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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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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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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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 ...
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How should IDs be assigned in an entity component system?

I haven't actually implemented this system yet. I'm trying to work through the major conceptual hurdles before I actually start writing code, and the proper way to generate IDs is a little confusing ...
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Entity Component System: Retrieving components quickly [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Retrieving components from game objects (entities) I'm working on an entity-component-system game at the moment. I've looked in particular at the Artemis framework and a ...
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Handling movement using an Entity Component-based System Architecture

I have seen various descriptions of how to handle movement in a component-based entity framework. The most common I've stumbled across is the idea of using components called Controller, Physics, ...
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Tips for Component Based Entity System message handling

I'm trying to implement a component-based entity system but am a bit confused on how I should handle the messaging. There are two problems I'd like to resolve so I can test the system. Below is the ...
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High volume sprite management in entity component system

I'm working on an entity-component-system based 2.5d game. That is, entities are groups of components that are processed by systems. I am having a hard time seeing how a sprite rendering system, that ...
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Abstracting the ability to attack using an ECS

As the title suggests, my question is how to abstract the concept of 'attacking' using an ECS (entity component system). The "game" I'm working on is a roguelike in real-time, where all ...
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Entity systems with mixed responsibilities (eg render + handle input)

I am using an entity system for my hobby game, specifically the Behaviour / Attribute model discussed in Radical Entertainment's Theory and Practice of Game Object Component Architecture presentation. ...
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How to resolve duplicate data in Entity Systems?

Whilst working on examples and upgrades for my C++ Entity System, something randomly caught the attention of my mind, by surprise: duplicate data. What I'm referring to is how an entity system that ...