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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Design suggestions for my Entity module

I need some advice on how to design the Entity module in my game, how to apply the MVC pattern and generally how the Entity should interact with its controller and its representation. First some ...
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How can I provide attribute extensibility in a component-based entity system?

This question and its answers move against utilizing an entity component system where the component itself is just a generic class with an dynamic container for the attributes/properties of the ...
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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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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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How a “Collision System” should be implemented?

My game is written using a entity system approach using Artemis Framework. Right know my collision detection is called from the Movement System but i'm wondering if it's a proper way to do collision ...
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Suitable in memory storage library to store components for entity systems [closed]

I am studying entity indexed components and came up with a naive C++ implementation which just iterates over all entity "hash tables" and applies update/delete/insert functions in place. I'm having ...
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Question about “Entity System” design

I am developing a top down 'thing' in SFML and C++ and was wondering about how best to handle so called Entities in my game. An entity, for example is defined by me as an object in-game, such as a ...
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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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is ECS a kind of (or vs) OOP?

Is Entity Component System (ECS) considered a part of OOP or is it a completely different concept?
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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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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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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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Is my engine concept a good one?

I'm currently writing a generic engine for my incoming games. I have developed few games already but never with the same "base" and my code was/is quite a mess. The idea was to create an engine that I ...
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Alternatives to storing all my entities in an SQL database

I've been trying to build my entity system based on pure SQL data storage as explained in this post series. The idea is that every entity or component is stored in an SQL table. I created my framework ...
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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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How do I deal with abstracting collision handling code between entities with differing collision components?

I'm using a component based entity design with Components that hold the data and Systems that act on entities based on the components they have. Entities are registered to all systems as they are ...
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Where should shaders and lights be in a component-based entity system?

Where should I put the shader and the light / shadow calculation? Should that be a component too? And should the rendering system know how to handle them or should there be a separate light system? ...
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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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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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How to use batch rendering with an entity component system?

I have an entity component system and a 2D rendering engine. Because I have a lot of repeating sprites (the entities are non-animated, the background is tile based) I would really like to use batch ...
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In a ES system, how one would implement/ deal with Modifiers?

Given the normal entity-component-system architecture, lets say we a component that give the entity Strength. Now on the game flow I want to give +4 strength do to the wielded weapon. What would be ...
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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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Confusion about systems implementation of ECS

For reference I am mostly imitating the architecture in this tutorial, the "Entity System" section: http://www.raywenderlich.com/24878/introduction-to-component-based-architecture-in-games NOTE: 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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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 ...
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Should widgets be part of a scene in a 2D game?

I'm in the middle of separating logic and drawing of a 2D game, i.e. I'm moving from scenes/entities that draw themselves to scenes/entities that merely store and update data, getting drawn by a ...
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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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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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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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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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Entity System with C++

I'm working on a game engine using the Entity System and I have some questions. How I see Entity System : Components : A class with attributs, set and get. Sprite Physicbody SpaceShip ... System ...
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What data should a generic collision detection system gather?

I'm working on a relatively generic 2D AABB collision detection system for a game engine, and I've re-written it more times than I'd like to admit due to not calculating/recording specific details of ...
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Need some advice on designing components

So after reading about components for a bit I want to make a very simple spaceshooter game that uses components and systems. However, I'm a bit confused on how much scope each component should have. ...
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ECS how to access multiple components (not the same one) in a system?

I'm implementing a basic entity component system from http://entity-systems.wikidot.com/rdbms-with-code-in-systems#java in C++, but I don't quite understand how I could do multiple components (not the ...
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Handling cyclic dependencies in entity/components system

I built an rather standard C++ entity/component system (a bit like this one). Components can access other components through their associated Entity. This is usually done by getting some kind of ...
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Entity system and rendering types

I would like to implement entity system in my game and I've got some question about entity system and rendering. Currently, my renderer got two types of elements: Current design Mesh : A default ...
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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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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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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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Entity Component System for HUD and GUI

This is a very rough sketch of how I currently have things designed. It should, at least, give an idea of how my ECS is currently designed. If you notice in that diagram, I have basically split ...
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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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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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ECS, databases, XML and serialization

My entity/component/system engine is coming along quite nicely; I have two very different apps working on the same executable. (One 2-d scroller, one 3D Asteroids-type game). In the interest of ...
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XNA Entity Component Design: Lost on how to include Sprite Animation

I've been reading about Entity Component design and thought it's pretty neat. I've been trying to write a quick 2D engine in XNA. I think I've laid the proper groundwork for registering and updating ...
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How can I utilize external libraries within an entity system?

I'm implementing an entity system for educational purposes. I wanted to focus on the system itself and don't know much about rendering and physics, so I'm using external libraries for those tasks. ...
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Is there any reason not to make all my components a single class?

What would be the downside to using a generic all-encompassing Component class versus specific classes (PositionComponent, InputComponent, et cetera) for each component in an entity/component system? ...
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How granular should entity states be?

I'm writing a component-based entity system and one of the components is the entity's state, which dictates how it reacts to game events. In case anyone has experience with implementing states, how ...
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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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in an ECS framework why are components indexed via their name rather than an Enum?

I have been reading through a number of discussions on ECS framework and very often I see components being referred to via name rather than through a string object such as an enum or a struct. I'm ...
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Is it feasible to use a DHT to span an MMO over many servers for improving reliability?

At the moment I have an idea for how to handle distributing MMO servers. At the core is a bunch of worker nodes that all share the same set of distributed hash tables. Each DHT stores a specific game ...