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Textfile or 2D array

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Which method is the most efficient when it comes to tile maps. Or does it depend on the situation at hand.

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"Most efficient" cannot be qualified.  Test both and see which is faster for your game in your specific setup.

 

Note that with text it does help to use zlib or the like to compress it.  In some cases, text will compress better than binary equivalents.

 

I would not even remotely worry about efficiency until you're closer to shipping your game.  During development and testing a few milliseconds of load time is not going to matter.  Being able to easily add your levels to Subversion/Mercurial/Perforce/git however and merge or review changes _is_ going to be very handy, however.

 

Game engines typically should support both a convenient source format for data (text in many cases where it makes sense) and a highly compressed/efficient packed form.  The version of the game you ship only supports reading the packed form and you only ship the packed resources.  The developers use builds that support both forms.  Tools are created that convert from the convenient format to the efficient format for making releases.  The development versions of the engine have a variety of other niceties like allowing content creators to drag-n-drop files onto the game add new assets, hot-keys to reload all in-game content, or automatic detection of modified source assets and automatic reloading.  None of those things are _efficient_ in terms of CPU costs, but they are extremely efficient in terms of getting work done.

 

Don't optimize for the CPU too early.  Optimize for your time.

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