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    Question 2D Game engine allows for terrain destruction

    Hello, I'm a newbie at game programming, but it's one of my hobbies.

    My 2D game engine (Written in Java) at this point uses primitive rectangles and circles to detect collisions but I realized that if I wanted destructable terrain, I can't just take a chunk off the rectangle.

    The new game engine will use a 2D array of integers. Each element represents a pixel. 0 meaning empty, and greater than 1 meaning some other type of terrain be it water, rock, or grass. Or have a 2D array of Terrain Objects.

    1) Is this setup commonly used?
    2) I know collision detection will be a breeze but will the computer be able to change all those elements quickly enough to simulate movement?
    3) If this is a bad setup, what would you reccommend?

    Thanks!
    Last edited by AsianNinjaPro; 11-29-2011 at 02:33 PM. Reason: Change the icon


 

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