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  1. For a moment, I thought we were discussing Japanese cuisine.
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    Slick2D Camera movement

    It isn't quite moving the map. You are moving the world. This includes the player, and every other actor in the scene. Handle all of your collision logic and other such events as if the world is all there is, and don't think about the camera. Then, when all is said and done, draw the world offset by the camera's position. The drawing of the world and the logic of the entities within should and must be separate.
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    Slick2D Camera movement

    This one   Different games have different priorities for what's shown on screen. For some games, it makes sense to have the "camera" focused on the first player only, for others, maybe the center of the line segment between the two players, and for others, still, the map would be scaled to fit the screen so that all players are visible at all times. Alternatively, if you decide to have two viewports instead of one (splitscreen), you can draw the map twice, and each half of the screen is centered on each respective player.   It all depends on your game.
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    Slick2D Camera movement

    Which part are you having trouble understanding?
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    Slick2D Camera movement

    The concept of a "camera" is an illusion; it's essentially moving the world in the opposite direction, to give the illusion that the "camera" is moving. If there is multiplayer, you have to decide what is important to you, and how many viewports you want.
  6. I use a ThinkPad W530 for my programming at home (at work, I don't have a choice in hardware). Most ThinkPads (if not all) don't have a numeric keypad.
  7. What's the processor specifications (cores, hyper-threading, etc.)?
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    Another way to fix your timestep

    I agree with @duckflock; while it does cut down on temporal aliasing, it has three issues that jump out at me:   It seems as if this drops updates rather than frames, which can lead to a discrepancy in gameplay (people trying to cheat online/trying to engage "slow-motion" by increasing the load on their machine). If update or rendering takes too long, all expectations are gone; all of a sudden, rather than the game busy waiting (and not repainting. Black window if you move it around before it repaints?), time no longer matches wall clock time: 1 second in real life no longer counts as a second in game, and the game enters slow-motion as they update slower than realtime. Busy loop consumes quite a bit of CPU time. I would recommend writing an actual program that demonstrates this concept, to better get your point across. edit: Editor doesn't like bulleted lists?
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    A little brain teaser

    high = val / 4294967296; // or high = val >> 32; if having one right-shift is a requirement low = val  - (high * 4294967296);   One more operation, I suppose. Alternatively, if the IDE doesn't try to be clever:   high = val / 4294967296; low = (val * 4294967296) / 4294967296;
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    A little brain teaser

    Non-bitwise permitting +, -, *, /, and % ?   high = val / 4294967296; // or high = val >> 32; if having one right-shift is a requirement low = val % 4294967296;   // low = 140, high = 120   I feel like I'm missing something.
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    Feedback on my kickstarter

    What kind of space pipe am I looking at here?
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    The intersection between cubic Béziers

    I started sweating just reading that function call.
  13. I read over the Kickstarter, and many of the paragraphs kind of shocked me, most of them were mentioned earlier in this thread. I'm another person that you can PM for feedback; I'd be willing to help you out.   As an aside, I read over the thread, and I don't believe you mentioned the part where you threatened legal action against people speaking negatively about you. Mentioning that would probably have changed the advice given by people that haven't seen the Reddit post.   Try to move on and learn from this one, but there isn't much that can be done to save it; when the time comes (later on in life) for another Kickstarter (for a different product), do your best to instill that you have changed entirely from the first attempt, have a polished product that needs finishing touches, and a team already formed to back your (sensible) goal. Don't mention the first one, don't comment on it, don't link to it: pretend it doesn't exist.
  14. That's too hard of a cat for me.
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      Are you referring to this nightmare? What is this Lugaru business, and why does it hurt so much?
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