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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Why don't we use the whole color depth for normal maps?

All normal maps I've seen are pinkish or bluish. So it seems like only a short color range is used. Why do game developers give away so much precision? Update: The short answer is, that technically, ...
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How can I change this isometric engine to make it so that you could distinguish between blocks that are on different planes?

I have been working on an isometric minecraft-esque game engine for a strategy game I plan on making. As you can see, it really needs some sort of shading. It is difficult to distinguish between ...
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How does Minecraft render its sunset and sky?

In Minecraft, the sunset looks really beautiful and I've always wanted to know how they do it. Do they use several skyboxes rendered over eachother? That is, one for the sky (which can turn dark and ...
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Gamma-Correct rendering without floating-point rendertargets

When using a gamma-correct pipeline, you have to work with floating-point rendertargets. Otherwise, you will get severe banding due to the insufficient precision of the usual 8-bit-per-channel integer ...
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OpenGL lighting with dynamic geometry

I'm currently thinking hard about how to implement lighting in my game. The geometry is quite dynamic (fixed 3D grid with custom geometry in each cell) and needs some light to get more depth and in ...
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Lighting Objects with Textures - OpenGL

I'm trying to get lighting effects on a textured object; I'm using .obj and .mtl files to define them. No matter what I try my object is either invisible, unlit (plain texture), or completely white. ...
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Lights shining through walls

I'm currently having a problem with lights in Unity. They shine through walls for some reason. Point, directional, etc. If a light is next to a wall on one side, you can see it on the floor on the ...
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2D lighting theory: day-and-night cycle, spot lights at night

I am writing a rogue-like 'zombie' management game. The game map will be similar to Prison Architect. A top-down 50 X 50 grid. I want to implemented a day night cycle and during the night I would ...
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2D XNA Tile Based Lighting. Ideas and Methods [closed]

I am currently working on developing a 2D tile based game, similar to the game 'Terraria'. We have the base tile and chunk engine working and are now looking to implement lighting. Instead of the tile ...
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How can I handle the combination of multiple shader effects?

To be able to work efficiently with effects, is there a good way to combine multiple reusable "base" effects to achieve a more complex final result? For example, say I have an effect that handles ...
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XNA 4.0 - Normal mapping shader - strange texture artifacts

I recently started using custom shader. Shader can do diffuse and specular lighting and normal mapping. But normal mapping is causing really ugly artifacts (some sort of pixeling noise) for textures ...
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Grid/cell based light system

I am working on a top-down, 2d cell-based RPG game. I would like to implement a cell based lighting system, something like this and this. I basically have several light sources and light deteriorates ...
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Faking 2d light using shader (Unity, Shaderlab)

Since the concept was difficult to explain in words for someone who's not quite familiar with shader, I described it in pictures. I'm currently using Unity and it seems Shaderlab is the best choice ...
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2D Software Lighting Issues in Java

I'm creating a 2D top-down tiled game in pure Java and by now I'm trying to implement a way to do lighting. First, some details on how I render: there is a screen class which handles all the ...
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How do I autogenerate gradient lighting?

I am trying to think of a way to generate a gradient like this picture: Something like this GetGradientTexture(360f,100(width),100(height)), or if i want a directional light (like a flashlight) ...
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OpenGL Lighting [duplicate]

I have a simple day and night cycle by at day disabling OpenGL lighting and at night enabling openGL Lighting. When I enable everything appears darker. My question is How would I make it that at a ...
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How can I implement shader lookups for my material system?

I have been working on a material system and for the most part everything works just fine, however, I hard code the shader that will be used. Obviously this causes a problem when I want to have the ...
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Blending 2d images to subtract alpha

I'm looking into doing a 2d lighting system with a result similar to this: http://forums.tigsource.com/index.php?topic=15619.0 This thread I believe disregards color, as well as doesn't really list a ...
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2D Lighing in XNA [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How is 2D lighting implemented? I'm attempting to create a 2D game in 3/4th perspective (like Pokemon and the older Zelda games). The time has come for an attempt to ...
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What is the difference between ambient lighting and skylight?

What is the difference between ambient and skylight lighting? Please give me a detailed description of the differences.
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My Ambient lighting is not working correctly

I'm having a problem when using ambient lights in my opengl game. When I first started with my program, i had a positioned light, and the code was this: GLfloat AmbientColor[] = ...
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GLSL Light (Attenuation, Color and intensity) formula

I'm implementing point lights in my Voxel engine, and I'm really struggling to get a good flow of light, from 100% near the light source to 0% at the light radius. I have 5 arguments for the ...
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Blender Object Appearing Gray when all Lights are Off

I have an issue with Blender where, when I turn my only light off (a sun lamp) and render the image my object appears gray rather than black (and thus, not appear to the camera). I can't figure out ...
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Can't get LWJGL lighting to work

I'm trying to enable lighting in lwjgl according to the method described by NeHe and this post. However, no matter what I try, all faces of my shapes always receive the same amount of light, or, in ...
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Understanding and editing HDR light environments in Photoshop

I'm working with an in-development system that uses .hdr environments (equirectangular projection) to provide image-based lighting (IBL) to a 3D rendering. I'm trying to understand what range of ...
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Can't get normals to work correctly with lighting in OpenGL [closed]

I'm trying to light up a simple 2d triangle with my cursor as a diffuse light source but can't seem to set the normal correctly for the lighting to look right. The function that calculates the normal ...
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forward rendering and multiple shadow maps

I have two light sources on my scene. I created two fbo's which store depth textures for these lights. A render loop looks like this: bind fbo1 save depth values for first light unbind fbo1 bind ...
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How to calculate FOV with four-walled tiles?

I'm working on a 2D tile-based game. I'm trying to calculate FOV and I've implemented walls so they don't take up an entire tile. Instead, they just take up a side of each tile. Similar to: class ...
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Loading textures in OpenGL makes everything look darker

I don't know what I'm doing wrong but I'm having a big a problem with GL_TEXTURE_MIN_FILTER when loading textures for my scene. I'm doing a skybox, but that's irrelevant because the problem exists ...
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Adding lighting pygame

I have created a day and nigh cycle in a game of mine by drawing a rectangle over the screen and having it's alpha change constantly. However, I obviously want to add some lighting to the game. Is ...
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Dynamic “Light Level” System based on alpha levels

My team and I have been working on a game in Java using the Slick2D engine and there are a few things I have questions on. As of right now, the code that I've written basically takes a cosine function ...
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GLSL per pixel lighting with custom light type

Ok, I am having a big problem here. I just got into GLSL yesterday, so the code will be terrible, I'm sure. Basically, I am attempting to make a light that can be passed into the fragment shader (for ...
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How does pixel shading work for ambient occlusion volumes?

I'm trying to understand the ambient occlusion technique described here, but I've trouble comprehending what exactly is the pixel shader doing. Is the pixel shader invoked on points that belong to ...
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Multiple volumetric lights

I recently read this GPU GEMS 3 article Volumetric Light Scattering as a Post-Process. I like the idea to add volumetric light property to realtime render i'm working on. Question is will it work for ...
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How to create a simple “spot light” effect with Sdl or Sdl.Net?

i'm wondering: how to create a simple "car headlight" (for i.e) or a torch spotlight in Sdl or Sdl.NET ? Does anyone know how ? Thanks
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Creating a black light (ultraviolet) shader?

I am interested in the algorithm for color picking that would ideally allow to choose what color range will be highlighted and what color range will be faded. I can sort-of understand how to make it ...
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independent lighting per mesh in blender

In Blender, is it possible to assign lighting objects/effects exclusively to a single mesh? For instance, if I place two meshes next to each other, and two lights (one shining on each mesh), I would ...
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Changing Ogre3D terrain lighting in real time

I'm looking at the Ogre 3D library and I'm browsing through some examples / tutorials. My question is about terrain. There are a few examples showing how great the terrain system is, but I think that ...
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Unusual Lighting Effects - Random Polygons Coloured

I am working on creating an object loader for use with iOS, I have managed to load the vertices, normals and face data from and OBJ file, and then place this data into arrays for reconstructing the ...
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Time of Day Lighting / Day Cycle

I'm trying to implement a simple "lighting" system that alters a value of light between 0.0-1.0, 1.0 is midday 0.0 is total blackness. Are there any "good" information regarding this particular ...
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How to create realistic 2d lighting using colour temperature

I'm looking for a lighting algorithm that produces realistic lights expressed in kelvins, from about 2500k to 6500k. What I'm confused about is how to make the lights properly interact with the colors ...
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Lighting problems with Terrain

I'm in the process of learning Open GL and am having issues with lighting on my Terrian, I don't know if the issue is related to how I calculate my normals or the shader itself (I am using the shader ...
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Light levels - How to determine if a character should be spotted

Our team is trying to develop a stealth system with the UDK. Part of this will involve lighting. The idea being that if you're hiding in a dark corner of the room, the armed goons will not start ...
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Where should shaders and lights be in a component-based entity system?

Where should I put the shader and the light / shadow calculation? Should that be a component too? And should the rendering system know how to handle them or should there be a separate light system? ...
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Multiply mode in SpriteBatch

I have a "lighting" texture (black background with white or colours for lights) that I want to draw as a multiplcation operation. SpriteBatch.Begin can specify BlendState.Additive, but there's no ...
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Does the standard lighting equation ever allow objects to be brighter than their textures?

It occurred to me that the standard lighting setup you see in all the tutorials doesn't allow lights to actually make an object appear brighter than its texture. The light value is always clamped ...
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2D Real-Time shadows on level on a level made from a Dynamic Bitmap

The Bitmap has transparency, and only non-transparent pixels are solid and used for hit detection for the physics engine and gameplay. I have seen some versions done with convex hulls, but for ...
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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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How to solve artifacts caused by vertex lighting in my voxel engine?

My current lighting system bakes the light amount based on ray-tracing from the light source to the 8 corners of the block (so per-vertex) and the distance to the light on the blocks. It works ...
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Radiosity lightmap generation

Is there any working C++ source code for a lightmap generation algorithm using Radiosity or any other GI system? I've found technical papers only, but I can't really find any implementation.