HELP! My game runs slow!
So you’re working on a FlatRedBall game and you’re having performance problems? Don’t worry, it happens to almost everyone. Performance issues can happen at any point throughout the development process. Fortunately, many methods exist for diagnosing.
If you’re having any problems with performance, or if you’d like to take some preventative measures in making sure your game runs quickly, then this is a great place to start.
Identifying the type of performance issues you’re having
The first step in solving performance problems is to identify which type of performance problem you’re having. Let’s identify the most common:
- My game takes a long time to load
- My game runs smoothly, but then seems to freeze or drop frames every once in a while
- My game constantly runs slowly
Let’s look at each one individually and explain what may be happening:
My game takes a long time to load
If your game takes a long time to load, it may be one of the following:
- If your game takes a long time to load before anything shows on-screen, then it may be related to how much content is in your Global Content Files. FINISH HERE
- If your game loads fine initially, but it takes a long time to transition between screens then your screen may suffer from either long load times or a long CustomInitialize function. For more information, see this page.
My game drops frames every once in a while
If your game seems to run slow, but the slowdown is no consistent then it is likely that you are experiencing slowdown from the garbage collector. For information, see the [[
My game constantly runs slowly
If your game is constantly running slowly, the reason may be one of the following:
- Number of objects in the engine. This one is fairly easy to diagnose. We can find out if the problem is related to the number of objects in your engine simply by asking the engine to tell us how many objects it is managing. For more information on this, see this link
- Complicated logic in Custom code. This means that your CustomActivity code is causing problems. It could be in your Screen or it could be in your entities. For information on detecting and fixing complicated logic in custom code, see this link
- Rendering issues. This means that you have too many graphical objects on screen. This is possible, however it is not as common of a problem as the first two, so you should look here only after you have eliminated the first two options. For information on detecting and fixing complicated logic in custom code, see this link