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Visualization of how video games detect collision is oddly beautiful

By Tina Amini

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Ever throw your controller in frustration because that punch or that shot didn’t land and you just KNOW it should have? Well, blame the hitbox.

Hitboxes are a developer’s way of defining the space around an object — usually one that’s animated — that can be hit in real-time. Some objects will have a set of hitboxes that overlap each other, ensuring that no matter how fast the thing is going, the range around its shape is as accurate as mathematically possible.

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