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 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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LibGDX - Box2D: Realistic Light and Layers

I'm having some problems with my current game. Short description: It's a 2D game where you have to avoid the lights or you lose HP. My problem is the following one: Here is the rendering process: ...
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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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WebGL Multiple Lights, Blending, and Render Order

I am trying to do simple forward rendering for multiple lights using additive blending in WebGL. Following advice from this SO and this one, I simply turn on blending using glBlendFunc(GL_ONE, GL_ONE) ...
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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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VertexColor shader is not working correctly in built application

I want to change the vertex colors of my mesh. The light sources must not affect the objects with this shader, its lighting must be determined only by its vertices colors, so I turned the Lighting ...
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Lighting shadow casting sprites with box2Dlights

I currently have something like this using box2Dlights Ideally, I would like objects casting shadows to be lit, so the object is lit but there is still a shadow cast around it. Right now the object ...
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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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GL_SPOT_CUTOFF not working properly

I'm new to OpenGL. I'm studying OpenGL 2.1 and I'm trying to make a little program to test the GL_SPOT_CUTOFF property, but when I set a value between 0.0-90.0, the light doesn't work and everything ...
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Incorrect Normal Matrix

In my game engine I'm passing a normal matrix to my shaders like so: Matrix3f normalMatrix = modelMatrix.invert().transpose(); However this is causing lighting to rotate with my object, producing a ...
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Irradiance cubemap to spherical harmonics conversion

What are advantages of using spherical harmonics instead of irradiance cubemap? Are there any common used methods for conversion?
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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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Unreal Engine 4 Point Light Limiters..?

I've noticed through the first two tutorials I've done that Point Lights begin entering the viewport with red x's on them. When I build those don't turn on. It seems to be implying some limit to the ...
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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 ...
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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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Libgdx - IsometricTiledMapRenderer and light shading

I am wondering if there is any way to simulate light shading in Libgdx using an IsometricTiledMapRenderer. Here is my code to draw an isometric map, it's able to be moved around with the mouse and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to occlude lights in Unity3D?

First off, I own Unity Pro. I've been looking in to occluding lights when they aren't being viewed for a while now to improve performance. The main methods I ran in to were using BecameVisible() and ...
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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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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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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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Create the sun light in a large space simulation

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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Blinn-Phong lighting on Voxel models

I'm creating a game that is going to use voxel models. However I got stuck when I coded my shader using Blinn-Phong algoritm. Here is how it look (Only care about the red model): As you can see ...
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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 - ...
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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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Lighting changes when loading scene

I have a script that changes the levels using Application.LoadLevel (sceneNameToChangeTo); Once a level is loaded using that code when testing with the editor, the lighting changes dramatically. ...
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LWJGL OpenGL Spotlight half-showing

Problem: Only half of the light is showing. Lighting Inilization code: glEnable(GL_LIGHTING); glEnable(GL_LIGHT0); glEnable(GL_DEPTH_TEST); glEnable(GL_NORMALIZE); ...
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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[] ...
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Reflection/environment mapping

I'm implementing reflection/environment mapping using a cubemap. I have it working for the most part but when I move my camera around, I see the same area reflected on the object. I am calculating the ...
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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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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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Unity 2D: Lighting ground tiles in a sidescroller?

I'm trying to find a good way to tint the ground tiles in my 2D game at sunrise, sunset, etc. I thought it'd be a good idea to use a diffuse material + lighting in order to create effects by ...
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Phong shading blows out things close to white [OpenGL]; is there a way around this?

I'm doing per-pixel lighting using the Phong shading model. In pseudo code this looks like: vec4 ambientColor = light.ambientIntensity * material.diffuse; vec4 diffuseColor = light.diffuseIntensity ...
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How to draw a spotlight in 3D

To be clear, I am not talking about the light result (the lit area) but the spotlight itself, like this The two common suggestions that I tried are 2D image and a 3D cone. The problem with the ...
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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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Creating Lighting effect in openGL [duplicate]

I am trying to make my wall have the same color and shade as the walls shown in the picture (Please ignore the frame and the bulbs). I can create a a cube and view it from inside but how can we give ...
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Proper normal vector transformations in normal mapping

Hello! This question is about transforming normal vectors from normal maps properly. I have tried methods from over five sources, still can't get it to work, and I'm really desperate. Included are ...
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OpenGL Diffuse Lighting Issue

I seem to have a problem in my OpenGL scene where if I (the camera) am looking at an plane it's brightness changes depending on what angle I am to the plane. It seems as though the camera is a source ...
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Making a night scene without being dark on the monitor

What would be a good way to make a 3D scene look "like" a dark night, without being so dark on the monitor that it's hard to see stuff (especially when playing in a brightly lit room). I've been ...
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Question regarding irradiance

I know that the formula for irradiance at surface point p with normal n given a point light source at position l is: H = I(cos x) / ||l - p||^2 Where: x = angle between n and l-p I() = Intensity ...