277
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17answers
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How can I effectively manage a hobby game project?

What are your tips and tricks to successfully finish a hobby game project in your freetime? How do you motivate yourself to keep it up and drive right through to the finish without losing interest or ...
221
votes
57answers
37k views

Game development Blogs [closed]

What are good game development/design blogs to follow? Please one blog per answer (make sure to provide a link) and give a brief summary as to the content of the blog posts. If you can, pick a ...
218
votes
20answers
120k views

Where can I find free sprites and images? [closed]

I need sprites and images, such as characters, landscapes and others. Where can I find them?
203
votes
28answers
40k views

What are good games to “earn your wings” with? [closed]

I believe that in order to become a good game developer, you need to make games. From a programmer's perspective, what are some good entry level games to get your hands dirty? What skills and ...
202
votes
12answers
9k views

Is there an optimum set of colors for 10 players?

I need to identify 10 players with a unique color for each on the map. Is there an optimum set of 10 colors to use in this case? Every set I come up with has some colors too similar. Update: I was ...
167
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33answers
14k views

How to prevent the “Too awesome to use” syndrome [closed]

When you give the player a rare but powerful item which can only be used once but is never really required to proceed, most players will not use it at all, because they are waiting for the perfect ...
158
votes
9answers
36k views

Fixed time step vs Variable time step

What is better for games when developing game loops, fixed time steps or variable time steps? What type of games are better with one or the other? Variable time steps: With variable time step, I ...
148
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20answers
26k views

How does a single non-artistic programmer make a game? [closed]

I'd like to try my hand at making games. In making some simple ones, I realised I can't do art! I've tried to find others to help: Most existing teams wouldn't want me because of my limited ...
133
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30answers
11k views

How do you prevent inflation in a virtual economy?

With your typical MMORPG, players can usually farm the world for raw materials essentially forever. Monsters/mineral veins/etc are usually on some sort of respawn timer, so other than time there ...
128
votes
4answers
8k views

How can I store game metadata in a .png file?

Spore allows player-created creatures to be shared by exporting a .png file. That .png is a photo of the creature, but if it's imported into the game, the creature's information (such as textures, ...
126
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18answers
25k views

What things should an indie game developer never do? [closed]

What are some of the biggest - and better yet: insidious and unexpected - mistakes that indie game developers make? Especially when making the transition from hobbyist to full-time indie?
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votes
9answers
20k views

How was collision detection handled in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past?

I would like to know how the collision detection was done in The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past. The game is 16x16 tile based, so how did they do the tiles where only a quarter or half of the ...
111
votes
8answers
18k views

Why are MVC & TDD not employed more in game architecture?

I will preface this by saying I haven't looked a huge amount of game source, nor built much in the way of games. But coming from trying to employ 'enterprise' coding practices in web apps, looking at ...
108
votes
17answers
42k views

What math should all game programmers know? [closed]

Simple enough question: What math should all game programmers have a firm grasp of in order to be successful? I'm not specifically talking about rendering math or anything in the niche areas of game ...
94
votes
22answers
17k views

STL for games, yea or nay?

Every programming language has its standard library of containers, algorithms, and other helpful stuff. With languages like C#, Java, and Python, it's practically inconceivable to use the language ...
94
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11answers
8k views

Has piracy ever resulted in a developer getting shut down?

Has piracy EVER resulted in a developer getting shut down? That is, has piracy ever been so detrimental that it brought about the downfall of a game studio? If I were to release a game, should I be ...
88
votes
9answers
9k views

Entity communication: Message queue vs Publish/Subscribe vs Signal/Slots

How do game engine entities communicate? Two use cases: How would entity_A send a take-damage message to entity_B? How would entity_A query entity_B's HP? Here's what I've encountered so far: ...
87
votes
1answer
13k views

Role of systems in entity systems architecture

I've been reading a lot about entity components and systems and have thought that the idea of an entity just being an ID is quite interesting. However I don't know how this completely works with the ...
87
votes
11answers
13k views

Good resources for learning about game architecture?

Are there any good resources for learning about game architectures? I am looking for high level overviews of different architectures. I tend to find information about the various pieces of a game such ...
86
votes
23answers
31k views

Why is it so hard to develop a MMO? [closed]

I want to develop a MMO like World of Warcraft, but some basic research says that is going to take months (if not years) and cost a lot of money. I'd like to know why.
86
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9answers
4k views

What makes a computer opponent feel alive?

Are there any recommended blogs or whitepapers that talk about making the AI in an RPG game feel more real? (Specifically in turn based combat.) I know something must be out there, but I am only ...
85
votes
6answers
10k views

Version control for game development - issues and solutions? [closed]

There are a lot of version control systems available, including open-source ones such as Subversion, Git, and Mercurial, plus commercial ones such as Perforce. How well do they support the process ...
84
votes
7answers
12k views

Free ebooks about game development [closed]

Are there good free ebooks on game development? I don't care if they are theoretical or technology specific, I want to start reading one free book that worth it.
83
votes
31answers
44k views

Must read game development books [closed]

Let's make a list of the best books that every game developer should read. Each answer should have a single book (by title and optionally author), a link to buy the book, and a short synopsis of what ...
80
votes
8answers
111k views

How do I get started making Android games? [closed]

I am new to game development. I am interested in developing 2D games for the Android platform. What is the best place to start with (i.e) What are the basics and how to proceed? I already have ...
80
votes
3answers
22k views

Tips for writing the main game loop? [closed]

Can anyone recommend some good tips, articles, sites, etc. for writing the main game loop? What are some things that you should do in the game loop, and what are some things that you shouldn't do in ...
79
votes
11answers
5k views

Float or int for currency?

In a simple business simulation game (built in Java + Slick2D), which is more suitable to store the player's current amount of money: a float or an int? Some information: Most of the transactions ...
78
votes
9answers
20k views

How do you generate tileable Perlin noise?

Related: Simple noise generation Understanding Perlin Noise I'd like to generate tileable Perlin noise. I'm working from Paul Bourke's PerlinNoise*() functions, which are like this: // alpha is ...
78
votes
10answers
3k views

What can I do to make sure that I have the energy to work on my game while working full-time?

I work as a software engineer 40+ hours a week and I find that between balancing my personal life and family responsibilities that I have literally no energy to work on game development. What can I ...
76
votes
6answers
31k views

What is the future of XNA in Windows 8 or how will manged 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, ...
74
votes
9answers
26k views

What are some programming design patterns that are useful in game development? [closed]

I have a few books on Design Patterns, and have read some articles, but cannot intuitively figure out which programming design patterns would be useful in game development. For example, I have a book ...
70
votes
6answers
3k views

How to deal with (bad?) player suggestions

Every game which builds a community while still being in active development will soon be confronted with players who post suggestions for new features on its forum. Most of these suggestions, however: ...
70
votes
12answers
21k views

What are some good podcasts for game developers to listen to? [closed]

This could include specific game dev, general dev or general game podcasts. Please provide a brief description along with links.
68
votes
15answers
11k views

How are bullets simulated in video games?

I have been playing games like MW2 recently and, as a programmer, I tend to ask myself how do they make the game so immersive. For example, how to they simulate bullet speed. When an NPC fires a ...
68
votes
8answers
3k views

Why do loot drops contain (mostly) useless items?

I was thinking about this and couldn't figure this out. In Diablo you kill enemies and they drop random things. But usually the drops are worthless to you relative to what you already have equipped. ...
68
votes
5answers
5k views

How can I simulate a bad internet connection for testing purposes?

I am developing an online multiplayer game. It works well when I test it on the local area network, but before I release it I would like to test how the user-experience works out for someone who has ...
65
votes
12answers
4k views

Why do most 2D platformers start off in the left and progress in the right direction?

In almost all 2D platformers I've played, your avatar always starts off on the left side of the world, and continues on to the right. Is there something designers gain by doing this?
65
votes
10answers
21k views

How to develop RPG Damage Formulas?

I'm developing a classical 2d RPG (in a similar vein to final fantasy) and I was wondering if anyone had some advice on how to do damage formulas/links to resources/examples? I'll explain my current ...
65
votes
16answers
27k views

Good game design books? [closed]

I have some experience in creating, however I like to have some well written reference material to help me produce better products. Are there any game design books that are not aimed at a particular ...
63
votes
26answers
46k views

Recommended 2D Game Engine for prototyping [closed]

What high-level game engine would you recommend to develop a 2D game prototype on windows? (or mac/linux if you wish) The kind of things I mean by "high-level" includes (but is definitely not limited ...
62
votes
9answers
3k views

What is the purpose of having lives?

I think in game design it is incredibly important to ask the question why about everything, especially something that has become so standard as lives. So I am asking, what is the purpose of a game ...
61
votes
13answers
43k views

Where can I find free music for my game? [closed]

I'm in need of some tunes for my game. Where can I procure some, preferably for free?
60
votes
26answers
23k views

Game Development Degree vs Computer Science Degree [closed]

I'm at the point in my life where I'm starting to look at schools, and was hearing a lot of mixed things about schools such as Digipen or Fullsail that target game development specifically. As someone ...
60
votes
15answers
19k views

What are some good learning resources for OpenGL? [closed]

I have been using the OpenGL ES on the iPhone for a while now and basically I feel pretty lost outside to the small set of commands I've seen in examples and adopted as my own. I would love to use ...
60
votes
10answers
29k views

Where can I find free sounds for my game? [closed]

I need some sound effects for my game. Where can I find some? Or any programs that can easily generate them?
59
votes
11answers
6k views

How to design a replay system

So how would I design a replay system? You may know it from certain games like Warcraft 3 or Starcraft where you can watch the game again after it has been played already. You end up with a ...
58
votes
5answers
21k views

Good 2D Platformer Physics [closed]

I have a basic character controller set up for a 2D platformer with Box2D, and I'm starting to tweak it to try to make it feel good. Physics engines have a lot of knobs to tweak, and it's not clear to ...
58
votes
5answers
7k views

Implementing a 2D destructible landscape (like Worms)

What steps would be involved in constructing a destructible 2D landscape, like in Worms? Ideally, What are some ways that this process could be made efficient as possible?
57
votes
4answers
3k views

Procedural… house with rooms generator

I've been looking at some algorithms and articles about procedurally generating a dungeon. The problem is, I'm trying to generate a house with rooms, and they don't seem to fit my requirements. For ...
56
votes
19answers
8k views

Level Design Tips [closed]

What are some pitfalls or pieces of good advice when designing levels or maps for a (presumeably 3D but not necessarily) game?

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