Generally speaking; the order of different stages in a workflow. One example is the order in which certain methods and tools are used when graphical assets for games are produced and then imported into the game engine. Another example is the order in which graphical information is processed inside ...

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How can I use the graphics pipeline to render volumetric data based on a density function?

Both graphics APIs (OpenGL and DirectX) devise a well defined pipeline in which several stages are programmable. These programmable stages require to take a fixed minimum amount of data and are ...
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D3D11 Can only Pixel Shader and Compute Shader stages write to buffers?

I am reading Practical Rendering and Computation with Direct3D 11. In the book the D3D11 pipeline is often described with this image: In the Chapter about resources, Paragraph about buffers, I ...
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How does creating 2d game assets differ from regular 2d art? [closed]

I've done some digital paintings and concept sketches in the past, and I was thinking about employing those skills in my game making efforts. From an artists standpoint, what does he have to do ...
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recommended shader pipeline infrastructure in core opengl 3.3

I am writing a game project in Go and I am using an OpenGl 3.3 core context to do my rendering stuff. At the moment I have different types of renderers. Each renderer has it's own pair of vertex- and ...
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How can I batch-convert TexturePacker .pvr.ccz files to .png?

I am a pixel artist with very little programming knowledge. I have read that it's possible to use Texture Packer to do batch conversion of pvr.ccz files to png using the Command Line Tool. How do I ...
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Transparency behaviour on PowerVR

I'm doing some graphics optimizing tests, especially on PowerVR transparency. Now I made a scene where there are two groups of simple objects. One group has the shape in geometry using diffuse shader ...
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Using different shaders on the same model at runtime

I've already asked similar but a bit unclear question here but this time I will be very specific and to the point. Suppose I have an actor which grabs a power up. He starts to glow using bloom shader ...
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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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Why does clipping take place after illumination?

Can you explain why clipping takes place after the illumination process in the rendering pipeline? Would it be not cheaper to clip first and do then the illumination?
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Shader registers for different graphics card

The title is not very explicative, so i'll try to make myself clear. I have two "working"(on which i work on) PCs : a desktop that runs an NVIDIA GT440 an a laptop with a RADEON HD 4650. I have a ...
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How to provide a fully programmable pipeline for rendering?

I am writing a game engine and I want people who use it allow to define the rendering pipeline. Just they can define the scene geometry, characters, items, light sources, and so on. So the term ...
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Registering XNA Custom Pipeline

A while back I was looking for a way to export / load Models in XNA for animations. I took the advice from a comment, and tried using the "SkinnedModelProcessor" he linked me to. It worked great at ...
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DirectX / Instance Buffer - How To Use Instance Buffers To Enable Reuse of VertexBuffer Data?

I created a simple Model framework in C++ 11 so that the same model can be rendered in different parts of a scene. What I am trying to figure out is how to reference VertexBuffer data already "set" ...
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Would I perform one pass per effect in Deferred Shading?

I'm implementing deferred shading the first time. Doing so I came up with a conceptual question. First I render the geometry in a framebuffer with muptiple rendering targets for depth, normals, and ...
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Multiple pipelined game loops

I am considering using the following game engine design pattern, but I am unsure if it's a good idea or not: Each major task (drawing, physics, logic, networking, disk I/O) will have its own ...
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Creating Animations Without Hardcore Art for 2D Action RPG

I'm working on a 2D action RPG. One of the issues I run into is art; in the vein of Flash games like FF7, Secret of Mana, or Epic Battle Fantasy, I would like to actually display the weapon with the ...
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Gamma-Correct rendering without floating-point rendertargets

When using a gamma-correct pipeline, you have to work with floating-point rendertargets. Otherwise, you will get severe banding due to the insufficient precision of the usual 8-bit-per-channel integer ...
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Multiplayer online game engine/pipeline

I am implementing online multiplayer game where client must be written in AS3 (Flash) to embed game into browser and server in C++ (abstract part of which is already written and used with other ...
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How to produce assets effectively on large Flash game projects?

I have been working on Flash games professionally for two years now and somehow, having our artists producing assets the right way is one of our biggest challenge. More precisely, it is very hard to ...
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How to get faster iteration times in android development

I'm creating a game on the android platform that uses the resources/raw folder for assets and scripts. The problem is that every time I change something I have to rebuild the application to test 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 I cheaply place a watermark over what's rendered in OpenGL 3.0+?

I would like some insight about how to place an image with an alpha, and a certain amount of opacity, on the top of everything that is rendered. What's the cheapest way to do that? I use C++ with a ...
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Dynamically change shader syntax with the help of C++

I'm starting with the programmable pipeline and the shaders in C++ for OpenGL 3.0+, i would love to be able to change some settings on the fly, for example replacing a function with another function, ...
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There is something like the BigO notation for the GPU world and the programmable pipeline?

I find difficult to study the performance of a shader or a series of statement probably because the OpenGL is a state machine and also the execution is in parallel and not serialized like a standard ...
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Where do I place XNA content pipeline references?

I am relatively new to XNA, and have started to delve into the use of the content pipeline. I have already figured out that tricky issue of adding a game library containing classes for any type of ...
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Graphics Pipeline, how exactly it works and how graphics card interprets it?

I've looked at this Wikipedia's link, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphics_pipeline, but the article lacks in-depth explanation. The only thing, I suppose, I understand and can expand upon, is, ...
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How does an Input Pipeline work?

I found this article on implementing an input pipeline for Android, but I don't really understand how it works. I also don't completely understand the programming concept of a pipeline or a pool ...
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XNA: Retrieve texture file name during runtime

I'm trying to retrieve the names of the texture files (or their locations) on a mesh. I realize that the texture file name information is not preserved when the model is loaded. I've been doing ...
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Can XNA Content Pipeline split one content file into several .xnb?

Let's say I have an xml file which looks like this <Weapons> <Weapon> <Name>Pistol</Name> ... </Weapon> <Weapon> <Name>MachineGun</Name> ... ...
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Does XNA's content pipeline alter my FBX files?

Basically I'm trying to export a model in fbx format through the XNA content processor and I'm finding that the model itself is getting modified and being shifted slightly to the right and being ...
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Help with “Cannot find ContentTypeReader BB.HeightMapInfoReader, BB, Version=1.0.0.0, Culture=neutral.” needed

I have this irritating problem in XNA that I have spent my Saturday with: Cannot find ContentTypeReader BB.HeightMapInfoReader, BB, Version=1.0.0.0, Culture=neutral. It throws me that when I ...
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Looking for literature about graphics pipeline optimization

I am looking for some books, articles or tutorials about graphics architecture and graphics pipeline optimizations. It shouldn't be too old (2008 or newer) - the newer, the better. I have found ...
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What kind of skills are required to work in a content pipeline department in a high level role

I'm looking more for high level role such as producer/manager of the group making the tools for a content pipeline. This would be for a large AAA studio. Also what kinds of tools are they creating?
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Spritesheets From Individual Images in Content Pipeline?

My main goal is avoid using an external program like SpriteSheetPacker. I would like to just use sequenced PNGs and have the sprite sheets be made, updated, and saved automatically when I build my ...
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What external 2d animation formats can I use in android?

For an artist who won't be dealing directly with the code, what formats for 2d animation could they use that would be portable into an android game? In my particular case there are no collision ...
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Precomputing Visibility

Having noticed that UDK (Unreal) and Unity 3 include similar pre-computed visibility solutions that unlike Quake are not dependent on level geometry, I've been trying to figure out how the calculation ...
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Should the content pipeline tools be embedded in the engine?

How minimal should a games engine be? How much of the content pipeline should be embedded in the engine? Some use cases where the super engine might be useful: When loading user content, the user ...
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Tool to create a bitmap font from a true type font [closed]

What tool do you use to convert ttf fonts to bitmap fonts? Following is a list of features I'm looking for. I'd be happy with any tool really, but one that had these features would be better. ...
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What continuous integration technology is used for games?

Which continuous integration technology & software would you recommend for use with games? Also are there any build technology libraries or specific languages you would recommend to use when a ...