Particle refers to a graphics technique that uses a large number of very small sprites or other graphic objects to simulate certain kinds of "fuzzy" structures like fire, explosions, etc.

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How to render 2D particles as fluid?

Suppose you have a nice way to move your 2D particles in order to simulate a fluid (like water). Any ideas on how to render it? This is for a 2D game, where the perspective is from the side, like ...
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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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How can I make a good-looking explosion particle effect?

I'm not much of an artist, but I'm trying to make decent particle effects in a 2.5D game. I'm making a replica of Wii Play's "Tanks" and I can't quite get the explosions to look good. I'm not going ...
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How can I achieve glow effects similar to those in WoW?

I've recently implemented a glow effect using a gaussian filter and could not get the full effect I was wanting. I'm curious to know if how certain glow effects are done in WoW. Like this image: ...
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How does pixeljunk shooter simulate its liquids?

I am really impressed by the liquids in pixeljunk shooter. I would love to know how they do it.
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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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Lightning whip particle effects

I'm currently using Mercury Particle Engine for the particle effects in my game, and I'm trying to create a sort of lightning whip - basically a lightning effect bound to a line that curves when the ...
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What are some of the more commonly used projectile rendering techniques?

couldn't find a duplicate question (bit surprising to me) but anywho I'm starting to get near implementing the rendering of projectiles for my game. My question is what are some good techniques for ...
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How to implement explosion in OpenGL with a particle effect?

I'm relatively new to OpenGL and I'm clueless how to implement explosion. So could anyone give me some ideas how to start? Suppose the explosion occurs at location $(x, y, z)$, then I'm thinking of ...
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How are done “snake” particles?

I thought that particles were basically GPU-powered sprites. After looking at the following demo, I'm not totally sure of that anymore : http://vimeo.com/18715688 How are done those snake-like ...
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Creating 2D waveform for Cocos2d game

I'd like to have a Waveform in my iPhone game that I am developing using Cocos2d v2.0. That's the ideal wave I'd like to achieve. A simpler wave which I would still be happy with is this one. ...
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Which of these two particle generator lifetime management techniques is better?

What would be better: An explosion class which gets created when needed, does it's stuff, then is deleted. (one instance per explosion) An explosion class which persists through the whole game, and ...
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Adding an angle variance to a 3d vector

I am converting a particle emitter from 2d to 3d. In the 2d system the original coder used a random angle variance and added it to the angle. So it would be something like: thisAngle = emitterAngle ...
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Top down water view, cocos2d

Has anyone successfully created a top down view of a stream/river? I need to also work out how to make it look like a boat is cutting through the water.