Numeric representation of the location of an entity in the game space. There are multiple forms of coordinate systems to cater to a variety of methods to map position.

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Generating spherical world from heightmapped terrain

I am using a standard heightmapped procedural terrain in my project. However, I want the terrain to appear spherical when the user zooms out. This is an attempt to simulate the appearance of a ...
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Is a custom coordinate system possible in Unity

Is it possible to create a custom coordinate system (i.e the one using double for coordinates or the one dividing the world into 'chunks' of safe size) not constrained by the floating point precision ...
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2D isometric: screen to tile coordinates

I'm writing an isometric 2D game and I'm having difficulty figuring precisely on which tile the cursor is. Here's a drawing: where xs and ys are screen coordinates (pixels), xt and yt are tile ...
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Why is my sprite displayed offset from its Box2D body?

I found out about this using a debug renderer. When the game starts, everything is in order. But when a collision happens, the sprite's rotation is way larger than its body. The sprite and body match ...
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Can you help me solve the paradox that has confused me about the glViewport and glOrtho functions?

suppose that I have an image that I want to apply as a texture on a geometry (at time we don't consider texture mapping but this image has a certain width and height here it is a 512x512 image) I want ...
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Java Slick2d - How to translate mouse coordinates to world coordinates

I am translating in my main class render. How do I get the mouse position where my mouse actually is after I scroll the screen public void render(GameContainer gc, Graphics g) throws SlickException {...
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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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Get points on a line between two points

I'm making a simple space game in JavaScript, but now I've hit a wall regarding vectors. The game view is top-down on a 2d grid. When the user clicks on the grid, the space ship will fly to that ...
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How do I translate a spherical coordinate to a Cartesian one?

Could someone point me in the right direction as to how this might be achieved? 3D math / geometry often throws me. I'm looking for something like this (ideally in C#): public Vector3 ...
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Why / how does XNA's right-handed coordinate system effect anything if you can specify near/far Z values?

I am told repeatedly that XNA Game Studio uses a right-handed coordinate system, and I understand the difference between a right-handed and left-handed coordinate system. But given that you can use a ...
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HTML5 canvas screen to isometric coordinate conversion

I am trying to create an isometric game using HTML5 canvas, but don't know how to convert HTML5 canvas screen coordinates to isometric coordinates. My code now is: var mouseX = 0; var mouseY = 0; ...
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Get local coords from global coords

I need to get local coords from global coords. I did not find ready-made examples. Please help me how to do it on the example image. Thank you! UPDATED: Here's the method in the java, created ...
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Spherical to Cartesian Coordinates

Well I'm reading the Frank's Luna DirectX10 book and, while I'm trying to understand the first demo, I found something that's not very clear at least for me. In the updateScene method, when I press A, ...
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Overcoming float limitations for planet-sized worlds in Unity

As far as I know, going further than 1M units from the world origin in Unity is hardly possible due to floating point precision issues. Making a world more than 1M units in radius would require ...
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Tile coordinates

Simple question I have here. Say my tile map is based on 32x32 tiles for an 800x600 image so let's say 25 tiles across and 19 down. So now I have that cell 0 of any row contains the first 0-31 ...
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How do I convert screen coordinates to between -1 and 1?

I'm writing a function that allows me to click on my tiles. The origin for my tiles is the center, however, the mouse's origin is the top left. I need a way to transform my mouse coordinates into my ...
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Storing rigid body collision shapes in local or world coordinates

I'm writing the beginnings of a lightweight 2d rigid body engine (in javascript, as a hobby project), and i'm debating whether to store collision shapes in local or in (updated as needed) world ...
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Why is Y up in many Games?

I learned at school that the z-axis is up. It is the same in modeling software like Blender. However in many games the y-axis is up. What is reason?
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Changing coordinate system from Z-up to Y-up

Blender's coordinate system is different from what I'm used to, in that Z points upwards instead of Y. What would be the simplest way of converting all the world data (so that all animations, texture ...
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How can I represent location in a massive world?

I've been thinking about No Man's Sky a lot recently and all the technical challenges they must face. For example, how on earth do you store a players location in a world that is so enormous? I ...
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How do you get an object to orbit around a certain point on a 2d plane?

I had a concept for a game come to me this morning but I can't figure out how I'd go about implementing the movement. The general idea involves the left and right controls causing a sprite to go ...
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How to linearly transform vertices for large coordinate systems

Alright, so I'm working on a space game and well, I want it to have a lot of space! So I need a large coordinate system and for my rendering pipeline to not suffer from "vertex jittering" due to ...
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Swapping axis labels between 2D and 3D coordinates

My game world is 3D. The map is only 2D, however. It is natural to think of the map as having an X and Y axis. And it is natural to think of the world has having an X, Y and Z axis, where Y is ...
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Convert Screen coords to World Coords LIBGDX

I'm working on a tile based platformer game in libgdx. I'm having trouble getting the actual touch input coordinates when the aspect ratio of device is different from the virtual fixed aspect ratio ...
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Converting world space coordinate to screen space coordinate and getting incorrect range of values

I'm attempting to convert from world space coordinates to screen space coordinates. I have the following code to transform my object position Vector3 screenSpacePoint = Vector3.Transform(object....
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Transformations between coordinate systems

In a graphics engine, I have three three-dimensional orthogonal coordinate systems, O, A and B. A and B are the result of two different transformations from O. I now want to calculate the ...