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By scullsold
Hi I read some tutorials on STL as many people on this forum say it's faster than the most selfwritten container classes and somehow i can't even declare a list in VC .net 2003...the compiler says: Compiling... VertexManager.cpp c:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\gregor\Eigene Dateien\nGin\VertexManager.h(33) : error C2143: syntax error : missing ';' before '<' c:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\gregor\Eigene Dateien\nGin\VertexManager.h(33) : error C2501: 'CVertexManager::list' : missing storageclass or type specifiers c:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\gregor\Eigene Dateien\nGin\VertexManager.h(33) : error C2238: unexpected token(s) preceding ';' c:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\gregor\Eigene Dateien\nGin\VertexManager.h(34) : error C2143: syntax error : missing ';' before '<' c:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\gregor\Eigene Dateien\nGin\VertexManager.h(34) : error C2501: 'CVertexManager::list' : missing storageclass or type specifiers c:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\gregor\Eigene Dateien\nGin\VertexManager.h(34) : error C2238: unexpected token(s) preceding ';' c:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\gregor\Eigene Dateien\nGin\VertexManager.h(35) : error C2143: syntax error : missing ';' before '<' c:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\gregor\Eigene Dateien\nGin\VertexManager.h(35) : error C2501: 'CVertexManager::list' : missing storageclass or type specifiers my code: class CVertexManager { private: list<VertListEntry> VertList; list<VertGroup> VertGroup; list<int> TextureChange; CVertexManager(); public: ~CVertexManager(); void addEntry(VertListEntry Entry); static CVertexManager& Instance() { static CVertexManager TheOneAndOnly; return CVertexManager; } }; btw what does the list.insert function want as the first parameter? it says something with iterator...what is that? can i just pass an int as the number where i want to have the new entry? regards, m4gnus 
By Nikita Sidorenko
I'm making render just for fun (c++, opengl)
Want to add decals support. Here what I found
A couple of slides from doom
http://advances.realtimerendering.com/s2016/Siggraph2016_idTech6.pdf Decals but deferred
http://martindevans.me/gamedevelopment/2015/02/27/DrawingStuff… spaceDecals/
No implementation details here
https://turanszkij.wordpress.com/2017/10/12/forwarddecalrendering/
As I see there should be a list of decals for each tile same as for light sources. But what to do next?
Let assume that all decals are packed into a spritesheet. Decal will substitute diffuse and normal.
 What data should be stored for each decal on the GPU?
 Articles above describe decals as OBB. Why OBB if decals seem to be flat?
 How to actually render a decal during object render pass (since it's forward)? Is it projected somehow? Don't understand this part completely.
Are there any papers for this topic?

By MingLun "Allen" Chou
Here is the original blog post.
Edit: Sorry, I can't get embedded LaTeX to display properly.
The pinned tutorial post says I have to do it in plain HTML without embedded images?
I actually tried embedding prerendered equations and they seemed fine when editing,
but once I submit the post it just turned into a huge mess.
So...until I can find a proper way to fix this, please refer to the original blog post for formatted formulas.
I've replaced the original LaTex mess in this post with something at least more readable.
Any advice on fixing this is appreciated.
This post is part of my Game Math Series.
Source files are on GitHub.
Shortcut to sterp implementation.
Shortcut to code used to generate animations in this post.
An Alternative to Slerp
Slerp, spherical linear interpolation, is an operation that interpolates from one orientation to another, using a rotational axis paired with the smallest angle possible.
Quick note: Jonathan Blow explains here how you should avoid using slerp, if normalized quaternion linear interpolation (nlerp) suffices. Long store short, nlerp is faster but does not maintain constant angular velocity, while slerp is slower but maintains constant angular velocity; use nlerp if you’re interpolating across small angles or you don’t care about constant angular velocity; use slerp if you’re interpolating across large angles and you care about constant angular velocity. But for the sake of using a more commonly known and used building block, the remaining post will only mention slerp. Replacing all following occurrences of slerp with nlerp would not change the validity of this post.
In general, slerp is considered superior over interpolating individual components of Euler angles, as the latter method usually yields orientational sways.
But, sometimes slerp might not be ideal. Look at the image below showing two different orientations of a rod. On the left is one orientation, and on the right is the resulting orientation of rotating around the axis shown as a cyan arrow, where the pivot is at one end of the rod.
If we slerp between the two orientations, this is what we get:
Mathematically, slerp takes the “shortest rotational path”. The quaternion representing the rod’s orientation travels along the shortest arc on a 4D hyper sphere. But, given the rod’s elongated appearance, the rod’s moving end seems to be deviating from the shortest arc on a 3D sphere.
My intended effect here is for the rod’s moving end to travel along the shortest arc in 3D, like this:
The difference is more obvious if we compare them sidebyside:
This is where swingtwist decomposition comes in.
SwingTwist Decomposition
SwingTwist decomposition is an operation that splits a rotation into two concatenated rotations, swing and twist. Given a twist axis, we would like to separate out the portion of a rotation that contributes to the twist around this axis, and what’s left behind is the remaining swing portion.
There are multiple ways to derive the formulas, but this particular one by Michaele Norel seems to be the most elegant and efficient, and it’s the only one I’ve come across that does not involve any use of trigonometry functions. I will first show the formulas now and then paraphrase his proof later:
Given a rotation represented by a quaternion R = [W_R, vec{V_R}] and a twist axis vec{V_T}, combine the scalar part from R the projection of vec{V_R} onto vec{V_T} to form a new quaternion: T = [W_R, proj_{vec{V_T}}(vec{V_R})]. We want to decompose R into a swing component and a twist component. Let the S denote the swing component, so we can write R = ST. The swing component is then calculated by multiplying R with the inverse (conjugate) of T: S= R T^{1} Beware that S and T are not yet normalized at this point. It's a good idea to normalize them before use, as unit quaternions are just cuter. Below is my code implementation of swingtwist decomposition. Note that it also takes care of the singularity that occurs when the rotation to be decomposed represents a 180degree rotation. public static void DecomposeSwingTwist ( Quaternion q, Vector3 twistAxis, out Quaternion swing, out Quaternion twist ) { Vector3 r = new Vector3(q.x, q.y, q.z); // singularity: rotation by 180 degree if (r.sqrMagnitude < MathUtil.Epsilon) { Vector3 rotatedTwistAxis = q * twistAxis; Vector3 swingAxis = Vector3.Cross(twistAxis, rotatedTwistAxis); if (swingAxis.sqrMagnitude > MathUtil.Epsilon) { float swingAngle = Vector3.Angle(twistAxis, rotatedTwistAxis); swing = Quaternion.AngleAxis(swingAngle, swingAxis); } else { // more singularity: // rotation axis parallel to twist axis swing = Quaternion.identity; // no swing } // always twist 180 degree on singularity twist = Quaternion.AngleAxis(180.0f, twistAxis); return; } // meat of swingtwist decomposition Vector3 p = Vector3.Project(r, twistAxis); twist = new Quaternion(p.x, p.y, p.z, q.w); twist = Normalize(twist); swing = q * Quaternion.Inverse(twist); } Now that we have the means to decompose a rotation into swing and twist components, we need a way to use them to interpolate the rod’s orientation, replacing slerp.
SwingTwist Interpolation
Replacing slerp with the swing and twist components is actually pretty straightforward. Let the Q_0 and Q_1 denote the quaternions representing the rod's two orientations we are interpolating between. Given the interpolation parameter t, we use it to find "fractions" of swing and twist components and combine them together. Such fractiona can be obtained by performing slerp from the identity quaternion, Q_I, to the individual components. So we replace: Slerp(Q_0, Q_1, t) with: Slerp(Q_I, S, t) Slerp(Q_I, T, t) From the rod example, we choose the twist axis to align with the rod's longest side. Let's look at the effect of the individual components Slerp(Q_I, S, t) and Slerp(Q_I, T, t) as t varies over time below, swing on left and twist on right:
And as we concatenate these two components together, we get a swingtwist interpolation that rotates the rod such that its moving end travels in the shortest arc in 3D. Again, here is a sidebyside comparison of slerp (left) and swingtwist interpolation (right):
I decided to name my swingtwist interpolation function sterp. I think it’s cool because it sounds like it belongs to the function family of lerp and slerp. Here’s to hoping that this name catches on.
And here’s my code implementation:
public static Quaternion Sterp ( Quaternion a, Quaternion b, Vector3 twistAxis, float t ) { Quaternion deltaRotation = b * Quaternion.Inverse(a); Quaternion swingFull; Quaternion twistFull; QuaternionUtil.DecomposeSwingTwist ( deltaRotation, twistAxis, out swingFull, out twistFull ); Quaternion swing = Quaternion.Slerp(Quaternion.identity, swingFull, t); Quaternion twist = Quaternion.Slerp(Quaternion.identity, twistFull, t); return twist * swing; } Proof
Lastly, let’s look at the proof for the swingtwist decomposition formulas. All that needs to be proven is that the swing component S does not contribute to any rotation around the twist axis, i.e. the rotational axis of S is orthogonal to the twist axis. Let vec{V_{R_para}} denote the parallel component of vec{V_R} to vec{V_T}, which can be obtained by projecting vec{V_R} onto vec{V_T}: vec{V_{R_para}} = proj_{vec{V_T}}(vec{V_R}) Let vec{V_{R_perp}} denote the orthogonal component of vec{V_R} to vec{V_T}: vec{V_{R_perp}} = vec{V_R}  vec{V_{R_para}} So the scalarvector form of T becomes: T = [W_R, proj_{vec{V_T}}(vec{V_R})] = [W_R, vec{V_{R_para}}] Using the quaternion multiplication formula, here is the scalarvector form of the swing quaternion: S = R T^{1} = [W_R, vec{V_R}] [W_R, vec{V_{R_para}}] = [W_R^2  vec{V_R} ‧ (vec{V_{R_para}}), vec{V_R} X (vec{V_{R_para}}) + W_R vec{V_R} + W_R (vec{V_{R_para}})] = [W_R^2  vec{V_R} ‧ (vec{V_{R_para}}), vec{V_R} X (vec{V_{R_para}}) + W_R (vec{V_R} vec{V_{R_para}})] = [W_R^2  vec{V_R} ‧ (vec{V_{R_para}}), vec{V_R} X (vec{V_{R_para}}) + W_R vec{V_{R_perp}}] Take notice of the vector part of the result: vec{V_R} X (vec{V_{R_para}}) + W_R vec{V_{R_perp}} This is a vector parallel to the rotational axis of S. Both vec{V_R} X(vec{V_{R_para}}) and vec{V_{R_perp}} are orthogonal to the twist axis vec{V_T}, so we have shown that the rotational axis of S is orthogonal to the twist axis. Hence, we have proven that the formulas for S and T are valid for swingtwist decomposition. Conclusion
That’s all.
Given a twist axis, I have shown how to decompose a rotation into a swing component and a twist component.
Such decomposition can be used for swingtwist interpolation, an alternative to slerp that interpolates between two orientations, which can be useful if you’d like some point on a rotating object to travel along the shortest arc.
I like to call such interpolation sterp.
Sterp is merely an alternative to slerp, not a replacement. Also, slerp is definitely more efficient than sterp. Most of the time slerp should work just fine, but if you find unwanted orientational sway on an object’s moving end, you might want to give sterp a try.

By Sebastian Werema
Do you know any papers that cover custom data structures like lists or binary trees implemented in hlsl without CUDA that work perfectly fine no matter how many threads try to use them at any given time?

By SomeoneRichards
Hi there.
I'm looking for some quick opinions, advice or other comments on my custom engine architecture.
For better or for worse, I have ended up with an ECS engine. I didn't intend to go this way, but countless searched through Google and the forum seem to confirm that this is the case. I have entities (mere Ids), components (pure data) and systems (holding raw resources and functionality) to operate on them. To be honest, I'm fairly happy with it.
However, I have yet to implement any actual logic into my 'game', and have been looking around for details on the various ways of handling interactivity, specifically, interactively between entities and components.
A topic that comes up a lot is events and event queues. I have not liked these. I don't want to add functionality to entities or components, and I don't like the idea of callbacks or event calling firing all over the place. So, I have been puzzling over this for the last two or so days. Eventually, I gave up on the musing and came to accept that some kind of event system is going to be needed. So, I had another look at the bitSquid blog (recommended on this forum), and something occurred to me. Isn't an event really just another form of entity? If it isn't, why isn't it?
I also realised that I already have something pretty similar running in my engine now. Specifically, my (admitted quite naive) implementation works more or less like this. The scene hands a list of physicalComponents and their corresponding placementComponents, and the collisionDetection subsystem iterates through them, looking for collisions. If it finds one, it creates a collision, adds it to the list, and moves on to the next one. Once it is finished, the collisionResolution subsystem goes through the list, and handles the collisions  again, currently very naively, by bouncing the objects off of one another.
So, I am wondering if I can just use this same approach to handle logical interactions. Entities with logical requirements have a collection of components related to interactivity (the range, the effect, and so on), and the various subsystems iterate through potential candidates. If it notices an interaction, it creates an interactionEntity (with the necessary data) and the interactions are processed by the next subsystem.
I guess I'm looking for some feedback on this idea before I start implementing it. The hope i for more granularity in the components, and the ability to add a logical scripting system which combines various components into potential interactions, and omits the need for any kind of event system. Or am I just repeating the general idea of events and event queues in a slightly more complicated way?
Additionally, any comments or commentary on this approach (ECS, and so on), would be very gratefully received. I've pretty much run out of resources at this point.
Regards,
Simon

By Hanseul Shin
Thanx to @Randy Gaul, I succesfully implemented cube/cube collision detection and response.
1 substract the center of each AABB = 3d vector a.
2 if x of a is the biggest, this represents a face on each AABB.
3 if x is pointing at the same(or exact opposte) direction of the normal(of a face), two AABB are colliding on those faces.
But these steps only work if two colliders are cubes, because the size of each halflengths are different in a right square prism.
I'd like to check which faces are collided with two right square prism, please help!
Thank you!

By StepperDox
I've been digging around online and can't seem to find any formulas for 3D mesh simplification. I'm not sure where to start but I generally want to know how I could make a function that takes in an array of vertices, indices, and a float/double for the decimation rate. And could I preserve the general shape of the object too?
Thanks for the help!
P.S. I was hoping to do something with Quadric Error / Quadric Edge Collapse if that's possible.

By Dromo
I am about to start a PhD that will investigate ways of replicating creativity in the AI systems of simulated people in virtual environments. I will research which psychology theories and models to use in order to achieve this, with a focus on creative problem solving.
The aim of this project is to create virtual characters and NPCs that can create new solutions to challenges, even if they have never encountered these before. This would mean that not every possible action or outcome would need to be coded for, so less development resources are required. Players would encounter virtual people that are not bound by rigid patterns of prescripted behaviour, increasing the replay value and lifespan of games, and the accuracy of simulations.
I am looking for companies or organisations that would be interested in working with me on my PhD, and I think computer games companies might be the most likely. I am trying to think of ways in which this new AI system might benefit games companies, or improvements and new types of games that might be possible. I am on this forum to ask for your thoughts and suggestions please, so I can approach games companies with some examples.
Thank you for your time and interest.

By Armando Neto
INTRODUCTION  It's the following, for a university chair I'm making an application that will be an accessory to assist in facetoface RPG tables, it has rooms in which the master and players can manage tokens, I just want to do one more thing, a map where all the players in the room could see and move their "miniatures" in it the master could put their monsters, but without animation, it would be just to replace the paper map that is normally used in facetoface sessions.
PROBLEM  To do the map explained in the introduction, I looked for some tools but I did not find any good, so I would ask to be told APIs to do this, if someone has already played table RPG knows more or less how I want to do, I will leave an image of the roll 20 that is more or less similar, and some more images of how I want it to stay on the cell phone for those who never played understand , I just need to know a good tool to do this.
I want the master himself to put the image that will be used when starting the map (photo or maybe tiled map).
It can be solutions for web to and call the website into application, literally anything that does what I want will help.
If you can help me, I'll be grateful, sorry for the awful English.

By BigBadMick
Hey everybody,
I'm currently working on a simple HTML5 game and my javascript collision detection function isn't working. The game features a little man that runs from side to side at the bottom of the screen, while a meteor falls from the sky. The function is supposed to detect a collision between meteor and man.
In the routine, the top left corner of the man is at (player.x, player.y) and the top left corner of the meteor is at (meteor.x, meteor.y). The man is 25 pixels wide by 35 pixels tall. The meteor is 50 pixels wide by 50 pixels tall.
Any idea where I've screwed in up this function?
// ============================================================================= // Check for a collision between the 50 x 50 meteor and the 25 wide x 35 tall // main character // // Main character is drawn at 540 and is 35 tall, so the top of the character // is at y = 540 and the bottom is at y = 575. // // Function returns 1 if there has been a collision between the main // character and the meteor, otherwise it returns 0. // ============================================================================= function check_for_meteor_player_collision () { // edge positions for player and meteor var player_top = player.y; var player_bottom = player.y + 34; var player_left = player.x; var player_right = player.x + 24; var meteor_top = meteor.y; var meteor_bottom = meteor.y + 49; var meteor_left = meteor.x; var meteor_right = meteor.x + 49; var vertical_overlap = 0; var horizontal_overlap = 0; // ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ // Check for vertical overlap // ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ // Check if meteor bottom overlaps player if ((meteor_bottom >= player_top) && (meteor_bottom <= player_bottom)) { vertical_overlap = 1; } // Check if meteor top overlaps player if ((meteor_top >= player_top) && (meteor_top <= player_bottom)) { vertical_overlap = 1; } // ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ // Check for horizontal overlap // ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ // Check if meteor left side overlaps player if ((meteor_left >= player_left) && (meteor_left <= player_right)) { horizontal_overlap = 1; } // Check if meteor right side overlaps player if ((meteor_right >= player_left) && (meteor_right <= player_right)) { horizontal_overlap = 1; } // console.log("vertical_overlap = " + vertical_overlap); // console.log("horizontal_overlap = " + horizontal_overlap) // If we've got both a vertical overlap and a horizontal overlap, // we've got a collision if ((vertical_overlap == 1) && (horizontal_overlap == 1)) { return 1; } // if we've fallen through, we haven't detected a collision return 0; } // =============================================================================


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