Refers to games or art assets built in a three-dimensional space, where all positions have X, Y and Z coordinates.

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Conceptual - What is the optimal way to combine steering behaviors with rigid body physics?

I am working on a simple 3D space simulator that makes use of the Bullet physics engine. The spaceships are rigid bodies that have a mass and hitbox so that they can be considered for collisions. At ...
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Achieving a fixed frame-rate with varying scenes

I am working on an OpenGL 3D model viewer app for iOS. I have to load, view and navigate extra detailled 3D models on an iPad. I hardly achieve 2 fps, if i load and navigate a very complex model. I ...
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XNA 4.0 displaying .fbx texture problem

Here is my image. I have Steve from MineCraft I exported it to .FBX format. After Googling for a while, I changed sampling mode to PointClamp and turned off anti-aliasing, but somehow the texture ...
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Adding 2d hud/gui to a 3d game engine which has no 2d features

I have been following the 3d game engine tutorial series made by theBennyBox for a few months now, and have finally decided to create a game with it. My problem is that it is a 3d only engine which ...
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What is this type of camera called?

I am trying to find a name like "perspective view" of how a camera like this is called: It is 2d and 3d at the same time. I'm having a hard time trying to find the name.
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What makes a game look “good”? [closed]

I am working on a 3D space game using OpenGL and C++ and I am planning to focus on giving the game modern, eye-catching graphics, but the more I think of it the more I realise I don't really know what ...
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How do I set which side of a mesh is visible?

I know little about 3D game development, but I'm trying to understand how to set what side of a mesh has the visible face. I am using Wild Magic 5 and my object looks like this: VertexFormat* ...
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Why do we use 4x4 matrices to transform things in 3D?

To translate a vector by 10 unit in the X direction, why do we have to use a matrix? We can just add 10 to the mat[0][0], and we got the same result too.
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XNA 4.0 - Strange edges with multilight shader

I am generating a light, a depth and a normalmap to calculate the lightning at each pixel with multiple lights. On both rendertargets, i set the preferredMultiSampleCount parameter to 16 samples ...
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Separate shape in to a new object in Wings3D

I am working on a 3d model and I am having the following question: If you have one solid object and you have a specific part that you want to separate into a new object so you can move it and Unity3D ...
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OpenGL - Index buffers problem

I have a custom file format that has all the needed information for a 3D mesh (exported from 3ds Max). I've extracted the data for vertices, vertex indices and normals. I pass to OpenGL the vertex ...
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Aim at moving target (or predicting target's position at time it takes for projectile to hit it) [duplicate]

I have a game where I know the location and velocity of my target. I know my own location and the speed of my projectile. I want to determine either the location of the intersection between my ...
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Cube projection composed of smaller cubes not lining up

I am trying to make a cube projection composed of other cubes, similar to a Rubik's cube but completely static. I can get one cube to work, but when I join multiple, they don't line up. I am using ...
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apply non-hierarchial transforms to hierarchial skeleton?

I use Blender3D, but the answer might not API-exclusive. I have some matrices I need to assign to PoseBones. The resulting pose looks fine when there is no bone hierarchy (parenting) and messed up ...
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How to efficiently render a large terrain mesh?

Recently I've been stuck on a problem thinking about the best way to generate a terrain into my game. In another projects I normally used heightmaps, so all the core-work was based on the engine used, ...
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3D Background for a Verticle Shooter: Making it loop?

I know how to scroll a background using spritebatches + 2D background images, but how would I do it with a 3D model?
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How to make 2D sprites from 3D models [closed]

Hi I'm making a top shooter game and I'd like to what programs are the easiest/fastest to make 3D models and sprite sheets ? Here is an example of I what I want to do ...
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Converting xnb files to fbx files

All the while I can only find how to convert from FBX to XNB but not the other way around. Does anyone know how can I do that?
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How to find the entity I'm looking at?

I am currently making a mod for Minecraft but I have come to a stop because I am lacking in some knowledge. I need to get data for the entity I am looking at, which I believe requires the use vectors, ...
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Is a game like Subway Surfers suited for 2D or 3D?

I imaginated a mobile game and now I'm getting doubts as to whether its possible for my idea to be developed in 2D. Here's a crude illustration of the game scene: It's pretty much like Subway ...
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Find closest point from an origin, in a mesh

I want to do something similar to a raycast. With a raycast, you can set an origin and a destiny, and check where the ray collides with something but only with a line. What I want to do, is given an ...
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What dimensions should you use for a perspective projection frustum?

What dimensions should you use for a perspective projection frustum? Initially I created a perspective matrix based on the width and height of the screen, with a calculated zNear value based on a ...
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Can I render some vertices as an object instead?

I am generating vertices at runtime that represent terrain. I've always drawn the vertices as triangles with GraphicsDevice.DrawUserPrimitives<VertexPositionColor>, but I'm wondering: Can ...
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How to get a Coordinates of a 3D Object in Android

How is it possible to click on an area of a 3D Model (.obj-File) for example a cube, where you can get different Events of the six sides. For Example the orange area of the picture gives me a value of ...
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How to rotate a line in 3d space?

I am trying to figure out direction vectors of the arrowheads of an arrow. Basically I'm given a normalized direction vector (u,v,w) and I need the normalized direction vectors of the its two arrow ...
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OpenGL: glRotatef cause performance drop while rotating -x and -y

I have made a rotating cube and I got some performance drops while using two glRotatef calls. So basically this code is giving me 80FPS: //code 1 GLrotate_x += 0.4f; GLrotate_y += 0.4f; ...
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3D model editor manipulators

I'm trying to make my own 3D model editor to better learn 3D programming. I have my translate manipulators and I'm trying to calculate the Vector2 that the mouse would have to move in order to move an ...
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Infinite 3D Cave in Unity

A friend and I are hoping to make a game in Unity in which you fly through an infinite 3D cave that can twist and wind in any direction (though obviously not to the point that the turns are impossible ...
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Can you adjust the proportions of a 3D model via scripting?

We are developing a game in Unity where the character is different ages in different levels. Would it be possible to use a single 3D model asset, and alter its proportions via scripting to achieve ...
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How can I use Cinema 4D models in Android and iOS games?

How can I convert Cinema 4D animation or models to use in games for Android and iOS SDK?What kind of format is required for developing games for these platforms? If I make a dancing character, do I ...
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How to use blender files in your own engine?

It is not trivial to use your own shader on blender, so I've created a good-looking webgl shader. Now, what do I need to use the things I made in blender on it? An obvious first idea would be to parse ...
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How can I determine the pixels covered by a transformed triangle (without drawing it)?

I have three points that form a triangle in a 3D scene. I want to apply an arbitrary rotation/translation transformation to this polygon and later check in which pixels of an image they would be ...
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How to find the right direction to plug a sword into a rig's hand after projecting it?

I've downloaded BVH animations and projected it following a book. I can now see a 3D moving rig and it looks alright. The problem is, now I want to plug a sword on the hand of the rig, but I don't ...
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Understanding and editing HDR light environments in Photoshop

I'm working with an in-development system that uses .hdr environments (equirectangular projection) to provide image-based lighting (IBL) to a 3D rendering. I'm trying to understand what range of ...
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Moving an object toward another object on sphere knowing their quaternions

I have a sphere centered in world origin. On the sphere surface I have two objects and I know their quaternions (rotation around sphere). Currently my movement works on Vector2 inputs (cannot change ...
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What is the actual formula to find the vertices of an animation frame in using a BVH file?

I've read this tutorial and tried many formulas to build the skeleton. I am able to build it without the rotations, but those break everything. This, for example, is a simplified code for one of my ...
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How to use mocaps in your game if they don't loop smoothly?

Following suggestions on IRC, I've downloaded, parsed and incorporated the Free Release of 2500 mocaps to my game. I've noticed, though, that none of those loop perfectly. It does not connect and thus ...
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3D Camera Rotation

Please, forgive me, but I need help and I've been stuck on this for a few weeks now, I'm making no progress and everywhere I go and I see a different answer, everything I try doesn't work. I've had ...
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How can I import a .3ds file into JMonkeyEngine 3?

I am trying to import an animated character body (with skeleton) from 3D Studio Max to JMonkeyEngine 3, but while we succeeded at importing some animations, we cannot seem to export the skeleton to ...
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Carve river beds into existing 3d procedural generated terrain

Ok, I've read many threads around about procedural terrain generation with rivers and roads but they suggest approaches from zero to result. I'd like to know if exists an algorithm to apply to an ...
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DirectX Bullet Tracer Effect

I'm wondering if anyone knows some common and efficient ways to do a fast tracer for an instant bullet. I've seen people speak on forums of using primitive lines with DirectX, but I doubt this ...
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What is wrong with my smooth shading code?

I am having trouble getting smooth lighting to work in Java Monkey Engine. My terrain is voxel-based, with an iso-surface generated via Marching Cubes over the data field. Up until now, I have been ...
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Implementing Geometry Instancing in DirectX

I have a project that I'm doing in Managed DirectX (DX9) where I want to render lots of grass. My current method (many draw calls) is slow, but I've heard Geometry Instancing can fix that. I know ...
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Which nodes of the Collada DAE are most relevant for game object/character use?

I'm really new to game dev / D3D. And I was looking to choose an intermediary format to work with and convert to my internally used format. Collada DAE seems to be good as it can export animation too ...
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How to generate caves that resemble those of Minecraft?

I've been working on a 3D procedural world for a while now and am wanting to start adding cave systems. I'm currently using 2D/3D Perlin Noise for the terrain generation in combination with Marching ...
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What does a Mesh consist of?

I have seen various implementations of mesh loaders in a few open source game engines. But all of them behave meshes differently. Is there a general definition for a mesh that explains what meshes ...
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How to change colors of texture in lwjgl? [duplicate]

I have the following texture: The black pixels are characters, the background is transparent. How do I change the black pixels of the characters to another color? I use this texture as a bitmap for ...
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How do I correctly multiply an XMMATRIX by a scalar?

Using DirectXMath and its XMMATRIX structure in C++ and Direct X 11, how does one multiply that matrix structure by a single float scalar? I want to implement the operation B = A * f; where A and B ...
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Optimal way to store coordinates of a random point in 3D space in a texture?

A quick question: there is a well-known approach to store 3d point in space in a texture as a distance between camera and an object (deferred rendering). But it implies that the object lies on a ray, ...
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Getting the position of a directional light w.r.t. a moving object.

I have a forward vector of my object, which is a bike, and its position, and I have a directional light direction. I would like to know where the light is with regards to the bike ...