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Posted 3 Oct 2012Some good points to keep in mind, I appricate the time taken to write it out.
Yeah I've dealt with culling before in my autocad work. Our C++ programmer gave me a crash course with our in house software. Something along the lines of clockwise and anti clockwise vertex drawing order, if its one way its facing you if its the other its behind. Among some other stuff.
Posted 3 Oct 2012I don't know if there is an absolute best way. But rather than iterating through a huge list to discover who's active and who's not, you could have a list of who's active. You could remove them from the list when they de-activate and add them to the list when they are activated.
You could use several different data structures to store that including a simple array. In XNA you would probably use the List<> object.
Yeah that was the second method I thought of. Purely for discussions sake, would it make a difference if there were 200/500/1000/X objects in the game to look through. Or is the process so insignificant at run time that its pointless putting much thought into it.
Posted 3 Oct 2012Please keep in mind that although im a confident coder and code in C#/VB.net for a living, im new to the game scene. But this might actually mean my own recent experience can help you.
I would say get stuck into XNA. I did and its been fine.
My own path so far has gone like so:
Break out clone + power ups
Pong (two player)
Pong (one player)
Scrolling Shooter (current self imposed task)
My progression basically took me through a the basic concepts getting slightly more advanced. In order the above list made me work through
Player input, collision detection, updating and moving game objects, win conditions, multiple input sources, animation and basic AI controlled objects.
Im now putting pretty much all of that together and working on a side scrolling shooter which uses all of the above at once. But I also want to flesh out what I've learnt technique wise too.
sorry for the double post but I cant edit yet.
Just realised the above isnt exactly what your after advise wise but might at least get you thinking of how you can get started in the learning process.
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