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How to "reset" a singleton?

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This may come off as rather vague but I've been awake too long, and will post more info later if needed.


I have a state machine that deals with an abstract State class. Inherited from this are several Singleton gamestate classes. However, players will be able to transition back to certain states, and when they do I want the state to be totally reset - as if it were refreshed.


How would I go about doing this?


Thanks a ton!


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I have to agree with Danicco, this does not sound like a good use case for Singletons.  Maybe your gamestate manager might be a singleton, but the individual game states probably shouldn't be.  


Your gamestates probably should inherit an abstract base class with the following functions (pseudo code follows)

class AbstractGameState
  void onEnter() =0;
  void onTick(Time dt)=0;
  void onExit()=0;

Now your derived classes implement these functions and as you transition between states, you call onExit() of the state you're leaving and then onEnter() on the state you're going in to.  OnExit() will give your states the opportunity to either save state for when you come back to that particular state, if thats what you want. OnEnter() will give your states the opportunity to either reload a saved state, or reset the state, again depending on what you want.


Inside your game state manager, you can have a transition function to manage this for you:

void transition(AbstractGameState* toState)




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I think the OP means that e.g. each time the GameMenuState state is entered, it should show the main menu regardless of at which level the menu was left in a potential previous call. This would have nothing to do with reconstruction of a former runtime value after resetting it to an initial value. If I want the runtime value to persists I just need to do nothing!


That said, if the state objects have enter/exit handlers like Scourage has mentioned, implementing the enter handler of the respective states so that they initialize all of their internal values will do the trick. Other states, like e.g. the GameplayState state, will not do so (or they do so only on their first enter) and hence simply continue when being re-entered.


However, whether implementing game states as singletons is a good idea is a totally other question. Personally I agree with Danicco and would not implement them as singletons.


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