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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How to take into consideration gravity when moving AI

I'm making a 2D game. There is currently a helicopter flying around, controlled by the player. It's controlled using the arrow keys: UP, LEFT and RIGHT. It's speed along the y axis is dy, and speed ...
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Physics not synchronizing correctly over the network when using Bullet

I'm trying to implement a client/server physics system using Bullet however I'm having problems getting things to sync up. I've implemented a custom motion state which reads and writes the transform ...
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Server-side physic simulations with hundreds of players

I’m currently working on a singleplayer physics-orientated game where I would like the physics to be simulated server-side. This because the game will have leadersboards, persistant player ...
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Simulation of supersonic, hypersonic flight with user defined surfaces

I want to create a small rocket-launching game, inspired by Kerbal Space Program. Since there's nothing in orbital mechanics, that I still don't know. I decided to make this as close to reality as ...
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RK4, Derivatives, Understanding Game Physics

Gafferon Games has a great article on RK4 Integration for building physics simulations which can be found here: Integration Basics Personally my mathematics and physics knowledge could use ...
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Finding the point of collision

I'm writing a 2D rigid body simulator. The objects being simulated are convex polygons. My question involves how to decide on the "point" of collision, so that when I apply a response force, I can ...
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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 does braking assist of car racing games work?

There are a lot of PC car racing games around which have this unique driving assist which helps brake your car so that you can safely turn it. While in some games it just an 'assist', it will just ...
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Determining whether two fast moving objects should be submitted for a collision check

I have a basic 2D physics engine running. It's pretty much a particle engine, just uses basic shapes like AABBs and circles, so no rotation is possible. I have CCD implemented that can give accurate ...
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How to resolve penetration of two colliding bodies

I've implemented simple 3D game physics engine. I already have decent collision detection in place, now I'm trying to figure out the collision response part. I'm using impulse based method to ...
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How to implement a tractor beam?

I'm working on a game where the player can pick up objects using something like a tractor beam, and carry them around. Attracting the object towards the center of the beam is not difficult. But once ...
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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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Bringing a Box2D, Physics Enabled game Online?

Lets say, to simplify the problem of online games a bit, my goal would be to run a near identical simulation on multiple computers in sync. Would sending commands be a good idea? Now if only sending ...
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Kepler orbit : get position on the orbit over time

I'm developing a space-simulation related game, and I am having some trouble implementing the movement of binary stars, like this: The two stars orbit their centroid, and their trajectories are ...
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How can I predict player-to-projectile collisions in Box2D?

I'm making a real time shooting game with Box2D as the physics engine. The gameplay is mostly about trajectory, like Angry Birds. I want to make a slow motion effect and move camera to the player when ...
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How can I copy or back-calculate definitions for an entire b2World?

I'm working on a platformer where I'd like to be able to move or copy bodies between multiple Box2D b2Worlds. The desire has cropped up three times now - moving objects between documents in my editor, ...
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Is it possible to have vehicles with physics like GTA in an MMO game?

I haven't seen any MMO games with vehicles with realistic physics and that could achieve high speed, why? Is it because of network bandwidth limitations? Second Life has vehicles, but physics are ...
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Why do objects interpenetrate in this simple collision solver?

The code below is from a Microsoft XNA sample here. This is quite a simple rigid body simulation that ignores many physical effects (such as angular momentum), but it does try to push objects ...
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Increasing efficiency of N-Body gravity simulation

I'm making a space exploration type game, it will have many planets and other objects that will all have realistic gravity. I currently have a system in place that works, but if the number of planets ...
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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 handle jumping up a slope in a runner game?

In an 2D endless runner, what should happen when the player is running "too fast" up a slope and jumps? For example, in a "normal" case: .O. . __..O_____ . / . / O/ _/ If he is moving ...
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Character bouncing off ground due to gravity

Implementing gravity in the game, the character keeps bouncing up and down slightly when he hits the ground, upon debugging the character is essentially bouncing on and off the ground. Not quite sure ...
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How can I derive force vectors from velocity vectors?

I'm making a 2d shooter ala Geometry Wars. I've got my own simple physics at work driving the background grid and all my entities. To move anything in the world I apply a Vector2d force to it. The ...
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Resources to learn programming rigid body simulation

Where I can start learning about simulating rigid bodys 2d and 3d ?
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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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How can I implement large moving “colossus” characters that also act as environmental objects?

I'm curious how enormous characters that act both as entities and environments are implemented. I'm thinking of characters like in Shadow of the Colossus which move, but which the player can also ...
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Need physics algorithm for modeling ceiling collapse in voxel-based game

I'm looking for algorithms on how to model the physics of cave-ins/collapses for a game idea I am working on. The game allows the player to extensively mine 3D voxel-based asteroids, and I want areas ...
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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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Path following with Asteroids-like movement. Time to complete path

I'm currently learning about how to do this, but it's best to post the problem beforehand. (posting on Physics and GameDev, as you guys know your math) It's quite difficult to explain. This specific ...
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Modular spaceship control

I am developing a physics based game with spaceships. A spaceship is constructed from circles connected by joints. Some of the circles have engines attached. Engines can rotate around the center ...
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Timestep schemes for physics simulations

The operations used for stepping a physics simulation are most commonly: Integrate velocity and position Collision detection and resolution Contact resolution (in advanced cases) A while ago I ...
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Weird problem with advect program in fluid simulator

I implemented 2d fluid simulator. Solver runs entirely on GPU. All works fine... on my work PC. But on home PC I have some awful glitches, and I can`t understand how to fix them. Empirically I ...
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Are game programmers aware of all the physics derivatives?

I am trying to study XNA for game programming. XNA has many methods that can simplify developer's life, such as reflecting the vector when it hits a solid plane. I know these are good and developers ...
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Is it a good plan to use 2D physics for a 3D racing game? [closed]

I am working on a 3D racing game using SDL and OpenGL. I thought it would be easier to use a 2D physics engine, since I really don't need the 3rd dimension. There will be no flying cars or jumps, they ...
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3D game on a planet

Would it be much more work to create a 3D game on a planet rather than on a flat plane? What engines would support this and what techniques would I use? An example would be a small sphere the player ...
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How do I implement deceleration for the player character?

Using delta time with addition and subtraction is easy. player.speed += 100 * dt However, multiplication and division complicate things a bit. For example, let's say I want the player to double his ...
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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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How can I change the acceleration of an object to arrive at a particular time?

I'm trying to write some code to change an acceleration factor so a ball will arrive at a destination in a desired time. The problem is I don't know time (t) but I do know I want it to arrive at (t - ...
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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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How would one generate a texture for cracks in different materials?

I would want to have the ability to simulate different variables like brittleness, or other variables to get varied end results. I would mainly need to generate impact cracks, so it would need to ...
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Car (or other “object”) acceleration and braking: how to?

I'm not good in math so I'm here to ask you how to manage, in a simple 2d game, the car acceleration and braking. I'm trying to develop it (as a hobby) in c# and sdl.net.
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Sharing data between graphics and physics engine in the game?

I'm writing the game engine that consists of few modules. Two of them are the graphics engine and the physics engine. I wonder if it's a good solution to share data between them? Two ways (sharing ...
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How do I detect ledges?

In my game, I'd like my character to be able to grab and hold onto ledges, and to be able to pull themselves up if there's room to do so. How do I detect if there's a ledge, and if the character has ...
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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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How to do collision detection for fluids in 3D? [closed]

Is there an algorithm or a technique which can detect the collision between 3D fluids? I currently treat my fluids as dynamic meshes. Is it possible to find collisions with these, or will I need a ...
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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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Self-righting agents that have fallen over

I need insect-like agents that have fallen/rolled on their back/side to naturally re-orient themselves. The agents are modeled as simple cuboids in the physics engine (Bullet) to approximate an ...
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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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Do I need path finding to make AI avoid obstacles?

How do you know when a path-finding algorithm is really needed? There are contexts, where you just want to improve AI navigation to avoid an object, like a space -ship that won't crash on a planet ...