Game Programming Class4

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IN Class demo for Part 1

in class

Extract sprite from pacman class and build new project

Sprite class

Project that refactors the pacman class into two classes

Sprite.cs DrawableSprite.cs

Then the pacman class can inherit from one of these two classes.


Due to the desire to limit the number of spritebatches, I've created two classes. The sprite class cannot draw itself without being associated with and external spritebatch. The DrawableSprite has it's own spritebatch which makes it easier to use but less efficient.

Game Components

About components Application Overview

Game Components are reusable and easy to add to a game.

  • GameComponent Class
  • DrawGameComponent Class

Common methods


Indicates whether GameComponent.Update should be called when Game.Update is called.


Indicates the order in which the GameComponent should be updated relative to other GameComponent instances. Lower values are updated first.

(available if it is a DrawableGameComponent)


Indicates whether Draw should be called.


Order in which the component should be drawn, relative to other components that are in the same GameComponentCollection.

Frame Per Second Counter

using Microsoft.Xna.Framework;
using Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Graphics;
using Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Input;
using System;

namespace GameWindowsFPS
    public class Game1 : Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Game
        GraphicsDeviceManager graphics;
        SpriteBatch spriteBatch;

        float CumulativeFrameTime;
        int NumFrames;
        int FramesPerSecond;
        SpriteFont Font;

        public Game1()
            graphics = new GraphicsDeviceManager(this);
            Content.RootDirectory = "Content";

            //Set to 30 Frames a Second
            //TargetElapsedTime = TimeSpan.FromTicks(333333);

            //Don't set Fix Time
            //this.IsFixedTimeStep = false;
            //graphics.SynchronizeWithVerticalRetrace = false;
            //this.TargetElapsedTime = TimeSpan.FromSeconds(1 / 60f);

        protected override void Initialize()
            // TODO: Add your initialization logic here


        protected override void LoadContent()
            // Create a new SpriteBatch, which can be used to draw textures.
            spriteBatch = new SpriteBatch(GraphicsDevice);

            Font = Content.Load<SpriteFont>("SpriteFont1");

        protected override void UnloadContent()


        protected override void Update(GameTime gameTime)
            // Allows the game to exit
            if (GamePad.GetState(PlayerIndex.One).Buttons.Back == ButtonState.Pressed)

            // TODO: Add your update logic here


        protected override void Draw(GameTime gameTime)

            CumulativeFrameTime += (float)gameTime.ElapsedGameTime.TotalMilliseconds / 1000f;
            if (CumulativeFrameTime >= 1f)
                FramesPerSecond = NumFrames;
                NumFrames = 0;
                CumulativeFrameTime -= 1f;
            spriteBatch.DrawString(Font, "FPS: " + FramesPerSecond.ToString(), new Vector2(0, 0), Color.Black);

Game Service

A game service is a game component that uses an interface to enforce a singleton pattern and make a single instance of a game component accessible to all other components. It's a nice mechanism to maintain a loose coupling between components.

A singleton is a class that only allows a single instance of the class to be created. A game service is not a true singleton as it uses a unique interface to identify and expose it at the game level.

A game service is a built in mechanism that allows a game to create and manage a single instance of a component ans allows other components access to the service.

Good candidates for a game service are.

  • InputHandler
  • GameConsole
  • Profiling Service
  • Scoreboard

InputHandler Service

In a separate Library Class. We are going to start using this library for reusable components of our games.

Useful info missing from the XNA input states

WasPressed determines is a button was press between the last update and the current update. To do this we need to store that keyboard and controller states from the previous call to update.

Console Class

Separate IntroGameLibrary Project to help Encapsulate Reusable Code.


IntroGameLibrary/GameConsole.cs To add the Component to the Game we make an declare in the game class. Then we need to add the component to the Game Components Collection.

        GameConsole gameConsole;

        public Game1()
            graphics = new GraphicsDeviceManager(this);
            Content.RootDirectory = "Content";

            gameConsole = new GameConsole(this);



  • Use the fps component to create a baseline log for you project in Monogame note the number of frames you get when you set
  • Convert Monogame Interesting movement Project to use the inputHandler service and a playerContoller class the uses good separation of concern for input