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A portable device capable of multiple applications, one of which is a platform for playing games. Mobile phones are the eponymous example of such devices. Distinct from handhelds, which are exclusively or primarily designed for gaming.

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Should I target a mobile phone or simulation tools are good enough?

I'm starting mobile development, and I would want to know if it's necessary to target a specific smartphone, or nowadays one can run a simulation that will provide accurate data of how the game will ...
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Should UI be part of the game-loop?

I can't really find a good answer to this anywhere, I have never worked on games in a proffessional environment and I am wondering; Do these games render their UI in the main game-loop? That is, do ...
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Where can I find Cinema4D for game development tutorials?

I started to learn Cinema 4D. I've noticed it's really easy to use for motion graphics, but I want to use it for modeling for games/realtime 3d engines. Before I used 3dsmax and it was easy to ...
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Development platform for 2D web and mobile games [closed]

Is there a game development platform -- similar to Torque, or Unity -- which can be used to deploy 2D games on the following platforms: Web iOs Android Xbox Live Arcade (Preferred but not required) ...
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Google Play 3rd Party Payment Allowed?

Does Google allow 3rd party payment solutions to be enabled in developers' apps (i.e., Paypal, carrier/SMS payment), especially in countries where Google Checkout isn't present? Or does this violate ...
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Timers and performance for mobile JS

I'm using the Three.js JavaScript library to do some things in WebGL, and I wonder how the graphic aspects of timers are done on mobile. I was creating numbers with geometries and just replacing them ...
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How can I enable flat surface reflections in UE4 on mobile?

Could someone please tell me how do I enable reflections on flat surfaces on a mobile in UE4? I have a simple room with one directional light. I need reflections on the tables and ground planes. I ...
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Box2d Collision problem

I'm not good with words so here's a picture to describe my problem: In my game there is this big ball which the user can move on x-axis only. Now, if the ball is falling like the red one, it's blast ...
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Do you prototype mobile touch games on the desktop with mouse input? What tricks do you use?

So I've been prototyping games that if completed would be mobile apps most likely. But, I'm developing them in XNA on the desktop because its the environment I like the most. I know I could target ...
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Client/Server networking for mobile games

I am currently considering the pros and cons of two different approaches for networking an Android game. First, I will specify some details about the game and its requirements, and then I will ...
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Legal and IP considerations with publishers and playable prototypes

I'm almost ready to send a playable prototype of a game to a publisher. I've never worked with publishers. What legal or intellectual property issues should I consider at this stage (if any)? In ...
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Game synchronisation in peer-to-peer online multiplayer game

I am developing an online real-time multiplayer game using Google Play Game Service and Cocos2D-X. The game has two players where each player control their own ball....
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Facebook data exchange for mobile games (multiplayer)

A multiplayer mobile game that we are working on connects players through Google Play and Game Center but we would also like to add an option to play with your Facebook friends and here's the question:...
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Why I need a backend for a mobile social game?

I'm developing a mobile social game, it's a puzzle with a social layer similar to the one in Candy Crush Saga (limited lives, can send life requests to friends, facebook leaderboards, etc). I know all ...
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How do I find an optimal FPS for best user experience while preserving battery life?

I'm developing an Android game. The "graphics" I'm using need little CPU/GPU, so they run with high FPS. Because saving energy is important on Android devices, I want to limit frame-rate (...
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Libgdx. Converting Screen Click Coordinates into World Coordinates for 2D Game

I'm using the InputHandler's touchdown method. It gives me my screenX and ...
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Acceptable sound quality: stereo needed for an Android game?

I have various simple short sound effects (damage sound, dying sound, thunderbolt, fanfare, breaking) for a game that is developed for Android currently. I use OGG files: 96kbps VBR, 44.1KHz, 2 ...
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How do I get the number of online players in a Minecraft server from outside the client?

I know that the Minecraft client can query the server for number of players and maximum players, even when the server properties has enable-query set to ...
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3D on GBA, how was it done?

I've been wondering, how did game programmers make this: https://youtu.be/S6huq2G43Ls?t=4368 possible? There seems to be some odd morphing of textures when you walk by objects, and the textures are ...
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Should particles check if they are in a region, or regions if particles are in them?

I have around 100 to 200 particles in my game. Then I have 5 to 20 regions (circle-shape) which should count the particles which enter them and add some force to them, so they change their direction. ...
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Testing SFML sf::Touch on ordinary PC

So I’ve created a small app that is designed to be used on smartphones and tablets. Accordingly the app makes use of the sf::Touch class which determines the point on the screen of the device that the ...
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View-Update versus Model-update

I am creating a game using a relatively new platform called "codenameOne", but I'm actually a software engineer, so this question might be rather basic or odd, but I'm unsure what to do. The game is ...
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I'm making a networked game for mobile. Should I worry about cheating?

I'm in the process of making a racing game for Android/iOS. I'm thinking of implementing a server/client model, should I worry about cheating and make all players communicate with a server of mine, or ...
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Uncontrollable platform spawning

I made simple spawner like this: ...
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How to blur entire scene but a specific spot in Unity?

What I want is basically: A way to blur every object/sprite on the scene, but have a "blur-free" circular zone, that can move. And everything that's behind that circular zone won't have the blur ...
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Read custom content in MONO-GAME in a cross-platform way

using Mono-Game, i have some custom content files in some binary format (not .xnb) in run-time i need to read the content of those files. i prefer to get a stream, but if something will give me a ...
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Disable autorotation if Android has it disabled

I'm making a game for Android in Unity. I wanted the game to handle screen rotations, so I set "Default Orientation" to "Auto Rotation. This works well, except for one issue: If you disable auto-...
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How to use large texture atlases in my shaders on mobile devices

This is a frustrating discovery. I have ported my desktop game to mobile and discovered that floating point precision in my shaders is not good. I have large animations which I store per frame on a ...
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Unity3D CrossPlatformInput StandardAsset Multitouch

I have a small game I am working on, and I am trying to add touch support to it. Before I try to add that into the real game I wanted to do a test run on a small project. The project consists of a ...
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How to have a gradient blur in objects on Unity?

This is related to a previous question I've asked here: How to blur entire scene but a specific spot in Unity? At the time I managed to solve my problem with a "hard" cutoff on the blurred and non-...
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Java vs Javascript for Web-based games [closed]

With all the recent interest in developing HTML5 apps and games, and I am curious why all the focus is on Javascript, and not on Java. Minecraft is a great example of what can be accomplished in a ...
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How do I simulate a crowd in the stadium stands?

I'm working on a mobile sports game with Unity. I'm wondering how I could create an efficient effect of an audience in the stadium. I know that with more than 15 characters in my games (with 1800 ...
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How can I provide access cheat codes or diagnostics for a tap-only mobile game?

I'd like to build several cheat-like commands into my game, mainly for debugging problems that could only be reproduced on the end-user's side. For most games this would be trivial: just listen to a ...
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Game Asset Management

I am making my first small mobile game in C# XNA. Lets say I have 3 screens, the main menu, options and game screen. A single game session usually lasts for 1 min, so the user will alternate ...
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Authenticating users without a username or password

I'm curious about what the process is for anonymously authenticating users when it comes to mobile games. There are quite a few examples out there, but the ones that immediately come to mind are Lords ...
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What are the pros. and cons. of different representations a custom geometry format for a mobile based engine?

I am trying to create 3D model importer for my mobile based engine. These are what I am considering: Convert .obj file to text based structure like JSON or custom. So, basically, convert .obj file ...
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Adapting motion controls to changes in the player's orientation

I am using gyroscope data (pitch, roll) to move the player's space ship. It works perfectly as long as you play in a standard position (e.g. sitting down). Once you start using it lying down (e.g. ...
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Storing Tiled Level Data in J2ME game

I'm developing a J2ME game which uses tiled backgrounds for the levels. My question is how do I store this tile information in my game. At the moment it is stored as an array; with each number ...
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Unity application freezes on ios at pause

When I play my game made with Unity on iOS device, and press the home button or let the screen close by time or by pressing the power button and then try to come back to the game, the game freezes ...
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How to add Facebook Data Storage to Mobile Game?

I was wondering how I would add the option for players to sign into their Facebook profiles on my mobile game and then have Facebook store their game save data, so they can recover it on any device ...
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How to gain visibility on the Play Store? [closed]

Sometime in the near future I'll release my first Android game. It's not going to be anything special, but I'm trying to make it as polished as possible and I would like to know what I can do to ...
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Profiling the GPU of a tablet

We are working on a tablet game in Unity Pro (for the first time). Unity's profiler works great for probing the CPU, but the tablet's GPU isn't supported in the profiler, so we have no idea where the ...
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Not repeating background in platformer [closed]

I need to make not repeating background for platformer. I can't find any description of implementation and I developed algorithm but I'm not sure that it's right. I can't load one big texture per ...
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Prevent collisions between mobs/npcs/units piloted by computer AI : How to avoid mobile obstacles?

Lets says we have character a starting at point A and character b starting at point ...
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Huge level size after build APK in Unity

I made maps used bunch of small objects which are mostly scenary, like part of road, buildings, obstacles. They are all lightmap static, batching static, occludee static. However after build APK, "...
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What is better: One texture per model or assigning multiple models to one single huge texture?

If I'm making a low-poly car pack of multiple cars for mobile platforms, should I: Make a large texture like of 2048x2048 and unwrap all the models to it Make separate, smaller (256x256) textures for ...
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What counts as a successful ad view in a mobile app?

There is one thing about mobile ads that I can't completely understand. Let's say I put ads in my free mobile game. What counts as a successful ad view? When it is just displayed on a user's screen or ...
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NAT punchthrough failed

I finished my game while I was unaware of this error since it only shows up when I disable "WIFI" on my phone and testing it with 3G and ...
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demographics of paying mobile gamer

I was googling for this now for a while but didn't find any relevant data. Does someone know any statistics of the demographics of mobile gamers that actually spend money on their games? It's clear ...
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Poor mobile performance when running from Eclipse

So after weeks of thinking my rendering code was bad, I accidentally discovered the following: Running my game on a Nexus S From Eclipse (Debug as -> Android application): 12fps From the device ...