Particle Emitter

This is a fairly standard Particle Emitter, if you’ve used particle emitters before. It maintains a list of the current particles and deals with cleaning up particles which are “end of life” and creating new instances of particles when space becomes available.

There are two basic types of emitter which I created for Manic Spaceman, but I actually only ended up using one of them! ParticleEmitter is the base class (inheriting, as everything else, from GameObject) and this is a bog standard particle emitter, as described above. The one I actually used for Manic Spaceman was FiniteParticleEmitter, which inherits from ParticleEmitter. This is just like a normal emitter, but the emitter itself has a finite life span, predetermined by a frame_count which you supply in the constructor. This is used in the game for dissolvable tiles- when the tiles break, a finite emitter is called to give you a short “spray” of tile pieces which fall off screen, then the emitter dies.

Creation of the particles themselves is done via a ParticleFactory, which is passed into the ParticleEmitter on construction, just so the creation of particles isn’t coupled to the emitter, and if needed you could do something completly different with them in the future.

* Generic Game Particle Emitter Class
* Copyright 2010, Shaw Young
* Released under the MIT, BSD and GPL Licenses.
* Date: Mon Jul 17 17:00:00 2010 
/* A new particle emitter class */
function ParticleEmitter(p, count, min_life_span, max_life_span, min_x, min_y, max_x, max_y, factory) {
    this.base = GameObject;	
    this.base( p );
    this.Particles = new Array();
    //this.ParticleFactory = factory; // do we need to store this?

    for (var i = 0; i < count; i++)
        this.Particles[i] = factory.GetParticle(p, min_life_span, max_life_span, min_x, min_y, max_x, max_y);
        //this.Particles[i] = new Particle(this.Position, life_span, min_x, min_y, max_x, max_y, animation);
ParticleEmitter.prototype = new GameObject;
ParticleEmitter.prototype.update = function (dt, backBufferContext2D, xScroll, yScroll) {
    for (var i = 0; i < this.Particles.length; i++)
        this.Particles[i].update(dt, backBufferContext2D, xScroll, yScroll);
ParticleEmitter.prototype.draw = function (dt, backBufferContext2D, xScroll, yScroll) {
    if (this.Particles != null)
        for (var i = 0; i < this.Particles.length; i++)
            this.Particles[i].draw(dt, backBufferContext2D, xScroll, yScroll);

/* an emitter which only lives for a certain amount of frames.. */
function FiniteParticleEmitter(p, count, emitter_life, min_life_span, max_life_span, min_x, min_y, max_x, max_y, factory) {
	this.base = ParticleEmitter;	
    this.base( p, count, min_life_span, max_life_span, min_x, min_y, max_x, max_y, factory);
    this.FrameCount = 0;
    this.DieAfterFrame = emitter_life;
FiniteParticleEmitter.prototype = new ParticleEmitter;
FiniteParticleEmitter.prototype.update = function (dt, backBufferContext2D, xScroll, yScroll) {
    if (this.FrameCount > this.DieAfterFrame) {
        this.Particles.length = 0;
        this.Particles = null;
        this.RemoveMe = true;
        ParticleEmitter.prototype.update.apply(this, arguments);


function GenericParticleFactory(animation) {
    this.Animation = animation || null;
GenericParticleFactory.prototype.GetParticle = function (p, min_life_span, max_life_span, min_x, min_y, max_x, max_y) {
    return new Particle(p, min_life_span, max_life_span, min_x, min_y, max_x, max_y, this.Animation);

function Particle(p, min_life_span, max_life_span, min_x, min_y, max_x, max_y, animation) {
    this.base = GameObject;	
    this.base( p );

    //reset values
    this.InitialPosition = p;
    this.LifeSpan = randomXToY(min_life_span, max_life_span);
    this.CurrentAnimation = animation;
    this.MinimumX = min_x;
    this.MinimumY = min_y;
    this.MaximumX = max_x;
    this.MaximumY = max_y;

    this.Rotation = 0; // not yet used!
    this.Life = 0;

Particle.prototype = new GameObject;
Particle.prototype.init = function () {
    this.Life = this.LifeSpan;
    this.Position = this.InitialPosition;
    this.Velocity = new Vector3d(randomXToY(this.MinimumX, this.MaximumX, true), randomXToY(this.MinimumY, this.MaximumY, true), 0);
Particle.prototype.update = function (dt, backBufferContext2D, xScroll, yScroll) {

    if (this.Position.y > backBufferContext2D.canvas.height)
        this.Life = 0;

    if (this.Life < 1) {
        this.RemoveMe = true;
    else {
        this.Position = this.Position.Add(this.Velocity);
        this.Rotation += 5;
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