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How to use Bullet physics with Entity Component Systems?

I have an Entity Component system and I want to have a Physics Component that would add the given object to the physics simulation. My problem arises because the Bullet API requires me to add each ...
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Collision Shapes Abstraction Design

Straight to the facts. I have a base CEntity class for different entities in my game: Static entities ( those do not move, simply props and items ) Dynamic entities ( these move, jump ) Each of ...
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Gluing libraries together into a 3D engine [closed]

As I read about people wanting to write their own 3d engine from scratch and people recommending using existing engines, it occurred to me that a middle-ground exists between developing your own ...
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Passing data between engine layers

I am building a software system (game engine with networking support ) that is made up of (roughly) these layers: Game Layer Messaging Layer Networking Layer Game related data is passed to the ...
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How or why are major video games programmed so reliably? [closed]

It seems like every five minutes, you come across yet another installer which fails to install certain components, another .NET application that throws up an unhandled or semi-unhandled error message, ...
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Entity component systems and DDD: violation of encapsulation?

I'm using a hybrid of DDD (domain-driven development) and an entity-component system. That is to say: I have an Entity class with a list of Components, and the ability to add/remove/get components I ...
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In a ES system, how one would implement/ deal with Modifiers?

Given the normal entity-component-system architecture, lets say we a component that give the entity Strength. Now on the game flow I want to give +4 strength do to the wielded weapon. What would be ...
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How do you get player to interact with level?

I suffer from this problem where I have say a class called Player and a class called Level. Now the only way I can figure out how to say make the player interact with the level is if I do something ...
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What should the data structure of a flexible ability system look like? [duplicate]

Hi guys I am currently working on a turn-based RPG that will require me to create numerous abilities with little overlap. I've been looking to other games to see how their ability and combat system is ...
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Running multiple box2D world objects on a server

I'm creating a multiplayer game using LibGdx (with Box2d) and Kryonet. Since this is the first time I work on multiplayer games, I read a bit about server - client implementations, and it turns out ...
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Different Spawning Target Pattern on a Music Game App (Prototype)

I'm using Gtomee's audio spectrum decoder tutorials (from sample video or codes at GitHub) to create its own spawning pattern according to what music it played. It worked pretty nicely despite this ...
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How do I separate model positions from view positions in MVC?

Using MVC in games (as opposed to web apps) always confuses me when it comes to the view. How am I supposed to keep the model agnostic of how the view is presenting things? I always end up giving ...
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Need opinions on my component based design [closed]

I have an Entity class and a Component class. The Entity class has a list of attached components, and each component also has a member variable that is a reference to the entity that it is attached to ...
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What makes games responsive to user input?

Many games have been praised for its responsive gameplay, where each user action input correspond to a quick and precise character movement (eg: super meat boy, shank...) What makes those games ...
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How should game objects be aware of each other?

I find it hard to find a way to organize game objects so that they are polymorphic but at the same time not polymorphic. Here's an example: assuming that we want all our objects to update() and ...
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Implementing Explosions

I want to add explosions to my 2D game, but im having a hard time with the architecture. Several game elements might be responsible for explosions, like, lets say, explosive barrels and bullets (and ...
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How should I model an economy-based game in code?

I'd like to create an economy game based on an ancient civilization. I'm not sure how to design it. If I were working on a smaller game, like a copy of "Space Invaders," I'd have no problem ...
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Correct order of tasks in each frame for a Physics simulation

I'm playing a bit around with 2D physics. I created now some physic blocks which should collide with each other. This works fine "mostly" but sometimes one of the blocks does not react to a collision ...
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Node.js Lockstep Multiplayer Architecture

Background I'm using the lockstep model for a multiplayer Node.js/Socket.IO game in a client-server architecture. User input (mouse or keypress) is parsed into commands like 'attack' and 'move' on ...
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What common interface would be appropriate for these game object classes?

Question A component based system's goal is to solve the problems that derives from inheritance: for example the fact that some parts of the code (that are called components) are reused by very ...
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Multi-Threaded Pipelined Game Engine Data Synchronization Questions

Let's say I'm setting up a worker pool based game engine with pipelining. Let's say I have 4 stages in my pipeline as such: Stage 1: Physics Stage 2: AI/Input Stage 3: Game Logic Stage 4: Rendering ...
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Material, Pass, Technique and shaders

I'm trying to make a clean and advanced Material class for the rendering of my game, here is my architecture: class Material { void sendToShader() { program->sendUniform( ...
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HTML5 2D Game Renderer

i have a question on designing a HTML5 2D game renderer. I've read that it's better to not let entities draw themselves but instead put all the drawing functions in the renderer. After coding for a ...
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How can I design lots of different attack types that can be combined?

I'm making a top down 2D game and I want to have a lot of different attack types. I'd like to make the attacks very flexible and combine-able the way The Binding of Isaac works. Here's a list of all ...
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How to implement the logic of a trading card game's “special effects cards”?

I am trying to write a kind of a trading card game here, in some way, it is similar to Magic The Gathering, or the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game. For those of you who are not familiar with it, basically, in ...
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Separating components and logic

I've been working on how to build some of my game systems using components and systems. I'm having a little trouble following the approach that components should just be bags of data and systems ...
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Can I use a translate function to implement a viewport?

I read this great question and its accompanying great answer about rendering a viewport in a top down 2D game: As for actually drawing the objects the camera can "see", you now draw all objects ...
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Where to save enemy positions in C++?

I'm wondering how and where to save the positions my enemies should spawn. My idea was to use a struct such as: struct enemy{ int x,y,type; } And save an array of it in a .dat with fwrite() ...
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Implementing Vehicles in your game

In the game i am creating as an hobby (learning is the primal goal of it all) i plan to implement a space ship that the player can enter and use to explore it. I tried to search the internet for the ...
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Abstraction/architecture between interface and “scene” in adventure game [closed]

I'm tinkering with an idea for an adventure game but am unsure how to define scenes and tie them to the game. I've got an idea but it doesn't feel quite right. To save repetition, T&D = ...
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What underlying character stats would you put into your “character” object in an RPG engine

basically I'm making my own RPG/TBS engine named Uruk (making an rpg themed about the epic of gilgamesh) and I am thinking of a combat system similar to the Disgaea franchise or the Super Robot Wars ...
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Game Architecture doubt on variable access

Im having a hard time figuring out a solution to a problem that seems it should be easy to answer but since i cant come up with a good solution I bid your knowledge: In my game i have a state manager ...
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Confusion about systems implementation of ECS

For reference I am mostly imitating the architecture in this tutorial, the "Entity System" section: http://www.raywenderlich.com/24878/introduction-to-component-based-architecture-in-games NOTE: the ...
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Using an Entity System Architecture with Task Based Parallelism

Background I have been working on creating a multithreaded game engine in my spare time and I currently trying to decide the best way to work an entity sytem into what I have already created. So far, ...
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Flexible alternatives to many many small polymorphic classes (for use as properties or messages or events) C++

There are two classes in my game that are really useful, but slowly becoming a pain. Message and Property (property is essentially a component). They both derive from a base class and contain a ...
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Weapon Class Organization [closed]

Im making a game and i want to organise my weapons, and im having a few doubts on not only the best architecture but also on how to use it properly: The First approach is to make a single Weapon ...
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Should an actor know its position (or map should know it)

In a tile-based game (in this case MMO), should an actor (e.g., player) know its position, or should only the map know its position? If an actor is placed on a grid map, it is placed on a specific ...
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When two moving objects collide, which one sends the message, and which one recieves it?

I am writing a platform game using an entity-component system. Entity-World collisions are robust and work very well, and I'm now working on collisions between entities. Just to be clear, in my code ...
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Advice on NPC architecture [closed]

I'm developing a 2D Zelda game with LibGDX in Java using TileD maps. I am now adding NPCs to the engine and I'm thinking about how to make them so it's going to be easy for me to add/edit their custom ...
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Several classes need to access the same data, where should the data be declared?

I have a basic 2D tower defense game in C++. Each map is a separate class which inherits from GameState. The map delegates the logic and drawing code to each object in the game and sets data such as ...
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What is the logic behind a 3D Projection 'Camera Perspective'? [closed]

Suppose I had a 3D Cube on a 2D plane (screen). And I wanted to use the keypad to move and rotate it. Without referring to a 3D Game Engine that could do this for me can you explain me the logic or ...
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An API independent way of managing video memory?

I'm developing a game. The game architecture is very modular. I have a "Graphics Engine", which uses either a Direct3D or OpenGL renderer. However the user does not have access to the renderers ...
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Architechture problem of implementation of a tutorial for a game

I'm creating one for my game and I'm confused a bit. I made special TutorialManager class and a number of steps to pass for player first time entered the game. The problem is that tutorial steps are ...
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Timestamps as ids in an entity manager?

I've built my own entity manager, as I found out some days ago, it is very similar to the Artemis framework. For now, I just use integers as entity ids. Behind the scenes, there is a simple integer ...
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Mismatch of Entity System and Savegames

There is a theoretical mismatch of the entity system and the savegame system, which is think is common, but I haven't found resources about that. Therefore I will explain both systems first, as short ...
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Level Representation in a 2D Game

I would like to create a 2D game, where a character should move on a stage/level. My stage would be static, constructed some little cubes, similar to the well-known Mario game: some of the elements ...
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Using an FSM, how do you clean up state related attributes that may be used from several states?

I'm making a game that plays a bit like Diablo, but you can harvest resources like in an RTS. I have the following states in my FSM: IdleState, ApproachingTargetCoordinateState, ...
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Mobile Multiplayer games and coping with high latency

I'm currently researching regarding a design for an online (realtime) mobile multiplayer game. As such, i'm taking into consideration that latencies (lag) is going to be high (perhaps higher than ...
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Networking gampeplay - Sending controller inputs vs. sending game actions

I'm reading about techniques for implementing game networking. Some of the resources i've read state that it is a common practice (at least for some games) to send the actual controller input across ...
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noSQL - Is it a valid option for web based game? [closed]

Out of an opportunity and boredom, a friend and I decided to make a web based game. This is the first 'game' I will be making, since usually I program web apps in django. I've opted to use the same ...