# Tagged Questions

Algorithms are used for calculation, data processing, and automated reasoning. More precisely, an algorithm is an effective method expressed as a finite list of well-defined instructions for calculating a function.

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### Cavity map generation

I am looking for an algorithm how to generate cavity (or curvature) map. There seems to be no refernce to it, only final solutions like xNormal software, but that is not what I want. I am looking for ...
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### Creating a Roguelike game in C

I'm trying to create a simple rogue-like game in ncurses in a C program. The idea here is that, I'd parse a file like this: 10X10 ds2 de2 dw5 12X12 ds3 de2 dw1 14X14 ds5 de1 dw5 10X10 ds5 de3 dw5 ...
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### How to create a believable swimming fish animated Sprite in 2d?

I want to create a fishing game in which fish needs to be swam across in the ocean. I put static fish which just progresses across ocean but it does not look very realistic and interesting to attract ...
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### Graph search with a high number of actions

I have implemented A* to reach a goal state from a start state. My state is position X,Y, angle and others state variable. I have a number of actions. What I call actions is : A* on a grid has 4/8 ...
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### Verify which bubble is connected to top using DFS

I am working on a bubble shooter game in this game i have implemented searching using DFS as suggested in this link, and this is working fine. Update Here is my code for DFS ...
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### How can I remove unnecessary nodes from my path?

How do I remove the unnecessary nodes from the path to make it as short as possible? Idealy I'd like the result path to look like the green line. The red thingy is not walkable. var ...
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### Transparency sorting in 3D world with different render types

I am rendering a world, object, and models from an older game format. The world is presented in a BSP tree so I can quickly iterate through. The opaque surfaces are rendered front to back. Then ...
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### Integrating specular, diffuse reflection and refraction

I am implementing an MLT bidirectional path tracer. I have a problem integrating diffuse, specular reflection and refraction. 1) The first problem is diffuse and specular reflection. Diffuse ...
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### How do I reference one gameObject with script attached to other?

this is all in Unity 3D with C#. Thing is, I have attached a script to my player that should Destroy TreeGroup (as in forest) whenever I press 'Q' and Instantiate them when I press 'E'. Here is the ...
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### Image-Space coherence of the z-buffer algorithm

I'm reading Hierarchical z-Buffer Visibility by Ned Greene et al. and they state that traditional Z buffering makes reasonably good use of image-space coherence in the course of scan conversion. ...
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### What's the best way to deal with platformer tile collisions?

I am starting with game development and creating a basic platformer game. I already have searched a lot and found some ways to implement the platformer aspect to the game, like apply a gravity, ...
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### Calculating unique ID number from a set of bitmasked tiles

So I write this kind of match3-style game where you as a player need to match tiles with three or more of the same type and I'm thinking what is the best method to recognize the shapes without writing ...
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### Depth of Field Blur - Weighted sampling?

I've been studying Intel's fantastic article titled "An investigation of fast real-time GPU-based image blur algorithms" (here), where-in they state that Gaussian blur would need to be customized for ...
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### What algorithms are used for force dispersal between rigid objects attached by joints?

I have in mind a 2d, side-scrolling game which requires the construction of vehicles and/or structures built of conjoined rigid structures, like beams or platforms. These structures will be impacted ...
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### 3D Zoom To Mouse Cursor accounting for Change in Camera Pitch

Overview: Simply put, I'm trying to make a zoom to cursor algorithm. This would normally be very simple, but the implementation of the camera is making it difficult. As the camera zooms in and out, ...
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### How do i add a rain effect to a top down design game in Java, using no external libraries?

I'm creating a top-down game for my A-level/college computer science project, and I'm trying to implement rain. The game needs to be usable on any platform, so the use of external libraries is out of ...
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### GPU Spatial Clustering

I have a around 100k points on the screen (that might update). 2D points. The goal is to cluster them into groups, by a constant distance. Meaning, finding groups of points that the distance between ...
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### How to trace contour of shapes with holes?

I am experimenting with the RVO2 library for collision avoidance in a 2D simulation. This library supports specifying arbitrary obstacles as a list of vertices. The obstacles must be full shapes, i.e. ...
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### Dynamic Mesh Generation Algorithm

I was recently given an assignment to generate a mesh from code, in Unity. At runtime, the player will click at random positions on the screen. An array will store all these points. There must ...
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### How to find grid cells not seen by an object

I am writing a VB.NET program. I have a grid view which is made of multiple small cells called grid cell. On the grid view, I have placed an obstacle (red box) and an observer (blue box). My task ...
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### Efficient pathfinding for flying actors through connected AABB volumes

I have created a concise graph of AABB volumes to use as the navigation volume for flying AI. They span the empty space around geometry: Here is a preview for one of the nodes - the central node ...
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### What are vornoi diagrams used for in game development

I see vornoi diagrams talked about from time to time in the context of game development and graphics, and have seen them used a bit in procedural textures as well as talked about in relation to path ...
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### Map generation, issues with midpoint displacement algorithm

I'm trying to generate an endless 2d terrain. So the terrain isn't random per say as the random function I'm using is a hash based on an X,Y coordinate. static public float rand (System.UInt32 x, ...
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### Recognize pattern in 3D building environment

I'm currently developing 3rd person building game (as bacheleor thesis). I need to recognize constructed patterns co I can mark corresponding structure as some building (so player can start using that ...
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### How to combine dynamic asset reload and texture atlases? (rectangle packing with removal)

Usually texture atlases are built either: as a seperate content pre-processing step or once when the game starts What I want to do is create and update atlases on the fly when: A new texture ...
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### Movement algorithm for Pocket Civ game

I am developing a Pocket Civ game engine. (You can check the process at www.pocketciv.com). Basically there is maximum of 8 Areas (round nodes in the pic) that have Tribes (number inside the node). So ...
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### Recursive backtracking sometimes missing a tile?

I have a basic recursive backtracking alghorithm for a maze. It pretty much works but ocasionally leaves some tiles in the corners untouched. This is the recursive function: void ...
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### Image Texture Tracing Algorithm - Cocos2D Box2D

Context: I am working on a 2D Destructible Terrain engine for Cocos2D with Box2D. All images, when a level loads, have their border's traced and cached for the purposes of forming Box2D b2EdgeShape ...
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### Non-smooth noise with optimal performance?

Any suggestions on how to get more 'jagged' results like linear interpolation gives with value noise using a faster algorithm concept like simplex noise? Simplex noise I haven't spent enough time ...
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### Performance issues with visibility detection and object transparency

I'm working on a 3d game that has a view similar to classic isometric games (diablo, etc.). One of the things I'm trying to implement is the effect of turning walls transparent when the player walks ...
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### What is the best way to implement collision detection using Bullet physics engine and a track generated from a curve?

I am developing a small racing gam, the track is generated from a curve. As said above, the track is generated, but not infinite. The track of one level could fit with no problem in memory and will ...
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### Fixed time step with Akihabara

How could I implement fixed time step with Akihabara framework? I would like my avatar to move by fixed distances of one block as in Supaplex.
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### Defining camera/view space

Im working on expanding my camera class, but having trouble defining camera/view space in the manner of this diagram: What Im trying to achieve is to define the camera as a true object much like a ...
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### How do I turn a vector map into a nav mesh?

I have the following path finding problem: I have a map that is described as a set of polygons that are traversable and need to somehow write path finding for the system. The current data is that the ...
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TL;DR: My interstitial ads in my game are successfully loading, but when I call .show() on them, they don't show up! I have followed these directions, and the ads load succesfully, but don't show ...
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### How to find visible planes in a world of boxes

I have a world where each object is a box: Each box has position x, y=0, z, dimensions width, height, depth. The boxes are never rotated. Each box is composed of 5 planes (left, right, front, back ...
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### Any algorithm for leveling system based on difficulty

so I'm trying to create a leveling system for a sport we play in town. However, I'm kinda having trouble thinking of the correct way of implementing the algorithm. These are a few things I want to ...
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### Timed Line Drawing

I'm trying to program a remake of the classic Missile Command Atari game from scratch, but I've run into a problem. So I have a function that can draw a line from one point to another. I figured I ...
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### Marching cubes and greedy meshing

Currently i am trying to implement the marching cubes algorithm into my voxel engine to get smoother terrain. My voxel engine also uses the greedy meshing algorithm to optimize the engines meshing. My ...
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### How can I dynamically change the bone structure to reach a point?

Say I have a skeletal animation about a whip hit a target. When I create this animation, the root of the whip is at (0, 0, 0) and the target is at (10, 20, 10). Now in the real game, the target is not ...
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### How do I efficiently generate all valid configuration spaces of a Tetronimo in Tetris?

This question is relevant to How can I do optimal pathfinding for a tetris piece, which assumes we already have a start and end state. How we can efficiently generate all those valid configuration ...
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### Grid board fill with special cells - predicting movement

I have to create an algorithm which will fill a board, which is made of square cells, with elements. Board can have different sizes and it doesn't have to be a square. Elements fall from top to ...
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### Isometric staggered multi tile buildings

I'm writing a isometric staggered rpg engine and i am at loss to how to make the buildings placement diamond show up. What I mean is i have tile2screen and screen2tile functions and it works ok. I ...
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### How manage target selection in a high speed brawler?

I'm thinking of games like Batman Arkham Asylum and the Assassin's Creed series, in which landing the first blow gives you a soft lock that automatically rotates you to continue facing the target as ...
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### Collision detection in 3d

what is the simplest algorithm for collision detection that respects the following requirements: The collision is only between cubes that are always aligned with the axis of the world (not rotated). ...
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### Voxel sparse octrees for indirect illumination

I don't understand the use of voxel sparse octrees for indirect illumination calculations. First of all, what exactly is happing? We're rendering the scene as usual with diffuse lighting. In the ...
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### Libnoise producing completely random noise

I am using libnoise in C++ taken and I have some problems with getting coherent noise. I mean, the noise produced now are completely random and it doesn't look like a noise. Here's a to the image ...
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### Pixel alignment algorithm

I have a set of square blocks, I want to draw them in a window. I am sure the coordinates calculation is correct. But on the screen, some squares' edge overlap with other, some are not. I remember ...