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Why do the ALPHA channel in TGA is not visible?

Good morning GDSE, I am loading a TGA using loadTGA function found in superbible 4th edition source code. Here is how the image looks in Gimp You can see I have enabled alpha channel in Gimp, I ...
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XNA hlsl tex2D() only reads 3 channels from normal maps and specular maps

Our engine uses deferred rendering and at the main draw phase gathers plenty of data from the objects it draws. In order to save on tex2D calls, we packed our objects' specular maps with all sorts of ...
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Why are some games using some dithering pattern instead of traditional alpha for transparency?

Recently, I have seen some 3D games (eg: GTA IV) to use some kind of ordered dithering to simulate transparency / alpha. The polygons are not transparent as usual, but instead render a dithering ...