Although I have a pretty solid background in math (especially vectors, matrices, and even tensors), I've always somewhat struggled with quaternions. Most sources focus on quaternions as some tool for performing rotations in three-dimensions while avoiding gimbal lock. Which is true, they are/ that, but they're also more. After reading several articles about quaternions over the past several days, quaternions finally clicked and made sense! I'll try to share that insight with here here, though be warned that my description may be just as confusing (if not more so) than anywhere else.

Continuing on from yesterday’s post where I explored detecting discrete collisions using Minkowski differences, today I’m going to talk about detecting continuous collisions using Minkowski differences (again, focusing solely on axis-aligned bounding boxes). Continuous collision detection is essential in any game where you have fast-moving objects and/or low frame rates. It adds slightly more complexity to the discrete collision detection algorithm, but the advantages far outweigh the costs in this case!

Since I’ve started on an adventure to start creating my games with Haxe and OpenFL, I found myself in need of some collision detection. I don’t really need anything as fancy or extensive as Nape, and although the HxCollision library is a pretty solid Separating Axis Theorem implementation, it doesn’t deal with swept-collisions, which is a bit of an issue for games (without swept collisions, any lag spikes can easily cause objects to pass right through objects!).

I've always been curious about how [Bézier] cubic splines are generated and I how I can use them in various projects (game development probably being the most immediately obvious). If you don't know what I'm talking about, Wikipedia has a decent if somewhat tedious description. After digging through the math, I came up with these results which I'll share for the simplicity of it all (they really are simpler than I ever though). I found most sources started at the beginning and gave huge mathematical backgrounds, which although are nice, are typically just not what I was looking for. What I was looking for (and what is presented here) is just the end result - given a set of input weights, how do I calculate the actual spline?

Arguably one of the greatest video game series of all time, I spent countless hours playing these games as a kid. One thing I always particularly loved about the games is that the kinematics / physics of Mario's motion were just so.. fun! Not necessarily that they felt real, but when you ran, you ran fast. When you jumped, you jumped high, etc. I think this is a problem that I have with numerous other platforming games.. yea, sure, the gameplay can be fun, but moving around just seems so... boring in comparison to Mario.

Computers are great, but as it turns out - they're not always the smartest of folks. However, they are great at doing simple math! Today, I'll show you how to exploit these silicon monsters to do something that sometimes humans even fail at: solving a simple non-linear equation.

Systems of partial differential equations crop up all the time in engineering, especially when examining real-world complicated problems that vary in time (such as a ballistic trajectory with drag forces non-negligable), or in various process control systems (ex: relating flow conditions in systems of tanks with the height in those tanks).