Event is action that is usually happenes "outside" of main program thread, but handled inside of it.

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Event-driven Communication in a Game Engine: Yes or No?

I am reading Game Coding Complete and the author recommends Event Driven communication among game objects and modules. Basically, all living game actors should communicate with the key modules (...
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Do I, and how, separate the concerns of input and game objects?

In probably every game a developer has to somehow deal with input, may it be simple keyboard and mouse events, touch events or something as accelerometer input. This input directly of indirectly ...
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How do I ensure a piece of code runs only once?

I have some code that I only want to run once, even though the circumstances that trigger that code could happen multiple times. For example, when the user clicks the mouse, I want to click the thing:...
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Polling vs event driven input

I'm developing a game using polling for the input method. However, now that I'm delving deeper into the game menus and other UI components, I'm finding that I'd probably like to have event driven ...
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Avoiding singleton pattern for Event Scheduler?

I want to make an Event scheduler for my Game, I basically want to be able to schedule the triggering of a Game Event. This can be a one time trigger, or a periodic trigger (trigger event "...
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Keyboard input system handling

Note: I have to poll, rather than do callbacks because of API limitations (SFML). I also apologize for the lack of a 'decent' title. I think I have two questions here; how to register the input I'm ...
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Game log format for MMO servers

A log of game events (as opposed to error / debug logs) for an entire cluster/shard is very useful for a commercial MMO that is in a live production environment, providing vital support for customer ...
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Algorithm for determining random events

I'm struggling with coming up with an elegant solution to generating random events in the game that I'm working on. Say there are 4 classes of events that can happen, with varying events in those ...
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Nested input in an event-driven system

I am using an event-based input handling system with events and delegates. An example: InputHander.AddEvent(Keys.LeftArrow, player.MoveLeft); //Very simplified code However, I started wondering ...
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Best way to manage in-game events?

I'm working on a game where some in-game events need to happen once in a while. A nice example would be a tutorial. You start the game, and at several points in the game an event occurs: You ...
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Per-Frame Function Calls versus Event Driven Messaging in Game Design

The traditional game design, as I know it, uses polymorphism and virtual functions to update game objects states. In other words, the same set of virtual functions are called in regular(ex: per-frame) ...
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Turning a board game idea into a browser based, slow paced gameplay

Suppose I want to create a strategy game with global mutable state shared between all players (think game board). But unlike a board game, I don't want it to be real time action and/or turn-based. ...
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What role does developing with events have in games?

Most application development is based around developing with events, but considering the game-loop style of developing games and the (often) need for high performance/throughput, what role does ...
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What should I be considering when designing an Event Manager System?

I have been puttering around with the fundamentals of a Java game engine, and I've reached the point where I'm ready to add in an Event Manager system. I know, in theory, what an Event Manager should ...
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What technique should I use to facilitate communication between XNA GameComponents (or between components of any type in a game)?

I'm starting out on my first 'proper' game project, and I've inevitably hit a block trying to decide how game components in XNA should communicate. From previous (Java) GUI programming events, ...
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Better Way To Set Up an Event System

Event Systems are amazing, they make extremely unwieldy code tame and really allow for dynamic creation of games through easy communication of objects and the game loop. I am having a hard time with ...
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Should I use Events in a XNA Game?

I created a button class which draw a button on the screen. When I click on it, I want to see something happening. In WinForm, I would simply use the event OnClick of the button. What about XNA? ...
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Events, Posting vs Queuing

I'm implementing a messaging system and I'm wondering about how I should handle events. Should I post them and send them to the appropriate listeners as soon as I receive them, or should I queue them ...
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Good techniques for syncing gameplay actions to specific animation timings?

So I've come across an issue in the game I'm working on, but it seems to be a pretty fundamental thing that probably comes up in a lot of games. My game requires that some gameplay function occurs ...
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Where to put Entity Death Events in a Component/System Design

Entities in my game are nothing more than a collection of components, tied together with an entityID. I have (near) data-only components, and systems that work on the data. One of these components is ...
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Handling commands or events that wait for an action to be completed afterwards

Say you have two events: Action1 and Action2. When you receive Action1, you want to store some arbitrary data to be used the next time Action2 rolls around. Optimally, Action1 is normally a command ...
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Game Clock Precision

I'm reading a fantastic article about game timer precision and here is a quote about 2/3 of the way into the article: If you start your game clock at about 4 billion (more precisely 2^32, or any ...
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Which code module should map physical keys to abstract keys?

How do you bridge the gap between the library's low-level event system and your engine's high-level event system? (I'm not necessarily talking about key events, but also about quit events.) At the ...
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Game loop on windows

I have seen different "basic" game loops both from books like "Introduction to 3D game programming with DX11" or online tutorial ( Rastertek ) and if we take off all the fancy stuff to control ...
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Accuracy and frame-rate in a rhythm game

My question is related with Fixed time step vs Variable time step. But where a fixed frame-rate improve the consistency of a physics based game, is it the case for a rythm game, or wouldn't it be ...
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Browser-board-game and server push

I want to start developing a browser game. Not for success, just for the sake of doing it and learning something from it. Now, a point where I have serious problems figuring out how to deal with it ...
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Multiple Key Presses in XNA?

I'm actually trying to do something fairly simple. I cannot get multiple key presses to work in XNA. I've tried the following pieces of code. else if (keyboardState.IsKeyDown(Keys.Down) && (...
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How should I manage events in XNA on the Windows Phone 7 without impacting performance?

It's best-practice to not to create lots of short-lived temporary objects the heap as it'll eventually force a garbage collection during game-play. It is best to create short lived value objects. ...
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How to implement an event system

Im trying to implement an Event System for a game, where there are classes that can fire or handle an event wheter or not they implement these interfaces: public interface IGameEvent<T> where T ...
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Time critical events based on framerate

Problem Description Basically, I've made a "programming game" in which I've made my own scripting language. It is a completely standard Lunar Lander game, though instead of directly controlling the ...
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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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Game State and Configuration via Events

Often "singletons" are problematic for testing, so with my next game I'm trying my best to avoid them. But there is bunch of data (configuration or game state information) that different parts of my ...
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Should my game handle collisions in the Player object?

I'm making a 2D platform game. Right now I'm just working on making a very generic Player class. I'm wondering if it would be more efficient/better practice to have an ActionListener within the Player ...
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Multi-threading for rhythm game?

I'm trying to recreate a rhythm game. However trying to get the key-presses with SDL2 I ran into the problem, that you can only get an event every time a frame has been successfully rendered (I can't ...
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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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One True Event Loop

Simple programs that collect data from only one system need only one (blocking) event loop. For example, Windows applications have the message loop, POSIX network programs usually have a select/epoll/...
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Dialog/event system in Java/libGDX

I hope that I'm posting this correctly as I'm new to the site, feel free to correct me if I'm in the wrong spot. As for my issue: I'm working on an 2D side-scrolling platformer game in libGDX, and I'...
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Level editor event system, how to translate event to game action

I've been busy trying to create a level editor for a tile based game i'm working on. It's all going pretty fine, the only thing i'm having trouble with is creating a simple event system. Let's say ...
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Unable to detect continuous keypress event in SDL

I am developing a game using SDL, and am unable to do continuous motion for my object when a key is held down. I'm calling SDL_PollEvent() to retrieve all events during a frame, and passing each ...
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How can you subscribe to Unity input events, instead of polling for them

Been trying for days to figure out if there is a way to subscribe to keyboard/mouse events in unity. Instead of having to poll for them every frame and make my own events. Right now I poll through ...
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Effective way to check if an Entity/Player enters a region/trigger

I was wondering how multiplayer games detect if you enter a special region. Let's assume there is a huge map that is so big that simply checking it would become a huge performance issue. I've seen ...
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How can I detect mouse events on sprites in a canvas?

I'm making an HTML 5 game. I want mouse clicks on sprites drawn in a canvas element cause events that my code can react to. At the moment, I'm doing it by checking through all of my sprites in a for-...
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Flash AS3 Tower Defense MouseEvents

In my tower defense game and every tile has its own mouse event listener. I am wondering, would it be better to use one event listener (MouseEvent.CLICK) and then when it runs the function, should I ...
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How can I create “events” that are called in scripts without requiring subscriptions?

I am creating an editor extension that includes an API for developers to use. It also includes events like (for example) "OnHealthChanged." The problem is that events I have stumbled upon would ...
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When one should use events in Unity and how they impact performance?

let's say that inside an OnGUI() script we want to call a method from another script to handle a particular situation. From a prestational point of view, what's the difference between these 3 ...
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Check key state or listen for event? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Polling vs event driven input I'm trying to teach myself a bit of game development using Pygame, and I'm unsure what's the best way to approach some of the fundamental ...
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SDL - Getting a single keypress event instead of a keystate?

Right now I'm working on a simple SDL project, but I've hit an issue when trying to get a single keypress event to skip past a splash screen. Right now, there are 4 start-up splash screens that I ...
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pointers to member functions in an event dispatcher

For the past few days I've been trying to come up with a robust event handling system for the game (using a component based entity system, C++, OpenGL) I've been toying with. class EventDispatcher { ...
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Simulating probability

Stupid stupid question but here we are.. so, I want to generate some random events for an iPhone game but I guess this could be applied to any game written with a framework that suppports calls to "C"...
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Creating Rectangle-based buttons with OnClick events

As the title implies, I want a Button class with an OnClick event handler. It should fire off connected events when it is clicked. This is as far as I've made it: public class Button { public ...