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Game Physics Cookbook

By : Gabor Szauer
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Game Physics Cookbook

By: Gabor Szauer

Overview of this book

Physics is really important for game programmers who want to add realism and functionality to their games. Collision detection in particular is a problem that affects all game developers, regardless of the platform, engine, or toolkit they use. This book will teach you the concepts and formulas behind collision detection. You will also be taught how to build a simple physics engine, where Rigid Body physics is the main focus, and learn about intersection algorithms for primitive shapes. You’ll begin by building a strong foundation in mathematics that will be used throughout the book. We’ll guide you through implementing 2D and 3D primitives and show you how to perform effective collision tests for them. We then pivot to one of the harder areas of game development—collision detection and resolution. Further on, you will learn what a Physics engine is, how to set up a game window, and how to implement rendering. We’ll explore advanced physics topics such as constraint solving. You’ll also find out how to implement a rudimentary physics engine, which you can use to build an Angry Birds type of game or a more advanced game. By the end of the book, you will have implemented all primitive and some advanced collision tests, and you will be able to read on geometry and linear Algebra formulas to take forward to your own games!
Table of Contents (27 chapters)
Game Physics Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback

Triangle to triangle

Testing if two triangles intersect is done using a generic SAT test. We will have to test a total of 11 axes. These axes are:

  • The normal of the first triangle

  • The normal of the second triangle

  • The cross product of the edges of each triangle

Getting ready

We need to implement a new OverlapOnAxis test as well as the actual SAT test. The actual SAT test will be performed inside the TriangleTriangle collision function. We first covered the Separating Axis Theorem in Chapter 5, 2D Collisions. In this section we will check 11 axes of potential separation. If any axis of separation is found, the triangles do not intersect.

How to do it…

Follow these steps to check if two triangles intersect:

  1. Declare the OverlapOnAxis and TriangleTriangle function in Geometry3D.h:

    bool OverlapOnAxis(const Triangle& t1, 
        const Triangle& t2, const vec3& axis);
    bool TriangleTriangle(const Triangle& t1, 
        const Triangle& t2);
  2. Implement the OverlapOnAxis function in Geometry3D.cpp...