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    On the fence with game engines

    No they changed that some years ago, Unity is free (and full featured) as long as your company makes a turnaround on less than 100k USD a year. They do require you to show their logo on a splash screen, but you are allowed to only show a small logo under your own. Regarding the topic, I think both engines are well suited for most common game types. Unity is also working on a new system (ECS) that would be optimal for making a simulation with thousands of actors. But for a The Sims like game, you should probably consider what algorithms you want to run the simulation. Unreal has some build in Behaviour Trees, but they are very limited, so you would still need to implement a lot yourself. Maybe check the Unity asset store for tools that could help you. If we knew exactly what type of game/simulation you wanted to make, and what your skill level is, it would be easier to help. Some methods that might be of interest to you could be: Utility functions, Behaviour Trees, Goal Action Planners or Hierarchical Task Networks (the last two might be a bit harder to implement).
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    Void Gunner

    We have just released one of our small hobby projects we have been developing over the last three years! We tried to keep the UI as simple as possible, but please let me know, if the controls are completely impossible to figure out, without more hints. The game is up on Google Play And Hope you like it
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    Ran out of funds for my video game

    If you have a unique idea and are good at presenting it, you might want to look into what options there are for government funding or other public institutions. Unfortunately I have zero knowledge of what options there are outside of Denmark.   Assuming you have something somewhat similar in your country you should look into the application process, and also try to contact developers who have already received similar grants, to get a better idea of what is expected of you. In Denmark the Danish Film Institute gives two types of grants, one for idea development ~10k€ and one for project development ~20-80k€, none of them are particular high, and far from what is needed to complete most full games. But it is enough to reach a point where you can get in touch with investors. Or develop a decent game if you live on cup noodles.   This being said, I have no clue if anything similar exists in your country, and if it does the competition for those money are still tough.   Regarding the kickstarter, then no. If you've already run out of money then chances are you wont make it. If you have a super impressive idea, with a ready playable demo and polished content you can showcase then maybe, but a lot of successful kickstarters hire outside consulting, and you should dedicate a month or two alone to prepare the campaign = three month close to full time work + if you succeed you have to communicate with the community afterwards. There are tons of talks on this though, so I think google can say this better than me :)     Most conferences also have some pitching tracks or competitions, that sometimes yields money, but more often they are great ways to showcase your game to potential investors/get a second opinion.   But first contact other new/smallish developers in your country, and ask what they did.
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    WebGL ES 3.0

    Disclaimer I am not a rendering expert, but this is a rough explanation of Vulkan vs OpenGL   No, WebGL works because it is supported by modern browsers through javascript. In the far future browsers might support some form of Vulkan, but don't wait for it. Also at the moment the performance benefits of using Vulkan in browsers would drown completely in the bottleneck of executing the application as a webpage.   OpenGL is pretty damn sufficient for most things. But the API started to have issues keeping up with modern requirements for games, since it also have two huge requirements of both being somewhat backwards compatible, and being relatively easy to use while still having a clean interface.   Vulkan is developed without too much focus on ease of use, but more focus on giving as direct access to the hardware as possible. In short OpenGL is an API designed to create 3D applications. Vulkan is an API designed to create highly optimized frameworks, that can be used to create 3D applications. I.e. in Vulkan you have to manually specify pretty much every command pipeline you use to communicate with the graphics card. This is hidden away in OpenGL, where you pretty much just requests a buffer to copy your data into.   Edit: OpenGL ES is a subset of OpenGL stripping away most of the utility functions from OpenGL such as rendering a single triangle at a time (which is highly ineffective, but usefull for the beginer trying to learn OpenGL). in OpenGL ES you can only upload entire buffers of triangles to batch render. This is also how you would do it in both OpenGL and Vulkan (though the upload step has a ton more customization in Vulkan)
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    Website development

        Sorry, I didn't quite understand OP's intentions then. I thought he wanted to learn web development (I don't see any mentions of hosting a game site). But yes if the goal is simply to setup a site asap, then most popular webhosts have a drag and drop interface, either for wordpress or their custom tools.   And yes it takes years to become an expert, but that is not required for most (non professional) projects, where you just want to tweak a bootstrap template, or want to know what's going on under the hood in a wordpress blog.
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    Website development

    Honestly I would skip the entire hottest and most modern. The basics are still the basics, and you'll need to learn this regardless. Start here   There seems to be some confusion in this thread whether you want to learn webdev as a long term goal, or just want to see what's it all about. Regardless i would recommend you to take the easy route first.   To get the domain name, I would go for a cheap webhost such as (the only international site I have experience with) their cheapest tier will be more than sufficient. There are also a few free alternatives, but then you'll need the domain hosted somewhere else (some dns registrant).     Personally I use a cheap VPS at digital ocean, and host my domains at a Danish site (, but if a webpage is all you need you don't need this.   If you want to go modern, I know that static site generators are quite hot at the moment but seriously ignore this and follow the link instead :)   Edit: Also you might want to use Sublime Text or Notepad++ (nice text editors, that don't get in your way)
  7. Yes I've encountered this several times. In all cases it was caused by me messing something up.   Please post the code, otherwise we have no way of helping out.
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    Create a tunnel in 3D space

    More information is needed. Are we talking procedural generated content? or are you looking for a Blender tutorial?   But to answer with the answer most relating to the forum, I would use a series of Cubic or Quadratic Bezier curves, as the control points, and then spawn edge loops along the way, each with the same amount of vertices, so they are easy to connect with triangles.   If you want the tunnel to turn, rather than just sliding from side to side, you can use the derived Bezier curve to calculate the tangent. (   Keep in mind that these curves are not inherently uniform, but if you keep the midpoints evenly distributed, it should be fairly uniform.     What framework are you using?
  9. Unity is reworking their input system, not sure if there is an ETA for te new system. But until then you should consider using something like InControl (there is a free older version on github), to support most controllers. But yeah 360 used to be the standart, now I think it's XboxOne. I still use 360 at home, but XboxOne at the office. And honestly can't tell the difference (except for the design). But then again, I don't handle input at my job.
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    Biome based map generation?

    I've never used this technique for games, but I think it should work for biome generation.   If you have multiple layers of low res noise (such as perlin), and combine them to create a probability vector, describing what biome is the dominant for an area.   The most basic example for this, is just to associate each layer of noise with a certain biome type, such that the areas where the tropical noise layer has the highest value, the biome will be tropical.    To prevent a snow biome spawning next to a dessert, you can achieve a more sophisticated result by having the noise layers represent environmental properties, such that the biomes can be derived from these properties.   Example time:   noise layer #1 "Temperature" noise layer #2 "Humidity"   Derived biomes: Temp < 33% and Humidity < 50% => Cold rocky biome Temp < 33% and Humidity > 50% => Ice and frozen lakes 33% < Temp < 66% and Humidity < 50% => Grassland 33% < Temp < 66% and Humidity > 50% => Forest or swamp Temp > 66% and Humidity < 50% => Dessert Temp > 66% and Humidity > 50% => Tropical rainforest  
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    Serious Question needs serious logical feedback

    That sounds a lot like a job application. Keep in mind that game designer is one of the hardest positions to land. What are you experiences with programming, graphics or audio?   There are a few examples of people picking up/licensing abandoned franchises, and running a kickstarter to reboot the franchise. There is certainly also a wide selection of franchises, that is not tied to a certain developer, where established game companies can bid on the project (a lot of non-game franchises works like that).
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    Over stepped at the start

    Honestly, if you just want to get started making your game, I would recommend you to go for tools designed for game development, rather than regular application development. Not saying that doing everything from scratch is a bad idea. Learning how things work is never a bad idea. But you should consider looking into tools such as RPG Maker, GameMaker (which is on sale today at humble bundle) or Unity. for Unity you will also be using Visual Studio to code c#, plus once you've made a 2D game in Unity, it should be fairly simple to switch to 3D development.   My personal selection of tools I use on a daily basis as a game programmer is: Unity, Visual Studio 2015, Sublime Text, Blender and Photoshop. The last two are mainly for mockups. My point being that a lot of development tools comes as finished packages, where you pretty much only need to run a single installer to get started. Then you can add more when you know what you want to use.
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    Over stepped at the start

    Well for starters both XNA and Silverlight are outdated. Not that you can't use them if you want to, but the support has been cut, and the communities are moving elsewhere.   But what is it you want to make? it is hard to give you any advice on what you need, without knowing what you want to do with the tools, or your current skill level.
  14. @[member='Navyman'], That is true, but I don't think this is caused by borrowed textures mostly, only in the cases where people are combining two textures without ensuring they fit together, or copying most of the content from another project.   One of my previous games actually uses A LOT of textures from that site, where the artist would create most assets in in a patchwork style + a lot of Photoshop on top. This was super helpful, since our artist was not great at creating textures from scratch, but she was still able to maintain most parts of the graphics production. Only exception was rigging and animation were we had to hire additional people. While the game was not a huge economic success, nobody mentioned the asset flipping :) To be fair our game was 2D with a visual style made to look like DIY / raw and rusty, so I guess it depends on the project.   I think most of the negative vibes comes from people overusing the Unity asset store + releasing stock projects with only few modifications. As long as single textures don't stand out, I honestly don't think people will notice (in most cases at least). personally I instantly notice if rocks don't blend in with the background, but not if the textures are original or not.
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