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# Simple turning problem (working out angles etc)

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I''ve just started to add an AI to my game and am trying to make the computer opponent turn to face me when i move around it. At the moment it sort of works when i''m directly above, below or to the side of it. There''s only 8 directions for consideration. Any help would be appreciated. Here''s the code anyway: if (opponentY == m_nY) { if (opponentX < m_nX) m_nDesiredDirection = 6; else m_nDesiredDirection = 2; break; } if (opponentX == m_nX) { if (opponentY < m_nY) m_nDesiredDirection = 0; else m_nDesiredDirection = 4; break; } if (opponentY < m_nY) { if (opponentX < m_nX) addAngle = 270; else addAngle = 0; } else { if (opponentX < m_nX) addAngle = 180; else addAngle = 90; } distanceX = opponentX - m_nX; distanceY = opponentY - m_nY; checkAngle = abs(distanceY) / abs(distanceX); checkAngle += addAngle; if ((checkAngle <= 22) || (checkAngle > 338)) m_nDesiredDirection = 0; if ((checkAngle > 22) && (checkAngle <= 68)) m_nDesiredDirection = 1; if ((checkAngle > 68) && (checkAngle <= 112)) m_nDesiredDirection = 2; if ((checkAngle > 112) && (checkAngle <= 158)) m_nDesiredDirection = 3; if ((checkAngle > 158) && (checkAngle <= 202)) m_nDesiredDirection = 4; if ((checkAngle > 202) && (checkAngle <= 248)) m_nDesiredDirection = 5; if ((checkAngle > 248) && (checkAngle <= 292)) m_nDesiredDirection = 6; if ((checkAngle > 292) && (checkAngle <= 338)) m_nDesiredDirection = 7; break; opponentX & Y are my x,y co-ordinates m_nX & Y are the computer''s x,y co-ordinates m_nDesiredDirection just represents the direction to turn to, (0 is N, 1 is NE etc)

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If you have only 8 directions you can face - N, NE, E, SE, S, etc - then use combinations to obtain the direction:
#define NORTH 1#define EAST  2#define SOUTH 4#define WEST  8int direction = 0;if( vx<0 ) // negative x-velocity  direction &= WEST; // leftelse if( vx>0 )  direction &= EAST; // rightif( vy<0 ) // negative y-velocity, assume means up  direction &= NORTH; // upelse if( vy>0 )  direction &= SOUTH;

direction will hold the sum of the appropriate orientations; if you're heading up and right, direction will hold 3 (NORTH + EAST). The technique employed is called bitmasking . Look it up.

If you want the angle in degrees, multiply direction by 45.

Edited by - Oluseyi on September 26, 2001 1:29:34 PM

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