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Jul
10
comment How complex should enemy AI be in a dnd-alike?
So, you're kind of polling for opinions about what people expect? This isn't really the site for poll type questions. I'm not sure there's a correct answer to this question. It's like to be "Primarily opinion based". You should make the AI to your standards and no less. You're the authority here, it's your game.
Jul
10
answered What makes a game “casual?”
Jul
10
comment I know that my super simple multiplayer setup is probably not a good idea, but why?
+1 Good overview of timing issues.
Jul
10
comment What makes a game “casual?”
Did you do much research? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casual_game
Jul
10
revised What makes a game “casual?”
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Jul
10
comment I know that my super simple multiplayer setup is probably not a good idea, but why?
+1 This is the real answer, mine is just the preface.
Jul
10
comment Android Game Idea loop
From my limited experience with Android, I believe what you're looking for is using an Activity for each level? Something like: gamedev.stackexchange.com/questions/26822/…
Jul
10
comment Android Game Idea loop
Is there some problem in particular you're having trouble with using the existing design? It's hard to suggest improvements if we don't know what's wrong and how you want things to work. Right now your question is pretty broad.
Jul
10
comment Is Minecraft's source code available?
Questions are judged case by case, and this one was closed. If you stand by your assertion that they should be judged case by case, then you shouldn't have a problem with this being closed. In the future, I suggest attempting to contact the developer for the game you're interested in. They're the ones that would have the most correct answer.
Jul
10
comment How are boss battles important?
@TrevorPowell Sorry, I assumed you were among the reopen votes and voted to reopen myself. Since you were the other close vote, can you confirm that the changes I made are suitable to reverse your close vote?
Jul
10
revised How are boss battles important?
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Jul
10
revised I know that my super simple multiplayer setup is probably not a good idea, but why?
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Jul
10
answered I know that my super simple multiplayer setup is probably not a good idea, but why?
Jul
10
comment Simulating pressure in a grid based liquid simulation
Just remember that while both air and water experience pressure, compression is a different story. Maybe air builds pressure by consuming near by blocks?
Jul
10
comment Simulating pressure in a grid based liquid simulation
If water were to move up when the pressure being applied from above was too great, it would not be moving into a lower pressure block. In order for the pressure above to be too great, it would have to be greater than the block below. Additionally, pressure has to move up as well as down and left/right.
Jul
10
comment Is Minecraft's source code available?
It was closed because 5 voting members agreed it was off topic. I voted because I agree with the first comment, the availability of the source code of a single game is too localized for the site. I'm sure you would agree, asking if the source code of Call of Duty was available, or a little game on the Play store that has fewer than 100 downloads. It's a research task that people need to perform for the specific game they're interested in.
Jul
10
revised How to know when your game concept is simply not fun and to stop
removed potentially offensive analogy
Jul
10
comment Word Search Game Issue
This bit " but as I try to draw line diagonally it goes to the nearby tile and draw line from last touched tile to nearby tile. But as I carefully move to the diagonal tiles it draws line accurately." Leads me to believe it's not a visual thing.
Jul
10
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
10
comment How are boss battles important?
I find this question very interesting, and reading through the answers is fun. However, I don't think this question can be answered with much more than just opinion. A look at a majority of the questions will show that to be the case. While some of the answers do very well with using references to show different types of boss battles, there don't appear to be any references as to why boss battles are important or if they are. I think we can agree that they're common, sometimes good and sometimes bad, but it's hard to say with any hard evidence if they're important.