Design pattern is a general reusable solution to a commonly occurring problem within a given context in software design.

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How should I structure the implementation of turn-based board game rules?

I'm trying to create a turn-based strategy game on a tilemap. I'm using design by component so far, but I can't find a nice way to fit components into the part I want to ask. I'm struggling with the ...
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City/Nation Builder - Unlocking game elements over time

Current Git (Needs more documentation) Current working prototype to play with (Git code is after a BIG refactor) Background: I'm making a javascript text city/nation builder along the lines of A ...
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How should I manage states in my game?

I can't understand what design pattern I can take advantage to build an intro screen, help screen, level select screen, game screen, game over screen, altogether. I can make one in AS3, but the code ...
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GameLogic Model as Property or Constants with lookup in other Models?

Basically imagine a game where the Player has a Weapon which has a BulletType/type of Bullet. Now Player, Weapon and Bullet are Models having properties and they would represent Instances in the ...
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User vs Player Model

A lot of the online games out there have this concept of "User" or "Profile", and the concept of "Player". The "User" has username, password, lifetime stats, ... etc. The player concept is per game ...
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How should I implement the “Observer” pattern with respect to a game world?

I'm thinking of ways to implement the Observer pattern in a game I'm developing at the moment. I can have a Game World (local map) with Game Objects (player, NPCs, monsters etc...) inside of it. Other ...
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Obstacle spawn constraints in Jetpack Joyride

Jetpack Joyride: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KENMuzsras tl;dr What's the best way to add constraints to obstacle spawning (algorithms) or how to design obstacle spawning to allow constraints? ...
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Must all AI states be able to react to any event?

FSMs implemented with the State design pattern are a common way to design AI agents. I am familiar with the State design pattern and know how to implement it. How is this used in games to design AI ...
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Localization patterns [closed]

I want to disponabilize my game in various languages and for it I want to use industry standards, but it has been dificult to find any material on google. I am looking for patterns, conventions, file ...
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Which Design Patterns Should I consider for Quest Management? [closed]

I am working on an fantasy RPG and I would like to get some ideas about how I am implementing Quests. Quests in my game are very generic. The quest goal can be almost anything in the game. The goal ...
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Is a responsive dimension game worth it? [closed]

I'm in the process of creating a Wario-Ware-like game that will be created for browsers first then likely ported to mobile. Here are the different ways I've considered setting up the dimensions of the ...
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When is messaging/observing preferable to 'built-in' functionality in game objects?

In working on a Python/Pygame project I recently came to an impasse which couldn't be solved elegantly via my previous methodology - using wrapping functions as an Observer pattern - and it was ...
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Data Locality and Polymorphism [closed]

I've been reading over the various chapters available at http://gameprogrammingpatterns.com, and in particular his chapter over Data Locality(http://gameprogrammingpatterns.com/data-locality.html) has ...
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How do I separate testable game logic from my UI in Cocos2d-x?

I read some articles on why I should separate game logic and UI code: That makes it possible to test game logic code can be independently of the rest. However, I am having trouble implementing this in ...
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Is having a master builder object a bad idea?

I have wondered about using the following approach to creating Entity objects in a personal project. What I want is to be able to keep track of all Entity objects that get created, so whenever an ...
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How can I reuse animated meshes?

When creating meshes, I made a mesh class and then used that one as base model and redrew that same mesh for each instance of an object with that mesh. (For eaxmple, one rock mesh, many rock objects.) ...
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How can I position different size creatures in a group automaticly

I'm doing a game (in xna) on my free time, as I'm not in the game market, I'm pretty sure I'm missing something that would help me get this right. Think of Ogre Battle. A group of unit moves, and ...
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How should I design my classes in a game?

I'm stuck for ideas on classes in game programming. This is probably more of an opinion based question. I'm looking for information that is proving hard to find on the internet. Say I have a class ...
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Should game objects draw themselves? [duplicate]

Assuming you have classes like Player, Enemy, Map and Tile. The first approach to structuring rendering code would be to give each a render() method and let it draw itself: void render(){ ...
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Designing & Implementing a generic actions & communication system [closed]

I'm currently in the process of redesigning the action/communication/sound system of some small game. This part currently handles characters speech and emotes. The game itself allows for a lot of ...
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Does game development have its own types of modeling?

In general computer science there are modeling "languages" (read: standardized diagramming techniques) such as UML 1,2, in databases there are things like ERD3, in business there are other types such ...
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Why aren't resources such as Pixmap disposed on finalization in LibGDX?

I've been looking at the LibGDX framework, and certain classes such as Pixmap require to be disposed manually when you are no longer using them (call the dispose method). I'm wondering, since this is ...
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Should references between assets be handled by name or ID or something else?

How should content or asset items be referenced in their serialized form? For example, a material might need to reference several textures. The simplest way would be to use a path, relative to the ...
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Making specific Enemy Classes

So I was just looking through an old game I had made for android, and was second guessing how I was sub-classing enemy for each particular enemy in my game. My enemy class had all kinds of ...
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Visitor-pattern vs inheritance for rendering

I have a game engine that currently uses inheritance to provide a generic interface to do rendering: class renderable { public: void render(); }; Each class calls the gl_* functions itself, ...
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Best practice child and parent script [closed]

What is the best practice coming to wher to place the code in this scenario. I have a gamobject called player. It has lots of child objects. One of them is sword. Like this: Player Body Head ...
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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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C# Design for Ability System

I'm a novice programmer but I have completed a pre-university in web prog so I am not a total noob. I'm using Unity, but this is just C# for now. This is my first big project and I need some ...
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How to structure the code of a game? [closed]

I come from a web development background and want to learn game programming. To bridge the gap, I plan on creating a simple one-on-one fighting game in JavaScript. There’s two fighters on a stage, and ...
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Design problem with specific requirements (logical dependencies needed)

I started to write some code for a small 3D environment. This week I wanted to start with my entities and when I thought about it again, I stumbled across some unmet requirements. My design works fine ...
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iOS with cocos2d to MVC or not to MVC?

I am working with cocos2d. All my objects are declared on the CCLayer that I'm using, I have the logic of the game there and all the CCSprites. Should I put the CCSprite for the player and all it's ...
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How to represent projectiles in video game?

I'm making a simple fixed shooter game (similar to Galaga) as part of a presentation I'm doing. I'm wondering, what strategies/data structures would people use for tracking projectiles (like lasers ...
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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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Inheritance Hierarchy and Design — avoiding multiple inheritance

I am working on a 3D game, and need some advice about how to best design and structure my code so that I achieve what I'm going for without using bad practices like multiple inheritance. Basically ...
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C# Item system design approach, should I use abstract classes, interfaces or virutals?

I'm working on a Resident Evil 1/2/3/0/Remake type of game. Currently I've done a big part of the inventory system (here's a link if you wanna see my inventory, pretty outdated, added a lot of ...
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Whats the best way to expose current settings to your classes? [duplicate]

Just as the title states, whats the best way to expose current settings like resolution to my classes? (I know this might have been asked, but I couldn't find anything) I was thinking of the ...
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Entity System creating Components

Over every entity system I see implemented in C++, or even in Java/C# (e.g. the Artemis framework). I see components not allocated via a new operator (or something similar, e.g. std::make_shared). For ...
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Manage user input and diffentiate it between the player and the app

I hope the title makes sense. Basically, I am trying to figure out how the app will know I the input I am sending it is meant for the app and not the player, and vice-versa. (It is very similar to ...
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Where to put common System functionality in Entity-System Design?

I am working on an Entity System design based largely off of Adam Martin's design and Ray Wenderlich's Objective-C Implementation. I am working on the AI system using a state machine with a System ...
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inheritance and state machine with flyweight pattern

I everyone, i'm working on an indie game and i'm stuck with two problems I have many similar units on screen so i decided to implement the flightWeight pattern so there is intrinsic and extrinsic ...
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Ideas wich design patterns apply in my school assignment [closed]

For a assignment for school i've to develop a game in Microsoft XNA 4. Let me first clear out that my intention of this post is NOT to give me codes. I want to figure out things by my self. The ...
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Component based game engine and dependencies - singletons [closed]

I am thinking about how to create component based game engine. I understand that all things should be very similar as in Data Oriented Design (each object is a collection of various structures as ...
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What is the best design pattern to apply effects and abilities?

What would be the best design pattern to apply effects and abilities in a game. For example: I have a unit that has base stats like attack power, defense etc. The unit can hold several items that ...
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Game Editor plugin architecture

I'm creating 3D Game Editor for my own use. As rendering i took Ogre3D and MFC as UI. I faced with architecture problem. I am using Document/View architecture and for each Doc. i create new ...
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What is the right way to use a QStateMachine for a text adventure game? [closed]

I have seen a couple topics about this already but they were a bit vague for me so I decided to make this. I'm working on a little adventure game just for fun in Qt, its basically just text on the ...
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Dictionary of common names for code objects [closed]

I'm looking for a common dictionary of terms (much like design patterns have a common language for how things interact) that are specific to games. For instance, if I'm making a game of pong with a ...
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Rule / validation design pattern

What design patterns can be used to create a rule / validation system for a game like chess (this is just a simple example, the actual game needs more difficult sets of rules) I've read several ...
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Design of a turn-based game where actions have side-effects

I am writing a computer version of the game Dominion. It is a turn-based card game where action cards, treasure cards, and victory point cards are accumulated into a player's personal deck. I have the ...
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Making character's skills and abilities as commands, good practice?

I am designing for a game that consist of characters who have unique offensive skills and other abilities such as building, repairing, etc. Players can control multiple of such characters. I'm ...
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Retrieving components from game objects (entities)

Using C# and XNA 4, I've made the decision to go for an entity-component based design for my game after reading such posts as this and this, but I'm now struggling to find how to retrieve components ...