3D refers to three dimensional space where coordinates are represented with X, Y and Z values.

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Replacing a custom 3D model format with something more standard

This is long, so the short question is: What's the best/right/standard set of technologies for creating 3D models and incorporating them into a game such that the complexity for the artist is kept to ...
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Is there an efficient way to identify in which run-time generated room a character is, in a non-grid 3D environment? How?

Here is what I am trying to implement. I wrote a script that allows the player to place walls during run-time, in non grid-based 3D environment (walls can be diagonal with rotation increasing/...
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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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Why doesn't it seem to be any development in the field of 3D VR gear, especially with regard to gaming?

I remember that way back around 1995, there was this big craze with VR in the media, a whole bunch of (mostly mediocre) games labeled as "virtual-reality-interactive-movie (...)" were published. If I ...
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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) ...
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Is the “impossible object” possible in computer graphics?

This may be a silly question but I want to know the answer to it. I saw this thing called the "impossible object", while they're many different images of this online, it's suppost to be impossible ...
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What's a good way to check that a player has clicked on an object in a 3D game?

I'm programming a 3D game (using C++ and OpenGL), and I have a few 3D objects in the scene, we can say they are boxes for this example. I want to let the player click on those boxes to select them (ie....
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How do I apply A* to a complex and dynamic 3D environment?

I've looked a bit at Breadth-First and Depth-First search algorithms and I think I've got a pretty good idea of how they work. Now I am here : http://www.policyalmanac.org/games/aStarTutorial.htm ...
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Is it more efficient to render full size with AA, or scaled down with no AA?

Which is more resource-efficient (given a typical modern 3D game scene): Rendering it at 100% scale with anti-aliasing, or Rendering it larger and scaling it down to fit the screen, but without AA? ...
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Why is there such a problem to create realistic eyes in games? [closed]

I mean, even the latest demo from ps4 possibilities or any demo, you can see that the person is not real if there are eyes involved. E.g. if you only see the skin, you may be mistaken, but not if you ...
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Depth is disabled - How to turn on?

In XNA 3.1 is there any other way to disable depth in 3D Worlds using DirectX models other than GraphicsDevice.RenderState.DepthBufferEnable = false; ? The reason for my question is I have quite a ...
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What's a pre-multiplied 4x4 matrix?

I'm using a 3d game engine, that uses a 4x4 matrix to modify the camera projection. The matrix is in the regular 4x4 format: r r r x r r r y r r r z - - - zoom The description for the ...
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How are 3D images drawn?

When A computer is to draw a 3d model, does it use maths similar to vector projection? Like when a 3d model is drawn and rotated, does it use vectors/and maybe some other math to know where to draw ...
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How can I render text above a mesh in DirectX 9?

I want to render some text over a mesh in my DirectX app. It will have a similar application to health bars for units in games, just as text rather than a bar. I'm looking for the simplest way to do ...
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Why not use vectors to represent orientation?

From what I've read, people mostly use either quaternions or 3x3 matrices to represent 3D orientations, while plain vectors are used for angular velocity/momentum. Since we can use vectors to ...
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3D models on 2D tilemap perspective when scrolling

I am creating a small top-down game, where the player traverses a 2D tilemap, with an illusion of depth provided by 3D models for things like buildings or trees. Having gotten to the point where I ...
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The pros and cons - DX9 moving to DX11 render?

We are a "nano" game dev company working on REFUSION. DX9 renderer is almost done and question is: Should we move it to DX11 or not? Anyone have experience with this? Here are some videos from dev ...
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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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Mobile 3D engine renders alpha as full-object transparency

I am running a iOS project using the isgl3d framework for showing pod files. I have a stylish car with 0.5 alpha windows, that I wish to render on a camera background, seeking some augmented reality ...
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How to create a 3D world with 2D sprites similar to Ragnorak online?

As far as I know Ragnorak Online is a 3D game world with 2D sprites overlayed. I would like to use this style in a game I am making in Unity, so I would like the player to be able to select little ...
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Are polygon normals really shadeable?

Garry's Mod has a copy-protection trap that shows this error: Unable to shade polygon normals It made me wonder if such a problem could ever actually exist. Can polygon normals be shaded? Is a ...
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How to render metaballs?

How to render metaballs? I am a Python programmer familiar with the Panda3d and Blender3d APIs. My math kinda sucks, but I know enough to write game logic code and procedural model generation code, ...
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Physics timestep questions

I've got a projectile working perfectly using the code below: //initialised in loading screen 60 is the FPS - projectilEposition and velocity are Vector3 types gravity = new Vector3(0, -(float)9....
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Calculate the Z of a line intersection given the XY coordinates?

I'm intersecting a line in 2D and I calculate the X,Y coordinates of the intersection point. What I need is the Z of the intersection point given the X,Y,Z of the line points, and the X,Y of the ...
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Accelerometer or on screen controls for mobile UI in 3D games? [closed]

I can think of several 2D games which use the Accelerometer successfully, but in my experience as a player, character control in a 3D environment tends to be frustrating. Mostly because a 3D ...
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3D Object not drawing in Monogame

I'm quite new to working with 3D objects. I'm currently trying to get one to load in Monogame. The object itself was imported into Blender and exported as an fbx file (which was the only file type I ...
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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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Most efficient method to render 1,000s of unique space scenes?

I'm an artist with a concept, not the developer, and I'm trying to wrap my head around the approach I should be taking for the following scenario, namely whether to model in Photoshop or 3DS Max. Say ...
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Importing and Displaying .fbx files

I have a little problem with importing/displaying .fbx files. I checked the examples but the ones which I am intrested the most (animation and texture) are badly documented for understanding by ...
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Cheap ways to do scaling ops in shader?

I've got an extensive world terrain that uses vec3 for the vertex position attribute. That's good, because the terrain has endless gradations due to the use of floating point. But I'm thinking about ...
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Getting started at 3D modelling and animation [closed]

I'm looking for book or a guide that will direct me to 3D modelling/animation for gaming. Most tutorials will go for lengths about things I don't really need for games and I want to get to the chops ...
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Recommended 3D camera settings and model sizes for an FPS

I'm making a simple FPS and I can't decide on the size of my models and my camera settings. Could someone please recommend a good combination of: camera field of view near and far planes model ...
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In a 2D top-down game, how can I create projectiles that have a height?

A 2D game called Deer Hunter has projectiles like this: Are the projectiles 2D or 3D models? How could I implement something similar?
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What direction is forward when the rotation is (0, 0, 0)?

I'm representing the rotations of my actors (or gameobjects) with euler angles (one float for each axis). And I've always considered the vector (1,0,0) (x,y,z) to be the actor's direction if all ...
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How do collision meshes work in games like Zelda on the N64?

I was recently reading about the technology of Ocarina of Time/Majoras Mask and discovered that world collision is done using a single triangle mesh (vertices, normals, etc) for an entire area. There ...
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What advantages does multisampling have over supersampling?

I never really fully understood this, or found an article which explained all the steps in a friendly way. I'll start with what I do know already (which I hope do not contain misconceptions). I'm ...
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3D terrain map with Hexagon Grids

I'm working on a hobby project (I'm a web/backend developer by day) and I want to create a 3D Tile (terrain) engine. I'm using XNA, but I can use MonoGame, OpenGL, or straight DirectX, so the answer ...
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Are these non-standard applications of rendering practical in games?

I've recently got into 3D and I came up with a few different "tricky" rendering techniques. Unfortunately I don't have the time to work on this myself, but I'd like to know if these are known methods ...
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Linux OgreXML model viewer

Is there an OgreXML model viewer for Linux? I know about OgreMax but apparently that's Windows only.
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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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Plotting entities on a radar

I'm trying to build a radar system like the one in the original X-Wing games. The way it works is that there are two circular radar systems, one for behind the ship, and one for infront. So, I've ...
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Calculating a child object's Position, Rotation and Scale values?

I am making my own game editor, but have encountered the following problem: I have two objects, A and B. A's initial values: Position: (3,3,3), Rotation: (45,10,0), Scale(1,2,2.5) B's initial ...
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Creating a highlight halo around a selected object

I'm looking to create a halo highlight around the selected objects in my game screen. The main platform is android, but I am writing an iOS version as well, updating it whenever I successfully add the ...
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calculate new vertex position given a transform matrix?

How can I get the new position of my vertex given a 4x4 transform matrix or simply 9 floats (positionX, positionY, positionZ, rotationH, rotationP, rotationR, scaleX, scaleY, scaleZ)? Usually I can ...
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How to draw efficiently large number of objects with alpha blending?

In a 3D game i have large no. of trees with alpha value. What is the efficient way to draw all? What i tried is Taking every tree as a object and draw according to its z value and using billboarding. ...
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3D isometric depth sorting

How is it possible to depth sort tiles and objects in an isometric environments without any limitations? I've been researching this for a while now and there seems to be no publicly available answers ...
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Cross-Sections of 3D Rendered Objects

I am currently trying to look into techniques that allow the calculation of arbitrary cross-sections of a 3D object or rendered volume. However, I have been unable to find much on the topic. I know of ...
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What is road map for Windows 3D game development in C#

I used WPF 3D to make a demo program a while ago. I'm now want to give some other things a shot but find working in WPF 3D ... confining. I have looked at Managed Direct3D but read that it's dead. I ...
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Android collision detection of a 3d object based on a 2d projection

I am writing a game for android. We have an orthographic view setup, but the characters (ships, projectiles, etc). The enemies / characters will be able to rotate about the x axis. The problem is that ...
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Best methodology to prepare 3d models for avatar customization?

I know preparing mount points and the like. But what's the best way to prevent Z fighting with customizations close to moving parts like elbows and knees?