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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
About the Reviewer
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Line segment

A line is the shortest straight path that goes through two points. A line extends infinitely in both directions. Like its 2D counterpart, the 3D line we are going to implement will actually be a Line Segment. We define this line segment using a Start point and an End point:

Getting ready

We are going to define a Line structure that holds start and end points. This structure represents a line segment. We will also implement two helper functions, Length and LengthSq. These functions will help us find the length and squared length of the line segment.

How to do it…

Follow these steps to implement a 3D line segment:

  1. Add the declaration of Line to Geometry3D.h:

    typedef struct Line {
       Point start;
       Point end;
       inline Line() {}
       inline Line(const Point& s, const Point& e) :
           start(s), end(e) { }
    } Line;
  2. Declare the helper functions Length and LengthSq in Geometry3D.h:

    float Length(const Line& line);
    float LengthSq(const Line& line);
  3. Create a new file, Geometry3D...