Collision Detection

Hello all, thanks for helping!

I'm currently programming a spaceship game, where 2 ships duke it out.
Each ship is an image, and the lasers that fly between them are fillRects.

Ok, ok, now to the problem. Both of my ships rotate a full 360 degrees, and are very rectangular in shape. This creates a huge problem for me when if comes to collision detection, or when the lasers hit the ship.

Is there any easier way to detect if a point is in a given region (even a circular region for that matter) with out having to make an impossibly long if statement?

I'm really looking for an easy way to see if a point has entered the area in which my image or other thing takes up.

Thanks!
PunkmanAsked:
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manifoldroninCommented:
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PunkmanAuthor Commented:
Oh, this is currently in an applet, using BlueJ
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seanrowenCommented:
Well to see if a point (x1,y1) falls within a circle of radius r, centered at (x2,y2), just check if (x2-x1)^2 + (y2-y1)^2 <= r^2.

Do you need a formula for finding whether a point is within a rotated rectangle? Or are you looking for something much more automatic, like a method on an object that just figures it out for that object?
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PunkmanAuthor Commented:
@seanrowen Either is good, although I'm looking for the REAL easy way out. : )  

@manifoldronin This is the stuff I'm looking for a little more. But how exactly would I use this, with say, an image? Especially one that is constantly changing by rotation?
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manifoldroninCommented:
Each image has a bound rectangle, right?  And even though the image rotates constantly, at any given time (say the point you are drawing one frame).  So you basically have the abstraction of a rectangle(var ship).  Assuming one laser beam is a rectangle(var laser) as well, essentially you just need to test these conditions:
1. ship.contains(laser.x);
2. ship.contains(laser.y);
3. ship.contains(laser.x+laser.width);
4. ship.contains(laser.y+laser.height);
5. ship.contains(laser);

Any of those is true, you have a collision.
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PunkmanAuthor Commented:
Sorry, kind of new to Java >.<

How would I set up an area (or shape, confused about that...) so that I can check .contains() around (or of) my image?

ship is just an image, not an area or shape

Thank you for your help!
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PunkmanAuthor Commented:
nvm. I got it. Thanks.
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