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This might be a stupid question but could someone please explain to me what a game engine is and what exactly it does Thanks!

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In the most basic sense, a game engine is a resource that contains tools to create features we expect to find in a game. "Game engine" is sometimes a misnomer for a graphics engine, but in the fullest sense, it is a collection of tools for importing models, animating them, coding events, and implementing sounds for the environment.

I'm sure someone else could fill you in better, or the search function could be of use.

M.

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"Game engine" is a pretty loaded term, mostly because the media misuses it so often.

In general on GDNet, people speaking do make a distinction between a "graphics engine" and a "game engine". A graphics engine is primarily concerned with rendering things to the screen very fast. A game engine controls the gameplay, asset management and other important things (such as multiplayer, etc).

The distinction is important; it is quite irritating when someone refers to OGRE as a game engine, or when they say "game engine" when they really mean "point and click game maker".

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