Game Basic Layout

As far as I can assess, any game requires the following basic elements.

  1. Graphics Engine
  2. Sound Engine
  3. Communications Engine
  4. AI Engine

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Graphics Engine

The graphics engine will deal with all rendering of the game. These graphics engines can be broken up into logical modules:

  • Terrain rendering
  • Environment rendering. (Clouds, Sky, Water, Fog....)
  • Effects rendering (Fire, Rain, Sunflairs, Reflections, Shadows....)
  • Actor rendering

Graphics engine should be:

  • Not platforms specific: Allow rendering on both Windows and Linux platforms.
  • Flexible: Allow for a multitude of graphics cards to be used.
  • Effects and other resource dependant rendering should be configurable to allow weaker cards to be used.
  • Plug and play. Graphics engine should not be game title specific, rater allow it to be used on multiple game titles.

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Sound Engine

Requirements for sound engine is:

  • The sound engine should be multi platform
  • Should handle background sound and effects sound
  • Must handle compressed audio such as MP3 and compressed streams
  • Stereo enabled, but can be made mono
  • Plug and play. (Reusable for any other purpose)

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Communications Engine

As one can write a whole book about this topic, only some prudent notes. Requirements:

  • Client / Server based.
  • Plug and playable
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  • Packets must be compressed.
  • Platform independent.
  • Be able to use multiple protocols. Main one would be TCP/IP.
  • WAN enabled.
  • Distributed server able. (Will still chat about this requirement, useful to limit server overload.)

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AI Engine

Well, need once say more than reliable and intuitive

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