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

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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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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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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, ...
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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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Face-Click Detection ( like in Minecraft )

I am working on a box-based game engine like minecraft and I was wondering how to detect the "clicked face" when placing blocks. I have created this engine in C++ ( DirectX / D3D ), C# ( XNA ) and ...
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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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Height Map vs 3D Model Mesh

I'm currently working on a 3D PC game (written in C++ and DirectX 9.0) and I'm trying to find the best way to store level data in the memory. The game's action takes place under the ground, so ...
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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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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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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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Procedural rock algorithm

I'm looking to create some procedural low poly rocks and boulders for a game. I haven't found much interesting information on the internet other than 3D software articles. Not sure what way to go.
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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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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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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?
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Is there any algorithm for creating 3D lightning?

Is there any algorithm for generating lightning? Lets say, you input the starting and ending coordinates (x,y,z) and out comes an array of coordinates to show where the lightning goes. It doesn't have ...
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Why does my VertexDeclaration apparently not contain Position0?

I'm trying to get my code from calling each individual draw call down to using at least a VertexBuffer, and preferably an indexBuffer, but now that I'm attempting to test my code, I'm getting the ...
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fast 3d point -> cuboid volume intersection test

Im trying to test whether a point lies within a 3d volume defined by 8 points. I know I can use the plane equation to check that the signed distance is always -1 for all 6 sides, but does anyone know ...
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Collision detection in 3D space

I've got to write, what can be summed up as, a compelte 3D game from scratch this semester. Up untill now i have only programmed 2D games in my spare time, the transition doesn't seem tough, the ...
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Drawing circles at the background of a 3D scene and updating their size

So, here is what I am trying to do in Unity 5 (using C#). I want to draw a a 2D circle at the background of a 3D scene and apply a texture/image to fill it. Just like it would be if the circle was in ...
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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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Efficient foliage rendering with OpenGL

Rendering foliage usually involves "hanging" triangles and textures that have completely transparent areas. I'm interested in knowing how are these usually handled by a 3D engine. The first thing ...
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apply non-hierarchial transforms to hierarchial skeleton?

I use Blender3D, but the answer might not API-exclusive. I have some matrices I need to assign to PoseBones. The resulting pose looks fine when there is no bone hierarchy (parenting) and messed up ...
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How to attach two XNA models together?

I go back on unsolved question I asked about attaching two models together, could you give me some help on this ? For example, If I want to attach together Model1 (= Main model) & Model2 ? I ...
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How do i find the circumsphere of a tetrahedron?

I'm looking for the most minimized equation to find the center coordinates and the radius of a tetrahedron circumsphere given four 3D points. What I found on the internet mainly deal with the circum ...
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How can I create a 3D model in Java without using modeling software? [closed]

I am a lightly experienced game developer and this is my first time trying 3D objects in Java for the first time. I have been recently creating and updating games using AWT, Swing, and Graphics, but I ...
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Matrix represents same rotation with different euler angles

I have Transform component storing it's rotation as Quaternion. Transform has set/getEulerAngles (rotation order oy, ox, oz). I want to rotate object in any direction but while testing I get ...
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I'm a single developer making a game made of blocks. Can I make 3d characters made of blocks without looking like Minecraft?

I would like to differentiate the look as much as I can but yet it has to be within the limits of what is reasonable for a single programmer can do. I have alot of ideas that would make the game ...
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Where to start? (3D Modeling) [closed]

I'm looking for a good resource to start learning 3d modeling. I'm looking for something that starts with the basics (e.g. terminology; what are quads, triangles etc.) before/while going into the ...