# Tagged Questions

Relating to the motion of objects through space (in 2 dimensions (x,y)) and time. Including concepts such as acceleration (thrust and gravity), mass, collision response, friction and more.

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### Box 2D Set Origin

I'm trying to set the origin of a box2d shape. By default, a shape rotates around the center. But I'm trying to get it to rotate around the left of the shape. Like a clock for example. I've heard of ...
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### How do engines avoid “Phase Lock” (multiple objects in same location) in a Physics Engine?

Let me explain Phase Lock first: When two objects of non zero mass occupy the same space but have zero energy (no velocity). Do they bump forever with zero velocity resolution vectors or do they ...
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### How do I make a moving object stop smoothly at the end of a path?

There are a dozen ways I could word this question, but to keep my thoughts in line, I'm phrasing it in line with my problem at hand. So I'm creating a floating platform that I would like to be able ...
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### How to calculate the exit speed of ball bouncing off a solid surface

Hey all, I am working on a simple game to include some rigid body dynamics, involving placing (moving & rotating) some springs to bounce a falling ball into a target area. My problem is correctly ...
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### How do I change the speed of an object without changing path travelled?

I have a ball which is being thrown from one side of a 2D space to the other. The formula I am using for calculating the ball's position at any one point in time is: x = x0 + vx0*t y = y0 + vy0*t - ...
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### How does 2D Game Physics work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I build a 2D physics engine? If we take the game Angry Birds that had big success lately I were thinking how do they implement the physics in a game like that? ...
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### What causes Box2D revolute joints to separate?

I have created a rag doll using dynamic bodies (rectangles) and simple revolute joints (with lower and upper angles). When my rag doll hits the ground (which is a static body) the bodies seem to ...
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### Implementing Separating Axis Theorem (SAT) and Minimum Translation Vector (MTV)

I was following codezealot's tutorial on SAT and MTV and trying to implement it myself but I've come a cropper when it comes to getting the correct MTV. Here is my example: (Cue pretty pictures...) ...
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### Is there a good existing starting point for realistic 2d racing car physics?

I'm trying to get a realistic behaving racing car into my 2d top-down game. Making a very simple car that drives around is straight forward but I want a reasonably sophisticated model that models ...
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### Pseudo-magnet implementation with chipmunk

How should I go about implementing "natural" magnet on a certain body in chipmunk space? Context is of simple bodies lying in the space (think chessboard). When one of the figures is activated as a ...
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### How can I implement rectangle collision response?

I am working on a game in JavaScript and my current implementation of collision uses the shortest distance to push the intersecting object away, which isn't always correct. I've made this diagram of ...
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### Implementing a 2D Platformer Game Engine

Any ideas where I can find info about making 2D jump & run games? I need some general ideas, so I wouldn't reinvent wheel (at least where game design is concerned). Another point is that I am ...
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### 2D Magnet-like repelling behavior

If somebody wanted to develop a system between two intersecting rectangles so that the rectangles would, in a gradual process, push eachother away from one another until no longer intersecting, with ...
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### How do I model a gooey sprite?

I happened to see this structure of a gooey player character made in flash. Can anybody suggest onto what computer science concept I should use to make a goo make it behave like a goo Thanking ...
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### Channelling an explosion along a narrow passage

I am simulating explosions in a 2D maze game. If an explosion occurs in an open area, it covers a circular region (this is the easy bit.) However if an explosion occurs in a narrow passage (i.e ...
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### 'Spring' physics

I'm trying to put together a struct or a method of some sort that will allow me to check the relative position between two objects, and if they're too far apart, apply a force that will draw them ...
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### Whats the physics behind the doodle jump game?

I'd like to know how we can achieve the doodle jump type physics using andengine. I mean the character is not colliding with the ground blocks when he moves upwards but will collide when he came ...
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### Ball bouncing infinitely and constantly

Alright, so I've got hold of some simple physics mechanics, and am currently trying to implement bouncing. Based on the first answer of this question, I've developed the following algorithm: ...
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### How to lead a moving target from a moving shooter

I saw this question: Predicting enemy position in order to have an object lead its target. My situation is a little different though. My target moves, and the shooter moves. Also, the shooter's ...
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### Physics/Logic behind self-bounce

What would a ball look like when it makes itself bounce. Say, for example that the ball had its own "inner power", was made out of (mostly) rubber, and pulled the top of itself inward and then ...
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### Creating similar effects of Geometry Wars in 2D only

I want to create a game with similar effects to that of "Geometry Wars"... for those who have never played the game, basically, massive amounts of 'bending' and 'warping' effects are done on the ...
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### Tracing a 2d path through multiple gravity fields

For a projectile starting at origin O, an initial velocity V, and several stationary planets P[n], how would I pre-calculate and store the path it would take without actually stepping through each ...
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### 2D AABB collision response

I'm making a simple platformer, and I wanted simple collision handling. So I gave all my objects an AABB hitbox and tried to resolve collisions. However, I can't get it to work. My main character has ...
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### How do you calculate the rotational velocity of a flying object?

When a arrow shaped object is fired it slowly adjusts it's rotation to match the direction it is moving. But what is the actual physics behind it? The question is: How many degrees does the ship ...
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### Physics for Android Game

I'm making a 2D game for the Android phone, one that involves falling balls. I want to use a physics engine to properly simulate the balls falling and hitting other objects. I'm currently using ...
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### Multiple collisions within a single frame cycle?

So say you want to simulate several objects in two dimensions, just bouncing around in a finite space. Using AABB and sweep tests, it shouldn't be that complicated to calculate single collisions ...
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### Collision response for 2D racing game

The title is fairly self-explanatory. I have a 2D racing game that utilizes per-pixel collision detection (the track is essentially two bitmaps, one for the graphics, one for collision data). The ...
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### Strangeness when simulating a chain

I'm using box2d and I simply hook up 10 points each with a similar length constraint to the adjacent point. When I move 1 point, the others follow just like a rope/chain. Just like one would expect. ...
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### Determining a sensible gear-like hierarchy for a series of connected objects

I would like a series of objects to behave in similar manner to a series of connected gears. This means that each black object in the diagram below will rotate at a speed based on the ratio of their ...
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### How can I make my main character move in a parabolic arc when jumping?

I'm entering Android game development, and I already have a computer version of a game I want to publish. The thing is, I want to make this as good as it can be. With that said, I need a physics ...
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### How do I procedurally animate a cell eating another cell?

The entities in my game are soft-body, amorphous cells. I'd like to create an animation where enemies are engulfed by the player's cell. That is, I want to generate a "cell eating another ...
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### Friction in 2D game

I'm developing a 2D platformer, although this question could probably apply to just about any 2D type physics; What is the equation for friction? I have sort of a hacky type of friction set up in my ...
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### How to bounce a 2d point particle off of a circular edge

In a prototype I'm building, a particle can spawn anywhere within a larger, confining circle. Important to note is that the particle will not spawn in the origin of the larger circle, but anywhere ...
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### A good place to learn about Game Programming with Mathematical Vectors?

I am looking for a place in the web where I can turn my current game development process into a vector based approach. I am sorry If this question has been asked once. According to my google search ...
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### Propel entities at some angle (depending on explosion's position)

I have a 2D platformer. There are multiple particles that are just 1x1 colored pixels. Let's assume there are 256 particles laid out as a 16x16 cube. Say I popped an explosion right in the middle. All ...
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### How to balance a ball on a rotating plane?

I'm doing some research and I really don't want a physics engine when a simple mechanism will do. I have a ball that will be balanced on a plane. The ball will always be "stuck" to the plane and ...
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### Detecting a ledge in Box2D [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Detect Open Space in Farseer How do I detect ledges? I'm making a 2D platformer with Box2D. The player needs to be able to grab onto a ledge and pull him/herself up. ...
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### Implementing jumping and heightmaps in 2D RPG/Adventure style games?

I've been putting together, albeit slowly, a traditional style game engine in flash/AS3 along the lines of Alundra/Final Fantasy 3/etc etc.. Everything so far is working smoothly (maps from XML data, ...
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### 2D physics library that supports curved surfaces and inverse or boolean shapes?

I've been using box2D for a few months, but I now badly need a physics library which can use boolean shapes (ie; cutting a circle out of a square) and/or curved surfaces. Does anyone have any ...
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### How to circle a target at a constant distance

I have an AI ship that stops approaching when it gets within firing range, and starts strafing around its target. The problem is that it doesn't circle its target very well. The following code ...
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### Algorithm for randomly generating reachable platforms

I want to randomly generate reachable platforms on the fly for a 2D game. Right now, I am just creating platforms at random x,y positions. Only 4 platforms can exist at once, so once the 5th one is ...
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### Creating stable tentacle structures

I am using verlet integration to simulate some tentacles. So far it works great and I am satisfied with how it looks in general. Here is how a tentacle is built: The very stiff sticks are colored ...
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### Box2D platformer movement. Are joints a good idea?

So i smashed my brains trying to make my character move. As i wanted later in the game to add explosions and bullets it wasn't a good idea to mess with the velocity and the forces/impulses didn't work ...
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### Tracking Object Position - Firing on a Trajectory

How can I calculate the position of an object after "firing" it from a fixed point? I am to create a small game - most likely with canvas (pure HTML, JS based) or Adobe Flash - in which the player ...
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### Good book or tutorial for learning how to apply integration methods [closed]

I'm looking to animate a graph layout using edges as springs and nodes as weights (a node with more links will have a bigger weight). I'm not capable of wrapping my head around the usage of ...
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### How to create simple physics for a group of balloons colliding in the screen (2D)

The game is 2D, how can I make simple physics for a group of balloons colliding in the screen. What I need is the balloons not to overlap and to bounce when they reach the limits of the screen or ...
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### Point of contact of 2 OBBs?

I'm working on the physics for my GTA2-like game so I can learn more about game physics. The collision detection and resolution are working great. I'm now just unsure how to compute the point of ...
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### How can I implement fixed joints in a 2D physics system?

I'm developing a simple, 2D physics system to complement an entity/component game object framework. So far, I have implemented some basic, tutorial-level physics. An entity that is affected by physics ...