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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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A point in 3D is very similar to a point in 2D. The 3D point adds a new Z component:

Like the 2D point, the 3D point can also be expressed by a vector. The point is where the vector points to.

Getting ready

We are going to create a new header file for 3D geometry, Geometry3D.h. All future 3D geometry will be added to this file. Because a 3D point has the same definition as a 3D vector, we're not creating a point struct. Instead we are going to re-declare the vec3 struct as a point using the typedef keyword.

How to do it…

Follow these steps to redefine a 3D vector as a 3D point:

  1. Create a new C++ header file, call this file Geometry3D.h.

  2. Add the basic header guards to the file and include vectors.h and matrices.h:

    #ifndef _H_GEOMETRY_3D_
    #define _H_GEOMETRY_3D_
    #include "vectors.h"
    #include "matrices.h"
  3. Because a Point has the same definition as a 3D vector, we are not going to make a new Point structure. Instead, we will re-define vec3 as Point using a typedef:

    typedef vec3 Point;