A very generic term referring to visual part of a game. Try to avoid unrelevant usage and instead tag for specific graphics type (2D, 3D), API, framework or a library you are using, if possible.

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Top-Down Octree Generation of Procedural Terrain

I'm trying to implement a voxel-based terrain generation system in Unity3d (C#). I have successfully implemented a uniform 3d grid system, and have extracted the isosurface out using Marching Cubes ...
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Should I shade models before or after importing them into Unity?

Is it better to shade a model inside the 3D modeling software or inside Unity? As an example, if I need to use a transparent model, should it be made transparent inside the modeling application or ...
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Processing move between tiles with an animation in isometric map

In my isometric map, entities can only be in the center of the floor tile. So it's tile per position. This is my map with an entity: Entity can either move forward, left, or right. Where forward ...
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Drawing tile images with bigger height on floor tiles on 2.5D isometric map

Hello I am creating my first isometric game. I have floor tiles which are 112*56 in size. This is a simple strategy game I am making, it's an existing game, I just copied the idea for practice since ...
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Algorithms for Physically based shading models [duplicate]

For real time interactive graphics, it seems to be practical now to use physically based shading models. I want to write some shaders to incorporate into an openGL based game engine that I'm writing ...
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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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How would I warp a mesh with code?

I recently asked a question about putting a camera at the head of a 3D human model here and it worked out rather well and whatnot, but there is still a problem that bothers me: How would I ...
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Prewarming in particle engines

How is prewarming in particle engines made? I have a particle engine and need to support this, which is a feature I have already seen in Unity. Is it done at compilation, like informations stored ...
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Using Graphics from my Frame's paint() gives cutting effect every call to repaint()

Every frame the run() method of my thread calls the repaint() of the frame subclass, in this frame subclass I override the paint(Graphics) and since I want to have different screens from my game I ...
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Graphics programming replicating the transition from Chrono Trigger inside the gate

I started playing this game for the first time lately and this really peaked my interest You can see the transition in motion starting at ~12:08 There seems to be some interesting maths taking ...
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Java Graphics Rendering Bug

So I've been playing around with moving objects using KeyListeners and active rendering via while(true) loop. CANVAS.createBufferStrategy(3); BufferStrategy buffer = CANVAS.getBufferStrategy(); ...
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ShapeRenderer is pixelated in libGDX

When I use a ShapeRenderer, it always comes out pixelated. But if I draw the shape in photoshop with the same dimensions, it's very smooth and clean-looking. My method is just as follows: package ...
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Are there 3D projections other than orthographic and perspective? [closed]

The question is pretty much in the title. Are there notable 3D projections other than orthographic and perspective that could be used in a 3D system such as OpenGL? In particular, are there any that ...
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2D how to add graphics for liquid physics?

I was always wondering how to add the graphics to a a blob body for example, regardless of what engine or library you are using, i want to know (theoratically) how to move from this state : ...
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Where can I find free graphic 2D resources for vehicles (car, truck, bus, etc) from top view for a top down racing game? [duplicate]

Where can I find free graphic resources for vehicles (car, truck, bus, etc) from top view for a top down racing game? I mean something like:
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Why does my SFML game cause screen tearing on Linux?

I wrote a little game of a bouncing ball, using SFML and Box2D. On Windows, the graphics animate smoothly. However, on my Linux machine, the animation stutters randomly. To be precise, I get a ...
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Generating Normal map from a Image with a given Albedo map

I am working on a research problem part of which involves generating normal map from a given image of a rusted object. I searched the internet for techniques to achieve the above and apparently ...
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OpenGL - have object follow mouse

I want to have an object follow around my mouse on the screen in OpenGL. (I am also using GLEW, GLFW, and GLM). The best idea I've come up with is: Get the coordinates within the window with ...
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Pixel Shader : Backbuffer is 'Black'

After Fiddling around I am pretty sure this is not a Shader issue. Edit 4: The only diference I can see is that BasicEffect calls these methods before drawing: // Make sure that domain, hull and ...
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Are there any reasons to use Legacy (2.X) OpenGL?

The benefits are well documented of the Modern OpenGL 3.X & 4.X API's, but I'm wondering if there are ANY benefits to keeping with the old OpenGL, Or if learning OpenGL 2.X is a complete waste of ...
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MonoGame not all letters being drawn with DrawString

I'm currently making a dynamic user interface for my game and are setting up having text on my buttons. I'm having an odd issue where, when i use a specific piece of code to determine the text ...
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What is wrong with my specular phong shading

I'm sorry if this should be placed on stackoverflow instead however seeing as this is graphics related I was hoping you guys could help me: I'm attempting to write a phong shader and currently working ...
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draw fog of war using shaders

I am making a RTS game, and I'd like some advice on how to best render fog of wars, given what I'm already doing. You can imagine this game as being a classic RTS like Age of Empires 2, where the fog ...
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RenderState in XNA 4

I was going through this tutorial for having transparency which can be used to solve my problem here. The code is written in XNA 3 but I'm using XNA 4. What is the alternative for the following code ...
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How to implement soft edge areas with particles

My game is created using Phaser, but the question itself is engine-agnostic. In my game I have several environments, essentially polygonal areas that player characters can move into and be affected ...
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OpenGL setup on Windows

I have been trying to use OpenGL for two days now. First on Mac, then on Windows. The problem with Mac is that it doesn't support the newer versions of OpenGL. I ran a tutorial that actually did get ...
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OpenGL ES 1 Pixel Error?

I am developing a game on android using OpenGL ES 1.0 for Android OS. It is a 2d game using a simple Orthographic projection and textures for the sprites. One of these textures has a small line (it ...
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Java single Array best choice for accessing pixels for manipulation?

I am just watching this tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwUnMy_pR6A and the guy (who seems to be pretty competent) is using a single array to store and access the pixels of his to-be-rendered ...
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Draw a rotated rectfill in Allegro 4.2?

I'd like to use Matricies to transform primitive geometric shapes and draw them using the Allegro library using version 4.2 (I can not switch to 5.x just yet). This works fine for non-filled objects ...
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What is Windows' software rendering API?

We usually use OpenGL or DirectX to work with the GPU. If I want to use the CPU to render 2D/3D graphics, how does it work and what API can I use for it on Windows? I know there is no benefit in ...
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TiledMap resizing and aspect ratio with LibGDX

I'm making a game and I don't know how to resize my TiledMap when the window is bigger but keeping its squared shape. Here is a screen: When I change window size, here's what happens: I want ...
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WebGL wrong scaling of rectangle

I'm working with this tutorial http://www.html5rocks.com/en/tutorials/webgl/webgl_transforms/ and my result is, that the rectangle moves in the direction of it's scaling values, and also scales at ...
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How can I center an arbitrary string over a sprite?

Eyesore: The problem is, the text should be exactly centered over the player, I want something like this: My code to draw username above the player is: g.drawString(username,(int) playerX,(int) ...
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How do I scale a rectangle image while retaining its border thickness?

I want to create a programmatically scalable image like this: scales to . Both have a one pixel border. If I scaled from the first to the second in Paint.NET, there would be a two pixel horizontal ...
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Scaling sprites in a spritesheet without changing the overall size of each image

It might be more of a graphics software question - but, well, it concerns game development. I'm using some free spritesheets found in the web, and basically one of the characters seems slightly ...
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Why haven't graphics cards been designed for voxel rendering?

I stumbled across the following article on Wikipedia regarding voxels that says: One such problem cited by Carmack is the lack of graphics cards designed specifically for such rendering requiring ...
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Why is anti-aliasing so slow?

I have always asked myself this, especially about x4 or x8 anti-aliasing. It seems that over the years, the algorithm has remained the same but needs more power than before due to improved game ...
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Why do games ask for screen resolution instead of automatically fitting the window size?

It seems to me that it would be more logical, reusable and user-friendly to implement flexible, responsive UI layout over a 3d or 2d screen, which can then be run on any screen resolution. Some ...
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how to construct an efficient game loop and add graphics to it [duplicate]

I am reading killer game programming in java and reffering to foriegnguymike on youtube. I think my game loop is ok but someone said not to use thread.sleep() and i'll work on it. For now based on ...
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What kind of projection is demonstrated in this screenshot?

I want to know what projection is used in the following game: The game is Goodgame Empire.
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What makes a game a 3D game?

This may sound pretty obvious to game devs here but I'm wondering if a game can be called 3D if it has 3D assets but static isometric like camera view and not rotating at all. I tried searching the ...
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How to add a nice looking muzzle flash to the tip of my guns [closed]

I am making a top down shooter and would like to add a muzzle flash to the tips of my guns. So I have an idea of what I want to do which would be just a circle that would fade from yellow to white or ...
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Do I really need to clear the renderer every iteration?

Just a quick question about fine-tuning/optimization. If I'm making a 2D platformer with a parallax-scrolling background (meaning no two frames are the same) do I really need to clear my renderer for ...
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Do Java and Actionscript use OpenGL?

As far as I know there are only 3 base graphics libraries on Windows, the GDI, OpenGL and DirectX, is that correct, so that means that Java, Actionscript and all language use one of these 3 libraries ...
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How do I get hardware accelerated graphics and shaders in PyGame?

I have created several simple games with PyGame, but until now, I have focused on mechanics rather than graphics. The graphics in my games have been extremely rudimentary, consisting of basic shapes ...
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Creating weapons/armor procedurally

In my current project I am creating a 2d game (rpg) which should be able to dynamically create new weapons and armor based on different components. So, i.e. a sample weapon would consist of barrel1, ...
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Clamping large content to smaller area

I'm using OpenGL (with LWJGL) in Java, but the question is language independent. I have some region (a rectangle for simplicity), and, let's say, a big tiled map which I want to show in this area. ...
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glsl shader to allow color change of skydome ogre3d

I'm still very new to all this but learning a lot. I'm putting together an application using Ogre3d as the rendering engine. So far I've got it running, with a simple scene, a day/night cycle system ...
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How to use mocaps in your game if they don't loop smoothly?

Following suggestions on IRC, I've downloaded, parsed and incorporated the Free Release of 2500 mocaps to my game. I've noticed, though, that none of those loop perfectly. It does not connect and thus ...
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DirectX Bullet Tracer Effect

I'm wondering if anyone knows some common and efficient ways to do a fast tracer for an instant bullet. I've seen people speak on forums of using primitive lines with DirectX, but I doubt this ...