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

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Methods of procedural terrain generation that can work using DirectX 9 (SM2.0)?

I'm working on a simple game / fun project that I want to be largely procedurally generated. At first I started by using boxels (Similar to Minecraft, but not textured) for the terrain and it came out ...
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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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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 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 do I generate a level randomly?

I am currently hard coding 10 different instances like the code below, but but I'd like to create many more. Instead of having the same layout for the new level, I was wondering if there is anyway to ...
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Approach to puzzle generation

I have a task in hand about making a puzzle generator, that can fill a game board with colored pearls, that then needs to be solved by the player. The core rules are Pearls are placed in a grid, ...
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Need help with algorithm for generating connected bricks in Pick A Brick clone

I want to make a clone of an Amiga 500 game, Pick A Brick, a 2D game where the goal is to clear a table of bricks by matching them up, following certain rules. I am getting nowhere when it comes to ...
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What does the “random element” do in Cellular Automata

I'm reading this post on TutsPlus regarding procedural level generation using cellular automata. My question arises in this code snippet: float chanceToStartAlive = 0.45f; public boolean[][] ...
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Manually writing a dx11 tessellation shader

I am looking for resources on what are the steps of manually implementing tessellation (I happen to be using Unity CG, but any help is appreciated). Today it seems that it is all the rage to hide ...
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Creating weapons/armor procedurally

In my current project I am creating a 2d game (rpg) which should be able to dynamically create new weapons and armor based on different components. So, i.e. a sample weapon would consist of barrel1, ...
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Procedural terrain - how to blend textures between dynamic meshes

I think I should structure this question better. I'm developing a procedural terrain structured with voxel chunks. Every chunk: contains a NxNxN voxel array generated with perlin noise 3d ...
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Perlin Noise Variations

Currently I'm making a voxel survival game. About a month ago I embarked on procedurally generating terrain using Perlin noise. I understand how to use and apply it for the most part. However I do not ...
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Procedual terrain generation and biomes/predetermined variation

So I already have some (currently 2D possibly 3D later) simplex noise generation going, and with some experimenting I can make a map for plains, hills, mountains, etc The problem now is I want to ...
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How can I create an extending chain like the hookshot in Zelda in Unity?

In the Zelda games, there is an item called the hookshot. It is a small mechanical apparatus held in one hand that acts similar to, but not the same as the gun. When it is triggered, the hook at the ...
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Best way to go with 3D dungeon crawler generation [closed]

I'm trying to prototype a little 3D dungeon crawler. That is, the same system as any rogue-like : A map with little rooms, linked by hallways. But in 3D. The world is still in blocks, but I can go ...
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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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Create vertices + indices for cylinder with triangle strips

I'm trying to create vertex and index buffer for a cylinder (in OpenGL, but it shouldn't matter). I think my vertex buffer is fine (I checked drawing with GL_POINTS). Here's the code that builds it: ...
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Can I use flat shading on a generated mesh?

I tried to generate a mesh from code in Unity. The problem is, that the edges are automatically smoothed. When I import a model into Unity, I can set the smoothing angle of the edges, but is something ...
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2D Terrain generation with controlled variations

Well, I'm trying to create a simple endless runner and -this may sound repetitive- I'm searching for ways to generate the terrain. The game will only have 3 types of ground tiles, ascending, ...
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Kicking of the story in an RPG [closed]

I am currently working on a RPG with heavy procedurally content generation. Most of the map and the plot is getting generated procedurally over time. The game also makes use of permadeath. On dying, ...
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How to crop or mask a sprite to a specific shape in Unity (2D)?

I'm trying to do a procedural 2D terrain generation. I've managed to make the function to generate the points, and I've been testing/debugging by creating the terrain using a 2D polygon collider on an ...
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What's the best engine for a procedural game that doesn't compromise on graphics? [closed]

We have a very interesting idea for a new game mechanic that would allow us to make our game procedural and entertaining. To bring this game to life, we need the ability to generate the game world on ...
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Appropriate 3D Framework for procedural game (linux and mobile) [closed]

I'm building a game where both gameplay AND assets are primarily based on procedural generation of rules. Asset features; like colors, meshes, and textures, are associated with game rules, which will ...
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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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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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What is the most effective way to create a set of collision points for an aribitrary mesh?

In my project I am working on automatically deforming an arbitrary mesh with respect to another arbitrary mesh, within the context of user generated content, similar to this deformer being developed ...
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Creating a model procedurally through coding? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Creating a basic character skeleton from code I'd like to have a procedural system that uses a string of data to create a 3d creature. The way I've thought to do this is ...
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Help with puzzle game

I have a pattern game and it is almost done however I am stuck on the last part. I have a screen with 25 blocks (in a table format 5x5) and the user clicks on it to turn over the blocks, I need to ...
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How can I simulate a randomly-generated universe? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to generate a universe? Were would I start looking if I wanted to develop an engine to simulate space at random. Things like black holes, galaxies at distance and ...
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What is the difference between the marching cubes algorithm and metaballs?

After doing some research, I found out about the marching cubes algorithm and "metaballs". How exactly do they differ?
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Can I programmatically generate textures in java?

Is it possible to programmatically generate textures in Java, textures that could then be used to cover in game objects?
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Ensuring that a randomly generated galaxy wont place stars inside one another?

I'm attempting to build a game with a spiral galaxy design. In doing so I followed a short guide on making the rough layout of the galaxy. My code works, but the "stars" (I'm bad with variable names, ...
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Animating a jellyfish hardcoding?

I have drew a hemi-sphere by myself, and would like to do basic jellyfish animation by animating the vertices of the hemi-sphere. I tried a lot of experiments but it seems I'm doing it wrong. I need ...
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How do I procedurally generate level like in Dino Run, or Tiny Wings?

I'm looking to create a game like Dino Run, where I will need to create large slopes for a level, procedurally generated. How do I go about this? Do I have to make certain predefined pieces of level ...
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Carve river beds into existing 3d procedural generated terrain

Ok, I've read many threads around about procedural terrain generation with rivers and roads but they suggest approaches from zero to result. I'd like to know if exists an algorithm to apply to an ...
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Help with concrete examples of Perlin Noise variables for terrain generation

I believe this question can help beginner game developers. I've looked through a dozen or so answers on perlin noise here and on Stackoverflow, and found only 1 concrete implementation of perlin noise ...
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How can I generate natural-looking tree leaves in a Minecraft-like world?

I'm moving from working on 3D block-world terrain to more specific features like tree leaves and ore veins (the ore veins will likely be done with my existing Perlin noise for the terrain). One thing ...
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Roguelike corridor creation; Connecting rooms

I have a simple Tile[,] that I populate with Rooms. Now I need to connect the rooms with a single tile wide corridor. At first I used A* to hook up the rooms but that, of course, get's the best path ...
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Create Random Platformer-Gameworld

Evening. I created a xna-game like the iOS Platformer game "Banana Kong". The level-layers are currently saved as XML files. Example: <level> <layer1> <tile type="0" ...
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Transmit map vs Transmit seed

Given a map created with procedural generation algorithms, should the server transmit the seed used to generate this map (so client must contain the same algorithm) or maybe send all the information?. ...
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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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Large Blob of landmass in Minecraft Terrain Engine in XNA

I am creating a Minecraft Terrain engine in XNA, and want to create a large blob/cluster of blocks, in a random sort of blob thing, shaped somewhat like the stuff under the Volume Rendering heading on ...
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I can load new tiles but how do I load new chunks?

I have successfully been able to add new tiles and place random trees on a 2d map grid however I haven't used chunks. I just load a new tile when the player moves and save it to the map array. But I ...
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How to handle a negative coordinate 2d map with a growing map size

I love this procedural generation theory and have been messing around with it. However I'm having trouble wrapping my head around how to store my map data. Usually I store my map data in a 2d array ...
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How to properly generate walls simulating perspective around stone in a cave-like level made of squares?

Long story short. My levels tiles currently look like this: And i want them to look like this: My levels are designed as 400x400 squares of proceduraly generated 0's and 1's, 0 representing ...
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Random/procedural generation of puzzle-platform levels

I have an idea for a puzzle-platform game where the levels would be randomly generated. Creating a random generation is relatively simple. What's not easy is checking that randomly generated level to ...
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Which parts to draw in an infinite world?

I have an infinite world (from Perlin Noise). The world is generated in sectors that are that are big cubes (each with a random colour, in the image above; my sectors are 10x10x10). I'm currently ...
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Using a permutation table for simplex noise without storing it

Generating Simplex noise requires a permutation table for randomisation (e.g. see this question or this example). In some applications, we need to persist the state of the permutation table. This can ...
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Character movement on a 2D tile map

I'm working at making a HTML5 game. Top down, closest thing I can equate it to is the gameboy zeldas, but open world and no rooms. What I have so far is a procedurally generated map in a multi ...
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Moving camera along generated terrain?

I'm generating my terrain on the GPU, using diamond square subdivision (no height map involved). How can I anchor the camera's position to always be on top of the generated terrain? Thanks