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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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 [closed]

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, ...
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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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How to optimize SpriteBatch usage?

From what I understand, SpriteBatch's purpose is to batch as many draw operations to send to the GPU. Each batch can handle one texture at a time, and changing SpriteBatch context/texture is ...
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How to handle zooming? (Collision detection and speed are off)

I'm working on a bird's eye view 2D game. I want to zoom in/out based on the entity's speed (similar to GTA 1/2), but I'm struggling with the zooming. To zoom, I simply scale all the entities by the ...
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Starting off C++ games development? [closed]

I've just finished my 2nd year of college, and now that I have time on my hands I want to start working on a 3D game, though my stumbling point is trying to find the resources to learn C++ games ...
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Good Book or Resource for 2D Game Art [closed]

I have a very clear idea for my first Game . I have immense Experience in Coding Games in LibGDX but i am very poor at game art . So far I've been hating all the characters I've drawn . Are there any ...
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Images out of “sync” [closed]

I've been creating a game in Java as a bit of a fun side project over the last few months and I've come across a really peculiar problem, take a look at this image: The game is made up of various ...
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Recommended graphic software for creating great graphics in game? [closed]

I came across a game called Trine2. It has a great graphics here is one image i captured here. Forgive me but I need 10 reputation to upload image so i use external sites. How did they create that ...
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How do games deal with Z-sorting partially transparent foliage textures?

I was busy implementing basic transparency in a prototype I'm working on when something occurred to me. In order for a given texture's transparency to work as expected, the (semi-)transparent texture ...
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sprite animation individual framerate

When animating sprites I am taking the delta difference between frames and locking the rendering frame rate of the sprite animation to the delta time. float delay = 1000.0f / FPS; float now = ...
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Implement Displacement Mapping: Gaps along seams

I am implementing Displacement mapping using DirectX 11 with its new tessellation stages. Diffuse map and displacement map are generated by xNormal. The result after I applied displacement mapping is ...
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Anti-Aliasing in Java

In my game I want to have the different anti-aliasing option like: none, x2, x4, x8 and x16. I know that you can use anti-aliasing with Graphics2D in the way below bu is there any way that I can use ...
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Damage indicator screen overlay

I want to make something already done by a lot of games , which is when I am taking so much hits from enemy red screen drawn like the following , using XNA 4.0: after it's drawn and I am still alive ...
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How should I choose a graphics card that's right for my needs? [closed]

I'm developing my own game using Ogre3D, and I'm want to implement things like SSAO, dynamic shadows, AI, physics, etc...and I know my current card is barely gonna be able to handle it. So my ...
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Changing color of a moving image without lowering the fps

I just added an option to my game that makes it so that all the enemies will have a random color for their clothes instead of the regular blue. I use this code to draw rectangles over the shirt of the ...
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Using a programmable pipeline in a game engine

As a learning experience, I'm developing my own 3D game engine using OpenGL. I'm a little confused as to how to implement my rendering engine such that it uses a programmable pipeline while still ...
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How do I remove control points from imported curve in Maya?

When I create a path from an Illustrator file, it adds extra control points for bezier handles for each point in the AI file, even though I don't drag out the handles in Illustrator. All my points in ...
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Gravity independent of game updates per second

Edit Just for clarification, my sprite's 'movement' isn't the problem. If I set my Time variable to 4 seconds, then it will cross the screen in exactly 4 seconds regardless of logic updates rate per ...
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How do I create a “flying through space” effect?

On the Final Destination stage in Super Smash Bros Brawl (and SSB Melee) the players fight on a platform seemingly moving through space: I see particle effects, but I don't understand how they made ...
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Jogl2 won't accept jogl 1.0 code - GL_LIGHTING and GL_LIGHT_MODEL_AMBIENT cannot be resolved or is not a field?

I'm trying to run my code on jogl 2.0 , for the first time (until now I worked with jogl 1.0) however Eclipse throws to almost every that I have a "cannot be resolved or is not a field" message . ...
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vertices, better to have more but draw a smaller area or less but expand a larger area

I have a simple question really. I am creating water for a game and had two different design approaches: Make a single plane that expands the entire playspace, which would take 6 vertices but cover ...
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Are there shaders or at least shader like things in Swing?

Is there? Because I'm wondering if it supports GLSL, HLSL, or it's own shading language? I don't know much about Swing graphics. Does anyone know?
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Should my assets match my reference resolution?

I'm confused over supporting multiple resolutions in my 2D game. I'm currently working with a reference resolution of 1280x720. That means that all elements are positioned in a 1280x720 coordinate ...
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Low FPS on Java drawing in BufferStrategy

I ran into a very strange problem while using BufferStrategy, I've tried searching for an answer but all I have found are non-relevant threads and discussions. So here is my query. for (int i = 0; i ...
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Support for different resolutions in a tabletop environment

Right now I am experimenting with XAML and C# to write a small Windows Store App which supports displaying a playmat with cards. However not everyone uses the same resolution and with a somehow fixed ...
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Android: Loading bitmaps without premultiplied alpha (OpenGL ES 2.0)

Is this possible? To load textures in non-premultiplied format (Straight alpha?)? My game has 1 or 2 images which have semi-transparent pixels and I need to be able to fade them in and out but this ...
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Reinhard tone mapping and color space [closed]

I found two ways of doing tone mapping (first, second): //Ld - this part of the code is the same for both versions float lum = dot(rgb, vec3(0.2126f, 0.7152f, 0.0722f)); float L = (scale / ...
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camera2d class will not work [closed]

using System; using System.IO; using Microsoft.Xna.Framework; using Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Content; using Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Graphics; using Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Input; using ...