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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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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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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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 ...
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How to handle materials in an Entity/Component system

My E/C implementation is the basic one where Entities are just ID's, Components are data and Systems act on the Data. Right now I'm having trouble with object materials and rendering in general. For ...
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In an Entity-Component System, how to represent the world/level/gameboard?

I am trying to learn more about Entity-Component Systems, and something that kinda stuck out at me was the question of how to represent the world in such a system? More specifically, I'm trying to do ...
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Entity Component Systems with Model View Controller

Can the Model View Controller design pattern be used with non-OOP coding style, specifically with Entity Component System?
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Component / Entity-based design => no inheritance at all?

[I understand that this this could be seen as a rather theoretical question, but I think it has real-application impact]. "Academic" base With a component-based design one wants to get rid of the ...
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Component/Entity-based design + Behavior Trees => how to integrate?

For my current project I implemented a component/entity-based system, basically following most of the best-practice there is in this rather undefined area. So I got (slightly extended) Entities, ...
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Question on the implementation of my Entity System

I am currently creating an Entity System, in C++, it is almost completed (I have all the code there, I just have to add a few things and test it). The only thing is, I can't figure out how to ...
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Should I wrap a template function with another template function, or…?

I'm currently making an Entity System, using C++, and I've questioned myself about how I should interface some methods. Specifically in my Entity and ComponentManager classes. The ComponentManager, ...
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Should each Entity have its own update and render methods?

First, the questions: Should each Entity (which are classes like Character, Tree, Enemy) have its own update() and render() methods? If that's the case, then should I use Interfaces like ...
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Bullets and projectiles in component based entity systems

Currently one of my games engines written for a shooter seems to work correctly. Currently projectiles are sparse, travel quite slowly and are synced over network they are generated as entities. ...
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Why would typeof(T) kill performance?

TLDR: using typeof(T) twice; assigning the value to a variable and reusing that = uber fast (30FPS), actually calling typeof(T) twice = derped (5FPS). Why? I have a simple entity/component system; ...
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Where to generate data in an Entity-Component System?

So I'm making a small game where I generate 2D landscape using perlin noise when the game first loads. I've got it working in a OO way, but want to move over to an ES architecure, and I'm just ...
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SceneManagers as systems in entity system or as a core class used by a system?

It seems entity systems are really popular here. Links posted by other users convinced me of the power of such system and I decided to try it. (Well, that and my original code getting messy) In my ...
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Is component-based design an architectural pattern or design pattern?

When using the component-based paradigm in game development with engines like Unity, is component-based design an architectural pattern, or a design pattern? Can I even say that component-based ...
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Organizing an entity system with external component managers?

I'm designing a game engine for a top-down multiplayer 2D shooter game, which I want to be reasonably reuseable for other top-down shooter games. At the moment I'm thinking about how something like an ...
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Sprite and Physics components or sub-components?

I'm taking my first dive into creating a very simple entity framework. The key concepts (classes) are: Entity (has 0+ components, can return components by type) SpriteEntity (everything you need to ...
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Many sources of movement in an entity system

I'm fairly new to the idea of entity systems, having read a bunch of stuff (most usefully, this great blog and this answer). Though I'm having a little trouble understanding how something as simple ...
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Entity Type specific updates in entity component system

I am currently familiarizing myself with the entity component paradigm. For an example, take a collision system, that detects if entities collide and if they do let them explode. So the collision ...
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State / Screen management in Entity Component Systems

My entity/component system is happily humming along and, despite some performance concerns I initially had, everything is working fine. However, I've realized that I missed a crucial point when ...