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

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How are red dot/reflex/holographic sights implemented?

In first-person-shooters like Call of Duty, the hologram only appears when it is behind the glass portion of the sight. In OpenGL, would it be implemented by rendering the glass to the stencil buffer ...
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Apply an special effect to an scene area

I have a 2D game where I have a second camera on my scene, that renders an upside down image of the scene, and distorts it, giving the effect of water reflection. I render this camera first, and on ...
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How can I approximate an “opening fan”-transformation?

Is there a way to—with matrices—transform something as if opening the image on a Japanese folding fan? Image from Wikimedia Commons. I'm at a loss of what to call it, so pointers towards avenues of ...
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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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Tangents face the same direction on opposite sides of mesh

I have noticed that the tangent vectors that I am calculating are not always facing the correct direction. The tangents on the left and right of the mesh both face the same direction. Here is a ...
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Can I use a shader with 2 different textures in Cocos2D (x)?

We are evaluating a variety of different graphic engines for use in our game and we want to be able to use 2 different textures for many of our sprite maps. One sprite map would be the standard RGBA ...
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Why does XNA create two GraphicsDeviceManager services?

While working with XNA today, I looked at the debugger information for Game.Services to retrieve the GraphicsDeviceManager so that a component could utilize it. Instead, I found two different objects: ...
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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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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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OpenGL textureGather and DirectX gather

These functions sample multiple RGBA pixels but return only a single component. OpenGL: https://www.opengl.org/sdk/docs/man/html/textureGather.xhtml DirectX: ...
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Texture artifacts depending on texture size

I get some strange artifacting with textures depending on their size. I run OpenGL 3.3 with an GTX 580 so it should definitely support non power of two textures. I've narrowed down the problem ...
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How to calculate spherical harmonic coefficients for indirect diffuse?

After reading the article "An Efficient Representation for Irradiance Environment Maps", I'm a bit confused as how to calculate the spherical harmonic coefficients. I'd like to generate these ...
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Animations in games

I wonder how skeletal animations in games work. I am Writing my own Graphics Engine for "fun", and I have come across several problems with animations. Here is how I do it right now: 1: Load the ...
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Creating VR Headset Video

So I have a video stream of known resolution and I have a VR headset via HDMI at a known resolution. Is there an existing library to create the slight fisheye and side-by-side layout for these ...
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Is it reasonable to generate mipmaps on the color attachment of my framebuffer in realtime?

I'm looking into hdr tonemapping and so far all the equations I've found result in really, dulled results. One i haven't tried uses an average luminance of the image. The pdf I've been reading ...
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How to get drawing offsets for an isometric camera

I do have some semi-working code, but I'm really stuck on getting everything to align to the screen properly. Here's my current, broken solution in Javascript: //ts = tile size (i.e. 64), th = ts/2, ...
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Fixing/avoiding Z-fighting with decals OpenGL

I'm trying to draw animated flames as a decal in OpenGL (just a simple quad with an animated texture as a decal on another quad). Problem is as the camera moves away I get terrible Z-fighting in the ...