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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
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A rectangle has four sides; the angle between each side is 90 degrees. There are several ways to represent a rectangle: using a Min and Max point, using a Center and half-extents, or using a Position and a Size:

Getting ready

We are going to implement our rectangle structure using the origin and Size representation. However, having the Min and Max representation of a rectangle is often useful. For this reason, we are going to implement helper functions to get the Min and Max points of a rectangle, and we will to make a rectangle from a Min and Max pair.

How to do it…

Follow these steps to implement a two-dimensional rectangle and all of the support functions we will need to work with the rectangle:

  1. Add the declaration of the Rectangle2D structure to Geometry2D.h:

    typedef struct Rectangle2D {
       Point2D origin;
       vec2 size;
       inline Rectangle2D() : size(1, 1) { }
       inline Rectangle2D(const Point2D& o, const vec2& s) :
          origin(o), size(s) { }
    } Rectangle2D;
  2. Add the declaration...