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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Orienting a model to face a target

I have two objects (target and player), both have Position (Vector3) and Rotation (Quaternion). I want the target to rotate and be facing right at the player. The target, when it shoots something ...
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How to achieve a Neon-Light effect?

I'm wondering how to achieve a neon-light type effect. For example, in Pac-Man Chamipnship Edition: Or in Geometry Wars: Is that a Bloom Effect? Or what techniques would I have to look for?
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Graphics for non-Graphics Designers [closed]

Are there resources for programmers with little to no graphics design talent, but still want to make good-enough graphics for their own programs? I'm interested in both 2d and 3d computer generated ...
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Where to start with game development? [closed]

I asked this earlier in this thread at stackoverflow.com. One of the early comments redirected me here to gamedev.stackexchange.com, so I'm reposting here. Searching for related questions I found a ...
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Easy to use cross-platform 3D engines for C++ game development? [closed]

I want to try my hand at writing a 3D game. However I don't want to start at such a low level of drawing individual triangles and writing my own 3D object loader and so on. I've heard of things like ...
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Open-source 3D models easily usable in OGRE3D/jMonkeyEngine [closed]

I'm looking for a source of 3D models (cars, game characters, furnitures etc.) which are usable in an open-source 3D game. I found various website with free/opensource .blend files. However it is not ...
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How would I implement an endless road the player runs down?

I want to create the illusion that a man is running down a long road i.e. this pic http://camlinecambridgelimited.web.officelive.com/images/road%20graphic1.jpg If you have played Temple Run on the ...
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Pro's and Con's of Various 3D Game Engines [closed]

I normally code my admittedly simple games by hand in either Assembly or C but I'm looking to go a little more high level. I also want to build more modern skills so I'm looking at UDK. What are the ...
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3D Illusion of a 2D Planet Texture

Several years ago I overheard a technique that gives the user the illusion of a rotating planet by using a 2D texture. Given that the user isn't able to change its position or viewport. What's the ...
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How can I make “falling away” 3D terrain like Animal Crossing?

Animal Crossing has a unique way of scrolling the world map: When the character moves down, the the world rolls around and over at the top, like it's stuck to a cardboard tube: This video shows how ...
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Good 3D Math Theory Books [closed]

I've been developing a modification for the Source engine for well over a year, but am now facing some troubles with the weapons, gamemovement (player physics) and player feedback from explosives. ...
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Best technique to create oldschool (fake 3D) racing game?

What would be a good approach to develop the render system for an oldschool type racing game that uses a pseudo 3D scenery, like for example Outrun or Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge? There's an endless ...
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Resources of realistic water simulation?

I want to study water simulation, with a a demo with source code which using physically-based methods(Eulerian approaches or Lagrangian approaches). How can I get some examples?
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Starting programming in 3D with C++ [closed]

EDIT: There aren't sufficient enough tutorials for what I'm trying to do in Python, so I'm going to take my time and slowly build up my skills in C++. It's hard to trip and not land in a book of C++ ...
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How to properly implement alpha blending in a complex 3D scene?

I know this question might sound a bit easy to answer but It's driving me crazy. There are too many possible situations that a good alpha blending mechanism should handle, and for each Algorithm I can ...
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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 is world space and eye space in game development?

I'm reading a book about 3D stuff and OpenGL. The book often talks about world space and eye space. What exactly is the "world space?" Does the "eye space" mean the projection?
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Algorithm to see if two voxels are interconnected

I'm looking for a good algorithms for the following problem: Given a 3D grid of voxels (which may be either empty or filled), if I pick two non-adjacent voxels, I want to know if they are connected to ...
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How to rotate an object around world aligned axes?

I have a Vector3 which has an euler angle for each axis. Usually, when I want to create a rotation matrix I will use functions such as D3DXMatrixRotationX passing the respective angle from my ...
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What to consider when deciding on 2D vs 3D for a game?

How much "harder" is 3D than 2D in terms of: Amount/complexity of the code Level of math skills required Time involved in making art assets Original title: How hard is 3D game development versus ...
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How to generate caves that resemble those of Minecraft?

I've been working on a 3D procedural world for a while now and am wanting to start adding cave systems. I'm currently using 2D/3D Perlin Noise for the terrain generation in combination with Marching ...
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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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Creating a 3D map for XNA?

Is anyone aware of a nice 3D map tutorial (how to import and use the map) using XNA without any engine but not limited to an external application (like Tiled for 2D maps) ? I did a search arund here ...
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Are high powered 3D game engines better at 2D games than engines made for 2D

I'm a software engineer that's new to game programming so forgive me if this is a dumb question as I don't know that much about game engines. If I was building a 2D game am I better off going with an ...
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What exactly is UV and UVW Mapping?

Trying to understand some basic 3D concepts, at the moment I'm trying to figure out how textures actually work. I know that UV and UVW mapping are techniques that map 2D Textures to 3D Objects - ...
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Can the solar system be accurately represented in 3d space using doubles (or longs)?

I would like know to how to best manage coordinates in a 3D game whose aim is to realistically model the entire solar system, yet be able to handle the smallest movements in a "ship" (ie: perhaps we ...
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What are the pros/cons of using a 3d engine for 2d games?

What pros or cons should a beginner be aware of when deciding between a 2d game engine (like Slick2D/Flixel/FlashPunk) and a 3d engine (like Unity) for 2d game development? I am just getting started ...
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How to merge two objects in Blender

What I've Done I created a Cube object with Subdivision Surface modifier in order to model a spehere. I created a cuboid object looking like a angled, longish baton. What I Want to Do I want to ...
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How much extra power is required for a stereoscopic 3D game?

If we use Cryengine 3 for game development and make the game 3D compatible. Because 3D sends out two pictures, will this mean that you need a computer with twice the "power"? So if you get 30 fps when ...
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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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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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Are interleaved vertex data formats better than non-interleaved formats?

I have been reading up on data formatting for 3D objects so that I can render my meshes as fast as possible in OpenGL. I am quite new to OpenGL so bear with me. The format for interleaving your ...
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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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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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Moving a rotated model in XNA

This seems like a simple problem with an equally simple solution that is invisible to me. I have a model that spawns at the origin and looks at my player model wherever it goes. I would like it to ...
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Changing weapons on a model?

How would you have 1 soldier model and then change the weapon depending on what class is chosen without having to load all the weapons at once and without having to load a new soldier for every ...
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Ray Triangle Intersection issue

I'm trying to perform ray triangle intersection on a mesh made of triangles. The below code seems to work fine but only about 50% of the time. The ray often gets into positions where no intersection ...
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Fitting a cap for a hollow object in blender

I have a thin-walled hollow object that I made by extruding a closed path that formed an outline. So the objecft is like a hollow pipe with a 1mm-thick wall (but the cross-section isn't a simple ...
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Obtaining a world point from a screen point with an orthographic projection

I assumed this was a straightforward problem but it has been plaguing me for days. I am creating a 2D game with an orthographic camera. I am using a 3D camera rather than just hacking it because I ...
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Rendering a 2D Sprite in 3D space

I am currently working on a game in XNA 4.0 where I want to implement 2.75D, like in Paper Mario. I feel like it has something to do with z-buffering a Texture2D and drawing that, but I really have no ...
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Transform coordinates from 3d to 2d without matrix or built in methods

Not to long ago i started to create a small 3D engine in javascript to combine this with an html5 canvas. One of the issues I run into is how can you transform 3d to 2d coords. Since I cannot use ...
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Solving for velocity in the x/y/z axes?

In a 3D environment I have an object with a displacement x that I know I need to traverse in a given time interval. I have the object's heading and elevation and I want to figure out the distance the ...
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Which 3D Authoring Application to Decide for

I have read a lot individual information about three key 3D Graphics Authoring Applications: Softimage, 3DS Max, Maya. To me, it looks like each of them has its own way to accomplish the same goal, ...
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How can I implement 3D textures using webgl?

I went through the google I/O video but did not get exactly how to do it. If somebody could point me to a simple 3D texture implementation using webgl, it would be helpful. i basically have a volume, ...
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How to convert .max files to .egg on linux

I am very new to 3d graphics and game engines and panda3d and python. I followed few panda3d tutorials and now I want to test them with few new models. High majority of 3d models in the internet are ...
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What's the newest trend / method for terrain rendering? [closed]

The last time I checked in on terrain rendering, ROAM was the new hotness. Yes, that was a long time ago. I liked ROAM a lot, though, because it was extremely simple to program, and gave pretty ...
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What makes a game look “good”?

I am working on a 3D space game using OpenGL and C++ and I am planning to focus on giving the game modern, eye-catching graphics, but the more I think of it the more I realise I don't really know what ...
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How to programatically retarget animations from one skeleton to another?

I'm trying to write code to transfer animations that were designed for one skeleton to look correct on another skeleton. The source animations consist only of rotations except for translations on the ...
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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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Where to start when building a 3D terrain editor?

I'm looking to build (for start) a simple tool, that could raise, lower, smooth and texture the terrain. So, what are the things I have to go through in order to make such terrain editor? And maybe ...