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How can I handle invulnerability in an entity system?

I currently have an entity component system with messaging. The messages are delivered to each subscriber, but each subscriber gets their own copy, basically meaning that altering a message doesn't ...
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Handling AI with ECS in a turn based roguelike

I am trying to implement the Entity Component System pattern to use in a roguelike game. Right now, I have 3 systems. Input, AI, and Action. The input system basically is just a system used by the ...
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How to seprate the game from the game engine (specifically the game loop), into seprate projects?

I am trying to separate my game from game engine both written in Java. Currently they are in two separate packages but I would like to separate them into different projects. A main method in Project ...
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Implementing monte-carlo tree search in a tile based game with units

I have this simple risk-like game I would like to develop an AI for. Players move their Units on the map and a simple fight resolution is done. There is a time constraint of 100ms for each round, the ...
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Swapping graphics engines

Is it possible, or even feasible, to have graphics engine completely decoupled from game logic? Why I ask is because I want to start working on a game (I'm a complete beginner in game development, ...
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Per-Frame Function Calls versus Event Driven Messaging in Game Design

The traditional game design, as I know it, uses polymorphism and virtual functions to update game objects states. In other words, the same set of virtual functions are called in regular(ex: per-frame) ...
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How to manage state in a component-based game engine?

I'm working on a small, data-driven game engine with some friends. We use GameObjects (a.k.a. Entities, Actors, or whatever it is called in your favorite engine) to represent every entity in the ...
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Efficient removal and adding of Components in ECS

i'm working with the Ashley Entity-Component-System (related to libGDX) to program a server-side simulation for an online game and i stumbled upon a serious performance drawback, that is probably ...
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How can I represent prerequisites of different type of game objects?

In a strategy game, I want to declare prerequisites for various types of game objects to limit when they can be acquired/executed: technologies, buildables, resources, actions, etc. Any of these types ...
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Entity Component Architecture and Scripting without using threads

I am working on a small game engine for practicing purpose and also for putting some of my ideas into action. What I have so far is a couple of systems for rendering, sound etc. The next step is to ...
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entity component - get object from entity system without knowing it's ID

Ive been building a game using a Entity Component system, but im having a bit of an issue finding a specific object in my entity system without knowing the Entity's Id. My game is organized in ...
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Branching quest system

I've started working in a quest system for my game, but I stumble in a zone where I have to many, if/else conditions to handle a quest, whether you have X and Y item in your inventory, whether you ...
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Cram search results into viewport (of a search minimap)?

I'm no coder, nor do I try to be. I just had one of those "it's impossible" arguments with folks who love to argue with me before they even understand what the argument is about :) So I need to ...
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How to setup animation based events without depending on an animation?

How can I have events based off animations without relying on them? Take for example reloading in a FPS game. You'd hit a button to reload your weapon, the animation will play, then animation will hit ...
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How do I let a game support different rule sets?

I'm making a MUD game engine that supports D&D , Pathfinder and other tabletop-RPG rule sets. I am starting to build out how characters interact with the world (e.g. dialog, battle, searching for ...
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How do I add scripting logic to my dialogue tree? [closed]

I'm creating 2D RPG game and I want to implement branching dialogue system which can also change player stats, add items and so on. Also I want to implement conditions for some answers so player ...
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Where can I find good (well organized) examples of game code? [closed]

Where can I find good (well organized) examples of game code? I'm hoping that I can pick up some organizational tips. Most examples in books are too short and leave out lots of detail for the sake of ...
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Grouping entities of the same component set into linear memory

We start from the basic systems-components-entities approach. Let's create assemblages (term derived from this article) merely out of information about types of components. It is done dynamically at ...
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Sphere to plane collision never rearching resting contact

I have been trying to have a sphere to plane eventually lead to the sphere coming to a resting contact, but my sphere will end up always bouncing forever. It will bounce correctly for the first few ...
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Property replication vs RPC notifications

I'm not talking about something such as an object position, which changes very often. I'm talking about some object state that may be changed infrequently, such as a door opening and closing. Would ...
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Why don't more games use vector art? [closed]

It would seem to me that vector art is more efficient in terms of resources/scalability; however, in most cases I have seen artists using bitmap/rasterized art. Is this a limitation put on the artists ...
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How does Unity's Entity-Component System Work In Practice? [closed]

On the surface Entity-Component seems like a good way to program games. Everything is a game object and those game objects are made up of components. The attraction is components are very flexible, ...
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Best way to deal with a large variety of items?

I am currently working on my first java game and I am having trouble figuring out how I should implement my classes that will have heavy variety. For example, I am considering having an abstract item ...
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Bubble shooter clone, structure for storing/adding of bubbles

Im having a few issues trying to figure out what the best data structure to use for storing bubbles on the grid, and how to connect new bubbles to the grid when a moving ball collides with a ball on ...
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Browser Game - Model or not Model

I'm planing on making a browser game just for fun and to improve my skills, but I have an issue regarding the Software Architecture of the game: I will be using an ORM to communicate with my ...
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Networking Pong Clone

I have the fundamentals of TCP sockets, UDP communication etc, but can't find much on how to apply these to a real time game environment. I have a Pong clone, with 4 players, and need to synchronise ...
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How to implement 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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How should entities in a game reference each other?

I've been reading a lot about design patterns, but in using these patterns there's one question that I keep coming back to. How should my entities access information about each other? Let's say I'm ...
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Good Configuration Manager System Design for medium-large sized projects?

I've create smaller games which simply needed a class which basically opens an INI file (with feather-ini-parser library) with config values for the whole game (rendering ops, music, bindings). But I ...
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Client code handling its own generics when returned by an engine

I'm writing a game engine in Java 8, and have prototype client code written in Groovy. New Game objects can be created with a builder which defines everything which fills in the blanks. To simplify ...
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Deal with double coordinates and graphics

I want to draw some vectors and few sprites in a 2D world.Problem is that they should be precise. For example a vector has position (5000000.65,556666). That depends on user. He might want to add ...
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Hiding actual IP of a Game Server [closed]

I've developed a game server which has 3 layers Login Server(That connects AI Server) AI Server(That connects game logic server) Game Server I want to prevent DDOS attacks as much as possible and ...
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How should my game characters store their abilities/spells?

I'm new to game development and a bit confused about how to effectively store an object's access to certain spells/abilities. The player and mob objects are all generated from the same class. ...
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Custom key binding/mapping

Currently I am starting to develop my first serious game. Before the games are all training, and learning how to do things in a good way. Unfortunatly, I've missed a big part in my preparation: Key ...
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Questions about property-centric game object runtime

I was reading Game Engine Architecture by Jason Gregory So according to him, I should use an array of entities, and arrays for each property, such as an array gameObjectsPosition, ...
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How do I write a wave-spawning system for a shoot-em-up?

I recently played Knightmare Tower and was amazed by the way how different monsters are beign spawned. I'm aware of time-based and count-based spawing systems in shoot-em-ups. Count-based systems ...
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2D Drawing architecture

I want to create something like a game but I am going to use Direct2D and GDI for drawing API.My problem is that I want to separate drawing code from objects. For example lets say I have conduit ...
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Resetting scene state

i was wondering what are the best practices for restarting the game, say for example in a platformer game when you die the game restarts and you have to reposition all the characters or reset the ...
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How do I prevent memory-modification cheats?

There are many memory-altering programs out there nowadays (Cheat Engine & co). Is there an efficient way to keep a constant variable actually constant? I had two ideas: Make a separate thread ...
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Elegant ways to handle rendering with DirectX 11

I'm looking for a design pattern that's going to help me to elegantly handle the rendering of my game objects. Lots of game development guides talk about how to handle the game objects themselves, ...
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Command Ordering Architecture of Dwarf Fortress

What is the most elegant way to implement a command ordering system for AI? for example in dwarf fortress when you mark a forested area for wood cutting, the dwarfs then would do the following ...
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Application components dependancy and decoupling

In my client application I have two major components: GameCore - wrapper that handles everything about running the actual game NetworkClient - A layer that takes care of ...
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Do I really need a render() method in the game loop if the view subscribes to the models?

For a game that I'm working on, we've followed the MVC paradigm. However, in classic MVC, the view subscribes to the model and when the model updates it informs the view. We've implemented this as an ...
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How do you filter entities in an Entitiy Component System?

I am currently writing my own ECS in C++ and I am using std::bitset. I register a component at compile time and give it an ID. Position has ID 1 Direction has ID 2 .. ...
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Organising data of a turn-based strategy

I'm intermediate in Java but novice in everything which is on the server-side. I've set myself a task to rewrite an old game, so learning Java is more fun. It is a space turn-based strategy. The ...
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How do particle systems work?

I want to implement a particle system in my game, but I've never programmed a particle system and don't know where to start. I only want to display pixels (GL_POINTs) with different sizes in ...
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In lockstep networking game, how to handle sudden lags and disconnection?

I am trying to implement a game similar to "Street Fighter" by using lockstep networking model so that two players can play remotely via Internet. I have read a lot of articles about lockstep ...
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Decoupling AI from game logic

Imagine a game with different types of characters or "actors" which can perform actions like walking and shooting. They are implemented using the state pattern to reduce the amount of coupling: each ...
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Decoupling assets, instances and the rendering module [closed]

I am trying to redesign a home-grown hobby engine. It became apparent that it was far too tightly coupled and so I'm trying to redesign it in a more modular way. Unfortunately, I'm baffled by the ...
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How would a game-state snapshot system be implemented for networked real-time games?

I want to create a simple client-server real-time multiplayer game as a project for my networking class. I've read a lot about real-time multiplayer network models and I understand the relationships ...