The process of generating an image or series of images from a model by means of computer programming.

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How would I setup fog to follow a players coordinates?

I'm wondering if its possible to setup a fog to a player's coordinates (where there is fog around the player to make it more third-person) the main reason I ask this is because I have my player more ...
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What are some effective methods for implementing downsampled transparency?

It seems that some games have managed to implement downsampled transparency, and presumably gained a significant performance boost. (Examples: Uncharted 2, Crysis 2) A while back I attempted to ...
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Is it useful to monitor framerate over the course of an arbitrary (but long) period of time?

How useful is it to keep a measurement of framerate over the course of long times (such as an hour) spanning multiple scenes/data environments? I've had plenty of times where data throttling/pushing ...
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What exactly causes a surface to overlap another?

I cannot really figure out what causes one surface to overlap another. In a 3D engine I'm creating, my technique is failing in edge cases. My method is sorting the surfaces to be painted from the ...
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What types of effects or shaders would you teach in a rendering class? [closed]

I am looking for a list of topics that would be fun to learn and not too complicated to implement with a prototyping tool like FX Composer or Rendermonkey for an intermediate class of real-time ...
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Ideas for extending tic-tac-toe game? [closed]

I'm building a 3D tic-tac-toe game and this is what I've implemented so far: 3D renderer with texture mapping Playing against the computer Playing online (multiplayer) Now I'm a little lost what I ...
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Are there any issues with not drawing to all render targets when using MRT?

Lets say I set 2 render targets: device.SetRenderTargets(color, depth); And then half my draw code only outputs color and not depth. This works fine on the PC and produces the expected results ...
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Structuring game world entities and their rendering objects [duplicate]

I'm putting together a simple 2d tile-based game. I'm finding myself spinning circles on some design decisions, and I think I'm in danger of over-engineering. After all, the game is simple enough ...
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How do you triangulate an arbitrary polygon?

I need to triangulate a polygon for rendering in opengl es on android ( no glu triangulation available) Is there an already known algorithm for polygon triangulation? The polygon can be convex or ...
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building a game for different resolution phones

I am starting some tests for building a game on the Android program. So far everything is working and seems nice. However I do not understand how to make sure my game looks correct on all phones as ...
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Sprites are sometimes blurry in Flash

I am playing around with drawing an SVG sprite (imported in through [Embed]). Depending on the coordinates of the image, sometimes it appears more crisp than others. The following image shows how at ...
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Drawing territories border in 2d map

I'm programming a little web strategy game. In the country map I pretend to display each country with a national color. The issue is how to render the borders in a simple and efficient way. Right now ...
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Achieving certain rendering styles

I'm trying to assess the difficulty of creating a rendering style that is more like the game Okami and the Quake mods (as shown on this page...search for 'okami','quake npr'). Here's a better page ...
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Game Code Design for Rendering

I first created a game on the iPhone and I'm now porting it to Android. I wrote most of the code in C++, but when it came to porting it wasn't so easy. The Android's way is to have two threads, one ...
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How can state changes be batched while adhering to opaque-front-to-back/alpha-blended-back-to-front?

This is a question I've never been able to find the answer to. Batching objects with similar states is a major performance gain when rendering many objects. However, I've been learned various rules ...
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FrameBuffer Render to texture not working all the way

I am learning to use Frame Buffer Objects. For this purpose, I chose to render a triangle to a texture and then map that to a quad. When I render the triangle, I clear the color to something blue. ...
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how to add water effect to an image

This is what I am trying to achieve: A given image would occupy say 3/4th height of the screen. The remaining 1/4th area would be a reflection of it with some waves (water effect) on it. I'm not sure ...
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Mandelbrot set not displaying properly

I am trying to render mandelbrot set using glsl. I'm not sure why its not rendering the correct shape. Does the mandelbrot calculation require values to be within a range for the (x,y) [ or (real, ...
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glsl demo suggestions?

In a lot of places I interviewed recently, I have been asked many a times if I have worked with shaders. Even though, I have read and understand the pipeline, the answer to that question has been no. ...
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What does the term 'photorealistic' really mean?

I was wondering about the term 'photorealistic' in regards to rendering and was wondering how this is used. Is it used to describe a shader (or set of) that have certain quantifiable features? Or any ...
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Good practices in screen states management? [duplicate]

I wonder what are the best ways to organize different screens in a game? I am thinking of it like this: Inheriting a base State class, and overriding update and render methods, to handle the current ...
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Materials when rendering geometry

When specifying the material (ambient/diffuse/specular) for use in lighting calculations, what level of detail is the material specified at? Per vertex, mesh, bone?
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Rendering skybox in first person shooter

I am trying to get a skybox rendered correctly in my first person shooter game. I have the skybox cube rendering using GL_TEXTURE_CUBE_MAP. I author the cube with extents of -1 and 1 along X,Y and Z. ...
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[Unity] Render an animated texture to a screen

I'm looking for a way to write a typed text on a texture, and then render it on a screen: in the game it's just the screen of a computer where a scientist is typing text on. The texture will be ...
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Mental Ray render loss in Maya?

The option in the rendering menu of Maya doesn't say "Mental Ray" anymore. Please help me to get it back, or even a better plugin for Maya game quality rendering.
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IDirect3DDevice9Ex and D3DPOOL_MANAGED?

So I wanted to switch to IDirect3DDevice9Ex, purely for the SetFrameLatency function, as fullscreen vsynced D3D seemed to produce noticable input lag. But then it tells me 'ha ha ha! now you can't ...
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How can I render text above a mesh in DirectX 9?

I want to render some text over a mesh in my DirectX app. It will have a similar application to health bars for units in games, just as text rather than a bar. I'm looking for the simplest way to do ...
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Preferred way to render text in OpenGL

I'm about to pick up computer graphics once again for an university project. For a previous project I used a library called FTGL that didn't leave me quite satisfied as it felt kind of heavy (I tried ...
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having problems while rendering in Maya 2008 [closed]

I am having problems while rendering in Maya 2008. 1 frame is taking 1 hr. My 5 computers have config of : core i3 , 1 gb ATI radeon graphics card, 8 GB Ram. OS: win Xp pro 32 bit. I am giving ...
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problem with frustum AABB culling in DirectX

I am currently working on a project with a few friends, and I am trying to get frustum culling working. Every single tutorial or article I go to shows that my math is correct and that this should be ...
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Bitmap font rendering, UV generation and vertex placement [closed]

I am generating a bitmap, however, I am not sure on how to render the UV's and placement. I had a thread like this once before, but it was too loosely worded as to what I was looking to do. What I am ...
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How Do I Do Alpha Transparency Properly In XNA 4.0?

Okay, I've read several articles, tutorials, and questions regarding this. Most point to the same technique which doesn't solve my problem. I need the ability to create semi-transparent sprites ...
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What is the best way to render eletric wires (like in gta 4)?

From the top of my mind, I see 2 ways to do it : classic mesh. (but that's likely to be a lot of tris for little screenspace) bilboards (but the placements of the billboards may be tricky. still ...
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3D camera implementation

I've been bashing my head against the concept of a 'camera' for my 3D world for some time now, and I'm not sure I'm doing this right anymore. Maybe I've been working on this for too long and have ...
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Are there any font rendering libraries for games development that support hinting?

I've used angel code's bitmap font generator quite a bit and though it's very good, I wondered if there would be a way of using the hinting information to provide a better readable result by using ...
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How does OnLive work, and is there anything special Game Developers need to do?

The OnLive service works by "cloud rendering", which is very different from the traditional model of "on-premise rendering" that we are all familiar with. How does this work at a technical level, and ...
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Deterministic random number sequence

I have an array of lights that I need to sample from randomly, but deterministically so that all the lights are sampled. Currently I use random numbers to pick a light, and then put processed lights ...
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How come the 3d graphics and animations of MMORPGs are usually worse than non-online 3d games? [closed]

I have noticed that in general it seems like the 3d graphics and animations for MMOs and MMORPGs seem not as seductive and polished as the graphics for normal, non-online 3d games. How come this is ...
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Rendering a 3D scene without a window

This is kind of an odd question, but what would be the best solution for rendering a 3D scene without a render window active? The end goal would be to simply render a 3D scene to an image file. I ...
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Is Deferred Rendering The Future?

Is deferred rendering the future of real-time 3d rendering on pc hardware (at least until raytracing becomes feasible)? I'm aware of the benefits (lots of lights, less state changes) and also trouble ...
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How to prepare a sprite for a game?

For example, I created my character drawing on Paint.NET using the Pencil tool and now it's a sprite like asset. If I want him to move do I need to create many different poses for him and render them ...
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Is frustum culling necessary in a Flash/AS3 game?

I'm making a 2D game where the map will be scrolled frequently, and only a small part of it will be visible at any time. Which implementation would run faster? The naive way: Make the map a single ...
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Architecture a for a central renderer rather than self-rendering [duplicate]

For the architectural side of rendering, there's two main ways: having each object render itself, and having a single renderer which renders everything. I'm currently aiming for the second idea, for ...
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Post processing texture sizes

I'm trying to write some code to do post processing in OpenGL ES2 on the iPhone. All is fine an dandy, except I am having trouble working out how to scale the texture rendered in the rendering step, ...
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Questions about rendering access in UDK

I also asked about this over on the UDK forums, but haven't had much luck getting any responses. Basically, I have some experience with UT3 modding, but I'm just getting started with the UDK, and I ...
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LOD in modern games [closed]

I'm currently working on my master's thesis about LOD and mesh simplification, and I've been reading many academic papers and articles about the subject. However, I can't find enough information about ...
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Atmospheric Scattering

I want to add some nice atmospheric scattering to my 3D game engine but I am very concerned with conserving resources. I am not very familiar with how its done but can someone please give me some ...
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Coordinate system handling for 2D UI

Following on from the aspect ratios question, I'm interested to hear what other people are using when working on 2D UI systems (most likely their own home-grown solutions). Specifically, how do you ...
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Rotate around a 3d Object (Software Renderer)

I have a simple 3d software renderer (SDL / C++) which can load a 3ds Model and render it (shaded) and rotate it around X Y Z - Axis. Now I would like to rotate / move around the object, meaning, the ...
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Converting Cube Maps

I have cube maps in lat/long format, and i need to convert them to Horizontal/Vertical Cross, and individual cross images, is there an utility to do that?