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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 ray is represented by a point in space and a direction. The ray extends from the point to infinity in the given direction. For our purposes, the direction of a ray is always assumed to be normalized:

Getting ready

We are going to declare a new Ray structure. This new structure will consist of a Point representing the origin of the ray and a vec3 representing the direction of the ray. It is assumed that the direction vector will always be normalized. We will also implement a helper function to create a ray given two points.

How to do it…

Follow these steps to implement a 3D ray:

  1. Declare the new Ray structure in Geometry3D.h:

    typedef struct Ray {
       Point origin;
       vec3 direction;
       inline Ray() : direction(0.0f, 0.0f, 1.0f) {}
       inline Ray(const Point& o, const vec3& d) :
           origin(o), direction(d) { 
       inline void NormalizeDirection() {
    } Ray;
  2. Declare the FromPoints helper function in Geometry3D.h...