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3D Game Programming for Teens, Second Edition by Eric Grebler, Maneesh Sethi

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Chase Camera

A good percentage of 3D games use a feature called a chase camera. If you’ve ever played a modern-day Mario Bros. type of game, then you’ve already seen a chase camera in use. A chase camera follows the action of the player of the game. Usually the player is always just a few feet in front of the camera, and wherever the player goes, he remains in sight because the camera follows him around. There’s a good likelihood that you’ll want to incorporate a chase camera into your games, and the good news is that it isn’t all that difficult. Don’t get me wrong, though—it can be made very complicated, as there are all sorts of features and enhancements you can add to the simple chase camera that we are about to create. For now, at least, ...

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