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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Determining if player-created structure matches a template in a 3D block-based game

Disclaimer: this is one of those dreaded Minecraft-style questions, but I feel it's more a data structures and algorithms question I'm really new to 3D data structures and am wondering what the best ...
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How difficult and expensive would be to obtain 3D models for my game? [closed]

So, basically I'm looking for a way to get some 3D models and animations for my game. I know this is kind of vague, but I don't need a precise answer, the details would be like this: The 3D models ...
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3D collision-detection middleware

(I've split this question into two. For 2D, see: http://gamedev.stackexchange.com/questions/3431/) Are there any recommendable middleware available for 3D collision detection? I believe I've heard ...
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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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Optimizing Octree Rendering

Say I have an octree and at a certain level I store VBOs in that octree. I know the dimensions of of the nodes that own the vbo so I can do basic frustum culling. That works nicely because everything ...
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Routes on a sphere surface - Find geodesic?

I'm working with some friends on a browser based game where people can move on a 2D map. It's been almost 7 years and still people play this game so we are thinking of a way to give them something ...
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Shadowmap granularity

I thought that we could re-use the same shadowmap for every light. But I've seen an industry article suggesting that you can't re-use shadowmaps between lights, and have to use separate surfaces. Do ...
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Maya 3D model to iOS OpenGL ES

I need to display, rotate, and zoom a 3D model in OpenGL ES (iPhone/iPad). The 3D graphic artists are using Maya (on OS/X). What export format should I be looking at to use their 3D models in the ...
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How to define areas filled with water?

I would like to enhance my little game engine with nice looking water simulation. To start working on that I need to find a proper way to represent water in the game. Unfortunately I don't know much ...
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How to resolve penetration of two colliding bodies

I've implemented simple 3D game physics engine. I already have decent collision detection in place, now I'm trying to figure out the collision response part. I'm using impulse based method to ...
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How do I target a tank turret with an offset barrel?

I have a tank model consisting of multiple parts, a body, a turret and the barrel of the gun. The turret is offset from the body origin and can rotate around the Y axis(up). The barrel is connected to ...
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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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Sort Polygons in order - not working?

I'm fairly new to programming in a 3d world. I'm trying to create a canvas where all the objects are drawn in order of furthest-to-closest and from bottom to top - so they don't overlap each other, ...
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How do I calculate collision response between a sphere and a plane?

I'm trying to create a simple 3D game and need to constrain the player within the limits of the game world. When the player hits the sides of the world I want the player's ship to bounce off slightly. ...
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How to make a 3d beam effect with XNA 4.0?

Do you know any demo or tutorial to learn to make a 3D Beam effect? I have learn to make a 2D laser by simply using a texture and moving it thru screen. But I am a little bit lost while trying to do ...
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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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What is the simplest 3D file format to parse? [closed]

I want to parse Blender-Made Files directly into my homemade Lisp program. I've been pulling data out of .X3D files manually. Is this the best format to focus on writing a parser for? Thanks!
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Most efficient 3d depth sorting for isometric 3d in AS3?

I am not using the built in 3d MovieClips, and I am storing the 3d location my way. I have read a few different articles on sorting depths, but most of them seem in efficient. I had a really ...
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Character Animation Architecture

Can anyone explain the general architecture typically used for 3D character animation? Are movements like walking and falling scripted against the skelton, and simply executed on input? If so, is ...
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Equation for bouncing graph?

I basically want my camera in 3D move automatically. Currently, I have linear movement which is rather dumb, so I'd like to do a bouncing movement. However, what is a good equation for bouncing? I ...
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What will AMD Fusion or likewise hybrid CPU/GPU will change for the 3D programmer ? Are they potentially faster?

Since the early days of accelerated graphics, programmers were obligated to use hardware-supported libraries like directX or OpenGL. If we wanted to explain someone what happened by introducing a ...
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Perspective in early pseudo-3d games

Please take a look at the screenshot below, from the old classic Space Harrier. My question regards the curved perspective on the chequerboard 'ground'. It's got a strangely curved geometry (I ...
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What are the big advantages of shaders ? What is doable with them, and what can't be done without them?

I don't really know when vertex and/or pixel shaders became available for consoles and computers, but what could we do without them ? I don't really understand what is achievable with shaders and what ...
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Modelling photo-realistic grass in realtime

I see a number of tutorials on how to create good looking grasses when creating 3D renders but can't think how to model it for realtime/use in a game's scenery. Sure simple models with alpha cutouts ...
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Self-righting agents that have fallen over

I need insect-like agents that have fallen/rolled on their back/side to naturally re-orient themselves. The agents are modeled as simple cuboids in the physics engine (Bullet) to approximate an ...
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Triangle-triangle continuous collision detection

I am making a 3D game engine and I use continuous collision detection. I am using Sphere-Trees to cull primitive collision checks to a minimum. However, I'd like to perform continuous ...
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Why doesn't light continuous on my model?

I created a basic textured cube model with Blender to practice modeling, and then I imported it into Unity. After I put up some lighting it looks pretty ugly. The light is not continuous on a row of ...
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Blender - exporting .obj with texture coords

I'm writing a game which uses obj files. I created an object in blender and I applied texture without UV coordinates and my question is: how to export this object to obj file, but with texture ...
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Data Structure (or algorithm) for fast distance-based entity lookups

For example, your game has 100 enemies (on different teams) running around and their AI wants to inspect the nearby entities to see which it should attack. What is a fast way to organize those ...
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Is Frustum Culling by itself enough for Consoles and Mobiles?

Software occlusion culling is often expensive, especially for smaller and older devices. Is frustum culling alone adequate on systems that can optimally display 10k triangles at most? If not, are ...
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Display Lists in OpenGL

I heard that there was a faster method of displaying vertices, rather than recreating the GL_TRIANGLES, each time the scene is drawn. I thought I read somewhere that this method was obselete. Why ...
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How to remove floating terrain when generated with 3D Perlin Noise?

I'm currently using 3D Perlin Noise to generate random terrain in combination with Marching Cubes. My issue seems to lie in scaling the noise function to get reasonable heights in my terrain. If ...
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How does an AAA graphical workflow look like?

So this is how I understand it: An artist models the thing in Zbrush or Mudbox. It now has 10+ million polygon. He exports it in Zbrush as a normal map + low poly model. (this works?) The model now ...
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Pre-render 3D object from multiple angles, save as PNG

I'm looking for a tool or script that takes a 3D object (any format) and makes multiple renders of it automatically (using a raytracer or other high-quality offline renderer). It would then save the ...
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How do I convert a 2D movement (from mouse) to a displacement along a 3d axis?

I'm making a small 3D scene editor (that only allow to modify objects positions). Each object is draw with a 3d X/Y/Z axis : How it works : user choose an axis (X, Y or Z) by left clicking on it, ...
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Vector games (Wireframe, Elite-like) theory and implementations?

I'm interesting in knowing more about how vector games like Elite and Star Wars Atari were built from grounds up. The question is not how to implement vector graphics with modern 3D APIs like OpenGL ...
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Ray Intersecting Plane Formula in C++/DirectX

I'm developing a picking system that will use rays that intersect volumes and I'm having trouble with ray intersection versus a plane. I was able to figure out spheres fairly easily, but planes are ...
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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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Generating island terrains with Simplex Noise (C#/XNA)

I've got one little question: Is there any code or sample which shows how the simplex noise works? I cannot find anything about it... How should I implement it, without the knowledge how the algorithm ...
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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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How to find the bottleneck in a typical OpenGL game?

I am working on a little game engine. All major features are implemented yet, despite game logic which I assume not to be such a computational effort. The framerate is at least around 40 FPS, most of ...
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Arbitrary projection matrix from 6 arbitrary frustum planes

A projection matrix represent a tranformation from the camera view space to the rendering system clip space. In other words, it defines the transormation between a 6-sided frustum to the clip cube. ...
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What good 3D graphic rendering engines are out there? [closed]

I couldn't find good overview of those and decided to ask experienced people. I'm writing in C# and want to learn some 3D graphics stuff. I used to write some 3d scenes and shaders 4 years ago in ...
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3D game on a planet

Would it be much more work to create a 3D game on a planet rather than on a flat plane? What engines would support this and what techniques would I use? An example would be a small sphere the player ...
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Is there a free and open source 3D engine for Android? [closed]

Is there a free and unlimited open source 3D engine for Android? Something that is a direct, thin layer to the NDK? I have only found two engines: Unity and Shiva 3D. But no free or open source ones. ...
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Would like some help in understanding rendering geometry vs textures

So I was just pondering whether it is more taxing on the GPU to render geometry or a texture. What I'm trying to see is whether there is a huge difference in rendering two scenes with the same setup: ...
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Any reliable polygon normal calculation code?

Do you have any reliable 3d polygonal face normal calculation code? Any language will do, I'll port it to make it work. Even if you find some code in a 3d game engine and post it here I'll be more ...
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Why / how does XNA's right-handed coordinate system effect anything if you can specify near/far Z values?

I am told repeatedly that XNA Game Studio uses a right-handed coordinate system, and I understand the difference between a right-handed and left-handed coordinate system. But given that you can use a ...
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detecting the coordinates where a bullet hits a mesh

I have a lot of complex objects in a scene and I'm looking for an efficient way to find which object a fired bullet hits, and to find the hit coordinates. It would be best if there was a lightweight ...
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Choosing 3D modeling software Maya or 3D max? [closed]

I've am a developer whose has spent most of my programming life developing web and business applications. I want to try my hand at something more challenging (but stay in the comfort of Visual Studio) ...