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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Efficiently creating animation sprites

I'm currently developing a simple 2d game on LibGDX. The core game logic is in place, but the assets are simply taking forever to create. My current method to create each animation frame is to ...
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Do SpriteBuilder's Smart Sprite Sheet need to be loaded to memory?

When I create an Smart Sprite Sheet Folder using SpriteBuilder and publish it, must I load that SpriteSheet into memory "FrameCache" with code or does SpriteBuilder do this automatically (so I just ...
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Where to start with game development? [closed]

To anyone who finds this question on Google or elsewhere 3 years after asking this question I've had a lot more experience with game design, and I have a good idea what I was lacking in ...
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Slick2D crashes on Image.getGraphics() on some machines

On some machines, creating a new Image and calling getGraphics() on it causes lwjgl to enter into some kind of faulty state that crashes when swapping buffers. Any idea what causes this and how to ...
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Downscaling an asset, still pixellated?

I created a rounded rectangle in photoshop, and I rasterized the rectangle before I saved it. Yet, when I try to use the rectangle in libGDX, it looks pixelated. How can I make it so that it's smooth? ...
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How to distort graphics in a wave-like way?

I saw a certain graphics distortion effect on multiple games over time and am interested in doing it in 2D. It is like a wave-like texture distortion, I am not entirely sure what it is called ...
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glsl shader to allow color change of skydome ogre3d

I'm still very new to all this but learning a lot. I'm putting together an application using Ogre3d as the rendering engine. So far I've got it running, with a simple scene, a day/night cycle system ...
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XNA Billboards dont have correct depth

Im back again with yet another problem :( My current problem is with my billboard effect. Im having trouble trying to get the depth correct so that billboards that are closer to the player are ...
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Transformations between coordinate systems

In a graphics engine, I have three three-dimensional orthogonal coordinate systems, O, A and B. A and B are the result of two different transformations from O. I now want to calculate the ...
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How to make a stereoscopic 3D Game with SDL for iOS

I was looking up google for an answer the whole night but didn't find anything. Yesterday I found some VR demos and games on the AppStore, with stereoscopig (dual rendered) screens. So you put your ...
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Libgdx Sprite is not drawn when generated inside another class

I´ve built a gameloop where I generate new items depending on the elapsed time and want to place them somewhere on the screen. I use some randomness for the color and coordinates. For better design I ...
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Generating Normal map from a Image with a given Albedo map

I am working on a research problem part of which involves generating normal map from a given image of a rusted object. I searched the internet for techniques to achieve the above and apparently ...
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Aligning Camera to Rectangle

I'm working on a game in Java, and I'm having some trouble with finding the correct camera position. I've already made a Rectangle that shows exactly where I want the camera to be, and at what scale: ...
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How are red dot/reflex/holographic sights implemented?

In first-person-shooters like Call of Duty, the hologram only appears when it is behind the glass portion of the sight. In OpenGL, would it be implemented by rendering the glass to the stencil buffer ...
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Texture filtering: Is the minification or the magnification filter used when rendering at the exact texture size?

Suppose you have a texture where the minification filter is linear, but the magnification filter is nearest-neighbor (point filtering). If the texture is rendered at exactly 1:1 pixels, but at a ...
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Do I necessarily need to write a vertex shader to use geometry instancing?

I've quickly read the GPU gem about geometry instancing, there are many wordings and I'm not sure I understand it well. If I understand it well, when you use instancing, if you want to apply ...
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Getting the real fragment depth in GLSL

I am trying to write a simple GLSL shader that just renders the real (not normalized) depth of a fragment as a floating point value. So far, I've figured out how to get the depth of a vertex, and ...
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How do you ensure that the graphics still look the same with multiple artists? [duplicate]

There's warning that this question may appear "subjective". But it isn't. I hope you won't misunderstand me. Many different artists have many different styles to do something particular, especially in ...
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Normal Mapping issue

The first image shows a spotlight shining correctly on the floor. The second image shows the same spotlight but rotated 180 degrees. The first is correct, the second is not. The third image ...
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DirectX graphics issues [closed]

When you see something that looks like this And it's actually supposed to be like 100 models of asteroids. What would you say is wrong with it? Index Buffers messed up. Vertex Buffers? Projection? ...
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Draw multiple triangle strips in one draw call DirectX

I'm running into a bottleneck where I'm drawing many basic disconnected colored triangle strips in DirectX 9 (XNA). The problem comes with drawing them all in seperate draw calls, so I'd like to batch ...
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Programming Dynamic 3D Water/Waves?

I'm a little bit stuck on how I might go about programming dynamic, interesting water in a game. To qualify that a little bit, I'm interested in creating water with broad, rolling waves that affect ...
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Slick2D Graphics Misaligned

I'm working through a game in Slick2D and am now focusing on a lot of the graphical end. It's going pretty well other than a couple of issues with alignment. An image illustrating both of these issues ...
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Reverting 2d canvas?

I'm making a multiplayer game which involves drawing lines. It's based this game: http://curvefever.com/sites/default/files/resize/remote/ef86488088c618df13b34f8b87aafd4e-1107x808.jpg. The game is ...
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Do resolution settings have any impact or give any advantage in online FPS games?

There is this crazy theory that has always bothered me. I am not after a technically but more theoretically (although technical knowledge is required to) answer; Two friends are playing the same ...
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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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Choosing assets for different screen densities and sizes? (libGDX)

I am making a 2D game. As I understand it we typically have maybe 4 sets of assets (xxhdpi, xhdpi, hdpi, and mdpi) so that our game runs well on all devices. These are just scaled versions of the same ...
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Alternatives to map of strings in regard to performance

I would like to start my first question here with a subjective question. I think it qualifies as constructive. To introduce the situation: I have a 2D tiled map. I also had different arrays of ...
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Why not just create very high resolution graphics and use them on all screens?

I'm creating a game with pretty basic graphics (numbers, blocks, words, and a few nice design elements for the logo and such). My question is: can I create everything in a very high resolution- say ...
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MonoGame: Draw thousands of quads without hardware instancing

In my game, every bit of geometry is a textured quad billboard in 3D. I have many thousands of these things on screen at once, sometimes with overdraw. As I understand it, there are a few ways I can ...
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Monogame [Linux] cannot resize screen

While working on a Monogame project on Linux (Arch to be exact), I found that I could not change the screen height away from the default 800 px, while I could easily, perfectly change the width to ...
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How to to convert UV coordinates to texel coordinates and how to convert texel coordinates to “array coordinates”?

I am currently writing a UV texture mapper. But i don't know how to convert UV coordinates to texel coordinates. And i also have no idea how i should convert texel coordinates to "array ...
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Should I use DirectX 11 for 2d games or should I stick to DirectX 9? [closed]

After two years now I wanted to continue working on my sandbox project which I actually used to learn and experiment with various C++ features and DirectX. So far I have simple elements for 2d ...
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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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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 can I draw a specific GameObject into a texture in Unity?

I need to draw only a few specific objects into a texture (with their material) and then use that RenderTexture as a texture for an another object. I think Graphics.DrawMesh() and ...
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Insufficient memory on creating vertex buffers

I'm building a voxel world generator with XNA where the voxels are rendered as polygonal cubes. The world is divided into 1024 chunks of 32x32x256 cubes each (as 32 chunks by 32 chunks), and each ...
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How do I split a button graphic into a 9 patch?

I understand what a nine patch is but I don't understand how to create one with code. I've made an image with a 1-pixel black border, but how do I turn that into a nine patch? How do I make a nine ...
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Bevel outline algorithm in 2D

I'm writing a program that creates animated blobs in 2D, to simulate cells. In order to beautify these objects, I'd like to give them a 3D look by adding a bevel-effect. How can this be achieved? ...
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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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Fill color in moving object without flickering [duplicate]

Here is my code in which moon is moving around earth but now i want to fill moon and earth with color and also want to remove flickering in the moon while moving. Please help me, i will be very ...
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Rotate OpenGL quad around its center

Sorry, I searched it but couldn't figure how to apply it to my code reading the other answers to similar questions. I what to rotate a quad, my code is the following: glEnable(GL_TEXTURE_2D); ...
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Transformations and basis vectors

I've been reading this very nice tutorial on OpenGL, and I encountered a statement which I can't wrap my head around. In Chapter 6, it states: Transformation from one space to another ultimately ...
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Color from OBJ not displayed in Blender

I want to import some .obj file that I have made with MeshLab. The point cloud file was actually in .pcd format and I used pcl_pcd2ply tools from PCL to change it into PLY-Format. Then I import it ...
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How to order points on a 3D grid such that we can connect them in a line loop correctly

I want to recreate an effect as close as possible to X-Com: Enemy Unkown's movement range feedback: The blue line delimits the tiles which the soldier can reach using a single action. We also are ...
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Getting normal map of an image

I'm trying to achieve the results in this tutorial: Link So far, I was be able to do that; with these; public PixelMap GetNormalMap(double strength) { var newMap = new ...
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How can I handle position in an entity system where position can be 2D or 3D?

I'm working on a game engine to learn how it's done (so I might better take advantage of the techniques involved and other, similar engines in the future), and I've run into a problem when handling ...
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Mobile Game Development: Supporting Multiple Screen Resolution

When designing the graphics of the game (e. g. for iPhone): What is the resolution I should base it upon? Is it the smaller resolution (iPhone4 screen resolution) so that I could scale it bigger to ...
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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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How to do an infinite torus topology battlefield for over-the-shoulder perspective

I'm currently prototyping a simple two-player adversarial game, where the players are able to move around and shoot at each other with cannons. I would like the playing area to feel essentially ...