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

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How to program a cutting tool for 3D model in game

I'm looking for a resource to figure out how to program a function to cut a 3d model in game. Example: Enemy/NPC is sliced into 2 pieces with a sword. His body is not hollow, you can see bloody ...
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How to render a retro-like pixel graphics from 3d models?

I was wondering if there's a possibility to render a retro-pixel-like graphics from 3d model in real time? I'm talking about the Starfarer-like graphics. I know it's hand drawn, and it's 2d. But if I ...
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How do you blend multiple colors in HSV (polar) color-space?

In RGB color space, you can do a weighted multiple-color blend by just doing: Start with R = G = B = 0. Then we perform a blend at index i using a set of colors C, and a set of normalized weights w ...
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How do I convert matrices intended for OpenGL to be compatible for DirectX?

I have finished working through the book "Game Physics Engine Development 2nd Ed" by Millington, and have got it working, but I want to adapt it to work with DirectX. I understand that D3D9+ has the ...
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How to render realistic ice?

I am trying to write an ice shader in Unity that looks good and at least semi-realistic. If the following shot (found on Google) was CG, what would its shader include? (the foreground cave). I might ...
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How can I replicate the look and limitations of the Super NES?

I am looking to produce graphics with the same limitations / look that in the Super Nes era. I am specifically looking for graphics similar to Chrono Trigger / FF6. It would be a lot easier to do if ...
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Is there any advantage in using DX10/11 for a 2D game?

I'm not entirely familiar with the feature set introduced by DX10/11 class hardware. I'm vaguely familiar with the new stages added to the programmable graphics pipeline, such as the geometry shader, ...
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How do I make a progress bar with letters that get “filled in”?

I want to make a progress bar made of text! I have two images: One with the text in gray, the other coloured: As my game is loading, I want the letters to "fill up" with color: They would start ...
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How to create life-like sprites from photo or video capture like was done for games like Mortal Kombat 1?

I know they digitized actors but how can I get those same results? How to take a photo or video of someone and digitize it for a 2D game? Digitized sprites were used in several video games through the ...
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Using NinePatch in libGDX for Loading Bar

I am trying to create images for a loading bar in libGDX. I came across the NinePatch class and I was hoping to use it for this loading bar, since stretching images with a plain Texture or Sprite ...
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Back-face culling in 2d openGL game

I have a 2d game I've made using openGL ES. The game contains a large quad that fills the entire screen (as a background image) and many smaller quads that make up a number of balls that bounce across ...
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What framework provides mouse-interactive components as game sprites? [closed]

Background: I wish to make a really flashy chess game. The squares on the board will be unique terrain. The pieces will be colourful images. The pieces will be animated. The pieces will sometimes ...
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Creation of .des files from .png files?

A DES file is text file. In this file you can find information about the atlas(sprrite sheet) file including: where to find atlas (sprite sheet) image AND describe the position of original image on ...
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OpenGL ES drop shadows for 2D sprites

I've got a an OpenGL scene rendered with a bunch of sprites, and I'd like to automagically add drop shadows to all of them. Here's a picture showing what I mean: The scene uses orthographic ...
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How are non-repetitive pixel backgrounds created in 2D games? (e.g., Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP)

What methods are used to create complex, rich, non-repetitive 2D pixel backgrounds in games like Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP? Examining screenshots from the game, I really can't detect ...
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Polygon Collision Detection Android

I am starting to try and figure out polygon collision detection in my Android game. I am currently doing pixel level collision detection and it just seems to be too slow (though it works). I was ...
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Blender or 3Ds Max [closed]

I am starting a 3D video game project and I do not know whether I should use Blender or 3Ds max. Other sites say to use Blender because it has similar functionality and it is free, but I need to know ...
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How do 2D art assets (eg. sprites) work?

I have an idea on a game and planning on developing a 2D game using XNA for Windows Phone 7. I've started off today by free hand drawing some concept art of what I want some of the characters to ...
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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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How to represent cliff faces in terrain?

I'm trying to figure out the best way to programmatically represent terrain in my game. I've been considering using a heightmap (or grid of evenly spaced vertices) to represent the surface of the ...
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What features should a 2D graphics library have? [closed]

I am making a 2D graphics library in Python designed to make 2D easy and fast. Internally it uses OpenGL. The library does cover a bit more then a graphics library, it also includes windowing and ...
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Why is antialiasing dependent on sampling?

I am thinking about the best ways to render two dimensional objects in the highest detail possible using modern graphics technology and it occurred to me that when I simplify a situation enough, I ...
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What's the best way to generate an NPC's face using web technologies?

I'm in the process of creating a web app. I have many randomly-generated non-player characters in a database. I can pull a lot of information about them - their height, weight, down to eye color, hair ...
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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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DirectX — Best version to develop for? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: learning Direct3D 9, 10 or 11? I'm just starting to learn DirectX, and I was wondering what the best version would be best to develop for. I'm trying DirectX 9 right ...
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How to handle pixel-perfect collision detection with rotation?

Does anyone have any ideas how to go about achieving rotational pixel-perfect collision detection with Bitmaps in Android? Or in general for that matter? I have pixel arrays currently but I don't know ...
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Creating graphics at different angles for sprites

I am developing a Java game that uses sprites for the graphics. It's just a top down shooter and our ship sprites look like the following: These work fine, but they're hard to create and the artist ...
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How can I animate a colour change over hue/saturation/value instead of RGB in Blender?

If I create a keyframe for a colour in Blender (I'm using 2.6) it always seems to traverse the RGB values for the animation, even if I set the colour using HSV values. I do this by setting the ...
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Computer animation in C++ and if it can be integrated in web designes

I have a PhD in Mathematics with some experience in C++ programming. I am very interested in computer animation, and would like to try to teach myself in C++. My humble resources at the moment are: ...
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Trouble with UV Mapping Blender => Unity 3

For some reason I am getting nasty grey edges around the edges of rendered 3D models that are not present in Blender. I seem to be able to solve the problem by reducing the size of the UV coordinates ...
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Realistic metal shader

How do you create a good metal shader? For different metals and say more or less eroded / rusty and so on. I know that one difference from ordinary materials is that metal should 'colour' the ...
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Problems with 3D rotation when creating a 3D skeleton

I am writing a simple BVH parser in C# using the XNA framework. At the moment I have managed to parse in all the data and my goal is to find out the global coordinates of all the joints in the ...
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How to achieve graphics like those in Spy Mouse

I'm really interested in making a new application for iPhone, and I have some experience in objective-c. My main problem is the visual part. I want to have graphics like in Spy Mouse. Could this be ...
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How can I “capture” the section of my sprite sheet that I want to draw in Java?

I'm working on a puzzle game, I've implemented a sprite class that uses an array of images and cycle through the array to draw each frame as required. This works fine! Here's the original code: ...
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Why do people put a gif animation into a single bitmap? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 2D graphics - why use spritesheets? Something like this file from here: I haven't write game with animated gif before.... So I wonder why. When I unpack some game, I ...
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text wrapping on a texture applied to a 3D model

How would I create and implement a texture of text that wraps around a 3D model? The texture will just be white and you should be able to add text to it, but I need to create this so that when the ...
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Is showing a collision in slow motion computationally relaxing?

In a lot of racing games (Burnout Paradise, for example) when a collision is about to happen, the game play automatically switches to slow motion and carries on in slow sequence until after the ...
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Cross-Sections of 3D Rendered Objects

I am currently trying to look into techniques that allow the calculation of arbitrary cross-sections of a 3D object or rendered volume. However, I have been unable to find much on the topic. I know of ...
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Should I use Game Engines to learn to make 3D games? [closed]

HI i am a software engineering student in his second-last year. I am proficient with C,C++,C# and java programming languages, and being a student of engineering I have studied calculus, vectors etc ...
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A comparison of graphics libraries and their respective programming languages [closed]

A comparison of graphics libraries and their respective programming languages. A.K.A. "Which do I pick? With a twist." I'm a long time professional programmer who never gave up on programming as a ...
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What is the state of the art at shipping game graphics such as lots of small BMP files?

We have lots of small BMP files which I think would be easier to copy if we had them combined in a big TAR/ZIP/whatever. What is the state of the art at shipping game graphics? We are using C# and ...
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What exactly makes up a screen in a typical C64 game?

I'm trying to figure out the basics of C64 game development past BASIC, and I could use some advice on something very basic, but important: What is all that stuff on the screen actually, and how to ...
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Quick 2D sight area calculation algorithm?

I have a matrix of tiles, on some of that tiles there are objects. I want to calculate which tiles are visible to player, and which are not, and I need to do it quite efficiently (so it would compute ...
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How to efficiently handle registration/anchor points for graphics?

I am currently working on an iPhone project, but most of my work has been in Flash. Flash has a feature where you can place a bitmap into a MovieClip, set its registration point with the mouse and ...
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How do I make light objects in XNA?

Here's my dilemma : I want to have light sources placeable by the player, in terms of lanterns. I know the best way to do this is to use pixel shaders, which I have done a lot of research and use ...
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How are 3D images drawn?

When A computer is to draw a 3d model, does it use maths similar to vector projection? Like when a 3d model is drawn and rotated, does it use vectors/and maybe some other math to know where to draw ...
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How can I include vertex color information in .OBJ files?

The .obj files I export are missing data for vertex colors. Is there a way to include color information in the .obj file? If not, what are the alternatives?
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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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Graphics Pipeline, how exactly it works and how graphics card interprets it?

I've looked at this Wikipedia's link, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphics_pipeline, but the article lacks in-depth explanation. The only thing, I suppose, I understand and can expand upon, is, ...
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what is the simplest 3d software for unity? [closed]

Ive heard a lot about Daz studio, Poser, Maya, K-3d, Anim8or, Blender, and all the rest. My question is which one is the best choice in terms of simplicity and quality. price is not an issue really. ...