Posted by Data in Cortex Command - May 11th, 2007

Soooo… this whole week has been spent tearing my hair out over the core physics code. Everything else is being held up by these issues that I’m trying to resolve with the lowest level collision code. Being a physics-based game, Cortex Command’s gameplay is entirely dependent on having this robust foundation, or things really go to pot.

A clear example is the ‘tunneling’ problems, where actors could glitch themselves through the terrain, no matter how hard or thick the materials. The AI-controlled skeleton actors loved to do this in previous test builds. But no more! Although there are still other ways to compromise the terrain through glitches, the major ones have been fixed:

Intact walls
Note how there’s no more tunneling, so the AI enemies have to pile bodies to get over those walls

Also, a lot of time and effort was spent experimenting with having invisible physics springs pulling things apart when two objects started to intersect. The initial method I tried failed miserably, resulting in things being very squishy and mushy feeling. I’ll work more on getting the MO-MO collision responses working better, and see if we can’t get a new build out soonish.

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294 Responses to “Intact walls!”

  1. Shadow - # May 28th, 2007 at 9:46 am

    Here is a simple question that no one can answer I think. When is the new build coming?

  2. RottenCod - # May 28th, 2007 at 10:16 am

    Why is everybody talking about when they don’t want to die if this is a development log?

  3. MaximDude - # May 28th, 2007 at 11:55 am

    See, I just answered it

  4. Shadow - # May 28th, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    Lets hope you are right.

  5. Block - # May 28th, 2007 at 12:58 pm

    This community is going to explode with joy when this thing comes out :D…At least I know I am.

  6. JeCa - # May 28th, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    @rottencod: Because they don’t want to die before build14 is out. Wait. What if you die 5 min before the new build is out O_o If that’s the case, I actually think that you /can/ complain about your date-of-death. And no, Data hasn’t died. You remember him talking about the other members of the team? I don’t think they’d let us go unnoticed (although it wouldn’t be the first thing I would’ve thought of if my friend just died).

  7. Mathsdebater - # May 28th, 2007 at 1:43 pm


    hell yeah!

  8. bollinator - # May 28th, 2007 at 4:26 pm

    I hope you don’t let eager fans rush the build, but is there any way for an updated eta?

  9. foogooman - # May 28th, 2007 at 7:11 pm

    Rush the build..? Rush… the build…? IT’S TAKING FOREVER! YOU THINK THIS IS RUSHED?! *SPLODE*

  10. Mathsdebater - # May 28th, 2007 at 9:52 pm

    @ bollinator

    is there any reason why you think this build is rushed, the build is OBVIOUSLY not rushed as its been ages for it to be here!

  11. bollinator - # May 28th, 2007 at 10:03 pm

    And I hope when he’s finished he just camps on releasing it for 3 days

  12. Mathsdebater - # May 28th, 2007 at 10:30 pm


  13. Alechs - # May 28th, 2007 at 10:46 pm

    Cnn reports Small Suburban riots with adolesecent teens Chanting Build 14. more at 11. Rushing I don’t hear any kekeke’s.

  14. BreenedandScrooned - # May 29th, 2007 at 12:46 am

    Um…is the forum down for anybody else?

  15. BreenedandScrooned - # May 29th, 2007 at 1:01 am

    Sorry for the double post, but it’s back again.

  16. BreenedandScrooned - # May 29th, 2007 at 1:09 am

    Ugh, never mind, it’s down again. Are you doing something with the forum, Wizard James?

  17. The-Masses - # May 29th, 2007 at 1:27 am

    He said something (I think) on IRC about upgrading the forum.

    – The-Masses

  18. BreenedandScrooned - # May 29th, 2007 at 1:29 am

    Ah, okay. Thanks, The-Masses.

    And sorry for the triple post.

  19. Mathsdebater - # May 29th, 2007 at 2:28 am

    hwz itz goingz peoplez =D

  20. BreenedandScrooned - # May 29th, 2007 at 2:53 am

    Who are you? ProjektTHOR?

  21. KarvaBopi - # May 29th, 2007 at 5:53 am

    oh… my… god… I CANT TAKE THIS ANYMORE !!!!!!

  22. Jeakk - # May 29th, 2007 at 10:23 am

    Guys, let’s be serious here. He just got married. He’s still having sex. Give him time.

  23. MaximDude - # May 29th, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    Its been

  24. MaximDude - # May 29th, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    I was going to say:
    Its been almoast month, I think he had more than enough sex

  25. Thanatos - # May 29th, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    lol. This is freaking the longest Time I can remember between builds.

  26. bboynew - # May 29th, 2007 at 12:29 pm

    MaximDude – # May 29th, 2007 at 12:21 pm
    I was going to say:
    Its been almoast month, I think he had more than enough sex

    hahahaha i rofled!

    but seriosly the build better be good. its been a long! time!

  27. I eat Stuff - # May 29th, 2007 at 12:54 pm

    I cant wait for it, but it will also be anoying to edit all of my/other peoples mods to fit the new game. And I thought 11 and 12/13 were more widely spaced than this. Plus he has a life too, its probably not all circled around cc.

  28. Kazuki - # May 29th, 2007 at 12:58 pm


  29. numgun - # May 29th, 2007 at 1:09 pm


  30. spog - # May 29th, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    God whens the forum gonna be back up?

  31. Shadow - # May 29th, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    This waiting sucks pretty much I just come here everyday with hope that the new version had come but no, they just dont release it…

  32. Spamking - # May 29th, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    Ah, shit. Forum’s down. Craptacular.
    Data, you better be having enough sex for the rest of your life, because from now on, you must do NOTHING but new releases. I want a freakin’ autoupdate running once a day!

  33. p3lb0x - # May 29th, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    “274# MaximDude – # May 29th, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    I was going to say:
    Its been almoast month, I think he had more than enough sex

    i have never tried sex but from what i hear you can never get enough of it

  34. That one guy - # May 29th, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    Aye. My gf won’t let me do anything till she is 18. argh…

    Oh well, we can still do other stuff *wink*

  35. sylverone - # May 29th, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    Hey folks, cool it. His pesonal life is his business. If he wanted you all trying to pry into it he wouldn’t be running a videogame blog. His business with his wife is his own business.

    I’m just as anxious as the rest of you but if all you can do is sit around and wait for the new build and complain that it’s not out, you need to get some more hobbies. 😉

    Also, you must realize that the physics are at the core of the game. He’s probably having to fix things so they work right with the new physics. Considering how long getting this far has taken, going through all that code to isolate bugs is probably quite a job.

  36. sylverone - # May 29th, 2007 at 6:31 pm

    I just realized exactly how hard it is to imagine cortex command without skeletons digging… We’ve gotten so used to it. I wonder if the improved physics will keep rockets from being able to crash through stuff as well? I hope the effect isn’t too dramatic, because that is one of the funnest things to do in the game…

    It’s sure going to feel different… I wonder if there’s any work on the stage editor yet?

  37. Chineseboy14 - # May 29th, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    I’m starting to get bored of cc right now…


  38. Mathsdebater - # May 29th, 2007 at 11:32 pm


    ahh… jeez…
    Data are you having a snooze like i was, COME ON! your not sleeping on the job are you!?! you better not!

    Have fun, because we sure ‘AINT’

  39. 3xploited - # May 29th, 2007 at 11:33 pm

    rofl! I havent been checking this much anymore because my hopes are gone *sniff* *sniff*

  40. foogooman - # May 29th, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    Alight, surely he’s implementing that turret and whatnot. I don’t see why else it would take SO FREAKING LONG TO THE POINT WHERE I WANT TO BITE MY FINGERS OFF ONE AT A TIME TO EASE THE PAIN OF WAITING FOR THE NEW RELEASE

  41. 3xploited - # May 30th, 2007 at 1:09 am


  42. TrouserDemon - # May 30th, 2007 at 2:43 am

    he might be dead and noone has thought to post a message in here.

  43. Alechs - # May 30th, 2007 at 6:57 am

    data crushes souls =[. I don’t like him =/.

  44. The maker - # June 10th, 2007 at 9:49 pm

    Whaaaaa?! YOU DONT LIKE DATA?