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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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Point containment

So far in this chapter, we have implemented the basic primitives for 2D shapes. Now we are going to implement the most basic primitive test for 2D shapes; point containment. It's often useful to know if a point is inside a shape or not.

Getting ready

We are going to implement a method to check if a point is on a line, as well as methods to check if a point is within a circle, rectangle, and oriented rectangle. These are the most basic 2D intersection tests we can perform.

How to do it…

Follow these steps to test if a point is contained within any of the two-dimensional primitives we have created so far:

  1. Declare the containment functions in Geometry2D.h:

    bool PointOnLine(const Point2D& point, const Line2D& line);
    bool PointInCircle(const Point2D& point, const Circle& c);
    bool PointInRectangle(const Point2D& point, 
       const Rectangle& rectangle);
    bool PointInOrientedRectangle(const Point2D& point,
       const OrientedRectangle& rectangle);
  2. Implement...