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Java is both a popular object-oriented programming language and runtime environment which allows Java programs to run unchanged on most hardware and software platforms.

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How do you determine which object/surface the user's pointing at with lwjgl?

Title pretty much says it all. I'm working on a simple 'lets get used to lwjgl' project involving manipulation of a rubik's cube, and I can't figure out how to tell which side/square the user's ...
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Is Java viable for serious game development? [closed]

I have scoured the internet, but there are not very many resources for Java game development, not nearly as many as C++. In fact, most engines are written in C++. I tried to play a game made with ...
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Is there an algorithm for a pool game?

I am looking for algorithm to calculate direction and speed of balls in a pool game. I am sure there has to be some type of open source code for this since pool games are some of the oldest computer ...
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How can I move a sprite in the direction it is facing?

I'm using Java/Slick 2D. I'm trying to use the mouse to rotate the sprite and the arrow keys to move the sprite. I can get the sprite to rotate no problem, but I cannot get it to move in the direction ...
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Sphere-Sphere intersection and Circle-Sphere intersection

I have code for circle-circle intersection. But I need to expand it to 3-D. How do I calculate: Radius and center of the intersection circle of two spheres Points of the intersection of a sphere and ...
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Making a HUD/GUI with OpenGL (LWJGL)

I'm at the stage in my game development where I need to make a HUD or GUI. I've never gotten to this part, so I don't know how its done. I tried rendering a simple quad at a fixed position on the ...
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Which Side Was Hit?

I am working on an Android game and I have two objects A and B (both rectangles) and when they collide I simply want to know which side of B was hit. I have detected the collision fine, but I am ...
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When and why is a Pool class needed to hold objects?

I've been studying opengl es and an example I saw was using a "Pool" class to keep track of touch and keyboard events. Could someone please explain how and why a pool class is needed. From what I was ...
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Why is my velocity decaying?

Programming in Java. Tinkering around with physics. My entities all have position and velocity. In the main loop, all I'm doing is applying gravity and bouncing off the edges, like so: ...
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LWJGL Eclipse Resource Deployment

I'm still experimenting with some OpenGL in LWJGL, and as I get to know more and more about OpenGL, I start to do more complicated things like multi texturing, shadowmapping and more. Now, right now I'...
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Adding a short delay between bullets

I'm having some trouble simulating bullets in my 2D shooter. I want similar mechanics to Megaman, where the user can hold down the shoot button and a continues stream of bullets are fired but with a ...
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Should I move the world or move the player?

I'm about to start developing a sidescrolling game where the player's goal is to travel as far as he can in the horizontal axis before touching down. Note that I do not need to ever travel back on the ...
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How can I define items in my RPG like Java game?

I am casually working on an RPG type game in Java but I am having trouble figuring out how I can have items that can do many different things without creating a different class for every item. As an ...
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What is a good file format for saving game data? [closed]

I need to save some custom game data. Map, player, etc. All of them will have "sub objects". For example, a map and map will have an "array" of tiles. ie, hierarchical data. Hopefully nothing ...
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How can I improve rendering speeds of a Voxel/Minecraft type game?

I'm writing my own clone of Minecraft (also written in Java). It works great right now. With a viewing distance of 40 meters I can easily hit 60 FPS on my MacBook Pro 8,1. (Intel i5 + Intel HD ...
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Polling vs event driven input

I'm developing a game using polling for the input method. However, now that I'm delving deeper into the game menus and other UI components, I'm finding that I'd probably like to have event driven ...
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Breakout Collision: Detecting the side of collision

I am writing a breakout clone (my first game) and am totally stuck as to how I figure out which side of the brick was hit. I have a collision detection method that looks like this: ...
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How do you handle uneven tiles while rendering a tile map?

Here is what I want to do with my tile map that I am unsure of. As you can see the top walls are way larger then the bottom and side ones (this is also an issue with my corners which are odd shapes [...
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Making an efficient collision detection system

I'm very new to game development (just started 3 months ago) and I'm learning through creating a game engine. It's located here. In terms of collision, I know only brute-force detection, in which case,...
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Does Unity let you code in Java? [closed]

I am fairly new to Unity3D experience , but I have a very good knowledge of Java and Android development. I am really confused that if Java is at all needed for developing android applications? I read ...
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Appropriate level representation / data stucture for a 2D platfrom game?

I'm about to program a copy of Mario in Java. I'm thinking on 2 representations/data structures for the levels but I'm not sure which one should I choose: A 2D integer array. A quadtree to divide the ...
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How do I use a JBox2D ContactListener to check if my character is standing on the ground?

I want to know when my character is touching a wall or floor. I've had no luck searching for information on this. I saw a few things about ContactListeners and <...
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How do I create a World Healing Wave effect?

I want to change my dark and depressing background to a happy grassy background, in real-time, such that the happy background is shown in a radius around a game character. A forcefield of happiness, ...
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How do I shuffle cards for a card game?

I am trying to develop an card game for Android Can anyone suggest me how to write code for effectively shuffling the playing cards?
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Can you help me find resources for developing a top-down 2D game in Java? [closed]

I just started reading about games, and I'm going to develop a game where a person is moving around on a 2D map. My preferred language is Java. Is that suitable to develop games? I'm going to ...
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When should I load assets for optimal performance?

I'm writing a game using LWJGL and Java, and was wondering if there were best practices for when to load resources. I have seen examples that load all resources when initializing the game (XNA), ones ...
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Is it worth it to encrypt data?

I am using Java to write a moderately simple video game and I need to transfer some large files (edit: Live game data and possibly assets.) between the client and the server. I need to decide whether ...
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How do I ensure my skybox is always in the background, with OpenGL?

I created a skybox in OpenGL (through LWJGL), but the only way I found to render it behind all objects was to make it very big. This leads to ugly edges between the 6 skybox planes. Optimally, I ...
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A* navigational mesh path finding

So I've been making this top down 2D java game in this framework called Greenfoot and I've been working on the AI for the guys you are gonna fight. I want them to be able to move around the world ...
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How do I create tileable solid noise for map generation?

Hey guys, I'm trying to figure out how to generate tileable fractals in code (for game maps, but that's irrelevant) I've been trying to modify the Solid Noise plug-in shipped with GIMP (with my ...
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How do I tackle top down RPG movement?

I have a game that I am writing in Java. It is a top down RPG and I am trying to handle movement in the world. The world is largely procedural and I am having a difficult time tackling how to handle ...
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Fitting Android game to different screen sizes

I am making an Android game that is only in portrait screen orientation. It works great when I run it on my phone, but when I run it on a tablet, even though the screen size is bigger, all of the ...
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How To: Java Game to Steam Greenlight

I am planning to create an indie game using Java and Eclipse IDE and I want to put the finished product to Steam Greenlight. How does the whole process work after the game is finished and running ...
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How can I make a sprite-sheet-based animation system? [closed]

I want to make animations based on a sprite sheet, but I'm stuck implementing it. The key things I need my code to do are: Play through a set of images once (e.g. a jump animation) Loop through a ...
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2D Platformer Collisions

I've basically asked this question before, and I know it's been asked probably a billion times, but I still can't seem to do it. All I want to know is how I should go about doing basic 4-way, ...
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Arc'd jumping method?

Okay, so I'm making a platformer, and I wanna know how I can make a arc'd jump easily. Like what Mario does in super Mario Bros 1. Any ideas on a simple way to accomplish this?
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How do I make an entity move in a direction?

I have an Entity instance which is updated every game tick. Let's just assume that entity moves forward constantly. I'd like to be able to give the entity's angle ...
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Smooth movement in a tile based game

How can we make our character move smoothly across tiles? He moves tile by tile, but that looks unprofessional. In addition, when you hold down the arrow keys he zips across the screen. How can we ...
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How to handle pixel-perfect collision detection with rotation?

Does anyone have any ideas how to go about achieving rotational pixel-perfect collision detection with Bitmaps in Android? Or in general for that matter? I have pixel arrays currently but I don't know ...
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How to create a projectile motion of a cannonball in top down view?

Objective To move the bullet with projectile motion to specific destination by touch point. In the below image is an example of a bullet which has a projectile motion. On my observation, the bullet ...
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Making a player move to my mouse when clicked?

How can I get my player to move to the mouse when it is clicked (like in Warcraft)? So far I have tried: ...
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Am I hurting myself by not knowing C++ for game design? [closed]

Right now, I feel I am strong in both Java a C#. (Not much of a leap from one to the other really). While I don't expect a game designer/programmer is an attainable goal early on in my career, This ...
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How to Align Gun with Bullets

I have a top-down 2D shooter. I have an image of a player holding a gun, that rotates to face the mouse. Please note that the gun isn't a separate image tethered to the player, but rather part of the ...
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Using random numbers with a bias

I appear to be awful at describing the question so I'll try and describe the problem. I want to add a random amount of heads to my creatures but I want to be able to determine several things. a) The ...
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Mods for Minecraft Server - how does it work?

Minecraft server comes as a single jar. How are mods developed? How do they interact with the original jar? What is there under the hood? What technologies are involved there? I'm mostly a C++/Python ...
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How do I find the angle between two vectors?

I have 3 points on my screen: ...
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How to store 2D tile-map

I want to create a 2D map composed of small tiles, that should look like voxels (eg. this just from side). I think I can make a structure like Voxel2D, that have int X, Y and some Color, and every ...
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How can I change this isometric engine to make it so that you could distinguish between blocks that are on different planes?

I have been working on an isometric minecraft-esque game engine for a strategy game I plan on making. As you can see, it really needs some sort of shading. It is difficult to distinguish between ...
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Circle-Rectangle collision in a tile map game

I am making a 2D tile map based putt-putt game. I have collision detection working between the ball and the walls of the map, although when the ball collides at the meeting point between 2 tiles I ...
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Java Anti-Cheat Framework? [closed]

Are there any anti-cheating frameworks for Java games in order to make it a bit harder to cheat? (eg. something that protects from things like Cheat-Engine) Obviously if the cheater were to develop ...
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