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2D refers to two dimensional space where coordinates are represented with X and Y values.

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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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How do you approach resolution independence in raster based graphics content?

Those games that are not fortunate enough to run on a locked platform spec, like handhelds, need to run across various resolution formats and aspect ratios. In a 3D game you might have a HUD or menu ...
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Scaling my pixel art platformer from 720p to 1080p

I'm developing a pixel art 2D platformer for PC and smartphone, but I'm stuck on a technical issue. I chose to have a 32x32 tile resolution, and a 64x64 character sprite resolution. The levels are ...
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How can I calculate the angle and proper turn direction between two 2D vectors?

I am working on some movement AI where there are no obstacles and movement is restricted to the XY plane. I am calculating two vectors, v, the facing direction of ship 1, and w, the vector pointing ...
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What sprite size should I use for 2D game?

I try to create a 2D game for Android. It looks like Cut the rope (it isn't a clone but it have same level representation) if it has a value. My problem that I can't understand that optimal sprite ...
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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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How do I make a 2D game resolution independent?

I'm working on a simple 2D game. I've finished the mobile phone version. However, my boss wants the game to works on his RT. I'm doing the "conversion" but my buttons are in the wrong places, because ...
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How does one prevent homing missiles from orbiting their targets?

I am developing a 2D space game with no friction, and I am finding it very easy to make a homing missile orbit its target. I am curious about anti-orbiting strategies. A simple example is a homing ...
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New to creating AI - where to start? [closed]

I am new to game programming and am trying to make a basic 2d top-down space game with 2 space ships that fight each other. I am doing well with the user controlled space ship, but have no idea how ...
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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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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?
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In 2D, how do I efficiently find the nearest object to a point?

I have a sizable game engine and I'd like a feature for finding the nearest of a list of points. I could simply use the Pythagorean theorem to find each distance and choose the minimum one, but that ...
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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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How to calculate shot angle and velocity to hit a moving target?

I am developing a 2D Android game and I am making an aiming algorithm for AI projectiles to hit enemies either following a path, or free moving. At the moment it just calculates where the target will ...
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Tiling of a material, independent of its size

I am using Textures and Materials to tile my sprites, for instance when building a wall in my game. The problem with this is that everytime I resize the plane or size of my game object, I have to ...
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Implementing a camera / viewport to a 2D game

What is the most practical way to implement camera/viewport to a 2D-game? I've read, that I should store the object world position instead of position relative to the screen? Current situation: I ...
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Understanding pixel art in Unity 2d

I am struggling to understand the basics behind pixel art in Unity. I understand what a unit is, and that if I draw my sprite with 16x16 pixels, I should set PPU to 16. Take stardew valley for ...
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Can I achieve a torchlight effect (lighter area around a light source) in a 2D game?

I am thinking of writing myself a simple 2D game. It will not shine with perfect graphics or gameplay at first, but I'd consider it my first step in PC game development. So, imagine such simple sprite-...
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How do I detect the direction of 2D rectangular object collisions?

After this question, I need some more help. How can I find out which side of a rectangle a collision came from and react accordingly? The blue arrows are the paths that some circular objects would ...
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"Unclutter" units in RTS game

For intentional reasons, certain units in the game I'm currently programming don't have any collision detection and response among each other. This enables them to clutter right on top of each other....
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Algorithm for procedureral 2D map with connected paths

Problem to solve: Generate a random 2D dungeon map for a tile-based game where all rooms are connected. I am looking for better solutions than what I currently have. My current solution is that I ...
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How to learn 2d animation? [closed]

Where can I learn how to do simple 2d animation well? Or is it really just literally drawing every single frame of something in photoshop? Is there tips or tricks? Tutorials to help get started? Also,...
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2D Platformer AABB collision problems

I have a problem with AABB collision resolution. I resolve AABB intersection by resolving the X axis first, then the Y axis. This is done to prevent this bug: http://i.stack.imgur.com/NLg4j.png The ...
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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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Fast, accurate 2d collision

I'm working on a 2d topdown shooter, and now need to go beyond my basic rectangle bounding box collision system. I have large levels with many different sprites, all of which are different shapes and ...
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Which is the best approach to make a 2D character to be able to use tons of different equipments when in action?

I want to create a 2D game but I'd like to have the character to wear tons of different equipments on different combinations, like a RPG or something. So let's say the user changes his/her shoulders ...
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How do I calculate rotation caused by bounce friction?

Following on from my previous question: I have the ball quite realistically bouncing from surfaces it hits. Now I'd like to make it spin from the friction of the hit. Showing this is simple enough: I ...
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Reshapable polygonsprite

I have an sprite I want to use as a texture. I want to create an area, defined by a polygon collider, where the sprite is drawn. For example: Having the following sprite And the following polygon ...
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Issue with Sorting Layers with an NPC and Tilemap

I have a weird thing happening, that I can't quite explain. I have two scenes, my starting town, and an Arcanist's shop. When I go into the Arcanist's Shop, the Arcanist NPC stays on the same ...
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How to implement uniform grids

Up until now, I implemented all-against-all collision detection in my games. It worked fine. But I reached a point where implementing this kind of collision detection, makes the game run poorly, ...
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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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What to consider when deciding on 2D vs 3D for a game? [closed]

How much "harder" is 3D than 2D in terms of: Amount/complexity of the code Level of math skills required Time involved in making art assets Original title: How hard is 3D game development versus 2D?
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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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How would you handle different aspect ratios in a 2d platformer?

A long time ago, 4:3 was pretty much the only apect ratio you would find on a PC. Today the most common one is 16:10, but most new monitors (especially laptops) are 16:9 I'm writing a 2D platformer, ...
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How do I make a character capable of walking on walls?

I am trying to get a character to move like a spider: Given a rising slope which a ball would normally not be able to roll up, the spider would slowly crawl up. Similarly, given a mid-air rectangular ...
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Combinations for tiling two textures together

Hi I need to create seamless ground with grass and dirt. I can make two textures connect seamlessly one to another. My question is how to figure out all the combinations, like (left, top, bottom, left-...
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Best Way to Create A Map for a 2D Game?

I apologize for the subjective "best" keyword. My friend and I have started creation of a 2D adventure game. It will be top-down in the style of pokemon or zelda (just the perspective). We have been ...
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How do I implement parallax scrolling in 2D?

Suppose I have three layers: a foreground, an intermediate-ground and a background. What is involved in using these three layers to create parallax scrolling?
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2D Planet Gravity

I'm trying to make a simple game where a spaceship is launched and then its path is effected by the gravity of planets. Similar to this game: http://sciencenetlinks.com/interactives/gravity.html I ...
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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 sure ...
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How do I implement occluded lighting in a block-based 2D game?

I want to have 2D lighting that can be blocked by in-game objects. My game has a top-down view and all game objects are described by rectangles. Let's say I have a 10x10 world and I place a light at ...
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3D Illusion of a 2D Planet Texture

Several years ago I overheard a technique that gives the user the illusion of a rotating planet by using a 2D texture. Given that the user isn't able to change its position or viewport. What's the ...
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Scale camera to fit screen size unity

My background and gameobjects are 2d sprites not UI images ,I want to know how to make my background scale with screen size and positions of 2d sprits on it don't change after building game (webGl) ...
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How do I keep my character centred on screen?

I am making a game similar to Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past (top-down 2D action-adventure). I want the character to stay centred on the screen when he moves. Currently, whenever the player wants ...
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Pixel Perfect 2D tiles

I'm trying to make an 64x64 tilemap using Super Tilemap Editor & Unity but my tiles looks terrible. I did my research about pixel perfect 2D and all of the solutions were for pixel art, they didn'...
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How do I create 2D water with dynamic waves?

New Super Mario Bros has really cool 2D water that I'd like to learn how to create. Here's a video showing it. An illustrative part: Things hitting the water create waves. There are also constant "...
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What tools do you use for 2D art/sprite creation? [closed]

What cheap/free tools do you use for 2D art and/or animation? I don't really like Gimp's interface, Paint.NET is limited and GraphicsGale is sort of archaic. Cosmigo ProMotion looks like it could be ...
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Moving ships between two planets along a bezier, missing some equations for acceleration

OK, I already posted this over at math.stackechange.com but didn't get any answers :( First of here's a picture of my problem, the description follows afterwards: So I got all the points and ...
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How can I get textures on edge of walls like in Super Metroid and Aquaria?

Games like Super Metroid and Aquaria present the terrain with the other facing parts having rocks and stuff while deeper behind them (i.e. underground) there's different detail or just black. I would ...
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Learning To Create Better Art (2D Games)

Until one of my games "makes it" big, or I get flooded with gold ingots, I will have to handle most or all of my game art myself. The crux of my question is: how can I learn enough art to get beyond "...
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