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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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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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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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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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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Character states in component based entity system

I'm working on a Zelda-like game (github), and I made a component-based entity system. I've a Scene class which holds a std::vector of SceneObject. SceneObject is a collection of components Scene ...
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Destroying object from object method

My game uses an entity manager and entities to represent everything including the player, enemes, items, ..everything in the game. In my engine it's the responsibility of every entity to update ...
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Viewing one of multiple worlds in a component entity system?

I've been working on a space simulation game. The player can control a ship and fly through wormholes to get from one solar system to another. I would like the player to be able to switch the camera ...
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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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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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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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Entity Component System - Physics Animation Matrix Calculation?

The problem is how many times the matrices representing the bones (for animation and rendering) of an entity get calculated. If i have these components: Position Skeleton (holds matrices for bones) ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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ECS and life management of entities

I am done with my game's framework and I am trying to implement a life-management system. My framework so far has: Systems that hold pointers to the Entities they are interested in. An Engine ...
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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 ...
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Entity Component System, weapon

I'm new to game programming and currently trying to understand Entity Component System design by implementing simple 2d game. By ECS I mean design, described here for example In my game I have ...
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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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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 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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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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Who Handles Collision in a Component Based Entity System [duplicate]

I kind of stucking at my current plattformer protoype for learning the component based entity system pattern. I have CollisionComponent and a CollisionSystem. The CollisionSystem checks every frame ...
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Dealing with sprite loading and setting in an entity-component system

I've just started using an entity-component system for the first time and I'm having trouble making some decisions. Currently I've got a SpriteComponent that holds a sprite, a ...
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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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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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Defining collision response in an Entity system

I'm building a really simple top-down 2d shooter which uses an Entity Component pattern. I've added several different entities to a level and given them different collision groups. I have an entity ...
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How can I correctly use an unordered_multimap as entity and component storage?

The Setup I've made a few games (more like animations) using the Object Oriented method with base classes for objects that extend them, and objects that extend those, and found I couldn't wrap my ...
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Drawing Sprites with Artemis

I am trying to trace the StarWarrior code (the Artemis tutorial). I cannot figure out how these sprites are being drawn. This is the code where the player's ship is initialized: /// ...
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How to associate entities in a Entity Component System (Artemis)

I want to implement an association between 2 entities in a ECS architecture using Artemis framework, which handles Components, Entities and Systems very well for me. I have an entity "Empire" (with ...
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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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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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How should I share variables between instances/classes?

I'm making a game using LOVE, so everything is programmed in Lua. I've been experimenting with using classes and object orientation recently. I've found out that a nice system to use is having most of ...
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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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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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Entity component system, Communication between components [duplicate]

I am trying to implement ECS for my simple 2D game. I would like to ask a question about how components should communicate between themselves and with entity. I tried to implement few components, ...
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C++ Entity Component System: Diverse Behaviours

I'm trying my hand at an action RPG kind of game and using a modified version of entityx from alecthomas, which is basically an Entity Component System. I have really big troubles with some of the ...
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Handling creation of entities on level creation

I'm currently working on a 2d physics based plat former, kinda in the style of super meat boy. In super meat boy, you have multiple levels and I want a similar sort of thing but is there a general way ...
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Component-Entity Systems Code Generation [closed]

I'm really enjoying component entity approach (I'm currently using ASH haxe, but particular language/framework doesn't really matter). However the problem is - there're way too many elementary ...