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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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Containing circle

One of the necessities for performing real-time collision detection is to simplify a given shape. For this reason, we need to make a function that, given a set of points, will return a circle containing all the points. This simplified bounding circle can then be used to approximate a collision area:

Getting ready

In order to avoid adding a dependency to std::vector in Geometry2D.h, we will implement this new function using an array. The ContainingCircle function will take two arguments, one is a Point2D array, and the other deals with the number of elements in the array. The ContainingCircle function will return a bounding circle that encapsulates all of the points.

How to do it…

Follow these steps to implement a function that will build a bounding circle from a set of points:

  1. Declare the ContainingCircle function in Geometry2D.h:

    Circle ContainingCircle(Point2D* pArray, int arrayCount);
  2. Implement ContainingCircle in Geometry2D.cpp:

    Circle ContainingCircle(Point2D* pArray, int...