Questions tagged [software-engineering]

Software engineering is the design and development of software as it applies to the game development field. Questions using this tag should be about theoretical concepts and practices as relates to the task of creating or designing software. This tag should not be used simply because a question involves programming or contains code.

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How do I show only the level in monogame? [closed]

How do I remove the blue background shown here So that only the level is visible without making the sprites/map larger or the window smaller?
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Is it okay to update the graphical handlers in the same function where you render them?

I have a class called 'GraphicalHandler' that all my graphical handlers inherit from the main game loop. The class manages a static vector of pointers to all instances of itself. I can then call the ...
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Animating from json file in pygame?

I have got a json file and I am trying to load the single sprites from that file but I gives this error after a few loops and also the animation is not smooth(gets stuck) error: ...
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is there any different solution for different buildings different behaviours

I'm trying to make different behaviours for workers of different buildings, let's say an agricultural worker would need to sow wheat seed and collect the wheat grain when it's grown. let's call that <...
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Building a unified interface for a swap chain in both DirectX 12 and Vulkan

Most objects in DirectX 12 have natural analogues in Vulkan, e.g. VkInstance = IDXGIFactory ...
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Instantiating GameObjects in Custom Game Engine

So,i'm having a bit of an issue with instantiating my gameobjects into to universe(My Scene object). I can create an empty object from scratch and populate it from there with ease,my problem starts ...
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Game Architecture: Class leaking into almost all files

We currently have the problem that our main class GameController is being pulled into every backend file in our game. We're wondering what are common solutions to this problem. Here's a bit more about ...
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Handling complex selection mechanics in RTS-style game

When we look at complex RTSs where a simple left button mouse click can mean twenty or more different things, depending on the game and UI state, the code handling this interaction and assigning the ...
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What does it mean to develop a VR game from the ground up?

Some virtual reality games are advertised as being created from the ground up for virtual reality. What does this mean exactly? What are some of the differences between developing a 3d pc game and a ...
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Formula to calculate Level and Current Experience from Total Xp [duplicate]

So I'm building a mobile game where I have simple XP progression system that goes like this: Level1: 0-399 Total XP Level2: 400-1199 Total XP Level3: 1200-2399 Total XP So basically for the first ...
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How to load a PNG in pure C

PNG loading: I've been creating a game engine for almost a year, and since the start of the development, I have been using stb_image for loading images. It ...
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Why do we have to use a fractional numbers in the graphic engines (2D/3D)? Why integers are not enough?

Maybe it'll be a super beginner question but can someone explain me why do we have to use a fractional numbers (floats, doubles) ...
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How do I connect Unity to a server backend developed in .net core?

I'm currently running to a wall in my game development and I need now some discussion to clear my mind... In my mind I have a plan for some little online game (focused around clicking and idling), ...
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Dynamic spawn system

What are good approaches or patterns to structure a dynamic spawn system ? It should be able to "create" entities by their type-ID based on a set of rules which are able to change dynamic during ...
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How to choose what to use in Java: Enums or Objects?

I'm in a dilemma over using Enum Types or using class objects in that particular part of my java project. Let's suppose I have an array where I constantly add and remove things from it, but I also ...
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Security in Unity

I have a public int variable in my game for number of coins. It's public because it must be accessed in other scripts and scenes (for when you want to buy levels, character,etc). I want to use anti-...
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Design decisions in building a 3D Rendering Engine using Vulkan in C++

I'm starting to learn the core concepts and features of the Vulkan API. I'm following the tutorials that can be found here: vulkan-tutorial. I'm at the point of getting ready to implement the code to ...
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Managing large amounts of data and processes for an economy management game

I'm making a management game in the vein of Anno or Stellaris, but I'm unsure how to manage all my data efficiently. Short example: the player controls multiple islands. Each island has factories on ...
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Which parts of Doom (1993) are open source and which are not?

As the original publication of the source code states, you still need an original copy of the game: https://www.doomworld.com/idgames/idstuff/source/doomsrc What exactly do you need from those ...
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How to communicate to an inventory item which character it's being used on?

Currently, I have an Inventory that is a ScriptableObject, which means it's not tied to any specific game object or player ...
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I need a custom launcher for my Minecraft server

I am creating my own Minecraft server for my friends and I (and then publish it). It uses Thermos for MC 1.7.10, with mods and plugins. My friends don't know how to install Minecraft Java Edition, ...
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Avoiding Global Variables in Event Driven Programming

First off is "procedural event driven programming" a thing? My question is about global variables in the context of an event driven program that doesn't use OOP... I have written a simple Snake game ...
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Is ECS an object-oriented design in disguise? (rather philosophical/technical) [closed]

Correct me if I'm wrong, but having read a lot about the ECS-Pattern in general and in the context of current game engines I am beginning to wonder if the ECS-Pattern in it's core is hardly more than ...
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Multiplayer Game Server Input vs Tick

I'm building a game server for a turn-based RPG game, where the players control their characters through a web interface ( think kind of like a Jackbox Party Pack game, where there's a screen that ...
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Is it a good option to simultaneously work on a game and a game engine? [closed]

I'm considering this, now I work on 3d game but I want also to make in slow tempo, iteratively a game engine is it a good choice? The game what I working on is with non custom engine (Unity, Unreal ...
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Even if one client port will be simple to write without it, should I still use an engine?

So the idea is to create a TRUE REAL TIME strategy game that is working as android and IOS app, and also as web browser game. Players should be able to play on all their devices. There will not be ...
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Ways to track login/loading progress dynamic?

Lets say we want to add a dynamic "loading bar" to our server-client game... the player presses on "login", a bar appears and shows the percentage of loaded assets and configurations from the server. ...
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How to replace texture maps on models in a packaged game?

I'm trying to do an experiment. I'd like to do some object masking to the assets inside of a game, so during run time, when you are playing, they're texture maps are replaced by the masks. The masks ...
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most flexible way to implement a buff /debuff system for a RPG game [duplicate]

I'm making an RGP board game where I have different heros, each one of them belongs to some types for example ("Aatrox" is a Dragon and a Ninja hence he belong to these two types),and each player has ...
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'Destroyed Actors' and 'Save Games'

Background Our team is creating an adventure platformer, and I have been tasked with creating a Save Game system. Our game features the usual progression systems, and is relatively linear. Approach ...
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Why aren't game mods allowed to talk to the outside?

Sorry if the title is a bit obscure, I didn't know what to call this. I recently got into mod making and thought of a mod which is able to control Spotify through in-game commands, using Spotify's API ...
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“Systems” needed for a box-pushing game

I already have an idea for a game. I also have a few years of experience with casual programming and game dev, and I know the messy while loop I had until now will not be enough for my next project. ...
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Structure for a strategy game

I am making a strategy game like Age of Empires. It's a pretty big project and I need a clear game structure. I have defined a Game_Object class with variables ...
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Engine for a Football Manager Type game (data driven, menu clicking) [closed]

A friend and I had started developing a football manager two years ago, but ultimately squashed the whole thing because we found ourselves in a mess with developing UI and saving/loading. The basic ...
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Terms of integrating 3rd party sdk and libraries in your engine

I am developing my own engine and integrating Bullet Physics. Now Bullet Physics is open source under Zlib license. My concern is, can original owner change the license later on to paid and how it ...
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Mob generation design - is creating a class for each mob efficient?

I'm working on an RPG game for my coursework project. Everything is going fine but I've reached a stage where I do think that my project's code is not the most efficient. Here I have a constructor of ...
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Resetting variables when starting a new game

What is the best practice when implementing a way to start a game when a previous game has been played and the game's variables have already some kind of values assigned to them? The most naive ...
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Modify the effect of a card being played

I'm trying to recreate a simple card game. Each played card has an action (draw extra cards, peek at draw stack, eliminate an opponent card, etc). Once played, it goes on a stack, and the card effect ...
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Multiplayer oriented game engine object (C++)

for a personal project i started making a 2d game engine in C++ that uses sfml. The idea is having base "game object" classes from which a game will inherit. Right now i have: Game_engine class ...
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Switching from software Engineer to Game developer [closed]

I don't know if this is the right place to ask this. I've been working as a software engineer for 3.5 years so far, mostly web apps, mobile apps, web pages in banking systems, educational, etc but I ...
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Extending the camera vs CameraHelper class vs camera field

I am following an eBook called "Learning Libgdx Game Development" In it, the author implements a CameraHelper class that implements ...
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Why would a game engine developer use both DirectX and OpenGL?

It's very common for cross-platform game engines to support both DirectX and OpenGL, and even Vulkan. Why would a studio want to write abstraction code 2, 3, or even 4 times? OpenGL/Vulkan are ...
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How to manage complex mesh importing in to a game engine

A bit of context: I'm developing a 3D rendering engine and can't really make much more progress until I get some more interesting and complex meshes loaded in to the scene. So far I have been using ...
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How can I approach writing a GUI framework for my game? [closed]

The problem I want to write a simple GUI framework designed for a game, in order to learn the inner workings and nitty-gritty of how GUI 'engines' such as Unity3D's GUI work. I can't find any ...
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Where to create the vertex buffers?

Please note that this is purely an architectural/design question. And sorry for the long post, there are a lot of "thinking out loud" here. I'm working on a simple graphics engine (as a universtiy ...
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Game Metrics for Achievements

So I posted not too long ago looking for an alternative system to what I'm using for game metrics, meaning information I post each update when something specific happens (enemy damaged, killed, a wave ...
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Is it possible to achieve the same performance of CUDA on OpenCL?

I am planning on porting some of my CPU code to GPU. I want my code to run on all GPUs, so openCL seems to be the right choice. Will I be able to achieve the same performance as of CUDA in openCL?. ...
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Game Engine Class and Subsystem Architecture

I have a quick question for those who have experience coding their game engine and such. I was wondering what a better approach would be when designing my own game engine. Right now I plan on having ...
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Should I use dependency injection in Unity? [closed]

As learned about dependency injection on the internet, I found that it's something that can be done simply by the Singleton Pattern. But there are 2 completely different views on this issue: Some ...
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How to build a better game save?

I am making a roguelike card game like dream quest, and I want to improve my dungeon/level save method. Here's what my levels look like: I checked dream quest saves but I don't like their method ...

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