable with visual c++ express 2010 on windows 7?

This is inspired by and related to Is the June 2010 DX SDK really the latest? asked recently but it's a different question. I won't likely be purchasing the full visual studio 2012 for C++, I intend ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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High Resolution Timer Options in Windows

I'd like to know what are my options for high resolution timer in Window. I want a timer with at least 1ms precision since I need it for a rhythm game. I'm using QueryPerformanceCounter now, but I ...
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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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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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Override close button

How can I override the close button near minimize/maximize in such a way that the application doesn't automatically close. I want it to show an exit screen or something like this, so I would like to ...
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How to request a specific OpenGL version?

I'm working on an OpenGL project, coming from D3D. They're organised in very different ways, so it's tricky going :) Is there any way for a Windows application to request a specific OpenGL context ...
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How can i make my program use 2 windows?

I'm working in Xna 4.0 and iwant to make a program that uses the same code in 2 different windows. What i want out of this is that one player plays in one window and the other player to play in the ...
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Opengl tutorials [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are some good learning resources for OpenGL? Starting out with OpenGL when most tutorials are out of date I know that there are many questions like this, but i ...
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Present fails randomly on mixed C++ Direct3D9 app

I have a mixed .NET application (managed and unmanaged code bridged by C++/CLI wrappers) which uses unmanaged Direct3D9 9.0c to do rendering inside a control which is wrapped inside a C++/CLI class ...
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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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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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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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Questions about XNA [closed]

I've read tons of different threads about XNA, but I still have some questions. First of all: I have 2 years of experience programming and C# is my main language, so XNA would fit perfectly for me, ...