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What is w componet [duplicate]

What is the W component on graphics programming. I read a blog about opengl that says that w must be equal to either 0 or 1 here. But the book I am currently reading has put w component to more than 1 ...
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How can I plot points and generate a list of coordinates?

I'm trying to make a game which involves drawing a map. I drew out such a map, with coordinates, in a pixel art program: Now I would like to get all the coordinate points of the black squares. I ...
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Pixmaps, ByteBuffers, and Textures…Oh my

My ultimate goal is to take a specific region of the screen, and redraw it somewhere else. For example, take a square from the upper left hand corner of the screen and redraw it on the lower right ...
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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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Java Slick2D - Problem using ScalableGame class

I am having a problem adjusting the size of the screen while using the ScalableGame class from the Slick2D library. I would like the background and objects (images and graphic shapes) to adjust to ...
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Why is there high performance hit with many meshes?

I am currently reading upon Geometry Instancing, as I want to render a lot of animatable objects on the screen. However I have come to a more fundamental question first: Why do I even need to use it? ...
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How to Construct a Perspective Projection With 4 Vanishing Points

Is it possible to construct a projection matrix which will create a perspective with four (or more) vanishing points? This question have an OpenGL tag, but general insights are welcomed as well.
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Compute Shader Memory Sharing

Ok guys I have had some pretty good success on this site but I feel that this is a pretty complex question. I am trying to do tile based deferred lighting using DirectX 11 and the compute shader. ...
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Displaying normals of a geometry

I have a rectangle which is created by 2 triangles and it is in x-z plane, and i have object on it. Now, the normals of two triangles (face normals) are y axis i.e. (0,1,0). I want to display normals ...
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rotating 3D object around the center

I have object moving from A to B on x-axis and there is no translation of object apart from it. Now, while moving, i want to rotate it around y-axis and the motion should change accordingly, i mean if ...
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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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What is the purpose for multiple windows in games?

A lot of game development APIs recently got support for multiple windows (such as SDL 2, and GLFW 3). But why did they add that feature? I've never seen a game in my life use multiple windows (with ...
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Render white background with Graphics in Canvas

I am developing a game that I would like the background to be white, and it just sticks to being black. Here is my render method: private BufferedImage image = new BufferedImage(WIDTH, HEIGHT, ...
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Emulated vector scaling with raster graphics?

this is a fairly loaded question. I'm looking to develop a Tech Design Document with my programming team and we're now on the fence about a major 2D graphical engine decision. What we would like to ...
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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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GGX specular BRDF is way over 1!

Now, the classic Torrance derivation for roughened surfaces which Cook took into vectorized form yields the familiar parametrization of a specular BRDF where we have the NDF which decides how much ...
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what is order of implementation of matrix transforms?

What is the meaning of Tr*Sh*Ro*Sc =M ? How is matrix M written to form the graphic transformation : 1st Sc=Scale, 2nd: R=Rotate, 3rd : Sh=Shear 4th: T=Translate ? Is the matrix M above written ...
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How do I draw these tiles without them overlapping?

I want to make a map that is tiled, and I want to start the map with all grass. I use this tile: When I display this tile and place another next to it I get the following result: How do I get ...
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Dynamic Shapes and dynamic animations

I saw this video: Video And now I am curious about the following: How can you achieve dynamic forms like they are shown in this video. What I mean is: Do you need to have some "base" models which can ...
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How would I display a unit that is hidden behind another object

Right, I've tried searching for this but as you might be able to tell from the title, I didn't really know how to word it anyway... In some games such as rts games, when a unit is hidden or half ...
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XNA 4.0 - stretch full screen window?

I have an issue with resolution in XNA 4.0. I'm running fullscreen. The game runs standard at 1920x1080, and can be scaled down to 1280x720. The resolutions are both 16:9 (1920/1,5 = 1280, 1080/1,5 ...
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Performance of XNA 4,0 static vertex buffer / VertexPositionNormalTexture in F#

Good afternoon, I have been toying with the VertexBuffer in XNA just to see what it is capable of. I have done some very minor 3D work in the past, so the concepts are not completely foreign to me; ...
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Auto-tiling with Yoshi's Island style tiles

I'm creating a 2D platformer and I'd like to implement an auto-tiling system. Normally, this wouldn't be particularly difficult. However, I'd like to have tiles like in Yoshi's Island, where the ...
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What is the logic behind a 3D Projection 'Camera Perspective'? [closed]

Suppose I had a 3D Cube on a 2D plane (screen). And I wanted to use the keypad to move and rotate it. Without referring to a 3D Game Engine that could do this for me can you explain me the logic or ...
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Cascaded Shadow Maps: clipping against scene bounds

I just implemented an initial version of CSMs based on the MSDN articles Common Techniques to Improve Shadow Depth Maps and Cascaded Shadow Maps. I fit the shadow projection to the view frustum, and ...
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How to render models using a personalized projection matrix?

I'm creating a game with a great sprite demand. Out team is considering automatizing the sprite generation using 3D models. The problem is we have a very particular ortographic projection: We have ...
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24-Bit Colordepth not enough?

I noticed that in very soft gradients, the 24-Bit colordepth is not enough as you can see the transitions of the color. This pops out the most in dark scenes or night skies. Why doesn't anybody ...
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How to code a Game Grid in Java?

Suppose I wanted to code a game grid in java. Not an abstract text one but an actual grid with graphics and 'cells'. Would I have to draw line by line or is there a more efficient way? Also how would ...
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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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How good can the graphics get on a game made only with Python? [closed]

Aside from the game being fun, which is the most important, is it possible to make a "good looking" game with it? The graphics I mean. Like Angry Birds. Could that be made in python, looking like ...
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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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What's the difference between using hardware-accelerated APIs and the OS's drawing API?

On Windows, I can do drawing with the OS API without OpenGL or D3D. The code I am writing will make calls to a device driver and tell the GPU what to do regardless, right? How is using OpenGL ...
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Definition of graphics needed [duplicate]

It is not isometric, neither is it pure 2D. What is this graphics view called?
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Which camera angle is used for these sprites?

I am trying to replicate these sprites: But I am not managing to make sense of how it is done. The character is facing forward ( <--- ), but you can see the front of its body instead of just ...
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How to create a text-based game? [closed]

I would like to create a text-based game. As simple as that. I have some understanding of the coding that needs to go into it as I do know a fair amount of JavaScript and I can do it in the ...
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How can I determine an appropriate frame count for various fighting game animations?

I am currently starting to outline a fighting game I'm doing with a friend. The biggest obstacle for me now is determining frames for every move. How can I determine how many frames should a quick ...
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XNA 3.1 to 4.0 Vertex Shader Not Drawing

I have recently been converting our XNA 3.1 game to XNA 4.0 and am stuck on the shaders. I have the game running, but nothing is drawing to the screen, except things not using a shader. This is only ...
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Slick2D : translate -> scale -> translate doesn't return to the old position

I am trying to implement zoom using Slick2D library. As I understand, to zoom something on non (0,0) coordinates, we need: translate so the target point is in (0,0) apply scale factor translate the ...
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Do I have to keep textures in Android games smaller than 1024^2?

I have read tips in books and article that point out, if you are making a game for Android, make sure your textures are =< 1024^2, or you'll not reach all your potential customers. I have never ...
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Which Graphics/Geometry abstraction to choose?

I've been thinking about the design for a browser app on the HTML5 canvas that simulates a 2D robot zooming around, sensing the world around it. I decided to do this from scratch just for fun. I need ...
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Why does clipping take place after illumination?

Can you explain why clipping takes place after the illumination process in the rendering pipeline? Would it be not cheaper to clip first and do then the illumination?
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Creating a 2D perspective in 3D game

I'm new to XNA and 3D game development in general. I'm creating a puzzle game kind of similar to tetris, built with blocks. I decided to build the game in 3D since I can do some cool animations and ...
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ways to program glitch style effects [closed]

Most tutorials for generating glitch art usually has to do with some form of manipulation of the compression of files. Should my goal instead to replicate the look of these glitches in shaders or is ...
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OpenGL: Attempt to allocate a texture too big for the current hardware [closed]

I'm getting the following error: java.io.IOException: Attempt to allocate a texture to big for the current hardware at ...
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How to make image bigger than the screen to be slideable in the screen in monogame for windows phone 8?

(Idk if my title is correct, because when I google it, there is no related result I guess) I am not sure how to explain it correctly, but I am making a plain 2D, tile based, tactic game in windows ...
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Quaternion to direction vector - flipping

I've kinda solved this myself by adapting the Camera::setDirection code from OGRE to work for my need: Now I have the following code: Vector3 boneDir = getBoneWorldOrientation(mEntity, mHips) * ...
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HLSL Pixel Shader Compile, Flow Control, Instruction Count, XNA Issue

im trying to find help with an issue im having moving from the XNA 3.1 framework to XNA 4.0. The shaders I wrote for my 2D game work fine in XNA 3.1, but wont even compile in 4.0. At first I got ...
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How to create a similar 2.5D art style character

EDIT: I am asking about the characters not the 2.5 scene I am the graphic designer of a game and I want to recreate the look and feel of these images: My questions are: Does this style have a ...
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How can I find the location of OpenGL object after rotation?

I have a rotating object, a cube, which I rotate in OpenGL as follows: gl.glPushMatrix(); gl.glTranslatef(400.0f, 300.0f, 1300.0f); gl.glRotatef(m_x, 4.0f, 0.0f, 0.0f); gl.glRotatef(m_y, 0.0f, 4.0f, ...