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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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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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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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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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-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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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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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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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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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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Issues with ECS performance

I'm currently implementing ECS in "classic" sense, as defined by this wonderful post, where we have Entities, Components and Systems. And I'm having a serious (for me) performance issues. They come ...
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Entity Component System Coupling

Lately I've been working on a small personal project which is basically an Entity Component System framework with autoupdated Systems. While I have a pretty good idea on the way the framework should ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Entity Component System: Store pointer in Component to Entity

I was wondering if it is a bad idea to store a pointer in every Component to the Entity which owns the Component. E.g. I have a Component "NPC". Each entity which owns this Component also must have ...
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How do I implement space partitioning in entity component system?

My systems work on components without needing to now anything about entities. I want to implement simple grid partitioning, so each entity will be given a cell based on its current position. But how ...
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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 ...
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How do I best solve multiple component modifications via a single event?

I'm trying to solve multiple component modifications via a single event. Is there a better way of handling this? I have an a label entity that cares about when a shield entity's hitpoints component ...
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Need opinions on my component based design [closed]

I have an Entity class and a Component class. The Entity class has a list of attached components, and each component also has a member variable that is a reference to the entity that it is attached to ...
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Positioning sprites in a Component-Entity engine

I'm building my first component/entity engine and I'm not so sure about some of my choices. I'm here asking suggestions on my first doubt. I draw objects with 2 different behaviours: 1) Position ...
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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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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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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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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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AI of Turn Based game using Entity System approach

I just recently learned about Entity Systems and want to try it out on a real example (I was developing a game recently and want to try to port it over Entity Systems). But I got problem right away. ...
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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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Superclassing RPG Game Entities [closed]

I am in the design process of an RPG game and I have no experience at all in game dev. This question is about how I should approach entity management using OOP classes. My train of thought is as ...
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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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What is the component for the AI system in a component-based entity implementation?

In order to wrap my head around component-based systems, I started making my own little framework. Unfortunately I am not completely sure how systems are supposed to be used in some specific cases. ...
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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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How to cleanly serialize/de serialize a Dictionary whose values are of a derived class using c# newtonsoft json [closed]

I am working on and entity component system and I am storing entities as a JSON file. Components are stored in an entity as a Dictionary of components. I am using newtonsoft's JSON library. After ...
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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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How to use Bullet physics with Entity Component Systems?

I have an Entity Component system and I want to have a Physics Component that would add the given object to the physics simulation. My problem arises because the Bullet API requires me to add each ...
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How to keep Input System and Graphics System separate?

I want to keep Input System and Graphics System separate, but the Window Handler that's created by graphics component make everything really hard. How should I approach this situation?
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How to manage game components and their attributes?

Currently I am working with cocos2d for the iPhone. I want to make my game structured and consequential. How to manage all the game components? What do I mean with game components? A game component ...
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How can I efficiently update only the entities that matter in a given frame?

I'm making a RTS, which can potentially have lots of units in one map (think Age of Empires). I'm looking for a way to update my units. I want to avoid calling a virtual Update() method every frame ...