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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2-d lighting day/night cycle

Off the back of this post in which I asked two questions and received one answer, which I accepted as a valid answer. I have decided to re-ask the outstanding question. I have implemented light ...
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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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How can I achieve this lighting with OpenGL?

I'm currently trying to implement a type of "smooth" lighting. How can I achieve lighting which looks like this: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1668516/concept/warp3.png Using OpenGl. I've attempted to use ...
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Light on every model and not in the whole scene

I am using a custom shader and try to pass the effect on my Models like that: foreach (ModelMesh mesh in Model.Meshes) { foreach (ModelMeshPart part in mesh.MeshParts) { ...
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multipass shadow mapping renderer in XNA

I am wanting to implement a multipass renderer in XNA (additive blending combines the contributions from each light). I have the renderer working without any shadows, but when I try to add shadow ...
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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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Drawing “Stenciled” Sprites and making them glow

Currently, in my game - I'm not using XNA's SpriteBatch to render anything(I am using Farseer Physic's Debug View), and I was wondering how I would render something like this: only using XNA. My ...
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Where does the light come from, using Maya/Panda3D?

Total noob to Maya. Total noob to Panda3D. Planning on becoming really good at both as soon as I have free time to do so, but right now I have an assignment due in a few hours which requires this: ...
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How do I reconstruct depth in deferred rendering using an orthographic projection?

I've been trying to get my world space position of my pixel but I'm missing something. I'm using a orthographic view for a 2.5d game. My depth is linear and this is my code. float3 lightPos = ...
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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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Why doesn't light continuous on my model?

I created a basic textured cube model with Blender to practice modeling, and then I imported it into Unity. After I put up some lighting it looks pretty ugly. The light is not continuous on a row of ...
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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.
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how to modify shadow mapping in “3D Graphics with XNA Game Studio 4.0”? [closed]

So I've been following the tutorials from the book Sean James's "3D Graphics with XNA Game Studio 4.0", and have been doing fine until i reached the shadow mapping part. in this book it creates point ...
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How can I simulate light using mask images on the iPad? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I achieve a torchlight effect (lighter area around a light source) in a 2D game? I want to have a picture as a background, say this: Then I would like to apply a ...
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How to make HLSL effect just for lighting without texture mapping?

I created an effect and just want to use lightning but in default effect that XNA create we should do texture mapping or the model appears 'RED', because of this lines of code in the effect file: ...
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Lights system with shaders in OpenGL?

In more than just 1 occasion, i read about 2 ways of doing a light's system in OpenGL: normal way? i don't know how to call this one with the shaders ( GLSL ) The problem is i don't get the ...
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Drawing at negative coordinates in XNA?

I am trying to make a 2D isometric RPG and I kind of hit a wall when it comes to lighting. I was thinking of using shaders, if I manage to understand them.The problem I am anticipating is the presence ...
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Tools need to for low poly model, texture making & lighting in unity3d (iOS) [closed]

I am new to unity3d, i want to create a 3d game i have a team of 3d designers and programmers. My question which software should we use for modelling, texture making and advanced lighting for mobile ...
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Techniques for lighting a texture (no shadows)

I'm trying to learn about dynamic shadows for 2D graphics. While I understand the basic ideas behind determining what areas should be lit and which should be in shadow, I don't know how I would ...
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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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Setting Krypton Light to Screen Pixels

So a few days back, I started playing around with Krypton XNA for 2D lighting in my game. I noticed in general, that spawning a light at (0,0) with Krypton causes the light to appear in, pretty much, ...
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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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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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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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Dynamic 2D soft shadows with concave polygons?

I've implemented dynamic 2D soft shadows from this article on gamedev.net. It uses an image for the penubmra and is fast, physically accurate and looks good in most situations, so I really like the ...
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Deferred rendering with both Clockwise and CounterClockwise culling

I have a deferred rendering system that works well with objects that appear solid and drawn using CounterClockwise culling. I have a problem with Clockwise culled objects that are supposed to ...
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DirectX 9 light class

At the moment I am trying to create a tech demo in directX 9. I have a good understanding of basic lighting but, in my game/demo, I want to be able to create and light a scene like the following: ...
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How do I get my polygons to be lighted by either side?

Okay, I am using Ogre3D and Gorilla(2D library for ogre3D) and I am making Gorilla::Screenrenderables in the open scene. The problem that I am having is that when I make a light and have my ...
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Lighting with VBO

INTRO I'm using a Java JOGL wrapper called processing.org and I have coded some environment on it and I'm quite proud of it even if it has some library stuff that I didn't know anything about it ...
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Handle many lights in a scene (with shaders)

I'm curious about how to handle many lights in a scene. Given a very big map in a role playing game, with dungeons (with lights in there) etc. I know about deferred lighting, but that only answers how ...
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Animated light effects in games

I have been wondering now for quite some time, how certain animated texture effects are done, specifically involving light effects. Some good examples of what I mean are the green bridges in ...
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Why isn't my lighting working properly? Are my normals messed up?

I'm relatively new to OpenGL and I am trying to draw a 3D model (loaded from a 3ds file using lib3ds) using OpenGL with lighting, but about half of it is drawn in black. I set up the light as such: ...
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Why do my point lights disappear when another nearby light is above 1.85 range?

I'm making a game with a dungeon setting in Unity 3D. Many torches line the walls. I'm using a point light over each torch to simulate the flame. However, when two torches are across from each other, ...
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Steps to take before trying to implement screen space ambient occlusion

I very recently started learning modern OpenGL. I have implemented a wavefront file loader and a basic ADS shading model. At some point I'd like to implement screen space ambient occlusion. I tried ...
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Normal Mapping for 3D-Like Lighting in 2D Games

I recently saw this video about a game engine that uses normal mapping to generate lighting and shadows for amazing, 3d-like lighting effects. (Like the three barrels below on the right side, they ...
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Light mask map and camera for static lights in XNA Platformer

Using the example for some basic light maps found here : http://blog.josack.com/2011/07/xna-2d-dynamic-lighting.html, I've managed to create a lightmap texture using individual lightmaps and display ...
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Making a Point Light follow a cube (Unity)

I'm trying to have a point light positioned directly above a cube follow wherever the cube goes. However, it doesn't move at all. This is my code for the light: using UnityEngine; using ...
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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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Help understand GLSL directional light on iOS (left handed coord system)

I now have changed from GLKBaseEffect to a own shader implementation. I have a shader management, which compiles and applies a shader to the right time and does some shader setup like lights. Please ...
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Fast pixelshader 2D raytracing

I'd like to do a simple 2D shadow calculation algorithm by rendering my environment into a texture, and then use raytracing to determine what pixels of the texture are not visible to the point light ...
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Creating smooth lighting transitions using tiles in HTML5/JavaScript game

I am trying to implement a lighting effect in an HTML5/JavaScript game using tile replacement. What I have now is kind of working, but the transitions do not look smooth/natural enough as the light ...
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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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Shadowmap granularity

I thought that we could re-use the same shadowmap for every light. But I've seen an industry article suggesting that you can't re-use shadowmaps between lights, and have to use separate surfaces. Do ...
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For normal mapping, why can we not simply add the tangent normal to the surface normal?

I am looking at implementing bump mapping (which in all implementations I have seen is really normal mapping), and so far all I have read says that to do this, we create a matrix to convert from ...
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How does Minecraft compute lighting for it's non-block objects?

I was wondering how the creator of Minecraft went about lighting the objects (player and pickaxe) based on the lighting level around the player. I have implemented the ability to light the blocks ...
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2D Point Light XNA , Why my point light radius is Oval?

I friend of mine , taught me how to make a simple 2d point light with shader, so i follow his steps and finally done it ! but something happend , the light shape is like an oval and not like a ...
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Do any games support different lighting effects according to whether a surface is wet or dry?

I've noticed that when driving at night, when the road surface is dry, my headlights appear to illuminate much further than when the road surface is wet. I presume that this is due to the differences ...
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XNA a Simple 2D Point Light

I want to make a 2D Point Light in XNA, I was able to find some helpful information but it is too advance for me, since i know nothing about Shaders ...
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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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How are dynamic blending shadows like this created?

I would like to know, how dynamic shadows, that 'blend' onto other objects, are created.