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Video: Collision detection in MDK2, NeverWinter Nights

June 6, 2013 | By GDC Vault Staff

June 6, 2013 | By GDC Vault Staff
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Stan Melax discusses the math behind binary space partitioning (BSP) collision detection used in MDK2 and NeverWinter Nights in this programming-intensive lecture from GDC 2001.

Recently added to GDC Vault, this talk explores player control and navigation in MDK2, the memory-saving "Dynamic Plane Shifting BSP Algorithm" used to make the game rich in content, and more. The free video is live here.

For the diagram-filled paper that this talk is based on, check out Melax's feature on Gamasutra.

Session Name: BSP Collision Detection As Used In MDK2 and NeverWinter Nights

Speaker(s): Stan Melax

Company Name(s): BioWare

Track / Format: Programming

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