[SDL] Best way to rotate a sprite?

Atrix Wolfe atrix2 at cox.net
Sun Jan 26 14:55:00 PST 2003

a solution would be to take each sprite that can rotate and rotate them to
all the angles youd need rotation for and store them so when your in the
game, you dont need to rotate them, you just use the proper pre-rendered

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tane Piper" <tane.piper at ukonline.co.uk>
To: <sdl at libsdl.org>
Sent: Sunday, January 26, 2003 2:33 PM
Subject: Re: [SDL] Best way to rotate a sprite?

> >There are a few solutions for this, but there are some things I think
> >you should consider first:
> >* Rotating surfaces is *expensive*, unless you do it in
> >  hardware - and SDL doesn't support that. (Nor does glSDL,
> >  BTW, as it's not part of the SDL API.)
> >* Rotating in software is doable, but gets *very* expensive
> >  if you want to do it with reasonable image quality.
> >  (Linear interpolation is a minimum requirement, IMHO.)
> Really?  This is a pity, because I want my game to run on min specs (166,
> 32mb ram).  I wonder if we are on the same "level" because I have seen
> I want done before quite easily in games like Grand Theft Auto and Micro
> Machines.  Basicly when I press the Up arrow, I want the vehicle to travel
> along the vector it is facing, accelerating, and when you press the Left
> arrow it starts to turn left (both the sprite and the vector it is
> along) until the player lets go the button.  Keep holding it down, and the
> car will just spin and spin.
> >* Just rotating a sprite won't change the lighting of the
> >  image (obviously), so unless the sprite is created with
> >  the ligh right from top (rather unusual), it will look
> >  plain wrong.
> >If you don't cane about "realistic" ligthing, I'd recommend you grab
> >SGE or some other lib (I'm too lazy to find the URLs for you right
> >now ;-) and do the rotation load time, creating an array of surfaces
> >indexed by the direction of the object. This is fast and simple, and
> >lets you test different numbers of images very easilly.
> >Later on, you can either ditch the rotation code and load a set of
> >prerendered images, or combine the methods; have 8 or 16 prerendered
> >images with correct lighting, and rotate at load time to generate
> >intermediate images if you want more.
> I do kind of care about lighting, but I don't want to have pre-rendered
> sequences, or 4-8 direction sprites I interpolate between, because the car
> needs to be able to travel in any direction on a 360-degree turning
> Also, there will be more than just car vehicles, there will be bikes,
> planes - and I don't want to have a lot of resources.  Also, I want to
> people be able to add their own vehicles, so I don't want too much work
> people to do.  As I said, I've seen many other games do this, so there has
> to be a simple way to do it, it's probably staring me right in the face.
> Tane Piper
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