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XNA is a game framework by Microsoft that allows deployment for Windows, Windows Phone & Xbox 360.

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Xbox thumbstick used to rotate sprite, basic formula makes it “stick” or feel “sticky” at 90 degree intervals! How do you get smooth rotation?

I am using a very basic formula to calculate what angle my sprite (spaceship for example) should be facing based on the Xbox controller thumbstick i.e. you use the thumbstick to rotate the ship. In ...
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Is it a bad idea to have Game1 static in XNA?

Is it a really bad idea to have my Game1 class as static? As at the moment in my Game1 class I have a class called ...
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Scripting engine for XNA

Say I'm making this big game in C# with XNA. What options do I have to include a scripting feature to my code base?
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Using XNA ContentPipeline to export a file in a machine without full XNA GS

My game uses the Content Pipeline to load the spriteSheet at runtime. The artist for the game sends me the modified spritesheet and I do a build in my machine and send him an updated project. So I'm ...
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How to use XML files as content files in XNA?

I have an XML file representing different car manufactures that will be available in my game. The file looks like this: ...
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Moving a sprite in XNA/C#, using vectors

I'm currently looking into XNA game development with the C# language. I have two classes: the main game handler and a "sprite" class. Following is some basic pseudo-code which I hope adequately ...
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Good example of a multi-pass effect?

In XNA (and Direct3D in general AFAIK), rather than creating individual vertex and fragment shaders, you bundle potentially many related shaders into 'Effects'. When you come to use an effect you ...
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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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XNA: How does threading work?

I would like to implement threading in my XNA game but I'm not sure how things work when compiling for the XBOX 360. Could someone elaborate on this? For example, how many threads does XBOX support? ...
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Is Xbox Live suitable for a multiplayer FPS?

I'm working on a basic first person shooter. I would eventually also like to publish it on Xbox Live. If I do this, will I still have access to parties (invite and chat)? Does Microsoft provide ...
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What are the pros and cons of Lua vs. Python as a scripting language for XNA/C# platform? [closed]

I am thinking about giving a go to one of my ancient ideas for a game. The core point of this game would be the possible level of functional customization of the game environment and objects (such as ...
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Physics for a 2.5D platformer with a plane that curves

I'm creating a 2.5D platformer in XNA which uses 3D models that are constrained to travelling along a 2D plane (just like Trine). To make things tricker, however, I want the 2D plane itself to be ...
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Sprites rendering blurry with velocity

After adding velocity to my game, I feel like my textures are twitching. I thought it was just my eyes, until I finally captured it in a screenshot: The one on the left is what renders in my game; ...
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Efficient Tile-based collision detection for a lot of squares?

currently I am working on my own take of a tile-based game (think Terraria, but less fantastical (I think that's a word? Sorry if it isn't)). Anyway, I currently have collision detection working (...
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Scale my pixel art files when designing them or when rendering?

If I create pixel art files that need to be scaled up on the screen later, so that a single pixel becomes a box of 4 pixels. Should I create my pixel art with 2x2 pixels or should I create it with 1x1 ...
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Can you record raw sound data in XNA?

XNA 4 includes the Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Audio.Microphone class which can seemingly read the raw sound data off the microphone via its API as documented: GetData - Gets the latest recorded data ...
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What is a good method for coloring textures based on a palette in XNA?

I've been trying to work on a game with the look of an 8-bit game using XNA, specifically using the NES as a guide. The NES has a very specific palette and each sprite can use up to 4 colors from ...
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Keeping rotation between two objects

In my XNA game I have two objects that collide. When the first object collides with the other it is able to latch on to it and move it about the world. I am having a problem with the math here (Math ...
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Wave ripple effect?

I've been working on a tower-defense game for some time now, and so far I am really satisfied with the results. However, there's one thing I'd like to add. I've seen a video of GeoDefense for Windows ...
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Xna: Texture2D from a png file

I'm making a tile based game, and I'm working for support of tilesets. I'm trying to make it so that a Texture2D is set as a chosen PNG file. I can do this with no problem f I load the image into the ...
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How to decompose sprite sheet

I have a lot of spritesheets that are poorly formatted that I want to decompose, or split out into many small images, one for each sprite. If I can do that, I can use my custom texture packer tool to ...
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What technique should I use to facilitate communication between XNA GameComponents (or between components of any type in a game)?

I'm starting out on my first 'proper' game project, and I've inevitably hit a block trying to decide how game components in XNA should communicate. From previous (Java) GUI programming events, ...
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Server-side Input

Currently in my game, the client is nothing but a renderer. When input state is changed, the client sends a packet to the server and moves the player as if it were processing the input, but the ...
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Tiling Physics using Farseer

I'm having a problem with the Farseer Physics Engine, where in a tiled environment, my object will at times interact with corners of others objects, even if they align perfectly. I've read about ...
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Voxel Face Crawling (Mesh simplification, possibly using greedy)

Edit: This is just for my own learning experience, it is NOT for performance reasons that I ask this question. This is in regards to a Minecraft-like terrain engine. I store blocks in chunks (...
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Rendering arbitrary text in XNA using Windows API?

In Andrew's comment on my other question, he noted that it was possible to render text to a Texture2D using the Windows API, instead of drawing the text directly with a SpriteBatch. How is this done? ...
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Zune same features as WP7? (gesture, accelerometer)

We don't have zune HD in Canada (yet) just wondering if it has the same programmable features as WP7? Like gestures and accelerometer. Basically if I am just making a game, with screen controls (...
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Pixel-perfect rendering to a rendertarget with a fullscreen quad

I have some trouble rendering a bunch of values to a rendertarget. The values never end up in the exact range I want them to. Basically I use a fullscreen quad and a pixel shader to render to my ...
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What should I do to prevent my monsters from walking off platforms?

I have a question that is driving me crazy because I think it should be fairly easy to find a tutorial on it. I'm currently using XNA and Farseer to create a simple platformer game. I'm about to be ...
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Vector3 vs. Vector2 - performance, usage?

I'm currently playing around with XNA, and creating a simple 2D platformer. I was thinking of adding multiple layers to make it a little bit of challenge. In stead of having a ...
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How do you handle 'move to mouse', if the player is already at the mouse?

I'm making a top-down-2D game. When my player moves, the cursor does not move with it. In my game, the player moves by facing the cursor and then walking toward it. This means that eventually, the ...
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Should I use Events in a XNA Game?

I created a button class which draw a button on the screen. When I click on it, I want to see something happening. In WinForm, I would simply use the event OnClick of the button. What about XNA? ...
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How to create simple acceleration in a 2D sprite? [duplicate]

So here's what I thought might work but half the time I press the 'Right' key, it results in a crash and the rest of the time seems to produce no acceleration at all. ...
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Curious Transparent Holes Render Artifact

So I'm trying to implement "smooth" terrain in my block engine by giving each surface block a heightmap. Basically, what I do to generate these "heightmaps" for each block is I generate the heights ...
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How can I factor momentum into my space sim?

I am trying my hand at creating a simple 2d physics engine right now, and I'm running into some problems figuring out how to incorporate momentum into movement of a spaceship. If I am moving in a ...
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Can you write games for Rock Band or Guitar Hero controllers in XNA?

Can you use the XNA framework to write games for XBox Live Arcade that require Rock Band or Guitar Hero instruments?
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How do I make a moving object stop smoothly at the end of a path?

There are a dozen ways I could word this question, but to keep my thoughts in line, I'm phrasing it in line with my problem at hand. So I'm creating a floating platform that I would like to be able ...
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XNA - just a few more characters accepted in a SpriteFont

I have a SpriteFont in XNA, which has the standard 126 characters that are usable. However i would like to use the "ಠ" symbol in the game. So is there anyway of adding just a few more symbols that ...
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XNA - Static classes from game libraries executing after content pipeline extensions, how to avoid the problem?

Alright, formulated this way I'm sure it sounds obscure, but I'll do my best to describe my problem. First, let me explain what's wrong with my real source code. I'm making a platformer, and here ...
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Get collision details from Rectangle.Intersects()

I have a Breakout game in which, at some point, I detect the collision between the ball and the paddle with something like this: ...
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Eliminate delay between looping XNA songs?

I'm making a game with XNA and trying to get some background music to loop correctly. Because the file is an MP3 of about 30 seconds in length, I instantiated it as a ...
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Change in direction should slow down object and accelerate in new heading (2D grid-based)

I'm trying to implement some sort of faux space physics in my 2D game. I have a top down view of my space ship. You can change direction and set a speed up to a maximum which then accelerates the ship ...
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Reusable top-down collision class

I've recently picked up monogame and am working on a simple top down game to get me started and learn the basics. I've got the movement and the rotation to follow the mouse sorted out but I'm stuck ...
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Can you develop a game in XNA only on Windows for the Xbox 360?

I'm going to start developing a game for the Xbox 360, its a small homebrew development and I don't have an Xbox 360 yet. Is it possible for me to develop the entire game targeting the XNA framework ...
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Rotate a vector

I want my first-person camera to smoothly change its viewing direction from direction d1 to direction d2. The latter direction is indicated by a target position t2. So far I have implemented a ...
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XNA Sprite Flash Effect

I'm looking for a way to render every non-transparent pixel in a sprite solid white (to 'flash' the sprite white when the player takes damage etc). This is on Windows Phone 7. I was using a very ...
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What model file formats are supported in XNA?

What model extensions are valid in XNA? I know it supports .fbx, for example.
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How can I store all my level data in a single file instead of spread out over many files?

I am currently generating my level data, and saving to disk to ensure that any modifications done to the level are saved. I am storing "chunks" of 2048x2048 pixels into a file. Whenever the player ...
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How to implement click-to-move in a 2D game?

Currently I am learning how to use XNA by making a 2D Game. So far I am doing okay, but I want to implement a click-to-move instead of using the keys to walk around but I haven't found any samples ...
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Managing multiple references of the same game entity in different places using IDs

I've seen great questions on similar topics, but none that addressed this particular method: Given that I have multiple collections of game entities in my [XNA Game Studio] game, with many entities ...

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