• Announcements

    • khawk

      Download the Game Design and Indie Game Marketing Freebook   07/19/17

      GameDev.net and CRC Press have teamed up to bring a free ebook of content curated from top titles published by CRC Press. The freebook, Practices of Game Design & Indie Game Marketing, includes chapters from The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses, A Practical Guide to Indie Game Marketing, and An Architectural Approach to Level Design. The GameDev.net FreeBook is relevant to game designers, developers, and those interested in learning more about the challenges in game development. We know game development can be a tough discipline and business, so we picked several chapters from CRC Press titles that we thought would be of interest to you, the GameDev.net audience, in your journey to design, develop, and market your next game. The free ebook is available through CRC Press by clicking here. The Curated Books The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses, Second Edition, by Jesse Schell Presents 100+ sets of questions, or different lenses, for viewing a game’s design, encompassing diverse fields such as psychology, architecture, music, film, software engineering, theme park design, mathematics, anthropology, and more. Written by one of the world's top game designers, this book describes the deepest and most fundamental principles of game design, demonstrating how tactics used in board, card, and athletic games also work in video games. It provides practical instruction on creating world-class games that will be played again and again. View it here. A Practical Guide to Indie Game Marketing, by Joel Dreskin Marketing is an essential but too frequently overlooked or minimized component of the release plan for indie games. A Practical Guide to Indie Game Marketing provides you with the tools needed to build visibility and sell your indie games. With special focus on those developers with small budgets and limited staff and resources, this book is packed with tangible recommendations and techniques that you can put to use immediately. As a seasoned professional of the indie game arena, author Joel Dreskin gives you insight into practical, real-world experiences of marketing numerous successful games and also provides stories of the failures. View it here. An Architectural Approach to Level Design This is one of the first books to integrate architectural and spatial design theory with the field of level design. The book presents architectural techniques and theories for level designers to use in their own work. It connects architecture and level design in different ways that address the practical elements of how designers construct space and the experiential elements of how and why humans interact with this space. Throughout the text, readers learn skills for spatial layout, evoking emotion through gamespaces, and creating better levels through architectural theory. View it here. Learn more and download the ebook by clicking here. Did you know? GameDev.net and CRC Press also recently teamed up to bring GDNet+ Members up to a 20% discount on all CRC Press books. Learn more about this and other benefits here.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Daniel Costa

Loading sprites (big map) XNA

2 posts in this topic

Hello, I'm trying to make a 2d game, with perspective 45º (like Tibia, Zezenia, Phobos) .

 

I have some doubts about the map, at the moment my map is at the client side, but I need to map the map informations at the Server side, just the sprites at the client side.

 

But I have many doubts about how to load it, anyone got suggestions on how to load the map to the client?

 

Another doubt is how to make an effective map editor, by now I can't make a very big map, or my pc would just "explode", I'm thinking of an algorithm to just load the tiles that can be visible on my screen and when I scroll it loads the other tiles.

 

I'm using pictureboxes in the map editor, and the max size that I could reach was something like 500 x 500 = 250000 pictureboxes of 32px x 32px. But it all gets loaded at the same time when editing the map, I needed to load it in parts, any suggestion on the best way to do it?

 

Hoping for answers !

 

Thank you,

Daniel.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You need to implement an paging system. You only need one picture box. And use the position of where you are on the map in your paging system to give you the tiles for that specific region.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here's a code framework for infinite worlds implemented in XNA: http://xboxforums.create.msdn.com/forums/p/111091/664227.aspx#664227

 

You would have to make an implementation of IPermanentMapStorage which gets maps from a webservice. 

You can probably use the rest of the code as is smile.png

 

/Jake

 

P.S. in case you are interested in seeing the newest version, which uses Perlin noise for map generation (not a requirement for the framework), it is attached to this post.

Edited by xnafan
1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0