Questions tagged [physics-engine]

Software for simulating physics like collisions, forces, mass, joints, motion etc. Examples of physics engines are PhysX, Havok, Bullet and ODE.

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How do I build a 2D physics engine? [closed]

The most advanced games I've made are a 8-ball pool game made with the physics engine Box2dFlashAS3 and a platform game with levels. When I did platform games, I've always wished to know how to make ...
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Advice needed for a physics engine

I've recently started a project, building a physics engine. I was hoping you could give me some advice related to some documentation and/or best technologies for this. First of all, I've seen that ...
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How do I integrate bullet physics into my game?

I downloaded the release file found here, but I'm just not sure where to start. In my game I have a number of oblongs and a sphere, I want all of these to collide with one another. (They all have ...
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What are some known 2D/3D physics engines for XNA? [closed]

I'm looking for a physics engine to use in an XNA project (2D or 3D). Because it's for XNA, it needs to fulfill some requirements: Not necessarily free, but close to it is obviously preferred Managed ...
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Do any open source JavaScript 3D physics engines exist? [closed]

I'm working on a web-based 3D FPS game using WebGL, HTML5 and JavaScript. It is supposed to target PCs and net-books with WebGL-enabled browsers installed. I'm wondering if there's an existing open ...
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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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Any fixed-point portable open-source 3D physics engines? [closed]

I'm looking for a fixed-point 3D physics engine (basic kynematics and collision detection-resolution... nothing too fancy.) I need fixed-point math because I'd like to have deterministic results, for ...
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2D Spaceship Thruster Movement - Turning

I have a spacecraft (shown in the image) built out of ‘blocks’ / 3D planes. It is drawn within a 3D space, but I’m ignoring the Y axis for now and keeping things on a “2D” XZ axis. The ship has a ...
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What is a “solver” in a physics engine?

I am self-taught and have successfully coded simple collisions of planes, spheres, rays and up until interactive cloth simulations so I do have some basic sense of which part of the physics goes where ...
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Physics System ignores collision in some rare cases

I've been developing a simple physics engine for my game. since the game physics is very simple I've decided to increase accuracy a little bit. Instead of formal integration methods like fourier or ...
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Semi Fixed-timestep ported to javascript

In Gaffer's "Fix Your Timestep!" article, the author explains how to free your physics' loop from the paint one. Here is the final code, written in C: ...
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How to make a stack stable? Need help for an explicit resting contact scheme (2-dimensional)

Previously, I struggle with the sequential impulse-based method I developed. Thanks to jedediah referring me to this paper, I managed to rebuild the codes and implement the simultaneous impulse based ...
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How do I fix objects “popping” or jittering in physics engine?

I've got a simple physics engine that solves collisions by simply correcting the position of overlapping bodies (just circles for now) directly, as opposed to just changing the velocity or applying an ...
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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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Storing rigid body collision shapes in local or world coordinates

I'm writing the beginnings of a lightweight 2d rigid body engine (in javascript, as a hobby project), and i'm debating whether to store collision shapes in local or in (updated as needed) world ...
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Realistic Trajectory of a Projectile [closed]

When simulating an airplane and a missile, to get them moving in the air we apply a force in one direction. Now an airplane has wings that keeps it afloat while a missile can have fins to stabilize it....
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Realistic 2D Planetary Physics Engine?

I'm doing a spaceflight simulator in C++ (using Allegro 5), and I realised that I could just use a physics engine instead of writing my own physics. So that's what I'm doing. Since this is going to ...
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Why do we use physics engines for collision testing or raycasting?

There is a thing I don't understand about game engines: why it is so common to use physics engines to do raycasting or collision testing? Say that you have a 3D scene loaded in your scene manager (...
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Lunar lander: How to calc acceleration in each step

I'm trying to make a lunar lander simulator. I'm going to use a simple Euler integration. AFAIK all I've to calculate is the acceleration in each step, and then I should be able to update velocity and ...
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what is the absolute simplest way to add physics to a simple 3D game

This physics does not have to be very complex at all. There are a number of rectangles and one ball, all of which have the appropriate bounding volumes constrained to them, it would be great if the ...
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3D open source physics engine suitable for mobile platforms (Android and iOS)

I have made some research and found that bullet, ode, newton and some others are open source physics engines that should be portable enough (but I have never tried to comile/use anyone of them on ...