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Mesh manipulation on GPU vs CPU

Just a bit curious - where do you perform mesh manipulations, on the CPU or in the shader? I've been doing everything on the CPU and a friend suggested moving things on to the GPU side. If you're ...
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How to load a spherical planet and its regions?

I'm designing a game partially composed of planets exploration. I want to use pseudo-random generation for them, regenerating from a defined seed when I have to load them rather than store every ...
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How can I create a glitter effect?

I am trying to create a glittering effect for my realtime shader but I don't know how. Here is one example, and another example. What technique can I use to implement this?
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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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differences between opengl 3 and opengl 4

I'm just getting started with game programming and I want to start learning opengl. I found a very great tutorial from scratch to get started with opengl 3 and I'm wondering if there is a big ...
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Engine Rendering pipeline : Making shaders generic

I am trying to make a 2D game engine using OpenGL ES 2.0 (iOS for now). I've written Application layer in Objective C and a separate self contained RendererGLES20 in C++. No GL specific call is made ...
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In OpenGL, what is “zero state” rendering?

Recently at a job interview, I mentioned that I taught myself modern OpenGL and rendering with vertex buffer objects because my university only taught the fixed function pipeline with immediate mode ...
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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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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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What state is stored in an OpenGL Vertex Array Object (VAO) and how do I use the VAO correctly?

I was wondering what state is stored in an OpenGL VAO. I've understood that a VAO contains state related to the vertex specifications of buffered vertices (what attributes are in the buffers, and what ...
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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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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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Which c/c++ model animation library for OpenGL [closed]

I'm fairly new to game development, played around with xna before and just learning OpenGL & c now and I'm interested to know which c/c++ based model animation libraries are out there and which ...
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Sorting objects before rendering

I'm trying to implement a scene graph and in all the articles i've come across there is talk about object sorting. So you'd sort your objects by "material" for example. Now untill i sat down and ...
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OpenGL get the outline of multiple overlapping objects

I just had an idea for my on-going-game made with opengl in c++: I'd like to have a big outline (5-6 pixel) on multiple overlapping object when the player win something. I thought the best way is to ...
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How does gluLookAt work?

From my understanding, gluLookAt( eye_x, eye_y, eye_z, center_x, center_y, center_z, up_x, up_y, up_z ); is equivalent to: glRotatef(B, 0.0, 0.0, 1.0); ...
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How do I generate a 3D race track from a spline?

I want to generate a 3-dimensional race track around a spline that describes its shape. Here's an illustrative video. The track should be an endless tunnel that sweeps along a 3D spline, with some ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to render a texture partly transparent?

Good Morning StackOverflow, I'm having a bit of a problem right now as I can't seem to find a way to render part of a texture transparently with openGL. Here is my setting : I have a quad, ...
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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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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 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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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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How do multipass shaders work in OpenGL?

In Direct3D, multipass shaders are simple to use because you can literally define passes within a program. In OpenGL, it seems a bit more complex because it is possible to give a shader program as ...
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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 long does it take for OpenGL to actually update the screen?

I have a simple OpenGL test app in C which draws different things in response to key input. (Mesa 8.0.4, tried with Mesa-EGL and with GLFW, Ubuntu 12.04LTS on a PC with NVIDIA GTX650). The draws are ...
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How to use modern OpenGL for 2D games?

I've found a plethora of "modern" OpenGL (3.0+) tutorials for 3D, but I have found next to nothing when looking for information on how to use it for 2D game development. How can I get started using ...
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Fastest way to draw small particles in opengl?

Quick question : Which is the fastest method to render a large array of 4x4/8x8 particles in opengl ? Currently i spend 2triangles for each one but i think that its slow so i would really like to know ...
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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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SDL2 with OpenGL — weird results, what's wrong?

I'm porting an app to iOS, and therefore need to upgrade it to SDL2 from SDL1.2 (so far I'm testing it as an on OS X desktop app only). However, when running the code with SDL2, I'm getting weird ...
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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 do I play a video file in OpenGL?

Is there a library that will let me load a movie file and play it in an OpenGL application? Or maybe just a code sample that someone has lying around? I'm also using GLUT, if that makes a ...