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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Overview/showcase of shader techniques/uses for games

I am looking for resources that can provide me with a better understanding of what kind of things shaders are used for in games, what they can do, and maybe even more importantly, what they cannot. I ...
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Is quadrilinear texture sampling hardware supported?

If you have a volume texture with mipmaps, GL_LINEAR_MIPMAP_LINEAR texture sampling will perform quadrilinear texture sampling. Is that implemented in hardware like bilinear texture sampling is? Or ...
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What are some ways to implement variable body shapes?

Games like Ryzom and the Sims allow players to have human bodies with different shapes: wide or thin, tall or short, big noses or small, etc. It seems to me that it'd be impractical to pre-generate ...
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Ideas for extending tic-tac-toe game? [closed]

I'm building a 3D tic-tac-toe game and this is what I've implemented so far: 3D renderer with texture mapping Playing against the computer Playing online (multiplayer) Now I'm a little lost what I ...
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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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Is there a game oriented graphics or image editor?

I remember looking a few times over the years for an alternative to Photoshop for editing images. I've tried using Gimp too, and that's also not quite sufficient. There are some problems that have ...
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Drawing very large slowly rotating planets

I'd like to draw very large (~500 px) graphics of planets slowly rotating. These graphics are meant to impress. What's the best way of doing this? I don't have experience with any particular 3D engine,...
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Generate levels in real-time with the Procedural CityEngine

Has anyone used the Procedural CityEngine to generate levels in real-time? It seems to get used in production or pre-production due to its sizable overhead, but has anyone tweaked it to run in real-...
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Is there a way to blur objects in a 2d game with OpenGL without using shaders?

Is there a nice way in OpenGL to blur objects without using shaders? Currently, I'm accomplishing blur by rendering the object slightly up, down, left, right, and the four diagonals from its original ...
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How do I generate surface normals?

I have quite a few debug drawing methods in my engine that can generate geometry useful for debugging, like spheres and cubes. At the moment I do not generate any normals for these shapes. Is there ...
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How to implement SSAO in Shader Model 3/ DX9?

Ive read a few articles about SSAO, and i would like to implement it in to 3d engine at work, which runs on top of DX9. Can you give me an tips on getting the simplest implementation possible up and ...
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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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Is there a sprite sheet creator that satisfies these requirements? [closed]

I'm looking for a decent sprite sheet packer. Features: Command line interface for Linux. Effective packing algorithm. Configurable padding between sprites in the sheet. Configurable fixed sprite ...
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OpenGL or OpenGL ES

What should I learn? OpenGL 4.1 or OpenGL ES 2.0? I will be developing desktop applications using Qt but I may start developing mobile applications in a few months, too. I don't know anything about ...
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What is a lobe, in reference to lighting and graphics

I sometimes see references to lobes when talking about lighting, especially with specular lighting, but also with spherical harmonics which doesn't do specular. Can anyone explain what exactly a lobe ...
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How can I create animated card graphics like in Hearthstone?

In the game Hearthstone, there are cards with animated images on them. A few examples: http://www.hearthhead.com/card=281/argent-commander http://www.hearthhead.com/card=469/blood-imp The ...
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What are these odd distortions on far away textures?

I'm currently writing a simple voxel engine just to get some practice in, and I'm coming across some odd issues. In order to generate terrain, I create a mesh and then assign UV coordinates on a ...
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How do I fix this weird lighting problem?

I'm making a small game in Unity, and some models are displaying very ugly shading. The shading usually looks funky along the edges between triangles. I'm pretty new to working in 3D; I bet this is ...
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How do engines like Unreal relate to OpenGL or D3D?

Well I'm completely completely new to computer graphics and even more to game development. I am searching info and all that stuff to have the basics quickly. But there's a big question mark in my head:...
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How do I create a 2.5d parallax effect?

I have a decent background in 3D graphics and programming, but I'm new to game development. I'm currently exploring different possibilities and I really want to make an RPG game. I was thinking about ...
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Questions about rendering access in UDK

I also asked about this over on the UDK forums, but haven't had much luck getting any responses. Basically, I have some experience with UT3 modding, but I'm just getting started with the UDK, and I ...
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How many rendering passes is “normal”?

I've been implementing John Chapman's method for SSAO (an excellent tutorial by the way), and I've completed it all minus the final part: blurring it. I believe this is what the entire process should ...
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Getting the number of fragments which passed the depth test

In "modern" environments, the "NV Occlusion Query" extension provides a method to get the number of fragments which passed the depth test. However, on the iPad / iPhone using OpenGL ES, the extension ...
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What features does D3D have that OpenGL does not (and vice versa)?

Are there any feature comparisons on Direct3D 11 and the newest OpenGL versions? Well, simply put, Direct3D 11 introduced three main features (taken from Wikipedia): Tessellation Multithreaded ...
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What is this Super Mario shading technique (the edge glow) called?

What is this Super Mario shading technique (the edge glow) called? It can best be seen at the legs.
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Is there a good cross-platform C++ vector graphics library out there? [closed]

I'm making a game and want to use vector graphics. I started re-coding it using Cairo and the performance is horrific. So, I'm looking for a different library. It needs to be for C++ and cross-...
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What will AMD Fusion or likewise hybrid CPU/GPU will change for the 3D programmer ? Are they potentially faster?

Since the early days of accelerated graphics, programmers were obligated to use hardware-supported libraries like directX or OpenGL. If we wanted to explain someone what happened by introducing a ...
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Understanding how to create/use textures for games when limited by power of two sizes

I have some questions about the creating graphics for a game. As an example. I want to create a motorbike. (1pixel = 1centimeter) So my motorbike will have 200 width and 150 height. (200x150) But the ...
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Sharing data between graphics and physics engine in the game?

I'm writing the game engine that consists of few modules. Two of them are the graphics engine and the physics engine. I wonder if it's a good solution to share data between them? Two ways (sharing ...
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Changing water color based on depth

I'm looking to make a water shader that colors the water based on its depth. Up until now my water shader that I've used has basically been extremely reflective and only looked somewhat blue because ...
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Help my graphists sharing their work

As a developer I'm used to Subversion for source control and I think it's great for sharing source code between developers. Now thinking about my graphists and game designers, they need to have a ...
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How can I modify how my scene is drawn to make it look like it's taking place at different times of day?

My game has a day-time association with the scene, that the morning light will be different from the afternoon and the night. But I don't know how to make this difference. Here is an example in ...
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The recommended road map to be a good graphics/game engine programmer [closed]

I am a computer science student and I am developing with C/C++ and Python and I want to begin learning graphics tools to start developing with game engines, especially the Blender Game Engine. So what ...
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Which Side Was Hit?

I am working on an Android game and I have two objects A and B (both rectangles) and when they collide I simply want to know which side of B was hit. I have detected the collision fine, but I am ...
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What to look for when searching an artist for doing graphics?

I was wondering which skills I should ask for when I need someone to make the graphical part for a 2D game intended for iOS or Android. Not really looking for someone right now, but working on a ...
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How to do this sprite motion blur?

Some of you may know fraxy... Basically, I was watching this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uL7zWdDCtOE And there are some times where some sprites spin really fast (4:00 mark for example), ...
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Precomputing Visibility

Having noticed that UDK (Unreal) and Unity 3 include similar pre-computed visibility solutions that unlike Quake are not dependent on level geometry, I've been trying to figure out how the calculation ...
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top down game - checking, drawing enemy's line of sight area with obstacles

Examples of what i'm going to need: I'm using cocos2d to draw a CCTMXTiledMap, on those tiles i'll have to draw the LOS cone. How would i test if the player is within that cone, taking obstacles ...
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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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2D Polygon Triangulation

I am creating a game engine using the JBox2D physics engine. It only allows you to create polygon fixtures up to 8 vertices, To create a body with more than 8 vertices, you need to create multiple ...
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Random generation of realistic human faces

What would be a practicable way of generating huge numbers of realistically looking human faces? Randomizing 3D-models and rendering them would require a lot of computing power, especially as I'm ...
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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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Multiple resolutions for Unity 2D Android game

I'm trying to target as many devices as possible by providing a consistent experience. So I'm trying to make sure the aspect ratio fits each device it's played on. After reading some forums and ...
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How to flip a BC6/BC7 texture?

I have some code to load DDS image files into OpenGL textures, and I'd like to extend it to support the BC6 and BC7 compressed formats introduced in D3D11. Since DirectX and OpenGL disagree about ...
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What is a good alternative to Unified Shader for Shadows?

Most shadow systems I have seen use a unified shader system for shadowing techniques, resulting in an uber shader for the projects. What alternatives do you find work well or is the unified shader ...
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Reducing Spherical Harmonic Ringing

I've generated some 2nd order SH light-probes from cube-maps in my scene and I was surprised how strong artifacts are around the back of the dominant lights. I switched to a Lambert source plus ...
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Looking for an example of glass with XNA or DirectX 9

Any good pointers on how to get the refractive look of glass? I'm looking to create a think piece of glass type of look, sort of the type that you'd have on bathroom shower doors.
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How do I load chunks of data from an assest manager during a loading screen?

I'm developing an Android game. Basically I want to pre-load all graphics/sounds when the app is first loaded. But I also would like to show a progress bar as this is happening. Here is a snippet ...
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Isometric graphics with fake perspective

Diablo 2 is a game with isometric graphics. However, unlike other isometric games, D2 has the option to activate perspective. Obviously, the D2 developers found a clever trick to convincingly fake ...
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How to have real time (blood) traces?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tzf3zjPJYw4 In this game, Ink, color blobs fall then they create pretty color spots. The color traces are unlike any other game. For an example, in Super Meat Boy ...