I want a thrown disc to travel along the same height, even after collisions. The problem is, there's an edge case that I'm not sure how to deal with.
The lowest-tech solution would probably be to quickly interpolate the rotation of the disc so that it's flat, and also interpolate its height so that it never collides with another object in a way that would impact its height, but that might be a bit heavy-handed. I worry that it would look really bad if you're holding the disc at an angle when releasing it for a throw, and it just suddenly "swooshes" flat mid-flight. Would that seem janky?
If I don't do that, and I simply retain the disc's rotation as it flies along its path, then it might collide with an object's edge in a way where the correct bounce angle would send it upwards or downwards, which I don't want. But if I simply hard-code the y velocity to 0, then in those instances, the lateral velocity becomes very low. Should I just check for a "minimum" speed, and increase it to that if it falls below that? Because the issue is that in the case where it bounces upward, there's a good chance that the correct bounce angle, if the y velocity is ignored, results in the disc continuing in the same direction rather than bouncing.
So I'm honestly leaning towards extending the collision boxes for these objects really far above and below where the disc could possibly be thrown, that way regardless of its orientation, it would always be the side of a cylinder colliding either with the side of a box or one of its vertical edges, and the velocity change should thus (hopefully) always look like it makes sense.