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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Doesn't multiple inheritance solve all problems that entity systems do?

The question is pretty self explaining: doesn't multiple inheritance solve all the problems that entity systems also solve? I just remembered a term called "multiple inheritance", and that seems to ...
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Handling movement in an Entity Component System

I'm working on a 2d RPG game in C# using an Entity-Component-System architecture, and I'm currently working on movement. Right now, I'm wondering how to organise the code so it looks a bit more.. ...
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Collision detection and response in an Entity System

More fun with an ES... Currently, I have a few systems: Renderer (Renderable attribute, Transform attribute) Motion (Movable attribute, Transform attribute, Renderable attribute [for bounding ...
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Particles/instancing groups in an Entity/Component system

I've been playing with an entity/component/system design recently, and I've come across a couple of stumbling blocks. Instancing Let's say I have a few hundred "things" (asteroids, chickens, ...
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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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Benefits of implementing systems like classes instead of just functions

In an Entity System I am making, there is a central class called World, which stores all component instances. It's a dictionary-of-arrays, and entity ids are indexes for the arrays. To access a ...
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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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Entity Component System based engine

Note: I'm programming this in Javascript, but it should be language agnostic in the most part. I am thinking about converting my engine to an ECS based one. I get the basic idea (note: this is ...
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Tilemaps in a Entity System Framework?

I have been reading up on Entity System Frameworks specifically Artemis. I am trying to decide if it is right for me. I strictly work on tile based 2d pixel art games, and I don’t think they will ever ...
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Why is it a bad idea to store methods in Entities and Components? (Along with some other Entity System questions.)

This is a followup to this question, which I answered, but this one tackles with a much more specific subject. This answer helped me understand Entity Systems even better than the article. I've ...
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Texture switching with a entity system

I'm using thinking of using an entity system in my game. So far I've been using Artemis with success. However, I have a question about texture switching. I read that switching textures too often is ...
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In an Entity-Component-System Engine, How do I deal with groups of dependent entities?

After going over a few game design patterns, I have settle with Entity-Component-System (ES System) for my game engine. I've reading articles (mainly T=Machine) and review some source code and I ...
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Component-Based System online resources

I've been considering moving to a more component-based approach in my games. Does anyone else have any decent reference material or sample implementations that would help make this transition a little ...
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Role of systems in entity systems architecture

I've been reading a lot about entity components and systems and have thought that the idea of an entity just being an ID is quite interesting. However I don't know how this completely works with the ...
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How to structure game states in an entity/component-based system

I'm making a game designed with the entity-component paradigm that uses systems to communicate between components as explained here. I've reached the point in my development that I need to add game ...
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How do I sync entity ids with the server and client?

I'm continuing my experimentation with entity component design by making a multiplayer space/trading/combat game with python and panda3d. My component system is a simple version of java's artimis. The ...
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Designing generic render/graphics component in C++?

I'm trying to learn more about Component Entity systems. So I decided to write a Tetris clone. I'm using the "style" of component-entity system where the Entity is just a bag of Components, the ...
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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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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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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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Designing an entity system for a tile-based puzzle game

I'm developing a tile-based game creation library in C# and along with it I'm creating a game to test all of its functions. This is a screenshot of the game: You've probably never heard of the ...
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Processing component pools problem - Entity Subsystem

Architecture description I'm creating (designing) an entity system and I ran into many problems. I'm trying to keep it Data-Oriented and efficient as much as possible. My components are POD ...
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Abstracting Entity System animation states

I recently started designing a Game Engine using the Entity System paradigm, i.e. having entities as an aggregation of components, and systems that implement the actual game. Whereas I've had ...
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Handling scripted and “native” components in a component-based entity system

I'm currently trying to implement a component-based entity system, where an entity is basically just an ID and some helper methods tying a bunch of components together to form a game object. Some ...
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In a component/entity system, what's the correct way to implement entity-specific components?

I'm trying to create a basic C/E game engine for Android, and I'm trying to re-create pong as a basic warm-up. I currently have a EntityManager class that contains a list of all the UUIDs for its ...
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Book about Entity System?

I'm really interested about the capabilities of Entity System. I'm trying to search for a good book on this one, but failed. I don't want to get lost on learning this paradigm so a book will be a big ...
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Understanding the Entity-Component Model [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Role of an entity state in a component based system? So, I've heard a bit about a model of game programming that involves creating entities and then attaching different ...
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Using component based entity system practically

Yesterday, I've read a presentation from GDC Canada about Attribute / Behaviour entity system and I think it's pretty great. However, I'm not sure how to use it practially, not just in theory. First ...
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What are the drawbacks of this messaging system implementation?

So I've just been thinking about component and messaging systems recently for simple C# XNA games and came up with this. How extensible would this implementation be and what are the drawbacks? Example ...
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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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Entity/Component Systems in C++, How do I discover types and construct components?

I'm working on an entity component system in C++ that I hope to follow the style of Artemis (http://piemaster.net/2011/07/entity-component-artemis/) in that components are mostly data bags and it's ...
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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 would you design components for an entity like this?

This is not a question about how to implement a component based system. I have my own system implemented and working fairly well, just can't figure out a good way to split some entities to fit the ...
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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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What designs are there for a component based entity system that are user friendly but still flexible?

I've been interested in the component based entity system for a while, and read countless articles on it (The Insomiac games, the pretty standard Evolve Your Hierarchy, the T-Machine, Chronoclast ... ...
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Functional reactive programming (FRP) in games. Some doubts and thoughts

These days I'm doing some research on Component based entity systems. I had a first aproximation using a blackboard pattern at Entity level and components sharing this blackboard to do communication. ...
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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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Entity manager loop opinions

This days I'm refactoring code and one of the things I want to improve is my entity manager code. More precisely, the update funcion where entities are updated. My engine is a 2D tile based engine ...
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How to determine what animation to render in a component-based system without breaking encapsulation?

In a component based system, how should change the rendering/visual state of an entity such that I know what animation to use, without breaking encapsulation? My guess is that it would have to be ...
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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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How can I assign entity IDs in a robust way in a network game?

I'm working on an entity system for a networked game and I'm assigning each entity a unique 32-bit integer id that I can use to serialize references to entities and the entities themselves. Currently ...
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Is an entity/component system appropriate for this geometry handling system?

I'm working on a Component/Entity-System based game engine atm. And I have this little dilemma. I have simple geometrical structures which might be downloaded or created in game at some point. These ...
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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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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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Why place entity config outside of scripts?

I've seen a lot of games that define the entity components in script files, but when they configure each entity and specify what components it has, they use some other file format (like XML). Why do ...
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Data Structure (or algorithm) for fast distance-based entity lookups

For example, your game has 100 enemies (on different teams) running around and their AI wants to inspect the nearby entities to see which it should attack. What is a fast way to organize those ...
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Checking for Weapon Collision in a 2D overhead RPG game

I'm starting development on a 2D overhead RPG game, and am wondering what the best approach for handling weapon collision and dealing damage to enemies is. I'm currently using a basic ...
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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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How does an Engine like Source process entities?

[background information] On the Source engine (and it's antecessor, goldsrc, quake's) the game objects are divided on two types, world and entities. The world is the map geometry and the entities are ...
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Whats the most efficient method for controlling entities?

I'm creating a tower defense game and I'm having logistical issues trying to figure out how to best have all of the enitites do their apporiate task. I have considered just constantly looping through ...