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

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Is there any way to change texture filtering globally in Direct3D 11?

One of the major changes I have encountered between Direct3D 9 and Direct3D 11 is the new API for setting up texture sampling. In D3D9, it was sufficient to simply set a given value of a given ...
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Can I use multiple OpenGL version together

I want to use GLSL but keep my current OpenGL 1.1 setup. The thing is that can I use OpenGL 2.0 shaders on OpenGL 1.1 renders?
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How can I render a texture to the screen in SDL2?

I've recently started upgrading my SDL version from 1.2 to 2.0.3, and while on the SDL Wiki, I've come across SDL_Renderer, SDL_Window, and SDL_Texture. I did some research and found a link at ...
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How to create a sun billboard with Ogre3d

I've been working with a few different engines alongside trying to code my own project. Rather than rewrite an entire renderer, etc I am using Ogre3d. To begin with I am trying to implement a very ...
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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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Why is the light following my camera around?

I have implemented a simple Phong shader without specular highlights for now (just ambient + diffuse components) The problem however, is that the calculations seem to be done in camera space; as I ...
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How to reduce/remove graphical artifacts?

Question I'm working on a side-scrolling game that has a 2D grid for rendering to the screen. I'm using OpenGL, and I've optimized my game so that nothing invisible is attempted to be drawn. As of ...
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atmospheric scattering and sky geometry

I'm trying to implement an atmospheric scattering in my graphics (game) engine based on the gpu gems article: link. An example implementation from that article uses a skydome. My scene is different - ...
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LOD in modern games [closed]

I'm currently working on my master's thesis about LOD and mesh simplification, and I've been reading many academic papers and articles about the subject. However, I can't find enough information about ...
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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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Problem calculating normals for heightmaps

So far I have been using normal avering to calculate the normals for my vertices in my heightmap, with good graphical result (see picture), however it is terribly slow. With a incresing image size the ...
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How to draw or translate into world space?

I've been hacking around with OpenGL, but there's a few concepts which I can not find the answer on. I want to draw three GL_QUADS next to eachoter like so: 1[2][3] I know GL_QUADS are deprecated, ...
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Use of the xyY color space?

What's the use of the xyY colorspace in games? I'm not sure what's the advantage of using it in shader programming or elsewhere.
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x-inverted obj importer in BulletSharp - whats wrong?

See importer C# code at the repository. Screenshot: Left: bullet imported version, right: correct 3ds max version. It's somehow inverted. If you think that left part is just 180 degrees rotated you ...
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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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updating 2d array to contain chunk of larger 2d array - for 2d tile map

What i need help with is how can i get a chunk of a large 2d char array and update it so i am only drawing enough tiles to cover the screen? Currently, i load all the chars from a text file and store ...
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Moai: Clipping an image to a polygon

I'm using Moai SDK. I have an image and some random convex 2D polygons. I want to show only the parts of the image inside these polygons. Here's an example image: The same, shown only where the ...
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Invert Alpha on Image

I'm making a lighting system right now, and the last part I have to do is to invert the alpha channel on the final light map. My previous code that used to work was DataBufferByte buf = ...
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What steps should I take to learn level design/programming? [closed]

I'm still in high school, and I've been playing games for 12 years, and I've always wanted to eventually learn level development and design, and programming. However I'm no good at art and as of now ...
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How can I efficiently form terrain from a large number of cubes in XNA? [duplicate]

I have a project with a floor built from with small cubes (100x100 of them). If I exceed that size, the performance of my game suffers. How can I efficiently draw a larger number of identical models? ...
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3D rotation and movement of ball on a 2D plane

Here is a video of Amiga arcade pool game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTQIPFBUFIg I am making a similar game with C and Gtk+3.0 but I don't know how to show balls 3D movement on 2D plane! I ...
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Efficient foliage rendering with OpenGL

Rendering foliage usually involves "hanging" triangles and textures that have completely transparent areas. I'm interested in knowing how are these usually handled by a 3D engine. The first thing ...
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Is it possible to display no white images/sprites when using the latest Android OS?

Was it okay to use Texture.setEnforcePotImages(false) in order to disable conditional width and height pixel size that requires power of 2? I'm planning to sell the game app at Google Play. I want to ...
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How can I get my Android camera system working more like Google Earth's? [duplicate]

I'm implementing a touch screen interface whereby the user dragging their finger on the screen will rotate the camera in a sphere around the central point. My code works well for the horizontal swipe ...
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How does the fragment shader get data from the vertex shader?

How can any interactions between these two shaders work? I mean the vertex shader sends a vertex's color to the fragment shader, but that's only one fragment, what about all the other ones between the ...
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What is the difference between shader uniforms and attributes in OpenGL?

I don't fully understand the differences between uniforms and attributes. To be honest, I probably haven't even used attributes. Can uniforms change for each vertex? I mean to calculate the vertex's ...
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In GLSL is it possible to offset vertices based on height map colour?

I am attempting to generate some terrain based upon a heightmap. I have generated a 32 x 32 grid and a corresponding height map -> In my vertex shader I am trying to offset the position of the Y ...
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What Shading/Rendering techniques are being used in this image?

My previous question wasn't clear enough. From a rendering point of view what kind of techniques are used in this image as I would like to apply a similar style (I'm using OpenGL if that matters): ...
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boolean operations on meshes

given a set of vertices and triangles for each mesh. Does anyone know of an algorithm, or a place to start looking( I tried google first but haven't found a good place to get started) to perform ...
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Armature rest matrix - why does this exist?

I'm not sure I have a clear idea on what purpose the rest matrix/bindpose is supposed to serve in skeleton animation. If it is supposed to transform a bone into the rest pose and the mesh itself is ...
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Is there a transformation or set of transformations that can approximate a “radial scale”?

Is there a way to, with matrices, scale something as if someone were opening a Japanese fan? I'm at a loss of what to call it, so pointers towards avenues of research would be greatly appreciated. If ...
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How to optimize SpriteBatch usage?

From what I understand, SpriteBatch's purpose is to batch as many draw operations to send to the GPU. Each batch can handle one texture at a time, and changing SpriteBatch context/texture is ...
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Construct 2 JSON commands

I'm new to Construct 2 and trying to set up a connection with my own WebSocket server. I have communication both ways, but have not yet invoked action in response to input from the server. I currently ...
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How do you tell OpenGL ES 2.0 to use a texture as the depth buffer?

I want to render a scene with an outline post processing effect in OpenGL ES 2.0. First I render all the opaque objects. Then I use a post processing shader for silhouette detection that uses the ...
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Color grading, shaders and 3d textures

I'm trying to implement color correction with the 3d lookup table. The lookup table is actually just a 2d texture 256x16 and consists of 16 squares which one is 16x16. When it comes to rendering, I ...
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Recreating this flat-shaded look

I'll keep it short. How does one achieve the effect depicted in the image below? Is it feasible to do in realtime? It looks deceptively simple, but it probably isn't. Are there any keywords I can ...
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Symmetry preserving path simplification

I'm using the Douglas peucker (DP) algorithm to simplify some (2d) closed paths forming a shape. This works pretty good, but not so much for closed paths that have some symmetry. Take for example a ...
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Automatic shadow for isometric objects

I have like hunderd of isometric objects. One example: I'm trying to find a way to automate creation of shadow they're casting. I ended up with following transformation: matrix.Shear(-0.25f, ...
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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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Tangent basis calculation problem

I have the problem with seams with calculating a tangent basis in my application. I'm using a seems to be right algorithm, but it gives wrong result on the seams. What am I doing wrong? Is there a ...
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Reverting the view SDL

So in my SDL application, which I setup for OpenGL, if I were to do the following code: glBegin(GL_QUADS); glVertex2i(0, 0); glVertex2i(50, 0); glVertex2i(50, 50); glVertex2i(0, 50); glEnd(); The ...
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OS X OpenGL 3.2 Core (Black Screen)

I want to render a Quad via VAO, IBO and VBO but nothing is drawn. I'm using glDrawRangeElements in OS X OpenGL 3.2 Core context. The screen is completely black without any error. GLFW3 is used to ...
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How can I actually understand Instanced Geometry Rendering - so that I can implement it the way I need it

I'm stuck trying to implement instanced mesh rendering in my project. Particularly because I am failing to understand how certain components actually function - and how the drawing routine is actually ...
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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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3D Reflection - Drawing Upside Down

After reading up on rendering reflections, it seems that the way to do it is the render the scene from underneath the plane of reflection, and then use projective texturing to map the reflected ...
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How are 3D models created in video games?

As the title says, how are 3D models in games designed and displayed? Is it all-code? Drawn on paper, then on a 3D graphics software, then... what? Of course, game programmers won't define every ...
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SpriteBatch does not draw on graphicDevice

I'm using a control which is using XNA inside. But when I try to draw something, it doesn't appear. I already did a lot of tests but can't figure out what's wrong. Here is the test I set up: ...
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Most efficient way to draw vertex with OpenGL

I am writing an OpenGL 3D game. There will be tons of triangles for terrain and objects in use. I am studying from the OpenGL official guide and the first presented method is to call a function ...
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Newbie game programmer - Where do I start? [closed]

Okay, so I have been really inclined towards game programming this past few weeks. I have primarily been a web programmer and know a fair number of lanugages like PHP, Java, javascript, python, etc. I ...
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sprite animation individual framerate

When animating sprites I am taking the delta difference between frames and locking the rendering frame rate of the sprite animation to the delta time. float delay = 1000.0f / FPS; float now = ...