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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EventManager adding data to the event message

Some backstory: I decided it was time to start making a game. I've got a bachelor degree in computer sciences, but I didn't really get to code much during my studies. I've started making a quick ...
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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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Managing Game Entity coordinates

In my Game I'm currently have "Scene Coordinates" which are the X,Y coordinates relative to a Game Scene. In that Scene there are Game Entities, let's say there's a GameEntity A in x=100.0, y=100.0 ( ...
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Event Handling in an ECS

I apologize if this has been answered already. I've looked around here, and read a few blog posts, but none seem to fully answer my question. I am writing an Entity Component System. Entity is a ...
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How can I manage entities(in entity component system) using Lua scripts?

Suppose I have a code like this in C++ // Game.cpp Entity* hero; Entity* witch; ... // entity initialization if(/player near witch/) { if(hero->get<HealthComponent>()->getHealth() &...
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Storing Entity Meta-Data

The question is about how to handle data about entities, but not particularly useful to the entity itself. An example of such data may be the external script that controls the entity's behavior or the ...
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A few questions about entity states

This is the first time I'm trying to make a 2D game, so I'm having quite a few difficulties in getting things right. Right now I'm trying to figure out exactly how the entity state machine should work....
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Scene Graphs and Entity Component Systems

I am trying to determine how to move my current implementation of nodes in a scene graph to an entity component system and am struggling to wrap my head around how the two can work together, if at all....
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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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Should I implement Entity Component System in all my projects?

I'm not here to ask for any specific code implementation, I'm here just to make my ideas clearer. But let me explain the situation: I have already developed some little and amatorial game projects (...
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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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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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How do I deal with different “types” of entities in Entity-Component-System model?

I have CollisionSystem which basically iterates through the array of PhysicsComponent and checks if there was some collision between two entities. But where should interaction code go? And how should ...
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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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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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Entity position: In map or in script?

I'd like to know how others have handled the issue of storing the entity's position. (Or maybe it's not an issue and I just make it too complicated.) I'm undecided on whether to store the position of ...
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Efficient removal and adding of Components in ECS

i'm working with the Ashley Entity-Component-System (related to libGDX) to program a server-side simulation for an online game and i stumbled upon a serious performance drawback, that is probably ...
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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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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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How to place objects/entities randomly in JS?

I'm making a game and I have a script (running it with Node) on the server that currently just randomly places things on the map... I'd like to change that. I saw something about Perlin noise but I'm ...
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Variants of Entity Component Systems

I've been reading up on these, and there seem to be two major variations which I'd like to understand better. Entities should contain only data Components, which are processed by systems which ...
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Where should complex state logic in an ECS reside?

I've been using ECS for a while, at the moment I'm using my own, but it's pretty standard. Components are data only, Entities pretty much just a Map with some additional metadata and Systems that ...
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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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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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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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Adding sub-entities to existing entities. Should it be done in the Entity and Component classes?

I'm in a situation where a player can be given the control of small parts of an entity (i.e. Left missile battery). Therefore I started implementing sub entities as follow. Entities are Objects with ...
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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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Handling data logic on libgdx ai state machine or in ashley system?

In this below example, I've combined libgdx ashley and AI state machine. Do you think it's a good idea to handle the logic in state machine or stick on handling the data logic on System? public enum ...
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How to propagate component updates? (Changing components at runtime)

Whenever an entity is being added to an entity controller (which is essentially just a bag of entities), I scan through it's components to figure out if I need to register additional entity processors ...
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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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Implementig State-driven agents in an Entity-Component-System

A state-driven agent is an agent that performs an action based on its current state. The logic can be implemented through the use of a D-FSM that changes state depending on the Agent's "perception" ...
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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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is ECS a kind of (or vs) OOP? [closed]

Is Entity Component System (ECS) considered a part of OOP or is it a completely different concept?
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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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Need opinions: is it worth making component based entity system? [closed]

I've been reading about component based entity-system for couple days now and I'm not quite sure if it is worth implementing in my next game. I haven't started making the game yet, but I have bunch of ...
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How to manage state in a component-based game engine?

I'm working on a small, data-driven game engine with some friends. We use GameObjects (a.k.a. Entities, Actors, or whatever it is called in your favorite engine) to represent every entity in the game....
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How do you filter entities in an Entitiy Component System?

I am currently writing my own ECS in C++ and I am using std::bitset. I register a component at compile time and give it an ID. Position has ID 1 Direction has ID 2 .. vector<bitset<...
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How to get a component from an Entity?

In my Entity class I've got a function that returns a specific component, that looks like this: template<typename ComponentType> ComponentType* GetComponent() { for(unsigned int i = 0; i &...
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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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Where does event-based audio fit in a component-based entity system?

Assuming the underlying low level audio logic is encapsulated in some outside class... what is the best way to add audio effects to a component-based entity framework? I am taking the approach that ...
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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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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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Component arrays vs. entity structs? [closed]

Two of the main systems I've seen in entity system tutorials are: An Entities class with one array / [hash]map for each component, with indices corresponding to entity IDs. A list of Entity structs, ...
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How can I handle position in an entity system where position can be 2D or 3D?

I'm working on a game engine to learn how it's done (so I might better take advantage of the techniques involved and other, similar engines in the future), and I've run into a problem when handling ...
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What are the advantages of having component logic in a “system” versus the component itself?

For the past few days I've been trying to make my first game. I did some research on usual development practices and patterns and I settled on a composition system where the different components ...