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How to deal with VBOs when rendering mesh's that may or may not be displayed?

I'm working on a multiplayer game and will be displaying other players near the player. At most 16 players could be near the gamer however there could also be 0. What I'm thinking of doing is ...
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OpenGL 2D Depth Perception

I have a 2D RPG game written in Java using LWJGL. All works fine, but at the moment I'm having trouble deciding what the best way to do depth perception is. So , for example, if the player goes in ...
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CubeRealm OpenGL rotation problems, need help. :\

I'm totally new to OpenGL and I'm working on a Sandbox game called CubeRealm. My problem you see is rotation. I've got it in my head that to rotate the 'camera' I just rotate all the scene by the ...
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Creating a Game Engine with a C++ Compiler?

I'm thinking of creating a Game Engine with a C++ Compiler using OpenGL but I don't know how to create a compiler in an application. Do I have to write the compiler? or could I use (for example) the ...
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What makes a game look “good”?

I am working on a 3D space game using OpenGL and C++ and I am planning to focus on giving the game modern, eye-catching graphics, but the more I think of it the more I realise I don't really know what ...
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Procedural Planets, Heightmaps and Textures

I am currently working on an OpenGL procedural planet generator. I hope to use it for a space RPG, that will not allow players to go down to the surface of a planet so I have ignored anything ROAM ...
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Separating game data/logic from rendering

I'm writing a game using C++ and OpenGL 2.1. I was thinking how could I separate the data/logic from rendering. At the moment I use a base class 'Renderable' that gives a pure virtual method to ...
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How can I achieve a good fire effect with alpha blending and particles?

Using the following setting for the OpenGL particle effect: SRC: GL_SRC_ALPHA DST: GL_ONE Creates an additive blend, which looks spectacular on a black background but terrible on brighter colours, ...
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File format for static and animated 3D models

I'm currently writing a 3D game in C++ with OpenGL and I'm coming to the part where to load 3D models in. Therefore I'm looking for popular file formats and techniques to display static meshs and ...
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What alternatives to GLUT exist?

I am trying to learn OpenGL, and I just found out that GLUT is obsolete. I already know SDL, and it seems it is a good alternative. Should I use SDL to develop games with OpenGL, or are there any ...
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Why does OpenGL >= 3 only allow VBOs?

I see that OpenGL versions 3 and up eliminate the use of client-side rendering. Immediate mode has been eliminated, and vertex arrays seem to be deprecated. Instead, if I understand correctly, VBOs ...
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why would you use textures that are not a power of 2?

In the early days of OpenGL and DirectX, it was required that textures were powers of two. This meant that interpolation of float values could be done very quickly using shifting and such. Since ...
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For voxel rendering, what is more efficient: pre-made VBO or a geometry shader?

Given a fairly static voxel array, what is more efficient: using the CPU to pre-generate a VBO to render the voxel faces (ignoring more advanced forms of rendering like marching cubes for now) or ...
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Lighting in a Minecraftian World

Minecraft is a game that is largely based on a heightmap and uses that heigtmap information to flood the world with light. From my understanding the highest point in the heightmap is the end of the ...
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OpenGL: Where shoud I place shaders?

I'm trying to learn OpenGL ES 2.0 and I'm wondering what is the most common practice to "manage" shaders. I'm asking this question because in the examples I've found (like the one included in the API ...
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What OpenGL version(s) to learn and/or use?

So, I'm new to OpenGL... I have general knowledge of game programming but little practical experience. I've been looking into various articles and books and trying to dive into OpenGL, but I've ...
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What is a better abstraction layer for D3D9 and OpenGL vertex data management?

My rendering code has always been OpenGL. I now need to support a platform that does not have OpenGL, so I have to add an abstraction layer that wraps OpenGL and Direct3D 9. I will support Direct3D 11 ...
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Draw contour around object in Opengl

I need to draw contour around 2d objects in 3d space. I tried drawing lines around object(+points to fill the gap), but due to line width, some part of it(~50%) was covering object. I tried to use ...
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Fixed-Function vs Shaders: Which for beginner?

I'm currently going to college for computer science. Although I do plan on utilizing an existing engine at some point to create a small game, my aim right now is towards learning the fundamentals: ...
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Efficient skeletal animation

I am looking at adopting a skeletal animation format (as prompted here) for an RTS game. The individual representation of each model on-screen will be small but there will be lots of them! In ...
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Animation in OpenGL using 3D Models

I have created a model in Blender. Now i want to read that 3D model in my c++ program. I figured that a model can be exported to various file formats e.g. .obj, .3ds or COLLADA and then can be read in ...
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Font outline in OpenGL, FTGL

I'm using FTGL library to render fonts in my game, but I have completely no idea how to create an outline around text. Achieving a shadow could be easy, because I can simply do it like this: (pseudo ...
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glsl demo suggestions?

In a lot of places I interviewed recently, I have been asked many a times if I have worked with shaders. Even though, I have read and understand the pipeline, the answer to that question has been no. ...
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How to insert and remove blocks quickly in a Minecraftian world?

I currently have volume data for the world stored as an array of booleans. I then check each empty block and if it has non-empty neighbors the faces get drawn. This prevents me from sending a bunch ...
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openGL book recommendation

I wanna start learning OpenGL especially for android game programming but I would eventually want to be able to use this knowledge for windows\linux as well. I'm having difficulty choosing between ...
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For 2D games, is there any reason NOT to use a 3D API like Direct3D or OpenGL?

I've been out of hobby Game Development for quite a while now. Back when I did it, most people used Direct Draw to create 2D games. By the time I stopped people were saying OpenGL or Direct3D with ...
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Normals vs Normal maps

I am using Assimp asset importer (http://assimp.sourceforge.net/lib_html/index.html) to parse 3d models. So far, I've simply pulled out the normal vectors which are defined for each vertex in my ...
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What is the purpose of the canonical view volume?

I'm currently learning OpenGL and haven't been able to find an answer to this question. After the projection matrix is applied to the view space, the view space is "normalized" so that all the points ...
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Getting Started with 2d Game Dev (C++): DirectX or OpenGL? [closed]

So, i'm a student looking to get my foot in the door of game development and im looking to do something 2D, maybe a tetris/space invaders/something-with-a-little-mouse-interaction clone. I pointed ...
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OpenGL: VBO or glBegin() + glEnd()?

I recently was given this link to a tutorial site from someone who I gave the original OGL Redbook to. The third header down says distinctly to forget glBegin() & glEnd() as the typical render ...
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Most efficient way to draw large number of the same objects, but with different transforms

I'd like to draw a large number (multiple thousands) of simple meshes (each maybe... a maximum of 50 triangles, but even that is a very large upper bound), all of which are exactly the same. As a ...
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OpenGL 2 and back vs 3 and forward: What are the key differences for 2D graphics?

OpenGL contexts before and after OpenGL 3.0 are rather different. So far I've really only worked with buffers on either side anyway, I do know the most notable difference is lack of Immediate Mode. ...
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With what projection matrix should I render a portal to a texture?

I'm using OpenGL. I have problem with my engine's portal implementation. To create the first portal I do: create a virtual camera with the position of the second portal and the correct orientation ...
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Is the “impossible object” possible in computer graphics?

This may be a silly question but I want to know the answer to it. I saw this thing called the "impossible object", while they're many different images of this online, it's suppost to be impossible ...
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OpenGL: Is it possible to use VAO's without specifying a VBO

On all the tutorials I can find about VAO's (Vertex Array Objects), they show on how to use them by configuring vertex attributes and binding a VBO (Vertex Buffer Object). But I want to create a VAO ...
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GLSL if-else statement unexpected behaviour

This question is related to this other one I asked a few days ago. Because I have finally get to the bottom of the issue, I have rather preferred to open a new question with a more detailed ...
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How do I implement camera axis aligned billboards?

I am trying to make an axis-aligned billboard with Pyglet. I have looked at several tutorials, but they only show me how to get the up, right, and look vectors. So far this is what I have: target = ...
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What's the difference between mesh and a model?

Which one is created first? For example if a team worked on a graphical asset of a car, what would be a model and what would be a mesh of the car?
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Should I give each character its own VBO or should I batch them into a single VBO?

I'm making a 3D first person game. Should I give each character its own VBO or should I batch all characters into a single VBO? What are the pros/cons?
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How to invert background pixel's color

I'm writing a game and map editor using Java and jMonkeyEngine. In the map editor, I've got a brush done by wireframed sphere. My problem is: I want to make it visible everywhere, so I want to invert ...
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GLSL - Rewriting shaders from #330 to #130

I recently created a game (LD21) that uses a geometry shader to convert points into textured triangles/culling. Since I was under the impression that the support for #330 was widespread I only wrote ...
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Toggle Fullscreen at Runtime

Using the library GLFW, I can create a fullscreen window using this line of code. glfwOpenWindow(Width, Height, 8, 8, 8, 8, 24, 0, GLFW_FULLSCREEN); The line for creating a standard window looks ...
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Should the modelview and projection matrices be calculated in the shader or on the CPU?

At minimum I would have a camera with rotation and world position; projections parameters such as angle of view and perspective vs. orthographic; and meshes with scale, angle, and world position. ...
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Open Source Engine for RTS [closed]

I must write a cross-platform real-time-strategy game within 2-3 months. I want use C++ and OpenGL and am looking for an engine. The engine must be open source and work under both Linux and Windows. ...
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Texture antialiasing?

In my Minecraft-clone style game, blocks are textured with a border that is lighter then the block color. See picture below: To achieve this effect without the textures being blurry I use this ...
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How does one write to another process's OpenGL/DirectX context?

I want to write a short of chat client that display the messages in-game (OpenGL/DirectX), but I really don't know how to handle this. It is easy to write my client in my graphic context... but what ...
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Particle System OpenGL (ortho)

I want to implement a particle system in my game but i have no idea where to start :S I've never programmed a particle system, so this is my first time >.<. I only want to display pixels ...
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In an artillery game how do I mask out the part of the terrain that was hit

Let's say I want to make a really simple artillery game, something like Gorillas. I don't have any experience in games, just some basic understanding of OpenGL. I want to do this for fun and to learn ...
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LWJGL Eclipse Resource Deployment

I'm still experimenting with some OpenGL in LWJGL, and as I get to know more and more about OpenGL, I start to do more complicated things like multi texturing, shadowmapping and more. Now, right now ...
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Question About An Implementation Of Parallax Scrolling In C++/SDL/OpenGL

I been working in a project with a team for a Software Engineering class and we think that using the parallax scrolling will help our game to look really nice but we are not really sure if our idea ...