Questions tagged [game-development]

Development is undertaken by a game developer, which may range from a single person to a large business. Mainstream games are normally funded by a publisher and take several years to develop. Indie games can take less time and can be produced cheaply by individuals and small developers. The indie game industry has seen a rise in recent years with the growth of new online distribution systems and the mobile game market.

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Refining DFD of an RPG

I am making a game to help childern learn Urdu (Urdu Boli = Urdu Language) This is the high level context diagram of the game.Considering an RPG can any additions be made to the diagram?
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What is done when an urgent fix for an app is needed but updates have to be approved by Apple/Google etc?

I have very little experience in this area, so sorry if I use any incorrect terminology or if this is a stupid/simplistic question in general. But from what I understand, when a developer wants to ...
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Storing and filtering spatial data within RAM

I'm trying to figure out what's the proper way of storing and filtering spatial data inside a running program. I have a 2D map of theoretically infinite size. Users generate objects which are placed ...
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How do I cheaply run different-sized same-algorithm workloads in EKS?

Problem Statement I am trying to build a game engine where: The game state exists in Postgres (probably AWS RDS for PostressSQL) The simulation / game state is updated asynchronously by back-end ...
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Game loops and components

I researched a lot about game loops but most of the explanations I found credible also stay at a high level. I still don't understand the functionality of the components in a game loop. Let's consider:...
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How to encrypt player's cards in a Poker client/server architecture in NodeJS?

I am making an online poker server in NodeJS. Currently, the state of the game is being sent to each client. So using debugging tools a client can see all the other player's card IDs. I would like to ...
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Designing a system of loadable resources with dependencies

Context: For a video game, I need to load an arbitrary amount of resources which when combined would form a complete level of the game. These resources would be 3D models, textures, sound, etc. Some ...
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Designing an Entity Component System for interfacing with a scripting language

I am currently building an Entity Component System (ECS) in cython in order to speed up operating on large numbers of game objects in python. In the process of building this system, I ran into the ...
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How can independent game-modules block system-wide behaviour

We've stumbled at an inconvenient design in a game and wondering, whether there is nothing simpler. The background needs some explaining so I'm sorry for the wall of text. The setting We have a ...
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Game Engine Architecture: what am I doing wrong?

I'm working on a Game Engine (more like a Graphics Engine for Physics simulations) in C++. I know a bit of Unity and I like the concept of GameObject and Component Unity has and I wanted to use that ...
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Card game with unique abilities - how do i implement this

I am making a card game, it is similar to Bang. You have a boss, which has some HP and you are getting cards with abilities, HP,DMG, etc. I want to make it as a .io game or maybe just a web ...
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different collision geometries in a component based game engine

I'm writing a simple game engine and after a lot of rethinking/refactoring I settled with sort of a component based architecture (not strictly ECS, but it isn't inheritance based anymore either). So ...
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Pattern or framework for resolving simultaneous inputs

I am tracking the position of characters on a 2D grid (this is a computer game). At every step each character can attempt to move (stationary, up, down, left, or right). There are some rules that ...
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Does it make sense to implement a Class Factory design in an RPG Character Creation module

I'm a self-taught Engineer, a beginner in Java and I am trying to create a Dungeons and Dragons character creation module for a bigger game to solidify my understanding of core concepts while learning ...
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Improved design for a turn-based multiplayer game using AI?

I'm trying to decide which is the best architecture for a turn-based multiplayer game where the players can be either humans or AI and the UI is optional, for instance because the game can just be ...
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Handling multiple game modes with a game controller

I have a basic GameController with a finite state machine to handle game logic. I'm adding game modes and coming across problems cleanly implementing them. The core functionality of the game stays ...
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The main reason for using the command design pattern for game AI

I've been going through all the design patterns in context of game programming form this book, before starting my next big project. Apart from that I've been reading about them in more general context....
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Architecture for slot machine game

I am building a slot machine game for a client (virtual money, not real-money gambling). They started out with a template game and hired me to reskin it and make "minor" changes for a "quick" release. ...
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How to efficiently solve “close” players/items in an online game without iterating through all of them?

I have an online game server that works as follows: Once a player connects, he is in one of predefined sessions (consider them physical location, e.g. Island, Underground location, etc.). Then ...
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Object Oriented Game Programming Board Class decision

I am writing an object oriented game for fun where players from two teams fight. I need to implement move function for players on a maze. Maze sohuld have location information with some features like ...
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How to ensure a user isn't using a hacked client

Background: We have the code for a 20 year old MMOG that some people still play, and we have the rights to opensource it. Currently, the server isn't terribly authoritative, i.e. the client is the one ...
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Optimal Immutable Data Structure for Highly Dynamic Particle System

Trying to see if immutability is a good fit for highly dynamic objects like game entities (that constantly are moving around and changing) or particle systems, each which might have thousands or ...
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Domain Driven Design approach for game

I'm working on a realtime multiplayer game project. There are entities like Player, Game, Flag etc. And bunch of it's behaviours like PlayerRespawnBehaviour, PlayerWalkBehaviour, ...
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OOP ECS vs Pure ECS

Firstly, I am aware that this question links with the topic of game development but I have decided to ask it here since it really comes down to a more general software engeneering problem. During the ...
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How should I handling throwing exceptions in C#? [duplicate]

I'm developing a game engine in C# and I just had a question about handling exceptions correctly. Since the engine will be used by other .NET developers, how should I handle exceptions? What I mean ...
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How well is my solution organised?

I'm currently designing a 3D game engine in C#. I'm not sure why, but I feel like it's appropriate to mention that the engine will soon support multiple rendering backends (OpenGL 4.6, Direct3D 12, ...
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What design techniques are used for video games (non-educational)?

I am taking a software engineering course and got an understanding of basic concepts used in designing solutions for businesses. We come up with requirements, do use cases and user scenarios and it ...
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How to find all possible paths with specific length in hexagonal game board?

I am currently developing a simple game in Unity. I got a game board composed of hexagons. Let's say, the red dot is the player. Now I want to show the user on which fields he can go, depending on ...
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How can a html 5 game made licensed?

How a HTML5 game can be buyable? I mean, if it is HTML, even though you obfuscate the code or apply encryption, the whole html and javascript is already on your browser means you already have the ...
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Bridging application development practices and game development practices

I previously ran into an interesting practice called occlusion culling in game development. I am still researching to gain more understanding of how it works, since this is mostly discussed in game ...
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Actions that can have individual cooldowns or a “group” cooldown

I'm creating a game (well, a plugin) where each player has a list of skills, each of which has an unique type object, each of which has a list of actions that need to be ran when a player executes his ...
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Architecture for a scoring and commentary apps

About the app: This is an android app. The app has two components/ two different users, scorers who score the game and fans who view commentary of the game. Scoring User : A scorer watches a live ...
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Is software testing different when we are dealing with game development?

I was reading this paper about the differences between software development in general and game development and the authors made some good points regarding software testing, pointing out, for instance,...
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How to organize the management of resources for OpenGL?

I write my own 3D-graphics engine for education and have some difficulties with it's architecture. I wrote classes like OpenGLTexure, OpenGLMaterial, OpenGLGpuProgram, etc. I also wrote a class ...
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How should I track which monster is first in a Tower Defense game, and is it ok create an extra attribute just for this purpose?

So I'm creating a Tower Defense game and I want to have different ways for towers to prioritize their targets (I'm using Python but looking for a generic design answer): class TargetPriority(enum....
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Countermeasure for having the coordinate grid upside down?

So I'm using pygame to create a simple top-down shooter game, and I'm doing lots of angle calculations from the top-down perspective. Let's use a simple arrow and a ball as an example, I want the red ...
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Architecture for adding projectiles to a Tower Defense game that uses Flyweight pattern for towers?

I asked a question about structuring a Tower Defense game a while back, and ended up using the Flyweight pattern for my towers. Here's what my TowerType looks now (I'm using Python but looking for ...
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Enhancing the quality & performance by opting for multiple tasks vs single task?

I'm trying to improve the performance, code quality and just make it better in terms of practice overall. I have a server for a game that managers all users connected as well as things like objects ...
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Is there any point in a digraph implementation?

The Foreword Hi! I'm just your average, fairly beginner, computer science student doing personal programming side projects, and who is probably out of his depth and has no clue what he's doing. So, I ...
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Is it a good idea to experiment with design patterns?

I have been reading a lot about different design patterns, their pros, cons, main usage etc. However, I like to experiment and try to invent my own ways of the implementations (even if they are not ...
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Advice on application architecture using MongoDB for intense multiplayer game

I am working on a multiplayer collectible card game. Server side is node.js + websocket.io. I am now considering which database to implement. I got really intrigued by MongoDB, mostly due to the fact ...
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How to modelize items in a shop (like LoL, Dota, …) the MVC way?

In a 2D game, buildings can be upgraded with modules; Those modules can be bought in a shop. The shop is represented by a stereotyped grid of icons, each icon representing a buyable module. When the ...
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How to simulate living things in software [closed]

I was thinking about creating a simple game/simulation where cars drive around in a city as part of a pet project. That made me think how I would simulate these individual cars in a simulated world. ...
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What is the best way to make a collection of functions available to a whole program in c++?

I am currently working on a voxel (Minecraft-like) engine in C++. Almost all of the code (ie. world generation, rendering, user input) needs to access data about the block types. To accomplish this, I ...
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I loved developing a 2D game(C++ SDL), but i am not good at maths/physics [closed]

I developed 2 games in C++ using SDL. Without using any wrappers. I literally loved and enjoyed every part of the journey. Complex algorithms, how 2D works, rendering, audio, input etc. But i am not ...
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What would be a good way to abstract OpenGL-Concepts in a game engine? [closed]

I have posted the same question to StackOverflow and Stackexchange and both got downvoted to oblivion as "too broad". So maybe this will be a better place for it. I am working on a rendering engine ...
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Trying to teach a high school student Dynamic Memory Allocation - what are the best ways to do so?

Copied from stack overflow due to feedback So I want to teach someone how to do dynamic memory allocation using the block padding model. What that means is every memory block is prefixed and ...
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Need help designing a card game

I am teaching myself to code again and thought I would write a card game. I need help with my code design (I am using C#) To start with I am building it as a console application, and later I will ...
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TCP or UDP for a multiplayer game?

This is a question I see a lot. Most people say UDP is always better for real-time games than TCP. My understanding is that TCP tries to re-send packets over and over til the other side gets them ...
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Designing a “scripting loop” in Javascript

Javascript is a single threaded language but when developing point-and-click adventure games, it's often advantageous to have 2 "threads" running, the rendering/logic thread and the game scripting ...