The Blender Game Engine is a component of Blender, a free and open-source comprehensive 3D production suite, used for making real-time interactive content. The game engine was written from scratch in C++ as a mostly independent component, and includes support for features such as Python scripting and OpenAL 3D sound.

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About Drone Warz with 0 comments by me_mantis on Sep 11th, 2014

The Razer Hydra motion controller is basically what everyone expected from the Wiimote. It tracks the exact position and rotation of your hand in 3D space. Game developers have access to exactly where your hands are at 60 fps, no matter how fast or slow you move. Drone Warz is built around a drone control scheme using the Razer Hydra's absolute positioning and rotation sensing. It's a lot like a joystick, but you can accelerate in any direction with a single hand. The first 10 seconds of this video demonstrate the clear logic between hand movement and flying.

Once you understand how free you are to fly, you can perform aggressive maneuvers without thinking. Many have spent years honing their gamepad and mouse skills. Players of Drone Warz are flying around like aces minutes after picking it up.

The Hydra's button work for everything else. Join the game, set your origin point, toggle weapons, guide rockets, track enemies, toggle hud or stats, zoom in and shoot with a single hand. Every other game with this functionality requires two hands, and often multiple buttons per finger. This gives you full control with a single hand, leaving your other hand free to slap people who're sniping you.

Single hand simplicity is a huge advantage: you've got an entire extra hand for additional commands. Imagine League of Legends style casting in an action game. Action and strategy combined far beyond what's possibly with ordinary peripherals - giving players far more of an ability to hone their physical skill, not just technical strategies.

Drone Warz is here to pioneer motion control's legitimate place in serious gaming. The games that steal it's ideas have potential unlike anything ever played.

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Tason
Tason Jan 3 2012, 1:44pm says:

This may sound stupid, I know, but do games require engines to work????

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SolarLune
SolarLune Jan 7 2012, 1:03pm replied:

What do you mean? Game engines usually provide and handle features that you would have to make yourself. For example, the Blender Game Engine handles displaying objects, physics, and scene loading and unloading itself, so you don't have to worry about it.

Games don't require engines to work, though. You could make a game without a pre-made engine (just some frameworks for drawing things and taking input, for example).

So to answer your question, no, games don't require engines to work. However, most games are powered by game engines - you've seen the "Powered by Unreal" screen when you start up some games, right? The Unreal Engine is a game engine - it 'enables' the game. Also, engines don't have to be 3D - Game Maker and StencylWorks can also be considered game engines.

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DJDnB
DJDnB May 1 2012, 12:07pm replied:

meh??? engines are not required to make games??? I've always thought engines are what games are made with... If there's no engine, how are the physics, lighting, etc. emulated?? I'm confused =S

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SolarLune
SolarLune May 4 2012, 1:25am replied:

What I meant was that you could make a game without a pre-made engine to handle the physics, lighting, drawing, input, and sound. Commercial engines are generally easier to use than writing a game 'from scratch'.

If you were to use a framework, like SDL or OpenGL and Bullet, then you wouldn't have to worry about low-level code (handling audio or manually dealing with 3D or physics). Frameworks don't usually have all of the features of a full game engine, but rather have only some of them, and usually require at least some coding to work with. There are also frameworks that, while requiring coding to work with, have many or even all of the features necessary to make games, like PyGame or FlashPunk, but aren't fully featured game engines like Unity or the BGE.

Engines (other than custom-written ones), on the other hand, are usually pre-made to run out of the box. Examples are UDK, Unity, RPG Maker, Game Maker, and the Blender Game Engine.

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DJDnB
DJDnB May 6 2012, 10:42am replied:

aaaahhhhh, I didn't know that when using the word 'engine' it refers to a pre-made kind of software, hmmm... interesting, you seem to know a lot! (and thanks btw)

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Urfoex
Urfoex Nov 29 2011, 5:04pm says:

Would be nice to have a BGE group @Desura , just like Unity / UDK / Cry DevGroups.

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SolarLune
SolarLune Jan 7 2012, 12:58pm replied:

Agreed. That would be nice to have.

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bassetfilms
bassetfilms Mar 14 2011, 2:46pm says:

Hi I'm wondering if you are aloud to sell indie games you make with this
engine. Please respond as soon as you can.

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TheDiddyHop
TheDiddyHop Mar 14 2011, 4:45pm replied:

Thats something i want to know too!!! someone answer!!! please

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SolarLune
SolarLune Mar 17 2011, 5:33pm replied:

Yes, you certainly can. The only possible problem is that the BlenderPlayer (the executable) is GPL licensed, meaning that if you bind your game in with the player, then your game would also become GPL licensed. You can surpass this by simply keeping your game file external from the executable and loading it at runtime via a simple logic brick, or by using an encrypted alternative, like the BPPlayer.

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