An entity for organizing data in a specific way so it can be used efficiently. Examples are arrays, objects, records, structs.

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How to make “Events”/ Scripted Scenes

I want to make cutscenes etc, in my game. I thought of a similar System like in the RPG Maker: If you enter a certain Area, a list of commands and arguments is played. E.g. like this: [Move ...
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Efficient container(s) for units in an 2D RTS game

As the title says, I'm toying around with developing a 2D space RTS game. All of my units are spaceships that basically just shoot at one another, but they have to do a variety of other things as ...
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How can I store a large amount of items in a space-efficient manner?

How can I store a large amount of items inside my game? Are each of the items default data be loaded from a file into an item class and then stored in a giant array/list/dictionary? For a point of ...
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Efficient Collisions Iteration?

My project has upwards of 3000 2D objects but not all of them collide with each other. Between each object that can collide, a CollisionPair is created and stored inside a flattened array. Currently, ...
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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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Why are 16×16 pixel tiles so common?

Is there any good reason for tiles (e.g. Minecraft's) to be 16×16? I have a feeling it has something to do with binary because 16 is 10000 in binary, but that might be a coincidence. I want to know ...
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How can I store additional attributes on DCEL edges?

I am currently working on a city generator, and I've ran into some issues with data storage while working on the roads. I currently use a doubly-connected edge list (DCEL for short), to store the road ...
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Structure for attacking in RPG

I'm going over different ways to implement attacking in a "dungeon crawler". What I have kind of abstracted out... There are 2 kinds of people, The Player, and the enemies, these are both living ...
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How to make a proper cache on user computer?

Currently when launching the client of the game, it connects to the server and loads all the cachedata in a normal form (= folders, .txt files and .png files). However I don't like that the players ...
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Class design and data structures for a Tower Defense

I was trying to come up with a structure for a simple TD game that has following elements Tower Each Tower has a set of properties like range, damage, health etc There could be different types of ...
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How to implement data structures for shaders

I'm currently researching computer graphics and esp. how to combine research and it's practical applications. To get started I wanted to implement the methods used by a few papers. First of which I ...
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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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Planar scene graph

Suppose there are many line segments on a plane (2D scene) and I would like to redraw only small portion ("window") of the whole scene. The scene is dynamic, meaning one can add/remove/transform ...
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Storing Type/Game Data Within A Unity 3D Game Using An Offline Flatfile Database

I've read several documents on how to manage game type data: Would it be better to use XML/JSON/Text or a database to store game content? How to choose how to store data? Im developing an offline ...
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Organizing scene graph nodes that have multiple parents

I am trying to understand how, from an abstract sense, scene graphs should be organized. Say that in a game, there is a scene where the user is inside a house. The house has four walls, and on one ...
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Encoding/decoding data with byte arrays

For my multiplayer game, I'm trying to figure out a system to send multiple pieces of data from one client to another and separating pieces of data. When sending a message, all parameter data has to ...
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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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Is std::deque the best option for storing my graphics objects?

I am currently implementing an object buffer, which stores all the objects used in the game at one place. All other components of the game, like the user interface, the level loader, etc, add objects ...
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Place tile values over 'chunk' boundries

My game has a 'chunk' engine similar to Minecraft's but in 2 dimensions. Each chunk is a square of 32 by 32 tiles. What I want to do is generate a defined shape across multiple chunks without ...
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MeshParts - Why do they exist?

For my current game I'm working on I've decided to implement a custom model class to store my models in. Reasons being is that I want to make adding new models as painless as possible for the rest of ...
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How to convert non-discreate data for discreate pathfinding?

I have a list of entities that looks like [{x,y,width,height}, {x,y,width,height}, ...]. This list is non-discreate, It doesn't follow a grid. entities can be positioned at floats like x:2.345 Most ...
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Data structure to store map layers in each Tile while keeping the order of terrain, items and monsters intact

My game represents its map as a 2D array of tiles, each of which stores a stack of layers. I'm looking for a data structure to efficiently represent this . I want to be able to add layers ...
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Dynamic Level Loads [ Story Saves ] [closed]

I have recently revisited the legend of zelda series and got inspired by it to create a game similar to majora's mask. After some slight work on the player movement and key game mechanics I started to ...
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How should I store edge weights for my A* graph?

I am working on A* pathfinding in Unity, using C#. I am implementing Dijkstra's shortest path algorithm. I have a Dictionary with nodes as keys and corresponding lists of adjacent neighbors as values, ...
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How to handle game objects in DirectX

Coming from XNA, I would use the content pipeline and create XML files for game objects. However, if I changed something in the XML, I would need to do a rebuild of the project so it will create the ...
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Word for a relationship specifying that 2 objects don't affect each other

I am aiming to create an Enum for a terrain_surface_layer.type property. The 3 types of terrain_surface layers I wish to implement are the following: Single - only a single type of terrain_surface ...
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What datastructure would you use for a collision-detection in a tilemap?

Currently I save those blocks in my map that could be colliding with the player in a HashMap (Vector2, Block). So the Vector2 represents the coordinates of the blog. Whenever the player moves I then ...
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Data structures for territories in a 2D map

I am diving into game development with a 2D game. The game will display a territorial map (borders, capitals, etc.). What is a common data structure to use for storing and manipulating the data in ...
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Animal Crossing-like Map Data Structure

I've been looking closely at how Animal Crossing (for GameCube) creates town maps, and as far as I can tell, it's something like this: The town is made up of a 5x6 grid of acres. Each acre is 16x16 ...
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Array of map data

I'm looking for your thoughts on the best way to store map data. I need to store data for territory ownership for each pixel on the map. The data for each pixel is as such: Player 1 points: 24 ...
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What are some ways to store level data in a game like Gunpoint? [closed]

Gunpoint is a 2D stealth game available here. I was wondering how you might go about storing level data for a game like this. I'm mostly concerned about how the collision detection is saved. There are ...
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How should I store grid-based character inventories in the database?

I used to encode the whole inventory data into binary but I'm thinking of doing something different now. The inventory has a 64 slots in an 8×8 grid. Large items like weapons fill up 6 to 8 ...
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Best way to store a large amount of game objects and update the ones onscreen

Good afternoon guys! I'm a young beginner game developer working on my first large scale game project and I've run into a situation where I'm not quite sure what the best solution may be (if there is ...
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assets access with index offsets

My question if about resource management. Is it a good idea to store resources like Sounds in an array and then make a second array(lets call this SoundCollections) as a sort of reference table(name + ...
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How to edit key-value pairs (like a Dictionary) in Unity's inspector?

I have a spell system I am creating, the principle is as follows: Each spell is an autonomous prefab. It contains a script with some properties (base damage, duration...) that can be modified in the ...
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Dynamic Quad/Oct Trees

I've recently discovered the power of Quadtrees and Octrees and their role in culling/LOD applications, however I've been pondering on the implementations for a Dynamic Quad/Oct Tree. Such tree would ...
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Big game in Flash - how to create levels structure

I'm building a game in Flash similar to the structure of Angry Birds or Cut the Rope (where there are a number of "rooms" and unique levels created within each "room"). The user gets through the game ...
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How do I simplify terrain with tunnels or overhangs?

I'm attempting to store vertex data in a quadtree with C++, such that far-away vertices can be combined to simplify the object and speed up rendering. This works well with a reasonably flat mesh, but ...
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Pokemon Game - MySQL Data Structure

I'm making a Pokemon MMO Game with Unity + SmartFoxServer/MySQL and at the moment i'm creating the base structure for the database. But i'm stuck because i don't know the best structure for the moves ...
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Possibly a more efficient way to structure my game's map?

I need a little help with structuring my map. I want to make it efficient but I'm not sure if there's a better way to do this: public class Map { Chunk[][] Chunks; Object[] Objects; } public ...
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Is any data structure more efficient than quad-tree for storing and querying points that lay within an OBB?

Is there any method more effective than quad-trees for storing and searching sets of points that are not spread uniformly on the plane? I need to be able to add, remove and search for points that are ...
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Player & Level class structure in 2D python console game?

I'm trying to create a 2D console game, where I have a player who can freely move around in a level (~map, but map is a reserved keyword) and interfere with other objects. Levels construct out of ...
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How do i define array in shader's constant buffer with C#?

I am using SharpDX to render 3D graphics and i cannot get to work constant buffer in my shader since it contains an array. Currently it looks like this: cbuffer cb0 : register(b0) { matrix ...
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Data structure fo a ship like in Faster Than Light

I am wonder me, whats the best data structure for a ship like in FTL. At first I thought its easy and I need only to make a array with the rooms(Tiles). But than I noted, that I must put somewhere the ...
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Alternatives to storing all my entities in an SQL database

I've been trying to build my entity system based on pure SQL data storage as explained in this post series. The idea is that every entity or component is stored in an SQL table. I created my framework ...
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How to store generic data in game database?

To clarify things a bit: I want to create a kind of database for my game, that simply is a class that stores all game-state information like object positions, player scores, etc. The main problem I ...
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How to store tiles with different sizes?

in a tilegame, how can we use several tiles for 1 object? I thought I could add each tile in a json file, with the type and its coordinates, like : "line1: type1_xTile1_yTile1, etc." "line2: ...
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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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How to generate AABB, OBB & Sphere from polygon soup

How can I generate AABB, OOBB and Sphere from a polygon soup, where the bounding volumes are defined as follows: AABB should be specified by min(x,y,z) max(x,y,z) OOBB should be specified by ...
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How do I define spawn patterns for a Fruit Ninja-esque game?

I'm creating a game somewhat similar to Fruit Ninja and others, where bombs are thrown up on the screen and you click or touch them to defuse (here is an example of the game). There are four bomb ...