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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
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2D points

A point is the simplest two-dimensional primitive we can implement. It is infinitely small; it has x and y coordinates. A good way to think of a 2D point is like an alternate representation of a 2D vector. A vector points to somewhere in space; a point is where the vector points to:

Getting ready

Since this is the first geometry object we are creating, we also need to create a new header file, Geometry2D.h. All future 2D geometry and intersection tests will be added to this file. Because a point has the same definition as a 2D vector, we're not going to create a new structure; instead we will redefine the vec2 struct as Point2D.

How to do it…

Follow these steps to create a new header file in which we will define 2D geometry:

  1. Create a new C++ header file; call this file Geometry2D.h.

  2. Add standard header guards to the file, and include vectors.h.

    #ifndef _H_2D_GEOMTRY_
    #define _H_2D_GEOMETRY_
    #include "vectors.h"
  3. Because a point is practically the same thing as a 2D vector, we are...