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2answers
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Properly rendering transparent areas of textures

I'm rendering a tree that contains branch meshes with partially transparent textures. If I render it with AlphaTestEffect and set the ReferenceAlpha to something low, I'll get this. I want to ...
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1answer
277 views

How do I convert a .dds texture to .png bitmap in C#?

This question is from someone who has not written a line of code for games, but several Game Save editors and other game tools. I'm working on a Save Editor and would like to display icons of some of ...
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0answers
71 views

Sorting 3D particles by depth

This is a general particles question, but I use XNA/MonoGame so I looked at: http://xbox.create.msdn.com/en-US/education/catalog/sample/particle_3d for Particles 3D. I found the example not to ...
2
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1answer
153 views

Is there a penalty to using render targets versus textures?

I figured that the best way to ship 2D art for multiple resolutions is to instruct my artist to create the fullscreen background images sized for the highest resolution and then scale them down during ...
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vote
2answers
227 views

Anti-aliasing a sphere

I render everything in my game in 2D with SpriteBatch with the exception of a spherical entity (orb) that I render as a spinning and dynamically lit (custom effect) sphere in 3D. I capture the sphere ...
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1answer
214 views

Measuring GPU time from managed code

To measure CPU code, I use a Stopwatch. Using a Stopwatch in the Draw method is meaningless for the GPU side of things since the CPU and the GPU run asynchronously. The questions is simple: Is it ...
2
votes
2answers
289 views

Error instantiating Texture2D in MonoGame for Windows 8 Metro Apps

I have an game which builds for WindowsGL and Windows8. The WindowsGL works fine, but the Windows8 build throws an error when trying to instantiate a new Texture2D. The Code: var texture = new ...
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1answer
203 views

XNA's SetData in a SharpDX Texture2D object in DirectX 11?

I'm trying to load a texture given a swap chain, and then populate that texture with data. I already have some bitmap data (although not sure if it is in the correct format) that I want to populate ...
3
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1answer
697 views

Monogame/SharpDX - Shader parameters missing

I am currently working on a simple game that I am building in Windows 8 using MonoGame (develop3d). I am using some shader code from a tutorial (made by Charles Humphrey) and having an issue ...
1
vote
1answer
327 views

Are SharpDX's ContextDirect2D methods different from XNA's SpriteBatch?

I'm migrating from XNA to SharpDX in Win8. I noticed this DrawBitmap call in one of the samples. Is this different in some shape, way or form from XNA's SpriteBatch?
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2answers
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Is using SharpDX or SlimDX easier than using DirectX directly from C++? [closed]

I decided to learn to program in DirectX yesterday, and, not being a huge C++ fanatic, went looking for a .Net wrapper. After reading about SlimDX and SharpDX, I decided I liked what the SharpDX ...
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1answer
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Is SharpDX mature enough to adopt yet or should I just start using SlimDX right now?

I'm about to stop my game-project in XNA because from what I can gather it's development is coming to an end (and it's already behind current technology). Therefore, I need to adopt a new framework or ...