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If a game is made for Windows or MacOS, and sold for profit, is Microsoft or Apple entitled to royalties, even if it's sold on a different website?

No, Microsoft of Apple generally do not take royalties from software just because it runs on their desktop operating systems. They only take royalties if they are distributed through their own ...
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Why do so many game websites end in game.com?

You can perform a whois search to see if and when a domain got registred. helloneighbor.com is taken since 2002 and gunpoint.com since 1996. The names were not available for the games which came much ...
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what is the legality behind "openMW" ( an open source implementation of morrowind)

The OpenMW project maintains a FAQ page at https://openmw.org/faq/#bethesda_legal where the legality issue is dealt with. Does Bethesda Softworks approve of this project? Won’t you guys have legal ...
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My game got stolen, what do I do?

The same thing has happened to me in the past. Here are a few things I learnt from it. Remember if they distribute your game it's not ideal, however you primarily lose out on ratings and publicity on ...
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Separating Assets in Unity

Easy indeed - you are looking for Asset Bundles, which you can read about here: https://unity3d.com/learn/tutorials/topics/scripting/assetbundles-and-assetbundle-manager In pre-2017 versions, you ...
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How do I prevent my game from being detected as a virus?

The short answer is that the issue I had originally reported with my game being detected as a virus is resolved. I obtained a code signing certificate, from a trusted root certificate authority. Not a ...
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why each game does not provide the option to download only one graphic quality, instead of having to download low, medium, high and ultra graphics?

This is because texture size is not really a barring factor for performance. When you say download in the graphics option context, the only thing you would exclude from download is larger size ...
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Are there alternative game distribution methods?

Yes, you can sell your game directly. In this day and age there are plenty of ways to do that. Getting physical copies into a brick and mortar store can still be difficult without a publisher. But 80% ...
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How do I pack my game LWJGL game into a single executable JAR with Maven?

This is the plugin you need ...
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What should I use instead of randomized start positions for good-looking 2D rain?

Divide your rectangular area where you want to generate particles into tiles then spawn particles randomly inside of those tiles (round robin randomly or some other method) rather than uniformly ...
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If a game is made for Windows or MacOS, and sold for profit, is Microsoft or Apple entitled to royalties, even if it's sold on a different website?

Apple and Microsoft only have licensees for their closed ecosystems. For Microsoft, that's the windows store and the Xbox platforms. For Apple, that's just iOS (as far as I know). Consider Steam, ...
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My game got stolen, what do I do?

Those sites are potentially guilty of ip/copyright theft and software piracy. Speak to a lawyer who is a specialist in Intellectual Property with regards to software. If you agree to the fees, they ...
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Can steam features be used in a game bought on an alternate distribution platform?

To some extent, the answer depends on how you are defining your terms. My interpretation of the docs is that it's okay to: Sell Steam keys through other venues provided you are doing so in a way that'...
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If a game is made for Windows or MacOS, and sold for profit, is Microsoft or Apple entitled to royalties, even if it's sold on a different website?

As far as I know, any game that is made for any platform but is sold on a "random" website (or one owned by you) has no relation to Microsoft or Apple (pay-wise). In theory they earn money because ...
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Generate random number biased to an input value

Here's one simple method: rarity = 1 - Pow(random(), 1 + difficultyRating * maxBias) Here maxBias is a positive value that ...
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How do I distribute an executable for a c++/opengl game that uses dynamic libraries?

First you will have to check the license for each individual libraries regarding redistribution. Then for Linux you will need a launch script that sets the library search path to where you packaged ...
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Is there a reliable and fast way of getting a list of all installed games on a Windows PC?

Check the registry paths HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall and ...
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Is there a reliable and fast way of getting a list of all installed games on a Windows PC?

Probably a completely dead topic but one I referred to when I was trying to accomplish the same. I ended up searching registry as mentioned above, and it wasn't too bad, until I came across battle....
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