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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Data structure for random outcome from a hit probability table

The basic idea of a hit-table is carried over from pen & paper role playing games. You roll a die or a number of dice representing your ability to attack an opponent. Your opponents defense is ...
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How to space actors in scene uniformly? [duplicate]

I have a Array data structure right now, which contains 10 soldiers in my army. They can setup initially in various formations - e.g. o o o o o o o o o o The user can move one of the ...
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Image Texture Tracing Algorithm - Cocos2D Box2D

Context: I am working on a 2D Destructible Terrain engine for Cocos2D with Box2D. All images, when a level loads, have their border's traced and cached for the purposes of forming Box2D b2EdgeShape ...
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Spell design and comunication with Player

Im trying to design Spell class that can modify almost anything, Player, Units, other spells, etc. I figured out two ways of doing it, but none of this seems proper for me. Thats mainly because of ...
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When should I represent points and sizes as structures?

As part of my simple Ruby 2D game development framework, my game objects have position (x and y values) and size (width and height). class MyGameObject attr_accessor :x attr_accessor :y ...
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Object of arrays or array of objects?

I'm making a management sim game, something along the lines of Roller Coaster Tycoon. I want to know what the best way to structure my world objects is so to maximise performance. Let's say I have ...
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When to use an Array vs When to use a Vector, when dealing with GameObjects?

I understand that from other answers, Arrays and Vectors are the best choices. Many on SE claim that Linked Lists and Maps are bad for video game programming. I understand that for the most part, I ...
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Do associative array data structures have a place in game development?

Is it a bad idea to use a map data structure (an associative array or dictionary) in game development? According to this flowchart, the ideal container for storing game object's container would ...
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When should I hard-code data versus load external data?

I'm a thousand or so lines of code into making my own 2D space-based game, which creates networks of randomly generated star systems and populates them with a random selection of planets, stations, ...
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How to store NPC movement data?

In my 2D tile-based game, I have NPCs that move around on a fixed path. I am putting the information about the NPCs in a .plist file that is loaded on startup. The thing is, I'm not sure how to format ...
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How to define areas filled with water?

I would like to enhance my little game engine with nice looking water simulation. To start working on that I need to find a proper way to represent water in the game. Unfortunately I don't know much ...
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Comparing two tree structures

I'm having a hard time trying to describe this in correct terms so I will just give as much detail as possible and hopefully someone knows what I'm trying to do =-) I am trying to compare two node ...
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Game code structure using openGL / Android [closed]

My game will have 3 activities (splashscreen, options menu and main game). As it stands, each is a separate activity with it's own activity class and GLSurfaceview class. Is this structure the right ...
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Storing data for a pokemon like game

The game I'm developing is close to Pokemon. How should I store the data? I am currently thinking of text files where I save the map and have a corresponding textfile for the trainers and their teams ...
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Is there a way to make a dynamic world such as a MMORPG horizontally scalable?

Imagine a open-world of 500+ players with data changing as fast as 20 updates/player/second. Last time I worked in a similar MMORPG, it used SQL, so obvioulsy it couldn't query the DB all the time. ...
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What data structure to use to implement ocean currents and trade-winds

I'm creating an RPG/simulation game which is similar to the Uncharted Waters Series. The game allows the player to control a fleet to explore and navigate the world on the world map. My Game stores ...
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RPG game engine. Skill application calculations

Short preface I am a part of a small team which is entering game development. We're creating a new RPG setting with custom game system and mechanics based on dice rolls. I'm server-side java ...
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Good way to store entity data

I'm building an RPG style game, but i have some trouble with storing data from entities. These entities can carry data including but not limited to their location, their graphics, whether they are ...
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Storing items in external data files

My project, in its current state, keeps all of the info for each inventory item in script files. That means, inventory items and their properties are part of the codebase. This works well, but I'm ...
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Saving data in games?

I'm soon going to make a game for the iPhone as a school project. My idea was to make a TLOZ remake, with Tiled Maps. However, I'm not quite sure how save the data. In TLOZ you have a lot of ...
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Need info on creating a tile grid data structure in Java

I'm trying to create a game with a fixed size map (2D Tile array). I suppose I can inherit other tiles from this base Tile, e.g.: a BankTile. Placing and removing tiles is all too easy, but forming ...
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Why is chunk size often a power of two?

There are many Minecraft clones out there and I am working on my own implementation. A principle of terrain rendering is tiling the whole world in fixed size chunks to reduce the effort of localized ...
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Best practice for organizing/storing character/monster data in an RPG?

Synopsis: Attempting to build a cross-platform RPG app in Adobe Flash Builder and am trying to figure out the best class hierarchy and the best way to store the static data used to build each of the ...
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Space-efficient data structures for broad-phase collision detection

As far as I know, these are three types of data structures that can be used for collision detection broadphase: Unsorted arrays: Check every object againist every object - O(n^2) time; O(log n) ...
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Data structures for a 2D multi-layered and multi-region map?

I am working on a 2D world editor and a world format subsequently. If I were to handle the game "world" being created just as a layered set of structures, either in top or side views, it would be ...
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How do I simplify a 2D game grid for level management while keeping its by-pixel features?

(I cross-posted this from StackOverflow as this seems to be a more appropriate f̶o̶r̶u̶m̶ community. I've looked around a little here and I did not find an answer, so I hope this is not a recurring ...
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map data structure in pacman

i am trying to make a pacman game in c# using GDI+, i have done some basic work and i have previously replicated games like copter-it and minesweeper. but i am confused about how do i implement the ...
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Using NumPy arrays as 2D mathematical vectors?

Right now I'm using lists as position, velocity, and acceleration vectors in my game. Is that a better option than using NumPy's arrays (not the standard library's) as vectors (with float data ...
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Direct3d - Code structure

I'm learning directx in a master's degree and they taught us to have a GraphicsLayer class which is the one connecting with the direct3d library. That way this class is completly independent from the ...
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Ray Tracing concers: Efficient Data Structure and Photon Mapping

I'm trying to build a simple ray tracer for specific target scenes. An example of such scene can be seen below. I'm concerned as to what accelerating data structure would be most efficient in this ...
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Torque2D, Class vs Datablock

I'm scripting my first game with Torque2D and have not fully understood the difference between "Class" and Datablock. To me it seems like Datablock is similar to a struct in C/C++ or a Record in ...
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Data model for unlockable card collection

My game has a collection of cards (about 64) that are unlocked (one by one) provided that 4 items are collected/gained in the game. Right now the deck of cards is modeled with a plist file, like ...
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Read only array, deep copy or retrieve copies one by one? (Performance and Memory) [closed]

The question is asked regarding an environment with garbage collection.(Java, AS3) I am writing a level editor using MVC and the view needs to have read only access to the data in the model for ...
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Game Database Connectivity Java

I'm developing a simple multi-player puzzle game in Java. Both players should be able to view the same game board on his own computer. Then, when one player makes an action in the game (ex. drags an ...
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Data structure for bubble shooter game

I'm starting to make a bubble shooter game for a mobile OS. Assume this is just the basic "three or more same-color bubbles that touch pop" and all bubbles that are separated from their group ...
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Managing different utility classes between engine and libraries

I'm currently in updating some engine code (which does not work, so it is more like creating a engine). I've decided to swap over to SFML (instead of my own crappy renderer, window manager, and ...
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Object detection in bitmap JavaScript canvas

I want to detect clicks on canvas elements which are drawn using paths. So far I have stored element paths in a JavaScript data structure and then check the coordinates of hits which match the ...
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Best practice for designing a risk-style board game

I'm just trying to figure out how to set up the code for a game like risk... I would like it to be extensible, so that I can have multiple maps (ie- World, North America, Eurasia, Africa) so ...
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Custom extensible file format for 2d tiled maps

I have implemented much of my game logic right now, but still create my maps with nasty for-loops on-the-fly to be able to work with something. Now I wanted to move on and to do some research on how ...
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Settlers-like terrain representation

Remember this beauty? I'm playing it now on my old Amiga 1200. My question is: How do you think they represented the terrain, data structure wise? Obviously it's some kind of points, with a height. ...
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What data structure should I use for a 3D platformer game?

I am developing a platformer game with XNA framework like Metroid but in 3D. Now I have to draw models and I have the question of the title. I read many post and I know that the main data structures ...
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Which data structure should I use for dynamically generated platforms?

I'm creating a platform type of game with various types of platforms. Platforms that move, shake, rotate, etc. Multiple types and multiple of each type can be on the screen at once. The platforms will ...
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Design patterns for effects between actors and technology

I'm working on my first game, and taking the opportunity to brush up my C++ (I want to make as much of it as portable as I can.) Whilst working on the technology tree and how it affects actors ...
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Tic-Tac-Toe game AI

I'm looking into creating a simple tic tac toe/noughts and crosses game in Actionscript3 and am trying to understand the ideas behind the AI used in a game like this. I've seen some simplistic ...
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Storing and sending English word list using trie data structure

I was planning on making a word based game something like Scramble or Boggle. I searched on the internet and found that one of the best way to store the Word List is by using a trie. My question: Is ...
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Game Logic - Tree Based Game Design

I'm trying to write an easy to use and extremely modifiable game engine in C++. I was thinking about using a tree to store game data. All objects would inherit a from the Node class and would have ...
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Implementing an existing (but out of print) game electronically

One of my favorite games is the old Avalon Hill class, PanzerBlitz. I would like to implement it electronically, and have a couple questions related to that: Would I be in legal trouble if I do ...
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Database structure for level packs, levels and level information

I have a game which shall consist of several level packs (and also be extended by additional level packs). Each level pack should contain some levels. Each level will have its own level information. ...
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game data structures

I am working on a game that will be a 3D-shooter (camera trailing player), and want to impose some architecture on the game being that a level is composed of rooms where each room can hold ...
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Storing game objects with generic object information

In a simple game object class, you might have something like this: public abstract class GameObject { protected String name; // other properties protected double x, y; public ...