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 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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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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How can I do a weighted cascade down a path in a 3D environment?

I am trying to perform a weighted cascade down a path in a 3D environment. Now, what I am trying to do is have one object(a cube) in the environment scan from its coords 1 in every direction for ...
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Mouse click movement

I need to make realistic human movement (3D) using mouse click. Get mouse click point using Raycast. Smoothly Slerp to LookRotation. Move transform.forward. Everything works fine, except I have ...
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XNA - DrawIndexedPrimitives or DrawUserIndexedPrimitives?

When rendering primitives in XNA, does it matter if I use DrawIndexedPrimitives() versus DrawUserIndexedPrimitives()? RB Whitaker uses the former, while Reimer's uses the latter. From what I can ...
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How do reflections work for large flat surfaces?

I understand how reflections work for objects. A cubemap would be rendered around a certain point in 3D space, usually at the center of the object that the reflection is to be applied to, and that is ...
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Opentk LookAt() and 'eye' argument rotating

I'm trying to create rotating camera, which looks down by 45 deegre like this: However my code for rotating eye vector is not working properly and I achieve vertical rotation, when it should be ...
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HDR and Alpha Blending

I've been reading a lot about HDR techniques and came across Alpha Blending compatibility. Searched even more and found this snippet from the Ogre Forums: With source alpha blending, it sometimes ...
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How can I create a stretchy, breakable pizza cheese material?

I want to create realistic pizza and allow user interact with it. What I want: What I created: I created model of the pizza (8 pieces) in Blender, then imported it into Unity. The piece of ...
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Mathematics behind Phong shading and additive blending

I'm confused about the mathematics behind additive blending used in conjunction with Phong shading. Intuitively, it seems like you would need to use a floating-point framebuffer and some sort of ...
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Catmull Rom Spline - Constant Speed

Given the equations found in the answer here: Determine arc-length of a Catmull-Rom spline How would one A) Apply this to a 3D Catmull-Rom Spline, and B) write A out programmatically (for the math ...
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Quaternion Rotation Help

So I'm making a little engine with DirectX 11 and C++. (Some other help from other API's as well) DirectX has this function XMMatrixRotationQuaternion(XMVECTOR quaternion). I know nothing about this ...
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Is there any game engine capable of true binaural positional 3D audio? [closed]

I am by no means a game designer, so I apologise in advance if I fail to use the proper jargon. Feel free to correct my mistakes. My understanding is that, at the moment, in most if not all ...
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XNA: Working with primitives and tessellation [closed]

I was working with primitives in XNA (since I have limited knowledge with 3D and modelling), and I have 3 similar questions below: Question 1 I was reading up on terrain tessellation in an article ...
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Finding a vector perpendicular to a current vector

Assume, that we have a player that has a vector direction. We have an enemy, that is shooting a player. And the task is to find out from which side the enemy is shooting. I know the algorithm, how to ...
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X, Y, Z rotation around camera

I'm making a 3d orthogonal-projected, game using painters' algorithm in java. I'm able to rotate the objects with incremental rotations (e.g. rotate all objects 10 degrees) using affine ...
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2D map/plane with nodes overlayed that supports panning, scaling and clicking on nodes

I'm trying my hand at Android development and seem to be running into an invisible ceiling in trying to get what I want accomplished. Basically I'm trying to create an app that renders a 2D surface ...
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Colision detection of disc (Maximum Material Condition aka “Flatness”)

I have a 3D-laser scanner which gives me a series of points of a real-world object. The points are related by a common origin. I know I can derive the equation of a plane from 3 points and that the ...
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Need help with a complex 3d scene (using Ogre and bullet)

In my setup there is a box with a hole on one side, and a freely movable "stick" (or bar, tube). This stick can be inserted/moved through the hole into the box. This hole is exactly as wide as the ...
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Are there any open source or free 3D modelling/animation tools that are widely used by indie game developers? [closed]

I have tried out Blender and Milkshape 3D, but my question is mainly asking if there is any 3D animation/modelling software that is open source, free, or has an indie license available that is widely ...
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2 component unit vector

Is it possible to store a 3d unit length vector with only 2 components, for example as coordinates on a unit sphere? It seems possible but I have never seen anyone do this. Would this be at all ...
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How can I make caves with Unity's terrain creator?

With Unity's terrain creator, I can't simply make a "hole" on the mesh. I don't know how I would make cave-like structures other than using "rock" meshes for the roof (wich will indeed look weird) ...
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Unity plane that is normal to Z axis

I want to create a plane that will be normal to the Z axis, but I am having difficulty visualizing what rotation it needs to have. I want to have a top-down view upon the plane such that I can use ...
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In 3D camera math, calculate what Z depth is pixel unity for a given FOV

I am working in iOS and OpenGL ES 2.0. Through trial and error I've figured out a frustum to where at a specific z depth pixels drawn are 1 to 1 with my source textures. So 1 pixel in my texture is ...
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How to implement translation, scale, rotation gizmos for manipulating 3D object's transforms?

I am in the process of developing a basic 3D editor. It uses OpenGL for rendering a 3D world. Right now my scene is just a few boxes of different sizes and I am at the stage where I want to be able to ...
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Vertical Collision Detection, Falling Through Ground

After much work trying to learn collision system theory and apply it, I've got my collision system working for the most part. The player can collide horizontally with no issue, sliding against walls, ...
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Multiple Body Code?

I've been working on one game, 3D RPG with Ogre graphic engine and I wondered if there is a code for multiple bodies? Currently there is only one body model and if I want to add a new one, the ...
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Best practice for saving content-dependent metadata? [closed]

What is the best practice (compliant with the 3D pipeline) for saving content-dependent metadata, such as barycentre? I don't want to render the metadata, but I want to inform the users about it. I ...
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How does the Unity3D entity system work?

I saw the Java Artemis Entity Component System and thought of the entity system in Unity3D. In Artemis for example you can only add one component type to each entity and the logic is not in the ...
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Wall Collision on a model

I am building a model of a house in XNA and made a collision system so that when the player goes into the wall they stop. Also I made it so if the player is pressing the key 'up' and collides into the ...
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How to calculate “real” distance between cursor and away object?

I don't really know how to formulate the title, but the problem is the following: I'm using a scripting language called "SQF" which has been created by a company named "Bohemia Interactive" (no, I do ...
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Determine percentage of screen covered by an object without using frustum culling

On the CPU-side of an 3D first-person / ego perspective game I need to check whether what the players currently sees on screen is the inside of a box object defined by world space coordinates (the ...
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Impact of object's statistics on the rendering

Consider two 3D objects with n points and n triangles. One of the objects has a smooth surface such as a ball or a box, and the other object is like a fuzzy onion-layered object with large ...
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Utility of submesh class in a 3d game engine?

I've read somewhere that we use sub mesh for being able to give different materials to one mesh. But why not simply do this with scenegraph ? I mean you have a car mesh, and instead of using ...
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How can I create straight, glowing lines?

What techniques are used in this style? What steps would be required to recreate it? (Screenshot of this app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dkeesto.holographlw)
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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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Align tetrahedrons

I'm currently generating tetrahedron meshes in Unity When a player clicks the side of a mesh, a new one spawns aligned with it, like this. I'm not sure how nor can I find any information on ...
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XNA: Rotating Bones

XNA 4.0 I am trying to learn how to rotate bones on a very simple tank model I made in Cinema 4D. It is rigged by 3 bones, Root -> Main -> Turret -> Barrel I have binded all of the objects to the ...
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Can I export animated models from Unity? Into what formats?

I have an animated 3D model from the Unity Asset Store that I would like a new animator to touch up (the license allows this). But they need it in a format they can use (in Maya or... something ...
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How to approach in-game character creation system alike Sims [closed]

I would like to implement an in-game character creation similar to the Wii/Mii system or The Sims using Blender and Unity. In what ways is this possible, other than (or in conjunction with) using ...
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XNA HLSL UV Mapping

I was testing my hlsl lighting shader, I've copied it from a tutorial and it works perfectly, but all the meshes in the model needs to have texture coordinate, I guess this is because this part: ...
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How do I find the angle between two 3D angles represented in this form?

I have two 3D angles, represented by [a1,a2] [a1,a2] where the a2 is < 180. My coordinates are represented as [X,Y,Z], where X,Y,Z are 64 bit ints (longs in my lang). My direction angles are ...
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What is deferred lighting?

There is plenty of information on what deferred rendering is but there is a lack when it comes to deferred lighting and the information that there is there is not clear. My question is simple, what ...
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Importing a .x file to 3D Studio Max?

I've been googling this for a while and haven't been able to find anything (blenders importer does not work). How can I import a .x file to 3D Studio Max? There are heaps of resources in converting ...
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XNA Library DrawPrimitives throwing primitiveCount error

I downloaded the project from here http://silverlight.bayprince.com/tutorials.php?tutorial=13 and tried adding a new OBJ file with a few thousand vertices listed. The classic teapot works but when I ...
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How can I achieve a bullet tracing effect similar to the one in Planetside?

I've noticed that bullet tracers in Planetside 2 don't show up close -- every time I see them, it came from a barrel a ways away. I don't believe Planetside traces every bullet either, because then ...
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Should I shade models before or after importing them into Unity?

Is it better to shade a model inside the 3D modeling software or inside Unity? As an example, if I need to use a transparent model, should it be made transparent inside the modeling application or ...
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Maya shatter collision without interpenetration

I'm a newbie in Maya and after days of Googling I still cannot find the answer to my question. I'm making a solid shatter in Maya, as expected, the rigidbodies interpenetrate with each other. And the ...
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SharpDX/D3D: How to implement and draw fonts/text

I am playing with SharpDX (Direct3D for .NET) without using "Toolkit", already finished with basic rendering 3D models. But now i am wondering how to program/create fonts for game (2D), or how to ...
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Fastest way to draw quads in OpenGL ES?

I am using OpenGL ES 2.0 I have a bunch a quads to be drawn, would love to be able to have to pass only 4 vertices per quad as if I were using GL_QUADS, but basically I just want to know the best way ...