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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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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Surface creation algorithm using points cloud

I am looking for a realtime algorithm to create a 2D mesh using points. But I am quite confused. It seems that Delaunay triangulation can help me create mesh using point clouds, but Meta-balls seems ...
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Why bother with a separate normal matrix, if there is never non-uniform scaling on the view matrix?

I am updating one of my shaders to a version of OpenGL/GLSL that doesn't automatically provide gl_NormalMatrix (for educational purposes; I'm not ripping out working code for the sake of it). ...
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Rendering a Voxelized Mesh [closed]

I've been reading many papers about how to voxelize meshes using different GPU techniques, but I've ran into a problem that I'm not sure how to solve properly. I understand the process of how to ...
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Custom 3D Noise function incorrectly generating in Lua

I have been working on a custom noise generator (not Perlin on Simplex or whatever), which works fine in two dimensional space, but upon converting it into three dimensional space, it turns into a ...
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Why Is My AABB Collision Detection Not Working

I am going to be making a 3D game and I need to be able to test for accurate collision. I was able to get bounding sphere collision working (too inaccurate to be used for the whole game), but AABB ...
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How can I draw outlines around 3D models?

How can I draw outlines around 3D models? I'm referring to something like the effects in a recent Pokemon game, which appear to have a single-pixel outline around them:
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What options do I have for a 3D game without graphics but yet maintaining physics for later?

I don't believe I expressed well the title for my question so if you believe you can change it for a more suitable title please do so or drop me a comment. Currently I am starting a 3D game with C# ...
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How is a 3D Environment displayed on a 2D Screen? [duplicate]

So basically I need to know how you display a 3D environment on a 2D screen. How is this done? I know there's a new axis called the Z axis but how does it work? If possible please explain this in the ...
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How do I detect collisions between a particle-based net and a ball?

I've implemented a net using Verlet integration and many points connected with constrains; like this demo, but in 3D. I want to implement collision detection between this net and a ball (like in a ...
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What 3D level development tools are available to indie developers? [closed]

People who build in Unity or UDK have immediate access to a 3D level editor. People who build their games in XNA or from scratch have no such thing. I'm looking for 3D level development tools ...
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How much is java used in 2d/3d indie games? (before/after Minecraft) [closed]

I wonder for my own use and curiosity, how popular is Java in indie game development , in 2d and 3d? Are there any good open/closed source games done in java?
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Infinite loop of prerendered 3d graphic

I have a game where I want a never ending pathway for the character to walk along. So in my 3d modeling tool I created a path like this: now I want to loop that model over and over in my ...
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Rotate an arrow on a plane?

I'm creating a display for a GPS-based embedded system and would like to have an arrow indicating the current bearing. I'd love the arrow to have a 3d appearance by rotating it on a plane tilted up ...
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3d game math problem [duplicate]

i'm very much new to 3d math operations. I know how to rotate 3d points certain degrees arbitrarily by any axis but we were given a strange problem to think on. I'll spare using actual numbers on ...
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Fixed joints in 3D

I'd like to build something like rigid origami in 3D space. So I need some mesh where each vertex is a particle and the set of the edges makes a chains/fabric where each edge is a "fixed length" ...
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Depth Map not rendering properly in DirectX / HLSL / SharpDX

I've been struggling with this for awhile, and everything I find online says this SHOULD be working, but I apparently missed something. I'm attempting to run Deferred Rendering in SharpDX on a ...
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How can I inspect 3D model exactness? [closed]

I am neither a game designer nor a graphic designer. I am a .Net and C# software developer. I have a game project and I've still been studying to learn game concepts and technolgies for a year. ...
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Should I bother merging faces in my 3D block-based game?

Okay, so I have a bunch of cubes in a 3d-world. I already implemented face culling, so that when a cube is next to another cube, their touching faces won't be drawn, or even sent to the buffer. ...
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How to find the 3D object the camera is pointed at

I'm currently developing a 3-dimensional game (the first I've ever done and it's not as hard as I thought it would be!), but I've run into a little bit of a snag. I want to find the current block the ...
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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 ...