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    Do you know? ( large games )

    The big industry games, like doom 3 zelda twilight princess and final fantasy, when these large games are created, do you know if the game engine is written first?

    Once they have all there ideas and such, I am wondering what the order of creation is, to give me some ideas on expanding my game programing knowledge.

    Would this be correct do you think?

    GameEngine
    Graphics
    Sound
    Musical Effects
    Text program for speech
    voice input
    marketing
    debugging
    testing


    Any comments taken onboard!

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    Well. Many times the actual engine is bought, this is because it is very timeconsuming and therefore also very costly to create a new engine and test that.

    Of course they sometimes develop their own engines when the ones out there dont meet their needs.
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    I didnt know you can 'buy' a game engine... I suppose companys like square inx who made Final Fantasy just use the same engine from the original game and update it. I am only guessing though

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    Quote Originally Posted by swgh
    I didnt know you can 'buy' a game engine... I suppose companys like square inx who made Final Fantasy just use the same engine from the original game and update it. I am only guessing though
    Yeah I suppose if they've been using a custom engine from day one they'd just keep updating it to get what they want for the next game.

    EDIT: Damn it's expensive to license id's engines. http://www.idsoftware.com/business/faq/
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    There is often no question of doing one thing "first" on your list.
    They're usually programmed in parallel, working from the public interface between the sections in.
    That's true of all larger project btw., not just games.

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    and most studios used to write their own engines, which were often reused whole or in part in new games.
    The very idea of generic game engines is a fairly new one and hasn't really made inroads except in the first person shooter genre (but then those games all are essentially the same apart from the graphics anyway).

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