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Gammastrahler

Firing projectiles?

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Hi, i want to implement a weapon in my first person shooter. The problem is, i don´t know how to get the projectile particles fired in the direction the weapon (or player) looks/points. I have tried to multiply the vertices of the particles with the inverse modelview matrix, but this does not the job... And i don´t want to use open gl´s transform routines, since i need to change my vertices directly (for collision detection). What do i need to do to get it working? Thanks for any help, Gammastrahler

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You probably want to start the projectile at the location of the player, and sets the projectile's velocity according to their direction (ie. vx = speed * cos(theta), vy = speed * sin(theta) where theta is the player's current rotation angle, for a Doom-type game. There's a couple more sines and cosines involved for a mouselook-type game. :)

To translate the particle into position for drawing, you need its position and orientation. Then you build a new modelview matrix for the particle based on these - basically you'll be writing your own versions of glRotate(), glTranslate() etc. which are useful to have around anyway.

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Moving an object along a line:

If D is the direction of the line, and O is the initial position of the center of the object, then at any time t the position of the center of the object would be:

C(t) = tD + O

Where "+" means you should translate the point O by the vector tD.

Finding the direction vector:

If V is your direction vector, and M is your view matrix, then:

M * V = (0,0,1,0)

So, by extracting the inverse of your view matrix, M-1, you have:

V = M-1 * (0,0,1,0)

Which gives you your view vector (and you can the use it to move the object along the line it defines).

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