XML (Extensible Markup Language) is a markup language that defines a set of rules for encoding documents in a format that is both human-readable and machine-readable.

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Data model for unlockable card collection

My game has a collection of cards (about 64) that are unlocked (one by one) provided that 4 items are collected/gained in the game. Right now the deck of cards is modeled with a plist file, like ...
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Can XNA Content Pipeline split one content file into several .xnb?

Let's say I have an xml file which looks like this <Weapons> <Weapon> <Name>Pistol</Name> ... </Weapon> <Weapon> <Name>MachineGun</Name> ... ...
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Should NPC dialog be stored in XML or in a script?

I'm developing an action RPG with some friends. I would like to know the differences and pros/cons of making NPC's dialogue using a file in XMLformat instead of using a script. I see that script ...
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Convenience of mySQL over xml

Currently I use XML to store specific information to correctly load a few things such as a list of specfied characters, scenes and music, Once more I use JAXB in combination with standard ...
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Does using the XNA Content Pipline eliminate the overhead caused by file IO when working with a large number of files?

I'm working on a game in XNA with my goal being that it is fairly data driven so that I can easily tweak the system without having to update code. The research I've done shows that using XML files ...
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How is xml being used for a game engine

In this question the first answer explains a way of defining components of a gaming engine in xml like this: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <mobs> <mob> ...
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Isometric tile map format

I've just knocked up a fairly basic isometric tile based game and I'm looking for the best way to store the level data. Each tile coordinate is assigned one or more numbers that correspond to a tile ...
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How to split a string with negative numbers using ActionScript 3.0

I'm having trouble loading my level. I'm using Ogmo to create my level then I import it. I have no problem converting 0's and 1's into an Array, but I can't figure out how to do the same for -1's. It ...
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Loading class instance from XML with Texture2D

I'm having trouble with XML and XNA. I want to be able to load weapon settings through XML to make my weapons easier to make and to have less code in the actual project file. So I started out making a ...
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xml file save/read error (making a highscore system for XNA game)

i get an error after i write player name to the file for second or third time (An unhandled exception of type 'System.InvalidOperationException' occurred in System.Xml.dll Additional information: ...
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Using XNA's XML content pipeline to read arrays of objects with different subtypes

Using XNA's XML content importer, is it possible to read in an array of objects with different subtypes? For instance, assume these are my class definitions: public abstract class MyBaseClass { ...
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When should I be implementing XML documents

I often struggle with the question of when to use XML docs. Does anyone have a good rule of thumb when it comes to deciding to use them or deciding not to use them. At the moment I am working on a ...
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Building different game objects (EG Spells, Items,) for an rpg game

I believe the best way to manage item data would be to use xml? For spells would the best option be to create a class (EG Fireball) and define all of the parameters inside of that class? Like ...
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Help Reading this Data in XML as a List (ContentReader)

Edit: So i'm going to rephrase the question a bit, seeing as now i think know how i'm going to read this data. Looking at this example as my guide: ...
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Setting variable values in XNA 4.0 from an XML file

I made a program that simulates an assembly line using the XNA 4.0. I made a 3D model, and divided it into 5 positions - start, 3 workstations, and end. These positions represent the places on the ...
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Issue with loading XML

So recently i've been changing my XML files that i'm using in-game, to add in a bit more data to the files but i've also changed the way in which i load & save files, by now using the XDocument ...
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Xna, writing XML </Asset> end element

got another question here. Its not about actually writing/reading files in XML, i already know how to-do this. But rather something that has bugged me for awhile. Ok, so when i write out my files, ...
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What is a good way to store tilemap data?

I'm developing a 2D platformer with some uni friends. We've based it upon the XNA Platformer Starter Kit which uses .txt files to store the tile map. While this is simple it does not give us enough ...
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Recommended method for XML level loading in XNA

I want to use Blender as my level designer tool for an XNA game. Using an existing plugin, I can export my levels to DotScene format which is basically an xml file like this one: <scene ...
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Deserialize inherited classes into the same list in XNA

I am writing a Gui for a game (for what else ...). Therefor I wrote a class GuiElement which has some serializeable fields. From this class I deflect a Class "Button" which has one serializeable field ...
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Using heavyweight ORM implementation for light based games

I'm just about to engulf myself in an MVC-based/Component architecture in C#, using MySQL's connector/Net for the data storage, and probably some NHibernate/FluentNHibernate Object-relational-mapping ...
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XNA doesn't compile my XML to an XNB, because of namespaces?

I am sorry, because I know, that this question came up before, but that thread doesn't help me so I decided to aks my own question. My problem is the following: I have a XML-file with the following ...
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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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Going from using XMLSerializer to using the XNA Content Pipeline

A well known limitation of using the XNA Content Pipeline is that it is not included in the XNA redistributable. So, if you want to create an editor for your game, the designer must download the whole ...
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How can I pass an external instance to the constructor of an object that's being created using the default XNA XML content loader?

I'm trying to understand how to use the XNA XML content importer to instantiate non-trivial objects that are more than a collection of basic properties (e.g., a class that inherits from ...
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Drawbacks of using reflection for a component based system at loading-time

I'm coding a little casual game in Java using Slick2D. This game use a lot of different "objects", managed in a composite way. So, firearms, furniture in the map, NPC and player character will be ...
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Simple Update loop to show questions one at a time

I have two lists which work with an XML file which holds questions and answers. At the moment the project displays all the questions at the same time so they "flicker" on the screen and iterate ...
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Using XML in XNA to display maths questions which are associated with objects

I've got a snake game with three objects: apple, pear & orange. I would like these to be associated with questions which I'm trying to create in XML. This is what I've done so far... <?xml ...
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How to use XML files as content files in XNA?

I have an XML file representing different car manufactures that will be available in my game. The file looks like this: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?> <XnaContent> <Asset ...
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How to store a shmup level?

I am developing a 2D shmup (i.e. Aero Fighters) and I was wondering what are the various ways to store a level. Assuming that enemies are defined in their own xml file, how would you define when an ...
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How to choose how to store data?

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. - Chinese Proverb I could ask what kind of data storage I should use for my actual project, ...
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'Binary XML' for game data?

I'm working on a level editing tool that saves its data as XML. This is ideal during development, as it's painless to make small changes to the data format, and it works nicely with tree-like data. ...
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Runtime Storage vs Static Storage

Runtime Storage (hardcoded) vs Static Storage (file storage) (original question) I extended my engines GUI from procedural style to object orientated style, but I still have to create ...