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I'm developing a game in XNA(C#) and I wonder what are the best practices for having different types of pads. For example I have 2 types of pads:

  • Pad that just moves left (decreasing X coordinate)
  • Pad moves left and moves up and down (cos function on Y coordinate)

Later I would like to implement more pads. I know I could check type in Update method and do a proper method for updating but I think it could be done better. I have the Pads class:

class Pads
    static list of pads;
    public void draw();
    public static void drawAll(); //Iterate through list and draw each item
    public void update();
    public static void updateAll(); //Iterate through list and update each item

Should I create another class for example cosPad which would extend Pads?

I really don't have idea how to make everything logical.

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If the pads are only different in their movement/behavior I would create a separate class to control this and use composition to get the desired effect.

public class Pad : GameObject{
    Vector2 Position;
    Behavior B;

    Update(GameTime t){
        B.Update(this, t);

public class Slide : Behavior{
    Update(GameObject o, GameTime t){
        o.Position.X = sin(t);

public class Circle : Behavior{
    Update(GameObject o, GameTime t){
        o.Position.X = sin(t);
        o.Position.Y = cos(t);
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+1 for showing alternative to inheritance. – George Duckett Apr 27 '12 at 10:41
+1 for composition :D – Gustavo Maciel Apr 27 '12 at 12:07
I really don't understand B.Update(this, t) What do we put when we are initializing new pad? Behavior B = new Slide()? – ewooycom Apr 27 '12 at 14:32
No, more like Pad P = new Pad(); P.B = new Circle(); (ok the naming is a bit akward but you get the point) – Roy T. Apr 27 '12 at 14:45
Thanks, got the idea :) – ewooycom Apr 27 '12 at 15:09

You could create an abstract class Pad that represents a moveable pad, then your Pads class would have a list of these Pads.

The Pad class could have an implemented draw method if that was common to both, and an abstract Update(GameTime) method.

You'd derive your 2 concrete classes PadMoveLeft and PadCosine from Pad which would implement Update.

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