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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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Testing if two AABBs overlap involves performing an interval test on each of the world axes. To visualize this problem, let's consider what an interval test looks like on just one axis:

Given shapes A and B, we have an overlap only if the minimum of A is less than the maximum of B and the maximum of A is greater than the minimum of B. The actual overlap test would look something like this:

A.min <= B.max && a.max >= b.min

We can determine if two AABBs overlap by performing this test on the global X, Y, and Z axes.

Getting ready

We are going to implement a function to test if two AABBs are overlapping or not. This function will test for interval overlap on the global X, Y, and Z axis.

How to do it…

Follow the given steps to detect intersections between two AABBs:

  1. Declare AABBAABB in Geometry3D.h:

    bool AABBAABB(const AABB& aabb1, const AABB& aabb2);
  2. Implement AABBAABB in Geometry3D.cpp:

    bool AABBAABB(const AABB& aabb1, const AABB& aabb2) {
  3. Find the min and max...