In this article, I will take you through the creation of an ECS that focuses on data-locality in C++. I’ll cover ECS-related topics, the architecture, and go over some cool Template-Metaprogramming ideas as well. This article is intended for people who have made a game or two previously, or anyone that’s interested in bettering their C++ skills. I don’t intend this article to be the be-all and end-all of ECS Architecture; what I’ve developed here was enough to suit my immediate needs.
In my previous article, I’ve covered how establishing a routine can help turn your string of unfinished games around and help Getting Games Done At the end of that article, I left you on a cliffhanger of sorts:
“In my next article, I’ll cover how your ‘what’ affects your plan and how to adapt to a development strategy that is consistent with your goals.”
Today, I’d like to start taking a first stab at this all-encompassing question.
Coming up with ideas for games is hard. That’s one of the wonderful things about restrictive game jams, you get a set of criteria and you need to work within it. Sometimes it really helps and some super interesting things can come out of it.
But other times you want to sit down and come up with something. And that’s hard. I’ve sat around and thought up many different ideas that I never did anything with, so I’ve dusted off the old notebooks and I’m writing them up here in the hopes that someone, somewhere, takes one of these ideas, turns it into a game, makes a billion dollars and splits it with me.
I’m kidding, they’re free. Take them, make them, suceed.
The very first thing that I learnt, and what many people will learn first, about the games industry is the sheer amount of roles that make up a team. Strangely enough, that’s not something that many people will be aware of until they reach university or college – and, in many ways, it’s almost too late.
Whether you’re a new student of game design and development, a hobbyist looking to expand the scope of their project or an experienced developer refining their skills: these are tools that every dev needs to know, whether it’s because they can save you time, money, both or they are more beginner-friendly than the alternatives. This article will cover both 3D and 2D games, as well as a variety of Engines.
There’s a couple of different ways to name this type of music, but the one that I think captures it all is “safe-zone”. Whether you’re in town (for an RPG), or on a save-screen (in a metroidvania); you’re safe. You cannot be harmed here. The best way to give this message to the player, is …