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Scaling background without scaling foreground in platformer?

I'm currently developing a platform game and I've run into a problem with scaling resolutions. I want a different resolution of the game to still display the foreground unscaled (characters, tiles, ...
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Xna GraphicsDevice.IsFullScreen causes strange resolution stretching artifacts

Sorry for the non-descriptive title. So I've been trying to implement fullscreen mode into my xna-game, and I've hit a couple of roadblocks. My basic code setup for this functionality is the ...
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Are there multiple valid definitions for what translate, rotate and scale do?

Are there multiple valid definitions for what translate, rotate and scale do to the 4x4 matrix? I bring up this question, because I have a simple webgl program that draws a square and does a few ...
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Would seam carving/liquid rescale make changing aspect ratios easier?

Seam carving is an algorithm which allows for resizing images without major distortions. I think it might help to make games which would adapt to different aspect ratios/resolutions much easier. But ...
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How do I efficiently use 16 bit texture coordinates?

While loading a model I get a big array of 32 bit floating point texture coordinates. I just upload that to a single vertex buffer (along with other data, such as vertices, normals, etc.) and use it ...
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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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Effectively drawing dynamic primitives

Okay, so this is where I am now. My game largely consists of textures drawn through spritebatch. Now I have to draw a dynamic number of triangles. I cannot say in advance where or how many I have to ...
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Solving banding with additive blended particles

I needed to implement particles for my 2D game, written in C++ with OpenGL for graphics, so I went ahead and created a nice geometry container to batch particles together and then implemented the ...
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Versions of GL and its device that don't display or required powers of 2 for the sprites

From this question aside from identifying possibilities of displaying images that don't needed to require powers of 2, what are the versions of GL that can actually display images even if don't needed ...
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Maya: Mystery Grey Wireframe?

I am starting out with Maya and just moved my object up to reveal a mystery grey wireframe which I can't work out what it is at all. It appears I can't select or interact with it at all. I have been ...
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HLSL postprocessing for day to night (DTN)

I am trying to implement a "day-to-night"-filter (as commonly used in cinema) for a 2D game (XNA) by using a full screen HLSL pixel shader. The aim is to transform any bright and colorful image into a ...
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When is the Z coordinate normalized in GLSL?

I thought that whenever you transform an object to world space, then view space and finally screen space, the last matrix you apply(the projection matrix) normalizes the z values between 0 and 1. ...
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What is the depth that a pixel shader may output? Is it necessary to write Depth?

In DirectX11, what does the depth that a Pixel Shader can output mean? Does a pixel shader need to output a depth so that we "write" the depth? If not, why would we output it? For any doubts, I'm ...
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How do I quantize an image into an arbitrary bitdepth with dithering?

In the games I make, sometimes I need to balance the quality of the images I show with the amount of memory they consume. This is especially true for smartphones and other devices with very tight ...
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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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Are ambient, diffuse and specular light or material properties?

Are ambient, diffuse and specular properties of light or material? I am doing ray casting in OpenGL, I've managed to create lit sphere using formula I = L Ka + L Kd (n . l) + L Ks (r . v)^n but I ...
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Rendering oily/polluted water?

Any shader wizards out there have an idea of how to achieve an oily/polluted water effect, similar to this: Ideally, the water would not be uniformly oily, but instead the oil could be generated ...
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How can I create a 3D model in Java without using modeling software? [closed]

I am a lightly experienced game developer and this is my first time trying 3D objects in Java for the first time. I have been recently creating and updating games using AWT, Swing, and Graphics, but I ...
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Glitch-free cross-fades in HTML5

In my HTML5 canvas game, I need to cross-fade two sprites which have some glow around them. (Glow is backed into sprites.) Initially, the first sprite is visible. During the cross-fade the first ...
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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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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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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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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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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, ...