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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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 ...
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What is the contents of the buffer *after* a call to glSwapBuffers()?

(SDL_GL_SwapBuffers() in particular) When you have drawn a scene, and you call swap-buffers, it is routine to then glClear() the scene before drawing anything; if you don't clear, what is the ...
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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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How many OpenGL programs should I use to render multiple objects?

My scene has multiple objects in it. (Let's say 3 cubes, 1 cylinder, 8 spheres.) I assume I should create a vertex shader for each. How many programs should I have? Alternatives: One program per ...
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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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How do I load textures with SFML for OpenGL?

I'm looking at NeHe's texture mapping tutorial. It looks overly complicated for just loading a texture. Is there a way to load a texture in SFML and then use it in Open GL? I use SFML for my ...
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How do I change a sprite's color?

In my rhythm game, I have a note object which can be of a different color depending on the note chart. I could use a sprite sheet with all the different color variations I use, but I would prefer to ...
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Is there a way to blur objects in a 2d game with OpenGL without using shaders?

Is there a nice way in OpenGL to blur objects without using shaders? Currently, I'm accomplishing blur by rendering the object slightly up, down, left, right, and the four diagonals from its original ...
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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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Best practices with Vertices in Open GL

What is the best practice in regards to storing vertex data in Open GL? I.e: struct VertexColored { public: GLfloat position[]; GLfloat normal[]; byte colours[]; } ...
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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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OpenGL - Stack overflow if I do, Stack underflow if I don't!

I'm in a multimedia class in college, and we're "learning" OpenGL as part of the class. I'm trying to figure out how the OpenGL camera vs. modelview works, and so I found this example. I'm trying to ...
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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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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 should I not use glTools/glut when developing complete applications?

I've started learning how to use OpenGL a while back, using the OpenGL SuperBible, Fifth Edition, and I've had people arguing about the fact that the book doesn't really teach how to use OpenGL but ...
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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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Optimizing Octree Rendering

Say I have an octree and at a certain level I store VBOs in that octree. I know the dimensions of of the nodes that own the vbo so I can do basic frustum culling. That works nicely because everything ...
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How can I debug _why_ glDrawArrays is very slow?

I'm working on a game that uses CEGUI and Ogre. Recently, we've discovered that some of our customers with GeForce4 MX 4000's, performance is terrible. After a night spent debugging, I've tracked ...
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Interleaving Arrays in OpenGL

In my pursuit to write code that matches todays OpenGL standards I have found that I am completely clueless about interleaving arrays. I've tried and debugged just about everywhere I can think of but ...
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Do I really have to write my own optimized model format?

So I'm a brand new noob to the world of game dev and I'm starting off by trying to write my own game using C++ and openGL. I'm getting into loading models etc and while searching around for "the best ...
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What causes some computers to have no or slow OpenGL, and how to fix it?

I am using Java with JOGL to create OpenGL enhanced 2D graphics. The graphics operations I use are nothing fancy, and should be supported by almost any recent graphics card. For example, my game ...
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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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Do I need to rewrite my HLSL shaders when porting from XNA to MonoGame?

I'm looking at porting an XNA project I have to monogame, but I have a fair number of HLSL shaders. It seems that Monogame for PC uses OpenGL as the rendering backend, and I'd rather not have to ...
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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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Can applications using old versions of Opengl still run on newer cards?

OpenGl 3.0 and up has a quite big difference from the older versions like OpenGl 2.x and opengl 1.x in terms of implementation, does that mean applications which are written with the old versions of ...
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Enabling multisampling in Irrlicht?

I'm working on a little game that uses Irrlicht. I'm pretty new to Irrlicht and I was wondering how I could enable multisampling. The device driver is EDT_OPENGL initiated as such: IrrlichtDevice ...
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How is animation handled in non-immediate OpenGL?

I'm a newbie to modern OpenGL. I'm comfortable with the immediate OpenGL methodology, but I've never done any serious use of VBOs. My question is about animation. In immediate mode, to achieve ...
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How can I organize render and transformation data in a scalable fashion?

I am writing for OpenGL 2.0 and in the future porting to OpenGL ES 2.0. I only use VBOs and shaders (no immediate mode, no vertex arrays). I already have working solutions, they just... feel wrong. ...
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Impact of variable-length loops on GPU shaders

Its popular to render procedural content inside the GPU e.g. in the demoscene (drawing a single quad to fill the screen and letting the GPU compute the pixels). Ray marching is popular: This means ...
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Slow uniform array in shader causing FPS drop

I'm trying to use an uniform array of matrices in my compute shader. However, it's really slow. I've narrowed it down to this lines of code: uniform mat4 someMatrixArray[64]; ... vec4 result = ...
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Terrain & Multi-Texturing

I'm using OpenGL (Version 4.4) (and C++ if that matters). I've created a terrain renderer, the terrain is stored as a 3D scalar field (isosurface/voxels). It uses a slightly modified version of ...
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How would I setup fog to follow a players coordinates?

I'm wondering if its possible to setup a fog to a player's coordinates (where there is fog around the player to make it more third-person) the main reason I ask this is because I have my player more ...
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OpenGL 2D Rasterization Sub-Pixel Translations

I have a tile based 2D engine where the projection matrix is an orthographic view of the world without any scaling applied. Thus: one pixel texture is drawn on the screen in the same size. That all ...
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What features does D3D have that OpenGL does not (and vice versa)?

Are there any feature comparisons on Direct3D 11 and the newest OpenGL versions? Well, simply put, Direct3D 11 introduced three main features (taken from Wikipedia): Tessellation Multithreaded ...
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2D Platformer Collision Handling

I am trying to create a 2D platformer (Mario-type) game and I am some having some issues with handling collisions properly. I am writing this game in C++, using SDL for input, image loading, font ...
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Implementing a skybox with GLSL version 330

I am trying to get a skybox working with OpenGL 3.3 and GLSL version 330. I could not find a completely modern OGL skybox tutorial anywhere on the web, so I modernised an older one (using ...
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Understanding how to create/use textures for games when limited by power of two sizes

I have some questions about the creating graphics for a game. As an example. I want to create a motorbike. (1pixel = 1centimeter) So my motorbike will have 200 width and 150 height. (200x150) But the ...
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OpenGL Vertex Attributes - Normalisation

Alas, I have searched, and have found no definitive answer. When would you normalize the vertex data in OpenGL using the following command: glVertexAttribPointer(index, size, type, normalize, ...
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OpenGL ES 2.0: Using VBOs?

OpenGL VBOs (vertex buffer objects) have been developed to improve performance of OpenGL (OpenGL ES 2.0 in my case). The logic is that with the help of VBOs, the data does not need to be copied from ...
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Geometry instancing in OpenGL ES 2.0

I am planning to do geometry instancing in OpenGL ES 2.0 Basically I plan to render the same geometry(a chair) maybe 1000 times in my scene. What is the best way to do this in OpenGL ES 2.0? I am ...
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How detect which OpenGL texture formats are natively supported?

For example, how detect if my videocard doesn’t support "bgr8" and convert it to another format, such as "rgba8" in software mode. UPDATE: Sorry for the confusion. This question more about situation ...
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shadowing billboards

I have a lot of billboarded 3D spheres (they have a heightmap so work properly with depth and penetration; although each is made of just a quad (with slight distortion), they look and feel and are ...
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2D games and modern OpenGL

Preconcepts Ok, so what I've gathered so far is this: don't use fixed pipeline (deprecated or going to be deprecated) vbos store "object models" (n vertex data, mostly) vaos describe how data is ...
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How can I generate a view or projection matrix for OpenGL 3.+

I'm transitioning from OpenGL 2 to OpenGL 3.+ and to GLSL 1.5. I'm trying to avoid using the deprecated features. My question how do we now generate the view or projection matrix. I was using the ...
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GLSL vertex shaders with movements vs vertex off the screen

If i have a vertex shader that manage some movements and variations about the position of some vertex in my OpenGL context, OpenGL is smart enough to just run this shader on only the vertex visible on ...
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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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Spell Effects/Shaders

I want to be able to achieve spell effects that cause a fragmenting/discoloring effect on the sprite. The first couple seconds of this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNCFh7mkvuc shows what I ...
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How do you determine which object/surface the user's pointing at with lwjgl?

Title pretty much says it all. I'm working on a simple 'lets get used to lwjgl' project involving manipulation of a rubik's cube, and I can't figure out how to tell which side/square the user's ...
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OpenGL or OpenGL ES

What should I learn? OpenGL 4.1 or OpenGL ES 2.0? I will be developing desktop applications using Qt but I may start developing mobile applications in a few months, too. I don't know anything about ...
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How would one draw many objects using the same VBO

I'm kind of stuck with this question for some time now, maybe because I don't know exactly what to search for, it might be a term I have not heard of yet as most tutorials ends after drawing one ...