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Saving Game Data (map, entities, progression etc.)

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If the game is simple, you can use the .ini file format. Editing is also simple, because it can be done with a text editor.

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If the game is simple, you can use the .ini file format. Editing is also simple, because it can be done with a text editor.

Thanks, I know A LOT of games use ini, but honestly have never edited one, what are the advantages? surley if it is simply writing values to the file, i will come across the same uglyness of writing to a txt file and again can easily get a little sloppy.

 

Are there any good web-tutorials on ini? quick google, didnt really show any promises :/

 

Thanks though

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In my opinion there is not a general answer to this. Use what you like the most or what you are most experienced with. Also I think the answer to the question highly depends on what you are doing with the data and what kind of data you are using. Another question would then be if it there is an easy API to support the programming. 

 

As far as I'm concerned I like to use of database especially the nosql databases are quite handy to store data fast. E.g. MongoDb or djondb. You have the benefit that you do not have to think about on how  to structure your data as you would have in an sql database you can easily store and restore them.

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If the game is simple, you can use the .ini file format. Editing is also simple, because it can be done with a text editor.

Thanks, I know A LOT of games use ini, but honestly have never edited one, what are the advantages? surley if it is simply writing values to the file, i will come across the same uglyness of writing to a txt file and again can easily get a little sloppy.

 

Are there any good web-tutorials on ini? quick google, didnt really show any promises :/

 

Thanks though

You shouldn't need a tutorial to make INI files, they're pretty simple and informal. They're just plain text files with name-value pairs.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/INI_file

 

As far as integrating it with C++, just stream to write/read file from the file.

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You shouldn't need a tutorial to make INI files, they're pretty simple and informal. They're just plain text files with name-value pairs.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/INI_file



As far as integrating it with C++, just stream to write/read file from the file.

 

oh really? so its a bit like XML with tags (well, atleast the sections)?

I'll look into it thanks!

 

But anyone else feel free to leave other suggestions smile.png

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In my opinion there is not a general answer to this. Use what you like the most or what you are most experienced with. Also I think the answer to the question highly depends on what you are doing with the data and what kind of data you are using. Another question would then be if it there is an easy API to support the programming. 

 

As far as I'm concerned I like to use of database especially the nosql databases are quite handy to store data fast. E.g. MongoDb or djondb. You have the benefit that you do not have to think about on how  to structure your data as you would have in an sql database you can easily store and restore them.

Hey, Thanks, we have an advantage on our team, we have a person who use to design and make sql databases for a living, :) but ill look into those two databases you suggested

 

Thanks again :)

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It may be an overkill, but you could take a look at the Boost::serialization library. This will directly serialize your C++ classes and save them to a file, to be deserialized later. Useful for savegames, though I would not suggest using it for game resources like dialogs, maps etc. You need something more readable here.

 

What editors do you use to build your content? Self-made or 3rd party? I use the Tiled editor on a 2D project, thus the engine needs to be able to read the format understood by the tool.

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It may be an overkill, but you could take a look at the Boost::serialization library. This will directly serialize your C++ classes and save them to a file, to be deserialized later. Useful for savegames, though I would not suggest using it for game resources like dialogs, maps etc. You need something more readable here.

 

What editors do you use to build your content? Self-made or 3rd party? I use the Tiled editor on a 2D project, thus the engine needs to be able to read the format understood by the tool.

Thanks for the suggestion , ill look into it.

 

We are leaning towards making our own tile editor, but depending on time, we might just use a free one of the internet

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A file is a file. Learn to serialize your data using whatever method is comfortable for you. It's not hard. Just think about the process used to restore the data and store things in a way that will make that easy.

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I know, i just wondered if anybody had any better methods :/

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A file is a file. Learn to serialize your data using whatever method is comfortable for you. It's not hard. Just think about the process used to restore the data and store things in a way that will make that easy.

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If you're already familiar with XML then I'd suggest a library such as TinyXML.  It's a C++ library for reading and writing data with XML files.

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If you're already familiar with XML then I'd suggest a library such as TinyXML.  It's a C++ library for reading and writing data with XML files.

Really? thanks for the link!! was googling for a while for such a library! Thanks! :)

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