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Improve Player Retention Reacting to Behavior [Server Scripts]

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By David Xicota - Picture this. You’ve fought hard to release your game, you get many downloads, BUT players get tangled up in level #8 and can’t get past it. Accord...

Building a First-Person Shooter Part 1.2: The Player Class

Published in Game Programming

By Chris Vossen - In this tutorial we will begin to flesh out our player class by adding in a camera and setting up character physics.

Building a First-Person Shooter Part 1.1: Visual Studio Setup

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By Chris Vossen - This is the second lesson in a set of tutorials that demonstrate how to build a complete first-person shooter game, from start to finish. In this l...


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Improve Player Retention Reacting to Behavior [Server Scripts]

May 14 2015 10:48 AM | Posted By David Xicota in Game Programming
Picture this. You’ve fought hard to release your game, you get many downloads, BUT players get tangled up in level #8 and can’t get past it. According to analytics, they seemed to enjoy the game so far, but now they log in at lower rates. What's going on?

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Building a First-Person Shooter Part 1.2: The Player Class

May 08 2015 06:15 AM | Posted By Chris Vossen in Game Programming
In this tutorial we will begin to flesh out our player class by adding in a camera and setting up character physics.

Tagged With:  leadwerks  c++  fps 
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Building a First-Person Shooter Part 1.1: Visual Studio Setup

May 08 2015 06:14 AM | Posted By Chris Vossen in Game Programming
This is the second lesson in a set of tutorials that demonstrate how to build a complete first-person shooter game, from start to finish. In this lesson we will use Visual Studios C++ along with Leadwerks 3 to setup our code base.

Tagged With:  leadwerks  visual studio  tutorial  fps  c++  lua  native code  design  mobile  ios  android  pc  mac 
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Creating a Movement Component for an RTS in UE4 UNDER REVIEW

Apr 02 2015 08:56 AM | Posted By Dmitry Terekhov in Game Programming
having just finished refactoring a movement component for spaceships, the author discusses Navigation Volumes, Movement component, AIController and Pawn

Tagged With:  unreal engine 4  c++  movement  starfalltactics  ue4  how-to  pathfinding  network 
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How to check that a player's PC meets your requirements

Mar 20 2015 01:47 AM | Posted By Craig Edwards in Game Programming
You've created the next call of duty. In excitement, someone downloads your game and starts it. If their PC isn't the latest and greatest, are they met with a cryptic error message or crash, or something nicer? Read this article to find out how to do it the right way.

Tagged With:  system requirements  specifications  hardware detection 
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Visual Tools For Debugging Games

Feb 10 2015 07:03 AM | Posted By James Wucher in Game Programming
How much of your time do you spend writing code? How much of your time you spend fixing code?Which would you rather be doing? This is a no-brainer, right?

Tagged With:  game  game programming  debug  video game  2D  code  bug 
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10 Tips From Global Game Jam 2015 UNDER REVIEW

Feb 04 2015 08:06 PM | Posted By Tobiasz Siemiński in Game Programming
Read about how to prepare for the Global Game Jam and others!

Tagged With:  ggj  game jam 
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A Room With A View

Jan 21 2015 09:09 AM | Posted By James Wucher in Game Programming
Instead of building a side-scrolling parallax 2-D world, build a massive any-direction-scrolling world and only let the player see a small part of it.

Tagged With:  2D  viewports  game 
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How to Create a Scoreboard for Lives, Time, and Points in HTML5 with WiMi5

Dec 08 2014 02:57 AM | Posted By Jose Maria Martinez in Game Programming
This tutorial gives a step-by-step explanation on how to create a scoreboard that shows the number of lives, the time, or the points obtained in a video game. You can clone a HTML5 example project in the WiMi5 Dashboard, in www.wimi5.com.

Tagged With:  score  scoreboard  lives  time  point  board  html5  create  visual  script  visual script  game 
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Throwing a Winning Pass UNDER REVIEW

Nov 07 2014 02:21 PM | Posted By James Wucher in Game Programming
Whether it is your quarterback looking for the receiver to throw to or a tank turning to atomize the enemy, figuring out how to lead the target when your launcher has to turn is some tricky business.

Tagged With:  2D  physics  intercept  target  algorithm  catch  throw  tank  football 
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Ultimate Input Manager for Unity UNDER REVIEW

Oct 30 2014 02:09 PM | Posted By Alex Winx in Game Programming
Ultimate Unity Input Manager. Tame the controllers diversity beast. Minimal code that supports even devices that aren't planned to work on designated systems

Tagged With:  Input  Unity  Mapper  Manager  Joystick  Gamepad  XBox  Wii  Wiimote  Nunchuk  C# 
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Creating a Very Simple GUI System for Small Games - Part III

Oct 19 2014 01:19 AM | Posted By Martin Prantl in Game Programming
If you are writing your own game, sooner or later you will need some sort of user interface (or graphic user interface = GUI). There are some existing libraries lying around and there are a lot of discussion threads that deals with eternal problem “What GUI should I use?”. We are going to answer this question by creating our own system from scratch, this time with part III and rendering logic.

Tagged With:  gui  tutorial  graphics  touch control  mouse 
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Procedural Generation of Puzzle Game Levels

Oct 14 2014 10:28 AM | Posted By Tomas Rychnovsky in Game Programming
Description of the approach used for procedural puzzle level generation in mobile game Fruit Dating.

Tagged With:  Fruit Dating  Puzzle  Procedural  Level  iOS  Android  generation 
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Pre-Structure Phrases for Internationalization UNDER REVIEW

Oct 06 2014 08:44 PM | Posted By Loki Ng in Game Programming
Key-value pair is a commonly seen format to store phrases for translations. Things become complicated when it comes to European languages or Middle East languages. And the solution to that would be to use structural formats instead of key-value pair.

Tagged With:  translation  localization  internationalization 
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A Resource Manager for Game Assets UNDER REVIEW

Sep 30 2014 02:08 PM | Posted By Davide Cleopesce in Game Programming
A resource manager for handling game assets in your games.

Tagged With:  engine  3d  resources  assets 
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Building an Open-Source, Cross-Platform 3D Game with C++, OpenGL and GLSL, from the Ground Up

Sep 30 2014 02:51 AM | Posted By dimitros.be in Game Programming
Aid in learning how to develop 3D games that compile on Windows and Linux, with C++, OpenGL and GLSL, with suggested reading and one single integrated and simple example code-base.

Tagged With:  OpenGL  GLSL  C++  Windows  Linux  Cross-Platform  Blender  Wavefront 
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Making a Game with Blend4Web Part 5: Dangerous World UNDER REVIEW

Sep 16 2014 10:45 AM | Posted By Evgeny Rodygin in Game Programming
Red-hot rocks falling from the sky and lava will become mortally dangerous for our character.

Tagged With:  Blend4Web  WebGL  JavaScript  You Wont Fry Me! 
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Game i18n via IME

Sep 04 2014 04:31 AM | Posted By Stoyan Nikolov in Game Programming
In this post I would like to describe the basics of an IME integration in a game and some of the challenges that it poses. Recently we added full IME support to our product and most of the pain points were experienced first-hand.

Tagged With:  i18n  IME  GameDev 
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How Alias Templates Saved my Sanity

Sep 01 2014 07:40 AM | Posted By Matt Booth in Game Programming
Using typedef in C++ is a common technique for aliasing types, when you try the same with templates there are several caveats to be wary of. This article provides example issues with template typedefs and the alternatives that modern C++ provides.

Tagged With:  C++  Typedef  alias 
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Procedural Level Generation for a 2D Platformer

Sep 01 2014 07:38 AM | Posted By Fabien Benoit-Koch in Game Programming
Procedurally generating every element of a level for a 2d platformer is rarely discussed -- Fabien details his entire approach.

Tagged With:  procedural  level generation  2d  platformer 
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Basic OpenAL sound manager for your project

Aug 26 2014 08:14 AM | Posted By Martin Prantl in Game Programming
Adding sound to your project can be a terrifying experience. You have to find the right library, right sound format and also put it all together. This tutorial is designed to be simple and yet a little robust. You can find full code attached to article as well, so you can learn directly from it.

Tagged With:  sound  openal  manager  c++  tutorial 
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Anatomy of an Idle Game - A Starters Guide to AngularJS UNDER REVIEW

Aug 06 2014 07:34 PM | Posted By Alexander Ballard in Game Programming
Ever wanted to make your own idle/increment game? Or maybe you have been trying to get into Single Page Application development and didn't know where to start. If so, this might just be the article for you.

Tagged With:  Beginner  AngularJS  Idle Game 
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Abusing the Linker to Minimize Compilation Time

Jul 15 2014 04:21 PM | Posted By Tom Roe in Game Programming
Constantly recompiling a mountain of files because a single file has too many compile-time dependencies? Move the dependencies to link-time and minimize compilation time!

Tagged With:  compiler  linker  context  c++ 
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Haskell Game Object Design - Or How Functions Can Get You Apples

Jul 02 2014 05:52 AM | Posted By Marc Sunet in Game Programming
This tutorial shows how to model game objects in Haskell using closures to dodge the everyday use of subtyping and dynamic dispatch in object-oriented languages.

Tagged With:  haskell  game object  design  subtyping 
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RPG Character Design: Technical Blueprints 101

Jul 02 2014 05:49 AM | Posted By Ivan Spasov in Game Programming
In this article we will take a look at how you can design and develop from a technical standpoint your character classes for an RPG game.

Tagged With:  technical  design  blueprints  rpg  character 
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