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Orienting a model to face a target

I have two objects (target and player), both have Position (Vector3) and Rotation (Quaternion). I want the target to rotate and be facing right at the player. The target, when it shoots something ...
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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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What are the cons of using DrawableGameComponent for every instance of a game object?

I've read in many places that DrawableGameComponents should be saved for things like "levels" or some kind of managers instead of using them, for example, for characters or tiles (Like this guy says ...
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2D graphics - why use spritesheets?

I have seen many examples of how to render sprites from a spritesheet but I havent grasped why it is the most common way of dealing with sprites in 2d games. I have started out with 2d sprite ...
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In Pong, how do you calculate the ball's direction when it bounces off the paddle?

I'm trying to wrap my head around this very Hello World-y problem in game development. I've created a TicTacToe game in XNA so I guess the next step would be a Breakout clone. Keep in mind that I ...
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Information about rendering, batches, the graphical card, performance etc. + XNA?

I know the title is a bit vague but it's hard to describe what I'm really looking for, but here goes. When it comes to CPU rendering, performance is mostly easy to estimate and straightforward, but ...
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What is the future of XNA in Windows 8 or how will managed games be developed in Windows 8? [closed]

I know this is a potential dupe of this question, but the last answer there was 18 months ago and a lot has happened since. There seems to be some uncertainty about XNA in Windows 8. Specifically, ...
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What are some famous games developed with .NET and/or XNA? [closed]

Are there famous games written in .Net and/or XNA?
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How exactly does XNA's SpriteBatch work?

To be more precise, if I needed to recreate this functionality from scratch in another API (e.g. in OpenGL) what would it need to be capable of doing? I do have a general idea of some of the steps, ...
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Top Down RPG Movement w/ Correction?

I would hope that we have all played Zelda: A Link to the Past, please correct me if I'm wrong, but I want to emulate that kind of 2D, top-down character movement with a touch of correction. It has ...
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Best way to mask 2D sprites in XNA?

I currently am trying to mask some sprites. Rather than explaining it in words, I've made up some example pictures: The area to mask (in white) Now, the red sprite that needs to be cropped. The ...
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Microsoft XNA Platformer Example, is the Collsion Detection implemented accurately?

The example provided by Microsoft seems as if the collision detection (from what I can see) will have a small error. When the user collides with an Unpassable tile, the depth of the intersection is ...
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Turning a sprite such that it rotates in the direction that's most efficient

I have a sprite that moves from waypoint to waypoint. It turns to face its velocity vector, but not instantly (there's a rotation speed). The problem I'm having is, from one direction to another, the ...
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XNA - Static classes from game libraries executing after content pipeline extensions, how to avoid the problem?

Alright, formulated this way I'm sure it sounds obscure, but I'll do my best to describe my problem. First, let me explain what's wrong with my real source code. I'm making a platformer, and here ...
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How do I generate projectiles toward the mouse pointer? [duplicate]

I'm making a top-down space shooter where the player controls a ship and can aim and shoot using the mouse cursor. How can I fire bullets from the ship at the angle from the ship to the mouse cursor?
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How to determine collision direction between two rectangles?

I am trying to figure out how to determine the direction a collision occurs between two rectangles. One rectangle does not move. The other rectangle has a velocity in any direction. When a collision ...
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How is 2D lighting implemented?

I am wondering what the best way to approach a "lighting" effect in 2D games is. For instance, if my main character is glowing, what techniques can I use to complete the visual effect of the character ...
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Is there a simple way to group two or more sprites, so all of them will be dependent on each other?

I think that this question is very similar to this one, but I'm not sure if the answers are universal. So, my goal is: Place two sprites in fixed position, for example player and his eyes Make ...
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What is a good way to store tilemap data?

I'm developing a 2D platformer with some uni friends. We've based it upon the XNA Platformer Starter Kit which uses .txt files to store the tile map. While this is simple it does not give us enough ...
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How do I check collision when firing bullet?

I'm currently creating 2D game from top perspective. I'm having problems with bullets. Yes, I currently simulate their movement so user can see them (about 2x ). Moving them with // this is static ...
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Alpha blending not rendering properly XNA 4.0

I'm trying to render a tree made out of 2 rectangles intersecting in the center at a 90degree angle. The texture has an alpha channel but which ever rectangle gets rendered second causes a weird ...
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What are the dangers of self-teaching game development? [closed]

I am about to embark upon a journey into game development. Following answers to my last question, I will be using C# and XNA. However, I don't personally know any other game developers and I don't ...
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A way to store potentially infinite 2D map data?

I have a 2D platformer that currently can handle chunks with 100 by 100 tiles, with the chunk coordinates are stored as longs, so this is the only limit of maps (maxlong*maxlong). All entity positions ...
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Effects to make a speeding spaceship look faster

I have a spaceship and I've created a "boost" functionality that speeds up my spaceship, what effects should I implement to create the impression of high speed? I was thinking of making everything ...
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How can I acheive a smooth 2D lighting effect?

I'm making a 2D tile based game in XNA. Currently my lightning looks like this. How can I get it to look like this? Instead of each block having its own tint, it has a smooth overlay. I'm assuming ...
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How can I implement hexagonal tilemap picking in XNA?

I have a hexagon tiled map in which i need to check when a hexagon is clicked. The hexagons aren't actually touching, rather they have a slight gap in between each of them. Does anyone know how I ...
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How to chain actions/animations together and delay their execution?

I'm trying to build a simple game with a number of screens - 'TitleScreen', 'LoadingScreen', 'PlayScreen', 'HighScoreScreen' - each of which has it's own draw & update logic methods, sprites, ...
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Loading and unloading “chunks” of tiles in a 2d tile engine with 2d camera

I am making a 2d tile based game in C# and XNA 4.0. I am having trouble loading and unloading "chunks" of tiles(blocks). The whole world is randomly generated and is infinate on both axis. How would I ...
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How do I disable texture filtering for sprite scaling in XNA 4.0?

I have a sprite that I'm trying to scale up in XNA, but XNA is applying some sort of texture filtering that smooths it and makes it look ugly. I'd like it to just do pixel doubling instead of ...
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How to properly handle collision in a component-based game?

Trying to wrap my head around the ways to properly handle collision in a game designed around components. I see many examples have some sort of PhysicsComponent that gets added to the entity's list ...
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2D Platform Game Jumping

I'm currently writing a game in XNA for fun which uses C#. I have got my sprites loaded and when the character moves right he looks like he is running right and when he moves left he looks like he is ...
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How can I use Rectangle.Intersect() to resolve collisions in XNA?

I have a 2D game written in XNA, and I've been trying to fine-tune my collision resolution. All of my game objects are squares, which means detecting a collision is easy - use the position and the ...
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Making classes available to others

I'm currently working on a 2D game engine in XNA, and I am very interested in architecture, and how best to let my game objects communicate. I know a lot of people use a Singleton design but I ...
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How to get mouse position relative to the map?

I'm creating a game in XNA similar to Minecraft - Minecraft 2D It looks like this Here's how it works: All blocks are generated once with fixed x,y coordinates and just re-drawn. //generate ...
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How to use XML files as content files in XNA?

I have an XML file representing different car manufactures that will be available in my game. The file looks like this: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?> <XnaContent> <Asset ...
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How to find the window size in XNA

I just wanted to know if there was a way to find out the size of the window in XNA. I don't want to set it to a specific size; I would like to know what dimensions it currently displays as ...
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Generating spherical world from heightmapped terrain

I am using a standard heightmapped procedural terrain in my project. However, I want the terrain to appear spherical when the user zooms out. This is an attempt to simulate the appearance of a ...
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Something other than Vertex Welding with Texture Atlas?

What options (in C# with XNA) would there be for texture usage in a procedural generated 3D world made of cubes to increase performance? Yes, it's like Minecraft. I've been doing a texture atlas and ...
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How do I make a jumping dolphin rotate realistically?

I want to program a dolphin that jumps and rotates like a real dolphin. Jumping is not the problem, but I don't know how to make the rotation. At the moment, my dolphin rotates a little weird. But I ...
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Mouse aim in an FPS

I would like to make a First Person Shooter and move the camera with the mouse. The problem is that when the cursor reaches the limits of the screen, the camera won't turn anymore. How can I keep the ...
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Curved movement between two points

What is a good technique to enable an object to move between to points in a nice curved motion? The end position could also be in motion, such as the trajectory of a homing missile.
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How can I implement lighting in a voxel engine?

I am creating the MC like terrain engine, and I have thought that lighting would make it look a whole lot nicer.The problem is that the blocks are not being lit properly when a block which emits light ...
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XNA 2d Camera Scrolling - why use matrix transform?

I am making a test game where I want the level to be constantly scrolling. To create this effect I have established a camera class which simply stores a vector2 position and an enum direction. It also ...
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Get position of point on circumference of circle, given an angle?

I would like to know how to get a specific point on the circumference of a circle, given an angle. The diameter of the circle is 1, and the center point of the circle is { X: 0.5, Y: 0.5 }.
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Implementing a homing missile [duplicate]

I'm having some trouble implementing a homing missile that satisfies what I'm looking for. I have already tried the Seeking and Arrival behaviours described in this link, but none of them were what I ...
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How to deal with corner collisions in 2D?

I'm writing a top down 2d XNA game. Since its my first I'm trying to write the physics and collision stuff myself to learn it. Whenever my player sprite character attempts to move into a position ...
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How to colorize certain parts of a model - like RTS games have those team colors?

I am in a need of implementing something we see in RTS games: team colors. Basically, I am looking for a way to colorize certain parts of a model. How would I achieve this? I have no idea where to ...
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Disposing only certain resources in XNA?

The ContentManager in XNA 4.0 only has one Unload() method that Unloads all Assets. I want to have some "global" Assets that are always loaded, but then I want per-Level Assets which should be ...
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Can you access Kinect motion sensing from XNA?

As of 2010 with the release of XNA 4.0, if I buy an Xbox 360 with Kinect will I be able to access its motion sensing data with the XNA game I'm developing? Or is this only restricted to C++ developers ...
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Arbitrary Rotation about a Sphere

I'm coding a mechanic which allows a user to move around the surface of a sphere. The position on the sphere is currently stored as theta and phi, where theta is the angle between the z-axis and the ...