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DarkBASIC Pro Game Programming, Second Edition by Joshua R. Smith, Jonathan S. Harbour

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The All-Powerful Game Loop

The key to real-time animation, which is the goal of most games (even turn-based games), is the game loop. The game loop repeats over and over as quickly as possible, and it is essentially what has come to be known as the game engine. Granted, there are some powerful 3D game engines out there—often referred to by the games that they were first used to create. Table 10.1 presents a list of game engines in use today.

Table 10.1. Game Engines
Game EngineDeveloperGames That Use It
Wolfenstein 3Did softwareSpear of Destiny
Half-LifeSierra StudiosCounter-Strike, Opposing Force
GamebryoEmergentCivilization IV
Quake IIIid softwareQuake III Arena, Voyager: Elite Force
TorqueGarage GamesTribes 2
Doom IIIid softwareQuake IV
Unreal ...

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