Looping scene2d Actor actions

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Looping scene2d Actor actions

Postby Chuck » Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:51 am

I have an actor that needs to run a series of actions continuously in a loop. I'm wondering if this tail-recursive idiom is the best way to go about it, or if there's a higher level API that I'm missing out on:

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void animation(Actor a) {
        run(new Runnable() { public void run() { animation(a) }})

Any advice?
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Re: Looping scene2d Actor actions

Postby Varriount » Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:54 pm

Erm, how long is this animation running for? That code works, however it will end up creating a new animation object everytime it loops, which can be a problem if you are trying to deploy to phones or devices with lower amounts of ram.
After looking at the java docs, it does appear as if a looping action exists, here - http://libgdx.badlogicgames.com/nightli ... ction.html
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Re: Looping scene2d Actor actions

Postby broken-e » Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:16 pm

There's a RepeatAction that you can set to run forever... I haven't used the new Scene2d package yet so I couldn't say from experience. Previously there was a Forever action if I remember right.

Edit: Varriount already linked to it.
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Re: Looping scene2d Actor actions

Postby Chuck » Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:08 pm

It's running as a desktop application on a fairly beefy machine. I had 10,000 of those loops going full blast for about a half hour and it was still running a smooth 60fps, so it doesn't appear to be a problem, but my concern was forward-looking for Android and its less than stellar gc, yes.

Thanks for the pointer to RepeatAction. Looks like there's a Actions.forever() convenience method I somehow missed the first time around, and it looks like just what I needed.
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