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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Spherical harmonics lighting - what does it accomplish?

From my understanding, spherical harmonics are sometimes used to approximate certain aspects of lighting (depending on the application). For example, it seems like you can approximate the diffuse ...
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HLSL What you get when you subtract world position from InvertViewProjection.Translation?

In one of NVIDIA's Vertex shaders (the metal one) I found the following code: // transform object normals, tangents, & binormals to world-space: float4x4 WorldITXf : WorldInverseTranspose < ...
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Incorrect lighting results with deferred rendering

I am trying to render a light-pass to a texture which I will later apply on the scene. But I seem to calculate the light position wrong. I am working on view-space. In the image above, I am ...
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What light attenuation function does UDK use?

I'm a big fan of the light attenuation in UDK. Traditionally I've always used the constant-linear-quadratic falloff function to control how "soft" the falloff is, which gives three values to play ...
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Grid-Based 2D Lighting Problems

I am aware this question has been asked before, but unfortunately I am new to the language, so the complicated explanations I've found do not help me in the least. I need a lighting engine for my ...
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Fast lighting with multiple lights

How can I implement fast lighting with multiple lights? I don't want to restrain the player, he can place an unlimited number and possibly overlapping (point) lights into the level. The problem is ...
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Directional light causes an FPS drop

I have only one object in the scene and it is lit with a directional light. It uses the mobile/diffuse shader. The issue is that on iPhone 4 the FPS drops from ~42FPS to ~11FPS when the directional ...
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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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What's the best engine for a procedural game that doesn't compromise on graphics? [closed]

We have a very interesting idea for a new game mechanic that would allow us to make our game procedural and entertaining. To bring this game to life, we need the ability to generate the game world on ...
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Use light cone/range as a Trigger

I was wondering, in Unity 3D, how I could do something with the Spot Light (Range/cone) as a trigger? Since it would be very interesting to be able to manipulate whats actually in sight of Light ...
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Unity Pro - Shadow rendering issue

I am using Unity Pro 4.2.1f4 and I always have this sort of glitch. This is due to the shadows and the bias. Even with a low bias this is happening. I've found a thread that talks about that ...
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Lightmapped prefabs for procedural content

I'm doing a game with procedural content from handmade prefabs, but I ran into a problem as Unity bakes the scene instead of objects when lightmapping with Beast. So when the prefabs are instanced ...
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Shadow mapping with deffered shading for directional lights - shadow map projection problem

I'm trying to implement shadow mapping to my engine. I started with directional lights because they seemed to be the easiest one, but I was wrong :) I have implemented deferred shading and I retrieve ...
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Implementing realistic sun reflection on a sea

I'm drawing a 3d rendered island which has a day / night cycle and a sun that rises and sets over water. The sea is rendered with a fragment shader derived from this Blinn-Phong tutorial. ...
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Change emission level of a set of vertices within a mesh

ok so here is the problem I need to solve. I have a known set of vertices that I need to "animate" the emission level of. Currently I have a vertex definition setup and RGB color data for each ...
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Programmatically set brightness of a PointLight

I'm a beginner, so there is definitely something I'm missing here. I'm trying to set brightness of my PointLight object from the in-game command line. Here is what I tried, but it doesn't work: ...
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Creating a light that follows the player

How do I create a point light that follows the player character when they walk around? The light should shine on the player and not on a fixed point.
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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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Monogame working with Krypton

I am trying to make a simple 2D game engine using Monogame and the Krypton 2.0 lighting engine. So far I have succeeded in rendering a light but I am unable to generate any shadows from any hull's. ...
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XNA Strange Lighting, Shader

Hey guys, i have strange lighting problem. I've written my own "deferred lighting" shader and this happend: Pic: Normal-Map Pic: Light-Map As long as i only use one big mesh everything seems ...
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Spot lights - making narrow/broad spot lights give more/less intense light

When I use "normal" spot lights as presented in tutorials such as this (with the exception that I use inverse square fall-off and then gamma correction), the spot light doesn't behave like a real ...
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Diffuse Reflection confusion

From what I've read, with a simple directional light, the color of a point, if you only take diffuse reflection into account (intensity = 1), should be color = color_of_point * color_of_light * ...
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What is physically correct lighting all about?

I can't find anything comprehensive using Google. I'm wondering what the core concepts of physically correct lighting are, and where I could read up on it. What's physically correct lighting all ...
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.md5mesh normals are not smooth

I'm currently working on a project that requires me to load .md5mesh format and draw it. Following this link I've managed to load the mesh into the engine successfully, but a problem arises when ...
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Directional light shader not behaving as expected

I coded my first glsl shader which manage diffuse and specular effects of a directional light. This is the fragment shader. #version 120 //matrix uniform mat4 model_matrix; //directional light ...
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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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Angle to Vector3?

I am working on getting my directional lights to match the sun in my atmospheric scattering shader. I have a float that ranges from 0 to 6.28 (TwoPi). How would I calculate a vector3 from this angle? ...
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Per-fragment lighting system behaves like ambient lighting system

This is the relevant section of my fragment shader varying vec3 normal; varying vec3 halfv; ... vec4 color = ambient * gl_LightSource[0].ambient; vec3 n = normalize(normal); float ...
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How to do directional per fragment lighting in world space?

I am attempting to create a GLSL shader for simple, per-fragment directional light. So far, after following many tutorials, I have continually ran into the issue: my light is specified in world ...
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Grid Based Lighting in XNA/Monogame

I know that questions like this have been asked many times, but I have not found one exactly like this yes. I have implemented a top-down grid based world in Monogame, and am starting on the lighting ...
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OpenGL light not shining quad

I've constructed a scene using OpenGL/GLUT with a spot light but I'm getting troubles with light shining some of the walls what is going on and how to solve?
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How do I implement occluded lighting in a block-based 2D game?

I want to have 2D lighting that can be blocked by in-game objects. My game has a top-down view and all game objects are described by rectangles. Let's say I have a 10x10 world and I place a light at ...
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GLSL Multiple Uniform Structs

I'm developing a lighting system for my voxel game, and I have to send multiple (alot, say up to 200) lights to my shader program. Those lights contain the following data: Position (vec3) Color ...
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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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Ogre: Light not reflecting correctly

In my Ogre 3d scene I have an empty box, and within that there are three small cubes. The camera is also within the box, facing the three small cubes. The user can move and rotate the camera with the ...
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Min. Distance for Spotlights in Ogre3d?

I have a simple scene with only one empty box. Within that box I have the camera attached to a scene node, which the user can move (translate/rotate). Additionally a spotlight is attached to the ...
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Unity3D custom camera matrix breaking shadows/lights in deferred rendering

EDIT 1: So it seems this is a common issue with Unity, and it comes from a bug in which custom camera matrices break deferred lighting and shadows. This topic right here talks about it a bit, but the ...
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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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front and back face detection

I am trying to implement a dynamic shadow system for a 2d game using this tutorial : ...
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Game Engine for quick Horror Survival prototype [closed]

for a University project we need to develop a prototype for a Survival Horror game using an engine of our own choice. We are currently preparing the project and wondering which engine to use. Maybe ...
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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 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 effect lighting like basic effect lighting

Is it possible to make lighting in a normal effect work like the lighting in the basic effect? With a basic effect it's really easy: BasicEffect effect; effect.EnableDefaultLighting();
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How to get pixels affected by a light in deferred shading?

I implemented deferred rendering in my little engine using framebuffers but there is no dynamic lighting for now. The g-buffer contains positions and normals in view space and albedo. To implement ...
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Isn't it redundant to implement both lights and shadows?

Most games come up with their lighting implementation and their shadow implementation. Due to deferred shading, we are able to simulate lights independent from the scene geometry. But realistic ...
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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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Shouldn't fragment lighting have the same effect as vertex lighting with only ambient and diffuse lights?

With infinite light source and only ambient and diffuse lights — no specular light, it seems the rendering results of vertex lighting and fragment lighting should be the same, because all the lighting ...
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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 you accommodate newbies while still creating depth in the design of light/dark systems for MUDs (or other text-based games)?

I've been pondering a redesign of our MUD's light/dark system. Our current system accommodates new players by simply not saddling them with being unable to see should they happen to wander outside of ...
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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 ...