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I get ResourceNotFound("/myfile", ...) even though it's in the resource dir!

Okay, first, look at the docs for the filesystem module. That should say exactly where it should look for files. Note that paths must start with leading slash; relative paths are not allowed! Also note that it expects the resources/ directory to be beside the executable, not in the cargo root dir, which is annoying because cargo tends to put the executable in target/debug/whatever. You can add the cargo root dir to the lookup path by pulling it from the environment variable, see the examples for how. Sorry, there's no especially good way of doing it automatically; we've tried.

If that doesn't help, call Context::print_resource_stats(). That should print out all the files it can find, and where it is finding them.

If you want to add a non-standard location to the resources lookup path, you can use Filesystem::mount() or ContextBuilder::add_resource_path(); see the examples for examples.

Why do I get WindowError(SdlError("Could not create GL context")) when I try to run my game?

Basically this means "the graphics driver couldn't give ggez the graphics settings it's asking for". This usually means "the graphics driver doesn't support OpenGL 3.2", which is the default version of OpenGL ggez asks for. Other possible causes include things like "It doesn't support the level of multisampling you are asking for".

Also check the list of known driver bugs on the issue tracker.

Great, how do you troubleshoot it?

On Linux, the program glxinfo will give you more info than you ever wanted about exactly what your graphics driver supports, and if you dig enough through it you can find what version of OpenGL it supports.

To request different graphics settings you can change the appropriate entries in the Conf object before creating your Context. If you request older versions of OpenGL you will also have to provide shaders written in the appropriate version of GLSL (which is a bit of a WIP) and there's no promises that things like SpriteBatch and Canvas will work.

Image/sound loading and font rendering is slow!

Are you running in debug or release mode? Rust in general is very slow in debug mode. This causes problems because there is currently no way to build ggez in debug mode but build all it's dependencies in release mode. So, things like image and rusttype end up doing a lot of very un-optimized number crunching.

It is recommended to set debug mode to build with opt-level=1, which gets at least marginally acceptable performance. Just add the following to your Cargo.toml:

opt-level = 1

Example benchmarks for a game that did some font rendering each frame:

opt-level = 0: 14-15 fps
opt-level = 1: 52 fps
opt-level = 2: 430 fps
opt-level = 3: 450 fps

Text rendering is still slow!

Rendering text to a bitmap is actually pretty computationally expensive. If you call Text::new() every single frame it's going to take a relatively large amount of time, and larger bitmaps and more text will take longer.

Ideally you'd be able to use a glyph cache to render letters to a texture once, and then just create a mesh that uses the bits of that texture to draw text. There's a couple partial implementations, such as the gfx_glyph crate.

Drawing a few hundred images or shapes is slow!

Again, debug mode is slow. Plus, each single draw call has some overhead. If building in release mode still isn't fast enough, then look into using SpriteBatch to draw a bunch of chunks from a spritesheet (also known as an atlas). If you're drawing geometry, instead of using graphics::rectangle() or graphics::circle() and such, which create a new Mesh on each call and then throw it away, create and store a Mesh and draw it many times, or use a MeshBuilder to build a single Mesh out of many separate shapes.

How do I build on platform X?

See the build docs. If your question is not answered there, open an issue.

Can I do 3D stuff?

Yes; ggez uses gfx-rs for its drawing, and you can access the underlying gfx-rs drawing functions to draw whatever you want without disrupting ggez's drawing state. See the cube example.

In general, ggez is designed to focus on 2D graphics. We want it to be possible for you to create a 3D engine using ggez for everything EXCEPT drawing, but we don't really want to make a full 3D drawing engine. If you want 3D drawing and don't feel like doing it yourself, check out Amethyst.

How do I make a GUI?

As of 2017 we know of no good ui options thus far besides "implement it yourself" or "write a backend for Conrod or something so it can draw using ggez".

Contributions are welcome! ;-)

Trying to build something gives me "library not found for -lSDL2"

You don't have the SDL2 development libraries installed. See build docs for how to install them for your platform.

How do I load my conf.toml file?

When you create a Context it will automatically look for a conf.toml file in any of the resource directories and, if it finds one, use that to override all the defaults you give it.

The files example should demonstrate this, and more.

Resolution independence

By default ggez uses a pixel coordinate system but you can change that by calling something like

graphics::set_screen_coordinates(&mut context, Rect::new(0.0, 0.0, 1.0, 1.0)).unwrap();

and scaling your Images with graphics::DrawParam.

Can I use specs or another entity-component system?

Sure! ggez doesn't include such a thing itself, since it's more or less out of scope for this, but it is specifically designed to make it easy to Lego together with other tools. The game template repo demonstrates how to use ggez with specs for ECS, warmy for resource loading, and other nice crates.

If I write X, will you include it in ggez?

Maybe, if it's something that fits in with ggez's goals: a simple and flexible 2D game framework with a LÖVE-ish API, which provides all the basics you need in one package without dictating too much about the more complicated tools.

Examples of things that would be included:

  • Sprite batches -- extension of existing functionality, follows LÖVE's example, large performance win
  • Glyph cache -- replaces existing functionality with a more capable version, large performance win
  • Sound mixer -- Follows LÖVE's example, fundamental functionality that should be provided, not tool-specific

Examples of things that would not be included:

  • Map loader for the Tiled map editor -- No reason we should force a user into a particular tool format
  • Sprite animation engine -- Makes assumptions about the sort of game the user will create, easily made its own crate
  • GUI library -- A large and complicated problem, and it doesn't need to be part of ggez to solve the problem

Part of the goal of this sort of setup is to make it easy for people to write more sophisticated tools atop ggez! By all means, write your Tiled map loader or your aseprite sprite loader! Submit a PR to add it to the docs/ file! We'd love to have an ecosystem of awesome tools.

One favor to ask: If you're making a crate to do foo, please don't name it ggez-foo. It makes it harder to search for ggez on and get things that are officially supported by the maintainers, such as ggez-goodies. For an example, search for gfx on and see how messy the results are.

For a fuller discussion of this, see issue #373.