XNA Game Studio 4.0 is a programming environment that allows you to use Visual Studio to create games for Windows Phone, the Xbox 360 console, and Windows-based computers.

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Proper Directional light on multiple models

I've been trying to implement a Directional light into an XNA game I'm working on, but for what ever reason, I cannot seem to get the directional light to be a true directional light. Instead, I am ...
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How can I project a vector on another vector?

I have a generic not normalized Vector3 v1 and I want to calculate its component along another Vector3 v2. I used to normalize the vector I want to be the direction and then multiplying the other ...
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How can I create gradiented Fog of War?

I'm creating a top down 2D RTS game for educational purposes. Currently, I'm really just copying Starcraft's design/ideas. I've decided I should probably implement Fog Of War too. My expectations: ...
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Texture2D can't find my sprite - how to setup the content directory in XNA

So I keep getting told that spr_lives can't be found. I'm working out of a book and using the samples given to me (have not changed the code or folder structure, so it /should/ work) but nothing's ...
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Scale adaption based on distance to object

I have situation illustrated on image above, name displayed over the player. Text is rendered as 3d rectangle and rotated to face camera as billboard. (I am using this article ...
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Monogame apply tint to only some parts of sprite [duplicate]

Each player is a different colour (Red, Blue, Green, Yellow) and I want a small part of each piece of armour to be tinted to the player colour. Is this possible without using a second armour sprite ...
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How can I position different size creatures in a group automaticly

I'm doing a game (in xna) on my free time, as I'm not in the game market, I'm pretty sure I'm missing something that would help me get this right. Think of Ogre Battle. A group of unit moves, and ...
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Why are there lines in between my tiles?

I'm making a top down XNA game. The maps are created by tiles. A problem I recently noticed is a 'grid' of lines between the tiles. It only shows up sometimes and only depending on the camera ...
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Can I rely on SoundEffects being stopped when unloaded?

I am using XNA's SoundEffect class to play sounds. I have to unload all sounds from the corresponding ContentManager for technical reasons, while some of them are still playing. What happens to ...
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Interactions between camera and procedural terrain

QUESTION REWORKED I need to update every frame camera position along a surface with hills and drops. In this picture you can see a particle of the surface terrain (just one triangle) and a sphere ...
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Issue with calling Spritebatch in XNA 4.0 Game [closed]

So, I am creating a game in XNA 4.0, using the program Microsoft Visual C# Studio Express 2010. The issue I am having: I have the entire game done, and there is no reason why it should not be ...
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Dealing with angles in 3D

In 2D everything is easier to understand. I'm not enought experienced to join people who say that 3d is the same: you JUST need to add a dimension - THAT adding a dimension is my problem, bacause I ...
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Smooth circular collisions with edges/collision boxes [C# + XNA]

So, me and a friend are working on our top-down perspective 2D game, and have come to work on perfecting our collisions. In its current state our player sprite is colliding with walls, but is ...
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More Efficient Data Structure for Large Layered Tile Map

It seems like the popular method is to break the map up into regions and load them as needed, my problem is that in my game there are many AI entities other than the player out performing actions in ...
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Incorrect colour blending when using a pixel shader with XNA

I'm using XNA 4.0 to create a 2D game and while implementing a layer tinting pixel shader I noticed that when the texture's alpha value is anything between 1 or 0 the end result is different than ...
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XNA + Windows Forms: How make them work together without making the trick of the custom GraphicsDeviceControl?

What I've found is a solution where you have to code a custom GraphicsDeviceControl to put inside the form (the well known tutorial from the APPHub), but that's not what I'm searching for. I would ...
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Angular velocity from 2D Collision

I have been working on a 2D physics engine for my A Level computing project and I am having trouble calculating the angular velocity from a collision. I have managed to workout each objects linear ...
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XNA blurring moving images

Why does XNA blurs the images which moves less than 1px in between two draws? It is quite annoying, because everything looks really blurry. Is there a way to disable it? I have tried to set the ...
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xna 2.5d gravity system

i currently developing a game using the xna API. now the game i am developing is 2.5d. by 2.5d i mean the character or object can move left and right and a up and down(not just by jumping) that it ...
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Sharing the effect [closed]

my problem is : If I load 2 models ( the same model zombie ) and give them the same effect I got the following error : for(int i =0 ; i<2 ; i++) { dwarfModel[i].model ...
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How can I create my own GameTime for timing things in my game?

I have a Game class and a GameComponent class. I want to perform operations inside the GameComponent class which depend on calling gameTime.ElapsedGameTime.TotalSeconds, but I've noticed that that ...
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map the section of a procedurally generated surface on a plane

I'll try to be as clearer as I can. I have a surface on a 3D space which is not flat, it has hills and depths. My goal would be intersect it with a plane so that I can map the section of the surface ...
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Where does the Game class come from in the DrawableGameComponent constructor?

I'm making a project to Windows Phone using Silverlight + XNA, but I don't know how I can use the DrawableGameComponent because the constructor requires a Game class, it looks like this: Planet.cs ...
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How do I make a moving object stop smoothly at the end of a path?

There are a dozen ways I could word this question, but to keep my thoughts in line, I'm phrasing it in line with my problem at hand. So I'm creating a floating platform that I would like to be able ...
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Using obj file in an XNA game [closed]

Sorry if this is a bit novice but I am far more into engineering than game development but I just want to make a small 3D game for fun with XNA (well actually MonoGame). The thing is that I don't have ...
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Why doesn't my XNA model render at all? [closed]

I am trying to draw a 3D Model in XNA 4.0, but it doesn't show up. I think I made it correctly, but maybe not. My code follows: Here is the LoadContent and Draw method of my Main class. Spaceship is ...
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How'd they do it: Millions of tiles in Terraria

I've been working up a game engine similar to Terraria, mostly as a challenge, and while I've figured out most of it, I can't really seem to wrap my head around how they handle the millions of ...
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Height map renders upside down and/or backwards

After following the tutorial found here:http://www.riemers.net/eng/Tutorials/XNA/Csharp/Series1/VertexBuffer_and_IndexBuffer.php The code at the bottom of this page is what I am using. (I have ...
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margin of error trying to check if a point lays on line

Working with floating point values it is as easy as breathing to run on approximation errors by comparing quantities which should be the same. I want to know if there is a way built in some MSDN (or ...
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How can I draw a perspective-correct quad?

I'm trying to draw a quad in 2D (in SharpDX, but that is basically XNA). But texture correction is not working, and I'm getting only an affine textured quad. I'm using BasicEffect to render it. ...
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XNA DepthBias increases performance even when EarlyZ is turned off. Why?

My 3d scene consists of three main polygons: The first and the second polygons overlap each other (have the same World matrix and use the same geometry), the third one is perpendicular to the first ...
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Why I am I told “Color0 is missing” when I run the following code?

In the code below, I want to draw a box on my screen. But when I run it, there is an error message: The current vertex declaration does not include all the elements required by the current ...
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Unable to create suitable graphics device?

I've been following the Eye of the Dragon tutorial, which is basicly a guide to making a 2D RPG game, obviously. I recently finished the tutorial about making pop up screens in the menu and changed ...
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How do I check if a surface is sloping?

I'm implementing gravity over a 3D terrain and I'm struggling with how to check if surface "under your feet" is flat or sloping. I read some tutorials but gravity is always considered along a single ...
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Deferred rendering with VSM - Scaling light depth loses moments

I'm calculating my shadow term using a VSM method. This works correctly when using forward rendered lights but fails with deferred lights. // Shadow term (1 = no shadow) float shadow = 1; // [Light ...
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World to Pixel Transformation

My objects have a location in world coordinates (basically 1.0f is a meter). If I simply draw my objects using their world coordinates, each meter will correspond to a pixel. Obviously that's not what ...
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Optimizing an XNA 2D game

Does it make sense to implement the logic to skip rendering objects outside the viewport or should I not care about it and let the Framework do it?
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Load Texture From Image Content In Runtime

Basically I wrote a world editor for a game I'm working on. Looking ahead, I was brainstorming ways to save the created world including the tile-sets (this game will rely on a tile engine). I was ...
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Add a “fake” Loading Screen

I'm working on a 2D game for WPF8 using XNA 4.0. Everything goes great, but it's too fast. I was just wondering, what could I do between the end of the game and the score screen, and before the game ...
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How can I use orientation to compute position in Windows Phone 7? [closed]

I'm using the motion API and I'm trying to figure out a control scheme for the game I'm currently developing. What I'm trying to achive is for an orienation of the device to correlate directly to a ...
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Where does XNA 4.0 takes memory from to perform operations?

I found this question which talks around the question I'm interested in. In particular I focused on the line where the guys says that GraphicsDevice object is literally a representation of the ...
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How should I attenuate sound in a 2D game where you can zoom in and out?

In my 2D game, I have some ambient sounds like the noise of a waterfall or the humming of a generator. However, it is not practical to play these sound all the time at full volume as in a large level ...
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What are some ways to texture map a terrain?

I'm working with XNA on a 3D Game, and I'm trying to have a proper and nice environnement. I actually followed a tutorial to create a terrain from a heightmap. To texture it, I just apply a grass ...
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Rope Colliding with a Rectangle

I have my rope, and I have my rectangles. The rope is similar to the implementation found here: http://nehe.gamedev.net/tutorial/rope_physics/17006/ Now, I want to make the rope properly collide ...
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SpriteFont Exception, no such character?

I have such spriteFont: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <!-- This file contains an xml description of a font, and will be read by the XNA Framework Content Pipeline. Follow the ...
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Get screen bounds of 3D object

I'm trying to draw a 2D plane that has minimum dimensions to contain a 3D model (a sphere). How do I calculate the minimum size and position of the rectangle to completely cover a 3D model on screen?
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XNA 2D line-of-sight check

I'm working on a top-down shooter in XNA, and I need to implement line-of-sight checking. I've come up with a solution that seems to work, but I get the nagging feeling that it won't be efficient ...
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Avoiding lag when rendering Texture2D for first time

I have found a similar question here, but it is about playing sounds. I am using 2048 x 2048 textures for sprite sheets and every time I call spriteBatch.Draw using a sheet for the first time in game ...
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Creating Rectangle-based buttons with OnClick events

As the title implies, I want a Button class with an OnClick event handler. It should fire off connected events when it is clicked. This is as far as I've made it: public class Button { public ...
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Changing enum in a different class for screen

I'm trying to make a start menu for my game and my code uses Enum's to moniter the screen state. Now i want to change the screenstate declared in the main class, in my Background class Screen screen ...