The simulation of light and illumination in games, including its interaction with the environment. A core element of games that can bring out vivacity into otherwise static worlds.

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How do I implement a flashlight in SDL2?

I'm a beginner trying to implement a flashlight in SDL2, but can't figure out a good way to do it. I've found a way to manipulate the background's color; changed it to dark and back to its normal ...
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Problem with baked lights

I'm working on a 3D gallery experience and I'm having some difficulties regarding directional and point baked lights. When I build it for web with webgl, only global lights are rendered, but when my ...
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Unity 5 lighting broken

EDIT: I've discovered the cause of the problem and it might make more sense if I continue in another question. To start with unity has decided that lighting inside reflection probe bounding boxes is ...
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Efficient Per-Tile Lighting Technique

Quite a few of the 2D games that I have seen use per-tile lighting, where each tile has a set brightness (continuous scale of 0 to 1, for example). One way of calculating the brightness of any one ...
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Why are there no dynamic shadows in UE4?

So my problem is that other than for static objects which have baked shadows from building lighting, there are no shadows for movable objects, like those cubes. Neither from the Light source actor, ...
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How to combine tiles in a procedurally generated level in 2D tile based maps?

I am developing a 2D tile-based top-down game. It is currently instantiating square objects with a sprite renderer to procedurally generate the map. Each floor and wall is a 1-unit wide object. I ...
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Calculate angles between two other angles

I am trying to implement a FOV for my light casting algorithm. In the diagram below each white line represents a ray cast from a std::vector<float> of normalized radians. How can I only include ...
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Unity — custom shader behaves differently on WebGL deployment (correct) and editor view (incorrect)

I started working on shaders and lighting on Unity3D 5.2.1f1. I set up a scene where the sun object rotates the directional light (the only light in the scene) based on its position to simulate a ...
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Java Slick2d lighting using Raycasting

I am trying to make a top down view game in java using the Slick2d library, for lighting I wanted to do something like this : http://www.redblobgames.com/articles/visibility/. I was wondering if there ...
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How to make lens flare ignore layers work with first person character in Unity 5?

I have a simple lens flare on my directional light (sun) and I would like the flare to only be visible when the sun is directly visible, naturally...But right now with the default ignore layers, the ...
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Trouble creating fog and lighting in unity

I am trying to create a model in unity that looks like this picture by Escher I can create the lattice, however, I can not create the fog and background/lighting effect. When I adjust the fog in ...
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Unity 2D Alpha cutout layer for Sprites

I'm trying to make a simple Fog of War effect for my 2d game, similar to these: . I want to have a sprite layer of black and then have a sprite to cut out itself from the black layer, leaving a ...
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How to fix flare in unity?

I have a simple sun flare that I would like to appear on my directional light (sun). However I cannot see the flare, I have tried setting the ignore layers to everything and checked and double checked ...
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Phong lighting - there is something very strange with specular lighting

I implemented Phong lighting. Everything seems to work - torus and spheres are lighted as expected, etc. But I notices something strange regarding specular lighting of directional light. Here are two ...
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How to remove voxel lights with Minecraft-style algorithm?

I am making a voxel game. I have researched lighting techniques, and the minecraft-style algorithm appears the most efficient. When blocks are placed, they are marked for update. The engine performs a ...
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Check if .dds texture is gamma-corrected

How can I check if .dds texture is gamma-corrected? It seems to be gamma-corrected since after manual gamma correction in fragment shader image is too bright. But I wanted to be sure.
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Unity 5 - Textures look strange in Deferred Rendering

I've created an exterior terrain scene in Unity 5 which features lots of trees and grass but some textures look awful and I'm wondering why. Please see the attached image: This texture problem is ...
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Memory-Efficient, Optimized Terraria-Like 2D Lighting

I am working on a terraria-clone and I am aiming for it to be able to be run on most Android devices. I am able to generate a world, jump around, etc but I am not looking to add in some efficient ...
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How to achieve lighting like this in Unity for 2D games?

How could I accomplish a lighting effect something similar to this game?: I'm not talking about the shadows but about the glowing/lighting effect on the crystals and the torches. Anyone got any ...
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deferred tiled lighting

EDIT I have discovered that it does not seem to be the lighting calculation but the culling code because when i draw the lights without the culling it works perfectly. I have been attempting to ...
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Offscreen frame buffer lwjgl

I want to create simple 2d lighting. So my idea is to render everything on the default buffer and then apply light mask. For the light mask i want to use frame buffer which later i will apply on the ...
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2D TileMap smooth lighting

I want to implement (a smooth) lighting into my 2D Maps. I want to have the basic idea. What I thought of is 2 components. The Scene's Ambient light: The Tiles and Sprites are tinted into this colour ...
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Instancing meshes messing up scene lighting

I've been rendering a scene (some objects over a large field of grass) to test shadow mapping which is working fine. But when I use instancing to "gain" performance, I not only get a decrease in ...
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Unity LoadLevelAdditive and baked light scene settings

I am a programmer for a small game. For our levels, I separated the UI from the level data, so one scene is a scene which contains only the UI, the other scene has all the gameobjects and models and ....
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Shading a 2D visibility mesh to act like a light?

I have a visibility mesh made by raycasting: https://my.mixtape.moe/omjlgr.webm Right now, I'm using a shader to color the mesh white and fall off with distance and radius (the texCoord in this case ...
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How to create 2D shadows and lighting?

How do I create shadows and lights in a 2D top down perspective game? I want to achieve an effect similar to this game (also made in unity) where some objects like a torch, different sprites, and the ...
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My Directional light lights the floor of my cave but not the ceiling (concave mesh)

I am developing a small demo with Meshes created from a vertex map. When i put a hole in the mesh (making it concave) the physics work fine but the directional lightning only lights one part of the ...
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JS Canvas - Creating 2D Game lighting effect like Terraria

I just started working with canvas in HTML5 and with javascript. I'm pretty satisfied with my game so far: http://xenopal.dk/game-v1.1/. But I'd like to implement lighting as well in the style of ...
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How can I implement lights & shadows in a multi-layer 2d tilemap?

I am in the process of writing an isometric game from scratch, and I'd like to know how/if I can add lights and shadows. The code I have so far can be found here, but it should be enough to know that ...
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Calculating the illumination level of an object

In my (UE4) scene I have an object and several (point) light sources. The object can move around, getting closer and away from all those light sources. Now I need to calculate for each light source ...
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Creating Fog Of View in 2D game with lighting method

I'm creating 2D side scrolling game with Unity, and i want to add feature where the player come into a cave, then all going dark, the player turn on the flash light, so the player can see around ( ...
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Ray tracing - texture and phong lighting

Other questione releated to my ray tracer implementation for iPad. If I have a polygon that has a texture and a material, how do I calculate the color using Phong lighting model? Is the texture used ...
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How to correctly pass multiple light structures to shader stage?

I'm having some problems when passing multiple light structures to a shader stage. I'm using an array of point lights that is updated each frame. This is my code for creating the buffer ...
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Unity - Meta pass and Precomputed Realtime GI

I am writing a shader in Unity and I would like to use some special values for the precomputed realtime GI. I am using a vertex fragment shader as it seems that it offers much more controls than a ...
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UDK building light takes a long time

I have been creating a level in UDK and usually bulding lighting takes 10 minutes to build but today i haven't changed anything in the level, now it takes 20+ minutes, why is this happening?
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Is there a way to control the ordering and grouping of ShaderLab Blend command?

I'm writing a shader in Unity that responds to 3 lights: 1 directional and 2 point lights. The point lights are processed in the ForwardAdd pass (once per light). I need the ForwardAdd pass to blend ...
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Skydome and Ambient Intensity (Unity)

I've made a custom skydome in my game. For all my lights I have set them to not affect the skydome. The only thing affecting the skydome is the ambient light. For my game I have ambient intensity at ...
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2D - Smooth lighting with shadows for a tile-based game

for the last week or so I have been completely stuck on trying to implement efficient lighting. I've been researching and experimenting and I've looked everywhere that I have been capable of finding, ...
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How can I model a star?

I'm trying to model a star in Unity, and it, sort of works, but it's not ideal. Currently, I'm using a large sphere with a self-illuminating material containing a star texture applied to it's surface, ...
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How do I query a LibGDX Box2DLights “light” and “dark” regions?

I have lighting implemented using Box2dLight. I want to update/render things inside the player's PointLight area. Stuff in the dark area should not be rendered. How can I find which areas are lit or ...
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Phong lighting model - R vector

In Phong lighting model a vector R is used to calculate the spectral component of light. The equation used to obtain it is R = 2(N•L)N - L I can't understand why we use this equation. Could someone ...
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Simulating sun 3d direction

At the moment I got the following to simulate the suns direction: void Sun::Update() { if (!mIsMoving) return; const auto now = Clock::now(); const auto timeDiff = now - ...
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In a large space simulation, why is my sun light not reaching the planets?

I want to create a space simulation, but I'm facing some difficulties when I try to create a realistic sun. Currently, I've a simple Point Light inside a sphere. But for some reasons, no matter the ...
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Why is everything lit by default?

I am following the unity tutorial here and when i drag my environment into the Hierarchy everything i already lit up on my Game view, i noticed this was also the case in the Space Shooter tutorial ...
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What is a lobe, in reference to lighting and graphics

I sometimes see references to lobes when talking about lighting, especially with specular lighting, but also with spherical harmonics which doesn't do specular. Can anyone explain what exactly a lobe ...
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How to calculate spherical harmonic coefficients for indirect diffuse?

After reading the article "An Efficient Representation for Irradiance Environment Maps", I'm a bit confused as how to calculate the spherical harmonic coefficients. I'd like to generate these ...
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Inverting the Z coordinate of the light vector

I noticed that in some vertex shaders they invert the Z coordinate of the light vector, i.e. // Compute denormalized light vector in world space float3 vLightWS = g_LightPosition.xyz - vPositionWS....
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How to calculate per vertex normals? (OpenGL) [duplicate]

I am really confused and quite much thinking about how to do that? Cross product and then, normalizing is not working for me. Or perhaps, I take them all wrong. Well, please explain me that while ...
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Deferred rendering: camera inside point light's sphere of effect

I'm trying out deferred rendering and I'm using the tutorials at http://ogldev.atspace.co.uk. I've got the basics working and I'm currently trying to implement the final step from tutorial 37 (http://...
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LWJGL Lighting advice / fix

Problem: The spotlight I've set up with OpenGL won't light up anything behind it, no matter what values I set for GL_SPOT_DIRECTION float[] LightDir = new float[]{0,0,-1,0}; float[] ...