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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Why did the old 3D games have “jittery” graphics?

I've been playing MediEvil lately and it got me wondering, what causes some of the old 3D games have "flowing" graphics when moving? It's present in games like Final Fantasy VII, MediEvil, i remember ...
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Fixed-Function vs Shaders: Which for beginner?

I'm currently going to college for computer science. Although I do plan on utilizing an existing engine at some point to create a small game, my aim right now is towards learning the fundamentals: ...
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What caused “falling out of the world” and what fixed it?

A lot of early 3D games had the problem where you'd be trundling merrily along and suddenly everything was black, with an island of what looked like the hollow facade shell of the scene you'd been ...
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Are high powered 3D game engines better at 2D games than engines made for 2D

I'm a software engineer that's new to game programming so forgive me if this is a dumb question as I don't know that much about game engines. If I was building a 2D game am I better off going with an ...
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Working with lots of cubes. Improving performance?

Edit: To sum the question up, I have a voxel based world (Minecraft style (Thanks Communist Duck)) which is suffering from poor performance. I am not positive on the source but would like any possible ...
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Algorithm to see if two voxels are interconnected

I'm looking for a good algorithms for the following problem: Given a 3D grid of voxels (which may be either empty or filled), if I pick two non-adjacent voxels, I want to know if they are connected to ...
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How much extra power is required for a stereoscopic 3D game?

If we use Cryengine 3 for game development and make the game 3D compatible. Because 3D sends out two pictures, will this mean that you need a computer with twice the "power"? So if you get 30 fps when ...
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Are the first three values that describe a 3D plane actually a 3D vector?

A 3d plane is typically defined as a,b,c,d. Are a,b,c actually the x,y,z coordinates of a 3d vector, with d defining the rotation of the plane, something like axis-angle rotation data?
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Love2D engine for Lua; What about 3D? [closed]

Lua has been really awesome to learn, it's so simple. I really enjoy scripting languages, and I had an equally enjoyable time learning Python. The Love engine, http://love2d.org/, is really awesome, ...
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Gravity strength in first person games

In our game, we set the acceleration due to gravity to the appropriate value of 9.8 m/s^2. Although physically correct, it feels more like moving around on the moon.. It feels about right at a value ...
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Breathing for game/movie characters

Breathing (the movement of chest and face features): I'd like to ask if it is hard to model and whether it is computationaly expensive. I recently noticed the great effect it has in Madagascar 3 ...
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Open-source 3D models easily usable in OGRE3D/jMonkeyEngine [closed]

I'm looking for a source of 3D models (cars, game characters, furnitures etc.) which are usable in an open-source 3D game. I found various website with free/opensource .blend files. However it is not ...
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Are any 3D-design skills required for game development?

God knows I am no graphics designer! Aside, I'm a good developer with much experience. So, my quesiton is the following: Are any 3D-design skills required for game development? If no, how to write ...
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How can I get started making textures for 3D games? [closed]

Just wondering where to find good tutorials on making textures for 3D games? Also, is it common practice to take photographs and convert them into game textures or do designers draw the textures ...
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Visual Studio 2012 and Game Development [closed]

Alright, I think it's a simple question, but I got difficulties to find some answers around. I already read that XNA wouldn't be in Visual Studio 2012. I recently learned to use XNA, but since I ...
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Prevent players from wallhacking in an online FPS?

Why do we still moan on wallhackers in multiplayer first-person shooters? Isn't it possible to perform occlusion culling for all players server-side? For example, send player xyz information to ...
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Physics-perfect (or somewhere near) 3d sound engine [closed]

I'm new to game programming, although I have some years of experience in console/web development. My problem is not so much that I can't find what I'm looking for, it's just that I don't have the ...
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How to properly implement alpha blending in a complex 3D scene?

I know this question might sound a bit easy to answer but It's driving me crazy. There are too many possible situations that a good alpha blending mechanism should handle, and for each Algorithm I can ...
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OpenGL ES 2.0 Point Sprites Size

I am trying to draw point sprites in OpenGL ES 2.0, but all my points end up with a size of 1 pixel...even when I set gl_PointSize to a high value in my vertex shader. How can I make my point sprites ...
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RTS on a 3D map e.g. a globe

How can you 'tile' a 3D globe if your existing artwork and maps are simple 2D grids? Are there approaches that can re-use much of the artwork and such?
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GLSL, all in one or many shader programs?

I am doing some 3D demos using OpenGL and I noticed that GLSL is somewhat "limited" (or is it just me?). Anyway I have many different types of materials. Some materials have ambient and diffuse color, ...
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Unity Occlusion Portals: What and How?

(Here I eat my words on Meta about posting Unity questions on Unity Answers... since that site is less responsive than this one.) Unity provides cell-based Occlusion Culling (via Umbra, I believe). ...
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Is there a way of using XNA+Xbox 360 with the current generation of 3D televisions?

I'm interested in playing around with 3D on a new Sony 3D television (polarized light rather than red/green/blue anaglyph glasses). Is this possible with XNA on the current XBox 360? Alternatively, ...
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What exactly causes a surface to overlap another?

I cannot really figure out what causes one surface to overlap another. In a 3D engine I'm creating, my technique is failing in edge cases. My method is sorting the surfaces to be painted from the ...
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Boat passing under a bridge in a 2D tile based RTS

I'm writing a 2D tile based RTS. And I want to add a 'pseudo 3D' feature to it - bridges over the rivers. I havent't start any coding yet, just trying to think how it fits the collision detection ...
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How to implement mouselook in the browser?

I am currently creating a 3D first-person shooter game in the browser using WebGL. How would I implement mouselook/free look for such a game?
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Mesh manipulation on GPU vs CPU

Just a bit curious - where do you perform mesh manipulations, on the CPU or in the shader? I've been doing everything on the CPU and a friend suggested moving things on to the GPU side. If you're ...
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Most common 3D model format for opengl

I'm a novice that is starting to play with OpenGL ES on Android devices. To practice OpenGL I wanted to create a small game engine and so I was wondering what the best 3D model file format would be. ...
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Is it a good idea to simplify a character-driven game engine to the point where it's unnecessary to learn scripting/programming?

I remember, and I still think, that one cannot even make a prototyped 3D game to test just simple behaviors without using gigantic tools like unity or knowing extensive C++ programming, design ...
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Rendering Resolution Independent Text

I need a way to draw resolution independent text in my game. That is, I need to be able to zoom in on text and never see pixel artifacts. Can anyone make any suggestions on how I could go about it?
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What are the common character animation techniques used in tile based hack&slash games?

I wonder what kind of animation techniques are used for creature and character animation in modern hack&slash type tile based games? Keyframing for different actions may be one option. Skeletal ...
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How do I generate a 3D race track from a spline?

I want to generate a 3-dimensional race track around a spline that describes its shape. Here's an illustrative video. The track should be an endless tunnel that sweeps along a 3D spline, with some ...
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Can I use quaternions to control an helicopter?

I'm trying to make a simplified helicopter (for the moment, it's a cube) simulation in 3D and I'm having some problems with rotation. An helicopter can rotate along the three axes : rotate on itself ...
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How come the 3d graphics and animations of MMORPGs are usually worse than non-online 3d games?

I have noticed that in general it seems like the 3d graphics and animations for MMOs and MMORPGs seem not as seductive and polished as the graphics for normal, non-online 3d games. How come this is ...
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3D Illusion of a 2D Planet Texture

Several years ago I overheard a technique that gives the user the illusion of a rotating planet by using a 2D texture. Given that the user isn't able to change its position or viewport. What's the ...
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Do you think it's Possible to go from C++ Straight to 3D (skipping 2D)

Do you think it's possible to go straight from Experienced C++ programming (5 or so years) straight into learning DirectX 3d? I mean....i'd be starting with the basics, im more interested in setting ...
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I need help with 3d shading/lighting

How do you guys handle shading in a 3d game? I have a directional light source that shades one side of a tree made of cubes. The remaining 3 sides all get ambient shading only. So the 3d effect is ...
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Graphics for non-Graphics Designers [closed]

Are there resources for programmers with little to no graphics design talent, but still want to make good-enough graphics for their own programs? I'm interested in both 2d and 3d computer generated ...
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what is world space and eye space in game development?

I'm reading a book about 3D stuff and OpenGL. The book often talks about world space and eye space. What exactly is the "world space?" Does the "eye space" mean the projection?
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Geometry System of Populous: The Beginning [closed]

I want to to develop a game like Populous: The Beginning with my friend. But we could not find out what type of geometry they have used for the world. We know that - all tiles have the same size - ...
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What exactly can shaders be used for?

I'm not really a 3D person, and I've only used shaders a little in some Three.js examples, and so far I've got an impression that they are only being used for the graphical part of the equation. ...
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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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Shadows in deferred rendering

I've read some material about deferred rendering, and I think I get the gist of it. But what I don't understand is how it accomplishes shadows. The G-buffer, as far as I'm aware, does not involve ...
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How to draw a 3D world with lines, more like a sketch drawing or cartoon

Consider making an ink drawing, with no shading and all lines having equal weight - such as you see in a strip comic like Dilbert. This represents an active 3 dimensional world, but objects do not ...
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Physics for a 2.5D platformer with a plane that curves

I'm creating a 2.5D platformer in XNA which uses 3D models that are constrained to travelling along a 2D plane (just like Trine). To make things tricker, however, I want the 2D plane itself to be ...
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How do I choose the scaling factor of a 3D game world?

I am making a 3D tank game prototype with some physics simulation, am using C++. One of the decisions I need to make is the scale of the game world in relation to reality. For example, I could ...
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How a 3D game map is stored and handled

I'm a programmer but have not yet developed any games. I have played various 3D games and always wondered how the Map of the field is stored and rendered. I know some acceleration card is a ...
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Why nearby triangles tend to disappear?

I've just enabled back face culling and I'm noticing a weird behavior: when all vertices of my triangle is outside the view and 2 of them is behind me (I think) the triangle disappears. So to see it, ...
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Render 3d object to 2d surface (embedded system)

i am working on an embedded system of a sort, and in some free time i would like to test its drawing capabilities. System in question is ARM Cortex M3 microcontroller attached to EasyMX Stellaris ...
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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, ...