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How to write a network game? [closed]

Based on Why is it so hard to develop a MMO?: Networked game development is not trivial; there are large obstacles to overcome in not only latency, but cheat prevention, state management and load ...
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What are good JS libraries for game dev? [closed]

If I decide to write a simple game both text and graphical (2d) what libraries would I use? (Assume we are using a HTML5 compatible browser) The main things I can think of Rendering text on screen ...
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How can I implement gravity?

How can I implement gravity? Not for a particular language, just pseudocode...
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Algorithm for dynamically calculating a level based on experience points? [closed]

One of the struggles I've always had in game development is deciding how to implement experience points attributed to gaining a level. There doesn't seem to be a pattern to gaining a level in many of ...
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What is the fastest way to work out 2D bounding box intersection?

Assume that each Box object has the properties x, y, width, height and have their origin at their center, and that neither the objects nor the bounding boxes rotate.
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How can I draw outlines around 3D models?

How can I draw outlines around 3D models? I'm referring to something like the effects in a recent Pokemon game, which appear to have a single-pixel outline around them:
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What is the future of XNA in Windows 8 or how will managed games be developed in Windows 8? [closed]

I know this is a potential dupe of this question, but the last answer there was 18 months ago and a lot has happened since. There seems to be some uncertainty about XNA in Windows 8. Specifically, ...
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Is UDP still better than TCP for data-heavy realtime games?

I know that UDP is usually recommended for real-time multiplayer games with high data usage. Most articles are serval years old, and since ~80% of all data transmitted on the internet is TCP, a lot ...
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What are some famous games developed with .NET and/or XNA? [closed]

Are there famous games written in .Net and/or XNA?
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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 choose how to store data?

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. - Chinese Proverb I could ask what kind of data storage I should use for my actual project, but I ...
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Anti-Cheat for MMOs issues and solutions? [closed]

Most online games suffer for this problem and there are some software companies out there to cover this but recently from what I've seen most companies are trying to avoid those programs creating ...
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When should you roll your own game engine? [closed]

I've been a software developer for 5 years, now, and I am wanting to get into iOS game development. I've played around with the iOS SDK for about 2 years, attending cocoaheads meetings, and I feel I ...
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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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Microsoft XNA Platformer Example, is the Collsion Detection implemented accurately?

The example provided by Microsoft seems as if the collision detection (from what I can see) will have a small error. When the user collides with an Unpassable tile, the depth of the intersection is ...
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Anti-cheat Javascript for browser/HTML5 game

I'm planning on venturing on making a single player action rpg in js/html5, and I'd like to prevent cheating. I don't need 100% protection, since it's not going to be a multiplayer game, but I want ...
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How should I handle sprite creation for customizable 2D characters?

I'm want to create avatar animations (sprites) for a browser-based MMORPG. The player is able to customize the character, and the content changes often (new weapons, armors, and so on). How can I ...
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Documentation on 2D space partitioning

I am looking for documentation that explains the different kinds of (well the major ones anyway) 2D space partitioning algorithms & data structures. Any pointers besides 'Google it and sift ...
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How would I implement an endless road the player runs down?

I want to create the illusion that a man is running down a long road i.e. this pic http://camlinecambridgelimited.web.officelive.com/images/road%20graphic1.jpg If you have played Temple Run on the ...
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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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“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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Accessing DualShock 4 motion sensor in Windows (ideally Unity)

I'm trying to use a DualShock 4's IMU as a motion controller in Unity, under Windows 7. So far I've tried: DS4Windows (1.5.11): reads motion sensor data, but does not expose them to Unity as axes ...
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How to lead a moving target from a moving shooter

I saw this question: Predicting enemy position in order to have an object lead its target. My situation is a little different though. My target moves, and the shooter moves. Also, the shooter's ...
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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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How do I move the camera in full pixel intervals?

Basically I want to stop the camera from moving in subpixels, as I think this leads to sprites visibly changing their dimensions if just ever so slightly. (Is there a better term for that?) Note that ...
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Turning a sprite such that it rotates in the direction that's most efficient

I have a sprite that moves from waypoint to waypoint. It turns to face its velocity vector, but not instantly (there's a rotation speed). The problem I'm having is, from one direction to another, the ...
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Floor is made up of tiles with their own box colliders. Pushable item gets stuck on the “seams”

So I have a scene where the floor is made up of some tiled objects. All of these have the exact same height and exact same Y position. I also have a block with a rigidbody that you can push on the ...
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Platformer collision problems

I am working on a platformer 2D, and i am currently focusing on collision. I have the actual rectangle(class: Rect) and i can detect if the player-model is intersepting it. However, when it comes from ...
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Why rotating an object only on its local X axis result in sudden 180 degrees changes in Y and Z axis rotation values

I have an object (cube) in the scene and I want it to continuously rotate on its only local X axis but suddenly while rotating on X axis its Y and Z axis rotation value goes 180 degrees for some ...
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How to make prefabs independent?

I'm working on a Unity's Project and I want to modify a prefab, more precisely I want to change the texture of a prefab. The problem is that my modification is applied also to other prefabs. I read on ...
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Optimized rendering of a cube mesh world

I want to render a cube-mesh (a.k.a. Minecraft-style) world. If I render each existing cube it will eat up FPS pretty quickly. How can I optimize it? I understand that the point is to not render ...
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Car driving through walls with transform.Translate()

I need help with a script for a very simple car that uses transform.Translate: ...
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How to create adjustable formula for RPG level up requirements?

I'm trying to create a formula that can be modified simply by changing two values: number_of_levels, and last_level_experience. This is to enable people modding the game to change the levelling ...
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How do you handle aspect ratio differences with Unity 2D?

I've gotten a lot of answers to this question, but they are all generic and generally not very useful. None of the tutorials talk about aspect ratio and dealing with mobile devices and there are a ...
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most efficient AABB vs Ray collision algorithms

Is there a known 'most efficient' algorithm for AABB vs Ray collision detection? I recently stumbled accross Arvo's AABB vs Sphere collision algorithm, and I am wondering if there is a similarly ...
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How can I set up a flexible framework for handling achievements?

Specifically, what is the best way to implement an achievement system flexible enough to handle going beyond simple statistics-driven achievements such as "kill x enemies." I'm looking for something ...
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What are atan and atan2 used for in games?

I am having some trouble understanding Math.tan() and Math.atan() and Math.atan2(). I have ...
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How is load balancing achieved in MMOs?

I believe it's a common requirement of MMOs that processing for a single shard or realm can be done over several servers to ease the load. I'm curious as to how this can be done whilst maintaining a ...
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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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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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3answers
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How can I generate Worms-style terrain?

I'm working on a Worms-styled game and want to generate some terrain procedurally. I've previously done a lot of terrain generation using perlin noise, and this is what I started out using for this ...
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How can I create a random “world” in a tile engine?

I am designing a game that is working on a classic tile engine, but whose world is generated randomly. Are there existing games or algorithms that do this? The procedural generation algorithms I have ...
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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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How are deterministic games possible in the face of floating-point non-determinism?

To make a game like an RTS networked, I've seen a number of answers here suggest to make the game completely deterministic; then you only have to transfer the users' actions to each other, and lag ...
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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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How to convert mouse coordinates to isometric indexes?

I draw isometric map with tile 64x32: ...
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1answer
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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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Why are textures always square powers of two? What if they aren't?

Why are the resolution of textures in games always a power of two (128x128, 256x256, 512x512, 1024x1024, etc.)? Wouldn't it be smart to save on the game's file size and make the texture exactly fit ...

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