Programming related to the visual representation of information on computer screens.

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Opengl binding shaders vs binding buffers performance

Quick question for an opengl guru, I'm in the process of building a render queue and can either reduce the number of shader binding or the number of vertex buffer binding. I just want to know which ...
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Understanding normal maps on terrain

I'm having trouble understanding some of the math behind normal map textures even though I've got it to work using borrowed code, I want to understand it. I have a terrain based on a heightmap. I'm ...
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OpenGLES GLSL Shader attributes always bound to 0

So I have a very simple vertex shader as follows #version 120 attribute vec3 position; attribute vec3 inColor; uniform mat4 mvp; varying vec3 fragColor; void main(void){ fragColor = inColor; ...
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Objects won't render when Texture Compression + Mipmapping is Enabled

[EDIT: FIXED - Calling setting texture max level fixed that] I'm optimizing my game and I've just implemented compressed (DXTn) texture loading in OpenGL. I've worked my way removing bugs but I can't ...
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Given a RGB color x, how to find the most contrasting color y? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Making a symbol appear on any colour I have to mark a certain item in a way that will make it stick-out in the background. I need it to be surrounded with the color that ...
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Is 2 lines of push/pop code for each pre-draw-state too many?

I'm trying to simplify vector graphics management in XNA; currently by incorporating state preservation. 2X lines of push/pop code for X states feels like too many, and it just feels wrong to have 2 ...
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Game window systems and internal frames

I don't know if this is a valid question, but: What kind of window manager do games use which have internal frames (Frames inside frames)? Does this differ between the programming languages (Are e.g. ...
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graphical interface when using assembly language

I want to learn a framework to use in assembly. I know that's not possible without learning the framework in C first. So I'm thinking of learning SDL in C and then teach myself how to interpret the ...
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How to work with two layers or more in cocos2d?

I want to make a game in cocos2d. I don't know too much about it. My question is related to communication between two layers or more. For instance, let's say I want a layer with a scrolling road and ...
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Drawing graphics in Java game

I am quite new to game development, so here is a question (maybe a stupid one): In my sidescroller i have a bunch of different graphics objects that i need to draw (player, background tiles, ...
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Debugging Shader Code?

I'm writing a game engine, and when I use a perspective camera I get a black screen. I am not going to ask exactly why this is because there would be a lot of code to share and, frankly, I think ...
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global transform to local transform?

If an object is attached to another one and you need to set its position, rotation and scale in global space, what do you do to get the local versions of these values, knowing the same values for the ...
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Engine and level of detail for maze / labyrinth / dungeon scene?

My question is similar to these: Algorithm for generating a 2d maze To scene graph or not to scene graph? I.e. in this case should I use jme3 or some other engine (I heard unreal offers a free ...
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I need to make a create-a-class system like in COD

I need to make a create-a-class system like in COD but I don't know what code I need. I am also wondering if I have to make a photoshop image for every way it could look or do I type in the code to ...
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Decal implementation

I had issues finding information about decals, so maybe this question will help others. The implementation is for a forward renderer. Could somebody confirm if i got decal implementation right? You ...
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Shader inputs in a general purpose engine

I'm not familiar with SDKs like Unity or UDK that much, so i can't check this offhand. Do general purpose engines allow users to create custom uniform variables? The way i see it, and the way i have ...
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Fixed-Function vs Shaders: Which for beginner?

I'm currently going to college for computer science. Although I do plan on utilizing an existing engine at some point to create a small game, my aim right now is towards learning the fundamentals: ...
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Math major as a viable degree [closed]

While I realize there are many topics about CS vs software engineering vs game school programs, I haven't found anything relating to whether pure math degrees (with CS minor and electives) would also ...
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How do I get a new license for gDEBugger after the 1 free year?

I downloaded the gDEBugger from gremedy over a year ago, with their one year free license. The license has since expired and their site says that I'll be presented with the option for 1 year free ...
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What are the advantages of tangent space normals over object space normals?

What are the advantages of normals in tangent space to normals in object space for calculation of bump mapping?
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How to create OpenGL (ES 1.0) texture programmatically?

I need to draw inside a buffer and then upload it as texture to OpenGL. So basicaly unsigned char* buffer and then call to glTexImage2D(). I will be using Marmalade mobile SDK and OpenGL ES 1.0.
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How to select an image on the J2ME Canvas

I am working on J2ME. I have got a canvas, with a layout of a Checkers board. At the position of pieces, I have placed images. The point at which I got stuck is, how to select/highlite a piece's image ...
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Is it possible to extract textures or sprites from compiled game files?

For instance, every map in Portal has what appear to be sprites over a texture indicating the obstacles you'll face (see screenshot). Are these resources compiled into the source as byte code, or is ...
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How many textures can usually I bind at once?

I'm developing a game engine, and it's only going to work on modern (Shader model 4+) hardware. I figure that, by the time I'm done with it, that won't be such an unreasonable requirement. My ...
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Sorting objects before rendering

I'm trying to implement a scene graph and in all the articles i've come across there is talk about object sorting. So you'd sort your objects by "material" for example. Now untill i sat down and ...
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Why Inverse Transform the Ray when doing Transformation?

I am adding 3D affine transformations to my ray tracer, and it seems all the literature on the web recommend inverse transforming the ray instead of transforming the 3D objects. Why is that? There ...
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GLSL default shaders

I've been arming my engine with error checking code. I'll try to describe this situation to my best abilities. Whenever i load a shader and there's an error (file doesn't exist, compilation error, ...
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GLSL shader compilation

When i'm compiling a shader does it have to be complete? Can i use glCompileShader on a shader without a main() function? The OpenGL reference documentation has a nice writeup on program linking ...
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handling buffers in OpenGL

I'm reading through the OpenGL docummentation for version 3.3 core. I'm having issues understanding proper buffer deletion. ATM i have an object that loads itself into OpenGL memory in the ...
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3D format or software that stores a vertex normal

At the moment i'm using .obj file format to store 3D models. It's popular, easy to read and parse. The issue is that it stores sufrace normals for each face. This isn't an issue for me yet, but i'm ...
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Batching Homogeneous Render Objects in XNA, 2D Component-Entity Engine?

I've been working on my component-entity engine for about 3 months now, and have managed to get nearly every constituent system working with little effort or compromise. My system has the following ...
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Getting the normals of a hemisphere?

I'm trying to calculate the normal for a hemisphere. I draw the hemi-sphere by this code: for(float phi = 0.0; phi < 1.567; phi += factor) { glBegin(GL_QUAD_STRIP); for(float ...
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How do I read the an environment map CPU side? (Similar to texCube function on GPU)

I need to extract the one pixel from a environment mapping (I already have the 6 textures) using the normal vector. How can I achieve this ? I want something very similar to what texCUBE(link) does ...
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Full screen display mode

Could somebody point me to resources that would explain what full screen actually is? What's the point of it? It seems to be more than just a window that has the client are taking the whole screen.
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Difference between the terms Material & Effect

I'm making an effect system right now (I think, because it may be a material system... or both!). The effects system follows the common (e.g. COLLADA, DirectX) effect framework abstraction of Effects ...
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Optimizing graphics for an iOS flash game

A friend of mine and myself are working on a flash developed iOS (and later Android) puzzle board game. He's a developer and I'm a designer/developer so (no surprise) we have different points of view. ...
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How do I implement a score database in Android?

I making a 2D game for Android using OpenGL-ES technology. It is a space shooting game where the player shoots enemy ships. I want to keep a track of score for the amount of enemy ships destroyed ...
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How to implement a 2d collision detection for Android

I am making a 2d space shooter using opengl ES. Can someone please show me how to implement a collision detection between the enemy ship and player ship. The code for the two classes are below: ...
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Z rotation causing skew Android OpenGL ES 2.0

If I rotate about the X, or Y axis there is no skewing however for a pure 2D game that does not help me. When I try to rotate about the Z axis however the quad I am rendering for the sprite starts to ...
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Reflections based on distance from plane

Let's consider, for example, a surface like the volleyball court, we can see that legs and shoes of the players are reflected, with a blur effect, but body and stadium don't (as each object not near ...
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How to Export Flash Animation Data

I'd love for my partner, the artist, to be able to animate using flash movieclips and timelines. Then I, the programmer, would like to read the raw Flash info and re-program it into my engine of ...
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How to represent cliff faces in terrain?

I'm trying to figure out the best way to programmatically represent terrain in my game. I've been considering using a heightmap (or grid of evenly spaced vertices) to represent the surface of the ...
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suggestion for a “strategy game” like platform to test AI algorithm

I wrote a piece of tricky AI algorithms that simulates animals living in an environment and their food seeking, interacting with each other and especially learning new patterns of lifestyle. now I ...
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text wrapping on a texture applied to a 3D model

How would I create and implement a texture of text that wraps around a 3D model? The texture will just be white and you should be able to add text to it, but I need to create this so that when the ...
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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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Should I use Game Engines to learn to make 3D games? [closed]

HI i am a software engineering student in his second-last year. I am proficient with C,C++,C# and java programming languages, and being a student of engineering I have studied calculus, vectors etc ...
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Are my lines instanced?

I have a class which "collects" line mesh transformations throughout the update and then draws them in one place by drawing one line over and over again. I'll post the code below. I'm just wondering ...
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How do I create a wide-angle / fisheye lens with HLSL?

What are the concepts that need to be implemented in order to achieve the effect of a wide angle lens of varying extremities? Pseudocode and specific explanation referring to the various stages of ...
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Computer generated 2d graphics for games - how to get started

I've seen a lot of nice 2d games recently, like Geometry wars that have really nice computer generated graphics. I would like to know how is it done so game looks really nice even if it is composed ...
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What is instancing, and how can I update my graphics code to do it?

This question directly follows on from this one: How can I implement a renderer that can draw many kinds of primitives? I have a small amount of drawing code structured in the following way: A mesh ...