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#1 phil67rpg   Members   


Posted 15 May 2012 - 07:17 PM

I am trying to write a very simple routine that shoots bullets.here is my function.

void shoot_bullet()
for(int j=0;j<=510;j++)
I want to shoot like in asteroids.

#2 Trienco   Members   


Posted 15 May 2012 - 10:38 PM

And how would you ever see the bullet do anything if you completely halt your game loop while you do that? How would you ever have more than one bullet if you block the whole application like that?

Shooting a bullet isn't a matter of calling a single function. You need to create a bullet and on every iteration through your main loop you update, check for collision, handle collisions if necessary and render your bullet.

#3 BeerNutts   Members   


Posted 16 May 2012 - 12:50 PM


What is a bullet? How would you define a bullet it code? Let me try and help you, with some code. I'm only going to use structures to keep it simple.
// simple enum for colors
enum etColors

// a simple bullet (real bullet would have images attached to them, but we're just going to assume it's a colored rectangle)
struct tBullet
  float XPosition; // upper left of bullet
  float YPosition;
  float XVelocity; // should be in pixels/second, but you can make it what you need for it to work for now
  float YVelocity;
  int Height;
  int Width;
  int Damage;
  int Owner; // 0 is the Player, other values are the enemies
  etColors eColor; // what color is this bullet
  bool IsActive; // true if this bullet is still active, false, it can be removed
Does all the above variable make sense?

Now, we want to be able to have many bullets on the screen, so we would want a list of bullets. Just make this a global variable in your main .cpp file:
std::list<tBullet> BulletList;
(BTW, only to help make it easier do I suggest making it a global; I would never tell anyone but a struggling beginner to do this).
Somewhere, your player or your enemy will shoot a bullet, and you will want to add it to the list. You could do this (assuming Bulletlist is global).
// just a temp define, you would really base the bullet speed on what type of bullet the player is shooting
#define PLAYERS_BULLET_SPEEDY -8.0f // Assumes bullet go straight up from ship

// This assumes the GetInput function has told your player to fire a bullet
void PlayerUpdate()
  if (FireBullet) {
	tBullet NewBullet;
	// setup the new bullet
	NewBullet.XPosition = PlayersXPosition + PlayerShipWidth()/2;
	NewBullet.YPosition = PlayersYPosition;
	NewBullet.Height = 10;
	NewBullet.Width = 10;
	NewBullet.Damage = 100;
	NewBullet.Owner = 0; // main ship owns it
	NewBullet.eColor = COLOR_WHITE;
	NewBullet.IsActive = true;

	// add it to the bullet list

Now, you'll need to loop through all the bullets in the list and update them.

void UpdateBullets()
  std::list<tBullet>::iterator it;

  // All bullets should be active at this point
  for (it = BulletList.begin(); it != BulletList.end(); ++it) {
	// Move the bullet
	it->XPosition += it->XVelocity;
	it->YPosition += it->YVelocity;

	// Check if the bullet has hit anything
	if (CheckBulletCollision(*it)) {
	  //mark inactive
	  it->IsActive = false;
	// Check if the bullet is off the screen
	if (CheckBoundary(it->XPosition, it->YPosition) {

	  //mark inactive
	  it->IsActive = false;

	// Draw the bullet
	GraphicsRectDraw(it->XPosition, it->YPosition, it->Width, it->Height, it->eColor);

  // loop through and delete all the inactive bullets
  for (it = BulletList.begin(); it != BulletList.end(); ) {
	if (!it->IsActive) {
	  it = BulletList.erase(it);

Anyway, that's the general idea. Good Luck.

Edited by BeerNutts, 16 May 2012 - 12:52 PM.

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