A programming paradigm in which gameobjects (entities) are composed out of components, and are operated upon by systems. Each entity is an ID that points to specific components.

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Using an Entity System Architecture with Task Based Parallelism

Background I have been working on creating a multithreaded game engine in my spare time and I currently trying to decide the best way to work an entity sytem into what I have already created. So far, ...
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Entity systems, creating new entities?

How do I create new entities (the collection of their components) in an entity system? I have space ships in my game, for example, they need a lot of information set in their components when I create ...
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Controlling Constantly Running AIs

So, I'm not really sure where to start with this question. Feel free to tell me I'm stupid and Off Topic but I'd also like you to tell me why. So, the maps in the game I am designing will consist of ...
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Entity Component Systems with C++ - Accessing components

(What I'm describing is based on this design: What is an entity system framework?, scroll down and you'll find it) I'm having some problems creating an entity-component system in C++. I have my ...
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When two moving objects collide, which one sends the message, and which one recieves it?

I am writing a platform game using an entity-component system. Entity-World collisions are robust and work very well, and I'm now working on collisions between entities. Just to be clear, in my code ...
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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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Registering and (more importantly) Unregistering with Message Server

I've finally implemented an extendable message class and messageServer class. The message class dynamically assigns a unique static ID to each derived message type (ex. ObjectCreatedMessage might be ...
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Entity Component Systems, Input, and Angry Birds!

I am using Artemis ECS. I have the very basics of a game already. I am now trying to determine how to gracefully handle input and to a lesser extent collisions. Some people say with ECSs, everything ...
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Box2D Joints in entity components system

I search a way to have Box2D joints in an entity component system, here is what i found : 1) Having the joints in Box2D/Body component as parameters, we have a joint array with an ID by joint and ...
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How would one store global context data in an entity component system?

My question is this: How would one store global context data, ie. world data information, current world time, etc in an entity component system? I'm think of working towards building a Dwarf ...
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Entity property system

In lieu of a typical implementation of entity-component systems, I've gone the data-oriented route described by Jason Gregory in Game Engine Architecture. This works really well for common properties ...
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Timestamps as ids in an entity manager?

I've built my own entity manager, as I found out some days ago, it is very similar to the Artemis framework. For now, I just use integers as entity ids. Behind the scenes, there is a simple integer ...
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Mismatch of Entity System and Savegames

There is a theoretical mismatch of the entity system and the savegame system, which is think is common, but I haven't found resources about that. Therefore I will explain both systems first, as short ...
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AI of Turn Based game using Entity System approach

I just recently learned about Entity Systems and want to try it out on a real example (I was developing a game recently and want to try to port it over Entity Systems). But I got problem right away. ...
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Identifying Entity 'Types' in an Entity-Component System

If an Entity has no explicit 'type' (e.g. player) and is simply a collection of components, how do I identify the entities that my systems should and should not be working on? For example, in a game ...
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Target a specific Entity in a Component-Entity design

I'm starting to work on a game with Entity-Component Model Architecture (Artemis in C#). I'm beginning with something pretty simple, entities which are living things, with HealthComponent, ...
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Approach to AI in Entity Systems

We are making game using Entity Systems. And we with my colleague have different opinions about what approach is better when doing AI. Basically, he thinks that everything should be a system, where ...
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How can I achieve strong typing with a component messaging system?

I'm looking at implementing a messaging system in my entity component system. I've deduced that I can use an event / queue for passing messages, but right now, I just use a generic object and cast out ...
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Grouping entities of the same component template to linear containers

EDIT: Looks like people are actually doing this! http://www.randygaul.net/2013/05/20/component-based-engine-design/ Another example of using this data accesing pattern. I've done a lot of research ...
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Entity-System Architecture; Pools and Factories

I'm creating a 2D game based on entity-system architecture using C++, the C++ port of Artemis, and SFML. I've had to jump through a few hoops, but it's been fairly smooth until now. In this game, I ...
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Appropriate level of granularity for component-based architecture

I'm working on a game with a component-based architecture. An Entity owns a set of Component instances, each of which has a set of Slot instances with which to store, send, and receive values. Factory ...
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Positioning sprites in a Component-Entity engine

I'm building my first component/entity engine and I'm not so sure about some of my choices. I'm here asking suggestions on my first doubt. I draw objects with 2 different behaviours: 1) Position ...
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Allocating Entities within an Entity System

I'm quite unsure how I should allocate/resemble my entities within my entity system. I have various options, but most of them seem to have cons associated with them. In all cases entities are ...
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Entity System with C++ templates

I've been getting interested in the Entity/Component style of game programming, and I've come up with a design in C++ which I'd like a critique of. I decided to go with a fairly pure Entity system, ...
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Rendering order in an Entity System

Say I use a basic ES approach, and also inside Systems I hold lists of all entities that Systems are required to process. How do I maintain this list of entities in desired rendering order, i.e. for ...
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Entity communication: Message queue vs Publish/Subscribe vs Signal/Slots

How do game engine entities communicate? Two use cases: How would entity_A send a take-damage message to entity_B? How would entity_A query entity_B's HP? Here's what I've encountered so far: ...
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How to properly implement message handling in a component based entity system?

I am implementing an entity system variant that has: An Entity class that is little more than an ID that binds components together A bunch of component classes that have no "component logic", only ...
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Movement & Physics in an entity-component system

I'm currently playing around with entity-components systems and got started on the movement/collision/physics parts and would like to have some pointers! It's a basic 2D sidescrolling game, with the ...
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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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Questions about the details of implementing a component-based entity system [closed]

I started reading about component-based entities, and overall it seems like a good idea, but many of it seems to skip over a lot of details and not give many real examples, so there are things that ...
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Events with Entity Component Systems [duplicate]

I'm currently working on an HTML5 top-down simple RPG game, and as a learning experience I'm building my own little engine from scratch. After reading around a little I decided to go with the Entity ...
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Different kinds of movement in component based entity system

I am writing a pong clone with a component based entity system. But I am having trouble with the different kinds of movement in the game. The problem is the following: My paddles will just move up ...
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Tilemap collision in component based entity system

I am trying to set up a collision system for a tilemap in my component based entity system, but having trouble with figuring out how to do so. Currently I have the following approach: My tilemap ...
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Game state and input handling in component-based entity systems

My question is: How can I handle game states in my entity system, without resorting to keeping a stack of game state objects around? So the design of my entity system means that when an entity needs ...
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best structure to handle entities in an entity component based game engine

I am trying to develop a 2D entity component based game with multiple layers as tilemaps (front or back from the scene). I currently handle the tilemap layers in a 3 dimension array[z][y][x]. Each ...
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Entity Component Model - Creating The Component “Watcher”

Hello Stack Exchange, I apologize if this has been asked already, but I couldn't find an answer through searching...probably due to being unable to describe what I am looking for very well. So, ...
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Design to handle logic within a state

I am designing a new game and I am trying out the entity-component design where entities are comprised of groups of components holding a bunch of attributes. I also have a stack of 'game states' and ...
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Overload C++ functions in lua [closed]

I have had a look around but I believe this to be impossible due to compile time of c++. However is it possible to have a class registered in lua and c++ that has a overload update function which I ...
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Techniques for incorporating physics engines like Box2D into a Component-based Entity System [closed]

Currently i'm working with my own physics engine, however given the fact that the emscripten ports have gotten incredibly good, i wanted to try and incorporate Box2D into my entity system for the next ...
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Hex tile systems and the efficient use of classes

So I've built myself a system of classes for what I think is an efficient way to describe an entity that would live in my game. Is this an effective approach or am I creating entities that are too ...
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Component entity system - Updates and call orders

In order to get components to be able to update every frame (and leave this functionality out of components that don't need to) I got the idea to make an UpdateComponent component. Other components ...
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Actually utilizing relational databases for entity systems

Recently I was researching several entity systems and obviously I came across T=Machine's fantastic articles on the subject. In Part 5 of the series the author uses a relational schema to explain how ...
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Selecting the entities needed for rendering [duplicate]

Currently I'm sorting and looping every entity on my level but I really don't need to. Only a small subset would be on screen. If I could extract a list of entities from my main list that are on ...
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Server architecture software side

I'm making a game some like Terraria. I have a couple of prototypes, but most of them use a "entity-component-system"(ESC) and some custom terrain implementation. Now I've reached the part where I ...
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How to share Lua script between instances?

I'm doing an agent based framework with C++ and Lua. I want to use Lua to code the Agent behaviour having an AgentClass class that have the name and source code and an AgentInstance class that have ...
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Attribute ownership in Entity Component systems

How do you typically handle data ownership in these systems? Right now I just have a map that maps type(std::string or hashed int)->void* where outside sources can add attributes via a simple ...
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How might I script the creation of CLR objects?

I am looking for a method to script the creation of entities (arrays of components) for delivery through my entity factory, i.e scripted creation of .net objects. I have looked into Lua but it seems ...
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Input handling in component based design

I know this question has been asked several times, but I'm still not sure how to implement input handling in a component based engine. The component based design I used was based on T=Machine's blog ...
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How does Component Entity System Manages Game Mode?

I would like to create a simple game fire and shoot game using Component Entity System (CES). This game has two game modes(1): play mode and settings mode. The play mode is the actual game itself ...
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How a “view” is handled in an Entity-Component based model?

Coming from an MVC background, I am trying to understand Entity-Component based model. However, i can see description about the use components( data objects ) and entities ( group of different ...