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AI ship wiggle in gravity well
« on: November 08, 2008, 01:01:44 pm »

Have you guys ever noticed that when some ships are entering a gravity well, they will start rotating quickly left and right repeatedly until they are through it? Do any of the coders know why this is? (Or does anyone else have a guess?)
I have noticed this especially in Star Control 1, but I notice it in SC2 as well, especially with ships like the Utwig.

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Re: AI ship wiggle in gravity well
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2008, 02:13:53 pm »

This is against the computer, right?
I suspect they just want to steer towards a direction just around where the threshold between two images is. And as there are only 64 discrete directions, steering in a specific direction in between two of those requires continuous adjustment.
If this happens more often for some ships than others, that may be because of their specific mass, thrust, and max speeds, which require more intervention to get to where they want to go in a gravity well.
I think I've seen the behavior outside of gravity wells too, when running away with the computer chasing from a specific angle.
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Re: AI ship wiggle in gravity well
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2008, 06:47:20 am »

This is against the computer, right?
I suspect they just want to steer towards a direction just around where the threshold between two images is. And as there are only 64 discrete directions, steering in a specific direction in between two of those requires continuous adjustment.
If this happens more often for some ships than others, that may be because of their specific mass, thrust, and max speeds, which require more intervention to get to where they want to go in a gravity well.
I think I've seen the behavior outside of gravity wells too, when running away with the computer chasing from a specific angle.

I agree, this happened to me when i was fighting a supox, i was an arilou and i kept on teleporting around it and the supox ship like, freaked out.
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