Collision Detection with DirectX9

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    Collision Detection with DirectX9

    Hi all,

    I am writing a simple little shooter game (similar to asteroids). I am currently working on the upgrades for my space ship and one of these is a laser. I ave successfully implemented a laser which works nicely. However, the collision detection has not been working.

    Below is the code:

    Initialized as

    GameObject *laser;
    InitD3DX::d3dspt->Draw(laser->sprite, NULL, laser->centre, laser->position, D3DCOLOR_ARGB(255, 255,255,255));
    	if (myXBox360Controller->IsButtonPressed(XINPUT_GAMEPAD_X)&& saucer->alive)
    	this->laser->position->x = saucer->position->x + saucer->spriteWidth - 8;
    	this->laser->position->y = saucer->position->y + saucer->spriteHeight/2;
    		this->laser->position->x = 2000; 
    		this->laser->position->y = 2000;
    			for (std::vector<GameObject*>::iterator it = myEnemys.begin(); it!=myEnemys.end(); it++)
    			object1 = *it;
    			// If enemy is hit register hit and play sound.
    			if (this->laser->CollisionDetection(this->laser,object1) && this->laser->alive && object1->alive)
    				object1->alive = false;
    				object1->count = 0;
    The laser displays but the the enemy ships do not get destroyed when the laser touches them. I get no error messages and am sure I am close but it just doesn't want to work! object1 should refer to the enemy ships as this code is the collision detection for the torpedoes hitting the enemy ships.

    Any ideas? Thanks


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    How on earth can we know what is wrong with collision detection, if you didn't provide ANY code related to detecting collisions?!
    I never put signature, but I decided to make an exception.

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    DirectX specifically does not handle collision detection. The D3DX library does offer some support from D3DXBoxBoundProbe() and other more exact and thus more expensive mesh/tri collision detection functions.

    I suggest looking into open source libraries like Bullet for more accurate and more thorough collision detection and response.

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    Sorry, there is some code related to collision detection. As this program is being modified, and the collision detection function was already there, I largely ignored it as everything else seemed to work okay.

    Below is the code for the collision detection

    bool GameObject::CollisionDetection(const GameObject *gameObject1, const GameObject *gameObject2) const
    	bool collision = false;
    	RECT rect1;
    	RECT rect2;
    	// Create two bounding rectangles.
    	SetRect(&rect1, (int)gameObject1->position->x, (int)gameObject1->position->y, gameObject1->spriteWidth, gameObject1->spriteHeight);
    	SetRect(&rect2, (int)gameObject2->position->x, (int)gameObject2->position->y, gameObject2->spriteWidth, gameObject2->spriteHeight);
    	// Are the sprites x co-ordinates within range of one another.
    	if ((rect1.left >= rect2.left && rect1.left <= rect2.left+gameObject2->spriteWidth) ||
    		(rect1.left+gameObject1->spriteWidth >= rect2.left && rect1.left+gameObject1->spriteWidth <= rect2.left+gameObject2->spriteWidth))
    		// Now check y co-ordinate values.
    		if (( >= && <=>spriteHeight) ||
    			(>spriteHeight >= &&>spriteHeight <=>spriteHeight))
    				return true;
    	return collision;

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