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

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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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Procedurally generating terrain in dead time before buffer swap

I'm using OpenGL/C++ in Windows, and my main loop looks like this: GLboolean done = GL_FALSE; auto_ptr l_world(new World); l_world->Init(); while (!done) { if ...
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Tweaking Heightmap Generation For Hexagon Grids

Currently I'm working on a little project just for a bit of fun. It is a C++, WinAPI application using OpenGL. I hope it will turn into a RTS Game played on a hexagon grid and when I get the basic ...
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Algorithms for rainfall + river creation in procedurally generated terrain

I've recently become fascinated by the things that can be done with procedurally terrain and have started experimenting with world building a bit. I'd like to be able to make worlds something like ...
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Huge procedurally generated 'wilderness' worlds

I'm sure you all know of games like Dwarf Fortress - massive, procedural generated wilderness and land. Something like this, taken from this very useful article. However, I was wondering how I could ...
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What is the best way to “carve” a terrain created from a heightmap?

I have a 3d landscape created from a heightmap. I'd like to "carve" some holes in that terrain. That will allow me to create bridges, caverns and tunnels inside it. That operation will be done in ...
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Procedural world generation oriented on gameplay features

In large procedural landscape games, the land seems dull, but that's probably because the real world is largely dull, with only limited places where the scenery is dramatic or tactical. Looking at ...
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Procedural generation of physics-enabled structures (in a 2D world)

Is it possible to procedurally generate stable structures out of rigidbody objects at a reasonable runtime speed? Imagine Angry Birds's levels kind of structures but generated procedurally.
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Why is permadeath essential to a roguelike design?

Roguelikes and roguelike-likes (Spelunky, The Binding of Isaac) tend to share a number of game design elements: Procedurally generated worlds Character growth by way of new abilities and powers ...
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Infinite detail inside Perlin noise procedural mapping

I am very new to game development but I was able to scour the internet to figure out Perlin noise enough to implement a very simple 2D tile infinite procedural world. Here's the question and it's ...
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“Marching cubes” voxel terrain - triplanar texturing with depth?

I am currently working on a voxel terrain that uses the marching cubes algorithm for polygonizing the scalar field of voxels. I am using a triplanar texturing shader for texturing. say I have a grass ...
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Procedural Planets, Heightmaps and Textures

I am currently working on an OpenGL procedural planet generator. I hope to use it for a space RPG, that will not allow players to go down to the surface of a planet so I have ignored anything ROAM ...
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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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Can I randomly generate an endless road?

So suppose we stand on a position(x0, y0) of a map. We can only move on the horizontal plane(no jump and stuff) but we can move forward, left, or right (in a discrete math way, i.e. integer movement). ...
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Random World Generation [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How are voxel terrain engines made? I'm making a game like minecraft (although a different idea) but I need a random world generator for a 1024 block wide and 256 block ...
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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 should I generate and store the boundries of a cave?

I am making a small cave copter game (seriously, where did this type of game come from anyway) and I am trying to figure out how to make and store the procedural generated walls. I am thinking about ...
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Randomly spawning bitmaps on cnvas

I need some ideas in order to finish algorithm. I'm randomly placing objects (bitmaps) on canvas without overlapping. Time needed to finish it is my problem. When I need to spawn for example 80% of ...
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How do I randomly generate a top-down 2D level with separate sections and is infinite?

I've read many other questions/answers about random level generation but most of them deal with either randomly/proceduraly generating 2D levels viewed from the side or 3D levels. What I'm trying to ...
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Procedural object generation and unique identification

My question relates to procedural content generation and data management of the emerging objects in a database. I assume a networked game, with a server-client model. Unspecified objects in the game ...
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Diamond-square terrain generation problem

I've implemented a diamond-square algorithm according to this article: http://www.lighthouse3d.com/opengl/terrain/index.php?mpd2 The problem is that I get these steep cliffs all over the map. It ...
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What causes the pre-1.8 Minecraft far lands to generate? [closed]

Before Minecraft Beta 1.8, when you reached about x:3000000 y:3000000, the terrain generator would freak out and begin generating broken scary land. What went on in the MC code to provoke this? Why ...
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How can I easily create cloud texture maps?

I am making 3d planets in my game; these will be viewed as "globes". Some of them will need cloud layers. I looked at various Blender tutorials for creating "earth", and for their cloud layers they ...
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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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What happened to procedurally generated textures?

I recall some time ago that procedurally generated textures were becoming a big deal that a lot of people/companies were really interested in with some serious benefits (smaller deployments, ...
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Texture artifacts and GLSL bump mapping

I'm working on a 3d terrain. I tried out some existing GLSL implementations for bump mapping using normal maps from a Procedural Infinite 3D Cave Generation tutorial. The actual code that I used is ...
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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 to randomly create stars in the background?

My player flies around the screen in any direction he wants, and the camera follows him. There are stars in the background. I can't figure out how to randomly generate the stars. I made a star ...
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Parallelizing creation of geometry chunks in minecraft-like game

In my game I separate creation of chunks into two stages. The first is where I generate the heightmap using simplex noise and the 2nd is when I create the actual vertex buffers. I do it like this so ...
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How to build Arena-ish level using grid tiles?

I had an idea of procedurally generating arena-type levels in which the player would either fight hordes of enemies, or another skilled opponent. The level would be built at the very start of the ...
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Procedural generation of game objects

right now in my game I generate all my objects at the start of the game off screen, then move them down the screen to give a "side scroller" effect, then once they hit the bottom of the screen move ...
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How to combine image with a gradient? Or make it more featured in a different way

I generate an abstract 128x128 image, that is in general two-color (it uses values scaled between "blue" and "white", or other similar color pair). I need to make the image more "featured". ...
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Remove “dots” noise (like from dot-matrix printer)

I have 2D array of floats. Using the floats, I generate image by doing proportional selection of color from between COLOR_MIN, COLOR_MAX – for maximal float value at given (x,y), I choose COLOR_MAX ...
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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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Need to create beautiful, random, abstract images

To generate random, beautiful, abstract images – which algorithms are not too complex and give good results? Maybe go for some special gfx library, that would draw lines with glow, etc. ? Thank you ...
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3D Vector “End Point” Calculation for procedural Vector Graphics

Alright, So I need some help with some Vector Math. I've developing some game Engines that have Procedural Fractal Generation for Some Graphics, such as using Lindenmayer Systems for generating Trees ...
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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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Is it possible to procedurally place objects in a non-gridded game?

I'd like to implement procedural world generation, but I don't want it to look gridded or blocky, where everything is obviously placed on an integer grid. I know that you can do this in gridded ...
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How do I create tileable solid noise for map generation?

Hey guys, I'm trying to figure out how to generate tileable fractals in code (for game maps, but that's irrelevant) I've been trying to modify the Solid Noise plug-in shipped with GIMP (with my ...
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How to create reproducible probability in map generation?

So for my game, I'm using perlin noise to generate regions of my map (water/land, forest/grass) but I'd also like to create some probability based generation too. For instance: if(nextInt(10) > 2 ...
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Is it better to hard code data or find an algorithm?

I've been working on a boardgame that has a hex grid as this board: Since the board will never change and the spaces on the board will always be linked to the same other spaces around it, should I ...
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Realistic planetary terrain generation with weights

I need terrain generation for a planet. The planet will be divided up into several hundred hexes, and I need it to be realistic and based on weights. I have dabbled in terrain generation before, but ...
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How to decompose a rectangular shape in a Voronoi diagram, only generating convex shapes?

I think this is a very straighforward question, lets say i have a building in 2D, a rectangle shape. Now i want to decompose that area in a lot of convex shapes, as seen in a voronoi diagram, or ...
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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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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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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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How can I generate random lakes and rivers in my game?

I have a 2D block building game and am trying to make randomly generated lakes and rivers. I have looked into the Perlin noise algorithm, but, I couldn't get it to generate random and nice results. I ...
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Procedural mesh generation from raytracer

I'm interested in applying the following technique: Define game objects using a object definition DSL similar to what you would use for a raytracer (e.g. POVRay) Use a specialised raytracer to ...
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Procedural Mesh: UV mapping

I made a procedural mesh and now I want to apply a texture to it. The problem is, I cannot get it to stick the way I want it to. The idea is to have the texture painted only once over the whole ...
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How are voxel terrain engines made?

A few days ago I found something called voxel terrains and I think that they're pretty cool. But I don't know anything generating them. Do you model it in your modeling software or use something like ...