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We all do it!
Yet, this is a topic that rarely receives attention: memory allocation and performance; When our game has been created and that functionalities have been implemented, we would typically use a profiler to try to identify issues that may slow down our code; this being aid, many of the bottlenecks detected by the profiler, may be prevented by coding defensively and avoiding some common pitfalls; these are often linked to garbage collection, memory allocation, and speed of access; in this post, we will start to talk about the heap and the stack, explain what these terms mean, how and why data are stored in these, and how to optimize our code to use them wisely and efficiently. Continue reading →
In this short tutorial, we will be looking at creating levels from a text file; this will involve;
Creating a text file accessible from a resources folder within your project
Reading this file line by line
Instantiating objects based on the value read in the file
This technique can be used to create multiple levels very easily. This will at least do two things for you: (1) it will make it possible to modify the structure of the level without having to modify the code, and (2) to create individual files for each level.
As you build-up your game development skills, you may often be on the look-out for your next game idea; often, this happens to be a difficult process; you may feel stuck first, wondering, how you will be able to find an idea that is both original and challenging for the players; so, in this post, I will cover a few principles that you can start to use to draft and start to design the key mechanics and goals for your game. Continue reading →
When you create a game, what you want is to get people to play it, but also keep them, playing until they have reached the end. You want to keep them engaged. Now, this can be achieved by implementing great game mechanics (see previous posts) and you need to increase their positive feelings (e.g., amusement, excitement, etc.) but also decrease their negative feelings (e.g., frustration). So today’s post will focus on the later: how to reduce player’s frustrations and make sure that they enjoy (and keep playing) your game.
Today, we will have a look at input fields. These fields can be extremely useful in your game for a wide range of applications, including: saving user’s name, or asking the user the question and recording the answer. This tutorial will be very short and to the point and should only require 7-10 minutes of your time. So ready, set…
When you start making games, and you have built-up reasonable skills to create what you’d like, it is always interesting to look at how you could improve the game play and make it more fun. Ideally, you’d do that initially in a brief design document, but it’s always possible to add small tweaks that really improve the game; these don’t need to be very complicated, but small changes can make a big difference. So these 5 simple tips should help.