The algorithmic generation of content at runtime, as oppose to the manual placement of preset content and assets.

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Do I need multiple perlin noise generators for different features in terrain generation?

I have a simple perlin noise algorithm in my 2d game, I feed it x and y location of a tile and get some value between 0 and 1. I then use a bunch of if-else statements to break these numbers into ...
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How can I incrementally generate an graph?

I just started a new project in which I'd like the game world to consist of procedurally-generated locations connected by teleporters. After a bit of research, I've discovered this to be called ...
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Smoothing edges on procedural terrain

Using perlin noise to create a procedural island for a tile-based game. My map is stored in a 2d array, with each tile having a type (deep water, shallow water, beach, grass, forest, hill, mountain). ...
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Random generation of realistic human faces

What would be a practicable way of generating huge numbers of realistically looking human faces? Randomizing 3D-models and rendering them would require a lot of computing power, especially as I'm ...
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Building stable ecosystems

I'm interested in creating a world in which the behaviors of some of the elements are generated randomly or evolved. Is there a field of study or some well known work that deals with what it takes to ...
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Generating island terrains with Simplex Noise (C#/XNA)

I've got one little question: Is there any code or sample which shows how the simplex noise works? I cannot find anything about it... How should I implement it, without the knowledge how the algorithm ...
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Algorithm for drawing asteroids from, er… Asteroids game?

What would the algorithm be for generating/drawing the asteroid shapes from the original Asteroids game? Is it even an algorithm? Or would they be hard coded shapes? Here is a screenshot to jog your ...
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Procedural Generation of Galaxy

I'd like to generate galaxy using seed , with shape changing a bit and positioning X number of stars. I'd like to make it realistic (as possible). But i have absolutely no idea how i should do that. ...
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Generating random values, keep trying till value within bounds are generated

Sorry for the strange topic name, couldn´t think of a good way to describe it. I´m basically trying to achieve the following: I'm placing items randomly on the screen, but these items shouldn't be ...
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How could I improve this random map?

following my previous post on random world map generation, I used several algorithms and obtained results similar to this: http://i.imgur.com/CKL2R.png (the height values are quantisied for viewing ...
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How to render metaballs?

How to render metaballs? I am a Python programmer familiar with the Panda3d and Blender3d APIs. My math kinda sucks, but I know enough to write game logic code and procedural model generation code, ...
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How irregularly shaped rooms should be placed in a dungeon

I have made a procedurally generated dungeon that places every room successfully so it is accessible via at least one other room. A 'successfully' placed room is a room who's wall cells are right net ...
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How do I save a procedurally-generated map as binary level-data in C++? [closed]

For example, I'd like to do something as simple as a generating an array matrix using Conway's Game of Life and then filling each cell with particular data to be saved to a binary file. ...
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Top-Down Octree Generation of Procedural Terrain

I'm trying to implement a voxel-based terrain generation system in Unity3d (C#). I have successfully implemented a uniform 3d grid system, and have extracted the isosurface out using Marching Cubes ...
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storing procedurally generated roguelike world into zones

I am currently developing a 3D roguelike game which will take place in a very large world. The world is generated by procedural algorithm supplied by external script in run time. To speed up rendering ...
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What methods are there for representing 3D terrain?

I'm making a terrain system which needs to be procedurally generated and would like to know my options. So far I know of: Height-field terrain, Vector-field terrain, and Voxel terrain. Is there ...
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Method for procedurally creating spawn points

I have a world made of floating islands that are procedurally generated. I would like to spawn enemies or the player in logical-non-falling-into-space spawn points. Ideas on how to accomplish this? ...
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Spherical fractal noise generator in shader

I have a growing sphere in space, and I thought of having a procedural generated texture over it. Since it is growing, I thought a fractal would be a great choice, because more details would be ...
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Adding terrain features to a perlin noise heightmap

I'm currently using Perlin Noise to generate heightmaps and model moisture levels as well as tree density to create terrain (in the form of 2D tilemaps - think dwarf fortress). How can I generate ...
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How would I implement procedurally generated tiles in libgdx?

I'm creating a simple top down Zelda-esque game in libgdx, and I want to implement tile-based dungeons that are procedurally generated, similar to this. Libgdx does have a class called TiledMap which ...
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Programming Dynamic 3D Water/Waves?

I'm a little bit stuck on how I might go about programming dynamic, interesting water in a game. To qualify that a little bit, I'm interested in creating water with broad, rolling waves that affect ...
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How to vectorize a raster image edges into SVG paths?

I'm having a lot of trouble figuring out how to convert a 2D list of points into an SVG Path representing a political map border. I have completed all parts of a 2D terrain generator, including ...
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How to place rooms proceduraly (rule based) on in a game word

I am trying to design the algorithm for my level generation which is a rule driven system. I have created all the rules for the system. I have taken care to insure that all rooms make sense in a grid ...
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Diamond square algorithm

I'm working on generating terrain on already generated landmass. The landmass and ocean around it consist of hexagons. Hexagons aren't really a concern for me, because I can always interpolate the ...
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How far back should I move my camera to fit a given GameObject in frame?

In Unity with C#, I want to calculate the minimum distance that my perspective camera has to be from a given GameObject (a procedurally generated mesh), so that the object is fully framed by the ...
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What is a simple deformer in which vertices deform linearly with control points?

In my project I want to deform a complex mesh, using a simpler 'proxy' mesh. In effect, each vertex of the proxy/collision mesh will be a control point/bone, which should deform the vertices of the ...
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How to generate water pools on a 2D tile grid?

I'm coding a algorithm that generate a map, fixed size 2D matrix of tiles (32x32, 64x64, ...), for a game. The game map contains 2 elements, ground and water tiles. I'm trying to flood some water ...
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Drawing a dynamic indicator for a field of view

My goal is to draw a dynamic indicator for a cube, which represents the field of view. The ideal indicator would look the same as in Metal Gear Solid(the blue ones): From what I have gathered, I ...
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How can I procedurally generate the right difficulty of enemy waves? [closed]

I'm programming a space-shooter mobile game with a sandbox gameplay style similar to Defender's. The player faces infinite waves of enemies moving towards his ship. The game has many upgrades the ...
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Perlin Noise for generating terrain in a 2D side-scrolling game. Is there a way to make variations in noise's amplitude?

For example if my generated levels look roughly like this: But once in a while I would like to have the "amplitude" rise say 10 times than the rest of the level, so that it would look something ...
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Simplex Noise flat land and hills

I'm using the simplex noise to create Minecraft like terrain. I can only achieve hills like this. Does anyone know how to use simplex to make more dynamic landscapes?
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Seamless transition between planet and space

I have been curious about how this kind of seamless transition from space to planet can be implemented. It would be nice if someone could explain this as I can't really wrap my head around the ...
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How can I adapt “random walk” generation to very large maps?

The random (or drunkard's) walk is a great, simple algorithm that can generate very organic-looking maps, such as this: Unfortunately it seems to have poor scalability, making it unsuitable for ...
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Space Shooter “level” generation

I'm currently working on a 2.5D space shooter and there will be a survival mode in the game. I'd like a few suggestions on how to tackle the enemy generation problem. This is not procedural ...
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Generate planet like heightmaps

I would like to procedurally generate planets, but I don't know how to wrap a heightmap around a sphere. I already know how to generate plane heightmaps, but not how to generate spherical ones. Can ...
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What is the most appropriate path-finding solution for a very large proceduraly generated environment?

I have been reading quite a bit in order to make the following choice: which path-finding solution should one implement in a game where the world proceduraly generated, of really large dimensions? ...
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Algorithm for randomly generating reachable platforms

I want to randomly generate reachable platforms on the fly for a 2D game. Right now, I am just creating platforms at random x,y positions. Only 4 platforms can exist at once, so once the 5th one is ...
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How can you procedurally place objects in a non-gridded game?

This is a follow-up question to this question. I mistakenly worded the question, but got a good answer before I could correct myself, so I didn't want to delete it. Sorry! Now that I know that it ...
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Procedurally generate rivers for 2-d heightmap terrain

I created an algorithm to procedurally generate 2d worlds based on a heightmap grid. (I used a 2d simplex noise algorithm mapped on the inverse of the distance of each pixel from the center, to ...
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Generating 'Specially' shaped rooms for a Dungeon

I've made a fairly simple dungeon generator but now I want to expand on it so that I can procedurally generate a dungeon with irregular shaped rooms. I don't just want any old crazy shapes popping up ...
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Basic procedural generated content works, but how could I do the same in reverse?

My 2D world is made up of blocks. At the moment, I create a block and assign it a number between 1 and 4. The number assigned to the nth block is always the same (i.e if the player walks backwards or ...
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Heightmap generation

I want to implement something like this to create a heightmap: 'Place a group of coordinates evenly across a map, and give them height values within a certain range. Repeatedly create coordinates ...
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Working with 3D Noise

I am using a simplex 2D noise to generate my worlds so far. This however was never the plan and has the downside that I basically can only generate a heightmap. Instead I want to aim for floating ...
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How can I find the “end” vertices on an open-ended mesh?

I was looking at a video of a system that extrudes meshes along a curve, connecting them end to end but adjusting the vertices for a smooth connection. It does this with a mesh that as far as I know ...
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Level of detail algorithm not functioning correctly

I have been working on this problem for months; I have been creating Planet Generator of sorts, after more than 6 months of work I am no closer to finishing it then I was 4 months ago. My problem; The ...
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How does a game like Doodlejump generate its “level”?

How does the game Doodlejump for iphone generate its stage? Are the platforms randomized in some way? If so, how do they make sure it doesn't generate impossible combinations? If it's not ...
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Procedurally Generated Top View 2D RPG Map Generation

Procedural generation is a fascinating concept and is gaining popularity in the gaming industry. The thought of playing a game that has new content every-time the game is played is very exciting to ...
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map/world “decorator” algorithms/patterns

I've spent a lot of time working with perlin/simplex noise for different styles of map gen, but I'm having a hard time finding advice/resources on how to populate the map with "world decor" that have ...
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Island Generation Library

Can anyone recommend a tile map generator (written in Java is a plus), where one can control some land types? For example: islands, large continents, singe large continent, archipelago, etc. I've ...
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C# XNA: Effecient mesh building algorithm for voxel based terrain (“top” outside layer only, non-destructible)

To put this bluntly, for non-destructible/non-constructible voxel style terrain, are generated meshes handled much better than instancing? Is there another method to achieve millions of visible quad ...