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

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Creating Entity as an aggregation

I recently asked about how to separate entities from their behaviour and the main answer linked to this article: http://cowboyprogramming.com/2007/01/05/evolve-your-heirachy/ The ultimate concept ...
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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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Receiving user commands in a text based console game

I'm working on a little text based console game for a bit of fun and am starting work on the user commands entered into the console. Are there some good design patterns for deciding what to do with ...
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Seperating entities from their actions or behaviours

I'm having a go at creating a very simple text based game and am wondering what the standard design patterns are when it comes to entities (characters, sentient scenery) and the actions those entities ...
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How to play many sounds at once in OpenAL

I'm developing an RTS game and I would like to add sounds to it. My choice has landed on OpenAL. I have plenty of units which from time to time make sounds: fSound.Play(sfx_shoot, location). Sounds ...
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Creating Level iPhone

I am thinking about a new game idea for the iPhone and presumably all the levels would have to be made programatically. So Im wondering what the best method to approach it? Say I have a game with a ...
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Where can I learn 2D game architecture [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Good resources for learning about game architecture? I know that game architecture can vary greatly, especially with the type of game being built, but I know that there ...
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What pattern is this, and should I do it?

I'm making a game in as3 using flash develop and flash cs5. Everything is object oriented. I was wondering, should I have one "gateway" class that has a property-reference to all instantiations of ...
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MVC-like compartmentalization in games? [closed]

I was contemplating the design of a game (translating a boardgame to the computer, specifically, which I suppose is relevant in this case) and it occurred to me that it might make sense to build the ...
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2d map: how to manage it?

i'm developing a 2d game (top down), and i'm a beginner. Now, i've to create a map, with object (to interact with) ... I don't know how to .. manage the problem ! Does anyone can help me ? What are ...
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Using “friend” classes in game development

Typically in C++ game development speed is valued over encapsulation, you therefore see a ton of publicly accessible class members which really shouldn't be public. I seem to find in most cases that ...
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Custom Rule-Based System for Action Recognition in a Game

I want to make objects in a side project interatible with each other. For this, I want to be able to create rules so "Collisions" (Interactions) can be recognised by testing the rules. The rules ...
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What are the biggest pitfalls to consider when developing a new game?

I actually just started tracing (thanks David Young for the nomenclature correction) a couple of new web-based games for Facebook a few weeks ago and I have just been inundated with mental blocks and ...
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What are some programming design patterns that are useful in game development? [closed]

I have a few books on Design Patterns, and have read some articles, but cannot intuitively figure out which programming design patterns would be useful in game development. For example, I have a book ...
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Why are MVC & TDD not employed more in game architecture? [closed]

I will preface this by saying I haven't looked a huge amount of game source, nor built much in the way of games. But coming from trying to employ 'enterprise' coding practices in web apps, looking at ...
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Do retail games use “inversion of control” and “dependency injection”?

Many of the more diligent software developers I know are moving to inversion of control and dependency injection to handle references to objects. Coming from a Flash games perspective I don't know all ...
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what are the essential things to be looked upon in game design

I've made a couple of games now. Starting from basic hobbyist projects like snake , I advanced into platform based games, board games, turn based games. While doing the latter of these projects I had ...
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Anyone have a source for pictures/screenshots/demos of Mud OLC systems?

I really want to get access to some images of MUD (multi user domain/multi user dungeon) OLC (mud OnLine Creation), to use the structure of npcs/mobs/characters/areas/rooms that muds use on my own ...
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Are there cases where globals/singletons are useful in game development?

I know that having global variables or singleton classes creates cases that can be difficult to test/manage and I have been busted in using those patterns in code but often times you gotta ship. So ...