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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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Oriented Bounding Box

An Oriented Bounding Box (OBB), is the 3D equivalent of the 2D oriented rectangle. An OBB is defined by a position, half-extents, and some orientation. There are several ways to store the orientation for a bounding box. One way would be to store a vector which has each component corresponding to the angle of rotation on an axis. A better way is to treat the orientation as a 3D matrix, using the mat3 struct:

Getting ready

We are going to create a new structure to represent an Oriented Bounding Box. This new OBB structure is going to be composed of a position, half extents, and some orientation. The position and size will be represented by vectors, but the rotation will be stored as a matrix. Storing the rotation as a matrix makes sense because no matter how we store the rotation, to render the OBB it will need to be converted into a matrix at some point.

How to do it

Follow these steps to implement a 3D oriented bounding box:

  1. Declare the new OBB structure in Geometry3D.h...