OpenGL is a graphics standard and API which targets the desktop and workstation markets. It is designed to be easy to accelerate with dedicated computer hardware, and hence most implementations give greatly improved performance over traditional software rendering. Currently, OpenGL is used for ...

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Is GLUT obsolete?

A question was asked about good, up-to date OpenGL resources, one of the answers was a link to a tutorial about modern OpenGL programming. The tutorial in question uses GLUT and GLEW, but I have read ...
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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I am trying to learn OpenGL, and I just found out that GLUT is obsolete.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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Library to load images into textures, Linux, C and OpenGl

I am looking for simple, self-contained C library for Linux to load images from files into OpenGL textures. The licence should be quite liberal: zlib, bsd, mit or something. I have found SOIL, however ...
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OpenGL vs physics?

I am very new to game programming and I am in my first project. I have come to a point that I need expert advice: Now for the game physics to be able to work on objects, it needs to know each ...
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I need help with 3d shading/lighting

How do you guys handle shading in a 3d game? I have a directional light source that shades one side of a tree made of cubes. The remaining 3 sides all get ambient shading only. So the 3d effect is ...
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How do OpenGL's texelFetch and texture differ?

I understand the main differences between texelFetch and texture, but have some questions about the details: Does texelFetch involve a performance penalty? Such as not using a cache or such? Are ...
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Why is it possible to encounter a texture coordinate greater than 1 or less than 0

I'm studying a text about texture mapping and in the preparing to draw session, I read: Define the texture wrapping parameters. This will control what happens when a texture coordinate greater than ...
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First time shadow mapping problems

I have implemented basic shadow mapping for the first time in OpenGL using shaders and I'm facing some problems. Below you can see an example of my rendered scene: The process of the shadow mapping ...
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what is world space and eye space in game development?

I'm reading a book about 3D stuff and OpenGL. The book often talks about world space and eye space. What exactly is the "world space?" Does the "eye space" mean the projection?
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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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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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Deferred shading - how to combine multiple lights?

I'm starting out with GLSL and I've implemented simple deferred shading that outputs G-buffer with positions, normals and albedo. I've also written a simple point light shader. Now I draw a sphere ...
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What is the primary use of Vertex Buffer Objects?

From what I've read, it seems VBOs are purely for performance. I'm working on a very rudimentary learning project in lwjgl and I'm just trying to figure out what more advanced features of the library ...
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Trapping mouse inside window in OpenGL with GLUT?

I perfectly understand that GLUT is limited and the following problem can't probably be solved with OpenGL/GLUT, but since I don't know exactly if it can or not, I better just ask. Maybe I'm doing ...
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In OpenGL, how can I discover the depth range of a depth buffer?

I am doing a GL multi-pass rendering app for iOS. The first pass renders to a depth buffer texture. The second pass uses the values in the depth buffer to control the application of a fragment shader. ...
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What is the advantage of OpenGL's direct state access mechanism?

I've been reading about OpenGL 4.5 Direct State Access (DSA) at opengl.org and not sure if I'm getting it right. It seems to imply, that the old way is less efficient: glBind(something) glSetA(..) ...
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Sprite sheets with buffer objects and shaders

What is the "best" way to handle sprite sheets with shaders and buffers? In immediate mode it is easy to modify a sprite's texcoords when it is drawn, but I don't know how to do this with modern ...
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Taking advantage of multithreading between game loop and openGL

Talking in context of a game based on openGL renderer : Let's assume there are two threads : Updates the game logic and physics etc. for the in game objects Makes openGL draw calls for each game ...
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How can I profile the speed of my vertex and fragment shaders separately?

I'd like to know how I can check to see if either my vertex or my fragment shader is a bottleneck in my rendering pipeline. I've read about using glQueryCounter with the GL_TIMESTAMP target to get ...
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Why nearby triangles tend to disappear?

I've just enabled back face culling and I'm noticing a weird behavior: when all vertices of my triangle is outside the view and 2 of them is behind me (I think) the triangle disappears. So to see it, ...
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What types of effects or shaders would you teach in a rendering class? [closed]

I am looking for a list of topics that would be fun to learn and not too complicated to implement with a prototyping tool like FX Composer or Rendermonkey for an intermediate class of real-time ...
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How do games handle rendering Asian unicode text?

I'm currently in the process of implementing text rendering in my game engine, and I decided to utilize AngelCode's BMfont to generate font textures, and then have OpenGL render textured quads for ...
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How to efficiently render a large terrain mesh?

Recently I've been stuck on a problem thinking about the best way to generate a terrain into my game. In another projects I normally used heightmaps, so all the core-work was based on the engine used, ...
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OpenGL: Light at end of tunnel effect

Anyone knows any implementation of the "light at the end of tunnel" effect? where the outside is entirely bright and gradually becomes more visible? The reverse could also be true, where the inside ...
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I would like to know how an OpenGL driver will be implemented to learn opengl internals?

I'm learning OpenGL and really like to know how the interaction with the Graphics card will be. I feel understanding how it was implemented in the Graphics driver, will let me know complete internals ...
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Geometric Transformations on the CPU vs GPU

I've noticed that many 3d programs normally do vector/matrix calculations as well as geometric transformations on the CPU. Has anyone found an advantage in moving these calculations into vertex ...
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Rendering 8 bit graphics

I have a strong programming background just not from game development. I only made some pong and snake in high school and I did some OpenGL in college. I want to make my own game engine. Nothing ...
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Getting OpenGL hardware acceleration with SDL on Linux

I'm trying to use SDL + OpenGL but I don't believe hardware acceleration is working because the framerate for around 18000 polys is about 24fps on a quad core machine but is a hopeless 1-2fps on an ...
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How to improve batching performance

I am developing a sprite based 2D game for mobile platform(s) and I'm using OpenGL (well, actually Irrlicht) to render graphics. First I implemented sprite rendering in a simple way: every game object ...
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Using full resolution of depth buffer for 2D rendering

I'm working on a front-to-back renderer for a 2D engine using an orthographic projection. I want to use the depth buffer to avoid overdraw. I have a 16-bit depth buffer, a camera at Z=100 looking at ...
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stencil shadows - doom 3 engine - precision errors - shadow cracks - why?

I am testing the limits of the Doom 3 engine - in regards to maximum map size. I noticed some stencil shadow precision errors that become more pronounced when objects get further and further away ...
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How do I apply skeletal animation from a .x (Direct X) file?

Using the .x format to export a model from Blender, I can load a mesh, armature and animation. I have no problems generating the mesh and viewing models in game. Additionally, I have animations and ...
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Does use of simple shaders improve performace/battery life?

I'm making OpenGL game for Android. Till now i've used only fixed function pipeline, but i'm rendering simple things. Fixed function pipeline includes a lot of stuff i don't need. So i'm thinking ...
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How to avoid subpixel values in a resolution independent 2D game with orthographic projection?

I'm trying to do resolution independent rendering of moving sprites in a 2D game. My plan is work in a fixed coordinate system in my world (for example 960x540) and use orthographic projection to ...
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Frustum Culling with VBOs

I have terrain being rendered in my project using VBOs in OpenGL. I would like to apply some Frustum Culling but have no idea how to access each polygon as its drawn to check if it is in view. I think ...
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Creating a glitch effect similar to Watch Dogs

I'm currently working on a LibGDX game. When a user does something wrong, I would like all the graphics on the screen to jitter very similar to the glitch/distort effect seen in the game Watch Dogs ...
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How to deal with OpenGL and Fullscreen on OS X

I do most of my development on OS X and for my current game project this is my target environment. However when I play games I play on Windows. As a windows gamer I am used to Alt+Tab switching from ...
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Tone mapping and eye adaptation - pale colors and darker image

I'm trying to implement tone mapping along with eye adaptation and HDR. Actually I implemented this already but I'm not satisfied with result and I think that I made something wrong. My final image ...
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2D Water top surface profile

I am trying to create the effect of the water surface thickness with a vertex-fragment shader. I am in a 3D game environment but It's a scroll view so a "2D" view. Here is a good tutorial of creating ...
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Need advice for 3D BSP based graphics engine

I have coded myself a OpenGL BSP viewer for an old game format. It is very similar to the Quake 3 file format. Because my interest is developing graphics engines, I want to be developing while looking ...
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OpenGL vs OGRE : Which is the best for beginner? [closed]

I am interested in getting into game development and posses good C/C++ programming skills. I have tried OGRE before, and I am curious whether I should learn either OGRE or OpenGL as a starting point. ...
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2-components color model

RGB is the natural color model for OpenGL. But a lot of other color models exist. For example, CMY(K) for printers, YUV for JPEG, the little cousins YCbCr and YCoCg, HSL & HSV from the 70's, and ...
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Correct level of abstraction for a 3d rendering component?

I've seen lots of questions around this area but not this exact question so apologies if this is a duplicate. I'm making a small 3d game. Well to be honest, it's just a little hobby project and ...
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Using HTML for interface? [closed]

The game I've been working on uses opengl/sfml for graphics. I'm currently working on the interface and I've found determining all the proper offsets/positioning etc. to be a pain. To make it ...
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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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Most efficient way to draw vertex with OpenGL

I am writing an OpenGL 3D game. There will be tons of triangles for terrain and objects in use. I am studying from the OpenGL official guide and the first presented method is to call a function ...
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How wise is this multithreading architecture?

I'm rewriting a game engine I wrote in an attempt to parallelize as much as possible. I'm considering making properties which may be accessed from multiple threads all use accessors which use boost ...
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Does one need normals for a strictly 2d Game?

I'm starting to learn OpenGL by creating a pure 2D game. I have to decide on the format of the Vertices. Do I need a normal component? Or is this for a 2d component not needed? My gut feeling says I ...
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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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Must I worry about quad-based rendering in real world scenarios?

Most of the time in the first chapters of a random book about rasterization and rendering techniques, I find some phrases about a triangle-based rendering system and a quad-based one. I have never ...