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

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Where to start for implementing vehicle physics? [closed]

A little background for myself. I am relatively experienced with 3rd part physics engines such as Havok, Box2D, Bullet and have successfully integrated them in custom engine(s). I have also made a ...
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How could I constrain player movement to the surface of a 3D object using Unity?

I'm trying to create an effect similar to that of Mario Galaxy or Geometry Wars 3 where as the player walks around the "planet" gravity seems to adjust and they don't fall off the edge of the object ...
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How do I simulate a doppler effect in a game?

I am trying to simulate the doppler effect in a game (a car racing game). I am not using a specific sound library that simulate the effect, I only have a callback function where I mix the data. I ...
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How do I calculate rotation caused by bounce friction?

Following on from my previous question: I have the ball quite realistically bouncing from surfaces it hits. Now I'd like to make it spin from the friction of the hit. Showing this is simple enough: I ...
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Separating physics and game logic from UI code

I'm working on a simple block-based puzzle game. The game play consists pretty much of moving blocks around in the game area, so it's a trivial physics simulation. My implementation, however, is in ...
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How to get object to lose less velocity as its speed increases

I'm developing a game in Flash and I need a little help. It can be considered a math problem. My object is flying with speed X and my object can collide with stones. When it collides with a stone, I ...
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Ball Physics : Smoothing the final bounces as the ball comes to rest

I've come against another issue in my little bouncing ball game. My ball is bouncing around fine except for the last moments when it is about to come to rest. The movement of the ball is smooth for ...
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Pretty open source game/rendering engine? [closed]

It might be outside the domain of open source (as there isn't much in the way of open source games that would want/need to implement all these) but is there an existing open source game or rendering ...
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Physics engine recommendation which can simulate pool game correctly? [closed]

I'm making a pool-game like game. This game requires correct (or very accurate) reflective bounces. I tried Box2D and Bullet Physics, but they both have this problem. If there is a wall on top of ...
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Animated examples of different interpolations formulas: any link? [closed]

I remember having spotted a link to a huge page with different equations to non linear interpolation curves, for example if you want to stop a car smoothly, etc. Those can sometime be useful to ...
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Gravity strength in first person games

In our game, we set the acceleration due to gravity to the appropriate value of 9.8 m/s^2. Although physically correct, it feels more like moving around on the moon.. It feels about right at a value ...
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What is the difference between an impulse and a force related to a physics engine?

What is the difference between an application of an impulse and an application of a force in relation to a physics engine?
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How does pixeljunk shooter simulate its liquids?

I am really impressed by the liquids in pixeljunk shooter. I would love to know how they do it.
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When should I use a physics engine?

Since I found out Box2D, I'm using it for kind of any game-like application I try to write, from very small prototypes or small programs to test something, to actual projects. Thanks to it it's so ...
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Vehicle physics with skid

How would I go about creating vehicle physics for a car that can loose traction? I want it to seem like the driver has a flat foot, so when you press the gas, they cars driving (rear) wheels loose ...
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Pathfinding on a uneven planetary surface

My question is what would be the best approach to pathfinding on an uneven planetary surface? Background Information I have created a planet from displacement mapping 6 sphere projected planes. ...
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Implementing a homing missile [duplicate]

I'm having some trouble implementing a homing missile that satisfies what I'm looking for. I have already tried the Seeking and Arrival behaviours described in this link, but none of them were what I ...
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Should I write my own physics engine, because of networking integration?

I'm currently developing a top down, realtime, zombie shooter. I'm coding this in Java, using JBox2D as my physics engine. I have been coding the networking this week, and am now up to the physics ...
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Creating Rope Physics for Unity [closed]

I want to create a bungee jumping-like game in Unity and therefore I need a rope physics. I especially need elastic ropes with capability to pull objects with velocity after a little extension. Do you ...
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Player moving up, is he jumping or climbing?

In a 2D physics-based platformer game that has ladders in it, how do you determine whether the player moving up is caused by a jump or him climbing a ladder, such that you know what animation to play? ...
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How do fluid dynamics work?

How would I go about implementing fluid dynamics in a game, such as can be seen in this video?
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Random map generation - strategies for scattering/clustering random nodes

I am doing a simple 4X strategy game in space where each node is a point-of-interest (a planet, an asteroid and etc.). To randomly generate a map, I would follow the steps below Decide how many ...
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How to implement collision detection of portals?

For example, take this scenario (excuse my horrible drawing skills): This is based on "Portal", where the stickman is going through the blue portal (which is linked to the red portal), but there is ...
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Impulsioned jumping

There's one thing that has been puzzling me, and that is how to implement a 'faux-impulsed' jump in a platformer. If you don't know what I'm talking about, then think of the jumps of Mario, Kirby, and ...
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Run a physics simulation on both client and server?

I'm implementing a multiplayer asteroids clone to learn about client/server network architecture in games. I have spent time reading GafferOnGames and Valve's publications on their client/server ...
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Is there an algorithm for a pool game?

I am looking for algorithm to calculate direction and speed of balls in a pool game. I am sure there has to be some type of open source code for this since pool games are some of the oldest computer ...
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How to build a bones animation engine?

I want to develop a flash game. It would draw a stick man, and edit his pose. I think what I need to learn are bones animation and physics engine. Can anyone introduce some good resources to learn ...
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Box2D Get Bounding Box of a Body

In Box2D, I was curious if it's possible to get a bounding box of a body already created in the world. So basically, the Body is created, it's interacting with the world and such. And I needed that ...
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2D platformers: why make the physics dependent on the framerate?

"Super Meat Boy" is a difficult platformer that recently came out for PC, requiring exceptional control and pixel-perfect jumping. The physics code in the game is dependent on the framerate, which is ...
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Are there well-known algorithms for fitting a polygon to an arbitrary shape?

I'm using the Chipmunk physics engine to make the levels for a 2D C game. I'd like to be able to fit a polygon to an arbitrary shape to serve as the collision mask. Given a black and white collision ...
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How to simulate pressure with particles?

I'm trying to simulate pressure with a collection of spherical particles in a Unity game I'm building. A couple notes about the problem: The goal is to fill a constantly changing 2d space/void with ...
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Angle of Reflection

I have this "Breakeout style" game. I have a cannon at the center, blocks around the cannon and pads around the blocks. This is how the game looks like: I've managed to get the collision per ...
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How is RTS Local Avoidance Done?

Currently, I'm simulating physics impact forces for local avoidance of units but this method sometimes pushes units out of formation and has very undesirable effects when units clump up. For RTS ...
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Continuous Physics Engine's Collision Detection Techniques

I'm working on a purely continuous physics engine, and I need to choose algorithms for broad and narrow phase collision detection. "Purely continuous" means I never do intersection tests, but instead ...
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How to calculate falling and accelerating velocity?

I'm thinking of making a lander game, where you control a spaceship and need to land it without crashing. What is a simple formula to calculate speed of falling or acceleration with relation to ...
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How do I implement deceleration?

I say "deceleration" because I'm not using acceleration at the moment; what I mean is moving the velocity back towards zero, eventually stopping. I'm new to vectors and not so great with physics and ...
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Are collision detection always O(n^2)?

Are physics engine able to decrease that complexity, for example by grouping objects who are near each other and check for collisions inside this group instead of against all objects ? (for example, ...
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How can I make a character walk on uneven walls in a 2D platformer?

I want to have a playable character who can "walk" on an organic surface at any angle, including sideways and upside-down. By "organic" levels with slanted and curved features instead of straight ...
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Getting a 2D “pixel” cloud to follow a mouse

I'm working on a 2D game trying to get a "cloud" of a few hundred tiny cubes or discs to follow my mouse cursor without overlapping each other. However, using the physics engine introduces ...
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2D Spatial partitioning alternatives to spatial hashes and quadtrees

I've been trying to implement a spatial partitioning algorithm in my game, but both spatial hashes and quadtrees aren't what I'm looking for. My level size is not supposed to have a limit (only Int32 ...
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What is the best way to handle simultaneous collisions in a physics engine?

I'm writing a 2d physics engine in javascript so that I can learn more about physics in video games. I have it working correctly for rigid body collisions, except for if any body collides with two or ...
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Adding air drag to a golf ball trajectory equation

I'm developing a 2D golf game in VB.NET 2005, but I am stuck on how to implement air or wind drag that should affect the ball. Already I have these equations for projectile: Vo ...
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Multiplayer platformer - Are server corrections normally required with a single client on the server?

I am currently working on a rather simple multiplayer platformer. I read quite a bit of articles on the techniques used to hide latency, but I still fail to get my head around certain of the concepts. ...
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2D character controller in unity (trying to get old-school platformers back)

This days I'm trying to create a 2D character controller with unity (using phisics). I'm fairly new to physic engines and it is really hard to get the control feel I'm looking for. I would be really ...
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How to implement 2d explosions that will cause damage taking into account covers and distance?

How can I implement a 2D explosion in a way that it will cause less damage to characters that hide behind crates or other cover? Ideally damage will depend on the strength of the cover (e.g. metal ...
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Using The Box2D Polygon “Set()” function?

I'm using the Box2D physics engine. And there's a type of shape for box2D called b2PolygonShape. In this class, you can create polygons. There is also a Set() function that takes an array of points ...
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Who know how to implement the 2D bone animation showed in the game?

I wonder how do they implement the bone animation in the flash game http://www.foddy.net/athletics.swf Do you know any study materials which I can start to learn 2D bone system from? I just ...
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What are the common character animation techniques used in tile based hack&slash games?

I wonder what kind of animation techniques are used for creature and character animation in modern hack&slash type tile based games? Keyframing for different actions may be one option. Skeletal ...
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How do you do AI path following within a 2d physics engine like farseer/box2d?

I'm in the process of moving a 2d top down game I've been working on into a proper rigid body physics engine like Farseer. Up until now, I had just hacked together my own physics code where needed. ...
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Simulating an object floating on water

I'm working on a top down fishing game. I want to implement some physics and collision detection regarding the boat moving around the lake. I would like for be able to implement thrust from either the ...