This Is How Bullets Work in Video Games

How do video game bullets hit their targets? This video tells you everything you ever wanted to know about gaming bullets.
Loukia Papadopoulos

We all love video games but do we ever wonder how they function? This video explores bullets in games and how they work.

It's all about algorithms that have actually progressed with time. The first games relied on a technique called hitscan.

This technique included figuring out the direction the gun was pointing at, finding a defined range where the bullet could land and using raycasting to determine whether the bullet hit its target.

But in order to create a more immersive experience, game designers could use a physical projectile system. This system could also calculate gravity and impact on a bullet's trajectory.

However, these games have a higher learning curve because the players have to take more elements into account around the bullet. Lucky for us, most games have both hitscan and physical projectile systems.

We can only explain so much here. The details are all in the video. So stop reading and start watching in order to truly understand how video game bullets work.

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