A mathematical concept that can be used to express position, direction or velocity and which can simplify or outright trivialise spatial problems.

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What is Vector Projection and what is it's use in games?

Couldn't find a clear enough answer on Google. I know what vectors are. But what does it mean to project a vector onto another, and what is it used for in games?
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Basic Car Movement, Converting 2D Vectors to 3D problems

I'm trying to follow this guys method for steering a basic car. Link. It's the first example I can sort of get my head around and I'm trying to convert it to a working 3D version. To get some scope, ...
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How to move objects flat on different planes in 3d?

I need to move objects in circular/square/sinusoidal patterns in a flat manner on a collection of different and rotating planes in 3d space. I have the perpendicular of the planes. One method is to ...
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Using a vector to store multiple instances of a class

To warm up with SMFL, I am creating a simple Block Breaker game. For the blocks and balls, I would like to store them as "instances" in a vector so that they can be added/removed with ease. However, ...
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How can I calculate force and acceleration?

I have problem of calculating the movement of the object. At the moment, I have a vectors calculated from the center of the screen minus the position of the object. direction vector = centerScreen ...
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Ball bouncing at a certain angle and efficiency computations [closed]

I would like to make a pong game with a small twist (for now). Every time the ball bounces off one of the paddles i want it to be under a certain angle (between a min and a max). I simply can't ...
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Derive direction in which a spot light emites its light from a projection matrix

First of all, sorry if my question sounds too basic or even makes no sense. I'm new with game development I'm working with HPL1Engine, specifically, the lights parts. I need to know the direction in ...
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Getting the position of a directional light w.r.t. a moving object.

I have a forward vector of my object, which is a bike, and its position, and I have a directional light direction. I would like to know where the light is with regards to the bike ...
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How can I project a vector on another vector?

I have a generic not normalized Vector3 v1 and I want to calculate its component along another Vector3 v2. I used to normalize the vector I want to be the direction and then multiplying the other ...
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How do I lock drawn lines to be orthogonal to an existing one?

I'm making a 2D game in Corona for Android/iPhone that is similar to Volfied. In my game, the user has to touch the screen to draw a line for the character to move along. How can I force the lines to ...
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View to normal calculation in GLSL

Sorry for the terrible title, but I really cant think of anything better.. Suggestions welcome. I am trying to do something like showcased in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaTI2d0tQME ...
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Adding an angle variance to a 3d vector

I am converting a particle emitter from 2d to 3d. In the 2d system the original coder used a random angle variance and added it to the angle. So it would be something like: thisAngle = emitterAngle ...
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matrix to rotate a vector to a known arbitrary axis

Let's say I have a vector V (v.x,v.y,v.z) which is normalized and points somewhere in 3d space. And that I have another vector Z of (0,0,1). Knowing only these two things I'm looking for a ...
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Tangent plane vectors smoothing with vertex normals [closed]

I'm trying to find a way to smooth out normals obtained from cross product of tangent and bitangent vectors calculated per face basis. I've already asked a similar question on SO, however with no ...
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How to know the relative facing angles between two players? [closed]

I want a grappling system similar to Tekken, in which different grapples animations are performed depending on which side of the opponent the player performing the grapple is facing. For example, ...
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Get a random vector

I'm trying to make a small pariticle-like simulation, and I'm trying to make each parrticle go a random direction from one point (mouse pos). The problem is I don't know how to get the random vector ...
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Shooting the bullet out of the gun instead of the camera, yet keeping it accurate with respect to the reticle

I'm working on a first person game, and I've ran into a problem. In my game, there's the player's gun being rendered, as well as a reticle in the center of the screen - like this: First, Let's ...
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How can I implement a directional melee attack?

I am attempting to make a top down game similar to the SNES Zelda games, in Unity 4.3, in 2D. When my character swings their sword, every enemy within a radius takes damage. I want to make sure that ...
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Convert atan2 value to standard 360-degree-system value [duplicate]

Lets say I'm using atan2 to get the angle between two vectors. atan2 gives a value in radians. I convert it to degrees using a built in function in Java. This gives me a value between 0 and 180 ...
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How does atan2 work when getting angle of a vector?

I know that atan2 gives me the absolute angle of any vector. But it doesn't give a value from 0 to 360 degrees. Instead, it gives a value (if I'm not mistaken), between 0 and 180, or between 0 and ...
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Using atan2 to calculate angle between two vectors

I understand that: atan2(vector.y, vector.x) = the angle between the vector and the X axis. But I wanted to know how to get the angle between two vectors using atan2. So I came across this solution: ...
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3D vector graphics - maintaining correct Z 'length'

So I'm trying to build myself a 3D display 'engine', or whatever it ought to be called. I've been experimenting with PyGame, as it's familiar to me. In a way this has almost been more an excuse to ...
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How do I use the dot product to get an angle between two vectors?

I am learning to use normalized vectors in my games. I've learned that in order to know the angle between two vectors, I can use the dot product. This gives me a value between -1 and 1, where 1 ...
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How to move an object along a vector

Let's say I got an object A and object B in a 2D game. I create a vector leading from A to B. It's name is AB. How can I make A move along the vector AB and reach B? One way I was thinking of doing ...
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How can I calculate the angle and proper turn direction between two 2D vectors?

I am working on some movement AI where there are no obstacles and movement is restricted to the XY plane. I am calculating two vectors, v, the facing direction of ship 1, and w, the vector pointing ...
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Move player to mouse click

Im hopelessly not good at algebra and such. But im trying to learn. I want to learn and understand how to use it in game programming rather than modifying snippets or using classes that do it for me. ...
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What does it mean to cross a scalar with a vector in a 2D plane?

At the moment, I'm following this page to create a physics engine. As per that page, I need to cross angular velocity by a distance vector to get relative torque and such, but I'm not sure how (in a ...
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How do I compute the point of a triangle-ray intersection?

I have a line (the direction vector of the player) and a triangle representing the face of a model (so composed of 3 points). I can't find the mathematical operation to check if that vector is ...
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Creating a textured object infront of the current character in unity 3d

I've spent about half a day trying to get my head round this and i'm not having too much luck, essentially what I want to do is play an animation and then once the animation has finished create a flat ...
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How to modify normal vectors with a tranformation matrix

Transformation is quite simple when it comes to Position or Color of the vertex, for Position just multiply matrix * vector and for color just don't do anything, but my question now is: How to handle ...
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Why not use vectors to represent orientation?

From what I've read, people mostly use either quaternions or 3x3 matrices to represent 3D orientations, while plain vectors are used for angular velocity/momentum. Since we can use vectors to ...
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Does a 2D Vector or 2x2 Matrix play any role in 2D Transformations?

I'm having trouble trying to figure out if a vec2 or mat2 class are used at all in transformations for 2D rendering. Vec2, apart from representing UVs, AFAIK, is relatively pointless in regards to ...
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How do I find a point on a line?

I have two points (A, B) and the length of d. How can I find point C?
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Rotate Camera as an Object Manoeuvres

There are loads of questions (all of which I have looked at) on here about cameras following objects. Using them, I have successfully got my camera to follow my car when driving, but I am unable to ...
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How do I rotate a sprite so that it is 'pointing' in the direction it is moving?

I have a sprite, e.g a missile, heading in a certain direction (using a velocity vector). How do I figure out its how much to rotate it so that it gets drawn 'pointing' in the direction it is ...
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Can not seem to adjust the speed of my Car

I'm programming in C++, rendering in OpenGL and using GLM for matrix/vector manipulation and I have implemented very (very) basic car controls; ignoring many forces that are present in reality. Since ...
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Relative cam movement and momentum on arbitrary surface

I have been working on a game for quite long, think sonic classic physics in 3D or tony hawk psx, with unity3D. However I'm stuck at the most fundamental aspect of movement. The requirement is that I ...
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Moving sprite from one vector to the other

I'm developing a game where enemy can shoot bullets towards the player. I'm using 2 vector that is normalized later to determine where the bullets will go. Here is the code where enemy shoots: ...
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Circle-Rectangle collision velocity adjustment

I created my circle vs. rectangle method based on this algorithm: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/401847/circle-rectangle-collision-detection-intersection Currently, I have a dynamic ball with ...
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Using Angles (or rotation) with Vectors for Car physics

I've been reading this blog that explains basic linear algebra for game developers and I understand the basics of vector mathematics. I'm using vectors to create a car that simulates the very basic ...
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Vector normalization gives very imprecise results

When I normalize vectors I receive very strange results. The lengths of the normalized vectors range from 1.0 to almost 1.5. The functions are all written by me, but I just can't find a mistake in my ...
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How do I rotate a camera around the Y axis of the object it's looking at? [duplicate]

I'm making a camera that can currently rotate freely from the back to the front of a target object by giving it an angle and a distance. I do the above with the following code directionVector = ...
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What's so different/complicated/useful about vectors?

Forgive me if this isn't considered a real question, but it is something I am genuinely confused about. I constantly hear other game developers talk about how using vectors are very useful, but also ...
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How do I find the 2D direction to a 3D location?

I'm writing a 3D space flightsim, and I'm trying to display a 2D arrow on screen that points to the player's selected target. To clarify, the arrow needs to point in the direction that the player has ...
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XNA Creating a directional vector from two other vectors

Could somebody please tell me what I'm missing? I have a scene where the camera is fixed in the sky looking down on a plane. On that plane is a 3D model. I want to move the 3D model in the direction ...
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Why is this code producing jittery movement?

I have a new project, all settings default with a simple cube on a plane. Cube is not kinematic but is a rigid body under the effects of gravity. I'm trying to normalize the direction before I ...
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Bouncing objects against the side of the screen

I want to have certain circular objects bounce against all four sides of the screen. After searching a lot on the internet, I found the following formula: Vout = Vin - ((1+e) *dot(Vnormal, Vin) * ...
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What is the camera direction vector for an isometric view?

What values correspond to a 3D vector for screen-normal from within an isometric game? It needs to be in game coordinates. It is a standard isometric where tiles are rotated 45 degrees and half ...
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Finding a normal vector

I'm trying to replace my old integer based movement and collision system with a vector system, because its more precise and more flexible. I want to implement wall sliding, such that if a player hits ...
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Twitchy sprite movement

I'm having an issue with sprite movement, and I'm not sure how to deal with it. When I set a destination for my player sprite (by clicking the screen), it sets the player moving in that direction. ...