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I am programming a breakout clone and have the ball and bricks and the paddle, all I need is help in implementing the collision detection for the ball and the paddle and the bricks,

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If you just need to find collisions for two boxes just do this...

if x1 + width1 > x2 and y1 + height1 > y2 and x1 < x2 + width2
and y2 < y2 +height2 then collision!

it may not work correctly because I am a little rusty in 2D but this are the basis.
(its written in pseudo-code. dont just copy and paste).

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The simplies way is to check everything as per frame...
This would give you the best quality and the worse FPS

you should have a

I assume you would have the following handy
Object: bounded by a set of vertices and
a set of three vertices define a plane (a triangle)
your triangle ranges from 0 to pPlane[k];
Curl your vertices to get the norm.

your ball position... "pPosition" and radius of that ball

bool Collision(PlaneDataTYPE pPlane, PositionVectorDATATYPE pPosition)
for ( int i = 0; i < k; i++ )
if ( D3DXPlaneDotCoord( &pPlane, pPosition ) + radius < 0 )
// radius is your ball / sphere radius
return FALSE;

return TRUE;

if the function evaluates true then you have a collision, else, your ball roams free

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