Exiting a Game Immediately

Demonstrates how to exit a game in response to user input.

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Exiting a Game Without Finishing the Current Update

To exit the game loop without running any remaining code in the update handler

  1. Derive a class from Game.

  2. Create a method that checks KeyboardState.IsKeyDown for the state of the ESC key.

  3. If the ESC key has been pressed, call Game.Exit and return true.

    bool checkExitKey(KeyboardState keyboardState, GamePadState gamePadState)
        // Check to see whether ESC was pressed on the keyboard 
        // or BACK was pressed on the controller.
        if (keyboardState.IsKeyDown(Keys.Escape) ||
            gamePadState.Buttons.Back == ButtonState.Pressed)
            return true;
        return false;
  4. Call the method in Game.Update, and return from Update if the method returned true.

    GamePadState gamePadState = GamePad.GetState(PlayerIndex.One);
    KeyboardState keyboardState = Keyboard.GetState();
    // Check to see if the user has exited
    if (checkExitKey(keyboardState, gamePadState))
  5. Create a method to handle the Game.Exiting event.

    The Exiting event is issued at the end of the tick in which Game.Exit is called.

    void Game1_Exiting(object sender, EventArgs e)
        // Add any code that must execute before the game ends.

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